How Jargon Harms Learning
The biggest problem is that traders cannot articulate what they want to see. Thinking of market movements in terms of RSI, Stochastics, MACD, Elliot Waves, etc. never help in articulating the picture.
The customers we help use these technical terms as mental foot and handholds up the steep side of the mountain. We tell them, why not take the chairlift we've created? The chairlift refers of course to the plain English, pattern-based alerts and filters found in Trade-Ideas. We believe this approach makes for a easier to use and more powerful tool.
Example: Many of our customer start by asking us can your software tell me when the RSI does this and the MACD does that. Many customers reduce their ability to articulate what they seek as they bog themselves down in the use of jargon. Jargon is meant to be short-hand for understanding larger conceptual ideas among experts. The real harm of jargon is that it can short-cut the process of how such concepts are learned. The Trade-Ideas approach is much simpler: be an expert in trading - not technical analysis indicators.
Here then are the steps we use to design successful systems and clear out the jargon:
1. Write down what you want to see on a chart in simple English
DO NOT USE ANY technical analysis jargon in the description. Leave the MACD, RSI, CCI, and the rest of the alphabet at the door. Here is a better, descriptive example:
The stock has been consolidating for a couple of days and I want to see it today as it makes a new high that is above yesterday high - on above average volume.
2. Reduce the Universe (Start first with the Window Specific Filters)
The challenge is to avoid jumping right to the trigger event that generates the alert. Better to start with the filters to make sure you have the pattern on the left hand side of the chart modeled. We describe further the difference between filters and alerts here.
In the example above use the Minimum Consoldiation (in Days) set to 3 or more depending on your preference. Then add the Minimum Position in Previous Day's Range (percentile) set to 100 to see all stocks above yesterdays’ high. Finally for the volume component, add the Minimum Current Volume (ratio of Current/Historical Average) set to 1.5 or more to see all stocks trading at least 50% above normal at the time of the alert.
3. Choose an Event (Set the Alerts)
Once the left side of the chart matches your pattern requirements using the filters, modeling the trigger event means selecting an alert. In this case it's a simple alert of a new daily high.
4. Keep your system simple
The biggest mistake customers make is using too many alerts in a system - it creates too many variables to isolate when testing results with The Odds Maker. This applies even to filters (where too many can reduce your trading results). Keep you system simple so that you can really trade it and get the right results. Think of Hemmingway, Strunk & White, or Stephen King - wherever possible, omit needless words or in this case, extra indicators. Make it a goal to use one alert as the trigger when designing systems with The Odds Maker.
Fortunately in addition to this blog and our online support, we schedule one on one training sessions to help customers get through the learning curve in the fastest way possible. Please contact us to schedule your appointment.