A Trader’s Thanksgiving – 6 Reasons to Give Thanks

November 25th, 2015 by VantagePoint Software

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The list of trading laments can be long – from the algo-manipulation of order flow to the Central Bankers tight grip on interest rate policy to the inexplicable volatility (or often lack thereof ) to slippage and missed opportunity.

Yes, trading can be downright difficult. But in the spirit of the holiday we have put together:

Six things that every trader can be thankful for this Thanksgiving.

  1. The Leveled Playing Field

The advances in trading technology have given the individual investor an unprecedented opportunity to be profitable. The digital world has allowed information to be transmitted at ultra-fast speeds. Whether you are in an office in Omaha or on your iPhone in Indianapolis, you now have the ability to trade remotely and have access to tools that were once only available to institutions.

  1. Reduced Commissions and Fees

Gone are the days of bloated brokerage houses and high commissions. With ease of access and healthy competition, the transaction cost for the individual trader has come way down. Remember that it is important to first factor the “price per trade.” This is how much you’ll pay each time you trade a stock. It is the biggest factor for both individual investors and professional traders. However, paying “little to no” service fees (i.e. $0 inactivity fees) is another key factor to consider.

  1. A Plethora of Products

You want to trade it? There’s most likely a vehicle. 6,000 plus public companies traded on the NASDAQ and NYSE. 1,500 plus ETFs with more being added each year. Futures and Options contracts on everything from Corn to Carbon Credits to Crude Oil. Forex pairs on every major and minor currency. The list is ever growing, allowing traders to find opportunity in all types of asset classes.

  1. The 24 Hour Trading World

Trading has long since evolved from the open outcry pits in Chicago and New York with their limited hours of operation. The advent of CME’s Globex system in the 1990s and the emergence of ECN trading for stocks has created a new paradigm of almost 24 hour trading. In addition, the global nature of the Forex market allows US currency traders to participate in the European and Asian sessions.

  1. Trading Software that Accounts for Global Markets

Considering the interconnectedness of the global markets, traders now also have tools that can analyze and predict the impact the movement in one market has on others.

In the 1980’s, when other traders still had a myopic focus and were hand drawing lines on a chart, Lou Mendelsohn, the founder and CEO of VantagePoint, noticed the dynamic interconnections between related global markets. By integrating them into computerized trading strategies he lead a technical analysis revolution – giving traders an absolutely unprecedented edge.

  1. Predictive Trading Tools like VantagePoint

No longer do traders need to rely out out-dated information. Advanced technology, such as neural network processes that transform lagging indicators into leading indicators, literally give traders insight into what is coming. These powerful forecasts allow traders to get in to trades earlier, often before others have even recognized the trend change, and staying in winning trades longer, can help to ensure a happy and profitable Thanksgiving. This technology can only be found in VantagePoint and this week only the software is being offered at 50% off retail pricing. Now that is something every trader can be thankful for!

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Using Predictive Indicators to Forecast the Futures Market

November 20th, 2015 by VantagePoint Software

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What Futures Market Traders Need to Know

If you’re trading the futures market you probably know that one of the biggest challenges lies in accounting for all the different factors that affect each market. Sure, you know relationships exist and that markets are inter-related – but how do you apply this information to make your trades more profitable?

Watch the video below to see how successful traders are using VantagePoint’s deadly accurate market forecasts to quantify market relationships in order to get into profitable trades sooner and place more effective stops.

We demonstrate the power of predictive forecasts by looking at recent moves in the U.S. Index, Gold and Light Sweet Crude Oil.

How VantagePoint Predicts the Futures Market

Behind the hood of VantagePoint’s powerful trend forecasting capabilities are two patented technologies. The first, which performs intermarket analysis using neural networks and the second which transforms that data into leading market indicators.

Since the futures market will often have big, trending moves, timing is the key to success. Rather than miss the onset of a big move, such as the 2-day jump in gold as seen above, traders can get in sooner and capture more of the profits by using predictive indicators.

The math and science behind this powerful trend forecasting software, which is literally impossible for the human brain to compute, produces forecasts for the futures market that are proven to be up to 86% accurate. To see more and find out how VantagePoint can improve your results in the market, fill out the form on the right and a representative will contact you to schedule a personalized demonstration.

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3 Ways to Profit from Stock Market Charting in the 21st Century

November 17th, 2015 by VantagePoint Software


Charting techniques have evolved considerably from the 17th century traders in Japan who first used candlesticks to track the rice market. Even since the advent of the “modern stock market”, the new technical realties are entirely different than the time of Charles Dow and the early forefathers of the NYSE who used hand drawn charts for their analysis. Today, traders have a myriad of technical and stock market charting tools available to them. So how do you make sense of all these charts and find ways to be consistently profitable in 21st century markets? Here are 3 ways to profit from stock market charting in the 21st century.

Ignore the Market Noise

First, trust the charts you choose to use. Technicians contend they have an edge because they have an idea of what the trading masses are thinking by the tracks they leave on a price chart. Price includes everything. Although fundamental numbers are an important facet in formulating prices, trading is more about the mass psychology of traders than about supply/demand figures or statistics. A trader who is making or losing money is likely to react in a specific way that will be similar to how other traders in other times and other fundamental conditions have reacted in the past. Because of the tendency of human beings to respond to developments as they have before, technical analysts study price patterns on charts to spot instances where traders might react as they did in the past.

So while it is extremely important to recognize that charts don’t lie, they generally rely of past data and this can’t necessarily predict future market direction.

Take your Technicals to the Next Level

Since much of the information on traditional charts is based on prices that have already occurred, they produce lagging indicators – that is, they may reflect what happened in the past well but are not much help in predicting future prices. Of course, that’s what traders would like to know the most and why 21st century stock market charting has involved to more specialized techniques to forecast future prices.

These techniques include Elliott Wave – which says that price moves in three impulse waves and two corrective waves, and previous waves can be used to project price targets and timing of future waves and Fibonacci numbers and ratios – a mathematical series of numbers (1+1 = 2, 2 +1 = 3, 3+2 = 5, 3+5 = 8, etc.) and a ratio between them (0.618 and 0.382 are most common) can help determine price retracement and extension levels.

An even better way is to use charts that employ predictive indicators to forecast future stock prices. VantagePoint transforms traditional moving averages into predictive, market leading indicators. By using a combination of past price data and its predictive technologies, VantagePoint’s indicators give you advanced notice 1-3 days ahead of a stock’s trend change.

Make your Charts Global

Considering the intertwined nature of today’s global markets, stock charts need to be increasingly complex to not only track an issue’s price, but to track the impact of other assets that may affect the stock you are trading.

With its cutting-edge technologies, VantagePoint mines global market data based on intermarket analysis and applies the pattern recognition capabilities of neural networks to produce proprietary, leading indicators that look ahead, not backward for the stocks you trade.

For example, when you are looking at a chart for Tesla (TSLA), a confluence of global markets (from Crude Oil to the Japanese Yen to other stocks in the US auto sector) will affect the stock’s price. The predictive indicators found in VantagePoint incorporate all this intermarket analysis so you have charts with indicators that give you a true 21st century perspective on the markets that can help you to make consistent profits.

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