How to Time S&P 500 Entries Using the VIX

VIX S&P 500 Entry Signal

I recently received an email from Dr Alexander Elder in which he mentions using the VIX Volatility Index as an entry signal for the S&P 500. I particularly like that this trading idea is specific and measurable. In this article, I talk about the entry signal and show the results of testing this strategy. Alexander […]

The Best Sources of Free Historical Price Data

One of the questions that I am asked most often is: where can I get free online historical price data? In this article I look at some the best sources of free online data. I give my thoughts on why each source is useful, pitfalls to avoid and links to some useful resources. Why Should I […]

How to Backtest a Stock Market Trading Strategy

In this article I show how you can use Excel to test your own stock market trading strategies. The strategy in this article uses the concept of Relative Strength and tests the Nasdaq 100 and S&P 500 indices. I also share my thoughts about why I think every trader should backtest their strategies. Why Should I […]

How this Psychology Experiment Can make You a Better Trader

I recently thought about the similarities between becoming a successful trader and successfully losing weight. Both of them can be very challenging and need a combination of knowledge, discipline and persistence. One thing I found fascinating was a psychology experiment carried out by researchers at Stanford University. This experiment tested the willpower of students and has some […]

How to Calculate Lots for Fixed Fractional Position Sizing

How Calculate Lot Size

All forex traders will admit that they found lot size a confusing issue when they first started trading. It is more complicated than other markets. However, with the explanation below you will soon be able to calculate the correct lot size with ease. This article shows how to calculate your lot size in order to risk a fixed […]

How to Create an EA for a SuperTrend Trading Strategy v.2

In December 2013 I wrote an article on How to Create a MT4 EA for a SuperTrend trading strategy. Since then the MQL4 programming language has had a few changes. So in this article I will show how to update the EA to reflect the latest version of MQL4. This article is intended for people who […]

A Chess Grandmaster and Trading Strategy

Trading Strategy Chess

What Picture are We Painting? Playing chess is like trying to paint a masterpiece while someone is tugging at your sleeve – Garry Kasparov On June 21, 1999 Garry Kasparov began playing a chess match he would later describe as the, “greatest game in the history of chess”. The game was Kasparov verses the World. This single […]