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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JACK OF ALL TRADES: Why Successful Traders Trade Everything

November 16th, 2016 by VantagePoint Software

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We all have that relative, we’ll call him Uncle Joe, that claims he “made a killing” trading FANG stocks early in the year. Meanwhile, the talking heads on financial TV programs say all the “smart money” has been doubling down on the banking sector for its next big run up in the 3rd quarter with no mention of the FANG stocks. Successful traders, however, know that when it comes to identifying specific sectors or stocks that can yield a quick, profitable return, it can be difficult to know what direction to go.

The reality is that these specific “can’t miss” strategies are not only limiting but often ill-fated. If you want to be a successful trader, aim to become a “Jack of All Trades” instead of a master who focuses on one.

This is because the majority of Wall Street, like the guy that gave the tip to Uncle Joe, have their own agendas. They are hyping a specific stock or sector for their own gains. Research shows the so-called “gurus” don’t fare much better than the individual investor. The CXO Advisory Group has a section on their website titled Guru Grades. They go through years of data they have compiled to tabulate how many times each guru “got it right” on their forecasts. With dozens of gurus on their site, their accuracy ranges from 68% to 20% over a multi-year period.

While no one is expected to be right all the time, it leaves us to wonder how “guru” status is achieved when one’s accuracy shows a failure rating of more than 50%.

The lesson we should take from this is that it’s not about what you trade, but how you trade. If you feel compelled to find the next “vehicle” for your success, here’s a better idea: Find the success first and then trade any vehicle. Traders tend to spend too much time focusing on what’s hot. However, it isn’t the vehicle or the potential that is going to make you successful. Success comes from having the right technical tools and applying that knowledge to the markets.

Instead of listening to someone with a 65% failure rating, how about using a tool that can forecast trends across a variety of markets with up to 86% accuracy?

VantagePoint Trading Software utilizes artificial intelligence to create high-probability forecasts of market trend direction. This helps traders anticipate changes in price direction, rather than identifying trends after the fact, and gives traders confidence to find profitable opportunities in any market, no matter if they are trading stocks, futures, ETFs of Forex.

Sound technical tools should work largely the same in any market. As a trader, just because you aren’t familiar with a particular stock or market, doesn’t mean you should miss out on an opportunity to profit. But how does a trader find new opportunities if they are used to only trading one asset class?

In addition to helping traders be on the right side of trends, VantagePoint’s trading technology it can help find profitable opportunities in other markets. The IntelliScan® feature in VantagePoint can identify potential trades using criteria chosen from more than 70 filters. It then combines the data with its predictive indicators to identify trend direction, trend strength, market momentum, potential trend changes, along with next day highs and lows and possible points for trade entry and exit.

So stop using Uncle Joe as your source for identifying hot new trends, stop relying on talking heads who are right as often as they are wrong, and start utilizing a tool that has a proven record of making the right call across hundreds of markets and become a jack of all trading.

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

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Back to Basics – Trading 101 with VantagePoint

August 17th, 2016 by VantagePoint Software

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It’s back to school season and for many traders, a little trading 101 is all it takes to start schooling the markets. We’ve compiled the top 10 ways VantagePoint Trading Software can help traders gain a major edge and move to the top of their class.

#1 Learn your ABC’s

Technology is rapidly changing the atmosphere for traders. As we become more dependent on data and technology, traders have to be sure their strategy and tools are keeping up. VantagePoint uses Artificial Intelligence through a Neural Network process to provide traders with forecasts that are: Accurate, unBeatable and Consistent. With these ABC’s on your side, your results will improve drastically.

#2 Get to the Head of the Class

What separates the 90% of unsuccessful traders from the 10% who are profitable? Unsuccessful traders REACT to the market whereas successful traders ANTICIPATE the market. VantagePoint’s ability to forecast market direction and strength with up to 86% accuracy puts our users at the top of their trading class.

#3 Don’t Get Bullied Out of Trades

The market can be fickle and completely irrational. Much like the bully in class, it can take advantage of traders who lack the necessary confidence to stand up for themselves.

So how can traders become more confident?

By trading with consistently accurate data that doesn’t let them down.

With VantagePoint at their back, traders can rest assured they are making the right decisions with their money.

#4 Paint the Whole Picture

Much like grade school – trading is one part art and one part science. Mastering your tools and your technique are equally important. However, trading without the full-picture can be dangerous. VantagePoint uses a full global market approach to ensure traders have all the information they need to make profitable trading decisions.

#5 Rely on your Study Buddies

You don’t have to take on the markets alone. The world-class support team at VantagePoint is dedicated to your success. From 24/7 access to the Customer Learning Center, a dedicated account manager and various ongoing customer webinars, we’ll be here when you need us most. Whether it’s a phone call, email, remote login session or a quick live chat on our website – we’ll respond to your every need.

