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Date: Tuesday, 09 Sep 2014 06:11
Alpari have decided to wage war on its demo users by making life difficult/impossible by disabling demo accounts and preventing users from re-registering.

Are there any alternatives or is MetaTrader only available with an Alpari feed?
Author: "Sigma-D" Tags: "Brokerages"
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Date: Tuesday, 09 Sep 2014 06:06
Brent and U.S. crude futures both fell more than $1 on Friday after data showing U.S. non-farm payrolls rose by 142,000 in August, well below a forecast 225,000, casting doubt on the pace of growth in the world’s biggest oil-consuming economy.

On Monday, brent hit $99.72 a barrel to record its lowest level since June 24, 2013 after coming under pressure in recent weeks also from easing demand growth expectations. West Texas Intermediate prices hit a session low of $92.11 earlier, a level not seen since January 14.

Via Brent under $100 in more than a year
Author: "FrieFrench" Tags: "Commodities & Money Markets"
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Date: Monday, 08 Sep 2014 23:05
Some options and futures traders I know use this as a momentum indicator in lieu of MAC-D or stochastics. Was wondering if anyone on the forum has experience with it?

I personally have other technical indicators, but I only use technicals for entry points of stocks, indices, and futures I selected based on fundamentals. Exits handled by stop loss algorithm, but I may look to try to implement new exit signals.
Author: "Npard23" Tags: "Technical Analysis"
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Date: Monday, 08 Sep 2014 22:32
With the tension still building between Russia and Ukraine, we are finally starting to feel the backlash of the war that we had not seen thus far. People have been bailing on the euro and buying up the USD, not because the USD is strong with a solid economy, it is the fear of Vladimir Putin’s unpredicted moves and the issues with the ECB. Since the beginning of the year the euro has lost over 6% against the dollar and now the USD has been gaining in ways that no one could have predicted surpassing the GBP and the JPY. Many different things can influence the strength or weakness of the USD.http://depthtrade.blogspot.com/
Author: "fxmade2trade" Tags: "Forex"
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Date: Monday, 08 Sep 2014 17:38
Good Morning All;
New traders often find themselves very challenged to have the discipline to follow the trading plans that they have created. The truth of it is, few have created any real plans and even fewer have a comprehensive working plan. Those that do, often find it difficult to follow their plan in the heat of the day. One of the reasons this can happen is because traders often do not spend their time properly, before, during, and after the market.

Organize Your Time

Of all the time a trader can devote to their occupation, most new traders usually fall into the schedule of spending 90% of their time actually trading the market. They spend 5-10% of their time preparing for the market, either the night before, or the morning prior. They spend 0-5% of their time following up on their trades after the market. Unfortunately, for new traders, this can be a big down fall. Being caught up in the excitement and overtrading, without stopping to evaluate trades, is a bad combination that can lead to failure.

It is fine to be with the market all day. Just make sure your trading plan identifies what times you should be trading. It is a great idea when you start out to use about one third or your time preparing for every day, about a third of your time following up on your plays and reviewing them, and only one third actually trading. This is very different from where most new traders are.

This does NOT mean that if you spend 6.5 hours trading, you must devote another 13 hours to your trading. You should have strategies identified that only take place at certain parts of the day. There should be parts of everyday where you will not be trading. You can use this time to review the morning trades, or the prior day’s trades, and to update your record keeping and journals, and even paper trade new strategies.

Closing Comments

Many newer traders feel like they are missing something if they are not part of every possible trade. Patience will pay off for those who are selective and take the time to review each of their trades and learn from the ones that did not work out. The concept of following up on trades and how to do it is immensely important, and beyond the scope of this commentary. Make sure you understand it well, before trading.

Paul Lange
Vice President of Services
Pristine Capital Holdings, In
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Author: "PristineTrading" Tags: "Stocks"
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Date: Monday, 08 Sep 2014 17:33
Most equity markets continue to advance. Individual stocks; there are flyers and duds. Bonds took a hit. Gold and Silver moved toward the lows of their consolidations. Oil is still under pressure, but it could have been worse with the continued strength in the U.S. Dollar. Forex currencies have been the best at trending up or down depending on the pair being traded. There’s something for everyone. Let’s take a look around.

