TRADINGSIM DAY TRADING BLOG

Welcome to the Tradingsim Blog.  Please browse the various trading categories which cover everything from trading psychology to chart patterns.  Another great resource we offer is our trading simulator which allows you to practice placing trades against real historical tick data.

Bear Trap – Chart Reversal Pattern

bear-trap

Have you ever felt the devastating market force of a bear trap? The all but certain bullish trend stops abruptly and a trend reversal begins. Then you say, “Hey, let’s catch that drop!” and you short-sell the equity. Suddenly, the price does a rapid jump contrary to your trade! What a shame! Have you ever Read the full article →

Fibonacci Extensions – Price Projection Technique

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Whether you want to believe it or not, Fibonacci levels play a critical role in defining support and resistance levels when day trading. The one topic not covered much in the trading community is the impact or rather influence Fibonacci extensions have on day trades.  In this article, we are going to cover foundational topics Read the full article →

2 Simple Fibonacci Trading Strategies

Fibonacci Alligator

0, 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 21, 34, 55, 89, 144, 233, 377…do these numbers look familiar to you? Not really, right? If not, then you definitely need to read the following material. These numbers are the root of one of the most important techniques for determining psychological levels in life and in Read the full article →

How to Trade Early Morning Range Breakouts

Early Morning Range Breakout

Every day trading system conforms to intraday breakouts. The reason for this is that in many cases a breakout could predetermine the future price behavior. Thus, traders use breakouts to set entry points and exit targets for their trades. In this article, we will cover four strategies for how to trade early morning range breakouts Read the full article →

5 Reasons it’s a Bad Idea to Hold Day Trades Overnight

Gap Chart

Are you a day trader? Have you ever considered holding your day trades overnight? Although many traders and investors conduct this practice, today I will explain to you why it is a bad idea if you are day trading. Day Trading What is a day trade? Day trading is when you open and close your Read the full article →

Price Channels versus Bollinger Bands

Three Types of Price Channels

Today we are going to discuss two important tools for identifying support and resistance on any chart – introducing price channels and bollinger bands!  During the course of this article, we will cover the details of each approach and provide a recommendation of which best suits your trading style. What are price channels? Price channels Read the full article →

5 Trading Strategies Using the MACD

MACD Indicator

Are you an indicator trader? If yes, then you will enjoy reading about one of the most widely used trading tools – the moving average convergence divergence (MACD). Today, we will cover 5 trading strategies using the indicator and how you can implement these methodologies within your own trading systems. What is the MACD? The MACD Read the full article →

How to Trade Head and Shoulders Tops and Bottoms

head and shoulders top

What are head and shoulders patterns? Head and shoulders tops and bottoms are reversal chart patterns, which can develop at the end of bullish or bearish trends. Traders like to trade head and shoulders formations as the price targets are very predictable and the formation has an overall success rate greater than 70%. What do Read the full article →

How to Trade Rising and Falling Wedges

Rising Wedge

What are rising and falling wedges? Rising and falling wedges are a technical chart pattern used to predict trend continuations and trend reversals. In many cases, when the market is trending, a wedge will develop on the chart. This wedge could be either rising or falling. Wedges can also appear at the end of a Read the full article →

Alligator Indicator versus the Triple EMA

Alligator Indicator

If you are a fan of trading with moving averages and unfamiliar with the alligator indicator, get ready for a pleasant surprise.   In this article, we are going to do a head-to-head comparison of the Alligator indicator with the triple EMA (TEMA) to see which one comes out on top. What is the Alligator indicator? Read the full article →

How to Trade Triple Bottoms and Triple Tops

Triple Top

If you are a fan of classic chart patterns, look no further as we will cover two of the most reliable chart formations in this article. What are triple bottoms and triple tops? If you see the price of a stock hitting the same resistance level three times in a row, you have a triple Read the full article →

3 Ways to Spot Trend Reversals with the Mass Index

Theory Behind the Mass Index Indicator

If you carefully observe any bar chart, you can see that even when the stock price is trending upwards or downwards, the price is actually ranging. The only difference between trending and ranging markets is the direction of the range. Once you draw an equidistant channel on any price chart, the ranging nature of price Read the full article →

5 Trading Strategies Using the Relative Vigor Index

Relative Vigor Index

What is the Relative Vigor Index? The Relative Vigor Index (RVI or RVGI) is a technical indicator, which anticipates changes in market trends.  Many day traders consider the RVI a “first cousin” of the Stochastic Oscillator due to the similarities in their formulas (both use the open, close, high and low of each candlestick). Since Read the full article →

5 Ways the True Strength Index Keeps you in Winning Trades

Figure 1: True Strength Index 0 Line Cross Suggests Change in the Momentum

The True Strength Index (TSI) is a technical indicator that was developed by William Blau in the early 1990’s. While there are many applications for the True Strength Index, professional traders use the TSI indicator to gauge the strength of a trend.  The TSI is better suited for trade management instead and not providing entry Read the full article →

TRIX – Standard Momentum Oscillator or Something More?

