The Summer Trading Haze

May 17th, 2017 by VantagePoint Software

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To Trade Or Not To Trade

Summer trading can be difficult. Once upon a time, “Sell in May and go away” had meaning for traders. It used to be true that folks who pushed big money around went away for the summer, the volume dropped, and volatility increased. After all, big-money traders have families, they take vacations, and generally, need some time off. But with technology creating instant access to the global markets, traders can now do all of the above and still trade forex, ETFs, futures, stocks and everything in between without a problem. This suggests that the summer trading slump no longer exists. According to this study debunking the myths of summertime trading, that might be true.

The Reality

As a trader, the reality is that it doesn’t matter if it is true or not true that summer trading is habitually volatile or it lacks liquidity. Traders trade the markets regardless of season and track the market and trade based on a solid trading strategy. If the market turns volatile or the volume drops precipitously in July, August, or even January, that strategy should indicate the next move a trader should take.

Summer Trading Tips

Some will choose to sit these churning market outs, but others will dive in despite the ups and downs and the lack of liquidity. It all comes down to choice. But if traders choose to trade in the swirl of market instability, here are some basic tips to keep the boat from capsizing.

  • Reduce risk by reducing the bank. Simply, bet less and less often.
  • Reduce risk by setting the stops more tightly.
  • Pay more careful attention to the news. The breathless media can influence the market significantly more when it is in flux.
  • Choose trading spots more carefully. A trending market is more forgiving than a churning market.
  • Use the “down time” to think seriously about the current trading being used and then refine it even more.

What Now?

The market moves relative to events and the perception around those events. Big events include the global economic fundamentals, the patterns found in technical trading, and geopolitical happenings that can cause a market stir, and even what the breathless media says about these events.

Should traders sit out during the summer trading season because of all these reasons? Of course not! In fact, there is a FREE resource guide to make trading under the summer sun a breeze.

A better strategy for summer trading is to watch and see what the action is. If it is wobbly, wade in carefully, rely on accurate trading tools a bit more, and follow the tips above. Traders can reduce the guessing game by using powerful software like VantagePoint to predict market trends 1-3 days in advance with up to 86% accuracy. With the power of Artificial Intelligence and Intermarket Analysis, traders can use this powerful tool to make money no matter what season or market condition.

The Future’s So Bright, You’ve Got To Wear Shades

Some say summer trading activity in futures is higher. Maybe, or maybe not. But the course of action for traders is still the same; Follow the trading strategy set in place, analyze the markets carefully and always rely on accurate trading tools to make informed decisions.

Become a smarter trader and survive the summer trading season with VantagePoint Trading Software. Sign up today to receive a free demonstration of VantagePoint and see how our predictive technology can help you gain an advantage over the choppy summertime markets.

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Sell in May and Go Away?

May 10th, 2017 by VantagePoint Software

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If there is anything to recall relative to the current top-heavy market it would be this: what goes up must come done. And this brings us to “Sell in May and go away,” a ritualistic saying that may or may not is good advice. It truly depends on the market.

Market Trends

The market does not behave on ritual. It is cyclical, pattern-driven and historically bent. But it is not ritualistic. Does this mean traders should not follow the annual advice about “sell in May and go away?” The reality is that the market can, has, and will act differently each and every May. The wins (or losses) a trader encountered will determine whether he or she should sell or buy in May. After all, every portfolio is different. There isn’t a one-size-fits-all strategy. It’s all about doing what’s best to suit each trading style.

The Reality

However, the reality of today’s market suggests traders seriously consider selling this May, or soon thereafter, but not going away entirely. Think about divesting to build up a bank for the correction that is surely coming.  Remember Newtonian physics – what goes up must come down. Be aware, the market has been defying Newton for some time now and the apple is hanging precariously on its branch. But gravity will surely take over eventually.

By any measure, the market is overpriced. For example, the Schiller P/E ratio shows a market almost 10 points higher than the historical mean (25.35 now vs. 15.65 historical). There are more metrics, and here are 20 of them according to Bank of America.

