Successful investors have typically created a diversified portfolio that has included proper risk analysis and is designed to withstand various market environments. Once the portfolio is set up, investors can work on managing the portfolio for the long-term. Every investor may have a different set of personal goals and expectations for what they intend to get from the market in terms of returns. Expecting too much from the market can often times leave the investor disappointed. Although many people will try to predict returns with pinpoint accuracy, nobody can say for sure what the market will provide. Keeping expectations realistic can help the individual investor better set themselves up for achieving those goals in the future.

Conducting technical analysis of the stock may include following the Keltner Channel indicator. A recent check shows the 20 day lower band at 38.32346 and the 20 day upper band at 38.50674 for WisdomTree Managed Futures Strategy ETF (:WTMF). During a clearly defined trend, a break above or below these levels may point to the underlying strength of the trend. A break above the upper band may signal continuing bullish trend strength, and a break below the lower band may signal continuing bearish trend strength.

The SMA or Simple Moving Average can be calculated for different time periods. The SMA helps smooth out volatility and makes it a bit less difficult to gauge the price trend of a stock. Let’s view some popular SMA levels below for WisdomTree Managed Futures Strategy ETF (:WTMF):

Simple Moving Average 20 day: 38.3792
Simple Moving Average 100 day: 39.120525
Simple Moving Average 10 day38.39319
Simple Moving Average 50 day: 38.45013
Simple Moving Average 30 day: 38.4121
Simple Moving Average 200 day: 39.79083

Investors tracking shares of WisdomTree Managed Futures Strategy ETF (:WTMF) will note that since the stock opened at 38.542, shares have seen a change of -0.002. During that period, the stock has touched a low of 38.54 and tipped a high of 38.5794. Volume on the day is presently 7394. 

The 20 day Chaikin Money Flow indicator is currently 0.33352718. This indicator was developed by Marc Chaikin who observed that the pressures of buying and selling could be figured out by where a period finishes relative to the range of highs and lows.

Traders may use a variety of moving average indicators when examining a particular stock. Checking on some Exponential Moving Averages, we note that the 200 day is 39.43294, the 100 day is 38.981987, and the 50 day is 38.587856. Zooming in closer, we note that the 30 day EMA is 38.448357, the 20 day is 38.4151, and the 10 day is noted at 38.43001.

Traders might be keeping tabs on the Hull Moving Average. The current HMA reading is 38.54632. Traders may use the HMA to help identify the prevalent market trend. This may also lend to spotting useful exit and entry points on the stock.

Investors will typically be keeping track of historical highs and lows for a particular stock that they are researching. Watching levels for WisdomTree Managed Futures Strategy ETF (:WTMF, we can see that the all time high is currently 54.05, and the all time low is 32.12. Let’s look at some alternate high/low price data:

Six month low: 38.1998
Six month high: 41.5
One year low: 38.1998
One year high: 41.5
Three month low: 38.1998
Three month high: 41.49
One month low: 38.1998
One month high: 38.72

For investors just starting out, having clear investment goals can be a big asset when approaching the stock market. If individuals can’t see clearly where they want to go, they may end up somewhere that they don’t necessarily want to be. Taking the time to actually develop a plan and goals can help get the ball rolling. Keeping these goals in mind as the investment process progresses may help the investor stay on track when the ride gets rough. The stock market can be an intimidating place for those who are new to the investing world. Accumulating knowledge and staying focused can help the investor slowly peel away the layers of uncertainty.

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