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July, 2015

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Getting the ‘fish’ ready for table

I’ve been thinking much more about strategy and planning. I’m appreciating even more how the fruits to be had from this approach. This hit home really well when on Friday 25th July 2015, I achieved a good profit on some trades, shown below. On reflection what I did very differently was to select Athenahealth carefully a few days in advance. Amazon is a distraction and a late entrant that came up suddenly – but thereRead More

What about Fibonacci?

It’s a long story and an very important one for all traders – what Fibonacci is about. Why is Fibonacci so powerful? It is an operating principle in nearly every sphere of our existence. Some have referred to it as the hand of God or God’s fingerprint. Fibonacci in socio-economics After many months of interacting with the markets, I’ve come to some understandings which I share. I will cut this down to the essence ofRead More

Basic concept of leveraging

Spreadbetting is about leveraging*. In spreadbetting a bet may be  only £1.  What does that mean in real terms? A share can be worth £50 today on the stock market but on leveraging platforms it may appear as 5000 points (bear in mind that I’m only using the word ‘share’ conveniently because you don’t own anything with spreadbets). When you buy a single share on the stock market you pay only £50 and that’s itRead More

Stalking Skyworks Solutions Inc

Skyworks is a uniquely strong equity. Overall the indications are that there is probably going to be a bounce up on the Earnings Release on 23rd July 2015. This is not a trading tip. If you play this and lose real money, you do as we always say – ‘Sue yourself’.  

Introduction to MACD

MACD is a useful indicator in many situations. As always it ought not to be used on it’s own to make decisions about probabilities of price movement. It is like most indicators, a lagging indicator. That means that it looks back (all any indicator can do) at price and gives a representation of what was happening. Only you can decide what may happen next – not the MACD, any other indicator, or any combination ofRead More

Lennox sniped

The following chart shows a snipe that was being prepared for in the background. The trade is now concluded with a profit of £888 on a £1 bet. Many thanks to one of our new traders for spotting this set up, in advance. The opportunity came quickly so didn’t blog it before hand. The algorithm used is at:  updated strategy.

Danger in volatile instruments

The chart below is of BITCOIN (BTCUSD). Some people would have lost a pile of money on just a 10p bet even though they had stop-losses in place. No – this didn’t happen to me. What this means is that there are hidden dangers in playing very volatile instruments. You have to know the name of the game. If you’re playing with fire, ensure you can escape.

Grasping the basics

Many new traders will find the whole business of ‘understanding’ what’s going on to be mind-boggling. After all there is so much new terminology and concepts to put together. Charts often appear to be confused and even video materials seem so filled with jargon. All this could be real deterrent to new traders finding their feet or even persisting. The risk is that new traders forget about all that and just have a go. What’s likelyRead More

DEMOPHOBIA

Cutting to the chase quickly, this is about fear of demos. What’s a demo?  A demo is a demonstration item, appliance, facility or whatever – it doesn’t really matter. Yes I know ‘demophobia’ has another formal meaning. I’m using here to refer to demo accounts only as defined in the infographic below. I’ve now come across six people who are crippled by this condition. One is a pre-demo-trader, the other five are new traders whoRead More

What’s powerful about support?

When I first started off trading, I had my doubts about whether the concept of support (and resistance) was actually for real. The chartS below are some fine examples that demonstrate the power of the concept. Support means that which resists falling through the floor. It’s just like a floor actually. Floors do break on occasion depending on the integrity of their structure and the amount of pressure put on them. So too it happensRead More