If you’ve been trading for a while, you may have noticed something interesting. Of course, you can probably easily recognize a bullish or bearish trend. But have you ever noticed that sometimes the momentum is so intense the trend almost seems vertical? Kind of like the pair is falling off a cliff or ascending like […]

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What do baseball and trading system drawdowns have in common? A lot more than I ever realized. If you haven’t read the book or seen the movie Moneyball (which I highly recommend), professional baseball adopted a statistical approach to recruitment and gameplay around 2000. The Oakland Athletics adopted the approach before any team. They experienced tremendous success […]

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Nova on PBS recently showed an hour long feature on the history of math. Now I know that would put most of you to sleep, but my initial reaction was, “Sweet!”. Not two minutes into the show, the moderator starts discussing the number pi (π) and all the unusual places where it shows up. It’s not […]

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Your MT4 expert advisor isn’t working? Read through our checklist to help diagnose the problem. I want to get back to trading asap. Dumb things you might not have considered (seriously) Everyone gets annoyed when you call the cable company to complain that the cable isn’t working. What’s the first question that they ask? Is your TV […]

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Short selling is easy, right? Basically, it’s the same as buying, only going the other way. At least that seems to be the common belief when discussing shorts. In practice, taking a short position is rather simple. However, it’s also utterly different when it comes to an actual strategy. Because, like it or not, shorts […]

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As a relative newcomer to the trading scene, your eagerness to get started may overwhelm your better judgment. There are several questions you need to ask yourself before you start trading, including the following: Which trading platform are you going to be using? Which financial assets are you going to be trading? What affects the […]

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Traders who trade the morning gap are known as “beer traders.” Why such a strange name? While others are trading to squeeze a buck, beer traders are done for the day. They’re sitting at the bar, drinking beer and enjoying the rest of the day. Sounds fun, right? Well, that depends on whether you’re celebrating […]

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Contracts for Difference a.k.a. CFDs are derivatives trading instruments between two parties. There are thousands of global markets which can be traded in a CFD format. With CFD trading, you’re essentially speculating on the price movements of financial instruments. These could be bonds, FX pairs, commodities, indices, or stocks. It doesn’t matter whether the asset […]

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