How to Avoid Being Fooled by Market Volatility

March 31st, 2017 by VantagePoint Software

Don't be fooled by market volatility

After months of running uphill despite pundits consistently saying market volatility will cause the uptrend to run out of steam, the market is finally beginning to look like it’s running out of steam. As we approach April Fool’s Day traders need to ask themselves “Is it a trick, or is the market volatility defining a new trend?”

A trader only needs to look at the non-market influencers to understand how market volatility becomes prevalent. Economic and earnings news is positive but the threat of rising interest rates looms overhead. The general unease in worldly politics seems to have a spotlight on the tragic comedy that is Washington D.C. Where the talk of policy change positively affecting the markets meets a failure to communicate across the political party aisle.

It’s hard for a trader to determine whether this recent downward move has legs, or if it is just another period of uncertainty caused by market volatility. How can one maintain confidence to place trades when the news surrounding the market is in a state of flux?

The answer is simple. Dismiss it.

Don’t get fooled by the noise that is the news. Focus on the charts and the data. Focus on what an artificial intelligence is telling you.

The artificial intelligence in VantagePoint is up to 86% accurate and can do a better job than the average trader of collecting, crunching, and making sense of the data needed to find trades in the midst of market volatility. VantagePoint’s sole purpose is to find movement patterns in the chaos and give them to traders as market predictions. It’s the equivalent of using a bloodhound to track a scent. It’s been trained to do a single thing which makes it the best at what it does.

The below chart is a perfect example of what happens when you trust the artificial intelligence of VantagePoint. Himax Technologies Nasdaq: HIMX had a bullish crossover in early February. We see the market turns sideways roughly two weeks into the trend. The chart indicates four bearish days in a five-day stretch. Many traders would see this and get out of their position while patting themselves on the back as they think they just avoided an impending downward trend change.

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After a great start, HIMX had a run of bearish days that likely scared away traders not using VantagePoint…

But, VantagePoint is smarter than human traders. It crunches the data and indicates trend changes with a crossover of the blue line against the black line. Yes, the blue line is virtually on top of the black line. But there’s no crossover. The pinching or tightening of the two lines indicates the trend has weakened, but that the overall trend was still up.

Those same traders previously patting themselves on the back missed out on doubling their profit. The trend did not reverse. Instead, it soared up to the $9.50 area (and is still climbing as we write this). If you had gotten in when VantagePoint first identified the crossover, you’d be sitting on more than 82% profit. All while the news surrounding the market during that time attempted to increase the volatility. While the recent news may worry you personally, it won’t have you worried about your positions in the market.

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… but by trusting the artificial intelligence of VantagePoint traders stayed in the trade and more than doubled their profits enjoying 82% growth since the initial crossover.

So, as we recognize an international “day of fooling” take a minute to think about how you’re keeping yourself from being the fool. Don’t let market volatility fool you on April Fool’s Day or any other day. If you’re not confident your current tools can provide up to 86% accuracy the way VantagePoint can, maybe you’re already the fool.

Don’t be fooled by market volatility. Sign up for your free demo of VantagePoint today.

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Become a Better Trader in 10 Minutes

June 24th, 2016 by VantagePoint Software

If you think you’re too busy to find profitable trades, then ask yourself if you have 600 seconds. Because if you’re ready to become a better trader, that’s all it really takes.

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That’s right, in ten minutes or less, you can drastically improve your odds of trading success.

With the help of VantagePoint Trading Software, traders can invest 10 minutes per day to maximize their success in the markets. While the program may be using literal rocket science behind the scenes (see: artificial intelligence), the execution is actually quite simple. Because the more complex a trading system is, generally speaking, the more confusing it is to understand.

Below, we outline the 3 simple steps to utilizing VantagePoint’s Artificial Intelligence software to become a better trader.

Step 1: Build a Portfolio of Stocks

The financial sector took a beating in early 2016. Market volatility was high, low oil prices hurt banks with exposure to energy loans and the political race stirred the idea of Wall Street regulation. After finally rallying back from the early 2016 lows, the surprise Brexit “yes” vote sent things spiraling again.

