• Conversation with a failed trader

    Today I met a chap who is a failed trader. This was a rare opportunity. I had known him for about 3 months just fromRead More

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    Conversation with a failed trader
  • The loser’s game

    The news has been out from August 2018 that the European Securities and Management Agency (ESMA) has compelled all brokers (subject to its jurisdiction) toRead More

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    The loser’s game
  • Bitcoin: Investor, trader, gambler or idiot?

    In the last few months we’ve received inquiries from several about Bitcoin and various similar things, often referred to as cryptocurrencies. In essence many ofRead More

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    Bitcoin: Investor, trader, gambler or idiot?
  • Microtrends and risk aversion

    Many a trader will have looked at the same chart (say AUDUSD) at different times (let’s say 4 hours apart), and had doubts or anRead More

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    Microtrends and risk aversion
  • So did you get it right?

    Did you get it right? This is an important question for new and seasoned traders to think about – but there is a problem withRead More

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    So did you get it right?
  • New traders conned

    This morning I receive yet another email from somebody selling a system for beating the markets, subject to terms and conditions. It’s some software thatRead More

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    New traders conned
  • This is worth your next million

    Lots of new traders are looking for a magic solution to make money. They come into trading as a sort of flirtation – to seeRead More

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    This is worth your next million
  • Sterling causes excitement

    Those who were watching Pound Sterling, would have seen some excitement recently. The Prime Minister, Theresa May, called a snap election on 8th June 2017.Read More

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    Sterling causes excitement
  • Mission Impossible – early notice.

    What if there was a way to take money out of the markets (legally of course) without  having to figure anything?! That must be theRead More

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    Mission Impossible – early notice.
  • Nerves of steel – like Formula 1 racing.

    Many new traders are unaware that they actually need nerves of steel. Some will argue that ‘nerves’ are not part of the equation – ifRead More

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    Nerves of steel  – like Formula 1 racing.
  • Dreamers exploited

    The more I look around the net on trading courses, the more I come to think that there is a big scam going on. SomeRead More

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    Dreamers exploited
  • Tools – not fools!

    The tools referred to here are ‘physical’ things – as against ‘psychological’. This is about some of the stuff that could be of use inRead More

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    Tools – not fools!

A resource for new and seasoned financial traders who are serious about developing their skills.

The ABCD harmonic

The ABCD harmonic is one of the simplest, yet most fundamental and profitable patterns to trade (says Scott Carney). Carney’s criteria are freely available on various internet sources and on YouTube. Importantly, finding the pattern and ensuring it is accurate is only the first phase of any potential trade setup. There are several other steps to follow after the pattern is identified for deciding if to enter and pre-programming exit points. This is not aRead More

Important books on Trading

In my post ‘Tools – not fools’, I left out books. At that time I had not read many good books on trading, so it was a terrible omission. I was preoccupied with learning from books that did mainly analyses of various sorts. I had focused less as most noobs do, on ‘trying to trade right’. With hindsight, I realise that it’s not about ‘how to trade’ but more about the psychological aspects of tradingRead More

Totally sickened

I’m totally sickened by the fact that many so-called expert traders (self-proclaimed) have monetised their various websites by charging a fee for memberships or selling courses etc. I do not mean attracting income from advertising of independent sources. Some sites advertise and take a cut from advertisers if members sign up to various services/opportunities. I’ve seen this phenomenon so many times. What is it with the so-called pros? If you’re making tons of dosh withRead More

Like playing rock guitar – Cesar Huesca

This could well be about playing piano or any other musical instrument. Trading is about developing a passion, persistence, pressing forward, practicing, making mistakes, living your dream. The same goes for those who excel and music. I only came across Cesar Huesca  by accident on YouTube. Other than that, I don’t know the guy from Adam! His interview struck a ‘chord’ in relation to trading. It’s the same steps to becoming an expert successful trader!! Read More

Automaticity

It’s an interesting word but not many know it’s full meaning. It isn’t about becoming an automaton. The Wikepedia definition of automaticity is, “The ability to do things without occupying the mind with the low-level details required, allowing it to become an automatic response pattern or habit. It is usually the result of learning, repetition, and practice.” By reading this post you’re doing ‘automaticity’. You no longer see individual letters. You no longer pronounce eachRead More

Confronting negativity

Negative things are often avoided by lots of people. Everybody likes a nice positive story. But it’s strange though, how bad news sells more than good news. Talk to the media houses. So at least people say to themselves and others that they don’t like negative stuff, but they’re all tanking up on it in secret. But what do I mean by ‘confronting negativity’? I’m talking more about self-defeating assumptions that lead to an overallRead More

Who the devil is Dan Zanger – and why should anybody care?

It’s an unusual name, was my first thought. There’s so much that’s going on in the world, it’s natural to think, “Never heard of him! Yet another guru?”. In fact there is only a small handful of photos of Zanger available on the internet. He’s little known outside of trading circles. Even in trading circles he’s not well known to a majority of people.   To get you going, wake up to these facts aboutRead More

Introduction to Harmonic Trading

I’ve been studying harmonics now for the last 6 months or so. It’s not been an easy task. This introduction is a summary of what I have learned about how they may be used and some of the difficulties. Harmonic trading is about finding and exploiting certain patterns that are regularly seen in all kinds of trading situations, across almost all time frames. There is overwhelming statistical and experiential evidence for their better than chanceRead More

Gifted or not?

There are some truly exceptional expert traders out there. Dan Zanger is such a person. He’s turned 10K into 18Million in 18 months. I shan’t be giving a list of similar persons. Google is your friend. Many a struggling trader will say or think to themselves, “These people are just gifted; it’s in their genes!” or words to that effect. Look, whilst some say that the Gods have created us all equally, the facts ofRead More

Desirable core psychological characteristics for traders

The following is my reflection on the characteristics of successful traders. I do not go into long explanations on each of these. Some of these overlap each other: Toughness and resilience – taking the hard knocks, not being crushed by failure, rising again, facing reality. Determination – a refusal to accept defeat. Probably a double edged sword as it could lead to even more catastrophic failures by the most determined who just have not understoodRead More