Trading Central launches new innovation lab in Sophia Antipolis

Following twenty years of success within financial markets, Trading Central has launched an innovation unit labeled “Trading Central Labs” in the French Riviera’s technology park, Sophia Antipolis. Headed by fintech pioneer Jérôme Favresse, the new division will focus on developing the firm’s new artificial intelligence algorithms, alternative data streams and bold new ways to better support investment decisions in the ever-evolving digital space. TC Labs is expected to begin innovating immediately with a focus on building concrete, easy-to-deploy solutions that expand the Trading Central group’s award-winning product suite.


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Featured Ideas: Now in MetaTrader!

Meet the Featured Ideas for MT4/5...

For the first time, Trading Central's chart pattern recognition is available directly within MetaTrader! With Featured Ideas now available within MT4/5, it's never been easier to deliver actionable and personalized trade ideas to your FX traders!



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TC recognized as one of "Most Influential FinTech Companies of 2019"

At Trading Central we pride ourselves on our mission to successfully support investors through innovation. We keep this goal at the core of everything we do, creating a dynamic and continuously growing list of investor-centric innovations that facilitate confident, educated tradedecisions. Our patented pattern recognition applications continually scan 89 markets globally to provide an unparalleled breadth of coverage of over 75,000 instruments.  Meanwhile our insightful analysis and investment research tools enable users to find and validate suitable investment opportunities based on their individual preferences, optimize the timing of their trades, continually learn about markets and enjoy running their own portfolios.



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Meet the improved Technical Insight

Meet the improved Technical Insight

We've been working hard to improve how investors interact with the rich information in Technical Insight.  New great features include:

  • Alert Creation Wizard
  • Modern Education Center

New intuitive Alert Center

It's never been easier to deliver actionable insights to your customers in the moments that matter. We've improved how your customers set up alerts with a new, responsive design and a simplified wizard-driven experience.  The Alert Center has been redesigned to offer a more modern and responsive interface and experience. It has now been optimized for MOBILE and desktop devices.

The Alert creation process has been improved to allow for an alert to be created with a few clicks of your mouse! This process is now a wizard-driven experience that simplifies the creation of alerts.


New modernized Education Center

Our new Education Center enables you to help more investors reap the benefits of Technical Analysis. It's a modern, simplified experience makes it a perfect jumping off point for new investors, while the responsive design makes it a great addition to even the most innovative platforms! The Education Center has been redesigned to offer a more modern and responsive interface and experience.  It has now been optimized for MOBILE and desktop devices.


What’s Changed

  • The ETF option has been removed from the Custom Settings screen.
  • The “Send to your Mobile Device” option has been renamed to “Copy Mobile link to clipboard”.

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Tuning in to Volatility

Tuning in to Volatility

By Peter Ashton

Friday, June 29th, 2018

In this article, Peter Ashton writes about the three of the most widely used indicators.

Canadian and U.S. markets have provided a very profitable backdrop for investors over the nine-year bull market that began in 2009. However, the ride has been far from smooth, with many ups and downs in the market along the way. Although buy-and-hold remains a very solid investment strategy, today’s market volatility provides opportunities for more active investors looking to time their entry and exit points with the aim of boosting their overall returns.

Technical traders often refer to market conditions as being “overbought” or “oversold.” These terms are rooted in the idea that an individual stock (or even the market as a whole) will tend to revert to its long-term trend. In other words, stocks that have risen too far, too fast are overbought and likely to decline back towards their longer-term trend. Similarly, stocks that are oversold are likely to rise. Over the years, technical analysts have developed a number of mathematical indicators that help traders identify overbought and oversold conditions such that they can better time their entry and exit points.

Three of the most widely used indicators for this purpose are Bollinger bands, MACD and RSI.

Bollinger bands

Developed by John Bollinger in the 1980s, Bollinger bands were one of the first adaptive envelope volatility tools. Bollinger bands use standard deviation and a simple moving average to help traders identify overbought and oversold levels. When calculating Bollinger bands, you first calculate a 20-day moving average of the price data. The upper and lower Bollinger bands then typically appear two standard deviations above and below the 20-day moving average. When the price touches the upper Bollinger band, the stock is considered overbought and likely to decline back towards the 20-day moving average. When the price touches the lower Bollinger band, it is considered oversold and likely to rise.

Figure 1: Bollinger Bands


MACD is an abbreviation for Moving Average Convergence/Divergence. This indicator helps identify overbought and oversold signals by calculating the difference between two moving averages of different time periods. Typically, MACD is calculated by comparing the difference between a 26-day and 12-day exponential moving average. A 9-day exponential moving average is also plotted and called the signal line. When the MACD is rising, it indicates upward price momentum as the short-term moving average begins to pull away (diverge) from the longer-term one. When MACD crosses the signal line in the upward direction, it indicates an oversold (bullish) level. When MACD crosses the signal line in the downward direction, it indicates an overbought (bearish) condition.

