Pokémon or Profits: Technology is a Game Changer

July 15th, 2016 by VantagePoint Software

Pokemon or Profits

“Pokémon Go” debuted last week and already millions of people have downloaded the app. The game has teens and adults staring at their phones, using technology to chase virtual monsters through parks, streets, and even off cliffs. Nintendo’s ($NTDOY) stock price has nearly doubled. This adds roughly $7.5 billion to the market cap of a game-maker that had previously lagged in mobile gaming. While the concept of augmented reality is nothing new, this is the first commercial breakthrough. 

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Technology has forever changed many industries from retail and automotive, banking and financial services. Being ahead of the curve and applying new technologies that improve current products, processes or experiences is what allows companies to flourish in today’s fast-paced, interconnected world.

Over 37 years ago, stocks trader and technical analysis guru, Louis Mendelsohn, identified an opportunity to take trading software to the next level. By applying an Artificial Intelligence system that analyzes global market relationships and transforms traditional lagging indicators into predictive, market leading indicators, in 1991 VantagePoint Intermarket Analysis Software became the first trading software that could forecast market direction and strength with up to 86% accuracy. To date, over 15,000 traders have utilized this cutting-edge technology to gain an edge on the stock market. And while it won’t help you catch a Pikachu, it will help you catch major profits.

Forecasting Technology in Action

VantagePoint Technology - DR. Horton Stock

VantagePoint forecasted a move to the upside (indicated by the blue line crossing over the black line) in D.R. Horton ($DHI). This stock rose 8.01% in the last 9 trading days. This equates to $2.52 profit per share.

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VantagePoint forecasted a move to the upside (indicated by the blue line crossing over the black line) in the E-mini DIJA D.R. Horton ($DHI). This market moved up $3190 per contract.
VantagePoint Technology - USD/JPY
VantagePoint forecasted a move to the upside (indicated by the blue line crossing over the black line) for USD/JPY. This market went up 257 pips, equating to $2550 per standard lot.

The similarities between VantagePoint Software and “Pokémon Go” extend well beyond the technology. Unlike conventional computer and console games that demand a player’s full attention, “Pokémon Go” can be consumed in bite-size increments throughout the day. This mimics a pattern that already matches most people’s phone usage habits.

Recognizing that most people don’t have all day to spend on their investments, VantagePoint was also built to be a time-saving tool. By requiring just a few minutes each day, the software fits well with the busy lifestyles of traders.

Instead of just augmented reality, how about augmenting your income?

Don’t let this one get away. Request a free one-on-one demonstration today and see for yourself how this trading software is a complete GAME CHANGER.

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

May 26th, 2016 by VantagePoint Software

Don't Sell in May and Go Away
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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5 Tips to Help You Master the Trading Game

April 5th, 2016 by VantagePoint Software

The Masters is special. “A tradition unlike any other” is how the television stations often describe the annual tournament. It isn’t just about golf, it’s an event that stretches into pop culture history.

With a million shades of green (including the iconic jacket donned by the winner) highlighted by acres of blooming magnolias and azaleas, Augusta National provides a pristine backdrop for this annual obsession. But aesthetics aside, no course makes players beat themselves as regularly as Augusta.

masters TradingAs traders, we often beat ourselves too. So in honor of the Masters, here are five ways to stay on course and avoid the common traps and hazards that can derail your game.

1.  Have the Right Clubs in your Bag

Taking your grandfather’s old wooden clubs from the garage may be okay for hacking around the public course while knocking back a few brews. But serious golfers know the need for clubs tailored to you and your game. Beyond the bevy of different brands, you have to choose the shaft of the driver or the degree of loft in the head for your woods. It gets even more granular when you add the cavity and head size of the club face for irons. Putters, forget about it. You could spend weeks selecting from the thousands of options.

The key is finding the right clubs that match your specific swing. For traders, the choice can be simple when it comes to software that fits your strategy. Whether you are a day trader specializing in Forex or a swing trader focusing on a specific stock sector, VantagePoint is the complete software solution for today’s volatile, intertwined markets.