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Above is a great looking uptrend in Urban Outfitters (URBN). The pullback to the rising 20-MA and price support gave a near perfect entry from the gap up. URBN gapped higher the next day and never violated at prior day’s low until the first red candle formed. URBN gapped lower that day and that’s really not a concern since prices can and do gap lower after a run like the one seen as profits are taken.

After some consolidation or pullback prices typically advance again. That’s what uptrends do. What is a concern - and it’s only a short-term one, but something that typically doesn’t happen in strong trends. It’s the gap lower on Friday from Thursday’s green candle and then no recovery. The trend is clearly up, but Friday could be signally a deeper than normal retracement within this strong trend.

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Facebook (FB) has been chopping around for what seems to be forever. I’m exaggerating a bit, but I thought that FB would have moved higher already after its pullback into the gap fill area and rising 20-MA. There have been a few false starts and maybe Friday’s green candle that recovered from Wednesday’s red one could be another one. But the price action is suggesting - again - that FB wants to move higher. Friday’s high will be resistance and should prices get above it, Friday’s low will be first support. Pristine Tip: This type of price structure explained - when following through - never comes close to that support.

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It looks like this relatively new issue GOPRO (GPRO) is getting a lot of love and there’s no sign of it stopping as of Friday. The price action in the middle of the chart is one the trading patterns taught in the Advanced Technical Strategies (ATS) course. This trading pattern rarely fails to deliver the greenbacks.

When prices break out of a shakeout type of a consolidation with a larger range green candle - with increased volume as GRPO did at the end of July, it’s a strong signal of higher prices. GPRO only did not do that, it gapped below the large green candle and to the bottom of the base. Wow, look out below! Here comes the pain for those long. GPRO did move a bit lower, but then formed a rounding bottom and recovered the loss. This failure of a failure trading pattern is one of many taught in the ATS. Many years of my study, trial, error and what was learned about price patterns is packed into that class.

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In previous Chart of the Week, I wrote about the Dollar’s strength doing damage. The damage caused by that strength can be a windfall for those that know how to use it to their advantage. Dollar strength is bullish in other ways also for certain currency pairs. But first, we’ll look the chart above of the U.S Dollar ETF symbol UUP and McDonalds (MCD).

The bottom and the following strength in UUP did damage in MCD too. There are other factors that influence MCD’s profits and traders’ bias, but the Dollar’s direction is one often ignored. The next chart will visually make the point very clear why it shouldn’t be. MCD has many more restaurants outside the USA than in. At most of those locations food is paid for in currencies other than U.S.

When the Dollar is advancing as it has and the EURO is weak, those Euros that MCD collect for burger and fries and then exchanges into Dollars are at a loss. The chart above is saying that the profits on the burgers and fries sold aren’t overcoming that loss in the exchange of currencies.

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Doesn’t this chart make the decline in MCD crystal clear when you understand the relationship with currencies? The large weekly reversal candle in EUR/USD occurred on the week of 5/4/14. The high day in MCD (not shown) was 5/4/14.

EUR/USD is nearing price support. Considering the extent of the rapid decline to support, it’s reasonable to think a bounce from that level is likely. Odds are that MCD will too.

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What is interesting about the AUD/USD chart is that it’s not falling. Why should it fall? Well, not that it has to, but when the Dollar has been so strong the currency trading against it is typically weak. But clearly it doesn’t have to be. What that means is that AUD is strong as well, so in a sense it’s a standoff.

Think of it like two strong guys of relatively equal strength pushing against each other. They’re going nowhere; the standoff. Think of a Forex currency pair chart like a relative strength / relative weakness chart. If it is going up the first currency is stronger, if down weaker and sideways they are equal. It’s that’s easy.

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We know that AUD is strong, but a standoff to USD. So stay out the way of those two and let them battle it out. At some point, one will emerge the winner. Since we know AUD is strong. The next step is to look for what is weak. In the previous chart of the week, which was two weeks ago, I showed you the beginning of the breakout in this currency pair. At the moment, there is no sign of this uptrend being ready to give up a pip. Of course, it will either consolidate or pullback at some point since that is what typically happens within any uptrend, even one as strong as this.