Of course, not all financial stocks will rally (or fall) at the same pace or at the same time so it’s important to look at different markets at different times and trade where there is an opportunity.

Maybe you have a thing for healthcare stocks. Or perhaps you only like to take long positions in tech stocks. Maybe you want to see what’s happening in the Futures markets? (hint – not a good day for that!)

VantagePoint forecasts for over 2000 stocks in 5 different countries, 67 futures markets, various ETFs and over 10 different Forex pairs. Creating different trading portfolios for different sectors and different trading styles is key and can reduce the time required for daily market analysis. Save as many portfolios as you’d like, name them as you please. When you’re ready to analyze your portfolios move to step 2.

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Step 2: Scan your Portfolios for the Best Trading Opportunities

So you have decided you are bullish on the financial sector and want to take a long trade in a stock that has strong upside potential. It can be done in seconds. Using the IntelliScan® you can quickly identify advantageous trading conditions in charts or reports that are open in a portfolio.

IntelliScan® indicators can help you quickly narrow your focus to only those markets that meet your specific criteria. In this example, VantagePoint scanned 110 stocks and found four that are good candidates for a long trade by filtering for recent crossovers to the upside in the short, medium and long-term trend. The additional filters can be added that provide extra confirmation that these four stocks are likely to head higher in the next few days.

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Step 3: Use the Charts to Confirm the Trade

Now that you’ve found potential long trades in the financial sector, it’s time to analyze your charts. Unlike traditional market lagging indicators, VantagePoint’s Predicted Moving Average doesn’t simply look at past price data, it forecasts 1-3 days in advance, alerting you to impending trend changes before they occur.

As you can see below, when the blue line crosses above or below the black line, a trend reversal is about to take place. Once the reversal occurs, the trend is likely to continue until the next predictive crossover takes place. With this “jump” on the markets, traders see a huge improvement in their timing and direction, ultimately leading to more profitable results.

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Another powerful forecasting tool within VantagePoint is the Predicted Neural Index. This green oscillator forecasts the short-term strength or weakness of a trend. When the Neural Index has a value of 1 the market will likely move higher over the next two days. When it is at a 0 the market will likely move lower over that time period. VantagePoint’s Predicted Neural Index can be used in conjunction with its Predicted Moving Average crossovers to give you additional confirmation, which will give you more confidence to enter or exit a trade at the onset of a trend reversal – often days before other traders even figure out what’s going on.

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Not a bad use of 10 minutes, huh?

Sort, filter, analyze, confidently take positions and then move on to the rest of your day. Becoming a better trader is as simple as that. VantagePoint Software Forecast

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5 Hot Stocks Heating up the Summer Markets

June 17th, 2016 by VantagePoint Software

Hot Stocks

Summer panic often sets in around the 4th of July. The warm months are ticking away and traders want to maximize the last few months before the holiday season sneaks up on them. Come August, traders don’t want to be spending days in front of their computer trying to pick hot stocks, they want to be outdoors taking advantage of the heat.

While summer markets can be precarious, the current market environment provides favorable conditions for selective stock buyers. Despite all the recent back and forth trading action, over 25% of NYSE stocks hit new 52-week highs in the last two weeks. That’s a pretty impressive bullish indicator to counteract the omnipresent fear of a summer slump and a host of other negative drivers including the “Brexit” vote.
But this massive wave of new highs doesn’t tell you if you should buy into the market right now, let alone which sectors and stocks, in particular, you should buy. That’s something only a uniquely honed trading system like VantagePoint Intermarket Analysis Software can do.

Fundamentals, seasonality, and most traditional technical analysis can’t compete with VantagePoint’s patented trend forecasting abilities. The proprietary and patented market-leading forecasts put bulls ahead of the rally to get you in an upward trending stock before most other traders know what’s happening.