VantagePoint provides leading indicators for about 600 markets across 22 categories divided neatly into three categories – commodities, financials, and stocks with more than a dozen proprietary, forward-looking and easily-accessible technical indicators. No golf cart necessary to tote around a heavy bag, VantagePoint fits nicely onto your home computer.

2.  Timing is Everything

With your golf swing, the key to getting good distance, consistency and control is perfect timing. But this can be elusive for golfers as one millisecond is all it takes to hit the ball too early or too late.

Traders struggle with the same frustrating timing issue. They either get into a trade after a trend has started or got into a trend too early only to get stopped out. They are in the proverbial sand trap because most traders use lagging technical indicators. These indicators rely solely on past data. You can realistically expect better results if you switch to leading technical indicators like those found in VantagePoint.

VantagePoint’s full suite of predictive, leading indicators helps keep your trades on the fairway by achieving that elusive perfect timing.

3.  Hit the Practice Tee

Saying you have to practice, whether in trading or golf, isn’t groundbreaking advice. But, practice without purpose doesn’t make you better. Perfect practice does. You can go to the range and hit a bucket of balls with no purpose and have fun, but don’t expect to break 100 on your next outing. Same thing with trading. To get better you have to practice with a purpose. If you are paper trading, be diligent about your journaling or trading log. Remember, when there is real money on the line, there are no mulligans with your broker. You’re only competing with yourself so be honest about your progress.

4.  Focus on Your Short (Trading) Game

Sure it’s sexy to crush a 350-yard drive with your Big Bertha. But golf is often won and lost around the greens. The pros know they must rely on their short game to win tournaments.

Smart traders also know the market is a two-way street and you need to trade from the short side. Sticking to “long-only strategies” limits your trading opportunities.  VantagePoint’s forecasts provide insight 1-3 days in advance. This allows traders to make money in both up and down markets.

5.  Remember the Wind…

…and the green speed, the grass length, the altitude, the softness of the ball and the thousands of other variables that affect a golf shot.  It isn’t easy to process all this information, even with the help of a professional caddy.

Traders also recognize there is a confluence of factors affecting any market they trade. Solid analysis must include the interplay of global market forces. The price of U.S. equities can be tied to the price of oil, the price of the Chinese stock market and a variety of other market forces. The challenge is finding trading tools that keep pace with the shifting intermarket realities to help predict market trends. Most trading software ignores these intermarket relationships. Those that do are not updating their parameters to forecast new trends.

VantagePoint employs a sophisticated neural network process to identify which markets have the most influence on a target market. It then produces a set of intermarket data to generate predictive indicators for short-term price trend forecasts for today’s volatile markets.

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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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Market Analysis – Technical vs Fundamental

September 11th, 2015 by VantagePoint Software

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A few weeks ago, the VIX posted its largest-ever weekly jump of 118% and then continued to be extremely volatile. Say goodbye to the investor complacency of the past three years, and hello to a new stretch of up-and-down trading.

When this type of two-way volatility appears in the stock market, it tends to stick around for longer than a few days. It also tends to leave traders befuddled and searching for direction – but what kind of market analysis is going to be best suited for today’s trader: technical or fundamental?

The Case for Technical Analysis of Stocks

Technical analysis is the practice of gauging a stock’s future price fluctuations by analyzing past activity. This method involves looking for specific chart patterns and examining other historical data related to price and volume. The field of technical analysis is based on three assumptions:

  1. The market discounts everything.
  2. Price moves in trends.
  3. History tends to repeat itself.

However, this can be problematic when markets are making outlier moves and the validity of previous technical price patterns needs to be questioned.

