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Interview with traders: The journey from Dubai to trading

Fri, 04 Mar 2016 15:34:38 GMT

In the educational series 'Interview with Traders', we have Charlie Burton from EzeeTrader, interviewing Dave Pierce, a Retail Trader. In the part 1 of the video, Pierce shares his journey how he was introduced to trading, and how his first trade turned in his favour.

Facing Your Trading Daemons

Fri, 11 Dec 2015 04:19:36 GMT

Our trading daemons are legion.  We let fear rule us.  We rationalize our lack of performance.  We fall down two inches short of the gateway to success.   We accept mediocrity and shy away from mastery. We think that we need “something else”, while avoiding what we need the most.  We lack the courage to size our positions to the levels we should.  We engage in over-intellectualization.  We try to be “right”.  We care what others think about our

Finding the Balance Between Rules and Flexibility

Thu, 19 Nov 2015 01:18:54 GMT

“Many people think that trading can be reduced to a few rules. Always do this or always do that. To me, trading isn’t about always at all; it is about each situation.” – Bill Lipschitz, Market Wizard Most traders fit into one of these two categories: Traders that have NO RULES. They follow their gut, placing trades based on tips or a whim. Traders who seek the “Holy Grail” - a simple set of rules that can be used to guide their trading behaviour from now until forever. The reality is that

Are You Taking Profit Out of Fear?

Wed, 11 Nov 2015 03:54:14 GMT

“I must not fear. Fear is the mind-killer. Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration. I will face my fear. I will permit it to pass over me and through me. And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path.Where the fear has gone there will be nothing. Only I will remain” - Litany against fear  Fear is the mind killer. It is the little death of your trading account.  The sci-fi fans amongst us will recognise the litany against fear as a Bene Gesserit

What We Can Learn From the All Blacks About Forex Trading Psychology

Fri, 30 Oct 2015 02:59:54 GMT

When it comes to elite sports, the game is just as much mental as it is physical. Yes, skill and fitness play a huge part, but the winning is done in the heads of the players.  Nowhere is this more apparent than at a World Cup where the pressure can be crushing. Games are won and lost on a moment of brilliance or coolness under pressure… and a *brain explosion* can be fatal.  As an All Blacks fan watching the world cup, I’ve been taking careful note of what the players and management

Don't Believe in Rules

Wed, 28 Oct 2015 16:42:11 GMT

“Use risk guidelines but don’t believe in rules”  – Colm O’Shea “Every market has a rhythm, and our job as traders is to get in sync with that rhythm.” – Anonymous, Market Wizard Traders tend to look for a simple set of rules to guide their trading decisions.  This is the mythical search for the Holy Grail. It’s not real, and even if it were, your time spent searching for it can be employed more fruitfully elsewhere. It’s not helpful to project your hopes and desires onto a set of

How to Decide Which Trades to Take (and Which to Ignore)

Wed, 21 Oct 2015 23:13:21 GMT

Choose your best trade. It’s a simple idea – and one that is often overlooked. When I tell traders they should only be trading their best ideas, I am normally on the wrong end of a very confused (and sometimes exasperated!) set of facial expressions. “How do I tell if a one trade is good compared to another one?” That is the question I am asked and it is the one we will deal with here. To use an over-simplified example, here is a chart of the NZDUSD with an indicator coded to show a big arrow

Core Trading Skills: Managing Synthetic Positions

Wed, 21 Oct 2015 00:24:48 GMT

Chances are you have had (or have right now!) unwanted positions hiding in your trading account.  And I’m not talking about a fat finger trade that you accidently left on overnight.  I’m talking about synthetic positions. What is a synthetic position? A synthetic position occurs when you take a long and short position in the same currency against different counter currencies at the same time.  For example: if you buy GBP/USD, and then sell GBP/NZD, the GBP components of the

