New & Noteworthy
New in Time & Timing!
October 1, 2008
Time & Timing’s new Mark II version has a wealth of new features, a new subscriber interface that lets you use T&T much more quickly, and much more interplay among T&T’s various analysis tools.
Two new departments. The first is ‘’Quickies’’—just type a market ticker symbol, press [Enter], and T&T will show you several pages of results of T&T’s analyses for that market with just 1 click per page. It doesn’t get any faster than Quickies!
The second is Moving Average Crossover Analysis. The notion that one duration of a moving average is useful for all markets is simply nonsense, and has bothered us for years. Now, using T&T, you can quickly find which moving averages for which markets have had the highest predictive effect in their respective markets in recent history.
In a number of T&T’s departments, there’s a new link on the ‘history’ page(s) of the market(s) you select: recent seasonal trades. Click this link, and you’ll immediately see how well recent seasonal trades in that market have done. Every year, some markets follow their historical seasonal tendencies very closely, while some behave very erratically, even counter to their usual seasonal tendencies. Use this link to learn—immediately!—how reliably your selected market(s) have behaved over the last few months.
In Universal Histories (or, The Big Enchilada, as we call it), simply select the markets, months, years and period of the year in which you’re interested, then click on the Show Performance Rank button’. T&T will retrieve the pertinent info, then arrange the selected markets by performance over your chosen years. Performance is measured by percentage price move up (or negative if a market has moved down in your chosen period of the year) from the start date of the period to the end date. We’ve found that examining this type of data is very useful when selecting two months to use in a spread.
Additionally (in the aid of finding good spreading ideas, as mentioned above), a single click on the T&T Autospread link at the Universal Histories Ranking Page will take the two best-performing contracts in your list of markets and the two worst-performing contracts, turn them over to The SpreadMaster, then display for you the histories of all four best-vs-worst-performer spreads. Try it out—a ton of useful info with a single click!
Don’t overlook T&T’s Analog Year Studies, either. This department will quickly compare a current-year contract with as many previous years as you like, and select and rank the previous years by the closeness of their behavior to the current year. The idea here is that if, say, prices in 1992 behaved very much like this year’s prices have behaved up to now, then it’s reasonable to consider that prices later on this year may imitate 1992’s prices to a good degree. And, you can produce two- or multi-year comparison charts with just one click.
A couple of subscribers have said that T&T is a little ‘’intimidating’’ for newer traders, too much data, too many possibilities. Fair enough, there certainly are a lot of possibilities in T&T. So, to “deintimidatize” (or whatever word that should be) we’ve added a lot more ‘’Easy’’ buttons on various pages—to make your options clearer on the results pages, to make it easier to get help on specific topics. Just click on how to use this page or any of the many More Info links at any Query Page, or on what’s all this mean? at any Results Page, and you should have the answers to your questions immediately!