Empty-mind trading

Empty-mind trading

It’s easy to ‘marry’ an opinion. The trouble is it blinkers you to any other possibility but the one you foresee happening. With trading, you might analyse the markets yourself or you might invest in the outlook of a market commentator. And at a...
How to build a ‘hot-rod’ trading system

How to build a ‘hot-rod’ trading system

Trading is a very personal endeavour. What suits one person perfectly might torment and irritate another because it doesn’t fit their trading ‘personality’. But when you can chop bits from one system and slot them straight into another there’s...
The 7 drivers of effective trading

The 7 drivers of effective trading

Our natural response to risk and uncertainty is excellent at keeping you away from harm in many real-world situations. It is what has kept the human race alive for millennia. But it’s not so good when it comes to working with risk as a tool to make money, like...
Why I like my charts naked

Why I like my charts naked

You might know I’m not a massive fan of technical indicators… (I’m talking about things like Stochastic Indicators, MACD, RSI and all those other exotic sounding tools.) If you’ve been following my stuff for a while you’ve probably...
The secret of trading ‘stutter swings’

The secret of trading ‘stutter swings’

In an ideal world the market moves nice and smooth. It sets off strong in one direction (up or down, we’re not fussy) and we wait for a pause. We look for a little pullback. And then we enter the trade. This is the Continuation signal we’ve been examining...
Last night’s crude joke…

Last night’s crude joke…

I have never seen anything like it in my life… In fact, I don’t think anyone else can claim to have seen it either! Last night, as the May 2020 Crude Oil Futures contract approached expiry, the price went NEGATIVE for the first time ever. At tea time here in the UK...
Weird scenes inside the goldmine

Weird scenes inside the goldmine

I’m not going to turn this week’s email into yet another “what to do in the face of Covid-19” missive. I’m sure your inbox is crammed full of that kind of stuff already. Mine certainly is! What I’m going to suggest instead is that...
How to profit from the ‘Petrov effect’

How to profit from the ‘Petrov effect’

As traders we’re taught to perform in an almost robotic way. We each have our system for approaching the markets and here are many different systems. But is such a ‘mechanical’ way of doing things really best? In 99% of cases I think it is. But I...
The best way to scale out your trades

The best way to scale out your trades

Let me tell you about ‘scaled exits’. There is nothing new about scaled exits. You’ll read about the old masters of trading scaling out of their trades, they were doing it a hundred years ago or more. And scaling has always been a permanent fixture...
Reverse engineering the ‘anti glory-trade’

Reverse engineering the ‘anti glory-trade’

I first set off trying to find my own way through the trading jungle, just like you probably have. I bought the books, followed the ‘gurus’, set about looking for the Holy Grail (you know, the one system to rule them all!) But it was only when I stepped back and took...
The mind-bending effect of ‘real money’ trading

The mind-bending effect of ‘real money’ trading

How do you learn to be a really good trader? A typical experience might be to learn a trading strategy, apply it to a demo account (or paper trade it) and then take it live once some virtual profits have been seen. And that’s a perfectly sensible way to go about...
Release Your Inner Reptile

Release Your Inner Reptile

Remember the classic 80’s film Trading Places? Two rich old brothers swap the lifestyles of a beggar and a fancy commodities broker to settle a twisted $1 bet. They set out to prove once and for all whether nature or nurture dictates how successful a person can be....
How to use true ‘set and forget’ orders

How to use true ‘set and forget’ orders

A question arrives from reader Tony B… “If the market was above the eurusd figure [the price he wants to buy at] how could I have placed the limit buy orders please? Should I put an alert on to wait for the market to drop?” Now Tony is one of our...
The 2-pronged exit method

The 2-pronged exit method

Scaled exits are nothing new. It’s not some cutting edge technique I’ve just invented. But scaling isn’t often discussed when it comes to Forex trading. You’ll read about the old masters of trading scaling out of their trades – they were doing...
How to trade when the weekend comes

How to trade when the weekend comes

A question arrives from a TN reader: “I’ve got this trade that’s well into profit. My usual strategy is to trail the stop loss so I can lock in some of the profits and then give the trade chance to turn into a long-term position. But what do you...
5 bad habits that break good traders

5 bad habits that break good traders

Everyone has the ability to make money from trading. These days the financial markets are a genuine ‘open access’ opportunity to one and all. Making money is simply a matter of repeating the same effective steps time after time. It’s all about...
2 rules for free and easy trading

2 rules for free and easy trading

I’ve been reading Market Wizards by Jack Schwager again recently and in the book one of the traders mentions getting to know just one individual market really, really well. So, is this still a good way to start? Should you focus on just one Forex market or learn...