Education - Advanced, Page 3

  • Discretionary Hedge Fund Strategies

    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.  Sophisticated investors helped catapult the industry as many were looking for investment alternatives that were not correlated to the stock market.  As asset allocation came into prominence in

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  • The Impact of High Frequency Trading on Retail Investors

    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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  • Getting to Know MACD Divergences

    The MACD (moving average convergence divergence) is a momentum indicator initially developed by Gerrald Appel. The indicator measures momentum by evaluating the difference between a slow moving average and a fast moving average and comparing that difference, called the spread to a moving average of the spread.Since the MACD is

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  • Creating a Drawdown Plan

    Creating a Drawdown Plan

    The standard definition of a drawdown is the decline in the value of a portfolio from peak to trough, which is measured in percentage terms.  By using this definition a drawdown can only be calculated once a portfolio begins to recover after the trough is in place.  Some investment managers

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  • Gauging Sentiment in the Capital Markets

    Sentiment is a reflection of investor confidence and can be measures using a number of tools that reflect the emotional construct of investors at the present momentum in the capital markets.  Sentiment is an important tool for investors as it tells you whether there is too much enthusiasm or unusual

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  • How to Use an Interest Rate Differential

    Determining the future direction of a currency pair can be accomplished in a number of ways.  Market analysts will use specific types of analysis including evaluating capital flows or analyzing price action to create a view of the future direction of an exchange rate.  Another analysis that is often contemplated

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  • Basic Ichimoku Trading System

    The basic Ichimoku Kinko trading system is a trend following chart trading strategy that can be used on nearly every asset using multiple timeframes. The strength of the system is that it provides a trader with multiple data points in an effort to give an investor a robust view of

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  • Volatility Risk

    Volatility Risk

    Volatility RiskThe volatility of a security is defined as the change in the asset in percentage terms on an annualized basis.  Most investors are cognizant of volatility as it relates to returns on their portfolio especially if the market is moving lower.  Volatility can be gauged in many ways and

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  • Objective Trend Lines

    Support and resistance are key components to any trading strategy.  Once you determine that a financial security is a robust candidate to catch a specific move, finding the correct entry and exit levels are key to long term success.  Which risk management is the most important equation in creating a

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  • Using Dynamic Fibonacci Retracements

    Most of us are familiar with Fibonacci retracements.  If you are not, you can find information all over the internet about the mathematician who lived in Italy between 1170 and 1250, who formulized mathematical term using what he observed in nature.  His discoveries have been used by technical analysts for

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  • How to Enhance Your Moving Average Crossover Strategy

    Moving average CrossoverThe moving average crossover strategy is geared toward finding the middle of a trend.  A trend defines price action in which prices move in a specific direction over a period of time.  Generally trends are either upward or downward, as sideways movements are considered consolidation and not trends. 

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  • Political Risk

    Political risks within the capital markets are the headwinds that create uncertainty and fear.  Investors are often hesitant to enter new positions when they are uncertain of whether a systematic event can derail their positions. Political risks will generate unwanted volatility and directly and indirectly effect an investors short and

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  • Trading Currencies Using a Synthetic Pair

    One of the first steps you would take as a new currency trader is familiarizing yourself with the financial instruments that are trading in the FOREX market.  Most learn about the movements of the major currency pairs such as the euro versus the US dollar.  After understanding how the major

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  • Bollinger Bands®

    Markets may be placed into two categories, ranges and trends.  A range is a defined period, which may be measured using a specific high and a low point that is defined, while a trend describes a period when the price of a security continues to move in the same direction

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  • The Fiscal Cliff: Is It a Problem or a Solution?

    On December 31, 2012, the phrase “The Fiscal Cliff” began dominating different forex investors’ forums. Many economists, government agencies, as well as traders, are going all over the place as they suggest that when it comes to their fate in foreign exchange markets, they’re pretty much doomed. But, what is

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  • Forex Trading Software Review 2015: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

    Retail forex software development is always on a roll. This is an industry that probably gets the most rapid growth nowadays. After a long domination of MetaQuotes (MQ) in the retail forex trading industry, many alternatives have appeared. In this article we will highlight the most expected forex trading platforms

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  • Secrets to Successfully Making Forex Trades

    Beginners in the world of foreign exchange trading usually ask: “What are the secrets for successful forex trading?” The answer is simple: make an effort to make each transaction a successful one. One has to be mindful of both the accumulated profits and losses. There should be some level of

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  • High Frequency Trading Causes Controversy in Forex Markets

    High frequency traders are increasingly proliferating in the currencies markets as their activities in the equities markets are coming under scrutiny by regulators. HFT uses lightning-fast computers to execute trades in milliseconds, making profits from extremely small price differences. While a trade might earn a profit of just a few

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  • A Closer Look at Economic Exposure

    With the increasing level of globalization dovetailed by higher volatility among currencies, several changes or movements are observed in the exchange rates. If you wish to be successful or to generate substantial profits from the trade, you need to be abreast of the issues and pertinent information about these factors.The

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  • The Most Overlooked Trading Strategy: Sticking to the Strategy

    Are you someone who has traded practically every forex strategy, system and EA in existence… yet still find yourself losing money hand over fist? If that sounds familiar then I can tell you one thing: You are definitely not alone. Most traders of all abilities have been there.But what might

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