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How to trade during different times and market periods


The way financial markets and prices of financial assets move often follows a certain rhythm and very specific rules. Furthermore, depending on the time of day and the general market environment, the way prices move can change significantly with very clear patterns.


Volatility, momentum and expectations

The reason why it pays off to be aware of the time of day you are trading in and the implications for financial markets is that you can often see significant differences in the way price move. An experienced trader, thus, adapts with his trading style based on the general market environment.

  • Changes in volatility are most obvious and financial markets often follow a specific rhythm that we will explore later. During the most active times, volatility often picks up strongly and then drops off in lesser

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Post BREXIT trading problems – How to trade in uncharted terrain


After Friday’s huge price movements, many traders now face the question of how to trade a market that is trading at price levels unseen for 20+ years. Price that is trading below/above multi-decade lows and high, or below/above all-time highs and lows is often very difficult to analyze because no current reference points exist. In our opinion, it’s impossible to apply most concepts of technical analysis, such as horizontal support and resistance, moving averages or other tools that are based on historical price points.

In this article, we provide actionable and practical tips for beginner and advanced traders so that they can potentially improve their price analysis skills and make sense of chart analysis.

  • GBP/USD – Below 20-year low
  • GBP/JPY – Approaching the low
  • EUR/GBP – Still in

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10 tips to potentially help you survive the next Drawdown


Drawdown is a Reality of Every Trader

Being able to deal with and understand drawdowns are among the most important concepts in trading and in the life of a futures trader. Misinterpreting drawdowns lead to wrong assumptions and decisions that not only may result in larger drawdowns, but can even mean the “end” of a trading account.

Conventional drawdown parameters and risk metrics such as the Sharpe and Sortino ratio may add value when it comes to understanding one’s own performance. However, we think that on their own, they are not sufficient to understand drawdowns and you may require the understanding of additional concepts to fully appreciate the positive and the negative of your own style, and/or the analysis of an automated system or a managed account run by a commodity trading

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The final BREXIT week. How to trade BREXIT and what does it mean?


This trading week, all eyes will be on Thursday’s BREXIT referendum and financial players and investors from all around the world will closely watch the financial markets. We may see a major impact on price behavior across multiple asset classes due to the BREXIT poll, before and after the actual vote on the 23rd, when investors and traders position themselves. The opinions below are of Optimus Futures, LLC and are shared for your convenience and do not constitute a trading advice.  We encourage you to read the note we have placed in our forum addressing the issues that may be associated with “Brexit” and trading around this period.  Please Click here: Preparing for Brexit


What is BREXIT?

BREXIT stands for “British Exit” and it means that Britain is considering and voting on

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Trend Channels – How to draw and use them to make Trading decisions


Price and trend channels are tools in technical analysis to make sense of charts. Further, trend channels can be used to stay in trades as well as enter new trades. In this article, we show you how you can draw and use trend channels in your trading to have a potentially positive effect on your decision making.


Drawing trend channels 101

Trend channels consist of at least two trend lines that connect the swing highs and the swing lows of a trending or a sideways moving market. It’s important to understand that trend channels don’t have to be completely parallel and it’s even possible that one side of the trend channel is a horizontal support or resistance – in such a case, we typically speak of triangles or wedges as we will

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