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Extreme volatility

Whilst volatility is necessary in trading there are issues with extreme volatility that traders need to consider. The clickable chart below shows one example of extreme volatility with Copper (CUUUSD). The size of a reasonable stop-loss which is related strongly to account size, is a limiting factor. If your account is say £2000 how much of a hit can you take in one trade like this? Not much. You’d be depending on luck to jumpRead More

No courses, no horses.

Over the last few months there has been much reflective practice. This is about looking back at what one has done in the past, learning and re-learning from mistakes, and understanding how novices to financial trading approach it. A mistake is usually, in simple language, recognising a genuine error that has happened. Learning from a mistake means doing something differently to avoid it happening again or reducing likelihood of recurrence. Understanding how the uninitiated thinkRead More

Where the big action is – 4H

This is a short one. Over the last 3 years I’ve come to appreciate – and more so in the last year – that the really big action is on the 4H time frame.  Yes – for sure there is even bigger action on the daily (1D) time frame on lots of markets/charts. But 4H is where most of it happens. 4H is also a good time frame for new traders and seasoned traders –Read More

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. Some of the supposed greatest traders out there are selling trainings and courses. They’re selling dreams for the most part. Look, I just don’t get it – if you’re making millions why would you wish to sell new traders whatever opportunity at £1799 reduced from £9977? Do you really need theRead More

The Zanger interviews

These interviews may seem meaningless to new traders but in reality they’re worth millions!  See also: Who the devil is Dan Zanger and why should anybody care?

Is common sense allowed in trading?

The answer to this question is ‘no’ – if you’ve been trained in some system of rules, which you’re meant to follow rigidly.  The beauty of trend-following methods, is that it allows for a degree of common sense.  Indicators are there to help paint a picture. Trend followers are not chained by indicators or rules. There are some traders who cannot trade well without a set of rigid rules. It is not the purpose ofRead More

Comparison of trend following with non-trend following trade scenarios.

Trend following trades are worlds apart from the usual trading you’d find out there on the net. This is about the big money. The big boys do this cuz they want the big money! They’re not interested in jumping in and out of markets with a few harmonic trades here and there. They want the full monty. So – what’s the matter with you?! Why can’t you do it? Well – you don’t have to.Read 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

My personal mantra

The following is my personal mantra. It lives on my desktop. It is updated on my desktop as necessary. Others may modify to suit their individual needs, as this is not prescriptive. READ AND REPEAT THIS A FEW TIMES PER WEEK. Whilst all of the following may seem very simple and logical, they represent all of the lessons you have learnt and forgotten. You must read all of the following every day before trading or beforeRead 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