Figure 2: MACD

Relative Strength Index

The Relative Strength Index (RSI) is an oscillator that measures a stock’s current relative strength compared to its own price history. RSI is plotted on a scale of 0 to 100. Leaving out the mathematical details, RSI looks at the average closing price in “up” days divided by the average closing price during “down” days over a 14-day calculation period. An RSI level below 30 implies that a stock is oversold while an RSI above 70 implies it’s overbought. The RSI moving above 30 is considered a bullish event whereas a move below 70 is considered a bearish event.

Figure 3: Relative Strength Index

If this sounds complicated, you are not alone! Technical analysis is powerful, but it can be daunting for the novice investor or trader. The good news is that automated software tools make it easier to find and research stocks displaying overbought and oversold indicators.

CIBC Investor’s Edge offers Recognia® Technical Insight™ free of charge to account holders. Technical Insight automates the standard practices of technical analysis, making it easy to identify new trade ideas or evaluate the technical perspective for a given stock or ETF. Technical Insight automatically detects the Bollinger bands, MACD and RSI indicators, as well as many other common types of technical events.

With Technical Insight, you can look up a stock or ETF and see all its active technical patterns and indicators. Featured Ideas highlights ten trade ideas per day based on what’s poised to move from a technical perspective. Use the technical event screener to search for trade ideas in a given sector or based on a specific technical indicator like MACD or RSI. Set up email alerts to stay on top of your positions and tune in to signs of weakness.

To use Technical Insight, sign on to CIBC Investor’s Edge and select Quotes and Research, Market Centre. Select the Technical Analysis tab.

The investment ideas presented here are for information only. They do not constitute advice or a recommendation by Trading Central in respect of the investment in financial instruments. Investors should conduct further research before investing.


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Meet our improved MT4 Indicators

Meet our improved MT4 Indicators.

Here at Trading Central, we never stop innovating. We've been working hard to improve the actionable TC tools presently offered within MT4. We've consolidated our indicator to focus on providing only the best, intuitive experiences for your customers. Find out what's now available:

  • Modernized design for interactive experiences
  • Now serving more traders with in 7 languages

Easy, streamlined, self-updating installation

We've designed our new installer to ensure your customers have a simple, intuitive experience. The installed plugin will automatically update whenever there are new releases, we've removed excess steps such as requiring admin access.

The new redesigned MT4 installer has been streamlined to ensure that traders have a branded and efficient experience when installing the Trading Central Indicators. The installed plugin will automatically update when there are new feature releases for a new “install once and forget it” experience. We have also removed steps from the installation process: traders no longer need to have Admin access, and they don’t need to follow extra steps to setup DLL and other settings in the MT4 interface.

The installer is now offered in the following languages. English, French, Chinese (Simplified), Chinese (Traditional), Italian, Russian, German​. We make it easier for traders to adopt our services when they can operate in their language of choice!

We have consolidated our indicator offering to focus on three indicators in order to simplify communication and adoption: Analyst Views, Adaptive Candlesticks, ADC.

Modernized interface that will wow your customers

We've added contextual explanations to our Analyst Views indicator. Traders can hover over each level to identify which levels are targets, where they might make profits, what is the pivot level and more! Did we mention... Our new colour scheme looks great in both light and dark MT4 themes! TC Indicators are now using a colour palette that allows them to be seen clearly on both light and dark MT4 themes.

The Analyst Views indicator now has has contextual explanations. Traders can hover on each level to identify which levels are targets, where they might take profits, what is the pivot level,
and more.




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U.S. Technology Services Firms Set For Continuing Strength

The Globe and Mail, Number Cruncher

By Peter Ashton

Friday, June 22nd, 2018

In The Globe and Mail, Peter Ashton uses Strategy Builder to find U.S.-listed technology services companies that look poised to continue their recent strong performance.

What are we looking for?

U.S.-listed technology services companies that look poised to continue their recent strong performance.

With the first half of 2018 nearly behind us, there have been some clear winners and losers in terms of sector performance of the U.S. market. Technology has outperformed all other sectors up 13.6 per cent year-to-date against 3.3 per cent for the S&P 500 Index over all. The technology services industry makes up a fairly small part of this sector but has been one of the best performing sub-industries, now up 9.5 per cent in the past month. Can we find well-valued companies with-in this industry that may have more room to run?

The Screen

We will be using Trading Central Strategy Builder to search for U.S.-listed technology services stocks with strong earnings growth, reasonable valuations and positive analyst ratings.

We will start by screening for U.S. tech services stocks with a market capitalization of at least US$5-billion. This will focus our search on the largest 20 per cent of companies in this market. To ensure we consider stocks that still have reasonable valuations, we will screen for forward price-to-earnings (PE) ratios of 25 or less and price-to-sales ratios of less than five.