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Our last chart is of the Silver ETF symbol SLV. Silver and Gold typically have an inverse relationship with the US dollar; however, interest rates also have an effect on these metals. That influence aside, SLV has moved to the bottom of its year-long consolidation that is has bounced from in the past. Based on the simple concept of price support, the odds favor prices stabilizing in the recent downtrend and the possibility of a bounce from these levels. What could add to that possibility of a bounce would be short-term weakness in the US dollar; something to consider keeping an eye on.

Whether you are an investor, swing trader or day trader I hope you’ve enjoyed this Chart of the Week and learned something from these observations of random charts. Some of them as you’ve seen have connections and not so random.

In our After Market Lessons we discussed various trading strategies and concepts similar to those shown in this Chart of the Week. On Thursday at 4:15, I will be covering some of those concepts and charts of interest that I have found. I will also be happy to discuss any markets or stocks that you are interested in. So bring your list and questions and I will talk to you then.

Pristine and You Building Your Financial Future Together

All the best,

Greg Capra
President & CEO
Pristine Capital Holdings, Inc.
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Author: "PristineTrading" Tags: "Stocks"
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Date: Monday, 08 Sep 2014 16:00
I'm new to this forum and new to trading stocks. Can anyone recommend a course or program that teaches a newbie how to trade stocks? I've checked out a few of them such as Online Trading Academy. Most of these courses cost over $2000. Seems like a lot. Is there cheaper alternatives out there?
Author: "werm" Tags: "Stocks"
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DDoS   New window
Date: Monday, 08 Sep 2014 15:35
Ok then lads: what's your theory on who's behind DDoS on Sharky's website?
Author: "0007" Tags: "The Foyer"
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Date: Sunday, 07 Sep 2014 22:23
I'm looking to trade via a FIX connection so will need a programmer to build or customise an API connection, any one done this and have experience. ALso some idea of cost. Thnxs.
Author: "sweetie pete" Tags: "Techies Corner"
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Date: Sunday, 07 Sep 2014 21:42
Hi
I'm based just outside Edinburgh and looking to catch up with any fellow traders we are nearby.
If anyone fancies a pint, drop me a line!
Author: "Edinburgh Trader" Tags: "General Trading Chat"
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Date: Sunday, 07 Sep 2014 18:02
Hi Guys

What are the best websites to get all pre market information for US stocks?

Regards
Andrew
Author: "Andrewt84" Tags: "Stocks"
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Date: Sunday, 07 Sep 2014 16:12
.. trading ES
Author: "elovemer" Tags: "Futures & Options"
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Date: Sunday, 07 Sep 2014 15:23
I've been working on this after seeing the Callan Associates Periodic Table of Investment Returns (see here: http://www.callan.com/research/downl...free%2F757.pdf if you haven't seen it before)
Anyway my trading strategy is to only invest during bear markets of a given sector (eg S&P500, Emerging Markets, Small Caps, etc) and to remain in government bonds the rest of the time to minimize downside risk. The results of 20 years (US based: http://www.moneybooty.com/staying-on-the-side-lines/ ) and 7 years (UK based: http://www.moneybooty.com/the-low-ri...-last-7-years/) are positive. Check out the links to find out more.
Author: "bigbadboot" Tags: "First Steps"
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Date: Saturday, 06 Sep 2014 23:45
Greetings,

I've searched and searched but I can't find any clear concise information on what exactly happens to accounts when the market experiences a crash. I see many people mentioning how a "black swan" event can decimate an account but no one offers any specifics of how that happens exactly. Obviously I am a newbie, but this is something that makes me really uncomfortable about trading options.

Specific questions that I would like help on (hopefully you can humor my followup questions as well :)):

1. If I am short put spreads during a crash is it necessary to have enough cash in my account to buy all of the stocks associated with my contracts? What happens to a $100,000 account if my short puts are exercised at a $120,000 for example?

2. If I have a $100,000 account and limit the risk of each trade to 1% of total capital and never risk more than 35% of my portfolio am I creating a reasonable safety net for black swan events? I realize that a substantial amount of money could be lost, but would me account be destroyed?

