We dedicated a lot of time and resources to educating traders in 2015 by writing informative and educational trading articles. There were so many updates to our blog, people new to our site and/or services might not even know where to start! So to help everyone catch up as well as give our loyal readers a quick refresher, we put together this list of 2015’s most popular articles based on our Analytics.
Below, you’ll find helpful articles on trading psychology, indicators, charts, in-depth tutorials on backtesting strategies, and even full walkthroughs on important platforms features. Everything you need to start trading with an edge in 2016!
10. Trading Losses: an Honest Discussion in Trading Psychology
Realistically speaking, most new traders will acknowledge the fact that they will encounter losses and that not every trade will be a winner. So why is it that many go into shock, devastation and disbelief when they encounter these losses? There are many factors involved, but these emotions typically present themselves when there is a single, cataclysmic day where losses are tallied to amounts that were imagined or expected. These losses usually are not tied to any significant market movements, but rather due to excessive trading, trade reversals, and the desire to overcome and erase losses that have already been realized.
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9. Pre-Trade Block Account Allocation Management
If you are a futures trader with multiple trading accounts (IRA, Individual, etc), have trade authorization over other accounts and/or a Commodity Trading Adviser (CTA) in need of block trade allocation, please consider OEC Trader. You no longer need to rely on back office support as OEC Trader performs the block account allocations in real time, saving you hours during the month managing blocks and other admin tasks related to trade allocations. The software also integrates with DMAXX in case you are a Commodity Trading Adviser (CTA).
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8. Candlestick Charting – Entries, Exits and Risk Management
There are two types of charts widely used by futures markets participants – candlestick charts and bar charts. A candle contains a body and up to two shadows, each above and below the body. The body is bounded by the opening and closing price for the day (or time period used) and the shadows represent any trading above or below the opening and closing price, up to the day’s high price or down to its low. Shadows are also referred to as wicks and tails. On days when the closing price is greater than the opening price, the body of the candle is generally colored green. On days when the closing price is lower than the opening the price the body is colored red. There are literally dozens of candlestick chart patterns which may be used to calculate trade entries, exits and stops. We will examine three of the most popular patterns used by futures markets participants today.
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7. 3 Essential Trading Indicators used with Tick Charts for Short Term Trading
Tick charts display a certain number of trades before printing a new bar and are often used by short term traders. Unlike time based charts, tick charts are based solely on the trading activity of each buy and sell transaction. Tick charts are commonly used by day traders who need to make quick trading decisions and do not have the time to wait for a 3 or a 5 Minute bar to close. You can decide on your own tick chart according to your method. For example, a 1300 Tick chart would create a bar after 1300 transactions. Tick bars can be an essential tool in day-trading due to the fact that the number of bars will increase during high volume periods while decreasing during low volume periods.
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6. INFOGRAPHIC: What Happens When You Place a Futures Trade?
The Infographic below shows all the participants involved in helping you trade futures. Take a journey down the order path to gain a better understanding of the futures trading ecosystem.
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5. Trend exhaustion– why the last part of a trend is the most dangerous
Everyone knows that financial markets move in waves. But how can you, as a trader, profit from such well-known price behavior? The Dow theory and the Elliot Wave theory are very well respected because they describe the fundamental nature of how people interact in the financial markets and how they drive prices. However, when it comes to making actual trading decisions, you have to be able to translate theoretical concepts into actionable ideas. That’s where this article comes in. We will now show you how to identify trend exhaustion by combining commonly used trading knowledge.
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4. The Importance of Backtesting Futures Trading Systems
In this article we will discuss one of the most overlooked steps in building a futures trading system. Backtesting is the process of simulating trades that are triggered by rules defined in a trading system on past (historical) data. The process of developing a trading system is based on the suggestion that if it consistently worked in the past, then it will continue to work in the future. Thus, backtesting is a reliable way of confirming the trading system’s profitability – or rejecting it.
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3. How to become A Potentially Successful Day Trader
The following article presents 10 core principles and guidelines of potentially becoming a successful day trader. Most of them may seem very obvious and mentioning them may seem redundant, but breaking these 10 principles (or only a few of them) is what makes trading successfully almost impossible. Perform an honest self-check and see how many of them you break on a regular basis. Self-awareness if a very important trait of a professional trader.
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2. MarketDelta Cloud Trading Platform; Review and Interview
As a trader you might have not considered cloud trading. In layman’s terms, the cloud computing concept is one where the software is housed in massive hosting facilities worldwide. So, instead of the futures trading platform running on your computer and consuming all your resources, it optimizes the performance of your platform by storing it on a network of servers, saving you from the headaches of computer crashes and hardware maintenance and upgrades. Considering the growth of cloud computing and trading software, it is rather surprising that most futures trading platforms do not dedicate more of their resources towards cloud based software. In that regard, MarketDelta is a pioneer in this field, launching a solid cloud based application with a great order entry design.
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1. Why Do Drawdowns Exist And How To Deal With Them Efficiently
Drawdowns and losing streaks happen even to the best of traders and they often result in an avoidable downward spiral, causing traders to lose not only their self-awareness, but also much more capital than necessary. Understanding drawdowns and knowing how to deal them helps traders to survive, and even progress, in the face of losing streaks.
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Now tell us what you think?
Use the comment section below to share links to your favorite trading articles from us or around the web. We’ll use your selections to help us decide what to focus on and write about next year. Thanks for reading, and have a great 2016!
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