Thursday, December 29, 2005

Home Page Makeover: Trade-Ideas Edition

UPDATE as of 12/29: Here is the latest and probably final version of the Home Page. You see it first here:

Those who read this blog and appreciate its content, get a different experience using Trade-Ideas than our regular license and paid subscribers. The strategies, tips, and meet 'n greet invitations (e.g., New York, Las Vegas) we post are not found anywhere else. The following invitation is no exception.

We are in the final phase of a Home Page makeover and we would welcome any feedback our readers might share.

Here it is:

Please comment below!

Wednesday, December 21, 2005

New Year's Resolutions and the Year in Review

2005 turned out to be a great year for us at Trade-Ideas. We more than doubled our non-licensed, individual customer base from the previous year (a key measure of our health). Additionally our customers and business partners continue to praise the technology as breakthrough technology because of its ability to increase customer satisfaction while at the same time increasing transactional based revenues (i.e., DARTs, tickets, or trades) for our brokerage partners.

Scottrade and Trade-Ideas signed an Enterprise License agreement which allows all Scottrade Elite users to gain access to Trade-Ideas alerts software for free from within the Scottrade Elite application. This was made possible by our work in API development where we are able to integrate our software into virtually all commercially viable platforms written in any language.

Key developments ahead in 2006 include the addition of international markets to Trade-Ideas. This will most likely start with Canada, London, the DAX and progress throughout the year to cover all viable, liquid foreign markets. Another development will be the inclusion of a brand new asset class to the list of instruments we scan: Forex. Stay tuned.

Like 2005, 2006 will include a plethera of new alerts and filters to help traders navigate the changing markets ahead. Currently in production are automatically detected Trend Line breaks, Woodies CCI patterns, and much much more. Our customers are some of the best traders in the business and they continue to give us feedback on what can help them do better - as a result everyone benefits.

More community related developments are in the works to help Trade-Ideas customers all over the world share their ideas with one another. If you would like to participate in this community please sign-up (over to the right) to receive our posts via email, or better yet, subscribe to Trade-Ideas.

Sunday, December 18, 2005

Las Vegas Revisited

Although we are not a public company, compelled to disclose management's discussion of strategy, opportunity, and risk, we will reveal a recap of the very enjoyable and productive week at the Trader's Expo in Las Vegas. Several of the items mentioned below will be discussed in greater detail during our annual planning meetings coming up in January.

Our recent partnership with Scottrade and the Scottrade ELITE platform generated many congratulations and well wishes. It also opened a few doors and renewed several conversations with partners considering Idea Generation Technology (IGT) in their platforms. We will continue to assist Scottrade with marketing and training material as they communicate to their branch offices, other customer-facing employees, and Scottrade ELITE traders. Several plans were discussed as we passed out T-shirts, gathered attendees to the booth, and demonstrated the combined technology to a lot of interested traders.

Another highlight of the Expo included Chris Armstrong, President and CEO of TD Waterhouse, who discussed what's in store for the company and how they are positioned to be a serious competitor in the online trading industry. It's not everyday you hear perspective and the outlook from a CEO - his remarks were appreciated and very well received.

We spent time with our existing partners as well:

  • CyberTrader: an opportunity exists to expand an already productive relationship. This will be a top priority in the coming weeks
  • RushTrade: new faces in key positions make us hopeful a lot more progress is in store for Trade-Ideas and RushTrade
  • Evolution Capital: alerts developed especially for this trading group yielded mutual benefits to both firms
  • Bright Trading: a firm that knows a great tool when they see one (one of the firm's first customers and still a believer)
Several companies introduced themselves (and we made introductions with others) and agreed to follow up with ideas on improving each other's offering and platforms.

