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Comments for The Amateur Trader http://www.pulvercapital.com/trade Online Diary of an Average Internet Securities Trader Sat, 20 May 2006 07:23:53 +0000 hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.4 Comment on Option Sell to Close UVART by amateur_trader http://www.pulvercapital.com/trade/?p=23#comment-6 Sat, 20 May 2006 07:23:53 +0000 http://www.pulvercapital.com/trade/?p=23#comment-6 Our favorite stock analysis software is an ASP called the Investor Toolbox. This is our primary source for searching for stocks, conducting fundamental and technical analysis, market commentary, and a number of other tools. It’s a subscription service, at around $50/month, after taking a required $3k 4-day course.

The only desktop application we use is a simple spreadsheet program for building ROI tables based on option tables, to help select an option contract.

Comment on Option Sell to Close UVART by jashmenn http://www.pulvercapital.com/trade/?p=23#comment-5 Fri, 19 May 2006 21:42:43 +0000 http://www.pulvercapital.com/trade/?p=23#comment-5 I am curious if you have any favorite stock software to analyze your potential purchases. Do you use web-based tools, like yahoo finance, exclusively? Or do you use any desktop-based applications?

Comment on Option Purchase to Open MOTQE by amateur_trader http://www.pulvercapital.com/trade/?p=7#comment-3 Sun, 30 Apr 2006 08:33:41 +0000 http://www.pulvercapital.com/trade/?p=7#comment-3 This motivates this post on our general investing strategy that also includes links to definitions of the indicators used. Perhaps this puts things into a larger context that addresses your comments.

Yahoo’s finance site contains a lot of good information and is one of our favorite free sites. To access historical technical data on RHAT, click on the “Technical Analysis” link on the left side of the page.

We would never invest in a stock based solely upon technical analysis. There are plenty of instances where the primary technical indicators would give a buy signal, but where the company fundamentals are poor and consequently lead to a quick reversal in the direction of the stock. Ultimately we try to take a holistic approach to our investments and use as much important information as possible, weighing time spent analyzing with execution. So to answer your second question, technical analysis can be applied to all stocks, but is only one tool out of a more complete set of tools for analyzing an investment.

Comment on Option Purchase to Open MOTQE by memelab http://www.pulvercapital.com/trade/?p=7#comment-2 Sat, 29 Apr 2006 20:39:12 +0000 http://www.pulvercapital.com/trade/?p=7#comment-2 Thanks for taking the time to put together this blog. I am wondering whether enough historical information exists, on sites like yahoo, to produce technical profiles from the past, to see what kinds of indicators may or may not have existed that announced what we now know as true. For instance, would an analysis of RHAT 1 year ago have pointed to BUY (it has since gone up over 100%)

Also, does technical analysis work for all kinds of stocks or only those that express certain characteristics through their fundamentals (i.e., positive earnings, minimum threshold of trading volume or market cap, etc.)