Review Of The Tradestation Trading Platform

TradeStation Review

Since it became a brokerage back in 1982, TradeStation has taken great pride of its role as one of the industry leaders in trader technology. It offers one of the best trading platforms available anywhere. It now has over 30 years of experience behind it, and it continues to improve and grow on into 2014.

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TradeStation has a desktop platform as its flagship product. It is its main core focus. Trading on the web was introduced as far back as 2013, but its current use is mainly for placing trades and managing positions and orders whenever the desktop application is out of reach.

There are multi-monitor traders who really appreciate the flexibility that TradeStation offers, as it supports multiple monitors enabling each monitor to maintain an open desktop workstation.

TradeStation has the tools to cater to nearly any type of professional investor. That includes institutions like hedge funds. Over 40 years of their historical data is available for performing equity trading, involving charting and studies. The backtesting done via Portfolio Maestro along with the customized scanning of market opportunities, only scratch the surface on all of the functionality they can offer.

The charting enables investors to get into some deep analysis and to customize indicators using multiple options. This is something that only competitors like the TD Ameritrade‘s ‘thinkorswim’ platform is able to compete with. Over 200 indicators and case studies are also available for inclusion. Each one of these is easily reworked or adjusted to fit with a trader’s exact specifications.

The option traders have by no means been forgotten. This is due to OptionStation Pro (a tool that is built into the platform). Scanning and analyzing potential trades has become a breeze, with traders able to view the traditional 2D and also the 3D P&L (profit and loss) charts. This is a benefit that is exclusive to TradeStation only. While having the 3D views is a nice addition, ultimately, they are more like good eye candy.

TradeStation also has a few other tools in its arsenal, like Radar Screen Matrix, Walk-Forward Optimizer, Scanner, and more.

One of the last crucial parts of TradeStations tools is its own proprietary coding language (EasyLanguage), that empowers traders to run wildly with indicator and trade customizations in their strategies. Clients are able to share/sell their work through the TradeStation TradingAPP Store, which was formerly known as the Strategy Network. There you can find FREE products as well as some that may run you around $50 a month, while others can run as high as $500 a month.

Over the long term, their TradingApp store expects to be something worth keeping an eye on. It was not formally launched until late in 2013. As of January of 2014, a lot of the apps still don’t have reviews listed. It is difficult to gauge the popularity because TradeStation doesn’t display the number of clients who are using each specific app. One thing you can count on though, is that these apps were not meant for new investors. They’ve been built specifically for those investors who are experienced and seasoned, and those institutional traders who know and understand all the ins and outs of the marketplace.

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The Euro Shows Disappointing Performance In Forex Trading

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Euro Performance In Forex Trading

According to recent EU Forex trading numbers, the euro has been taking some losses against its main competitors in the currency markets. This disappointing news is coming on the heels of less-than-stellar retail sales performances and lower order numbers for Germany-based factories. Other assets such as crude oil and the British pound are now predicted to see bear market patterns as well in the near future. In the most current EU market news, traders will want to keep a close watch on the German Industrial Production figure, which will become available at 11:00am GMT. If this number posts below predicted performance, further EU market losses are expected to follow close behind it.

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News on the Economy

On the other side of the pond, the US dollar saw more bull market patterns and yielded higher returns. This data surpassed that of EU retail sales and orders from German factories. Mid-day trading saw a USD/CHF increase of almost 50 pips. The GBP/USD data decreased to about 60 pips during the same trading period.

Little news has been released from the US regarding this performance, and movement of the US dollar will probably happen again as a result of the latest euro-zone trading data. Many analysts predict that this month’s indicator will be higher that last month’s, which will probably generate more risk in the market. It could also wipe out any gains the greenback made yesterday. During trading later in the week, US dollar traders will want to watch for the latest US Unemployment Claim numbers as well as figures from the trade balance. Both of these figures will likely generate further volatility in the case of the greenback.

Losses of the euro in Forex trading are attributed to EU unemployment numbers, low retail sales and disappointing factory order numbers. These losses are considered moderate against currency rivals designated safe trading havens. Compared to recent Japanese yen market performance, the common currency took a 60 pip loss to start trading as low as 114.23.

