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Breakout Trading - Part Two

Thu, 21 Apr 2016 06:44:23 GMT

…Following on from  “ Breakout Trading – Part One ” we now have the second instalment where we look at some advanced breakout methodologies and talk more about really focusing on choosing the right setups. To see part one, click here! Playing The Retest Whilst considering your personal risk profile in how you trade breakouts, another important option is to consider trading the retest. You see, even if you opt for the more conservative approach of waiting for a candle close to confirm the

Breakout Trading – Part One

Wed, 13 Apr 2016 10:53:21 GMT

The Breakout Method One of the most popular trading strategies commonly used by all variety of traders is the “breakout trading” method. Many automated systems and indeed successful hedge fund strategies are based on this simple approach. Perhaps the most attractive aspect of this trading method is that it can be used with consistent success on any time-frame and can largely be applied to all market conditions. So let’s break down exactly what the breakout method is and discuss how you can

RSI With Order Flow Trader

Thu, 07 Apr 2016 06:20:32 GMT

One of the fantastic things about the Order Flow Trader indicator is that not only is it a great stand alone indicator, but it also works superbly well as a “trigger” or “filter” indicator as part of a dual indicator trading strategy. Lets take a look at how we can combine OFT with the classic RSI indicator and create brilliant trading opportunities with ease.  Many successful trading strategies have been built around the RSI indicator, which is a fantastic free tool available on the

Trend Lines: The Basics

Thu, 31 Mar 2016 10:37:20 GMT

One of the big things that traders talk about is trends; trends continuing, trends ending, trends changing, primary trend secondary trend, higher time frame trend, lower time-frame trend, the list goes on. With all this talk of trends many new traders can feel a little overwhelmed if they can’t identify the trend when they look at the chart so it’s important to always get a solid grip on some of the basic technical analysis tools that can help you to quickly assess a) if there is a trend and

Combining COT & Order Flow Indicators

Thu, 24 Mar 2016 08:33:46 GMT

Here at Littlefish FX, our whole trading ethos is centered around trying to trade in the same direction as the big fish: the Banks and major financial institutions. Whilst in the past, trading aspirations such as this would have been relatively impossible due to lack of information available to traders outside of these institutions, we now find ourselves at an incredibly interesting and exciting point, with market data, information and analytics creating opportunities for retail traders that

VWAP For Trading The Range

Thu, 17 Mar 2016 09:38:30 GMT

Use More Than One Approach For continued and long term success in trading it is important to understand the conditions that best suit your strategy and then look to only implement your strategy in the most favourable market conditions. With this logic in mind it is also beneficial to develop more than one core strategy, a strategy that performs better in the conditions seen as unfavourable for the first strategy. Adopting this approach allows you to diversify your efforts and ensure that you

Charting, Brokerage and Data. Where do I start?

Wed, 16 Mar 2016 08:49:37 GMT

In this session I wanted to answer a number of recurring questions I get all the time and particularly in the last few weeks. I addressed some of the aspects that starting and intermediate traders have to consider. Firstly charting (depending on how "visual" your method is). For instance I trace tents of hundreds Fibonacci studies every year on my charts and that study has to be smooth, along with the clarity I get from the chart itself, and how price is represented. It is very personal. There

Best Stop Loss & Profit Target Methods

Fri, 11 Mar 2016 08:56:17 GMT

For a lot of new traders the big focus is often the question of “where do I enter the market?” and whilst it’s true that getting in at the right time is key, it is not the be-all and end-all of trading. Any experienced trader will tell you that knowing where to put your stops and how to set your profit targets is just as important, if not more so, than knowing when to enter. Many times traders will find themselves entering a position expecting a certain move to occur, only for price to move

Trading With MACD

Thu, 03 Mar 2016 08:56:46 GMT

The Moving Average Convergence/Divergence (MACD) is a strategy which utilises moving average lines, which are created by previous price trends. It was developed by Gerald Appel in the 1970’s and in 1986, Thomas Aspray added a further component to it (the histogram) to bring it its current state. Why Use MACD? The MACD strategy can be used to isolate various signals, but it is most reliable when it is used to follow trends, and gauge the momentum of the trend. This is when the strategy is at its

