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Forex Tips: When Trading Discipline Goes Too Far

Forex Tips: When Trading Discipline Goes Too Far

“Stick to your trading plan” is what we hear said all the time and I’ve been known to say it too.  Although that may be the best thing to do, if your trading plan is ok, there’s the odd time that crops up that makes you question it.Being a dedicated forex trader I’ve done some serious screen time.  Eyes locked furiously on the charts waiting for my setups, mesmerized by the ebb and flow of...

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Rehypothecation, Has The Goose Stopped Laying “Gold”en Eggs?

The practice of rehypothecation is centuries old. It has been used to create “free” money supply and in recent times the Chinese have become rather fond of commodity funding deals in an attempt to leverage deals and grow their economy. The model works, at least in theory, and while all is well one can extend the daisy chain, seemingly for ever… The universe provides infinitely after all,...

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Technical Analysis: Using Multiple Timeframes

Technical Analysis: Using Multiple Timeframes

The objective of any trading strategy is to identify trading entries with a high positive predictive value: i.e. the sensitivity and specificity of the order are likely to be successful close to 90% of the time. Getting Started In order to achieve this —the market must be defined or broken down into two separate energies: 1) price action or market structure and 2) indicator analysis. Both...

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Finger-Trap Short-Term Momentum In The FX Market

Finger-Trap Short-Term Momentum In The FX Market

Many have tried, and most fail.  Becoming a ‘day trader’ is not as easy as it appears… Building a short-term strategy in any market presents a series of challenges that most traders, especially new ones, simply cannot overcome.  Prices move quickly, and when using leverage, losses can mount even faster.   The future is just as unpredictable whether we’re looking at a daily or a 5-minute...

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India’s Impure Gold, Short Squeeze To $5,000

India’s Impure Gold, Short Squeeze To $5,000

The India Times recently reported that the Reserve Bank of India is planning to ship impure gold to the Bank of England to swap it for pure gold that can be traded as London pure bars. If the objective is to exchange impure for pure bars that is very easily done. Any major refiner would be happy to smelt the gold, test it for impurities, remove the impurities, and then recast the gold at the...

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IPO Watch: Does TubeMogul Have What It Takes?

IPO Watch: Does TubeMogul Have What It Takes?

Following in the footsteps of Rocket Fuel, Criteo (CRTO), and YuMe (YUME), TubeMogul (TUBE) is set to become the latest digital advertising company to go public over the past several months. Like its peers before it, TUBE is growing its topline rapidly as its client base expands and as it generates more revenue per client. Also like FUEL and YUME at the time of their IPOs, the company is...

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Could Kahneman Be That Wrong?

Daniel Kahneman’s contribution to the world of behavioural finance is well documented. Before you completely dismiss me as heretic daring to challenge a man as revered for his achievements as Nobel laureate psychologist Daniel Kahneman, I invite you to consider the following point: Our reality, as has been described for thousands of years by the wisdom traditions and now shown to be correct...

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Psychology: Accept Your Losses, Be A Better Trader

Psychology: Accept Your Losses, Be A Better Trader

The number one trading topic that few traders want to talk about is the trading loss.  When was the last time you heard a trader say, “I had a fantastic loss the other day.  Let me tell you all about it?”  No one likes to lose money and the experience can be painful both financially and emotionally, especially if the loss is a large one.  It is natural to try to avoid losses.  Not talking or...

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A Proprietary Trading Indicator: Duffy 3 by 3

A Proprietary Trading Indicator: Duffy 3 by 3

The 3 by 3 is a proprietary trading technical tool that I developed in the early 1990’s.The purpose of the 3 by 3 is to find meaningful support and resistance for the current trading bar. It can be used on any timeframe chart —intraday, daily, weekly, monthly. How It Works The methodology is to first calculate the 3 bar average of the lows and the 3 bar average of the highs. Next calculate...

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Trading In A Low Volatility Environment

With the VIX continuing to print unusually low levels investors and traders alike are challenged. Granted, many stocks continue to grind higher, however, finding good low risk entries is a challenge for many traders.   I am a contrarian trader, always looking for opportunities in oversold or overbought stocks and commodities, trading off patterns I like. To me hopping on a trend that is...

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