Blogs

Qualifying Fibonacci: Smoothed TFlow, DOMTracker, and Limits of Volume

Shaun Downey
Jul 15, 2011

Analysis of TFlow® volume and the DOMTracker reveals that each market has its own dynamics and limits. When these limits are reached, exhaustion and major turning points can occur. Smoothed TFlow differs from the normal aggregation in that it... more

Design Your Spreadsheets to Look Like Your Trader Screens

Thom Hartle
Jul 11, 2011

Today, designing Microsoft Excel® spreadsheets can be more than just creating tables with a lot of numbers. As shown here in my columns, you can use conditional formatting such as heat mapping, data bars, and other Excel features to... more

TFlow and DOMTracker, Part 2: Targeting Specific Times of Day to Trade

Shaun Downey
Jul 06, 2011

The escalating prevalence in futures of algos and automatic volume-based trading means that it is possible to join the crowd and concentrate on certain methods for specific times of day. My time to trade is severely limited, so it is necessary to... more

TFlow and DOMTracker, Part 1: Their Uses in Spread Trading

Shaun Downey
Jul 01, 2011

Here, I am going to go through some specific techniques for using TFlow® in spread trading. Certain spreads, such as Heating Oil against Crude, lend themselves to sustained trends. TFlow, in combination with the DOMTracker, can be used to... more

Tricks to Building Excel Spreadsheets from CQG

Thom Hartle
Jun 30, 2011

When designing Excel® spreadsheets like the example below, there are a few shortcuts you can use to make the process easier. Here, we will use the CQG Symbol Search and Quote SpreadSheet to add RealTimeData (RTD) formulas for displaying market... more

Opinion: Illiquidity and the Danger It Fosters for World Equity Markets©, Part 2 by Joe DiNapoli

Jun 27, 2011

Today, we can look eastward to the China Stock Index futures contract and see the similarities between its size and the size of the S&P contract back in 1986, except in China, the situation is worse. In a sincere effort to protect its... more

Opinion: Illiquidity and the Danger It Fosters for World Equity Markets©, Part 1 by Joe DiNapoli

Jun 20, 2011

I trade daily. I traded Over-The-Counter options in the '60s. I have traded US Stock Index futures since the day they started in 1982. I was there in October 1987 when we experienced the 500-point single day decline known as Black Monday. In fact... more

Better Visualize Your Data in Microsoft Excel

Thom Hartle
Jun 08, 2011

RTD allows you to build elaborate quote displays that go beyond straight market quotes such as spread quotes between two markets. However, with more distant delivery months, there may be instances where one market is being quoted, but another... more

Interview with Denise K. Shull on Market Mind Games Part 2

Jun 08, 2011

This is the second of a two-part interview (listen to part 1) with Denise K. Shull, CEO of The ReThink Group, which is the parent company of TraderPsyches. Denise is a thought-leader in the psychology of risk, uncertainty, and exceptional... more

Merging Market Data with Text in Excel

Thom Hartle
May 27, 2011

When designing spreadsheets to visualize the markets, it is tempting to title rows and columns, but then you have to scan top to bottom and left to right to identify exactly what you are viewing. This isn't a problem when the quote display is... more