1. Site Usage Tips

    Accessing via a Mobile Device:

    I've been asked a few times if there are mobile apps for SwingTradeBot. The answer is no, however, the site is mobile-friendly and is 100% usable on a mobile device. A good portion of my own usage is from my iPhone & iPad, so mobile usability is very important to me. Having said that, when I really want to power through some charts, I do so on my laptop. It's so much faster to be able to open links in new browser tabs and to see all the information at once. (You can also open links in new tabs on mobile but it's just not as seamless & quick.)

    It's "seeing all the information at once" where I had to make some compromises for mobile devices. There are certain places where some of the data is hidden (collapsed) from view on mobile devices. You'll need to make an extra tap in order to reveal the hidden data. On many of the tables you'll see a plus sign on the left side of each row. That signifies that some data has been collapsed/hidden from view in order to make the table fit on the screen.

    You can simply tap the plus sign to reveal the hidden data.

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  2. Removing Stocks from Your Watchlist or Portfolio

    I just received an email asking me how to remove stocks from a watchlist.  It's pretty straight-forward but it may not be obvious if you're using a mobile device.  If you're using a desktop or laptop computer (or maybe even a large tablet) you'll see a trash can icon over on the right side of each stock's row.  Just click the trash can icon to remove the stock from the list.  The pencil icons allow you to edit the stock's details (The note for a watchlist...  stop loss values, number of shares, entry price, etc. for a portfolio).  

     

    If you are on a mobile device it a little trickier.  For most of the tables on the site, columns get hidden to conserve space on mobile devices.  You'll be able to tell when data/columns have been hidden because you'll see a plus sign on the left side of each row. Tapping the plus sign or just tapping anywhere in the row will expand the row and show the hidden columns.  Once the row has been expanded you can click the "+" to reveal the trash can.  See below:

     

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  3. What the Stock Ratings (Grades) Mean

    When viewing a stock's page or a scan results listing you'll see a rating for each stock. That rating will be A, B C, D or F. You can think of these ratings as basically a relative strength rating. The bot ranks all of the stocks according to a proprietary algorithm and then assigns A grades to the top 20%, B grades to the next 20% and so on.

    snapshot of a stock scan page showing ratings

    As of this writing, the algorithm only takes technical factors into account. I hope to fold in some fundamental elements into the mix in the near future. It's important to note that these ratings are *not* predicting any future actions -- they're backward looking.

    How I use the Ratings:

    I use the ratings as a quick way to see if a stock is strong or weak. I like to buy strength and sell weakness, so when I'm looking for stocks to buy I'll filter my stock scan results to only show me A's or B's (and maybe C's).  Conversely, when I'm looking for short sale candidates, I'll filter the scan results to only show me D's and F's (and maybe C's).

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