Coronavirus and election concerns have really spooked the market lately with the S&P 500 down -6% on the week. There are more than a couple of reasons for this weakness. Cases of coronavirus are ramping up and there appears to be little cohesion or plan to tackle the escalating number of cases. The US election […]
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 […]
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. […]
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.
Debate has raged for years as to whether or not technical analysis is actually a useful tool in helping to generate long run profits in the markets. For some, technical analysis is no more than hocus pocus. An approach that is based on faith rather than legitimate science. For others, technical analysis is the foundation of […]
Last week I received an email courtesy of the StockTwits newsletter with the headline ‘This Market Is Confusing Everyone’. Apparently, because the market has fallen, gone up, and then fallen again (in the space of a few days) investors are totally confused and the market is ‘faking out everyone’. Unfortunately for the headline writer, this […]
Traders have known for some time now that mainstream media is not a reliable source of information for predicting future price moves in financial markets. In fact, it is assumed by many investors that once a story is fully reported in the financial press, the vast majority of the corresponding price move has already taken place.
I recently came across the following question on the website Quora so I thought I would add some thoughts. This is a topic that is currently dominating the markets right now. Nearly everyone is concerned that the market is well overdue for a correction so it feels important to address this issue:
Although often overlooked, the fact of the matter is that stock markets and political events are inextricably linked. Considering that 2016 was undoubtedly one of the most newsworthy years in regards to political upheaval, many traders are wondering what 2017 has in store.
As we move into 2017 it’s clear that there are some common themes dominating the narrative. Understanding the consensus view gives us insights into what investors are expecting from the markets.
Yesterday’s US election result came as a shock to many people and I’m sure you will have strong feelings about it too. Many observers took to social media to report their surprise and despair at the result.
The US election is upon us and it promises to be a huge night for the American people and of course for financial markets as well. I do not live in America and I do not know much about the political process there but it has been impossible to not get drawn into the debate.
No matter your political view there is no doubt that the financial markets are more nervous about a Trump victory than a Clinton win. This is exemplified by recent price movements in safe haven assets like gold, the US dollar and stocks.
In a few hours time we will see the United Kingdom head to the polls to decide whether or not to stay in the European Union. This long-awaited event has dominated the financial news for the last several weeks and drawn opinion from all over the world.