Algorithmic Trading Explained: The Basics

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While many still think of traders dressed in coloured jackets in a crowded trading pit, few people picture a computer server churning away making millions of decisions. It is estimated approximately 75% of all US equity trades are not placed by humans, but by machines, also known as ‘algorithms’. The same algorithmic trend is also … Continue reading Algorithmic Trading Explained: The Basics

An Introductory Guide to Using Fractals in the Forex Market

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The laws governing the creation of fractals are found throughout nature. Fractal patterns are recursive as no matter how complex the whole, it’s built from many repetitions of the same process. Romanesco broccoli, spirals of pinecone seeds, ice crystals, trees, rivers, leaves and even water drops exhibit the properties of repeated application. The late Benoit … Continue reading An Introductory Guide to Using Fractals in the Forex Market

A Primer to Understanding Basic Chart Patterns

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Do technical trading patterns exist and are they profitable? This is a question often asked by new traders. Depending on who you ask, the response will differ. Some academics and investors believe patterns don’t exist – that price action is entirely random, whereas the majority of technical analysts are adamant chart patterns exist and are … Continue reading A Primer to Understanding Basic Chart Patterns

The Commodity Channel Index: The Basics

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Defined in the October 1980 issue of Commodities magazine (now known as Futures magazine) by mathematician Donald Lambert, the Commodity Channel Index, or CCI, is a momentum oscillator – momentum measures the rate of change of a financial instrument. Since its inception, the indicator increased in popularity and is now a common tool for traders … Continue reading The Commodity Channel Index: The Basics

Candlestick Patterns Every Trader Should Know

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Traders and investors who adopt technical analysis typically use price charts to identify market behaviour. For that reason, before learning anything else, it is vital to understand the basics of each widely used chart (see figure 1.1 for a visual representation): A bar chart, often labelled OHLC chart, employs the use of bars, representing the … Continue reading Candlestick Patterns Every Trader Should Know