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Why is Auto Trading Forex Ideal for Beginners?

It's not surprising that most beginners to forex trading often end up losing their capital very early on. Beginners to the world of forex trading are often lured by the prospect of fast profits from a system that deals in high leverage and low capital outlay. Almost every trader at some point in their trading career has had to face losses on their equities. This often results in the trader seeking the 'next best forex trading system', paying hundreds of dollars to various expert advisors or on other automated trading strategies in a bid to return a profit from their forex investment. For beginners to forex who are struggling to make consistent...

Comparing Fundamental and Technical Analysis

The foreign exchange market is the largest financial market in the world, trading around $4 trillion every day. Hundreds of thousands of people around the globe invest their capital in various currency pairs, all with one single, shared ambition: to turn a profit. Their goals may be the same, but that doesn’t mean that their methods of trying to achieve them are as well. There are hundreds of different strategies employed by traders and affected through brokers like OANDA, with no two game plans ever sharing the same exact form and function. These methods have often been carefully honed over the...

Investors Get Bullish on the Greenback

An Insatiable Appetite for Greenbacks As a currency trader, it is hard not to get excited about what is currently taking place in the forex market. The Federal Reserve Bank and its chairperson – Janet Yellen – have spurred a flurry of bullish investor sentiment vis-a-vis the USD of late. With the American economy in full swing and the positive effects of quantitative easing evident, the time has come for stabilization and enhanced growth policies to be enacted. Talk of increasing the interest rate by June 2015 has got the entire financial world scrambling to purchase USDs. Recently, a Commitment of Traders...

Forex 101: What to Look for in a Trading Platform

In the world of forex, a trading platform is a piece of software that relays information on trades between investors and brokers. It provides the former with information including quotes and charts, and relays to the latter the orders that a trader wants to make. Its importance cannot be overstated: the right platform can make the difference between success and failure. The software that the trading platform is built on can take a number of forms. Many platforms are locally based, meaning that they’re installed on the trader’s computer; others are web-based. The differences between the two have a number of...

Swiss Franc Move Devastates Speculators

Thursday 15th January saw the value of Switzerland's currency soar – just days after bets that the franc would weaken reached record highs. The data has left commentators, forex brokers like FxPro.co.uk, investors, global banks and spectators open mouthed and, in many cases, out of pocket. A Disastrous Combination Tuesday 13th January saw 'short' contracts reached their highest net level since May 2013, with 26,444 bets that the franc would weaken against the euro. Yet those with a vested interest could only watch, open-mouthed, as Switzerland stripped away its currency ceiling, causing the Swiss franc to soar in value. The Swiss National Bank announced their...

The Popularity of Online Courses Continues

Education has always played an important part in a person's advancement. But never has it been so easy to obtain schooling than it is now. In years gone by, a college degree was considered the most important declaration of having reached a high level of erudition. When college degrees became commonplace, a Master's Degree took on the role of superiority. Education today seems to have taken a 180 degree turn. As colleges and universities continue to fill their students' minds with an abundance of (often useless) information, more and more students are shunning the campuses and turning to online courses. Digital learning...

Is it Fair to Single Out China for Currency Manipulation?

China has oftentimes been accused of manipulating its currency to derive significant economic and international trading benefits. A recently released report by the US Treasury Department concluded that China cannot be considered a currency manipulator. The report did indicate however that the Chinese RMB has appreciated at an unusually slow rate. The semi-annual report that Treasury Department delivered to Congress intimated that the Chinese currency had appreciated on a trade-weighted basis during the course of 2013, but at a far slower rate than expected. The Chinese currency gained 2.9% in value against the greenback during 2013 and the Chinese current-account...

Moving Money Overseas

In the modern world, more people than ever before are sending money to and from countries, and for a variety of different reasons. The problem is, many still don't really know how the whole process works and, when it comes to large amounts of money, that lack of appreciation and understanding can come at a cost. It pays – literally – to be aware of the circumstances in which you may need to transfer money internationally. There are steps you can take to protect your money. Regular visitors to Investor Trader will already be fully aware of the foreign exchange, or...

Investing in Forex

In the past I've only dabbled in the world of forex. It's a investment market that intrigues me though, and I'll tell you why. Most of my investment career [sic] has been devoted to the lower end of the UK share market; specifically, the Alternative Investment Market (AIM). Now price movements in AIM shares don't necessarily follow market sentiment, hell, often they don't even follow simple logic. I'm unsure where the school of contrarian investing took root but I wouldn't be suprised to discover that the catalyst was an investment in something on AIM with a big following, like a Berkeley Mineral...

A Return to Financial Spread Betting

It's been a while since I've had any financial spread bets in play. To be honest in the past I've had mixed fortunes with my forays into the world of financial spread betting. It's a situation I usually attempt to remedy by furthering my financial education before trading again; you just can't have enough financial knowledge. So when I inevitably get the urge to dip a toe into financial spread betting waters - usually around about the time a financial blogger or two I follow have had ridiculous five-figure gains - I read, I follow online those in the know, then...

Day 50 – Portfolio Value £7,459 Down £320 On The Day

Thud! That's the sound of the bottom falling out of our portfolio. There's going to be days like that but you've got to remain philosophical. As long as the good days outnumber the bad days, we'll get there in the end. I'm just not sure where there is! Clipper Windpower came back 6% on news and no volume after trading in the smallest of ranges for the past month whilst ReneSola gave up almost three quarters of yesterdays gains. The fun continues. On the plus side of the ledger, Melbourne-based Ceramic Fuel Cells finished in positive territory to the tune of 6.5% and...

Day 49 – Portfolio Value £7,789 Up £274 On The Day

Following ReneSola's New York listing (SOL) climbing 35 cents in as many minutes before yesterday's close of trade, I guess I was half expecting some modest gains in ReneSola's share price today. Half expecting. Though as I've pointed out more than once on Investor Trader, what should happen and what does happen with AIM listed shares, are often two very distinct beasts. So in retrospect, it seems the little virtual pat on the back I gave myself yesterday for profit taking last week (before ReneSola began its retracement) may have been a touch premature, as it finished up a chunky 29.5...