Using VWAP To Increase Order Flow Signal Returns

Thu, 25 Feb 2016 09:05:29 GMT

At Littlefish, we are constantly testing and trialing our indicators to enhance the returns these indicators can deliver. One of the excellent ways of achieving improvement in returns is combining indicators for additional confirmation for trading sets ups. Today I would like to take look at one of my favorite combination plays. Using the VWAP indicator as a tool for front running the turn in Order Flow. This combination play provides high probability entries and increases the the profits

Trading the Futures Market: Combination of the chart, order book and order flow

Thu, 18 Feb 2016 16:33:31 GMT

Charlie Burton, Founder of EzeeTrader, was joined by Lily Mnats, Independent Trader, on the Tip TV Finance Show to speak on her transformation from range trading to trading the futures market, plus the best and hardest parts of trading. Topics Covered: Trading, Futures Market, Trading Psychology The second section of the two part educational video from Charlie Burton, watch the first for an understanding of Lily’s start to trading and the reason for her coming to the edge of quitting.

Support & Resistance: Trading The Retest

Wed, 17 Feb 2016 12:29:54 GMT

Understanding Support & Resistance Learning to understand and effectively use support and resistance was a major turning point in my own trading. It is essential when trading that you find something that make sense to you, that you understand and believe in and that you are able to build a solid trading plan around. Support and resistance levels can at first seem quite difficult to engage as the levels may seem tricky to identify and this is why it is crucial that you firstly learn to

How to Use the SuperTrend Indicator

Wed, 20 Jan 2016 09:32:01 GMT

Understanding Technical Indicators

Mon, 18 Jan 2016 12:35:47 GMT

With every indicator there are common conventions on how they should be used. Indicators are frequently classified as “counter-trend”, “momentum”, or “volatility” indicators, to name a few. Yet many traders take this at face value without exploring what the indicators are actually measuring. In this article we’ll cover three of the most common technical indicators, the Relative Strength Index (RSI), Bollinger Bands, as well as a Simple Moving Average Cross (SMA Cross), and how they can be used

Top Three Alternatives To Candlestick Charts

Wed, 09 Dec 2015 12:52:05 GMT

As candlestick charts are the most popular and widely used charting style we tend to focus on them solely but it is important to remember that there are traders out there using a wide variety of different charting styles. If you have never seen any other charting styles before it is definitely worth taking a look and exploring some of the other options as you never know, you might come across something that you really gel with and feel better able to trade. So, with that in mind let’s take a

A quick guide to COT Indicator

Fri, 20 Nov 2015 08:12:59 GMT

What’s the best thing about it? The beauty of this indicator is that it automatically downloads and displays a clear and easy to follow historical measure of the COT positioning on your charts for you. Instead of having to go and look at the CFTC report yourself (which can be a little bit daunting), the indicator maps the direction of the COT participants’ positioning so you can track it alongside your price charts. Ok. So why is the COT report and data so important? Without getting into too

Order Flow Trader With Technical Analysis

Thu, 15 Oct 2015 07:53:32 GMT

Time For Techs The main advantage of developing a solid understanding of technical analysis is that it helps traders to build a context for understanding the movements of price on the charts. Once traders have learned to properly identify elements such as trend lines, support & resistance and basic chart patterns it can seem as though as light has been switched on as a whole new landscape is illuminated. However, despite becoming very adept at identifying the various elements of technical

Ichimoku Kinko Hyo – Trading Financial Markets with Japanese Cloud Charts

Wed, 07 Oct 2015 10:28:16 GMT

Introduction Ichimoku Kinko Hyo literally translates as ‘equilibrium chart at a glance’, as within 10 seconds you should have a good idea on where the equilibrium price is, your potential entry points and exit points and which potential trades are looking promising. This type of charting technique was developed by Goichi Hosoda, a Japanese journalist who covered rice markets. In the late 1930’s, he gathered students to run computations and scenarios to find an optimal system to evaluate the