How is this possible?

By utilizing artificial intelligence to identify intermarket relationships to quantify the impact that outside market drivers have on the stocks you want to trade. That technology has led to a software that can predict market movement with up to 86% accuracy.

Here are 5 hot stocks that have recently started to heat up in a variety of sectors. From a big box retailer (COST) to a resort and entertainment conglomerate (WYNN) to a technology communications company (EGHT), VantagePoint traders would have been able to profit from the big up trending moves in these stocks.  Were you aware of these stocks, and if so did you get into position as soon as VantagePoint users did when they saw the crossover?

Hot Stocks #1 – Costco Wholesale ($COST)

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$COST saw a crossover at the end of May and has remained bullish ever since. The price per share has grown more than $20.

Hot Stocks #2 – 8×8 Inc. ($EGHT)

Hot Stock - EGHT

$EGHT has been bullish for quite some time. After a volatile start to May, this relatively cheap stock has seen it’s price climb from $11.60 to nearly $14 since the last crossover.

Hot Stocks #3 – Stericycle ($SRCL)

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Traders without VantagePoint might have been tricked out of their long position when $SRCL showed some consolidation in late May. But without a crossover, VantagePoint users have continued to reap the benefits of a bullish trend nearly 30 days and counting.

Hot Stocks #4 – Taser ($TASR)

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A bullish trend that started in early May just ended earlier this week. But not before the stock price rose by more than $4 per share. A recent crossover to the downside looks like it may be nothing more than a hiccup as our patented PMA isn’t gaining any separation from the SMA.

Hot Stocks #5 – Wynn Resorts ($WYNN)

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Long positions have been riding $WYNN since the latter half of May. We do see some consolidation of late, but without a definitive crossover and a strong neural index, traders will be paying close attention to see what VantagePoint says in the coming days.

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5 Must Have Tools for Summer Stock Trading

June 2nd, 2016 by VantagePoint Software

Summer Stock Trading Tools

Summer stock trading can be stressful. Volatility is often higher and volume tends to be down. But with just 99 days of summer, traders shouldn’t have to choose between a day in the sun and a profitable trading opportunity. The thing about trading is that with the right tools, you can do it anywhere.

All it takes are a few gadgets traveling traders have come to rely on. We’ve compiled the five resources that will take the stress out of trading and investing and allow traders to focus on the vacation planning.

1. Microsoft Surface Pro 4

Summer Stock Trading - Microsoft Surface Pro 4The power of a laptop, the portability of a tablet. The Surface Pro 4 can run any trading software and keep the markets at your fingertips. With a multi-positional kickstand, keyboard with a touchpad and a Surface Pen stylus already bundled in, you’ll have everything you need to trade in one compact device.  (Prices start at $899)

2. AMPL Smart Bag

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Traders always looking for an “insider tip” get one from this bag. The SmartBag has integrated SmartBatteries that will charge tablets, smartphones, laptops and up to 6 other gadgets through built in USB outlets. Now traders won’t have to worry about losing power while trading the markets. ($249-$499)

3. goTenna

Summer Stock Trading - goTennaTraders can eliminate the fear of going off the grid and missing trading opportunities. When there’s no cell coverage or Wi-Fi, you can activate goTenna. The device is less than 6” long and wirelessly pairs to your iOS or Android device via Bluetooth-LE. Stop worrying about placing your stops or scheduling your activities around market availability. Take a hike and trade from the trails! ($199 for a 2-pack)

4. Primula Cold Brew Ice Coffee Maker

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A good trading day begins with good coffee and in the summer it’s time to switch from hot to cold. This sleek and elegant manual iced coffee maker allows you to cold brew your favorite coffee from a 50-oz. borosilicate glass carafe. Channel the mindset of the Europeans to get in the zone for your Forex Trades. ($29.99)

5. Yubico Security Keys

Summer Stock Trading - Yubico Security Keys

Don’t worry any longer about losing your laptop and leaving your portfolio in peril. These keys ensure that if you accidentally leave your laptop by the pool, no one can access it. This little device plugs into any USB port and restricts access to your computer without it! Put it on your key ring and focus on your trades instead of your belongings. ($18- $50)

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Why Traders Shouldn’t ‘Sell in May and Go Away’

May 26th, 2016 by VantagePoint Software

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Veteran traders have heard it before. Sell in May and Go Away. The idea behind the catchy strategy is warning traders of increased volatility and lower trading volume during summer months.

