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Top Setups

How does the top setups page work?
Using powerful data such as COT, retail sentiment, and seasonality, the EdgeFinder's top setups page will automatically build a list of the top buys and top sells.
How we use this to trade?
Find strong setups with the click of a button! With the top buys and sells listed on one page we can quickly identify setups worth looking into!

How To Use The top setups page

COT Data

How does COT Data work?
With the COT data you can see where the biggest money flows are entering and exiting. This page will automatically generate the top bought and top sold positions by institutions.
How we use this to trade?
We follow the banks’ institutional trades for more long term positioning. 
>>View our full institutional position tracking strategy

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Smart Money Indicator

How does the Smart Money Indicator work?
The smart money indicator compares smart money & retail sentiment. It is designed to show a divergence or convergence in interest between the two parties. Ideally, traders would want to see an increase in COT net positioning and a continual decline in retail sentiment, and vice versa.
How we use this to trade?
We use this to see where those patterns are happening. In the case for EURUSD, it seems that there is growing bullish sentiment from smart money and retail. However, retail is still leaning bearish while COT is bullish. The way to tell who is bearish or bullish is by checking which values are above or below 0%. Below 0% is bearish and above 0% is bullish.

AAII Investor Sentiment

How does the AAII investor sentiment work?
The American Association of Individual Investors (AAII) surveys a number of individual investors and asks where they think the market will go in the next 6 months. This survey is taken every 7 days to accumulate weekly data and history of the overall individual bias in the market. The survey ends and is updated by Wednesday at 11:59 p.m.

Within each vertical bar, there are three segments. In order of stacking from the bottom, the values read as bullish, neutral and bearish. The yellow line crossing through the bar chart is the bull-to-bear spread. A positive spread means that the overall sentiment is leaning bullish. And a negative spread indicates bearishness in overall sentiment.
AAII Investor Sentiment

Bank Outlook

How does the bank outlook work?
See what large scale institutions are forecasting on your favorite assets! With the EdgeFinder's bank projections tab, users can generate graphs to show relevant forecasts on their favorite assets posted by each firm's research teams! Additionally, the bank signals page will display the overall bank sentiment, whether it be bullish, bearish, or neutral.
How we use this to trade?
Bank forecasts can add confluence to our trading ideas! We use this information to form a stronger bias on the assets we are looking to trade.
Bank outlook summary

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Price Forecast

How does the price forecast work?
The price forecast feature displays short term projections for each asset, based on the trend reading metric, and standard deviation.
How we use this to trade?
Swing traders will be able to get an idea of how to trade a pair, commodity or index by simply looking at this chart.

How to use the price forecast

Put to Call Ratio

How does the put to call ratio work?
The put-call ratio is an indicator used by investors to gauge the outlook of the market.

The PCR is calculated as put volume over a determined time period dividend by call volume over the same time period.
How we use this to trade?
Higher value: Bearish Sentiment
Lower value: Bullish Sentiment
Puts = bearish bets
Calls = bullish bets
The put/call ratio is a measure of investor sentiment in the options market. The measurement is proportional to the total amount of calls and puts purchased in a given time period. For this indicator, we’re viewing how many contracts are being purchased each day. If there are a larger number of puts than calls in the market, sentiment is cautious and/or risk averse. If there are a larger number of calls than puts, sentiment could be viewed as bullish.

The higher the reading, the more puts to calls are present. So, a low percentage is usually a good sign that investors are optimistic in the equities options market.

Market Summaries

What Are the market Summaries?
Take a deeper dive into each asset individually to understand its strength or weakness. On an asset's score breakdown page you can view the currencies' COT data, retail sentiment, seasonality, trend reading, GDP growth, inflation, unemployment, and interest rates all in one place.

Seasonality

How does seasonality work?
The Seasonality Tracker averages the last 5 and 10 years of price performance and plots these averages on a bar chart.
How we use this to trade?
Understanding how an asset has performed historically in each month of the year will give you an idea of how it may perform in the future.

What Seasonality Can Tell You About The Markets

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Risk Gauge

How does the Risk gauge work?
The risk gauge is a simple meter that will incorporate short and long term metrics to form a current bias. Here you can see the current reading and previous readings that compares today's percentage to the previous day's percentage at market close. The gauge is designed as a stacked chart to show what the current risk reading is compared to yesterday's reading. All percentages are displayed as positive values to either the fear or greed side
How we use this to trade?
In investment terms, fear and risk-off are synonyms; just how greed and risk-on are as well. When several areas of the market are fearful, we are likely in or about to be in an environment where risk-off assets thrive. Oppositely, a greedy environment would indicate optimism in risk-on assets. One way to tell if we are in a true risk-on or off market is to watch the change on the meter. Seeing a continued increase in the amount of fear or greed will help determine what kind of environment we are in, and we can figure out how to trade in it.

Carry Trade Scanner

How does the Carry Trader Scanner work?
The table shows several different currency pairs. In order to calculate the swap rate, it takes the base currency rate minus the quote currency rate to get the interest rate divergence. The positive carry direction is telling you which direction you would have to trade in order to collect a positive swap. For instance if the base minus quote is positive, you would need to buy in order to get paid interest. If the difference between base and quote is negative, you would need to short in order to get paid interest.
How we use this to trade?
This metric is good for finding which pairs will pay positive swap rates. If you’re looking to take a carry trade, this table will show you which pairs to long or short in order to collect a swap. So why would traders want to see this? Some traders may look to avoid paying swaps so they’ll make sure they don’t hold a pair through the swap. Others might just want to collect interest though the carry trade regardless of price action because of their tolerance to potential lower moves.

Historical Backtest

How does the Historical Backtest work?
The Historical Backtest Scanner plots an asset’s price performance with the EdgeFinder’s score. You can see the score of the EdgeFinder change each day while price changes.
How we use this to trade?
This tool plots the market open and close price on top of the asset’s score. This is helpful for traders to see how an asset would have performed relative to its score every day. It is helpful in spotting changes in momentum, a continuation of trends, and signs of a weakening or strengthening market.

How to use historical backtests

Market Heatmap

How does the Market Heatmap work?
The Market Heatmap page shows you a quick summary on the day of what is up and what is down.
How we use this to trade?
The Market Heatmap is a great solution for traders looking to trade with volatility.
This feature is available for free here.

This Forex Market Heatmap shows you the Top Movers every Day!

Retail Sentiment

How does retail sentiment work?
The retail sentiment metric displays data based on the positioning of retail traders.
How we use this to trade?
For us, this is a contrarian signal producer.
If retail traders are 60% long (or more), then this is a bearish signal. If retail traders are 40% long (or less), then this is a bullish signal.

Retail Sentiment Explained: How To Trade AGAINST The Crowd!

How to use retail sentiment

Economic Calendar

How does the Economic Calendar Page work?
The economic news page lists upcoming news events that may affect the markets. Users can filter the news events by currency, time until the event, and the impact.
How do we use this to trade?
News events can have a major impact in how the markets move. We use this information to decide how to manage our trades to avoid any major swings that may negatively affect our trades.
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