I receive plenty of questions from BigTrends students about the difference between Bollinger Bands and Acceleration Bands. There was a time when I would only say “use Bollinger Bands on trading range markets and use Acceleration Bands on trending markets.” The fact that Bollinger Bands race to catch up more quickly when a stock breaks outside the bands led to my creation of Acceleration Bands, as I wanted a band that could act as a trailing stop for a big trend on the upside or the downside.
The end of the 2nd quarter of 2012 is about upon us — Friday will be the last trading day of June. In general, this hasn't been a good quarter to be a long-side buy-and-hold investor or trader. Let's break down the performance of some of the major market sectors over the year-to-date (YTD), for the 2nd quarter, and for the month of June – and see what we