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  1. What benefits and/or advantages are gained by reviewing the weekly bar chart instead of, or in addition to, the daily bar chart for a stock?
  2. Should I be looking for the start and end of bull markets on daily, weekly or monthly charts?
  3. Once one has identified appropriate shares on the monthly charts and the filters does one make decisions about position building and, if necessary, selling, on daily or weekly charts?
  4. I use MetaStock, I like the MACD, but sometimes the daily chart is the opposite of what a weekly chart indicates. As I am a 2 - 3 month hold on a stock, should I concentrate on daily charts or weekly charts?
  5. Sometimes the trend on the daily chart is the opposite of that on a weekly chart. What do we do?
  6. Should Bollinger Bands be used on daily or weekly charts?
  7. Why do you exit trades on daily charts rather than weekly closing prices?
  8. To use a moving average to buy troughs in a trend, should an investor use a weekly chart?
  9. Over what time frame should I be looking at the charts to trade (detailed question in the answer)?
  10. What is the meaning of the trap you mention of investing medium to long term and monitoring the market short term?
  11. What is the difference between long term, medium term and short term?
  12. How do you decide whether to use monthly, weekly or daily charts?
  13. If there are no clear support levels in a weekly chart, do you switch to a daily chart or use Parabolic stops?
  14. In Shares Charting Guide 2002, the weekly bar chart 9 shows an uptrend with no clear support levels. Do you switch to a daily chart?
  15. Is it best to use weekly charts for monitoring a trade and daily charts for timing entry, while monthly charts generally contain too much fluctuation to be really useful?
  16. Is there a way to distinguish between peaks and troughs that establish a trend and stop
  17. Should I use daily or weekly charts to determine troughs and set stop-loss levels?
  18. For medium to longer trend definitions (peaks & troughs) you seem to use weekly rather than monthly charts. Is this because monthly charts will give you signals that are too late?
  19. Could you explain how there can be opposite trends in different time frames?
  20. What time frame (weekly/daily) should be used to establish the support/resistance points on a chart and does that depend on the type of trader (short/medium/long term)?. Would the support/resistance levels formed on a daily basis be valid for the longer time frame trader?
  21. I am tracking the daily and weekly moving averages on a stock I bought, but they are giving different signals. How do I use them to exit the trade?
  22. As a position trader, what time frames (monthly, weekly or daily) do you use when you are assessing market risk, entry, exit when using point & figure charts?
  23. I would like to know what charts - daily, weekly, or monthly - do you make your decisions to enter/exit trades? It seems to me that at times these 3 charts (on the same stock) can indicated 3 different trends - up, down and sideways.
  24. Having become a convert to your use of trend lines to follow stocks, I have been tracking things on a DAILY basis - then I figured maybe this was too short a time interval? What is a reasonable time interval to look at trends?
  25. As a position trader, what time frames do you use when you are assessing market risk, entry, exit in point & figure?
  26. I have a query arising from the Shares Magazine September 2001 issue. When you speak of a Basic Uptrend such as in the diagram on page 76, over what length of time is the best measure? - 6mths, 1yr, 2yrs? - You haven't put a time limit on the diagram. For example, do you only look for a Basic Uptrend in a company that has been trading for over 5 years or so?
  27. In Shares magazine October 2000 you recommend the DBS 5 15 30 SMA for use on weekly charts, but the rest of the article describes entries and exits on daily charts. Please can you clarify?
  28. With growth stocks that are making new highs I sometimes find it hard to tell where the previous higher low is to determine where my new stop should be. If the daily chart is confusing will the weekly chart make it clearer?
  29. Which charts would give the general trend of the overall market and individual shares for medium-term trading?
  30. How do I decide the time period to use for a moving average?
  31. Of the three Ms of trading, I am having difficulty with "Mind", because I am watching real time data and get caught up in the dynamics of the market, rather than being detached. How can I improve my discipline?
  32. On some stocks the On-Balance Volume on a weekly chart seems to be indicating a different picture to that on a daily chart. Why is that?