Posts Tagged "trade"

Leicester City – Premier League Champions 2016

Posted by on May 20, 2016 in Editorial, Featured, Learning to Trade?, News

Leicester City – Premier League Champions 2016

If you’ve just returned from another solar system, you might not know that Leicester City football club won the English Premier League title for the first time in their history in 2016. Starting the season as 5000-1 outsiders, they triumphed over many well known and better funded clubs. I confess that I am not a follower of football. As a Leicester citizen, I couldn’t help but be riveted to the media coverage of this local success story. So why am I writing about a football success story on a trading website, apart from the fact that Plan B Trading is based in Leicester? I think the undoubted success of Leicester City has many parallels with the trading world. Not least of these is belief. Even if those around them did not believe it was possible to succeed, the team held on to that belief. Their confidence led to many a successful match when pundits would have them in second place. In trading any given strategy, you must have the confidence in the strategy to deliver a result. Hesitation is not a characteristic associated with success. Another lesson we can learn from Leicester’s football success is the time it takes to become a national phenomenon. This did not happen in a single match any more than a single profitable Forex trade makes a successful trader. We cannot measure success in trading in a single trade. During the football season, Leicester did take some losses – not too many as it happens. There were quite a few matches they did not win. Did they let this affect their next game, or did they just train harder? By the end of the season, they had many more points than any other team. As a trader, you must not allow your mindset and confidence to be wrecked by a losing trade or a run of non-profitable trades. You need to cope and not carry this negativity into your next trade. This might mean cooling off by staying out of the market for a period of time. Or reducing your exposure until your confidence returns. Or it might mean spending some time with your coach or mentor revisiting some of the basics. At the end of the day, you must measure your trading success over the longer term and not a trade by trade...

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Spring arrived this week

Posted by on Mar 10, 2014 in Featured, Market News, Uncategorized

Spring arrived this week

You may have heard that the British spend a lot of time talking about the weather. It’s true. But there is another nation that beats us on this score, the USA. In my view, they spend more time discussing the weather in the USA. They even have a dedicated weather channel on TV. Anyone following the US weather will be aware of their big winter freeze this year with exceptionally low temperatures. In her recent testimony to Congress, even Janet Yellen spoke of the impact of the freezing weather on economic activity in the USA. She mentioned that more data is needed as it is difficult to quantify the impact. When spring arrives, our collective mood improves and we feel more positive. The days are getting lighter, the weather is kinder and plants burst into growth. There is an impact on the economy as we head out and spend more. If people have to dig their way through snow drifts and fight off polar bears at the end of the street, they are hardly likely to be out there spending money and driving the economy forwards. Having said all that, the first green shoots of spring arrived this week. And they came from a surprising source – Europe. In his press conference on Thursday afternoon, Mario Draghi referred to the more positive data coming from Europe. Just the mention of growth caused the Euro to leap in value against the US Dollar. With spring arriving in Europe, it was only a short time to wait for the US figures (NFP) on Friday. Evidence from January and February suggested these figures were going to disappoint and the US economy was running out of steam. The dollar sold off again early on Friday giving a further opportunity to profit ahead of the figures. I was watching a trade in the market some 20 minutes ahead of the figures, I detected some buying of the US Dollar, not what I was expecting. As a trader, I am there to act on evidence though. It was this early buying that led me to close my Euro trade for a profit. At that time, I said to a fellow trader that I felt these figures are going to be better than the market expects. Nice when your gut feeling is right. Come the NFP announcement, the figures were better than expected and the previous month’s figures were revised upwards. Buy the dollar. It was an apt reminder that spring always follows winter. After the severe winter in the US, it was inevitable spring would arrive sooner or later. Following in Europe’s footsteps, the US NFP figures announced that spring arrived this...

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