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Trading Strategies, Psychology

Trading Strategies, Psychology

Should Current Market Volatility Merit a Review of how you are Trading?

  Volatility Revisited Volatility is a measure of the range of price movement over a defined period on a specific timeframe on which any calculation is performed. It may increase or decrease dependent on market conditions and aims to provide the trader with an indication as to whether the range price movement in subsequent candles/bar is lik...

March 13, 2020
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Top 5 Daily Habits of Experienced Traders

Success leaves clues, and over the years as an educator and coach, I can confidently say that there are several things that traders who achieve positive trading outcomes appear to do, that less successful traders are not doing. One of these is to have a daily agenda or habits that go alongside direct trading activities with the aims of getting...

February 27, 2020
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3 potential reasons why forward testing a new strategy is beneficial when amending trading plan

Warning: Turn your sensitivity meter down a little. This is a no sugar-coating, tell-it-how-it-is article (but rest assured it comes from a nurturing place). All over the globe, trading gurus attempt to sell their wares (software, the ‘holy grail’ of trade set ups etc) using retrospective charting examples. Such powerful visual “evidence...

December 27, 2019
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Trend retracement or reversal? – Can volume be a useful “clue”?

    Trading Volume: General principles Many experienced traders (even those using a simple system will incorporate volume as part of their entry (common) and/or exit (less common) system. It is essential (as with any indicator) that you understand the role volume can and cannot play with suggestions of what is happening to marke...

December 26, 2019
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Trading plan specifics – Articulating your trail stop strategy in your plan

  We have discussed many times the importance of unambiguous, and sufficiently specific statements within your trading plan in previous articles and at the weekly “Inner Circle” webinars (for more information see the Inner Circle in the navigation bar). The benefits of this are twofold: 1. Assist in developing consistency in executi...

December 23, 2019
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Video: Matching trading strategy to an economic outlook

  At the recent GO Markets Daryl Guppy seminar, we had a presentation from Daryl that covered both an insightful economic outlook as well as some of his technical trading approaches. During the seminar, a question was asked about how to match the two. i.e. if you have an economic idea how can you integrate this into your trading style. ...

December 6, 2019
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US share or option trader: Managing currency risk?

  Many traders utilise shares or options amongst their investment strategies either for income or capital growth. One key factor that such traders may consider in their choice of specific markets to trade is liquidity, with a higher trading volume impacting positively on the ability to get in and out of trades at a fair price. Other...

November 26, 2019
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The Stochastic as an Alternative to RSI (Relative Strength Index) for Trading Decision Making

  Ideally, as traders, our aim is often to identify potential entries at the start of a new trend (so “first in the queue”) and exit at the end of that trend. Of course, we often will identify a price move where a trend may already be established and are therefore faced with the decision as to “join in” mid-trend (we hope) with ...

November 19, 2019
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10 Ways to Manage Your Trading Psychology – a Blueprint for Development

Experts suggest that 80% of your trading outcomes can be attributed to your behavioural and psychological interactions with the market. It is your mindset that determines how well you comply with good trading, even if you are sufficiently disciplined to adhere to a written trading plan, have the motivation to even write such a plan in the fi...

November 13, 2019
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6 Practical Steps to Improve Trading Discipline: #3 Create the motivation to consider change

  In our previous articles we introduced the SIX steps to improving your trading discipline, offered some guidance on developing “awareness” and explored how to prioritise the trading discipline areas. If you haven’t yet read these articles, perhaps it is worth checking them out before moving onto this one. Step 1 - Awareness St...

November 6, 2019
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The MACD – Useful indicator or just another pretty picture?

  The MACD (or the ‘Moving Average Convergence/Divergence oscillator’ to give its full name) is one of the popular extra pieces of information we often see added to charts. The purpose of this article is to clarify what it may be telling you about market sentiment and offer a description as to how traders commonly apply this in their de...

November 3, 2019
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Cognitive Trading Biases: #2 – Minimalisation bias

  In a previous article we addressed the concept of cognitive trading biases as a barrier to potential successful implementation of a trading plan in the heat of the action you “press the button” on entry or exit action. This article discussed these biases - “loss aversion” which you can read here (click to read). In this arti...

October 29, 2019
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Trading Time Management (with downloadable audit tool)

Trading requires a commitment of time. For each of us the amount of time we must dedicate to trading activities is limited and justifiably so by other life activities (for of course, we want trading to contribute rather than take away from lifestyle). Despite the importance of checking in on how you are using your trading time, commonly trad...

October 25, 2019
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Quick Trading Tip #1 – Developing patience in your trading

When we first start to trade, or subsequently (as a more experienced trader) when we trade a new symbol or system we are often “excited” as we see a “hope” for better results. We often forget that the development of expertise in other areas we have in life (think about what you do in work now for example), you must invest time, effor...

October 23, 2019
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Avoiding three pitfalls of shorter timeframe online trading

The relative ease of online trading today has not only increased the opportunity of access but flexibility to trade different time frames that can better “fit” around other things going on in life. Trading short timeframes is a popular choice for many online trading strategies. Indeed, the shorter time-frame charts e.g. 15 minutes or les...

October 14, 2019
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