Central bank monetary policy and why it matters to traders

Wed, 30 Sep 2015 15:17:30 GMT

When you ask the question as to what fundamentally moves the currency markets, the answers may vary. While there are a lot of factors that influence the exchange rate of a currency, Central bank monetary policy plays an important role, if not one of the major roles. For the average trader, one can be mistaken for ignoring Central bank policies. However, if you are serious about trading for the long term, it is important to understand the role Central banks play in the financial markets and more

Trading the Non-Farm Payrolls: relevance, impact, tips and techniques

Mon, 31 Aug 2015 10:41:53 GMT

Once per month, financial markets regularly take on the big spotlight. Every first Friday of the month, at 12.30 pm GMT , the US Bureau of Labor Statistics publishes the employment data, which gives a good glance on the state of the american economy. The  US Non-Farm Payrolls release  is the biggest fundamental piece of data the market gets regularly. Besides  our monthly report on the event , in this series of articles several of our dedicate contributors help us explaining

Non-Farm Payrolls: How To Prepare For and Trade the Employment Situation Report

Mon, 31 Aug 2015 10:13:44 GMT

WAYNE MCDONELL PROFILE: • Current Job : Chief Currency Coach at FxBootcamp • Career:  Member of National Futures Association. Licensed as Commodities Trading Advisor. Chief FX Market Strategist at TradersWay. Coached thousands of traders for 10 years. View profile at FXStreet WHAT IS NFP? The Employment Situation Report, otherwise know as  Non-Farm Payrolls  or simply NFP, is released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics once each month, usually on the first Friday. It generally

Tips on How to trade the Non-Farm Payrolls

Mon, 31 Aug 2015 09:55:49 GMT

KENNY FISHER PROFILE: • Current Job : Analyst at Forex Crunch • Career:  Graduated from law school in Toronto. Former account manager at Bendix. Senior writer at Forex Crunch. View profile at FXStreet Introduction This article discusses trading FX based on the  Non-Farm Payrolls . It is a given that there is an element of risk in trading FX. However, an understanding of some basic concepts about major economic indicators, such as the Non-Farm Payrolls report, can minimize some of

Step aside the Non-Farm Payrolls release

Mon, 31 Aug 2015 09:05:56 GMT

ADRIÁN AQUARO PROFILE: • Current Job : President at Trader College • Career:  Introducing Broker in Latin America. Heads True Market Services LLC and Trader College LLC View profile at FXStreet The US employment data, released every first Fridays of the month, is still by far the most impactful release on the major pairs, that is, those that include the USD. Even if the impact has diminished gradually over time, the  US Non-Farm Payrolls  still generate huge attention in the

US Non-Farm Payroll report and the impact on the markets

Mon, 31 Aug 2015 09:05:48 GMT

XGLOBAL MARKETS ANALYST TEAM  PROFILE: • Career:  Team of 3 market analysts that have experience working in the City, London and are seasoned traders View profile at FXStreet Whether you are a completely new beginner to trading or if you are an experienced trader, chances are that you might have heard about the Non-farm payrolls report, or the NFP for short. From trading strategies built around the NFP report to major economic and monetary policy decisions that come as a result of

Non-Farm Payrolls: Which brokers could keep it tight?

Fri, 28 Aug 2015 10:28:57 GMT

VIKTOR EPERJESY  PROFILE: • Current Job : Head of Business Development at Trade Proofer • Career:  Passionate about forex trading since college. Co-founder of Trade Proofer community.  View profile at FXStreet As we all know, forex brokers' information sheets listing "target spreads" are not something traders can rely on when they trade around important economic events, like  Non-Farm Payrolls . During these minutes spreads first fall apart and recover slowly afterwards as