  • ChangeWave Research: proprietary research and business intelligence gathering service
  • interesting, innovative platform and financial portal with eyes towards the global markets. They have an impressive method of screening on fundamental data; they will be interested in the technical analysis Trade-Ideas provides. I've enjoyed listening to their quarterly analyst calls
  • CBD Trading Group LLC: a direct access trading firm that has their ducks in a row and well structured capital financing for experienced proprietary traders
  • ProEdge, a division of Infinity Futures, Inc.: brokerage firm providing an array of services for Futures & Options traders and investors. They attended our Happy Hour at Napolean's on Wednesday and are committed to learning more about Trade-Ideas
  • Genesis Financial Data Services: interesting trade platform that will get some more attention

The Expo's attendance was moderate; starting off very busy and gradually diminishing with each day. Our Happy Hour event at Napolean's and VIP service at TAO (with the help of some very special friends of TI), however, were just the right amount of people and provided a chance for us to say thank you and 'full steam ahead' in 2006. And that's all we can say about that.

Going to Vegas soon? We recommend:

  • Mon Ami Gabi: great French restaurant at Paris Las Vegas
  • TAO: great Asian bistro at the Venetian
  • Avenue Q: great musical playing at the Wynn - a mix of Sesame Street, Rent, and Deepthroat (for mature audiences only)

Sunday, December 11, 2005

Important Announcement about Trade-Ideas Pricing

Dear Current and Potential Customers,

Since we launched the software over 2 years ago our customers have provided constant invaluable feedback to make Trade-Ideas the premier real-time scanning and alerting software on the market today. As a result new features and a lot more capabilities are coming to Trade-Ideas in the new year that require some changes. Things are evolving quickly at Trade-Ideas and we want to make sure everyone is aware of what will happen.

As of January 1, 2006 the price of Trade-Ideas software will increase for new subscribers. This will NOT AFFECT you if you are a current customer or if you sign up with us BEFORE January 1, 2006. Current customers and those that sign up before January 1, 2006 will continue to be billed at a rate of $45.00 per month or $395.00 per year.

Additionally there will NO LONGER be the 7-day free and full access trial of our software. The full access free trial will be replaced with a demo of our proprietary, "Free High/Low Ticker" that indicates Support and Resistance Levels. This will be the New Free Demo.

Keeping the Lower Rate:
Don't let your subscription expire! If you cancel your account, or your credit card is rejected, you will have to sign up again. You may have to pay a higher rate at this time.

PayPal will try to notify you in advance of any problems with your credit card. Make sure you give them a valid email address.

If you need to change your credit card information, be careful, and check out our on-line help on that subject. Several people have accidentally canceled their accounts while trying to switch to a different credit card.

Checks and money orders postmarked before January 1 will be credited at the lower rates.

Current 2005 Price List
Automatic Credit Card Payments
  • Monthly Subscription: $45 / Month
  • Yearly Subscription: $395 / Year

  • Manual Payments, by check, money order, or Western Union before January 1, 2006
  • $135 for 3 Months
  • $395 / Year

  • Select a payment plan now to lock in the 2005 lower rates.

    New 2006 Price List: as of January 1
    Automatic Credit Card Payments
  • Monthly Subscription: $60 / Month
  • Yearly Subscription: $540 / Year - Save 25%
  • Advantage Player Subscription: $200 for the first month, $35 / Month afterwards – Best Value

  • Manual Payments, by check, money order, Western Union, or credit card
  • $180 for 3 Months
  • $540 for 12 Months – Save 25%

  • Friday, December 09, 2005

    Mailbag: Running Alert Descriptions

    Here is a recent question we received via email that at first glance seemed simple, but it's a question that goes to "what's under the hood" at Trade-Ideas. The answer describes the way in which we use statistical analysis and calculate our results.

    When looking at TI, what does it mean in the description when it says, "Running up +.41 in 21 minutes 6 seconds?" Does it mean it took 21 minutes 6 seconds to go up 41 cents? If so, why the [seemingly] random times?

    The Running Up/Down confirmed alerts actually use multiple time frames. This is similar to our pullback alerts, but we look at several possible messages. We ask, for example,

    "Is it more interesting that this stock went up $0.40 in 5 minutes, or that it went up $0.60 in 10 minutes?"

    We use the Black-Scholes formulas to choose one time frame over another. [Ed., Note: The previous link takes the reader to our Jerry Maguire-like manifesto on converting the data we receive into valuable real-time insight - an interesting read and one of the first publications written at Trade-Ideas - before any of the marketing copy] And we use volume, as our primary way to break up the day into time frames. The other running alerts work on a smaller time frame. In this case the specific times we are looking at are often based when specific events in the market happened, similar to the pullback alerts.