TRIX

What is the TRIX indicator? The TRIX indicator is a momentum oscillator, which assists traders by identifying trending markets and price reversals. The TRIX indicator consists of three major components: horizontal zero line. the TRIX itself, which oscillates above and below the zero line. at the right side of the indicator, you are likely to Read the full article →

3 Trading Indicators to Combine with the Klinger Oscillator

Klinger Volume Oscillator

What is the Klinger Volume Oscillator? The Klinger Volume Oscillator (KVO or KO) is a volume-based indicator, which assists traders to identify a longer-term view of price trends.  Since the KVO is a leading indicator (oscillator), it is not a great standalone trading tool. For this reason, traders often combine the KVO with other trading Read the full article →

7 Reasons Day Traders Love the VWAP

Figure 1: Price of AAPL Compared to Its 5-Minute VWAP

If you are wondering what is the VWAP, then wait no more. VWAP stands for Volume Weighted Average Price and is used to identify the true average price of a stock by factoring volume into the equation. Finding the average price based on closing value of a security will not give you an accurate picture Read the full article →

Tricks You Can Use to Successfully Day Trade with the Williams %R Indicator

Figure 1: Comparing Williams %R and (fast) Stochastic Oscillator

If you are interested in short-term trading such as day trading based on technical analysis, then you would have probably heard about the Williams %R indicator. Pronounced as Percent R, the indicator was invented by famous technical analyst and charting enthusiast Larry Williams. The Williams %R is essentially a momentum indicator, which gauges if a Read the full article →

Ease of Movement Indicator (EMV) – The Best Way to Interpret Price Action

EMV Indicator

What is the Ease of Movement Indicator? The Ease of Movement (EMV) is an oscillator, which analyzes the relationship between price and trading volume.  The EMV has an uncanny ability to identify price inefficiencies in the absence of market volume. The EMV is often represented as a curved line, which bounces above and below zero.  Read the full article →

4 Tips for How to Trade Leveraged ETFs with the Directional Movement Index

Figure 1: The Volatility of VelocityShares 3X Long Crude ETN (UWTI) Can Be Very High

Just like regular exchange traded funds, a leveraged ETF can get you exposure to a particular sector, but as the name suggests, it uses built in leverage to maximize or minimize the exposure, depending on the directional movement of the market. Hence, before you endeavor to trade leveraged ETFs, please remember that it can be Read the full article →

4 Simple Ways to Trade with the Volume Weighted Moving Average (VWMA)

VWMA versus SMA

As stated in its name, the volume weighted moving average (VWMA) is similar to the simple moving average; however, the VWMA places more emphasis on the volume recorded for each period.  A period is defined as the time interval preferred by the respective trader (i.e, 5, 15, 30). Therefore, if you place a 20-period simple Read the full article →

Ichimoku Cloud Breakout Trading Strategy – it’s not as complicated as it looks

Intel Price Chart

What is the Ichimoku Cloud? The Ichimoku Cloud, also known as Ichimoku Kino Hyo is a technical indicator, which consists of five moving averages and a “cloud” formed by two of the averages. The default parameters of Ichimoku Cloud are 9, 26, 52, but these parameters are configurable based on the preferences of the trader. Read the full article →

How to Day Trade with Little Money and Keep Your Day Job

Empty Pockets

This article title is sure promising a lot right up front.  Sounds too good to be true right? Well, yes and no.  In this article, I will cover the two blockers that prevent most people from ever getting into day trading – lack of funds and your day job; however, I will also provide the remedy Read the full article →

Simplest Approach for How to Make Money Trading Stocks

money management

Trading stocks is a daunting task and turning a profit trading stocks is even more difficult.  There are literally thousands of books and articles on the web related to trading and the path to riches. Each author has their theories of how best to trade, but how do you make sense of it all.  Well, Read the full article →