Frequently Asked Questions

Which exchange data is available?

Data is currently only US and CANADA Stocks and ETFs.

Do I need to type in anything special for the Canadian Exchanges?

CANADA Symbols add .TO and .TX for Toronto and TSX Exchanges.

How do I get to the page to look at charts?

Clicking on any symbol or row will take you to the charts page. This page is called Stock Analysis

Do you have real-time data?

All data is at least 15 min delayed.

I notice that the signal on the charts and the signal on the watchlist and My Portfolio are sometimes different, why is that?

All screens are synced with the current day's trading at 7:30 PM EST, that's 4:30PM PST and 5:30PM MST. This means if you are on the site before that time the tabs and screens will be showing the previous trading day signals. Remember that the chart page will show the current day trading signal. The Chart and tab screens are synced for the current trading day after 7:30 PM EST

Are signals real-time or End-of-Day?

Signals are EOD (End-of-Day) on the screens and tabs as of the previous trading day.

What is EOD data?

EOD is (End-of-Day) data. This means that after the stock market has closed, signals are determined for the next trading day. End of day signal trades are then made at the market open the text trading day.

How do you calculate your signals?

Signals are based on our proprietary indicator of price trend. It combines 6 or 7 technical indicators into a more useful format.

Can I get an intra-day trading signal?

If US markets are open, charts will show the current trading day signal and can be different than that shown on screen pages. Trend Signals current day, 15 min delayed. This signal can change on column displays during the trading day. Top Stocks and Top ETF's Tabs are predefined screens. Criteria for the screens are shown at the bottom of each tab.

I've been looking through a bunch of your charts. How can there be a hold signal after a sell signal?

A HOLD signal is a warning signal. If you own the stock don't sell it yet, If you don't own it don't buy it yet. If you just sold the stock and now there is a hold signal this is telling you to add it to your watch list for later, or move along to another stock trade.

I don't see anything on the chart?

If a chart loads blank, click on update or refresh, if it does not load we don't have data for the stock chart. It still may have a quote, but there may not be enough price history to plot the chart signals.

What is the NR or Not Ranked in the Strength Rank field?

If Rank Says NR or Not Ranked it is Not Ranked. Stocks and ETF's are only ranked if over $5 and older than 1 year from issue date. Stocks under $5 are not ranked and will display a rank of 0.

What is does the StrengthRank number mean?

Rank is the rank of the stock or ETF vs. its peers. For example a Rank of 98 means the stock or ETF is out performing 98% of its peers over a 12 month period. A rank of 2 means the stock or ETF is outperforming 2% of its peers, in other words, 98% of its peers are out performing it. 98 is good, 2 is not so good. The current quarter is 40% of the weighting, so current performance is more significant to the rank. Stocks are ranked against stocks and ETF's are ranked against other ETF's.

What is the time frame for the ST (short term) Trend?

Short Term Trends are the 7-10 day trend.

What is the time frame for the LT (long term) Trend?

Long Term Trends are the 180 day trend.

How long can I expect to be in each trade?

Signals generally provide a 6-8 week trade.

How many trades per year will I end up making if I follow your signals?

Most stocks and ETF's get 4-6 long (buy the stock or ETF on buy signal and sell on the sell signal) trade signals per year.

When exactly should I buy based on a new signal?

Basic trade strategy is buy the day after a buy signal is given, then sell the day after the sell signal is given. The opposite can be done in the case of shorting stocks.

When should I sell one of the stocks I bought based on an MTS buy signal?

Trades can be exited on a new Sell signal. Trailing stop losses are recommended.

Can I trade Forex (Currency Markets) or futures with your system?

Currency and Futures data is not supported, but is in the works.

Do you offer any other international data?

Hong Kong, Europe and other international data is currently not available, but in the works.

What do the Current Market Conditions mean in the MTS system?

