Buy or Sell into the August Close

By: Joseph Russo | Fri, Aug 27, 2010
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Adapting to Systemic Dysfunction (part IV)

In part one of this series, we sought to align attributes of the trading and investment process with those of gambling and speculation. We further posited that trading amidst unpredictable and sudden market swings was no different now than it has been throughout any other period in market history.

In part II, we explored how we chart a course in real time, and revealed precisely where we believe the Dow resides in Elliott Wave terms.

In part-III titled "Batter Up", we will explored the analysts (optional) role in providing contextual guidance relative to specific trading and investment objectives commonly held by those trading from the information contained in such works.

In the last of this series, we shall briefly explore the merits of automating a learned set of proven trading disciplines.

Systems Trading vs. Discretionary Trading

Whether it is automated or discretionary, any systematic/adaptive/anticipatory trading discipline that harbors a quantified statistical edge to win is far superior to any other method of trading/investing PERIOD.

Successful disciplines of this type typically spawn from various components of technical analysis in concert with ancillary contingency factors such as currency values, and yes, empirically accurate vs. hedonic sets of leading economic indicators.

Elliott Wave Technology stepping it up a notch with automated R&D

Recognizing that even the most consistent and adept discretionary traders are subject to fall victim of the inescapable human emotion inherent in trading, we have successfully completed a first round of beta-coding for most of our proprietary trading methodologies.

Our recent sabbatical in writing articles has been a result of working extensively with high-level programmers in coding our rules-based trading methodologies into the automated TradeStation platform.

Below is the most recent quantified performance of our automated rules-based trading system at Level-V. Six trades, all of which were winners, produced $7,800 in Dow Futures profits for each two contracts traded. Not bad work if you can get it.

Level-V Chart

To say that we are quite pleased with the beta results thus far would be a gross understatement. Buy or Sell into the August close? Short-term, it looks like a sell.

As you may already know, Elliott Wave Technology provides market guidance and technical analysis at five distinct levels of engagement. In simplifying the delivery of such guidance, we have recently upgraded each of our premium services to a screen cast video format. We have received nothing but thumbs-up reviews to this new format.

Levels I and II are longer-term in nature and have been engineered to capture the lion's share of Elliott Wave price movements at the Primary and Intermediate Degrees of trend. One may monitor these two long-term levels of engagement with subscription to our Position Traders Perspective screen cast publication.

Level III is a medium-term level of engagement; we have coded this system to capture the lion's share of Elliott Wave price movements at the Minor and Intermediate Degrees of trend. One can monitor the position of this system in our Near Term Outlook screen cast publication.

Unfortunately, we have closed Level-V to new subscription until further notice however; the Near Outlook includes a regular menu of powerful short-term Level-IV trade set-ups. We'll keep you posted from time to time as our work continues to develop.

Until then,
Trade Better/Invest Smarter



Joseph Russo

Author: Joseph Russo

Joseph Russo
Chief Editor and Technical Analyst
Elliott Wave Technology

Joseph Russo

Since the bubble, 911, and the 2002 market crash, Elliott Wave Technology's mission remains the delivery of valuable solutions-based services that empower clients to execute successful trading and investment decisions in all market environments.

Joe Russo is an entrepreneurial publisher and market analyst providing digital online media solutions designed to assist traders and investors in prudently and profitably navigating their exposure to the financial markets.

Since the official launch of his Elliott Wave Technology website in 2005, he has established an outstanding record of accomplishment, including but not limited to, ...

  • In 2005, he elicited a major long-term wealth producing nugget of guidance in suggesting strongly that members give serious consideration to apportioning 10%-20% of their net worth toward the physical acquisition of Gold (@ $400.) and Silver (@ $6.00).

  • In 2006, the (MTA) Market Technicians Association featured his article "Scaling Perceptions amid the Global Equity Boom" in their industry newsletter, "Technically Speaking."

  • On May 6 of 2007, five months prior to the market top in 2007, though still bullish at that time, he publicly warned long-term investors not to be fooled again, in "Bullish Like There's No Tomorrow."

  • On March 10 of 2008, with another 48% of downside remaining to the bottom of the great bear market of 2008-2009, in "V-for Vendetta," using the Wilshire 5000 as proxy, he publicly laid out the case for the depth and amplitude of the unfolding bear market, which marked terminal to a rather nice long-run in equity values.

  • Working extensively with EasyLanguage® programmer George Pruitt in 2010 and 2011, the author of "Building Winning Trading Systems with TradeStation," he assisted in the development of several proprietary trading systems.

  • On February 11, 2011, he publicly made available his call for a key bottom in the long bond at 117 '3/32. Within a year and half from his call, the long bond rallied in excess of 30% to new all time highs in July of 2012.

  • For the benefit of members and his general readership, he responded to widespread levels of economic and financial uncertainty in the development of Prudent Measures in 2012.

  • He publicly warned of a major top in Apple on October 26, 2012 in the very early stages of a 40% decline from its all time high.

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