Metrics aside, the biggest reason a trader should prepare for stepping away in May, or soon thereafter, is there is no rational for the big climb since November. The hope that the current political administration and Congress might produce tax reform and remove the regulations that keep the greed of big banks in check is not a solid platform upon which the current lofty market stature can stand. So far we have seen how well this dynamic duo has performed.

What now?

The point is this– the market will correct. It always has and it always will. Maybe not this May, but soon enough given the historical patterns of money movement in the summer. Having suggested this, it does not mean traders simply disappear.

Rather, do this instead:

  1. Keep a watchful eye and be prepared to get out when the correction arrives.
  2. Be patient. As with all corrections, they do not happen overnight.
  3. Use the right tools to track individual markets for short-term movement within the ups and downs of the correction. Find those trend resistors.

By modifying the strategy to adapt to the changing market conditions (whatever they may be and whenever they may happen), traders don’t have to “Sell in May and Go Away.” Instead, they can put themselves in a position to find profitable positions in any given season (and market condition).

The VantagePoint Difference

Smart traders find ways to make money. And all traders want to be smart, right? A tool that can help the timing and give accurate forecasts 1-3 days in advance will be crucial to every trader’s timing strategy. VantagePoint Intermarket Analysis Software provides that forecast with up to 86% accuracy.

Take a look at Nokia ($NOK).  Using the power of Artifical Intelligence and Intermarket Analysis, VantagePoint predicted a bullish trend starting in late April. In the 13 trading days since predicting the trend, the stock has rallied 18.73%. At a very affordable $5.25 share price, traders could have invested a small amount to yield large gains.

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5,000 shares x .95 =  $4,750 in profit!

Had a trader followed the “Sell in May and go away” logic they would have missed this short trend to make a very easy profit.

Despite volatile market conditions, there is always an opportunity to make money with the right tools and understanding. A blind strategy is a poor strategy. Don’t let this be you. Use VantagePoint to your advantage and find those trend-changing trades that can keep you successfully trading while others have simply gone away in May.

What goes up will always come down. Do you have the right tools to handle a market correction? 

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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.

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Trading Under Trump: Uncertainty clouds financial markets

February 21st, 2017 by VantagePoint Software

Trading Under Trump

Earnings, the Fed, the fundamentals, and the President. This is what is facing those trading under Trump. Uncertainty is now the buzz word for traders, and how could it not be? A U.S. president can rattle world markets with the stroke of a pen or a misplaced word. The dollar fell against the yen following President Trump’s executive order attempting to place a 90-day travel ban to the U.S. by citizens of some Middle Eastern countries.

The reality of a U.S. president’s influence on world affairs and markets is not new, of course. But, we seemed to have entered unprecedented times. President Donald Trump’s short time in office has shown how unpredictable he can be compared to his predecessors. That volatility in politics easily transfers to volatility in the markets. Making an already difficult practice even harder for those trading under Trump.

This reality is also not new. As far back as the Great Recession, global markets have struggled through periods of uncertainty. The big question is: how do traders deal with an uncertain Presidential “trump card” hanging over the market?

Normally, one looks at all the factors currently affecting the market to arrive at an understanding. We recently discussed how winning more than losing is all about moving the odds in your favor.

So, in this time and place, we have the unknown in President Trump. We also have knowns in earnings and economic fundamentals. Looking at these two factors, one could assess the market as being in a fairly solid place, right?

The “knowns” are positive

Earnings have provided a very positive outlook recently. As of January 27, with 34% of the companies in the S&P 500 reporting actual results for Q4 2016, 65% of S&P 500 companies have beaten the mean EPS estimate and 52% of S&P 500 companies have beaten the mean sales estimate.

Economic fundamentals are also bullish. The January Dallas Fed manufacturing survey jumped to 22.1, beating the 15.0 expected and marking the highest level since early 2010. December’s report was also revised to 17.7 from 15.5. The report had spent most of the last two years providing negative figures.

The government may trump everything

Despite the reality of decent earnings and decent economic fundamentals, the market might well be trumped by Trump. It’s looking more at the President’s influence over the world, particularly as it relates to the Fed.

