The best traders follow consistent strategies. Many use the same signals repeatedly to show them when to enter and exit a trade. In other words, they place orders on a trading system that they have developed through trial-and-error. In my experience, this is true for all traders. Many old school traders are not even aware […]
I’ve always liked a bet. After school I would go to the bookmakers to place bets on the football. I used to place accumulators that give you the chance to win big sums. When I was at University I got heavily into poker. Heads-up was my game. It was fast paced and I became quite […]
I’ve been reading the book Deep Thinking by Garry Kasparov. Kasparov is one of the greatest chess players of all time. He ranked number one from 1984 until his retirement in 2005, obtaining a peak rating of 2851. Kasparov is also remembered as the first world champion to lose a match against a computer, IBM’s […]
Technology is moving fast and there are a number of interesting fintech startups cropping up in recent years. One promising development is Alpaca which was started in 2015 and billed as the first commission-free API stock brokerage. The interesting thing with Alpaca is that it connects with a host of apps and services that makes […]
March 2020 saw one of the quickest bear markets in history as coronavirus shook the world and the S&P 500 dropped 34% in about five weeks. Since then, the market has reversed and rallied about 24% from its low meaning it’s now down only 19% from the February peak. The market is now trading at […]
I thought I would write an article about bitcoin because it might be valuable to go over what happened. I bought some bitcoin in 2017 and made some money with it. In fact, percentage wise it is the best trade I have made in the past few years. However, I still think I messed up […]
There are thousands of trading websites and tools out there. This list contains some of my favourites. I’ve left out a few of the really popular ones since everyone knows about them already. Hopefully you’ll find a few new websites to add to your bookmarks. Finviz Most people know about Finviz already but I had […]
In this post I will be sharing 10 tips that can help you to build better trading strategies and become a better systematic trader. These tips contain little things that are often overlooked or ignored. They’ve helped me and many of the traders I’ve worked with.
Traders are all different. But to be successful some things are unavoidable. This list of trader essentials can serve as a rite of passage for every aspiring trader. 1. Read These Classic Books There are thousands of trading and investing books out there but if you want to be in the inner circle you absolutely […]
My goal is to bring new trading strategies to the table every month. Last month, I brought you details about building a trading robot with Excel and Interactive Brokers and this month I’m back with another excellent strategy from Peter Titus called The Big Volatility Short.
Short selling is the process of selling a stock that you do not already own. The principle reason why you would want to do this is because you think the company is overvalued and you want to make a bet that it will decline in value in the future. You may also want to short […]
As a trader, there’s an important lesson to learn early on, which is that trading losses are part and parcel of playing the game. They are unavoidable, since no-one can predict the markets all the time and no-one can win on every single trade. In fact, many traders have found success by being right just 30-40% of […]
Most commentators tell you to cut your losses short and let your winners run. This is the ‘golden rule’ of trading. If you do this, only this, and nothing else, apparently, you are bound to make money. (So long as your risk settings are also right).
On the whole, it’s better to avoid trying to pick market tops and bottoms. If you try and pick the tops and bottoms every single day you’re going to get frustrated very quickly and wind up losing a lot of money.