Because financial matters are rarely covered during high school, many people don’t understand the stock market or how to invest their money properly.
This means that they are more vulnerable to investment scams. With the growth of the internet, and the current frothy state of global markets, these investment scams are unfortunately all too common.
So here are a list of 20 common traps that all traders and investors need to be aware of:
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Since starting this blog I’ve been able to document a few of the mistakes that I’ve made over the years trading the financial markets.
There was the time that I lost money buying Alibaba shares even though I pretty much picked the bottom.
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One of the hardest things to do in investing is to buy the market as it makes yet another new high.
Intuitively it makes little sense. The only way to profit in the stock market is to sell something for more than you paid for it so why would you buy something that has been going up for the last eight years? Read more »
Ray Dalio says that every time he learns something new or makes a mistake in the markets he writes it down so that he can go over it later and learn from it.
I’ve been doing something similar and it does help keep a record of things. Here’s a list of the most important trading lessons that I have learnt over the years. Read more »
Whatever your opinions are about the concept of back-testing, there are few better ways to build a trading system than through the back-testing of historical data.
Back-testing allows us to answer critical questions like ‘how many positions should I hold in a portfolio?’, ‘how much risk should I take?’ or ‘how effective was this strategy in the past?’ Read more »
Trading systems are not only good for making money in financial markets but they are also extremely useful for learning. Unfortunately, trading systems often get discarded early on after a couple of poor back-test results.
Sometimes it is better to improve an existing model that needs work than to start afresh with a totally new system. In this article I look at 21 ways you might be able to improve on your existing trading system: Read more »
My goal is to bring new trading strategies to the table every month. Last month, I brought you details about building a trading robot with Excel and Interactive Brokers and this month I’m back with another excellent strategy from Peter Titus called The Big Volatility Short.
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The benefits of creating an automated trading system are huge. With a profitable trading robot you can spend more time doing what you enjoy and less time watching screens. You can trade quicker, smarter and without emotion. Read more »
One of the keys to successful system trading is to be able to combine different strategies together. When you are able to combine less correlated strategies, it is possible to smooth drawdown, boost win rate and therefore improve your overall risk-adjusted returns.
In Amibroker it is possible to combine equity curves together so you can see what the advantages are. Read more »
Are you a struggling trader? Do you continue to lose money, even in a bull market?
If you answered yes to either question, you are not alone. Financial trading is difficult and statistics reveal that at least 90% of traders lose money. The good news is that profitable trading can be attained with hard work and persistence. Read on for this road map for trading success. Read more »