Who can forget the Fed? This group has created more uncertainty in the market in the last decade than any other entity. Change is coming, eventually. Fiscal policy, trade policy, and regulatory policies are all on the table and up for review in the Trump administration. In addition, we can’t rule out seeing significant changes for the Federal Reserve and how it conducts monetary policy.

Where does all this lead us? Why right back to the future of the market trying to determine how we turn the odds in our favor with all the uncertainty in play. One choice is to sit it out, watch, and wait. But, four years is a long time.

How traders can balance it all together

So, if trading under Trump is unavoidable, an alternative approach could be to become a smarter trader. Watch specific markets carefully and ask yourself a question – Which individual markets could flourish under President Trump?

Use trading software that can spot similarly trending markets and utilize artificial intelligence to identify trends before they take off. VantagePoint does just this. It utilizes artificial intelligence to forecast market movements 1-3 days in advance with up to 86% accuracy.

With an ever-uncertain presidential cloud looming over the markets, the more reliable tools you have in your corner, the better you position yourself to be profitable.

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2017: Another Year of Buying Dips and Selling Rips

January 20th, 2017 by VantagePoint Software

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This year promises to be, well, a bit wild. Volatility can be expected not just here in the U.S. market, but all over the globe. So when it comes to picking an investing strategy for 2017 “buying dips and selling rips” could prove to be a profitable one.

Already we’ve seen the pound fall, equities slide and gold climbing on concerns U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May is prepared to lead Britain out of the European Union’s single market and act as a guide for other countries that could break from the bloc. At least that’s what President-elect Donald Trump suggests as a possible outcome. Continue reading 2017: Another Year of Buying Dips and Selling Rips

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Five Trading Questions Every Trader Asks (and how we’d answer them)

January 12th, 2017 by VantagePoint Software

Trading Questions

As we ring in another new year it’s important to keep in mind that nothing changes as much as it remains the same. For example, political power has changed, but the themes remain. Republicans will continue to attack the usual topics including the Dodd-Frank regulations that curtail the healthy financial industry. Democrats will continue to attempt to outmaneuver Republicans in an attempt to stop them.

The turbulence from the political battle will no doubt affect the market (another yearly constant) and cause angst for everyone involved. But, more likely than not, the five trading questions we’ve listed below is what’s really going to keep Joe Q. Trader awake at night in 2017. These trite realities will wreak more havoc on you than politics will on the market. At least it will if you don’t learn one simple thing – you can do nothing about the external realities affecting the market. But, you can do much about the internal forces keeping you awake at night. Nothing changes as much as it remains the same. So without further ado, here are five trading questions traders commonly ask and useful mottos to remember when facing your most common trading angst.

5 Common Trading Questions

Did I make the right trade?

Second guessing your trade is useless. If you researched with forecasts that highlight trend changes and set the trade up properly, you have a high-probability trade with a well-defined in and out based on a reasonable profit/loss. Let it ride. Motto: The trade is made, move on.

How could I have been wrong?

Trades go south. Figuring out what went wrong is important. Beating yourself up over it after the fact is not. Learn from those mistakes and protect yourself with the proper tools. VantagePoint provides a clear crossover on its charts indicating trend changes that can be used to improve your timing on entries and exits.  Motto: The trade was made, move on.

Check out this video to see how VantagePoint identifies trend reversals before traditional traders even know what’s going on.

Why did I lose money?

Again, trades go south, which usually means a money loss. But, this is an integral and necessary part of the game. No one wins all the time. The trick is winning more than you lose. See your losses as learning opportunities, nothing more. Utilizing tools like VantagePoint’s Intelliscan will help find trades that are in a better position to move in a given direction. It can also help you identify markets with high volatility that you can avoid until the market becomes more favorable. The goal is to improve your win/loss ratio, not worry about your past losses. Motto: “Fogetta boud it …”

What will the market do tomorrow?

