The 3-minute ‘common-sense trading’ checklist

The 3-minute ‘common-sense trading’ checklist

Happy New Year! The markets are back in action and the brokers returned to full and normal hours this week, so it’s back to business. Now the big thing at this time of year (of course!) is the dreaded New Year’s Resolution. The trouble is, whether...
Essential security for any trading account

Essential security for any trading account

Sometimes you’re simply out of step with the market. It could be your strategy just isn’t suited to current conditions (even though you are executing with iron-willed discipline). Or it could be caused by something more personal: you might be a bit...
Imagine an Upside Down Pyramid…

Imagine an Upside Down Pyramid…

I often hear traders say things like ‘you can’t go broke by taking a profit.’ And it annoys me. I think the key factor you need to consider is how much money you might be leaving behind by bailing out too soon! Leave too much behind on a regular basis and...
The winning wisdom of psychopathic market monsters

The winning wisdom of psychopathic market monsters

Two groups file into a room…eyeing each other they settle into private booths. They’re about to do battle. To the left we have the psychopaths: the hooligans, the violent serial offenders, and worse. And to the right we have the financial traders. To win this game of...
The 7 demonic acts of traders

The 7 demonic acts of traders

Before I start today, I’d like to invite you to an event. You are very welcome to join me on a free webinar I’ll be hosting tomorrow night, Wednesday 2nd October, at 7pm. We’ll be looking at volume profile analysis: one of, if not THE most powerful technical...
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...
5 steps to beat trading stress

5 steps to beat trading stress

As traders we deal with external stimuli. That means things that are happening outside your mind and body. And your brain filters each individual ‘stimulus’ event in two ways… it’s seen as either a threatening event or a non-threatening event....
What makes winning traders suddenly jump ship?

What makes winning traders suddenly jump ship?

There’s lots of talk of a looming global recession at the moment. Not to mention the ongoing Brexit politics circus playing out here at home! So who can blame people for turning to potentially lucrative trading strategies in order to hit and maintain their...
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...