Traders are recommended to trade in the direction of the market. MTS provides current market conditions and provides suggested trading bias for those conditions. In the case of a Bull Market you will see the following:


Bullish in a Bull Market
Traders should trade with a Bullish bias
Investors should be 75-100% invested in high StrengthRank stocks and ETFs.
The remaining amount should be in cash.


Mild Bull in a Bull Market
Traders should trade with a Neutral/Bullish bias
Investors should be 50-75% invested in high StrengthRank stocks and ETFs.
The remaining amount should be in cash.


Mild Bear in a Bull Market
Traders should trade with a Neutral/Bearish bias
Investors should be 25-50% or Less invested in high StrengthRank stocks and ETFs.
The remaining amount should be in cash.


Bearish in a Bull Market
Traders should trade with a Bearish bias
Investors should be 25% or Less invested in high StrengthRank stocks and ETFs.
The remaining amount should be in cash.


Bullish in a Bear Market
Traders should trade with a Neutral/Bullish bias
Investors should be 50% or less invested in high StrengthRank stocks and ETF's.
The remaining amount should be in cash.


Mild Bull in a Bear Market
Traders should trade with a Neutral/Bullish bias
Investors should be 25-50% invested in high StrengthRank stocks and ETF's.
The remaining amount should be in cash.


Mild Bear in a Bear Market
Traders should trade with a Neutral/Bearish bias
Investors should be 25% or less invested in high StrengthRank stocks and ETF's.
The remaining amount should be in cash.


Bearish in Bear Market
Traders should trade with a Bearish bias
Investors should be 10% or less invested in high StrengthRank stocks and ETF's or Contra ETF's, Short Stocks or Put Options. The remaining amount should be in cash.

What is Market Trend Signal?

Market Trend Signal™ (MTS™) is a trading system used to implement the concepts of trend following. MTS™ is a systematic trading application that searches for qualified, high-ranking stocks, gives traders specific trade entry and exit signals, and provides traders with insight and strategy to confidently trade stocks, ETFs and Forex profitably. It has been proven that traders gain a much higher probability of having successful, profitable trades when trading in the same direction of the market, and when using a fixed set of rules.

What is Trend Following?

Trend following is a reactive trading method. It does not anticipate a move before it happens. It does not forecast or predict future price levels or price movements. It involves a risk management system that uses the current market-driven price direction. Trend trading requires that you have strict discipline to follow precise rules. Trend followers use an initial risk rule that determines the size of their position at the time of entry. This means you know exactly how many shares of stock to buy or sell based on how much money you have. Changes in price may lead to an increase or decrease of your initial trade. Adverse price movements may lead to an exit for your entire trade. This can take place in a week or in a year, depending on the strength of the trend.

What are MuscleStocks™?

MuscleStocks™ are not only specific kinds of stocks we are looking to trade, they are also the name of a group of predefined screens on the MTS™ system. These screen types also include Smooth Sailin, New Buys, Muscle Minis, Muscle Break Outs, Weaklings, Spring Loaded, and Bottoms UP. In this chapter, I will explain these and what each one offers. All MuscleStocks are Buy rated stocks whose price is greater than five dollars with a StrengthRank™ of 98 and an average volume of at least two hundred thousand. These stocks are the cream of the crop in the MTS™ system.

What is Trends University™?

Trends University is a unique training platform designed to teach you the skills and the systems required to be a successful trader. You will be matched up with our hand-picked personal trading instructors and you learn real time, hands-on methods. Contact us to find out when the next enrollment period begins.

What is the maximum drawdown you have had?

MTS tracks over 8000 stocks and trade statistics can be generated for all signals on all stocks and ETF's. To provide you the max drawdown specifically you would need to let us know what symbol you're reviewing. Drawdown results are given on the symbol level vs a portfolio level.


We recommend you take advantage of our 30 day money back guarantee to fully take advantage of all the resources MTS provides for you to research whether or not our system will help you in your trading goals.

What are your stop losses per trade?

We recommend a trailing stop of 8-10% but this can vary depending on the volatility of the stock traded.