Some would argue this summer is the proverbial poster child for this strategy. An uncertain and highly divisive U.S. political landscape, a likely rise in interest rates this June and international turmoil such as the Brexit are just the tip of the iceberg. It’s no wonder long-side traders are thinking of pulling money from the market and sticking it in their mattresses.

But, the fact is that even the most bullish bulls can make money from the long side during the summer months. A blind strategy is a poor strategy unless you’re trying to leave money on the table.

If not ‘Sell in May and Go Away’ then what?

The quick answer is that there’s always an opportunity to make money with the right tools and understanding.

On the economic front, there are bright spots that could drive the market higher. The U.S. economy is stronger than the breathless media contends despite their efforts to suggest an apocalyptic recession is on the horizon. New U.S. single-family home sales surged to an eight-year high in April and home prices hit a record high. The usually strong spring housing market could even be stronger if only there were more homes for sale.

While all this positive economic news is great, it doesn’t mean that traders should blindly buy the SPY or other long market ETFs this summer for the sheer fun of it. Understanding which opportunities are strong stocks that have an established upward trend is the other half of this equation. Utilizing the proper tools and strategies to navigate expected summer market volatility will be how traders can use this positive news to create personal financial gains.

Instead of taking the “Sell in May and Go Away” approach, you may want to capture stocks that are in a short-term uptrend. As more of a swing trader, traders will typically hold a position for a few days up to a couple of weeks. Summer is no time to force your desires on the market. If the market tells you to get out, then do it. Light volume can exacerbate moves. Your timing will be more important than ever

Having a tool that can help your timing and give you an accurate forecast 1-3 days in advance will be crucial to your timing strategy. VantagePoint Intermarket Analysis Software provides that forecast with up to 86% accuracy.

The proprietary and patented market-leading forecasts put bulls ahead of the rally to get you in an upward trending stock before most other traders know what’s happening. How is this possible? By utilizing artificial intelligence to identify intermarket relationships and analyze the strongest drivers and pullers for a particular market.

By using the right tools, and modifying your strategy to adapt to the market conditions, you don’t have to “Sell in May and Go Away.” Instead, you can put yourself in a position to find profitable positions in any given season. Smart traders find ways to make money. And we all want to be smarter traders don’t we?

VantagePoint Forecasting in Action

We’ve captured a few examples of growth in the below video to demonstrate how bullish trends do happen in May. You just have to know where to find them, and when to do something about them.

In this video we review the following recent moves:

  • L3 Communications ($LLL) which increased 26.69% ($21.41 per share) over 49 trading days.
  • Boston Scientific ($BSX) which increased 31.82% ($5.67 per share) over 70 trading days.
  • Integrated Device Technology ($IDTI) which increased 11.11% ($2.28 per share) over 16 trading days.
  • Sanmina Corporation ($SANM) which increased 17.62% ($3.91 per share) over 22 trading days.

 

To learn more about how to use VantagePoint and see firsthand how our patented, predictive forecasts can help you, request a free demo.

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UPDATE: VantagePoint Helps Customer Find 256% Growth with Accurate Forecast

April 21st, 2016 by VantagePoint Software

VantagePoint tracks CDE to a 250% uptrendUPDATE: The day after we  posted this video and blog, $CDE dropped, become a 4 day trend to the downside. 

That is plenty of time for most traders (without VantagePoint) to consider the uptrend over and get out of this position. However, the downtrend would soon show itself to be nothing more than a speedbump on a strong uptrend that grew an additional 20% after the loss.