    In other words Trade-Ideas looks at every stock and compares it to itself. It then lets you know when something unusual happens. That unusual can mean different things for different stocks. As we do analysis in real-time it gives you the significant time frame for that move in the message. For one stock that could be 1 dollar in 20 minutes while for another it could mean 10 cents in 5 minutes - depends on volatility, range and volume: the three key ingredients from which the majority of our indicators are derived.

    We answer many questions in our "unofficial" Support Forum as well. Found here.

    Thursday, December 08, 2005

    Scan: 8-Day or Longer Consolidation

    Read the latest from our blogroll or "Round-Up" section to the right and you'll see there's plenty of positions to take in the debate if whether the latest holiday rally has stalled or is coiling under consolidation for a Santa Claus rally. Whose side to take? What set-ups can find decent candidates? Like any scientific approach, it's better to start with a premise or hypothesis and test various scenarios. In trading we can accomplish this by using scans.

    Trade-Ideas publishes a series of free, end-of-day scans that are meant to attract new potential subscribers to our realtime service. However this information is helpful to more than potential subscribers, they can be used to great benefit by existing subscribers who want a feel for the long term trends affecting the opportunities they'll see in realtime during the day.

    The Bottom Line
    Know in advance what stocks are likely to be ripe for breaking out of a lengthy period of consolidation - anytime.

    This list shows which stocks have been consolidating for the previous 8 days. This is based on a 40 day stock chart. The request is at least 8 days.
    The symbols are sorted by volume, with the longest consolidation patterns on top. After that they are sorted by volume.

    8 Day or Longer Consolidation

    See It In Real-Time
    To see similar trading opportunities in our real-time product, use the filters listed below. Click for more information.

    Min Consolidation
    Max Consolidation

    Min Position in Consolidation
    Max Position in Consolidation

    Wednesday, December 07, 2005

    Scottrade Makes It Official: Press Release

    This is an update from our previous post about Scottrade's active traders using the Scottrade ELITE platform. Scottrade officially announced in a press release the addition of Trade-Ideas' Idea Generation Technology (IGT) to its platform.

    Here is the press release:

    Monday, December 05, 2005

    Scan: 20-Day Winners by Volatility

    We publish a series of free, end-of-day scans that are meant to attract new potential subscribers to our realtime service. However this information is helpful to more than potential subscribers, they can be used to great benefit by existing subscribers who want a feel for the long term trends affecting the opportunities they'll see in realtime during the day.

    The Bottom Line
    Know in advance what stocks are likely to be very volatile to the upside based on the price movement over the last 20 days - anytime.

    This list shows which stocks have moved up the most over the last 20 trading days. Because this list is organized by the size of the price change relative to the stock's volatility, it shows the most statistically unusual price increases. This list compares the 20 day moving average to the volatility over the last 10 days, so this list shows stocks which made a big move in the past, but aren't likely to move that far in the near future.

    The formula for this list is (yesterday's close - 20 day SMA of the closing prices) / volatility. The highest value is shown at the top of the list.

    20-Day Winners by Volatility

    Sunday, December 04, 2005

    Trade-Ideas: In Your Town

    Here is the latest update on upcoming, business related travel plans for key personnel of the company. If your city is listed and you'd like a little one-on-one assistance with Trade-Ideas or learn how we keep the ship afloat, please let us know via the comments section or at Subject: RoadTrip. If there is a good response we'll set up a convenient time for everyone to meet. If it's just one or two that are interested we'll still meet or at the least schedule a phone call during our visit.

    San Diego, CA: Our Annual Partners' Meeting is scheduled for January 6-8, 2006
    Las Vegas, NV: The TradersExpo annual conference this year is December 13-16, 2005
    New York, NY: Waters Congress 2005 conference takes place December 5, 2005
    St. Louis, MO: Business development meetings, Cards game October 5-7, 2005
    Atlanta, GA: Our East coast office all year round
    Carlsbad, CA: Our West coast office all year round

    More dates and locations (like New York) are always being added - these are currently the ones we know about.