It is my belief that to succeed in the financial markets you need to have some kind of trading system in place.

Trading systems protect the trader from his ‘inner chimp‘ – the limbic side of the brain that relies heavily on emotions and gut instinct. The inner chimp is quick to react and respond to incoming dangers. It often makes snap decisions based on emotion or a feeling. Read more »


Several months ago I was thinking about candlestick charts and whether or not these classic patterns had any predictive ability for trading. I had a look around but all I could find were vague speculations and cliches. I couldn’t find any solid evidence of whether they actually worked or not.

So… I thought I would casually test out a few candlestick price patterns and see if any of them actually worked.

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Visa Inc. ($V) is a multinational financial services company that facilitates the transfer of funds around the world via Visa-branded credit cards and debit cards. If you didn’t already know that you must be living on another planet because Visa is everywhere. Here are 10 reasons why you might want to buy the stock today. Read more »


Last Friday the S&P 500 formed a shooting star candlestick pattern on the daily chart. This is a Japanese candlestick formation that is normally a bearish reversal signal. Sure enough, the S&P 500 moved lower the next day, dropping around 15 points. We saw this happen last September too. But how often does this bearish pattern really play out?  Read more »