Lessons learnt from a 15 year old’s voyage into the financial markets

Having traded the financial markets in my holidays, and having made a little over five figures in that time, I feel that not only have I found a gratifying pastime, but also that my knowledge about financial markets has been vastly increased, from many mornings spent watching Bloomberg on a TV screen. The gains have been marvellous, the losses…

Why millennials do not trust the stock market

About a month ago, Goldman Sachs released a poll which came out with some quite stupefying results. It showed that only 18 percent of the young adults trusted the stock market as “the best way to save for the future.” This means that investor confidence within this age group is at an all time low, and that the stock…

My problem with using moving averages

One of the first things that traders learn when they are starting off is the technique of using moving averages. The statistical definition of one is “a succession of averages derived from successive segments (typically of constant size and overlapping) of a series of values.” Now, these are good if the price is remaining at…

Half term today, which means that I get to start trading!

So, for those of you that didn’t know, my parents only let me trade in holidays, one of which now has started! I have so far got an 8% return so far in 3 hours of Friday evening trading! I had almost forgotten how exhilarating trading could be until now. Keep following the page for…

Is it better to be conservative or reckless when trading?

When trading, there are some who are conservative, who look for the “perfect trade” which almost never comes. And then there are others who look at the tiniest changes in price and think “there we go, that’s my opportunity.” But which one is it better to be? The low volume, low risk trader or the…

The issue of ethics in trading

Investing in fossil fuels has become an issue of ethics lately, especially with the issue of global warming plaguing our world today. The financial issues that investors face have now become more complicated with the additional dimension of ethics involved too. Why do people think investing in fossil fuels is bad? They think that it’s…

Why I am uncertain about investing in oil companies right now

There is a sense of security that every trader has when they know that a stock has been trading around and about the price which it is now for a long time, perhaps a few months or years. But, in the case of oil, there is a complete lack of certainty around the market right…

A book review of Making Money From Trading by Cat Davey

Firstly, I would like to state that this book is one of the only ones that explore the emotional journey that a trader goes through, and it does it very well, with a “Waterworld” or “ego trade” a page. It perfectly captures the mental anguish one goes through when making a loss trading. So, on…