ACD Method, as interpreted by "amg

The ACD Method was developed by Mark Fisher, founder of MBF Clearing Corp, the largest clearing firm on the NYMEX. His book, The Logical Trader, delves more completely into the method and strategies.

This summary is intended only as an introduction and "quick start", based on materials available on the web. It is not intended to be all inclusive, it may differ from what Fisher currently uses, and nor do I claim to be an expert in the method. For further background, the following links are recommended reading:

MBF Corp Education Articles, written by Matt Blackman, include the key concepts and illustrations of just what an "ACD" looks like.

NYMEX Symposium, a series of six webcasts wherein Mark Fisher condenses his ideas, methods, and strategies, including a "real life" prep and trading session. Highly recommended for all traders is the first webcast.

Hint: the webcasts will open as a page in your browser, which you will not be able to pause or rewind. Fisher talks extremely fast, with loads of content easily missed. The best way to view these is to copy the following link into your Windows Media Player, changing the number from 1 to 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6:

Main ACD Concepts


The chart shown below (link to template at end of this section) is created using several DYOS (Design Your Own Study) alerts. Feel free to change the presets (eg, colors, OR time from 15m to 10m or 60m, Price Histogram from Volume to Price, uncheck showing gap, etc). Its key preset features are

Download the template (right-click and save to your Templates folder): amgACD.dat

Download the template description: amgACD.doc