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5 Forex Trading Strategies

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5 Forex Trading Strategies

If you’re new to trading currencies online and unsure where to start, it helps to understand popular forex trading strategies. Forex comparison site ForexBrokersAZ.com discusses 5 Forex trading styles in detail.

Scalping

Scalping involves buying and selling currency pairs online in small high frequency trades.

It’s designed to capitalize on small changes in exchange rates typically between 5 and 15 pips. A scalper can spend hours on end monitoring the markets, pushing trades through within minutes of closing a previous trade. The best trade opportunities arise when the foreign exchange markets become active – typically around news events, data releases or when trading sessions overlap across international markets.

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Stock chart showing levels of support (4,5,6, 7, and 8) and resistance (1, 2, and 3); levels of resistance tend to become levels of support and vice versa. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Make no mistake, scalping isn’t for Forex trading beginners. It requires a strong understand of the Forex markets and a clear view on where the markets are going. For this reason, scalpers usually trade with brokers that offer Electronic Communication Networks – also known as ECN brokers – because these brokers deliver faster execution and can provide insights into where the markets are heading through ‘Depth of Market’ (DoM) tools. DoM sounds technical but it’s nothing more than a window onto the orderbook, with volume and price information about buy and sell orders.

Day trading

Day trading involves opening and closing a Forex trading position on the same day – before 5pm New York time. The best day trading opportunities arise over the course of the European and US sessions. Liquidity reaches its peak when these sessions overlap.

Day trading opportunities can be found using intra-day charts with medium timeframes ranging anywhere from 15 to 30 minutes to 1 to 2 hours. Most day traders perform technical analysis on charts to identity support and resistance levels and other patterns.

If this is your preferred trading style, you’ll want to familiarize yourself with the MetaTrader 4 (MT4) platform. It comes loaded with of indicators you can use to perform technical analysis. Click here for Forex brokers that support the MetaTrader 4 platform.

Swing trading

Swing trades unravel over a longer period of time, typically 2 to 5 days with a view to make a 100 to 250 pip mark-up. Swing traders uncover trading opportunities through charts, using technical analysis to identify support and resistance levels and other patterns in the data.

Position trading

Positing traders have an even longer investment horizon: they typically keep their positions open anywhere between 5 and 50 days with a view to make a 250 to 1,000 pip profit. This is where the frontier between technical and fundamental analysis blurs as position traders can use both tactics to uncover trade ideas.

Value investing

Last but not least, value investors such as Warren Buffet or Benjamin Graham have a long term investment horizon. They can hold their positions anywhere from 1 month to several years if they spot a long term trend. Value investors can use both fundamental and technical analysis to identify potential trade ideas. However, longer term considerations such as economic imbalances, interest rate differentials and geo-political considerations often come into play.

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Strategies For Investment In Oil Futures

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Movements in oil prices are very volatile. This will not change in the near future either as political and economic worries continue across the globe. Factors such as pipeline or supply disruption, conflict and war are just a few of the reasons why prices can fluctuate widely. If you are trading oil futures it is essential to take steps to protect your investments.

Hedging Your Profit

If the price of oil is fluctuating rapidly it means there is more risk in the market. To account for the added risk traders need to adjust their investment strategy accordingly. Many traders of oil futures look to hedge their positions in the event of volatility. By staying flat on their position and locking in profits allows them to ride through uncertainty and trade out of the position when a stable trend resumes.

Following the Trend

Anticipation of futures prices all depends on direction of the trend. Using a trend following strategy is not always easy in oil trading because of its wild swings however it is proven that when a direction is clear trend following is a very profitable way to trade. Many futures traders look for seasonal effects on prices of oil. Colder times mean higher demand and higher prices, warm means the opposite. There are many other regular patterns which can be forecast over the longer term for those who adapt to this style.

Day Trading Oil

If a trader is looking for shorter term investments in oil futures then they will encounter a very volatile environment. Huge intraday spikes can occur on inventory data being released. Any trader adopting this strategy needs to be aware of the risk that the market can swing against them fast. Protective stops and limit orders are essential to get out of a trade with profit or minimal loss.

Short term traders also need to have charting software. Plotting the oil futures price onto a chart can show them previous levels of support or resistance where the price has turned. Often the price will stall at these areas before deciding its next move which throws up opportunity to hop on board and profit from a ride in a different direction.

