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Basics, building blocks & resources for new traders

Futures Contracts: What Should I Consider When Choosing a Contract to Trade?

By | January 11, 2017

For new traders, one of the most challenging decisions can be selecting a futures contract to trade. There are many factors to take into consideration including: Read More

Expose Trends & Volatility Using Range Bars

By | January 9, 2017

Developed in the mid-90’s by Brazilian broker and trader, Vincente Nicolellis, Range Bars offer day traders a different perspective on the markets by eliminating time from the equation & focusing solely on price. Read More

Managing Margin In Futures Trading

By | January 3, 2017

A constant to any futures trading strategy is managing margin risk. It has been said, with increased risk comes potential for increased profit. The mechanics of managing margin risk should be taken very seriously while balancing the opportunity it can bring. Read More

Day Trading Setup: Backtesting with Indicators

By | December 22, 2016

Backtesting using indicators can help you identify a potentially effective day trading setup and serves as a starting point for many traders. There are many ways to incorporate trading indicators into backtesting. Below we will explore a methodology and an example of a trade setup.Read More

Stochastics: A Momentum Trading Indicator

By | December 21, 2016

The Stochastic Oscillator is a momentum trading indicator that uses the velocity of a financial instrument’s fluctuation in price to provide buy/sell signals. Stochastics usually move before price changes and divergences in Stochastics can be used to predict financial instrument pricing reversals.Read More

Use Tick Bars to Gain a New Perspective on the Markets

By | December 20, 2016

When first learning how to dissect the intricacies of the markets, intraday traders typically focus on time based candlestick charts. The reliability and intuitive nature of time based charts offer remarkable information to help determine general market direction, prevailing trends, possible future market movements and provide the foundation for basic technical analysis.Read More

MACD (Moving Average Convergence Divergence): Using a Buy/Sell Indicator

By | December 16, 2016

MACD or Moving Average Convergence Divergence is a technical day trading indicator used for analyzing changes in financial instrument performance over time. Read More

Spot Market Trends and Reversals Using the MACD Indicator

By | November 30, 2016

Developed in the 1960’s by Gerald Appel, the MACD (Moving Average Convergence Divergence) has become one of the most popular tools used in the world of technical analysis.Read More

Bollinger Bands®: Analyzing Market Volatility

By | November 22, 2016

Bollinger Bands® are a trading indicator that display measured volatility by tightening around a financial instrument if volatility is low and widening if high. Visually, Bollinger Bands® surround a financial instrument with an upper and lower band with a 21 day moving average (preferred period of time) in between the two bands. Read More

Multi-Timeframe Analysis with Box Style Charts

By | November 15, 2016

Whether you prefer traditional Candlestick Charts, or more obscure Point and Figure Charts, NinjaTrader delivers a variety of chart styles and alternatives to analyze price action. Read More