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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Profit From Negative Market Reactions

January 4th, 2017 by VantagePoint Software

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Here we are, another holiday season coming to an end and another end-of-the-year market with nowhere to go but down. Yes, it’s a gloomy way to look at generally bullish market reactions. The U.S. economy is picking up steam in all the right places – wages, inflation, jobs, manufacturing, and housing. U.S. homebuilders’ confidence soared this month to the highest level in 11 years, reflecting heightened expectations of better sales now and well into 2017.

So, why would the bullish U.S. economy market trends of 2016 turn bearish? Simple, the immediate market reactions to The Fed raising interest rates is wrong, all wrong, and there will be a correction coming. Continue reading Profit From Negative Market Reactions

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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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Father’s Day Gift Guide – 5 Last Minute Ideas

June 18th, 2016 by VantagePoint Software

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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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5 Hot Stocks Heating up the Summer Markets

June 17th, 2016 by VantagePoint Software

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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)

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$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

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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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What May Happen in May? VantagePoint Forecasting Reduces Guessing Game

May 4th, 2016 by VantagePoint Software

Forecasting largeTV weather personalities get a bad rap. Who hasn’t blamed their local meteorologist for getting drenched in a downpour on a “sunny, sunny, sunny” day? Yes, forecasting is complex. Especially for days farther in the future as weather can be chaotic and unpredictable. But, the math behind forecasting skews toward the forecaster being correct.

The website Freaknomics.com recently studied meteorologists’ precipitation forecasts in Kansas City. They found TV weather people were correct 85% of the time one day in advance and 73% right seven days out. On the surface, that would not seem too bad. But consider that if a meteorologist in this study always predicted sunshine instead of rain. They would still be right 86.3% of the time.

The financial markets are just as chaotic and unpredictable for traders. Without the proper tools, the chances of successfully forecasting market direction into the future are slim. Left to their own devices, most traders will be right less than 50% of the time, and the consequences can be far worse than getting caught without an umbrella.

That’s because most traders still use “lagging” single market indicators. These indicators can only see what’s happened in hindsight. They study a chart on Wednesday night, look at a moving average and see that a particular market of interest is trending up or down. They soon find out the trend actually started on Tuesday morning, and they’re already a couple of days late getting into the position. That’s what happens when you look at traditional single market charts and lagging indicators. Even the weatherman have predictive tools, and traders can too.

With VantagePoint Software and its Intermarket Analysis, traders can dramatically improve their odds by using the patented, predictive indicators. These indicators forecast future price trends with up to 86% accuracy. Using patented neural network processes to predict changes in market trend direction 1-3 days in advance, VantagePoint gives traders an unprecedented opportunity to get on the right side of trends at the right time – days before other traders even know what’s happening.

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Want to see how it works? The below video showcases how VantagePoint can help traders identify new trends and opportunities for profit in just seconds.

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Infographic – Grading Common Trading Strategies and Tools

April 28th, 2016 by VantagePoint Software

Trading Infographic

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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A Trader’s Thanksgiving – 6 Reasons to Give Thanks

November 25th, 2015 by VantagePoint Software

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

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

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

  1. The Leveled Playing Field

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

  1. Reduced Commissions and Fees

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

  1. A Plethora of Products

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

  1. The 24 Hour Trading World

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

  1. Trading Software that Accounts for Global Markets

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

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

  1. Predictive Trading Tools like VantagePoint

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

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