#6 Be On Time

When it comes to the markets, timing is EVERYTHING.

If you’re showing up late, you’ll almost never get ahead.

Tools and strategies that rely on outdated market lagging indicators will consistently have you chasing trends that have already started.

VantagePoint’s proprietary market leading indicators put traders on the right side of trends BEFORE they take off.

#7 Enjoy Recess Time

The best traders around will tell you – just because you trade does NOT mean you need to be stuck inside, in front of your computer. VantagePoint makes your trading simple and clear, giving you more time to enjoy what really matters in life.

#8 Make New Friends

Much like school, trading can be more fun with friends. Read what just a few of ours have to say about VantagePoint…

“I exited two futures trades early this morning for a whopping 85% total gain and increased my small trading account by 35.2%. Your help has been invaluable to me.” – Dale M.

“At this point I’m enjoying about 75% profitable trades. I’m able to cut losers quickly, and let the winners run. I am getting to feel very comfortable with VantagePoint!” – Tom H.

#9 Ace Your Tests

How does you trading report card look? Some of the most prestigious publications in the industry have put VantagePoint to the test.

See what they had to say…

“VantagePoint is intuitive, easy to use, and offers traders unique leading-type technical indicators. Most analysis software operates by plotting only current and historical prices. VantagePoint is different in that it was designed to tell you tomorrow’s expected high and low.” – Stocks & Commodities Magazine

“VantagePoint offers the trader a number of new indicators that, unlike the lagging indicators that are prevalent in most trading programs, are instead designed to be leading indicators.” – Traders Magazine

#10 Advance to the Next Grade

Trading Stocks? Forex? Futures? ETFs? Options?

Quite possibly the best part of using VantagePoint is that it works for ALL markets, regardless of your trading style. When you’re ready to diversify into new markets or add new sectors, our team will be here.

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Father’s Day Gift Guide – 5 Last Minute Ideas

June 18th, 2016 by VantagePoint Software

Father's Day

What does your trader father want this Father’s Day? Cash. Period. And yes, so does the mailman and really anyone else who will happily accept the one gift that is always the right size and color.

But Martha Stewart says that giving cash is tacky, and let’s face it, she not only knows about gift giving etiquette, she knows a thing or two about trading (albeit the insider kind). So here are five last minute gifts you can order online to score some points with those fathers’ out there.

 1. Trading Places DVD -Amazon $3.99

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Perhaps no movie is more quoted by traders than this 1983 classic starring Dan Akroyd and Eddie Murphy. However, it’s Ralph Bellamy and Don Ameche who steal the film as the Duke Brothers. This is a timeless trading classic that can be watched over and over.

2. Aeron Chair – Herman Miller $729

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Is the trader in your life glued to the screens, analyzing and trading the markets? To help them better cope with all that sitting, consider one of the pro-grade chairs from Herman Miller like the Aeron. Their backs will thank you.

3. Replica Stock Ticker Tape Machine Bull Market Gifts.com $49.99

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The ticker tape era is long gone, but this Replica Stock Ticker Tape Machine is a great nostalgia piece perfect for any trader’s desk or office. Nicely detailed with an antiqued finished, this ticker comes completed with wrinkled up ticker tape for an authentic effect. Just like a value stock, it seems more expensive than its price of $50.

4. Triple Monitor LCD Display Array Multi Monitors.com $695

Father's Day Gift - Monitor

More is definitely better when it comes to monitors. Save the trader in your life the frustration of trying to cram multiple charts on to one screen or having a hodgepodge of screens cluttering up their desk.  This triple monitor stand can make even the retail trader feel like a hedge fund tycoon.

5. VantagePoint Intermarket Analysis Software 

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One of the best things a trader can do to navigate the markets this Father’s Day and beyond is to invest in the right trading tools. With VantagePoint, traders enter positions earlier and stick with winners longer to capture more of the trend using reliable price forecasts The technology found in VantagePoint has been tested and proven for three decades and has transformed the lives of literally thousands of traders.

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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?

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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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Infographic – Grading Common Trading Strategies and Tools

April 28th, 2016 by VantagePoint Software

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It’s report card time! After the NFL Draft, the annual exercise of pundits immediately distributing grades takes place to express their “expert” opinion on which teams maximized their value and filled their roster holes.

While most (okay, probably all) of you don’t own an NFL team, you ARE a trader looking to increase your profitability in the markets. Well, you’re in luck. The following infographic grades different tools, trading strategies, and systems to help you take your trading to the “Big Game.”

The Grades – Common Trading Strategies and Tools

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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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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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