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How to Get Added Value and Confirmation

Jun 15, 2008
Accuracy is an important characteristic in a growing, profitable portfolio. There are several strategies to be positive with your investments and make winning trades. Professional traders use many indicators to pick a position.

Profitable traders are able to look at a trade, find which position they would like to take, and then use their own technical indicators to confirm a movement. The duo of forward and lagging indicators makes trading very profitable. There are different mixes for different timeframes and scenarios.

Downtrend

In a downtrend, professional traders will look for a forward indicator, and then confirm it with a lagging indicator. A downtrend is easy to break, as short sellers have to cover their positions. Unlike a sideways trend, a downtrend has a definite pattern: down. Proven strategies for downtrends include moving average crosses and divergence on momentum indicators.

Uptrends

Uptrends work similarly to downtrends, but just opposite. An uptrend is hard to break without a strong catalyst, as many traders get the fever to fuel the fire with new investment. Profitable traders know that a news report or a short term trendline can break a long term trend. In these cases, the RSI is a good indication of when profit taking will occur and push the value back down.

Uptrends are most likely to break in a market that is selling off universally, thus going against the trend is most profitable when the market "gravity" affect kicks in full gear. Watch the tick numbers and only bet on a downward movement when the numbers are swaying towards sellers.

Sideways Trends

Sideways trends are hard to predict as there is no general consensus on where the market is headed. The ups and downs in a sideways trend are best predicted with your own trading discipline and a mix of fundamental and technical analysis.

Confirmation in a sideways trend should be short interest. The amount of short interest can tell you how many investors have pulled for the trend to continue. These trends are more prone to breakout than a downtrend or an uptrend, but come with added profitability.

Creative techniques of your own will help you get the most out of a trading system. The number one goal should be to preserve trading capital and second to generate a profit. Losing money is worse than no gain at all.
About the Author
Leroy Rushing is an active, professional day trader; trading coach; and author. He is the Founder and CEO of Trading EveryDay, a provider of educational trading products and services that are available worldwide. Trading EveryDay has complimentary/FREE products, a Tools of the Trade eBook and a Trading Room Report , that are downloadable for your convenience.
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