Traders who use VantagePoint would have been able to see this as nothing more than a short-term loss and stayed in the trade. How would they have known to do that? Check out our updated video to see how VantagePoint’s forecasts saw through this sudden change and presented our users with even more chances to grow their profits. Scroll below the video to read the original post and watch the original video.

As a trader, just because you aren’t familiar with a particular stock or market, doesn’t mean you should miss out on a tremendous opportunity to profit. We received an email from a VantagePoint user explaining that he had made “a boatload of money” on a stock he had never heard of, or traded before.

He went on to explain that the stock showed up on one of VantagePoint’s scans as a potential trading opportunity. Coupled with his reliance on VantagePoint’s up to 86% accuracy, he took advantage of this information and has made a 256% return on his initial investment!

Check out our quick video that walks through exactly what you could have seen on day 1 of this potential trade and how using VantagePoint’s predictive indicators could have given you the confidence to remain in this trade and make a huge return.

This is a perfect example of what VantagePoint does for our customers. It identifies trading opportunities you can get involved with and profit from. That is why so many of our customers have been able to recoup the cost of the software so quickly.

Don’t limit yourself to your familiar and favorite stocks. Look beyond that and let yourself find the opportunities that can help you grow your trading account.

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VantagePoint Finds Cinderella Stocks You Can Profit From

March 29th, 2016 by VantagePoint Software

It’s that time of year again when the office comes together and collectively wonders how Janice from Accounting is once again leading this year’s NCAA March Madness office pool. Whether your bracket has been busted or not, everyone loves the Cinderella stories that capture everyone’s attention.

Cinderella Stocks

According to a recent Forbes article, roughly $9 billion was wagered on last year’s tournament and an estimated $1.9 billion was lost in reduced workplace productivity. Meanwhile, MarketWatch reports that studies show stocks can produce below-average returns during popular tournaments like the college basketball championship.

While anyone can enjoy seeing an upset in the first round, most traders don’t like seeing their investment portfolio being forced to rebound from a down month. That’s where VantagePoint comes in.

Thanks to the predictive indicators, VantagePoint helps traders find those “Cinderella stocks” that often times go unnoticed even though they’re out-performing their industry.

Check out a few stocks that we’ve highlighted in this video and let us know if you’ve got a few Cinderella stocks of your own.

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How to Profit From FANG Stocks

February 3rd, 2016 by VantagePoint Software

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Love him or hate him, Jim Cramer is in your face. Whether he’s screaming at you while you’re drinking your morning coffee watching CNBC or you’re reading his bold proclamations on the TheStreet, Cramer’s impact on how we view and discuss the stock market can’t be discounted. Cramer coined the FANG acronym back in 2014 and it is now rolling off the tongues of all the financial TV talking heads.

In case you’ve missed out, FANG is a snappy acronym for Facebook (FB), Amazon (AMZN), Netflix (NFLX) and Google (GOOG), the quartet of turbocharged technology businesses that have a tremendous impact on the stock market.

While the fab four were major drivers behind the rally in early 2015, the FANG stock’s performance in 2016, along with the rest of the stock market, has been mixed. Valuations can be tricky for these kinds of companies. They are investing tons of money for future growth, so current earnings don’t really paint the whole picture.

Considering this new market paradigm, traders can no longer buy and hold the FANG stocks and hope for double-digit returns. That doesn’t mean there aren’t profitable opportunities from both the long and short sides of the market. Today’s traders who use market forecasting tools like VantagePoint can have confidence getting into trending trades in both directions.

Trading FANG with VantagePoint

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In this NFLX chart, VantagePoint forecasted a downward move when the predicted moving average crossed below the traditional moving average all the way back in mid- December 2015. Many traders were still loving the FANG stocks, especially NFLX at that time, but VantagePoint traders could have potentially been short from $125 all the way down to $85.

Watch the video below to see a full analysis and breakdown of VantagePoint’s forecast for NFLX since early December.