How Fundamental Analysis Works

Fundamental analysis is a method used to determine the value of a stock by analyzing the financial data that is ‘fundamental’ to the company. That means that fundamental analysis takes into consideration only those variables that are directly related to the company itself, such as its earnings, its dividends, and its sales. Fundamental analysis does not look at the overall state of the market nor does it include behavioral variables in its methodology. It focuses exclusively on the company’s business in order to determine whether or not the stock should be bought or sold.

If the recent markets are any guide, it’s easy to see that individual stocks are impacted by a variety of forces well beyond the company’s fundamentals.

VantagePoint’s Intermarket Analysis Solution

With these huge market swings, a confluence of factors comes into play and it’s really difficult to make a case for using just one strategy to trade. What you really need when markets are in a constant state of flux is a comprehensive analytic framework that accounts for both the fundamental factors and the technical price levels.

This analysis must include the interplay of global market forces because the recent drop in U.S. equities has been tied to the price of oil, the price of the Chinese stock market and a confluence of other market forces. The challenge is finding trading tools that keeps pace with the ever shifting intermarket realities to help predict market trends. Most trading software ignores these important intermarket relationships, and those that do aren’t updating their parameters to forecast new trends.

VantagePoint employs a sophisticated neural network process to identify which markets have the most influence on a target market, then produces a set of intermarket data to generate predictive indicators for short-term price trend forecasts for today’s volatile markets.

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How to Preserve your Money in the Markets

July 30th, 2015 by VantagePoint Software

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When it comes to increasing or preserving your money in today’s volatile markets, it is imperative that traders not only have a solid strategy but also the right tools that give them the insight needed to make wise decisions. VantagePoint’s proven technology uses Intermarket Analysis and Neural Networks to provide traders with accurate forecasts of trend direction, trend strength and the next day’s trading range.

Having this information at the onset of a trend ensures that traders are maximizing their potential profits. With up to 86% accuracy, VantagePoint’s market leading forecasts allow traders to take positions with confidence and not be tricked by sporadic spikes in the markets.

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Greece Crisis and the Effects on Global Markets

July 2nd, 2015 by VantagePoint Software

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It’s safe to say the entire world is feeling the effects of the current Greece Crisis. Regardless of which markets you trade in, there is no doubt this event has caused increased fear and uncertainty for most traders.

The DOW dropped over 350 points on Monday – if your current trading strategy is to follow in the footsteps of what has already taken place then chances are you got caught off guard and ended up on the wrong side of the trade.

VantagePoint’s proprietary market leading forecasts were ahead of this dip and gave traders using the technology the insight that something big was coming. How is this possible? By utilizing Intermarket Analysis and a Neural Network process, VantagePoint identifies and analyzes 25 intermarkets that drive each forecasts market and to what degree the impact will be.

In the video above we take a look at recent forecasts for stocks, ETFs, Forex pairs and commodities that show not only the impact of having this knowledge ahead of time but also just how connected each of these markets really are.

With VantagePoint, you don’t need to worry about adjusting your strategy based on timing, market or any other outside factors. Trust in the 86% accuracy and you’ll find yourself on the right side of the move more times than not.

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Man v. Machine – Artificial Intelligence Trading Software

June 26th, 2015 by VantagePoint Software

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Artificial Intelligence (AI) systems have had varying degrees of success when measured against humans. In problems such as chess, which succumb to sheer computational firepower, the machines have advanced greatly in a short time.

Like chess, financial markets operate under the supposition of rational participants. Humans are supposed to be calculating the odds, maximizing return and minimizing risk.

If this were indeed the case, artificial intelligence trading software would stand a good chance at bettering its human counterparts in making and capitalizing on market decisions. Unfortunately, rationality is not always the best assumption for either humans or markets. One needs to look no further than the current economic situation to observe how irrational human traits like confidence, fear and greed play out in market dynamics. The uncertainty injected by the human participants makes the markets much harder to predict.

Back Propagation Neural Network

However, artificial intelligence trading software can be successfully applied to certain trading functions, specifically intermarket analysis. An invention by Louis Mendelsohn relates to methods and systems for performing intermarket analysis using neural networks. A neural network is a system of programs and data structures that approximates the operation of the human brain. (Learn more about Neural Networks here.)

