Thursday, January 29, 2009

Suggestions wanted for my column

Over the years, I have written about hundreds of stocks, dozens of sectors, all asset classes and just about all of the most commonly used technical indicators. After all, I have been writing "Getting Technical" for Barron's Online since 2001 when I took over from my mentor, John Murphy. Former editor Howard Gold, if you are reading this, I thank you every day for reaching out to me. I could not ask for a better association than Barron's Online.

So now I turn to my readers. What topic in technical analysis would you like to see tackled? And what sectors of the stock market do you want covered either soon or on a regular basis?

Thanks for your continued readership and support.

14 comments:

Jim said...

Hello Michael,

Enjoy your Barron's articles as well as your blog. Would appreciate more analysis of broad market index SP500, with focus on short term cycles and sentiment. Any predictive analysis calling for short to intermediate term turns in the SP500 would be appreciated.

Best Regards, Jim P.

paulocuana said...

Hey Michael,

Much has been said about the "buy and hold" strategy, mostly touted by mutual funds, being dead.
What indicator can the average investor follow to be mostly in stocks when prices are rising and out when they're falling?

Paul

Quick Takes Pro said...

Paulo,
I actually covered a system like that several weeks ago - the 50-200 day exponential moving average crossover - and mentioned again in January. Right now, it is in bear country and barring a 2000 Dow point rally it will take weeks/months to cross back the other way.

Amalan said...

Hi Michael,

have you tried plugging all your technical indicators into a single model that predicts turning points? I am guessing that such a model would be more suitable to the broader market than for individual stocks (not sure if you agree). May be you can discuss the difference between applying the indicators to individual stocks vs. the broader market indices.

Also, don't you think that the most commonly used indicators are also well known (hence commonly used) and if that's the case, why would you expect them to work (consensus is usually wrong)? May be you can discuss this too at Barrons.

If you do have a comprehensive model, have you back tested it with historic data to see if the correlation is high?

One more thing - go back to the predictions you made and see which ones worked and which ones didn't, and analyze the difference or discuss the cause of market's deviation.

Thanks for your column so far.

Kiyoshi said...

Amalan,

First rule of finance is, 'no such thing as a free lunch'

Male said...

No Free Lunch Indeed!!!

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oil sector, elliot waves, bollinger bands...

Amalan said...

Wonder why some think I wanted a free lunch! Not too sure I understand the comment either with respect to the topic at hand... all I did was to suggest topics for future columns.

Quick Takes Pro said...

I would not mind a free lunch every once in a while - or ever.

I did not get the reference either.

jim mccampbell said...

What ever happened to Marty Zweigk and what does he think of the current market and other economic conditions?

Fitz said...

Have you covered intermarket analysis ?

Quick Takes Pro said...

Fitz, I have touched on intermarket analysis at times but nothing like John Murphy does. My intermarket stuff has been limited to the order of topping in the asset classes and how when all three are falling (stocks, bonds, commodities then we change our strategies in a deflationary environment. That's why I am not a deflation head like everyone else right now (bonds were rising) and still are a lot higher than they were even a few months ago.

Quick Takes Pro said...

I am not a Zweig follower and he is not a publicity hound, as far as I can tell. So I really don't know what he is thinking.

Lyrical said...

Hey,
Sounds great that you know all about your stuff! Its intriguing when you speak to someone who knows what they speak about, as oppose to reciting it from someone else they learned from. I can see you are very experienced and with your credentials it is quite obvious that you will make it far in life, or have already made it far in life :)
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