Celebration Time

If you’ve been thinking about becoming a member but haven’t done so yet, now may be the opportunity you’ve been waiting for. As I posted yesterday, NinjaTrader and Rancho Dinero have partnered up, pardner. ;-}

Anyway, I thought something special to mark the milestone may be in order, so for one week only I’ve knocked 15% off the membership dues.

You can read all about membership here.

We’re developing a great community here, and I am in gratitude for all of your support. Trade ’em well…

It’s Official: NinjaTrader Partnership

As I have said lately, many things have been afoot on The Ranch. I let the membership know a couple weeks ago that a partnership with NinjaTrader was in the works.

Well we can check that one off the list. You can now find Rancho Dinero on Ninja’s official 3rd Party Partner listing.

I want to give a huge shout-out again to everyone for helping turn the sod, raise the barn, dig the well and fence the back forty in such a phenomenally short period of time. I tip my 10-gallon hat to you. Without your early faith, trust and support, none of this would have happened.

I’ve said it before, and I will say it again. The best is yet to come.

Trade ’em well…


Time for a New High or New Low?

Another “sick day” another study refreshed. My pain is, hopefully, your gain. Today I examine the distribution of new highs and new lows made throughout the day for the big 4 index futures – the ES, NQ, YM and TF.

Is it random? Or are there patterns? Head on over and have a look

New Market Study – ES and the TICK

[dropcap1]I[/dropcap1]’ve released a brand new market study which explores some interesting facets of the relationship between the ES and the NYSE TICK index.

I think there are one or two insights in there that may be worth your time, so head on over and check it out.

Trade ’em well…


[dropcap1]J[/dropcap1]ust a quick note to let you know that if you are one of the many who have been able to successfully install the Acme Volume Profile Pack 4.0.4 update, then this post isn’t for you. ;-}

However, if you are one of the handful of unlucky Ranchers (a nickname I just made up right here on the spot) who see an error like this when you try to install it…

Error - Duplicate Method Names

Error - Duplicate Method Names

… then chances are you also already have some version of either the Acme Market Internals Pack, the Acme Trend Analysis Pack or both already installed. Recent versions of these packs share a tiny amount of code, so NinjaTrader sometimes seems to think that the Acme Volume Profile Pack is already installed. Well, technically, it’s right. Mostly. More or less. Kind of.

Anyway, I’ve posted updates to both the Acme Market Internals Pack the Acme Trend Analysis Pack which resolves this issue. So here’s the procedure you’ll want to follow:

You should now be error free and ready to go. There are absolutely no changes to features or functions in either of the two updated packs, just a resolution of the conflict. I verified that all current non-beta packs can cohabitate in a harmonious fashion in the same NinjaTrader installation.
Drop a note to the support email address if you are experiencing this issue and the steps above don’t cure what’s ailing you.

Got Noise?

[dropcap1]F[/dropcap1]orgot to mention that there are a couple of good resources for audio alerts that I use often.

  • The first one is freesound.org. If you are looking for a bang, clack, whistle, bell, gong, horse whinny or, well, whatever… you’ll probably find it here.
  • The other one I use  is AT&T’s Lab’s Natural Voices. This is where the voices in the AVP alerts came from. You can make your own by entering text, and then it turns that text into a sound file. Lots of voice and even accent choices.

Know of other good ones? Feel free to leave a description and link in the comments below. Trade ’em well…

Triple Feature Saturday – Bring on the Noise!

[dropcap1]I[/dropcap1]t’s been too long of a time coming, but finally audio alerts for key Acme studies in 2 different packs are here (Acme Volume Profile and Acme Time and Sales). I intended to start releasing these earlier but a whole gaggle of other things got in the way. Better late than never, as they say. Read what’s below and then head on over to the FAQs for the low-down on setting up these new capabilities.

But it’s not just audio alerts. The veil has been lifted on the brand spankin’ new Acme Market Internals Pack. It too has audio alert goodness already baked in.

If that wasn’t enough, you’ll find several new features in the Acme Volume Profile Pack, which got a performance boost as well. Every little bit counts. And as some of you have noticed… I am kind a nut about performance.

I also like things reasonably clean and tidy. Though I’m far from a neat freak. It’s not like I arrange all the soup cans in the cupboard alphabetically, labels out, or anything. But I have been working on consolidating parameters where I can and re-organizing them so they are a little easier to find in the NinjaTrader properties window.

