If you subscribe to Technical Analysis of Stocks and Commodities, you can access a trading system analyzer that yields respectable returns using fairly rudimentary systems. While the systems are not applicable to all stocks and ETFs, TASC provides a ranking of the best performers for the various systems. One way to take advantage of these highly correlated performance systems to to devote a small portion of your trading capital to several and treat them as niche trades, completely independent of how and what you otherwise trade.
Depending on your level of interest in technical trading and programmable algorithmic systems TASC will either deliver the goods in spades or have you scratching your head in dismay. While my intent in this week's series was to profile free sites, a subscription is $65/year and if you can't find one nugget of trading enlightenment that yields at least 10x that amount then your risk management plan may need to be re-examined.
But wait!. . .I'm always on the lookout for ways to save my gentle readers a few bucks, so if you go to http://www.traders.com/ (TASC homepage) and check the 1 year subscription box . . . it's only $49.95.