How much is needed to open an account?

We are not a broker. We don't make transactions for you or autotrade recommendations. You will need to make trades through your brokerage account

What broker/platform is used?

We are not a broker. We don't make transactions for you or autotrade recommendations. We do recommend using tdameritrade, scottrade, etrade, optionxpress or interactivebrokers.

Will I need to install any application or client-side software to run MTS or is everything web-based?

There is no software to install on your computer. To Run MTS on your computer you simply need to have flash downloaded and available in your browser.

Are there any data feed or other hidden costs?

There are no data feed charges or hidden costs. As a reminder, availability to the site is an annual subscription.

What is the recommended internet download speed required to run MTS efficiently?

516k is do-able but you won't be thrilled with it. Anything faster than that will work fine.

What will the annual subscription price be following the one year introductory offer.

If you bought the $197 annual subscription offer, each of the subsequent years will always remain at $197.

Where do I find the Muscle Trade Strategies Report?

You will find the Muscle Trade Strategies Report under the TrendsU link then under 'home study videos'

How do I protect myself from a gap down in price, and a Flash Crash?

the best and only way to protect yourself from a large price gap lower is to either be in cash or own a put option against stock shares you own. As the stock drops in value the put options will go up in value. Stop losses will not protect against large price gaps lower.

What's the significance of a Reward to Risk Ratio = ZERO? Netflix is an example.

This means there has not been a loser in the period backtested.

Do you provide technical indicators, such as SMA, EMA, MACD, B.B.s, RSI, Stochastics, etc. for independent confirmation of a trade at potential reversal points?

We do not provide other indicators on our charts because we feel that in many cases they can create over analysis of a stock trade. Our algorithms take into account most trending, strength,volatility and reversal indicators.

What determines your signals?

The signal is entirely statistically and technically driven. There may be news in the market place that would seem to be good or bad, but Markets are always forward looking by 3-6 months. This means that the news we are hearing about now was anticipated or reacted upon by stocks 3 or more months ago. Our algorithm is proprietary and fully based on technical analysis, and it does contain elements of trend, sentiment and reversal risk indicators. The method assumes that the market always knows best. As it trends higher we will trust that direction until it is proven wrong, which would happen by a new move lower. We would do the opposite in a down market. Our indicators use S&P 500 as the basis for all calculations.

What is trade Expectancy?

Expectancy tells you what you can expect to make (win or lose) for every dollar risked. Casinos make money because the expectancy of every one of their games is in their favor. Play long enough and you are expected to lose and they are expected to win because the "odds" are in their favor. Most games at a casino are completed in a short period of time so they can increase their odds of winning. The same holds true for investing. If your expectancy is positive; you can make more money with multiple trades in shorter periods of time.

How do I use the stock screener?

  1. Clicking on any of the industry links provide with screen for stock in that industry. Choosing the Sector heading (for example Basic Materials) will screen all the sub industries listed. Selecting All will screen for stocks in all sectors and industries.
  2. Checking the Stocks box only will screen for Stocks only. Checking the ETF's box will screen for ETF's only. Checking both will screen for both. The Exchange dropdown box will allow screens of US or Canada stocks.
  3. Checking any of the criteria boxes will include that data into the screen. When the box is unchecked the dropdowns become inaccessible to use.
  4. Screens can be run for Current Ratings or Rating Changes. If Rating Change is selected users can screen rating changes from yesterday to today.
  5. Screens for Current ST Trend or ST Trend Changes. If Trend Change is selected users can screen for ST Trend Changes from yesterday to today.
  6. Screens for StrengthRank can be done by using a greater than or less than function or a range can be selected by entering the low end of the range into the left box and the upper end of the range into the right box. For example a screen for StrengthRank stocks between 70-80, a user would type 70 into the left box and 80 into the right box.
  7. Click the Find stocks button at the top or bottom of the page to run the screen.
  8. Click on the results tab to find results. The results can be export to .cvs files for export to spread sheets like excel.