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 from the odd conversation here and there. I knew that he had an interest in ‘stock markets’ and had some knowledge about CFDs. But it wasRead More
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) to reveal their statistics on the percentages of losing trader accounts. See informative article headed, “ESMA Regulations Reveal: Where CFDs Traders Lose the Most“. The reported percentageRead More
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 accountRead More
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 an urge to change their minds on what to do. This situation occurred recently with BTCUSD. On one day it appeared that there was as strongRead More
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 with it. So you made your best risk assessment, decided your entry point and stop-loss and you entered the trade. What happens next? Many a newRead More
Another look at stop-losses
Stop-losses are very important to all new traders. In this post I look at it more deeply. The infographic below is about fixed targets which are relevant to most types of trading strategies. It is not very relevant to trend-following methods.
Blood bath on Wall Street?
For those who have been watching the US30 or the SPY or the DJI, there is some crazy stuff going on. The on the night of the Trump victory, the bears mauled the bulls – as you can see on chart below. The bulls rebelled within hours. The market ralliedRead More
Looking again at Earnings Releases
This recent bounce on DEERE & CO has got me looking again at Earnings Releases. For those who would play ER’s a Guaranteed stop maybe advisable (cost of this need to be factored into the equation) or Reward to Risk ratios. Alternatively no guaranteed stops may be taken butRead More