The purpose of this Market Call section is to
educate readers in technical analysis patterns and indicators. As with all investment
information, you need to research information and consult your financial advisor before
initiating any strategies that are contained in Market Call.
Also, you must realize that as with all trading strategies,
opinions can change quickly depending on market conditions and developments.
This column tries to present historical examples, potential set
ups, and examples of entry and exit strategies.
One question that every trader must deal with in trading or
investing is Time Frame. The Time frame is more important than the indicator parameters
used by a trader or investor.
The focus of the column is on Day Trading. However, the same
patterns, indicators and moving average parameters may be used on 5-minute, 15, minute,
daily or weekly data. The key is to be consistent in your trading style and risk reward
A Day Trading stop loss of average profit may be 1 to 2 points. A
longer term trader may allow a stock to move 5 to 10 points against him before receiving a
To demonstrate the concept visually, below find 3 charts of
America Online, (NYSE: AOL)
These charts are all produced using the same technical indicators
used every day in this column.
Moving Average Crossovers of 5 and 22 exponential moving
MACD (Moving Average Convergence/Divergence with a 9 and 15
Momentum of 22 periods
OBV (On Balance Volume) Traditional Application
The lesson here is to choose your time frame and stick with the
trends of the market.