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Impetus







What is Impetus?
Who developed Impetus?
What trade markets can be traded with Impetus?
What makes Impetus different from other trading systems?
Does Impetus fit into your portfolio?
System Performance
How much does it cost to buy Impetus?
What do you get when you buy Impetus?
How can Trade Center, Inc. help?
What is Impetus?
Who developed Impetus?
What trade markets can be traded with Impetus?
What makes Impetus different from other trading systems?
Does Impetus fit into your portfolio?
System Performance
How much does it cost to buy Impetus?
What do you get when you buy Impetus?
How can Trade Center, Inc. help?
What is Impetus?
Who developed Impetus?
What trade markets can be traded with Impetus?
What makes Impetus different from other trading systems?
Does Impetus fit into your portfolio?
System Performance
How much does it cost to buy Impetus?
What do you get when you buy Impetus?
How can Trade Center, Inc. help?
Impetus, by TradingVisions Index Systems, is a completely mechanical day trading system that trades the S&P; full-size and e-mini contracts. The system is based on a simple equation: power+direction=trend. A single unique calculation determines the power of the market--its tendency to move decisively--and the direction of the market. Together these forces create a tradable trend. Impetus enters trades only in the later hours of the market session, limiting exposure to the counter flows that often characterize the early- and mid-day periods. Impetus was developed in late 2002 and released in January of 2003, when it was also submitted to Futures Truth for independent verification and tracking. The system may be purchased or leased.

Benefits:
• Consistent returns
• Low drawdowns
• Good return per trade and win/loss ratio
Lincoln Fiske, founder and owner of TradingVisions Index Systems, Inc., has had a lifelong interest in markets and investing. Beginning in the late 1980ís he became involved in the futures markets as a trader/investor, and a few years later developed his first mechanical systems. Lincoln has also been a public school teacher for the last 20 years. For further information, visit the site at www.TradingVisions.com or call 509-466-8435.

One mark of a robust, stable system is that it can successfully traded on a variety of markets. Although developed primarily for the S&P; 500 futures index, Impetus also performs very well on the S&P; Mid-cap and Russell 2000 futures contracts (full-size and e-mini).
Impetus utilizes two separate systems to take advantage of a trend. The first is the regular trend component, which enters on the breakout of the major intraday trend. The second system looks for a minor countertrend move within the major trend, entering after a retracement. Because selectivity is an important part of a systemís success, Impetus trades an average of twice per week, a maximum of one trade in a day.

All trades are entered using stops. Protective stops that adjust to price and volatility are used in all cases, and the maximum risk is always known before a trade. Both systems employ a breakeven stop, which locks in a small portion of gain when a trade has advanced sufficiently.

Impetus is based on distinct time and price patterns that exhibit themselves in the equities markets. In addition to the S&P;, it is profitable on a variety of indexes, particularly the S&P; Midcap and Russell 2000, both of which are out-of-sample markets that Impetus was not tested on until months after it was released.
Investors today understand the importance of trading a varied portfolio of systems and markets in order to stabilize their equity curves. Because there are not many systems trading the Nasdaq, Impetus is a particularly fitting choice for diversification. Impetus has been extensively tested in combination with other developersí systemsóboth short-term S&P; systems and long-term, multi-market approaches--and in most cases it improves their hypothetical performance. (You may view the results of this testing on the Portfolio Studies page of the TradingVisions site.) Adding Impetus to a hypothetical portfolio typically increases profit, reduces depth and duration of drawdowns and smoothes the equity curve. Portfolios also allow for a more efficient use of capital because maximum drawdowns of the combined equity curves are less than the total of the individual system drawdowns. This allows the investor to trade the combined systems for less capital than the individual systems.
For updates every quarter, you are invited to get a free copy SystemTrac, a comprehensive report on Impetus, as well as other publicly available futures trading systems. On a hypothetical basis, you will be able to view the performance, draw down, and related statistics, side by side.

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Call Trade Center, Inc. direct for a free report at 800.894.8194 or 949.643.7100

Updated real-time performance as well as historical hypothetical performance is posted on the site at www.TradingVisions.com. Additionally, all the TradingVisions systems are tracked by Futures Truth (www.FuturesTruth.com), an independent company which verifies system results and offers opinion letters on various systems. Over the period of 9/96-present, Impetus has hypothetically earned about $165,000 on a maximum drawdown of $13,050. The average drawdown is $2458 over an average period of 24 days.
Impetus may be leased and traded through system-assist brokerages at a cost of $85/month for 2 e-mini contracts or $250/month for 2 full-size contracts. It may be purchased fully disclosed for $1500. A unique feature of the TradingVisions lease program is that systems and contracts may be mixed. This allows, for example, the trading of 1 mini of each of the 4 TradingVisions systems for $170/month.
With each Impetus purchase, you will receive the following:

Youíll receive a manual fully disclosing the logic of the system. You will also receive the open-source TradeStation code compatible with TS4-TS7.1. Also included are locked files and brief system rules for use by a broker, should you wish to trade the system through a system-assist program. The developer will assist a broker of your choice in setting up. Continuing support is provided.

Guidance. The staff at Trade Center, Inc. is experienced, qualified, and trained to provide you with the services necessary to navigate through the trading system waters. First, we determine what your objectives are. We work with you to determine what risk levels you are comfortable with, and what are your objectives.

Service A Turn Key Solution. Once your plan has been established and the system purchased from the developer, simply open and fund your account with Trade Center, Inc. Your broker will execute the trading system exactly according to the specifications, just as if you were doing it from your computer. You can monitor the progress of both the system and your account on a live basis via the Internet. Thus, you have a team of professionals working for you, executing your investment plans, 24 hours a day.