Category Archive: For the Newbies

Feb 07

The Beauty of Back Testing


I’ve embraced my inner nerd this weekend, and spent a great deal of time with my face in front of the computer, writing out reams of data by hand.  You see, I had an idea to make my life a little easier and hopefully more profitable. I’ve been mucking around with FX this year in …

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Jan 27

The Impact Of Fear

Fear is probably one of the most crippling emotions a trader can have. It has the ability to over-ride our in-built fight or flight reflex, and paralyse us like a deer in the headlights. This frozen, paralysed state is probably the most harmful state a trader can find themselves in, because rather than panicking out …

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Jan 25

Why My Forex Trade Ideas Suck. In a Good Way.

I get asked every now and then to share my trade ideas with the new currency traders out there, and while it’s really flattering and makes me feel special, I’m hesitant to do it. Why? Quite simply, because everyone will hate it. My Forex trades will lose everyone money because my win/loss ratio sucks. In …

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Jan 24

Trading Hurdles

You’ve heard it said before that “Trading is not a sprint, it’s a marathon”. Since it seems to be the done thing to compare trading to a running race, I’m going to jump on the bandwagon. And mess it up a little. While trading certainly isn’t a sprint, it’s not really a marathon either. Marathons …

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Jan 24

Next Step on The Road To Incredibleness – FOCUS

Hi! I’m Jess. I’m a Trader, and you subscribe to my blog because, well, you just do. I thought I’d better re-introduce myself because you’ve likely forgotten exactly who I am. It’s been a while, hasn’t it? As you used to know but have probably forgotten, I’m on my way to becoming a trader worthy …

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Mar 20

Why I Want to be American

I admit it – I’m jealous. Right now, I want to be American.  I want to buy cheap houses and eat mega-huge fast food. But most of all, I want a stock market that goes up. Ours appears to have forgotten how.   In fact it’s almost as though it’s pulled the doona* over its head …

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Mar 12

I am Not a Trading Fairy.

In Which Rogue Traderette Dispels a Popular Myth It shouldn’t amaze me, but it does. I get emails regularly that go along the lines of  – “Teach me to trade!”, or “I want to be a full-time trader, what do I need to do?” Which is cool – I love getting emails. But what isn’t …

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Mar 09

When You’re Trading Like a Toilet.

Sometimes, things just turn to poo. One minute, things are perfect and going great guns, the next – it’s poo. For me, it looks like this – months of regular profits, disciplined trading, happy girl. Then happy girl, disciplined trading, regular losses, not-so-happy girl, more losses, undisciplined trading, only losses. See – it doesn’t take …

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Feb 09

How Worrying Can Make You a Calmer Trader

In Which Rogue Traderette is Rather Irritating… I don’t like being wrong. I especially don’t like being wrong when it involves money. When I see a sea of red on my screen, it makes me just the teensiest bit tetchy.  I’ve gotten a whole lot better – it used to make me nauseous. And when …

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