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  • David Becker

    How Interest Rates Effect Forex Trading

    Forex traders should always keep a close eye on interest rate policies when trading forex.  It is imperative to understand interest rate policy both within the United States and abroad.   Today, interest rate policies and exchange rates affect forex trading in numerous ways. The forex trader should understand both what interest

  • David Becker

    Trading Market Sentiment

    Market sentiment plays a major role when trading the forex markets.  Each and every forex trader has some opinion on what the direction the markets are moving in. 

  • David Becker

    Diversification Creates Robust Risk Adjusted Returns

    Asset diversification plays a key role in any investor’s portfolio.   Many investors may be thinking why asset diversification is important and properly maintained.  The ultimate goal of asset diversification is to strengthen your portfolio and consistently boost performance.  When diversifying your portfolio there is no guarantee against loses, however, once

  • David Becker

    Understanding Asset Allocation

    Asset allocation takes place when an investor or portfolio manager allocates capital to multiple kinds of investment vehicles along with strategies used to create hefty returns. Typically, investment managers utilize asset allocation to create a portfolio which will generate the returns which they are looking to achieve. There is a finite

  • David Becker

    Managing Industry Risk

    Within the financial industries risk comes in many forms.  When you are looking at industry risk analysis, you are determining the financial risk of investing in an industry and how risk in one specific industry can potentially affect another industry due to spillover. When performing industry risk one should analyze events

  • David Becker

    Hedge Fund Strategies

    Hedge Funds stared to flourish back in the nineteen eighties while investors hunted for new opportunities outside the securities and bond markets.  The creation of the hedge fund industry can be attributed to sophisticated investors looking for new opportunities to park their money and steer clear of the securities markets. Asset

  • David Becker

    What is Short Selling?

    So you are interested in learning more about short selling and the benefits it can provide you.  Short selling in a nutshell is the borrowing of a stock, selling a stock short, and repurchasing the same stock once the market drops to a lower level so that the trader can

  • David Becker

    Credit Risk

    Capital markets in the past have been subjected to market risk along with fluctuations of numerous different financial instruments. 

  • David Becker

    Bet Size and Risk Management

    Risk management is regarded as a defensive strategy which is utilized to minimize lose along with the potential risks of absolute ruin.  When we look at risk as a concept we also correlate risk to reward.  In theory, when an investor expands the amount of capital he/she is prepared to

  • David Becker

    How to Analyze Energy Information Administration Petroleum Data

    Every week the Energy Information Administration releases its estimate of petroleum inventories. 

  • What is a Carry Trade
    David Becker

    What is a Carry Trade

    When an investor speculates in the currency market or a corporate treasurer hedges currency exposure they are purchasing or selling a currency pair which is the exchange of one currency for another.

  • David Becker

    Handling Your Emotions

    Human emotion plays a significant role in investing and trading in the Forex markets.

  • David Becker

    The Benefits of Bottoms up Investing

    Bottom-up investing is an investment style in which an investor focusses on the fundamental of an individual company. This approach focuses on the analysis of individual stocks. Investors who employ a bottom up style focus on a specific company rather than an industry or macro environment.The bottom-up style assumes that

  • David Becker

    Using Value at Risk to Manage Your Portfolio

    Value at RiskRisk management is a framework for describing the depth of risk exposure within a portfolio of assets.  Defining the risk management is generally a customized process, and using tools that describe the volatility of the returns is essential toward understand the capital at risk in a desired portfolio. 

  • David Becker

    How to Analyze the Weekly Natural Gas Report

    Every Thursday the Department of Energy releases its estimate of inventories for natural gas storage supply in the United States. 

  • Using Options to Hedge You Currency Portfolio
    David Becker

    Using Options to Hedge You Currency Portfolio

    There are plenty of times that you may own a currency pair, commodity or equity index that you want to hold, but you are leery about the current market environment.  One way to protect yourself against short term adverse move is to purchase or sell options to protect your portfolio.An

  • Interest Rate Risk
    David Becker

    Interest Rate Risk

    The interest rate market is a global market which affects consumers, borrowers and lenders worldwide. 

  • Back Testing the Capital Markets
    David Becker

    Back Testing the Capital Markets

    Backing testing historical prices is a way of creating a trading strategy as historical patterns can assist in the process of finding changes in sentiment that generate trading signal.  By using specific criteria a trader can define and develop a strategy that allows that to profitably transact in the capital

  • Discretionary Hedge Fund Strategies
    David Becker

    Discretionary Hedge Fund Strategies

    The hedge fund environment sprung to life in the late 1980’s as investors looked for opportunities outside the equity and bond markets.

  • The Impact of High Frequency Trading on Retail Investors
    David Becker

    The Impact of High Frequency Trading on Retail Investors

    The capital markets is one of the purest forms of true commerce.  Nearly every participant, with the exception of central banks, is involve with one specific intention and that is to make money.  Whether you are a trader looking to earning your daily keep or a corporate hedger looking to

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