Mendelsohn’s invention details proprietary methods and processes for selecting from a large pool of available global financial markets. These are the related markets that have the highest relevance in training neural networks to make market forecasts for each ‘primary’ market with a high degree of predictive accuracy. This selection process includes determining ‘key’ intermarkets, ‘general’ intermarkets, and ‘predictive’ intermarkets from the pool of available markets that correspond to each ‘primary’ market.

Neural Network Software

Market data for each of the key intermarkets, the general intermarkets and the predictive intermarkets can then be processed to train neural networks so that when the neural networks process this input data, predictive output data generated by the neural networks for each primary market are as accurate as possible.

After training the neural networks, all relevant market data for each primary market can be processed with the neural networks to predict future market data. That data is then used to arrive at a predictive technical indicator for use by the trader in making trading decisions.

This process drives the VantagePoint software so humans can make rational trading decisions to master the markets.

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How Can VantagePoint Software Diversify Trades in your Portfolio?

May 27th, 2015 by VantagePoint Software

How to Diversify Trades in Today’s Global Markets

Learn to diversify trades

If you’re looking diversify trades in your portfolio then it’s important to ensure you have a system that is accurate and consistent regardless of the market you are trading at that time. VantagePoint’s predictive technology works across all markets and conditions to help futures, forex and even stock traders become consistently profitable, no matter their different trading styles.

In today’s video we showcase recent successful VantagePoint forecasts for the following markets:

Futures chart – We’ll show you a Soybean forecast that helped VantagePoint traders profit $2650 per contract in just 11 trading days.

Forex chart – We’ll show you a U.S. Dollar/Canadian Dollar forecast that helped VantagePoint traders profit $4183 per standard lot over 7 days.

Stock Chart – We’ll show you a Earthlink $ELNK which helped VantagePoint traders cash in profits of 47% in just 36 days.

Why should I diversify trades in my portfolio?

Today’s markets are completely intertwined and have a global impact on one another. Rather than trading in isolation it’s important to have a global perspective on how other markets push and pull the price of the market you are trading. Understanding these complex relationships can help you win across the board when a trend takes place.

VantagePoint Software, developed in 1991 by Market Technologies, LLC holds 2 patents on the science behind applying Intermarket Analysis and Neural Network technology to a trading software. Our software identifies the 25 intermarkets for each stock, commodity, forex pair etc that you are trading and identifies what weight should be applied to each. The end result is a deadly accurate forecast for the next day’s trading range.

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ETF Traders Cash In as Chinese Markets Rally

April 22nd, 2015 by VantagePoint Software

Recent market reforms and the 7-year high in China have given global markets a major boost over the last few days. There’s no denying that changes in one market have a major impact on what happens in another.

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Today we take a look at how traders like you can use VantagePoint’s patented Intermarket Analysis and Trend Forecasting to analyze the relationships across markets and get a head start on major trend movements.

In the video above we show you how to improve you ETF trading with 3 recent forecasts from VantagePoint that demonstrate how $SPY $FXI and $PGJ were all brilliant moves for ETF traders.

VantagePoint forecasted an upward trend in the $SPY back on April 6th, giving our customers a 4-day head-start on the 11-day trend that resulted in a $2.56/share profit. The predicted Neural Index gave traders the confirmation they needed to confidently take that trade.

The Chinese ETF $FXI was forecasted to make a move upwards back in mid-March, giving traders a 5-day jump on the market. That 25-day trend resulted in profits over 22%. If your current trading style does not involve the level of Intermarket Analysis that this software is capable of then stop what you are doing, pick up the phone, and be ready to change your life.

We also visit the recent forecast for $PGJ which increased 15% over the last 22 days. It is these direct and indirect market correlations and the ability to properly analyze each and every one of them that allows serious traders to make serious money. Are you seeing impressive results and returns like this? Tell us in the comments below.

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