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 […]
RSI is one of the most popular technical indicators among quant traders, particularly the 2-period and 4-period RSI. Previous analysis and articles have shown how RSI(2) maintained a strong edge in stocks through most of the 2000s. The MFI indicator (money flow index) is similar to RSI but incorporates volume as well. MFI is not […]
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 […]
This post is a round up of trades and thoughts taken for the week ending on 2nd November 2018. Monday. Have got a position in NTWK that went up nicely today and on solid volume. I have had this trade on for a few days now and will continue to hold it on this kind […]
You’re probably aware of how difficult financial trading can be and how much luck plays a role in results. Latest figures from Finance Magnates show that in the year up to August 2017, 76% of CFD traders lost money. As shown by the graphic below, some brokers were better than others: But it gets worse. […]
If you want to retire wealthy but you don’t have a lot of money there is a simple strategy you can use called Dollar Cost Averaging. The idea is to save some of your income and put it into the stock market at regular intervals (usually monthly). Dollar cost averaging typically involves regular investing in […]
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 […]
Old school trading wisdom says you should not only buy the strongest stocks but the strongest stocks in the strongest sectors. In this article, I discuss a simple breakout system. Then I introduce a basic sector filter which improves our net profit by around 50%. Full Amibroker code is also provided.
If you want to put your money in the stock market it makes sense to first analyse the data to see whether your trading strategy is a good one or not. In this article I take a look at three technical trading strategies and see how successful they’ve been over the past 10-18 years.
Every major trend in history has begun with a breakout. However, breakouts also lead to whipsaw trades so it’s sometimes better to join a trend on a subsequent pullback. In the rest of this article I will demonstrate a very simple strategy that does just that.