• 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 Hawaiian Holdings (HA) set up

This is analysis of Hawaiian Holdings (Airlines). Importantly the total collective psychology of investors is represented in the market at the snapshot. The stock is pretty strong in it’s growth. Industry gurus are mixed about whether it should be a buy or a sell, though forecasts are favourable in the longer term. That’s okay, if one is buying and selling shares. However, spreadbetters only want to: Identify an opportunity Predict where price may go in theRead More

Trading Idea–AAL

Airline stocks have been predicted to rise over the next year, and over the next quarter of 2015. This is due to a positive change in seating-density regulations more than oil price being low. See article in Seeking Alpha.

Another way

The following charts tell of a possible other way of increasing the probability of making winning trades. In essence it is about interpreting what’s happening to the price of stock as they approach quarterly earnings releases and reports. Pictures below can be clicked for a larger view (and you may need to zoom in (and out) with your browser: CTRL and + or CTRL and – on keyboard). Missing the Twitter opportunity was a painfulRead More

Financial trading–what’s that?

‘Who’s this guy?’ – you may ask yourself (video below). Financial trader? That’s somebody who trades in stocks and shares – right? The short answer is ‘no’. Whilst the term may include ‘stocks and shares’ it doesn’t exclusively. It’s like asking, “Do cars (automobiles) have four wheels?” The answer may seem simple – but some cars don’t have four wheels. So to say ‘yes’ means that a single exception proves the answer to be wrong.Read More

Too honest to be true

Alessio Rastani shook up awareness about banking and government  in 2011. His honesty was so good that he was accused of being a hoaxer. Who is Alessio Rastani and why you haven’t heard of him before? I dunno why? Perhaps you’ve been too busy shopping, walking dogs, don’t spend time on that ‘evil thing’ called the internet – or you’re just an average jobbing simpleton. Tough! In essence what Rastani said was that people canRead More

Morrison’s

I’ve been thinking outside the box on Morrison’s (MRX). This is not a recommendation for any one to trade on this (at this time). The above is the whole overview of MRX over the years. Certainly from Feb 2014, it’s gone south big time. But I’m observing a few things on MRX: 1. It has recovered well from rough rides in the past. 2. Recently it’s popping close to the 200MA (daily chart). Closer viewRead More

The Alibaba effect

This could well be the Google effect – ever so often an unrecognised ‘giant’ turns up. For those who do not know Alibaba – straight out of China to the West – dwarfs Amazon and Ebay put together!! What’s so great about that? This is a tremendous investment opportunity. Oops.. the moment I’ve said that, people began clutching their wallets – and preparing their bunch of plausible excuses: i) don’t have money ii) don’t haveRead More

Good videos for new spreadbetters

Most new traders are excited by the opportunity to make loadsah money. But think – chief execs of most organisations are making loadsah money in their wages. However, the time, effort and discipline involved in getting there is quite a lot. Spreadbetting is not a ‘get rich quick’ scheme. For most people it will be a ‘get poor quick scheme’. Why? Because a lack of knowledge, skill and experience will cause noobs to lose loadashRead More