Commentary

A Look at the Copper Market

Jan 13, 2015

Today's Lows are Tomorrow's Highs

Copper fell 15.78% on COMEX and 14.59% on the London Metal Exchange in 2014. Copper has been making lower highs and lower lows since July 2014. The copper market has just moved into a new zone and the... more

Gold Coiling For a Breakout

Jan 12, 2015

Over the past two months, February gold has been rotating within a 11469-to-12390 balance range. However, over the past four trading days, gold was confined to a relatively tight 12054-to-12233 balance range. When a volatile market such as gold... more

Failure Breakout in Natural Gas Spread Could Lead Move in Opposite Direction

Jan 05, 2015

Over the last thirty trading days, the February/April natural gas spread has come off sharply about 800 points, leaving several gaps along the way. A few weeks ago, after the spread fell about 500 points in ten days, the market came into a... more

New Year Reflections: Commodities Winners and Losers

Jan 05, 2015

The dollar is still the world's reserve currency and there is an inverse relationship between the greenback and commodity prices.

The Dollar and Commodities

In 2014, the dollar was a big winner and many commodities were losers.... more

Following the Path of Least Resistance

Nov 03, 2014

This article will try to illuminate why most retail traders fail at speculative trading. I would argue that the simplest reason for failure is that they are fighting the path of least resistance. Looking at the chart below (Figure 1) of the spot... more

Short-Term Trading Techniques with CQG's Time-Based TFlow

May 28, 2014

Many speculative traders are attracted to short-term or intraday trading for a wide array of reasons. These reasons include the fact that trades executed are typically lower risk as well as superior winning percentages when compared to trades... more

High Frequency Traders and You

Apr 08, 2014

As a devoted CQG trader, investor, portfolio manager, hedger, etc., how does high frequency trading (HFT) affect the way you do business? Some might say that you can't get a good fill at your price, while others have just thrown their collective... more

Two Volatility Indicators Are Better Than One

Aug 06, 2012

Although most mathematical technical indicators focus on capitalizing on either trending behavior by using tools like moving averages (see Trend Following Kept Simple: The 200-Day Simple Moving Average) or on counter-trending action through... more

Identifying Trend Changes Using the Guppy Multiple Moving Average

Jun 04, 2012

Daryl Guppy developed a trend-following technique using twelve exponentially-weighted moving averages. The twelve periods featured in his books are 3, 5, 8, 10, 12, 18, 30, 35, 40, 45, 50, and 60. The 3-, 5-, 8-, 10-, 12-, and 18-period... more

Trend Following Kept Simple: The 200-Day Simple Moving Average

Apr 30, 2012

Many technicians use complex technical indicators such as Average True Range, but experienced ones use them in conjunction with basic indicators such as volume and long-term simple moving averages. Arguably the most important of trend-following... more