A few of the Acme staples are racking up quite a few options. Options and flexibility are good. But too many knobs and dials just makes things confusing for all but the hardest of the hardcore. So I try to strike the best balance I can between flexibility and ease of use. And I try to set what I think are reasonable default values so those of you who are new to the Acme scene can at least get a running start. Or maybe just a fast walking start. Whatever. You get the idea.

So, below is what’s waiting for you in this round of freshly minted updates. Here are the down and dirty details:

Acme Volume Profile

  • Session profile level lines are now displayed for high of day and low of day for the RTH session. Not only is the session high and low displayed but the Deluxe Edition has audio alerts for HoD and LoD. I’ve provided some sounds for you, but you can configure it to play any sound you like and you can turn either or both audio alerts off.
  • The Deluxe Edition now supports long term profiles – weekly, monthly  and yearly. This is something that you can accomplish with MCs and composites already, albeit in a labor-intensive kind of way. I have wanted to be able to set up a long-term study with these time frames for quite a while now for myself. It’s finally here. This might not seem like a big deal until you start using them. But I bet the most seasoned among you will recognize the value right away.
  • If you use the long-style summary, the Deluxe Edition now displays the RTH gap distance in the summary itself.
  • You can now turn all the session levels on and off with a single switch (IB, HG, ONH/L, etc). Previously you had to accomplish this with 2 parameters. Seemed silly to me so I combined them.
  • Somehow I completely forgot to include a color setting for the IB range extensions along the way. I only noticed about a week ago and, oddly, only one of you noticed too. Anyway, that’s been rectified.
  • The parameters are better organized in the properties window, and should be a little easier to scan. The AVP is one that is accumulating a lot of options, and I think this one of those nice fit-and-finish kinds of improvements.

Acme Volume Profile Micro-Composite

  • Added the volume and range summary to the MC display. It’s just like the short-style display on the Acme Volume Profile.
  • Reorganized the parameters as described above.

Acme Volume Profile Composite

  • Reorganized the parameters as described above.

Grab it here.


Acme Magic Tape

  • This pack now has a Deluxe Edition, and in it the Acme Magic Tape now has audio alerts for block trades. Again, I’ve provided some starter sounds, but you can use pretty much any sound you like. Alerts can also be turned off, natch.
  • Reorganized the parameters as described above.

Grab it here.


And lastly, the Acme Market Internals pack is making its long-awaited debut (cue trumpets now). It only contains one study for the time being, but mostly because I just couldn’t get through testing the couple others have have in store for you by the time everything else was ready. They will follow along shortly. Anyway, all the details are on the pack page. So…

Grab it here.


Hope this week was a profitable one for you. Couple of the days were, er, challenging to read. Trade ’em well.

Acme TPO - 30 Minute ETH Split

Enter the TPO

[dropcap1]W[/dropcap1]hile it’s true that I am basically a volume profiler, I came to it by way of the Time Price Opportunity (TPO) methodology invented and popularized by J. Peter Steidlmayer. In more recent times, it has come to be known simply as the Market Profile®, which is a mark belonging to the CME.

In any case, and in a way, I’ve gone back to my roots here. I’ve blown the dust off of and overhauled one of the first serious studies I wrote for NinjaTrader. I still love the simplicity and Zen, if you will, of the TPO. I am releasing it now in beta form for Rancho Dinero memebers who’d like to have a look and try it out.

Let me know what you think. Grab it here and, naturally, trade ’em well.

NinjaTrader Tips and Tricks, Part Four

[dropcap1]I[/dropcap1] haven’t done one of these posts in a while, so here goes.

Ever wonder why NinjaTrader writes all that stuff all over your charts when you place an indicator on it? You’ve probably already figured out that it’s the name and all the parameters you have set for each indicator, listed out sequentially. But have you figured out how to get rid of all that yet?

I don’t know about you, but it looks like useless scrawl to me. See below:

Thankfully, there is a really easy way do away with it. All you have to do is delete the contents of the Label property for each indicator you want to “de-scrawl.”  The Label property is under the Visual section, show here:

Once you’ve done that, click OK, save your template and enjoy a scrawl-free chart. And folks, I sure do like me a clean chart:

Chart - Scrawl Free

Trade ’em well…