Yanis Varoufakis in conversation with John Nash Jnr on Ideal Money

Wed, 03 Jun 2015 09:05:43 GMT

A conversation I was privileged to have with John Nash in June 2000 is posted below as a small tribute to a great man. (The conversation was motivated by a talk John Nash Jr gave in Athens in 2000 entitled IDEAL MONEY. The text of the conversation below was published in 2001 as a chapter in a volume, available only in Greek, entitled Game Theory: A volume dedicated to John Nash, edited by K. Kottaridi and G. Siourounis) Yanis Varoufakis: Professor Nash, in your talk on Ιδεώδες Χρήμα (Ideal

Millennials on the Move: Urban-Suburban Divide

Thu, 09 Apr 2015 13:57:36 GMT

Executive Summary With a population of more than 80 million, Millennials are the largest generation in U.S. history. The sheer size of this age group has the power to reshape markets, similar to their Baby Boomer parents. One key market for the economy that hangs in the balance of Millennials is housing. The hurdles to household formation and homeownership—including record levels of student debt and sluggish income growth—have been widely discussed, but against this backdrop looms the question

Millennials in the Economy

Wed, 11 Mar 2015 19:20:29 GMT

Millennials are now the largest age cohort in the U.S., edging out even the mighty baby boomers. Given their size and relative youth, Millennials will play an integral role in shaping the future American economic and financial landscape for years to come. In this series, we break down the key trends that have emerged for this cohort and what the future holds for them. *This is a combined PDF with all eight reports in the series.

Home Sweet Rental?

Tue, 17 Feb 2015 14:05:15 GMT

One of the missing pieces of the housing recovery has been a lack of first time homebuyers. Once income and credit improve, will Millennials step up, or will student debt and preferences keep them out of the market?  New Living Arrangements The widely documented employment, income and debt struggles of Millennials has generated concerns over the ability—and willingness—of this generation to contribute to the housing market’s recovery. Homeownership among adults under the age of 35 has

Assets of Young Households

Tue, 17 Feb 2015 14:02:37 GMT

Millennials’ balance sheets have yet to see much of an improvement since the recession. The decline in assets was largely a result of declines in nonfinancial assets, although financial assets have also struggled. Nonfinancial Assets Lead the Drop Assets of young households shrunk during the Great Recession and, perhaps more surprisingly, continued to shrink well into the recovery. The median real value of assets fell from $38,200 in 2010 to $29,600 in 2013. This is consistent with the trend

Millennials in the Economy VI: Liabilities of Young People

Wed, 04 Feb 2015 18:57:27 GMT

The Millennial generation’s median net worth fell markedly during the Great Recession. Although liabilities did in fact fall, the asset side of the balance sheet shrunk faster, leading to the overall decline. Little Recovery in Net Worth Not surprising, households under 35 have the lowest net worth of all age cohorts by a large margin (bottom chart). Similar to aggregate household net worth, Millennials’ net worth in real terms has yet to recover from the Great Recession and remains near

The Segregated Account Fallacy

Wed, 28 Jan 2015 07:05:51 GMT

I want to clear up some misconceptions around segregated accounts. When a broker tells you that your funds are kept in a segregated account, it means that they keep client deposits in a separate account to the money they use for the operation of the business. Firstly, yes this is a good thing. In the past, some brokers deposited client funds into their operating account, and used them for all sorts of purposes. Sometimes this ended very badly. Now that funds are kept separate, it means that

Who's Hiring Young Workers?

Mon, 26 Jan 2015 17:21:29 GMT

Young workers have traditionally been concentrated in the retail and leisure & hospitality industries, but a growing share are finding themselves in these and other low-paying industries since the recession.  What Industries are Hiring Millennials? Significant shifts in the labor market, including the Great Recession and longer-term secular trends, mean that today’s young workers are not always doing the same jobs as in prior years. A look at the industries employing Millennials

Bang Moments: How to Protect Against SNB Type Events

Fri, 23 Jan 2015 08:59:01 GMT

“You are a risk manager first, and a trader second”  Last week we experienced a “bang moment” when the SNB announced it was removing its currency peg.  A “bang moment” is a statistically improbable event whose monumental effects are felt in a split second. If you’re not prepared, it is too late to do anything about it when it happens. “Bang moments” are a lot more common than you might think. Markets have what are termed “fat tails” when it comes to probability distribution. That is,

Millennials in the Economy III: Do Girls Rule and Boys Drool?

