As a trader, there’s an important lesson to learn early on, which is that trading losses are part and parcel of playing the game. They are unavoidable, since no-one can predict the markets all the time and no-one can win on every single trade. In fact, many traders have found success by being right just 30-40% of […]
Trading systems fail all the time I’d spent hours, days, weeks, months. Testing, optimising, fine-tuning. I’d read books, journals, blogs, studied the market, stared at quote screens and charts till my eyes were red and I could see them repeating in my sleep. I ate, slept and breathed the markets. I hated the weekends. Whenever Saturday […]
On the whole, it’s better to avoid trying to pick market tops and bottoms. If you try and pick the tops and bottoms every single day you’re going to get frustrated very quickly and wind up losing a lot of money.
Last week was another good one for US stock markets, in fact US equities had their best August since 2000 and it was the best monthly performance since February. That took the S&P 500 to another record close past the 2,000 level while the Dow Jones Industrial Average and Nasdaq also remained strong. This week […]
As I mentioned in a previous post, I do not classify day trading as an easy route to riches. However, if you were to ask me what my favourite approach would be, I would say pivot points. In this post I will illustrate how to use pivot points in trading stocks and forex. How to […]
Day Trading Futures For A Living I worked as a futures day trader for a year between 2008-2009. It wasn’t a particularly good time to start in the markets because the volatility from the credit crunch was intense. Having said that, some experienced day traders really benefitted from the increased volatility and made a lot […]
Technical traders have hundreds of different indicators and setups at their disposal. Triangle patterns are just one form of technical analysis that traders rely on but they are probably more accurate than most other indicators. On the whole, there is much debate around technical analysis. There are many in the academic world who claim technical […]
Jesse Livermore, aka the Boy Plunger, aka the Great Bear of Wall Street, is one of the great American stock traders. He made (and lost) several million dollar fortunes buying and short selling stocks in the early 20th century and traded through the great Wall Street crashes of 1907 and 1929. His book ‘Reminiscences of […]