Watching a trade move swiftly into profit then reverse back can be a painful experience. Psychologically, these are the moments that can cause you to go on ‘tilt’ and abandon your trading plan altogether. When I first started trading I remember jumping on board fast trends in the FTSE only to see them wiped out […]
Before you start trading it’s important to be prepared for a long road ahead. Even if you’re born with a natural talent you will still face a number of obstacles that you will need to overcome to be successful. 1. Do You Have Enough Capital? Unfortunately the most passionate new traders are often the least […]
The backbone of personal finance is to save more than you spend and invest the proceeds. The most common advice is to put your money into cheap index funds each month with a simple allocation split. But what if you want to try something more adventurous? Index investing may only provide returns of six or […]
There’s a lot of conflicting information on the web when it comes to stop losses. Recently I saw a YouTube video explaining that professional traders don’t use stop losses because doing so alerts market makers and algorithms to where their orders are. This is mostly nonsense especially in liquid markets with thick order books. The […]
As a trader you only need one or two good trades to pay for the whole month, sometimes the whole year. You could be treading water for weeks then you catch one big move that pays for all your losses. Because of this, trading books recommend you stay disciplined and wait patiently for only the […]
For systematic traders, your choice of data source is important. There is no shortage of options ranging from free end of day data to subscription only real time feeds. System timeframes, markets and budget all play an important role in choosing providers. In this post we are going to take a look at a relatively […]
I rarely watch trading content on YouTube but last week I clicked on a forex video that caught my attention. Soon enough, I had fallen down a rabbit hole. My feed was taken over by trading videos and in between were advertisements for signal services and chat rooms promising quick and easy profits. YouTube has […]
If you want to backtest trading strategies it’s important to have good quality data. I use Norgate Data for my end of day price quotes and am very happy with the quality and service. However, there are times when I want to scrape stock data from the web. For example, if I want to extract […]
This post contains a detailed guide for creating a mean reversion trading strategy. You will learn what mean reversion is, how to trade it, 10 steps for building a system and a complete example of a mean reversion system. Let’s get going!
Amibroker is an excellent tool for back testing and can also be set up for automated trading with Interactive Brokers. The basic infrastructure is to connect Amibroker to the Interactive Brokers Trader Workstation software using the Amibroker IBController plugin as a buffer.