3. If I am holding credit spreads and volatility sky rockets can't I just hold the contracts through expiration and eat the spread difference loss. Or will such an event trigger a margin call from my brokerage?


Sorry for the long windedness but these are questions that I just haven't seen asked or addressed. Any help would be much appreciated. If my questions are confusing please let me know and I'll do my best to rephrase.

Marc
Author: "beastwork" Tags: "Futures & Options"
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Date: Saturday, 06 Sep 2014 23:42
hey guys

It is reported that 9/19/2014 is the date of the IPO
it's going to be a hell of a day the stock will be traded at 60-66$ per share
i think it will touch something between 79$ in one day
do not miss that :thumbsup:
Author: "XxRamboPLxX" Tags: "Stocks"
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Date: Tuesday, 02 Sep 2014 22:28
Now what was I doin watching X-Factor in Saturday night I have no idea, but there I was anyhow with the SO. And this really majorly awkward duo came on. Some old guy with the absolute most beautiful girl I've ever seen. And it wasn't his daughter it was his partner for the love of pete. Getting over his good fortune an my envy, he was sh!te is has to be said, but she just went on to be good in just about every way. Scarlett Mae Quinn. The tabloids got her earning £600/hour for strip-dancing. Well actually it was £30 for 3 mins and I'm guessing she wasn't dancing all night so get it right fellas, but even so, she's got the assets alright so why not I say. Good luck to her. She's one to watch for sure. There's a vidi on youtube and either she's got an equally beautiful sister or she's doubling in a black wig. I'll get it outta me system soon enough, but not too soon I hope.
Author: "Pat Riley" Tags: "The Foyer"
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Date: Tuesday, 02 Sep 2014 18:41
Hello everyone, I did this analysis and I would like any form of help. I have posted here before and people have been of great help. I'll appreciate it. Thank you. :D:D

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Author: "Emmanuel151993" Tags: "Technical Analysis"
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Date: Tuesday, 02 Sep 2014 16:33
Hello all,

I was wondering if anyone has any good / bad experiences of using any online sports betting brokers and can throw some advice my way?

Cheers,

David
Author: "DavidSimpson" Tags: "First Steps"
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Date: Tuesday, 02 Sep 2014 14:20
Palladium for immediate delivery added as much as 0.4 percent to $908.83 an ounce, and traded at $906 by 11:30 a.m. in Singapore, advancing for a fourth day, Bloomberg generic pricing show.

The metal climbed to $909.35 on Aug. 29, the highest since February 2001, and capped a seventh month of gains that was the longest streak since January 2011.

Tensions rose after Ukraine called for full membership in NATO, its strongest plea yet for Western military help after accusing Russia of sending in armored columns that have driven back its forces in support of pro-Moscow rebels.

Via Supply fear drives palladium to 13-year high
Author: "FrieFrench" Tags: "Commodities & Money Markets"
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Date: Tuesday, 02 Sep 2014 14:15
Good morning to all and this is a great site!

I have been getting numerous invitations to go on board with Market Traders Institute.

I was shown some of the trading history of its founder along with some other negative reports, and am inclined to not go in that direction, although most of the negativity appears to be behind them.

Nonetheless, it is a huge institution and prides itself, for one, with the FX Turbo Trader software which can be both an EA or be manually traded. Has anyone used that software? It boasts of some 100 pips a month if traded automatically and a higher quantity if manually participated in. Becoming a member involves some 4500 to 5000 in cost.

If though it works that well, could a similar configuration be constructed without infringing on anyone's intellectual rights or copyright laws? It appears to use a perhaps 50-200 ema and an entry and exit colored signal to let the trader know when to enter and depart a trade.

MTI speaks of some 30,000 plus members being a part of its repertoire and they offer a 24 hour analyst on demand type service along with a fib approach. While I am not being a proponent, the sales rep spoke of first tier students achieving a 400 pip a month return. That is not too shabby.

I'd be interested in your great thoughts and suggestions on all of this.

Highest regards!

Daily
Author: "t2whome" Tags: "Forex"
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