Wed, 21 Jan 2015 16:06:51 GMT

Although Millennial women’s labor market experience more closely resembles that of their male counterparts relative to previous generations, variations in participation, part-time status and earnings persist. Closing the Gender Gap, but Not Eliminating It Underneath the broad struggles of Millennials in the labor market are shifting dynamics between young men and women’s workforce experiences. One of the key factors driving the shift in fortunes has been educational attainment: more Millennial

Millennials in the Economy II: Help Wanted?

Thu, 15 Jan 2015 19:32:31 GMT

Millennials are undoubtedly having a difficult time finding their way in the labor market, but younger Millennials’ situation is far different from that of older ones. Inquire Within Having joined the labor market in the midst of precarious economic times, Millennials’ labor situation has not been an easy one. The picture is not uniform for all Millennials, however. Specifically, the youngest members of this generation, aged 16-24, have seen a decades-long secular drop off in labor force

Millennials in the Economy I: Talkin' ‘Bout My Generation

Tue, 13 Jan 2015 09:15:25 GMT

Comprising nearly 30 percent of the U.S. population, the entire Millennial generation is now of working age. In this series, we examine key characteristics of this group and their implications for the broader economy.  Generation Why? The term “Millennial” has received a great deal of circulation in recent years. Although there is no precise definition of the Millennial generation, a range of birth years from the early 1980s to the early 2000s is typically used to describe this cohort. For

What are complementary currencies?

Tue, 01 Jul 2014 10:45:44 GMT

It would seem that one of the first things a new country would want to get squared away is a standardized currency. But that was not the case with the United States. For most of the early years of the Republic local banks issued their own currency. There were literally thousands of banknotes in circulation around the country. Travelers moving across state lines had to continually stop and exchange money and merchants were forced to subscribe to thick monthly publications that updated

How to trade the news

Mon, 25 Nov 2013 09:34:42 GMT

In trading it is shouted from the rooftops, “trading is NOT for gamblers”. And it is absolutely true. Professional traders do NOT take punts; they have a clear set of rules that pinpoint high probability trades within a given strategy, and they happily walk away from the ‘table’ when those rules aren’t met. They abhor thrill seeking! If however from time to time they were to take a trade in which the outcome was the same as a toss of a coin: 50/50; well surely then that is gambling? Entering a

What in the World are Negative Deposit Rates?

Fri, 22 Nov 2013 08:48:43 GMT

If you’ve been a good student in our School of Pipsology, you’d know that a country’s interest rate is one of the biggest factors that determine the value of its currency. This is why traders usually keep tabs on central banks’ monetary policy biases, as well as economic data that could influence interest rate expectations. More often than not, when there’s an interest rate hike or when traders are expecting one, demand for that country’s currency rises and so does its value. On the other hand,

Fundamental Bias to improve the Odds in Forex trading

Wed, 25 Sep 2013 14:34:43 GMT

This article written by José M Piñeiro was originally published in the September 2013 issue of Traders' Magazine. Jose M Piñeiro started in the forex industry in 2002 as an Operations Specialist and then Compliance Offi cer for FXCM in New York when the online retail forex market was still getting off the ground and expanding rapidly. He has spent the last seven years working for Web Financial Group (WFG), based in Madrid. He is now forex analyst for WFG’s forex website, Traders

2 Things You Should Know About Euro Zone PMIs

Fri, 30 Aug 2013 08:30:54 GMT

1. Why these PMIs are important I'm sure you're all fully aware that the euro zone just emerged out of its longest recession in 40 years. Though it's definitely relieving to see the euro zone finally post positive growth, many are still unconvinced about its recovery. After all, growth remains uneven across the region and the economy still faces many headwinds. This partially explains why the markets hardly reacted to news that the economy had grown 0.3% in Q2 2013, exceeding forecasts for a