To focus in on companies that have demonstrated strong historical earnings growth, we will select stocks with a five year earnings growth rate of 10 per cent or more. Lastly, to further extend the theme of selecting technology stocks expected to outperform, we will consider only stocks rated “buy” or “strong buy” by a consensus of industry analysts.

What did we find?

Topping our list is DXC Technol-ogy Co. (DXC-N), an IT services company formed in 2017 by the merger of CSC and the enterprise services business of HP Enterprise. The company has a very low forward P/E of just 10.4 and strong five-year earnings growth. The recent drop in the company’s stock price is owing to the June 1 spin-off of its U.S. public service business into a new venture called Perspecta (PRSP-N). DXC stock is now trading roughly flat year-to-date after a very strong performance in 2017.

Canadian IT services firm CGI Group Inc. (GIB-N) also makes our list in the fourth position. CGI stock is up 16 per cent year-to-date based on successive quarters of strong results. On May 2, the company announced second-quarter results that beat analyst expectations, causing a one-day rally of almost 4 per cent.

Trading Central Strategy Builder provides a back-testing capability to evaluate how well an investing strategy would have worked in the past. Using a five-year historical period with quarterly re-balancing, the screen described had a 16.4-per-cent annualized return compared with 11.8 per cent for the S&P 500 and 11.1 per cent for the DJIA.

The investment ideas present-ed here are for information only. They do not constitute advice or a recommendation by Trading Central in respect of the investment in financial instruments. Investors should conduct further research before investing.

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The investment ideas presented here are for information only. They do not constitute advice or a recommendation by Trading Central in respect of the investment in financial instruments. Investors should conduct further research before investing.


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IFX International

On May 22-24, 2018,  Trading Central exhibited at the annual IFX International Expo in Limassol, Cyprus. At the event, the TC team was excited to introduce their new wave of improvements made to our award-winning product suite and demo how our mobile solutions are enabling more of today's investors to take control of their portfolios.

To learn more about speakers, agenda, insights and more upcoming events, please visit the IFX Expo event website:


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Integrated Device Technology charging up

 Interactive Brokers, Traders’ Insight

By Gary Christie

Thursday, June 1, 2018

In Trader’s Insight, Gary Christie uses Technical Insight to evaluate investment opportunities in the technology sector after a recent month of recovery. 

The technology sector is making a comeback this month with an average return of 3.5%. This makes it the top sector of the month and where we look for opportunity to ride the trend. Using Trading Central’s technical event screener, I searched for stocks in the technology sector with a focus on semiconductors and bullish classic technical analysis patterns and received a top hit for Integrated Device Technology Inc. (IDTI). Let’s have a deeper look at the stock to see why it is an interesting technical bullish setup.

Moving Average Convergence/Divergence (MACD): (Short-Term) Plots the difference between a shorter-term (12-bar) and a longer-term (26-bar) exponential moving average (EMA). Bullish and bearish events are generated respectively as the MACD fluctuates above and below zero to indicate whether prices in the shorter term are stronger or weaker than the longer term average.

A 9-period EMA of the MACD is overlayed as a "signal line" which smooths out the MACD to provide a clearer view of whether it's moving upward or downward. A bullish event is generated when the MACD crosses above the signal line, showing that the current MACD is actually higher than its average, a sign of increasing strength for the price.

An Upside Breakout is taking place: (Long-Term) Prices broke upward out of a trading range suggesting we're entering a new uptrend.

The Upside Breakout pattern represents a trading range in which prices move sideways between two parallel horizontal lines. It's often a pause or congestion area within an existing trend though sometimes the breakout results in a reversal to the prior trend. Either way, an upside breakout through the upper resistance line signals an end to the consolidation period and the start of an uptrend.

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Technical Insight wins "Best Specialist Product"

The Technical Analyst Awards 2018, London

Thursday, May 24th, 2018

Every year The Technical Analyst recognizes the very best in technical analysis and trading software and this year, that included Technical Insight.


On May 24th, Trading Central attended The Technical Analyst Awards Ceremony in London after being selected as a finalist in six categories including "Best Independent Research House for Multi-Asset Research" and "Best Specialist Product". For more information on the research that caught the attention of this year's judges, please view Trading Central's online award submission.

Surrounded by other industry leaders, CEO Alain Pellier was present to receive the award for 2018's "Best Specialist Product". "At Trading Central, we're proud to offer analytics that enable investors to enjoy running their own portfolios and we're thrilled to be recognized within the industry for this initiative," said Trading Central CEO, Alain Pellier.

This award follows the recent wave of improvements to the flagship product which has been trusted by leading online investment platforms since 2001. These updates focused on providing responsive experiences, advanced filtering capabilities, modernized charting and idea generation fueled by popular sentiment. Collectively, these features enable investors to find new trade opportunities based on "what's trending" in their regions, to learn what different patterns mean for a stock price, the ability to find suitable investment candidates and to stay continually informed on market movement... even on the go!

Read the Technical Analyst press release for more details!










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