Why I got long FDO

FDO gapped down and then made a sharp downmove on the open.  I caught some of the downmove with a Momentum Trade.  But then the momentum short was over and I had a decision.  Do I look to trade $FDO for a bounce or for a continuation move?  I chose the former and will explain w1hy. The market has been … Read More

The High Motor Trader

In basketball they look for a player with a high motor. This means a player that can defend with energy, get through screens, win loose balls, beat his man up the court, help on defense, beat his man off the dribble, etc. The player exhibits a lot of energy in many different facets of the game to help his team … Read More

Trader Disney Land

Hey Mike, I recently blew my profits gain from the past 3 months in one stubborn trade. And not I dare not go in again as I fear I could be wrong again and lost money. My system was right but my emotions was burnt. This is not the first time I lost a trade but somehow I couldn’t pick … Read More

Our markets are broken but still the world’s best

Bonjour. As I write I am flying from Paris, the most beautiful city I have ever seen, to the French countryside for a chateau wedding.  Since there is no gogo internet access on the flight and I am sans iPad I thought I would share a story about a future trader I lunched with in Paris.  Perhaps some will see … Read More

Conviction Makes a Good Trader Great

A few days ago the head trader of our equities desk, GMan, had an exceptional day. Jokingly I sent him a message that read, “Now I know what ‘G’ stands for in Gman: Grande”. I’m writing about him here for two reasons. First, a significant part of his returns came from a position in the EUR/USD pair which he took … Read More

Market Profile Can Help You Become a Better Trader

The new trader is usually in a rush. They want to be handed a system that will make them profitable practically overnight. A professional and consistent trader is one who is usually informed in a way that goes against the conventional. Getting to that level of knowledge requires building enough experience with conventional information so that you can make it … Read More

Three Ways To Gauge Volume in the Forex Market

Volume is a key component in technical analysis and in momentum based trading strategies. Heavy volume usually leads to sustained price trends and higher quality intraday momentum. In contrast, lack of volume usually leads to a lot of broken keyboards, computer screens and accounts. So it can be very beneficial for a trader of any instrument to have a sense … Read More

The Opportunity for a Prop Trader

@DynamicHedge wrote a must-read piece recently that went viral, “Letters to a Young Trader”, in which along with buckets of awesome advice he also asserted prop trading shops are dying.  This is true.  But this is not the same as prop trading is dead and/or ALL prop shops are dying.  That would not be correct.  The author never stated this but … Read More