Why Should We Bother with Services PMIs

Thu, 08 Aug 2013 14:37:16 GMT

What the heck are services PMIs? A Purchasing Manager Index (PMI) is basically the assessment of purchasing managers with regard to the business and economic environments. Managers in the services industry are asked to answer a survey which covers different aspects of their businesses from employment, production, new orders, prices, to inventories. Their sentiments are then quantified and when the math whiz kids are done, they publish a headline figure for the services PMIs. If the reading is

News and Economic Data That Affect Forex Market Movements

Mon, 22 Jul 2013 15:08:32 GMT

The value of a country’s currency is affected and largely influenced by various economic indicators that reflect how a country is performing. The macroeconomic events that take place internally and internationally are factors that will have a huge effect on the value of a currency. As a forex trader you need to be constantly on top of these data – always ready to read and interpret reports as it is released. You should be able to do this quickly as well because the market immediately reacts to

Why the ZEW Report Matter to Forex Traders?

Thu, 04 Jul 2013 13:12:50 GMT

To help you make sense of economic indicators, I have opted to organize today's Piponomics in a neat little FAQ. I even made a nice image for those of you who like them pretty pictures. There are basically two types of answers. The first is a straight-from-the-book and technical answer for all you economics junkies. The second is a "street" answer" for my homies who wanna keep it real and simple. What exactly is the ZEW Economic Expectations report? Formal Answer: ZEW stands for Zome European

Swing trading with the help of Bollinger band and ADX

Tue, 07 May 2013 08:55:47 GMT

Traders indulge into various kind of trading: positional trading, intraday-day trading, scalping, swing trading, etc. Where positional trading is of longer duration, the rest of them are of shorter duration ranging from a day to just couple of minutes to take the required benefits. In order to get the optimum gains they depend on various technical indicators which help them to forecast movement on the basis of given price chart. In the following article you’ll find how a trader can benefit

Why the Consumer Confidence Report is Useful

Fri, 25 Jan 2013 07:57:31 GMT

What is the Consumer Confidence Report? The consumer confidence report is a survey conducted by the Conference Board that measures consumer attitudes about both the present and future situation of the U.S. economy. Each month, five thousand consumers across the U.S. are interviewed and survey about their thoughts of economy. Their answers are then graded under different, weighted components and later compiled to give us one number that makes up the Consumer Confidence reading. Why Should I Pay

How to Trade the BOE Rate Decision

Fri, 04 Jan 2013 08:52:35 GMT

Few U.K. events can shake up the British pound as much as the MPC rate decision. It can lead to large, wild swings, and it can even affect pound price action over the course of a few days. That being said, it would be crazy for you to trade the pound tomorrow without a clue as to what the Bank of England (BOE) may say or do. So if you're reading this now, I'd like to congratulate you - you're on the right track! As it has done so for the past year, the BOE has kept rates unchanged at 0.50%. In

Trading the Canadian GDP Report

Fri, 21 Dec 2012 08:04:19 GMT

What is the GDP Report? First and foremost, what exactly is a GDP report? A country's GDP, or Gross Domestic Product, is the total output of goods and services for final use produced within a given nation's border. It is calculated by the following formula: GDP: C + I + G + Xn "C" stands for consumption. It is the expenditures of the household sector. "I" stands for investment. It is the spending of the business sector. "G" means government purchases. It refers to the expenses of the public

Understanding the U.S. Fiscal Cliff

Wed, 21 Nov 2012 09:22:43 GMT

Over the past few weeks, the market has shifted its attention from Europe’s sovereign debt crisis to the U.S. fiscal cliff. Since we are beginning to hear people in the financial markets use the words “fiscal cliff,” it is important for us to explain exactly what it is and why it is such a major concern.