Truthfully, more pundits/analysts get this wrong than right. The market is the collective conscious of millions of humans, so consistently predicting with accuracy the daily behavior is unlikely. VantagePoint’s patented neural networks analyze intermarket relationships and predict market movements with up to 86% accuracy. Utilizing technology will help you sleep at night because it doesn’t have to. Motto: Technology is your friends, let it help you.

Should I even be trading?

For many beginner traders, this question will cause the most sleepless nights. Second guessing your trades, beating yourself up after a poor decision, fretting over losing trades, and betting on what others think the market will do tomorrow will all lead you here. Master the answers to trading questions 1-4 and you are less likely to end up contemplating this question. Something to also keep in mind; trading, like any other skill, takes time to learn. Stay calm and learn from your losses. Utilize the tools available to maximize your potential. Do these things and the answer to question five will more than likely be yes. Motto: Do it right, sleep at night.

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‘Tis the Season for Market Volatility

December 19th, 2016 by VantagePoint Software

Market Volatility Season

Holiday season is officially here. And with that comes holiday parties. Sweet treats, eggnog, fancy attire and of course that one guy or gal that shows up three-sheets to the wind and begins owning the room with loud talk. All eyes turn to that person and others start to wonder, “What will happen next?” Before you know it, the tipsy talker turns the room topsy-turvy with unleashed dance moves that leave a trail of broken lamps, knocked over wine glasses, and people jumping out of the way.

The scenario above is eerily similar to what happens when the stock market is just cruising along like a quiet holiday party – easy, predictable, fun – and then an “event” occurs – oil-price breakdown, Chinese economic downturn, interest-rate hike –the market is suddenly dancing wildly, solid indicators are getting knocked over, and investors are getting out of the way of the wayward drunk.

Hello, volatility.

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How VantagePoint Performed Against the Fed’s Announcement

October 28th, 2015 by VantagePoint Software

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As expected, the market showed various signs of volatility today as a result of the Fed’s announcement. Right around 1:30-2:00pm today we saw some crazy movement in both directions. So we wanted to know (more so, we wanted you to know), how did VantagePoint perform? Because if there’s one thing that trips traders up the most it’s unexpected movements due to outside forces, right?

So we put VantagePoint to the test. We look at forecasts for the Dow, the S&P 500 and Natural Gas to show you whether or not the software was able to withstand today’s volatility.

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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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Intermarket Analysis Software Produces the Most Accurate Stock Forecasts

February 18th, 2015 by VantagePoint Software

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Today’s volatile markets leaves many traders scrambling around the Internet, blogs, Social Media and news outlets looking for any glimpse of hope they can get to better protect their nest egg. But what if it was more simple than that? What if there was a piece of software that consistently produced the most accurate stock forecasts to help you enter and exit trades with precise timing and increased confidence?

Last week we took a look at some recent forecasts for Gold, 1-800 Flowers and Canadian Solar. If you missed that blog catch up here. We showed you how VantagePoint’s deadly accurate forecasts could have resulted in the following for you:

  • Over $14,000 USD in just 2 trades of Gold.
  • 32% profit 8 trading days on 1-800 Flowers $FLWS
  • Profits of $8 per share in 11 trading days on Canadian Solar $CSIQ

This week we’re continuing that conversation by taking a look back at those exact markets to see just how much of an impact you could have made to your bottom line simply by picking up the phone and investing in VantagePoint Software one week ago. You can see from the moves below that you can easily recoup the cost of your investment in a very short time. Again, if the most accurate stock forecasts are what you’re looking for then look no further than VantagePoint.

Identify the Best Trading Opportunities

What makes VantagePoint so powerful is its ability to analyze markets from a global standpoint using tons of data and science behind the scenes. The use of Neural Network software correlates data across 25 related markets for each target market, providing accurate forecasts. The Intelliscan feature easily identifies the best opportunities for you to act on, which eliminates the noise and clutter and allows you to focus on what matters: making more money.

Hold Positions through Confusing Volatility

Many traders lack the confidence necessary to stay in positions when the markets become volatile. The confirmation you get from the proprietary indicators within VantagePoint will make you feel at ease knowing that you know, with a high degree of accuracy, when to enter and exit positions to capitalize on the most profitability.

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