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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When times are good the economy is strong and everyone has more money to spend. So is there any relationship between consumer spending and the stock market?
A new research paper suggests there is and provides a novel way of measuring consumer spending on a daily basis. Instead of looking at more traditional measures (such as personal income or consumer sentiment) the paper focuses on box office earnings. Read more »
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 »
Some investors focus on momentum stocks. Some look for value. Contrarian traders search out for the most hated or worst performing stocks.
Recently, I came across the following graphic from Bloomberg which shows the 2017 performance of the 10 most shorted stocks in Asia: Read more »
Traders are all different. But to be successful some things are unavoidable. This list of trader essentials can serve as a rite of passage for every aspiring trader. Read more »
The Money Flow Index indicator (MFI) is an oscillator that uses price and volume to measure momentum. It’s also known as a volume-weighted RSI and can be used in a similar way.
In this article I will be testing a strategy that I found on a popular trading website. Read more »
I’ve been doing some work on volatility products and I’m particularly interested in finding long volatility strategies.
Unfortunately, there are several reasons why betting on volatility going up is difficult:
- Stock markets tend to go up and volatility tends to drop.
- Volatility products that track the VIX suffer from time decay.
- Macroeconomic factors and central banks work to reduce volatility.
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Position sizing is an important topic but many investors don’t give it much thought.
In this article I will look at a method that uses the RSI indicator to size positions. This means we can buy more when the price is low and buy less when the price is high. Read more »
The month of August was characterized by a lack of direction across many of the major stock market indices. Despite any notable trend, several of our premium trading strategies were able to profit and put in a solid month of results. Read more »