How To Use Forex Correlations

Fri, 18 Sep 2015 08:04:26 GMT

Understanding the inter-connectedness of various global markets is key to success in Forex trading. Inter-market correlations exist between different sectors such as equities and fixed income, commodities and equities and currencies and fixed income to name a few, but there are also very clear correlations present within the currency market themselves. Learning to identify and correctly take advantage of these correlations can increase the probability of being successful in trading and good

Understanding and Using Ichimoku

Mon, 14 Sep 2015 09:37:40 GMT

Ichimoku Kinko Hyo (often refered to as Ichimoku or simply Ichi), is a method of technical analysis developed by a Japanese journalist. Here’s everything you need to know about it… Advantages of using Ichimoku Ichimoku merges three indicators on one graph to provide a clear picture of the market. It simultaneously provides the trader with an eye on previous price trends, clear cross-over points to initiate a position, as well as an indication on the strength of the entry points. It is a

A Quick Guide To: Order Flow Volume & Delta Suite

Fri, 04 Sep 2015 11:08:31 GMT

What Is It? A combined suite of three sophisticated order flow indicators which can be used both together and individually, offering a superior bank-level view of the markets. What It Does Allows you to analyse order flow in a number of ways via effective visual aids plotted automatically on your charts. Volume profile: Highlights key order zones in the market including low value areas, high value areas and areas where the most orders were placed in that session creating a map of orders in the

Order Flow Trader: Tips & Tricks

Thu, 23 Jul 2015 09:11:46 GMT

Order Flow Trader is an incredibly effective trading tool to use and simply by looking through the charts it is clear just how many fantastic moves it catches. The thing about Order Flow Trader is that it works brilliantly well in trending markets but not so well in range-bound markets which is where we start to see quite choppy price action and thus conflicting signals, as underlying market positioning adjusts and re-adjusts. However there are some ways that we can increase the success of

Trading Leverage – A Real Look at how Traders May Use it Effectively

Tue, 30 Jun 2015 08:28:34 GMT

Many traders attracted to trading FX due to availability of leverage Clearly leverage can increase gains, but it also magnifies losses We take a look at the statistics on real traders to learn how we might use leverage effectively Many traders are attracted to the FX market due to the wide availability of leverage: the ability to control a trading position larger than your available capital. And arguably for good reason; leverage can be an effective tool in allowing an investor to achieve

Narrow Range Breakout

Mon, 30 Mar 2015 08:21:20 GMT

This article written by David Pieper was originally published in the july 2014 issue of Traders' Magazine. David Pieper is a CIIA and has been interested in stock markets since the end of the Nineties. He concentrates on trading with CFDs and is a freelance author. For private investors and traders who do not have time intraday but want to achieve high yields with active trading, the daily chart is ideal. The analysis and the placing of buy or sell orders can be done easily after the close of

The Daily Breakout Strategy

Fri, 21 Nov 2014 10:24:38 GMT

This article written by Maite Krausse was originally published in the november 2014 issue of Traders' Magazine. Maite Krausse has been interested in the stock markets since taking her degree in business administration. Today she is a professional day trader and is specialised on forex. Her husband and Maite offer professional support to traders – finding daily trading signals, analysis and tips. How to Trade Breakouts in Forex It is always the same question for traders of all experience-levels

What to expect from modern-age Metatrader 4

Wed, 05 Nov 2014 08:35:09 GMT

MetaTrader 4 (MT4) trading terminal is a great platform (probably the best of it’s kind), but can it excell in it’s complimentary features? After all, when you navigate away from the terminal for extended information and services - the choice of supplementary features is large, so you are left under the impression that most of them should have been available from start. After all, MT4 is an open platform meaning it can be enhanced with custom indicators, escalators and expert advisers.

