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The Ultimate Guide to Chart Patterns

Chart patterns are used within the study of technical analysis to help traders understand and interpret market sentiment as well as to develop trading plans. Unlike technical indicators, identifying and analyzing chart patterns is qualitative (subjective) rather than quantitative. One […]

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Volume Indicators and Strategies for Traders

Most traders have seen stocks that have soared 1,000% or even 10,000% in a given day, but we quickly skim past them and move on to other opportunities. The reason is simple: These huge gains occur on penny stocks that […]

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A Practical Guide to Screening for and Trading Bullish Divergences

Most traders are familiar with oscillators, such as the relative strength index (RSI) or moving average convergence-divergence (MACD), but they may not realize that there’s more to them than waiting for them to reach the extremes. It’s true that the […]

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How to Use Moving Averages to Improve Your Trading

Most traders learn about moving averages when they first study technical analysis, but quickly abandon them as they learn about other more complex technical indicators. There’s a perception among some traders that successful trading systems need to be complex in […]

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Backtesting as a Public Service

A lot of traders have asked me why we decided to implement a backtesting engine in TrendSpider. That’s a great question – because backtesting is an interesting thing, to say the least. Let’s start with a definition: Backtesting is the […]

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The Ultimate Guide to Technical Indicators

Most people that see technical indicators for the first time feel a bit overwhelmed by all of the lines and numbers. It’s a lot like showing an equation containing a sigma symbol (Σ) to a fifth-grader — it might make […]

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What Is A Blue Raindrop? A New Way To Find Market Reversals

Of all of the features available on the TrendSpider platform, few are more intriguing than our Raindrop Charts. Raindrop Charts are a unique-to-the-platform candlestick style that allows our users to easily see the volume distribution across a candle. There are […]

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How to Spot and Trade Reversals With the Evening Star and Abandoned Baby

Most traders are familiar with doji candlestick patterns, which indicate that there’s a lot of indecision in the market. While indecision doesn’t always lead to a reversal, it does suggest that the previous trend is likely losing steam. This can […]

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How to Spot and Trade Engulfings

Candlestick patterns are a great decision support tool for active traders. Bullish and bearish engulfings have an ideal mix of reliability and frequency that makes them a powerful addition to any trader’s repertoire. They can be very helpful for predicting […]

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The Ultimate Guide to Candlestick Patterns

As technical analysis has become more and more prevalent, candlestick charts have become the default for most active traders. Unlike line or bar charts, candlestick charts provide five data points (open, high, low, close, and percentage change) to help traders […]

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