3 ways to avoid weekend market carnage

3 ways to avoid weekend market carnage

A question comes in from a worried Trader’s Nest reader… “I’ve got this trade that’s well in profit. My usual strategy is to trail the stop loss so I can lock in some of the profits and then give the trade a chance to turn into a long-term one....
3 ways to use Moving Average Envelopes

3 ways to use Moving Average Envelopes

The trend is your friend (well, until it bends at the end). Cheeky, I know! But I’m only poking a bit of light-hearted fun here. 9.76 times out of 10 following the trend is EXACTLY what you should do. But… isn’t it a thrill when you DO nail a...
5 signs you are a ‘punter’ not a trader

5 signs you are a ‘punter’ not a trader

You know, there’s a fine line between trading and gambling. One way has you flying by the seat of your pants. The other has you operating with cool calculated professionalism. But to all intents and purposes the exact same actions are taken either way. So how on...
The deadly dangers of ‘Pip-thinking’

The deadly dangers of ‘Pip-thinking’

Sometimes, traders come to me with a glaring gap in their strategy. One common oversight can be the thing getting in the way of good results. It’s this… Many traders think of their trade results ONLY in terms of pips won or lost. Nothing wrong with that...
7 trading demons that will steal your soul

7 trading demons that will steal your soul

It’s Halloween tomorrow. So we’re off on a journey into the ‘dark underworld’ of trading… There are many ways to complicate the trading process and mess things up. And I wanted to get them all laid out in the open today. To beat these trading demons...
What to do if ESMA killed your system

What to do if ESMA killed your system

I’ve had emails from traders at their wit’s end. The new ESMA regulations have pretty much put them out of business. At least, as far as trading in their ‘old ways’ goes. Personally, I don’t think ESMA is a big deal. At least not for...
Death of the DIY trader?

Death of the DIY trader?

I detect a whiff of panic… All these emails I’ve been receiving about the new ESMA regulations. Honestly, you’d think the world was coming to an end or something. And I don’t mean emails I’ve been receiving from TN readers – most of...
Why ‘truer’ markets could prevent World War 3

Why ‘truer’ markets could prevent World War 3

Remember that English guy who carried out the ‘biggest military hack of all time’ a few years ago? Gary McKinnon hacked straight into NASA’s systems from his house in Scotland! Luckily he was only on the hunt for photos of flying saucers, but imagine...
5 Qualities of Common-Sense Traders

5 Qualities of Common-Sense Traders

Common sense can be a rare and peculiar beast in today’s digital age. I’m sure you’ve seen those stories of people driving into canals and lakes because the sat-nav in their car told them to ‘turn right!’ Well, it can be a similar case when less...
How to avoid the sworn enemy of trading

How to avoid the sworn enemy of trading

When markets cease to function properly, like they do from time to time… (I’m taking SHOCK events that send things spinning out of control) …most players make a run for the exits. They get the hell out and watch from the sidelines until the dust...
Forex V Futures – which is best?

Forex V Futures – which is best?

Reader ‘KN’ asks: “What’s the difference between trading ‘Forex’ and ‘Forex futures’ and when would you use one but not the other?” It’s a good question. What we’re looking at here is ‘Spot Forex’...
How to see the markets in ‘High Definition’

How to see the markets in ‘High Definition’

There’s no doubt about it, good trade management is a skill that can only develop through conscious practice. There’s no real short cut other than to expose yourself to the feelings and emotions you’ll go through as you put real money on the line....
Why I’m a fan of scalping

Why I’m a fan of scalping

I’d like to talk a bit about ‘scalping’ today. Especially since the meaning of the word has shifted somewhat in recent years. “Scalping” can sound a bit intimidating, like you need to be some kind of psychopathic mercenary to do it. And...
How to ‘hunt’ trades using primal wisdom

How to ‘hunt’ trades using primal wisdom

I was watching a good Bruce Parry documentary at the weekend. He goes and lives with the Penan people. They are one of the last pre-agricultural hunter gatherer societies that live nomadically. Now their society may not be ‘advanced’ – at least...
The double-lazy  ‘3P’ power formula

The double-lazy ‘3P’ power formula

A heart-warming message arrives from Rob S: ‘Major Personal Milestone!’ he declares. He goes on to say how he’d achieved a 7% profit on account for the week. And this all coming on the back of a very fast learning curve – Rob started trading from...
The benefits of going fully naked on your charts

The benefits of going fully naked on your charts

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 noticed...
The Reality Tunnel

The Reality Tunnel

I can tell when I’ve hit a proverbial hole-in-one (when it comes to educating on trading psychology). The emails come flying in and opinions are FIERCELY divided. Take last week’s missive on ‘winning through losing’… If you didn’t...