AlgoStrats Blog

8 Tips on how to be an open-minded trader

  • May 8, 2017
  • Marco Mayer
  • trading, psychology

In my last post, I wrote about why it’s so important to stay as open-minded as possible as a trader.

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The open-minded trader

  • Apr 27, 2017
  • Marco Mayer
  • trading, psychology

One of the lessons I learned the hard way in trading is that to become and to stay successful as a trader, you have to be very open-minded. Unfortunately, this is easier said than done and many traders fail to stay open-minded in the long run.

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Are there sure thing edges in trading?

  • Apr 18, 2017
  • Marco Mayer
  • trading

Thank you for your feedback on my last article “Having an edge in the markets”. Some of you have been brave enough to take that article to the next logical step and ask the question most traders hardly dare to ask.

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Having an Edge in the markets

  • Mar 29, 2017
  • Marco Mayer
  • trading

One of the most important concepts to understand in trading is what it actually means to have an Edge in the markets.

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Volume in spot FX - useful or not?

  • Mar 9, 2017
  • Marco Mayer
  • forex

As traders, we’re always looking for useful data that might give us an extra edge. That’s even truer for technical/price focused traders where all we have is the open, high, low and close of a market (or tick data, but that usually ends up in some similar transformation as OHLC data). Sure there are thousands of indicators but these are all just transformations of that price data.

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Why (FX) trading costs matter

  • Feb 24, 2017
  • Marco Mayer
  • trading thoughts

I don’t know if there are still brokers out there advertising that there are no trading costs in trading Forex. But you all do know better by now. If there are no commissions, they’ll simply mark up the spread to get their share, or worse (see latest FXCM scandal) in some way profit from your positions. That’s why I always prefer to pay commissions, this way there’s at least a chance you’re actually trading and your broker isn’t just on the other side of your „trades“. Also paying commissions results in smaller spreads which will save you more money in the long run than the commission you’ll pay.

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Knowing when NOT to trade

  • Feb 15, 2017
  • Marco Mayer
  • trading thoughts

Traders want to trade. That’s what we feel is our job and that’s when we feel that we’re actually really doing something. And I think that’s why it can be so tough to go through periods of low trade frequency. It just somehow doesn’t feel right. Might be missing out on something. For sure the markets keep on moving and others are trading, right?

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Dealing with drawdowns - a case study

  • Feb 8, 2017
  • Marco Mayer
  • ambush, drawdowns

Now Drawdowns are not what traders want to hear or even think about. But it’s a very important one and it’s what you should think about before starting to trade. What can go wrong? What kind of pain will you have to endure? Can you make it through that?

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The well chosen example fallacy

  • Jan 25, 2017
  • Marco Mayer
  • trading thoughts

A fallacy you should be vividly aware of in the trading world is the well-chosen example. This comes in all kinds of forms but the most popular one is to show a single trade or a couple of trades on a chart and point out some really nice winning trades.

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Indicators - A question of preferences?

  • Jan 12, 2017
  • Marco Mayer
  • trading thoughts

One of the most commonly discussed trading topics is whether indicators are good or bad. Should a trader use them or is it just a distraction that doesn’t add anything to the „pure“ price-action you can see on a simple price chart?

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