Gains in Gold –...

Many investors have taken advantage of the inflation fighting benefits of gold investing. To be sure, gold has offered decent returns and should have a place in a normal investment portfolio. I personally keep a small percentage of gold in my investment portfolio as a matter of principle. On...

Trading Techniques – The W D Gann Method Mar11

Trading Techniques – The W D Gann Method

W. D. Gann is a name that many professional traders know well. Gann’s 1942 book How to Make Profits in Commodities is a classic trading text that is full of sound advice covering topics from market trends, to isolated highs and lows, to swing trading, to volume analysis, to individual psychology and money management. Gann talked about the importance of studying the difference between a time period’s opening price and closing price long before other analysts were talking about information that we now know is embodied in candlestick charts. Despite his insistence on “never bucking the trend,” Gann is best known for his...

Tom’s Top 20 Trading Books Mar09

Tom’s Top 20 T...

Tom Hougaard provides list of books, which if you read just half of them, you won’t suffer the disillusion and the aching wallet. So welcome to Tom’s Top 20 Trading Books. I found all the books that I really value on Amazon.co.uk and, the books that have actually taught me something...

CFD Trading in Italy Mar06

CFD Trading in Italy

Contracts for Difference and CFD Trading in Italy Contracts for difference (CFDs) are becoming popular in many countries. They started in London in the 1990s, and have expanded around the globe with the notable exception of the USA, where the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) do not permit them. It’s not surprising that they’re catching on so quickly, as they allow the astute trader to make profits much more quickly than trading in simple shares. They have been compared to trading shares but with largely borrowed money, and that is a fair assessment of the practical effect of trading CFDs. CFD Trading in Italy Brokers...

Procrastination and System Development Mar05

Procrastination and System Development

My research suggests that the problems people have in developing a trading system fall into five different categories. The first three areas prevent traders from ever starting (or finishing) the development of a trading system. These include computer/technology phobia, procrastination, and being overwhelmed by the whole process. The last two problems tend to prevent the trader from coming up with a workable system. These include perfectionism and judgemental biases in your thinking. I’d like to focus on procrastination which is big hindrance for many system developers. So many of us have a hard time getting started—especially when it...

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