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TradeMiner Review
Gecko Software, Inc. 271 N. Spring Creek Pkwy. Ste. A Providence, UT.  84332  USA Phone:800-862-7193 Email:gecko@geckosoftware.com Website:www.TradeMinerPro.com Product:TradeMiner Pro, Software for finding seasonal cycles, trends, and patterns in Stocks, Futures, & Forex. Requirements:  Windows, Mac OS, or Linux 200 MB free hard disk space, 1024x768 screen resolution (minimum) Larger recommended. RAM 2GB (more is better).  Requires Internet connectivity for installation, but not to run the application itself, CPU: 2.4 GHz or higher. ------------------------------------------------------------- by Kent Kofoed ------------------------------------------------------------- The TradeMiner Pro software is available for Stocks, Futures, and Forex markets.  The main premise of TradeMiner Pro is that markets tend to move in cycles and trends.  Because these markets trends tend to repeat themselves over time, knowing how to recognize these trends will help any trader make more informed trading decisions. Even though this review focuses solely on TradeMiner Pro for stocks, the features of both the Futures and Forex TradeMiner Pro platforms are very similar, so many of the features mentioned here are included in those packages as well. What does TradeMiner Pro do exactly? TradeMiner Pro allows traders to dig through years of historical stock price data, of all of the stocks that are listed in the S&P 500, the Dow 30, the Nasdaq 100, as well as hundreds more stocks & ETF’s.  The software will sort though this data to help tell you what to trade and when to trade it, with the characteristics of the trade being specified by you. By allowing you to easily analyze the historical price data of these actively traded stocks you will be able to quickly uncover cycles and trends that meet your search criteria. The design of the software makes it easy to get started and, after a short time, the easy-to-use format allows you to navigate the software quickly and easily. Even though the software does have a pretty basic design, making it easy for anyone to use, it has everything that is needed to quickly sort through large amounts of data and uncover investment opportunities. In addition to being very intuitive, the software is also very user friendly. The data that you input is in paragraph format, making it easy to key in your desired search criteria. For example, a typical search would look something like this  (with the data in bold being the criteria)… "Prospect for trades in the Month of: December. Find trades that win at least 90% of the time, showing Buy. List trades that last at least 10 trading day(s), but no more than 30 trading days. Mine at least 20 years of history. Dig Now!" You can "dig" through the data according to which month you are looking to find opportunities, what length of trading period those opportunities should be, and what type of order you are looking, as well as the probability of that trade being a winning trade. In addition to looking for any stock within a certain month, you can also mine a specific stock to find out when the best time to trade that stock is, historically. There are three basic steps to the mining process that can be found in the "Search" tab, “Neural Network” tab, and "Portfolio" tab. The "Search" tab is where you input your criteria, as shown in the previous example, and where you get your results. The results are ranked from 0-5 (5 being the greatest), based on the risk vs reward.  You are able to sort the results by the type of position you are looking to take (i.e., buy or sell), the stock symbol of the trade, the enter/exit dates of the trade, and many other important trade characteristics. At the bottom of each tab you are given a visual chart based on the trade you have selected, which can be changed by clicking the three charts found on the right side of the screen to help give you a better visual understanding of the past behavior of the trade. These three charts include an equity curve showing the historical return characteristics of the trade, a
histogram with year-over-year profit and loss data, and a pie chart that shows the average risk and average reward of the trade.  Once you have moved your chosen trades to the”Neural Network” tab by double clicking, or by selecting the “Add” box in the first column, you will be given yet another opportunity to increase the probability of a successful trade. This tab utilizes the “Neural Network” feature of TradeMiner Pro, which calculates the probability of each of the historical stock trends in your portfolio occurring in the current year.  After you have analyzed your trades through the TradeMiner Pro’s Neural Network, each of the trades selected will be rated from Very High-to Very Low in probability.  I absolutely love this feature, because it saves me hours of my time, and help me find the perfect trades that fit my trading strategy. In the “Portfolio” tab there is another feature that helps traders further organize their portfolio.  