If you’re not a new trader, you’ve probably had the urge to simultaneously deploy several trading strategies. That way, most of the time, you can make money. Of course, that’s theoretically. But the fact is, quite often, combining two different strategies can do more harm than good. I advise traders in their formative years to […]

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Carry Trade Offers Two Ways To Profit

The forex carry trade is a type of strategy in which traders sell currencies of countries with relatively low interest rates, and use the proceeds to buy currencies of countries that yield higher interest rates. Forex carry trading leverages the differences in interest rates between countries. For example, one country’s central bank may lower interest […]

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One of the top questions scalpers want an answer to is whether their broker allows scalping. Among scalpers, it’s constant fear that if their profits swell to significant amounts they’re going to get black listed. But the real question is can you scalp trade without your broker noticing? Theoretically, yes; but in practice it’s not […]

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The paranoia of retail forex traders is legendary. Some of the more popular sites like forexpeacearmy.com focus heavily on the idea of a scam or someone trying to rip you off. The idea extends to the brokers as well. Traders frequently blame their losses on broker manipulation or games. This undoubtedly happens. I worked as a broker, […]

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Using Long Wicked Candles for Stop Placement

Candlestick charts, using the individual candles as well as the patterns that they form, can provide an abundance of information to the trader.  An oftentimes overlooked aspect of these charts is the trading information provided by longer wicked candles – especially when it comes to stop placement. Many newer traders will decide where to place […]

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When trading in FX, scouting for just the right currency pair can be time consuming. Of course, you’re looking for the pair on the verge of producing the next lucrative trade. Many times it’s hard to decide which pair is the one with the most momentum. And even if you do invest all your time […]

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One of the best trades of my life actually made an extra mad extra due to the appreciation of the same currency. I sold USD/JPY several years ago when it traded at 118.75. I knew there was an important G7 meeting over the weekend, so I placed an anticipatory sell stop on the expectation of […]

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A Dual Stochastic Forex Strategy Offers Better Results

Stochastic oscillators can be a valuable tool for mechanical forex traders. Yet, traders often use stochastics together with numerous unrelated indicators, and the results are generally ho-hum. Like some other traders, I’ve found that using a single stochastic oscillator usually doesn’t produce consistent winners. One stochastic by itself doesn’t seem to yield eye-popping gains. The […]

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Grid strategies are common alternatives for traders that do not have an opinion on market direction. They are almost exclusively associated with forex trading. I’ve never seen grid trades in any other context. The goal of a grid strategy is to outline a ranging or trending bias without committing to the underlying direction. That may […]

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How to win with mechanical trading systems

Much ink has been devoted to pinpointing the causes of mechanical trading systems failures, especially after the fact. Although it may seem oxymoronic (or, to some traders, simply moronic), the main reason why these trading systems fail is because they rely too much on the hands-free, fire-and-forget nature of mechanical trading. Algorithms themselves lack the […]

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