One More Fascinating Talk by Melanie Phillips

Posted by Deb | Life in General,Politics | Tuesday 29 May 2012 12:08 pm



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Melanie Phillips Interviewd for Israeli TV

Posted by Deb | Politics | Tuesday 29 May 2012 11:33 am



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The Five Golden Rules of Day Trading

Posted by Deb | Guest Post | Monday 28 May 2012 12:37 pm

Before you start day trading, you have to make sure you’ve got your account set up properly, and that you have taken several steps to simplify the trading process. Day trading should be thought of as a job, not a hobby. If you approach it with a very lackadaisical attitude, you’re going to get very mediocre results. The worst-case scenario is that you’ll just lose a bunch of money. To avoid wasting your time and resources, always obey these five simple rules:

1) Trade Only With Current Intra-Day Trends

The trend is your friend. Trading on it will reduce the risk inherent in day trading. Trading with the trend allows for low-risk entries and a high profit potential. While intra-day trends don’t continue indefinitely, you should be able to get a couple of good trades per day in before the trend reverses.

2) Trade Strong Stocks in an Uptrend, Weak Stocks in a Downtrend

A lot of traders find it useful and beneficial to trade stocks or ETFs that have a moderate or high correlation with the S&P500. Some like the Dow and the NASDAQ. Some like all three. If you stick to trading stocks or ETFs with a high correlation to the major indices, you can isolate strong and weak stocks.

When market futures are moving higher, you should buy stocks that are moving up more aggressively than futures. When futures pull back, a strong stock won’t pull back as hard. It might not pull back at all. The stronger stocks are the ones you want to trade. The smaller pullbacks mean lower risk for you.

When indexes and futures are dropping, you sell short stocks that drop more than the market. The same rules apply here as with strong stocks. It’s almost like a mirror image. You’re selling short the weakest of the bunch. Weak stocks don’t recover before the stronger ones, Again, when you’re selling short, this means more profit and less risk.

3) Wait for the Pullback

Trendlines in your trading software will show you how the market moves. Usually, it moves in “waves.” Trendlines are an approximate visual guide to where the prices will go. When you enter a long position (i.e. when you’re buying stocks or ETFs), buy after the price moves down toward the trendline. It’s not going to give you a perfect vision of the future, but it will hopefully keep you from losing too much money. As long as you’re following the trend, you’ll be reducing your risk.

4) Take Profits

A lot of traders forget to take profits. They want to “ride the trend” permanently. Don’t be one of those traders. Since the market moves in waves, exit your position before a correction occurs. You have a limited window of time to capture any profit you’ve made.

There are two ways you can go about capturing profits. First, in an uptrend, take profits at or slightly above the former price high in the current trend. When you’re going short on a stock or ETF, take profits at or slightly low the former price low.

5) Get Out When The Market Reverses

Markets don’t always follow a trend. If there is no trend, it’s time to step aside and sit on the sidelines. There’s money to be made outside of following the trend, but it’s largely a gamble. Intra-day trends can also reverse so often that no concrete direction is established. This makes it almost impossible to trade on a trend since you can’t be sure of where the market is moving. Patience is key, and it’s also the only way you’re going to make money over the long-term while day trading.

Post contributed by Liz Goldman, a freelance forex trading writer, on behalf of sunbird currency trading . All views and opinions expressed belong to the writer and do not necessarily represent Sunbird FX.

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The pros and cons of debt trading that you should know

Posted by Deb | Guest Post | Sunday 20 May 2012 5:48 pm

The bonds that are issued by the US government, state government and the local corporations are known as the tradable debt securities. This form of trading is becoming increasingly common nowadays as a large number of people are changing the form of investment in order to make money. Debt security trading usually comes with huge amount of profit, if done in the proper way. You can earn a lot of amount from the changes in the interest rates and by taking a position in the distressed companies and in their distressed stocks. Debt trading proves to be a worthy alternative to commodity trading or stock market trading and if you’re not aware of the pros and cons, here are some of them.

Low margin requirements is an advantage of debt trading

Bills, notes and bonds, that are known as the treasury securities are traded in order to take advantage of the fluctuating interest rates. When the interest rates drop down, the Treasury prices rise and when the rates increase, the prices fall. Even with a low margin deposit, the traders can take a secured position in Treasury securities. The margin brokerage accounts need margin deposits of 5-10% and this will entirely depend on the maturity of the length of the bonds.

The active futures market is another advantage of debt security trading

The extremely active futures trading market will offer you trading in contracts of a wide range of debt securities. The contracts trade against the major Treasury securities, the interest rate indexes and the Federal funds rate. Futures trading will also allow the trader to take positions for moves that are in either direction of the prices of the debt securities and the associated interest rates. Futures trading of the debt securities will involve a larger amount of risk and all those traders that pick the wrong direction for their trades can lose a larger amount than what was actually invested.

You risk a large amount for a small gain and this is a disadvantage

Traders in the corporate debt securities trade high yield or junk bonds in order to make the higher interest rates on the bonds. The trader may also be able to achieve capital gains when the issuing corporation gets an upgrade in the credit rating. Another downside of the high yield bonds is a bankruptcy and the loss of the total invested principal. When the big companies like Lehman Brothers go bankrupt, their debt securities are worth pennies on the dollar.

Therefore, when you’re wondering about boosting your monthly income by investing in some asset, you should take into account the debt security trading so that you don’t have to worry about your soaring debt obligations.

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