For traders who are uncomfortable with shorting the FANG stocks or have account restrictions, all four stocks have very liquid options contracts with very high open interest and tight bid ask spreads.

If the current market volatility is taking a bite out of your FANG investing profits, you can bite back having VantagePoint’s market forecasting tools for two way trading opportunities.

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Make Money in a Declining Market

January 29th, 2016 by VantagePoint Software

It’s one of the most common questions we get. “How can I make money when the market is going down?”

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The truth is simple: there’s no such thing as a bad market. There is, however, bad information and if your current trading strategy is lagging the market, well then it’s going to be very difficult if you don’t see these declines coming.

That being said – our customers are finding plenty of opportunities to make money in these down markets. We share their strategies below.

Here are two ways to make money in a declining market:

Selling Short

Smart traders know that the market is a two-way street and that you can trade from the short side. VantagePoint’s forecasts provide insight 1-3 days in advance. With that information, traders can take a short position and actually make money in a declining market.

However, not every trader is comfortable with this technique. No worries, there’s another way.

Go Long on Inverse ETFs

“For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction.”

When a market is declining, there are inverse ETFs that will be going up. VantagePoint makes it easy to scan for opportunities and find these opportunities ahead of time.

Are you feeling anxious in the market? Why not adapt a strategy that has been consistent and accurate at forecasting markets and helping traders make money for over 25 years.

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Swing Trading Strategies

December 16th, 2015 by VantagePoint Software

What is swing trading anyway?

SWING TRADING STRATEGIES

This technique is often used by stock and options traders and tends to be more long term than day trading. Swing traders seek to capture explosive moves in the market, up or down, for profit. When the swing slows, they exit the position. As many swing traders will tell you – the trend is your friend.

If you break down the term swing trading into its components, the first part is a swing. No matter the technique, if there’s not a swing of some degree after you buy, then you will not be able to sell at higher prices and vice versa. Trading is the next part of the term and you shouldn’t take this lightly. There is a big difference from traders and passive investors. Traders don’t buy and “hope.” They never get married to a trade regardless of what they hear from the media, friends, relatives or whomever.

Swing trading can be broken down into three key phases:

1. The Development Stage

2. The Recognition Stage

3. The Bandwagon Stage

Knowing how to identify each stage at the optimal time and how to react during those stages is key. Here are some tips on improving your swing trading skills and increasing your profitability.

The Swing Trading Development Stage

The first stage is the œdevelopment stage.  Swing traders want to be able to identify an opportunity early on so they can get into position during the development stage. While this is obviously an optimal situation it is often difficult for traders to implement. Why? Because on a chart, this often looks like a congestion or balancing zone.

Recognizing Profits in Swing Trading

The second stage the recognition stage. This is where you can begin to see a surge in price, either upwards or downwards. Those fortunate enough to have entered during the development stage are often challenged with remaining in a profitable position for a longer period of time. The idea is to capture more of the swing, not to lose confidence and get out while leaving money on the table.

Swing Trading Exit Strategies

Finally, there is the bandwagon stage. This stage is usually determined by a plethora of market specific news reports mentioned on TV.

The bandwagon stage is where many people lose money when investing, especially when investing without a defined plan. Now, that is not to say that those who enter the market at this time are going to lose, but all too often the trend is over by this time.

Timing is Key for Swing Trading

If you’ve already picked up on the common trend here (see what we did there?) timing is everything for swing traders. It’s near impossible to be successful in any of these 3 stages if you don’t have a system or a strategy for knowing what may happen in the market.

Meet your solution.

VantagePoint Trading Software has been utilizing Intermarket Analysis with predictive technologies to forecast market strength and direction for the past 25 years. This proven technology helps swing traders identify developments before they happen, gives them the confidence to stay in position longer and warns of when a trend may be coming to an end. With accuracy documented up to 86% for some markets, this technology has changed the game for swing trading as it provides consistent and accurate data for traders.

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