This Filter Portfolio query is designed to help investors limit the number of trades overlapping.  The “Portfolio” tab also allows you to keep future trades that you are interested in on hand, by saving them in your “Pick List”.  This allows you to maintain a focused stock portfolio to meet the demands of the closest trades, while not losing out on valuable stock trade data that you have compiled.  I absolutely love both the Neural Network and the Filter Portfolio features, because it saves hours of my time, and help me find the perfect trades that fit my trading strategy. The next tab, “Trade Alerts” of TradeMiner Pro is a new addition to the software that adds convenience, and simplicity to my trading.  This feature gives you the opportunity to schedule email alerts that will remind you of your upcoming trades. Simply check the “Alert” box, found in the column to the left of the “Begin (Open)” date of the “Neural Network”, or “Portfolio” tabs to transfer your trade to the “Trade Alerts” tab.  This tab gives the option of scheduling your alerts to notify you of your upcoming trading opportunity 1-10 days in advance for each of your stocks, making you sure you never miss the your perfect trade. Step four of your TradeMining process consists of accounting.  TradeMiner makes it easy for you to keep track of your stock portfolio results as a whole by listing all of the trades that you have taken, and calculating total profits/losses for each year/month.  This data, as with all other data, can be displayed in a variety of visual charts on the right side of the screen.  This tab was very useful in helping me track my own trading trends, and helped me map out next year’s future trading strategy. There are also two more important tabs that I should quickly mention. If you click on the "Settings" tab you can select the universe of stocks that you want the TradeMiner Pro to search through.  Your selection could simply be all active stocks in each index, or only one of the individual indexes.  It is all up to you. The final tab in TradeMiner Pro is the “Education” tab.  When you click on this tab your browser will open and you will have access to education material from the TradeMiner Pro website. Since education is one of the most important aspects of successful investing, this is definitely a very valuable feature of the software, and it is included in each of the TradeMiner Pro packages. TradeMiner Pro for stocks, specifically, has multiple educational videos to help you get started, TradeMiner Pro manual, frequently asked question, Current Market Analysis posted weekly for Trading Club members, and access to a free 14-day of the Track ‘N Trade Trading Platform trial.  What a deal! In summary, TradeMiner Pro is a excellent tool for any trader who is looking to gain an investing edge through analyzing historical stock trends and cycles. Even though the TradeMiner Pro software is based on complex mathematical formulas that allow the software to quickly mine, sort, and organize large amounts of historical data, the simple interface makes using the software user friendly, so that anyone can quickly learn how to use the software effectively to find the trades that they’ve been looking for. By giving each user the ability identify the market trends and cycles that tend to repeat themselves over time, the TradeMiner Pro software is definitely a must- have for any trader, from beginning traders to seasoned professionals, who is looking for a statistical edge in the markets. by: Kent Kofoed Mr. Kofoed is a market technician and research analyst for Gecko Software, Inc.
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*Trading financial instruments, including Stocks, Futures, Forex or Options on margin, carries a high level of risk and is not suitable for all investors. The high degree of leverage can work against you as well as for you. Before deciding to invest in any of these financial instruments you should carefully consider your investment objectives, level of experience, and risk appetite. Only risk capital should be used for trading and only those with sufficient risk capital should consider trading. The possibility exists that you could sustain losses exceeding your initial investment. You should be aware of all the risks associated with trading and seek advice from an independent financial advisor if you have any doubts. Past performance, whether actual or hypothetical, is not necessarily indicative of future results. All depictions of trades whether by video or image are for illustrative purposes only and not a recommendation to buy or sell any particular financial instrument. Due to trade commissions variability they have not been factored into any trade examples. The impact on market prices due to seasonal or market cycles may already be reflected in market prices. See full risk disclosure.
Figure A-1: A close-up screenshot of the allowable criteria that can be specified in TradeMiner.