Live To Trade Another Day

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 10:47:40 GMT

In traditional investing, risk is viewed as volatility or standard deviation of the asset’s marked to market value. Standard deviation tells you how much an investment’s value will fluctuate from the average return. The more volatile the investment is likely to swing (both positively and negatively) around it’s own historical average, the more risky an investment or asset class is. For example, Chart 1 below shows the normalised returns of Global Equities, as represented by MSCI World Index,

Introduction to Pivot Points

Mon, 26 May 2014 16:01:11 GMT

Pivot Points, one of the basic and most important technical tools and the important one, is in the was used long before the era of computerized trading. The mathematical calculation of various support and resistance levels, based on the high, the low and the closing prices of the previous period, was initially used by floor traders in order to trade efficiently. The indicator was strong enough to be considered for included in technical analysis, resulting it to be and as a result you can find

How to Backtest an EA on MT4

Tue, 01 Apr 2014 07:42:12 GMT

I’ve received several comments from human traders asking how I am able to run backtests using expert advisors on the MT4 platform. It has come to my attention that newbie traders could appreciate a quick how-to on using the handy-dandy Strategy Tester feature of MT4 so I decided to write a quick guide to help y’all get started. Before we get started though, make sure you’ve finished the School of Pipsology lesson on How to Use MetaTrader 4. This should help you out with the basics of installing

What is the Volatility Index and Why Should I Care?

Thu, 13 Feb 2014 13:00:32 GMT

Less than a couple months into the year and traders are already buzzing about the high volatility in the forex market. In fact, some market experts are predicting that volatility this February might be higher compared to that of January! What in the world are they fussing about? What does volatility mean? First up, let’s take a few moments to understand what volatility is all about. Technically speaking, volatility measures the standard deviation of historical market prices. Financial

Using Fibs to Project Price Targets

Wed, 17 Apr 2013 14:31:33 GMT

2013 Preview: The Waterloo of casino capitalism

Wed, 23 Jan 2013 16:06:50 GMT

A new breed of the “irrational exuberance” once lamented by Alan Greenspan may have taken hold in recent weeks as the S&P rose to multi-year highs last Friday despite so many headwinds that have been evident for years. The bulls are gloating and the bears are licking their wounds. So what is really happening? To me one thing is clear- investors, citizens, and consumers all seem to agree that our enormous debt levels just don’t matter one bit. Despite all the grumbling and headlines we see

How to set profit targets and control losses

Thu, 20 Dec 2012 09:20:37 GMT

By Neil Rosenthal In the first installment of this series, we introduced a random entry system that based its entries on a virtual coin flip (see “Guide to trading system development,” September 2012). The base system was backtested across four years of euro forex data to gather trade data for statistical analysis. As we saw, the base system was unprofitable. In mathematical terms, the base system has a negative expectancy of -0.81. Expectancy is an important metric. It is the amount you can

The Secret of Chart Patterns - Chapter 1

Thu, 13 Dec 2012 11:28:21 GMT

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The Secret of Chart Patterns - Chapter 2

Thu, 13 Dec 2012 11:27:45 GMT

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The Secret of Chart Patterns - Chapter 3

Thu, 13 Dec 2012 11:27:13 GMT

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The Secret of Chart Patterns - Chapter 4

Thu, 13 Dec 2012 11:26:29 GMT

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The Secret of Chart Patterns - Chapter 5

Thu, 13 Dec 2012 11:24:52 GMT

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The Secret of Chart Patterns - Chapter 6

Thu, 13 Dec 2012 11:22:59 GMT

W.D. Gann's master forecasting methods

Thu, 22 Nov 2012 10:18:57 GMT

By Jeff Greenblatt The best way to predict the future is to have an understanding of the past, noted master trader W.D. Gann who had more than 50 years of experience in financial markets and did research dating back hundreds of years. What he found to his satisfaction was that history repeats, and the past is the best predictor of future prices. His forecasts of time cycles over a half century proved to be accurate because those cycles are based on human nature, which does not change. Gann was