As with any investments traders must stay ahead of the news. Keeping up to date with political matters and economic data is essential to having a view on direction. It’s been seen time and time again that news drives prices, often wildly, in the direction of the trend. Don’t fight sentiment, go with the direction and trade the news.

To help keep ahead of the trend www.futuresforecasts.com offers daily directional forecast charts. The site is free and can be a useful guide to the futures market.

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Early Warning Signs that your Forex Broker a Scam

A trader whom we shall call Mr Dee sees a web page advertising a chance to make money from trading Forex. But this web page is one with a difference. He is taken in by the glamorous video of a pretty brunette detailing all the benefits of trading with the broker whose sales page he is looking at. Just then, something she says catches his attention. The broker is offering him a 100% bonus. He cannot believe his ears, but when he decides to pitch his tent with this broker and wires in $10,000. To his surprise, he is credited with an extra $10,000. But that is when he is told by his broker that he has to trade a certain number of times before he can withdraw any profits. He keeps trading, and when he then decides to make his first withdrawal after fulfilling the terms of the bonus, he gets an email saying he has allowed third party trading on his account, and his account is suspended and all funds seized. The broker cuts off all communications with him, and he is left bemused. Further investigation reveals that the broker is in a location which is completely unregulated.

 

In another scenario, another trader notices that he keeps getting stopped out in one of his Forex accounts even when the price quotes on other trading accounts indicate that the price action still had a few pips to go. He is at a loss as to why this is the case, and all emails to his broker are met with unconvincing responses.

 

In yet another scenario, trader notices that any time he trades high-impact  news items, and his trade is in a profit, his trading platform freezes up, and he cannot close his trades, until when the market has probably reversed against him. When he tries to withdraw any profits, he has made, his broker finds one reason or the other not to honor the withdrawal request.

 

If your broker or any other broker you know has engaged in one or all the practices mentioned above, then that broker is a scam broker. The sad thing is that many cases like this occur, and they are not rare; they are commonplace. For any genuine broker out there, there are 10 scam brokers in operation. The wide geographical location and the absence of a specific global legal framework has made it difficult to pursue and prosecute such scam brokers, and traders have to rely on personal due diligence and a bit of luck or prayers to ensure that they pitch tents with the right brokers.

 

Here is a list of identified scam brokers, who have closed shop and disappeared with traders’ funds.

 

  • CrownForex.com
  • CRE Capital Corporation
  • CDH Global
  • Forexgen.com
  • GCI Trading.com (GCI Financial)
  • BForex.com

 

There are a whole lot of others out there. All you need to do is to check on Forex forums, and you will get so much information that it will almost be criminal for you as a trader to fall into the hands of these scam brokers.

 

Article was written by Alexander Collins. As a general rule, always choose brokers that are regulated and have a good track record when it comes to trading conditions and withdrawals. Stays the question: “How to choose a Forex broker?” Visit my Forex blog to learn how to choose a broker wisely, and what unethical tricks Forex scam brokers use to rip of retail traders.

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The Best Proven Forex Indications

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A good number of investors are taking advantage of the Forex market as an alternative form in income generation with the help of best forex indicators as the bigger part of their portfolio.  Forex is quite different from mutual funds, regular stock or even bonds since the returns are awesome less time consuming, and it involves a lower risk level.

This should not be misconstrued that forex day trading isn’t risky but with good forex indicators, it is possible to reduce the risk and become a more avid trader. Learning about these indicators is important as far as forex trading is concerned. However, learning how to use them can be time consuming and challenging but compared to the returns when one gets it right, it is worth it.

Some of the most common forex indicators in the market today include:-
•    Relative Strength Index
•    Exponential Moving Average
•    Simple Moving Average
•    Bollinger Bands
•    Moving Average Convergence/Divergence
•    Rate Of Change
•    Stop-And-Reversal
The Best Proven Forex Indicators
Bollinger bands and Simple moving average (SMA) indicators are the commonly used indicators.
SMA shows average price for a currency over a given period.  For example, it might show the closing averages for the preceding four or five days.
Bollinger bangs in the other hand shows the upper and lower levels of the price values. These prices are within two bands. Fluctuations of the currency price you are analyzing is the major determinant; once a trend has been set to breaking a band, trading is shown.

In order to take advantage of these favorite forex indicators, you must take some time to learn how to analyze and understand what they are saying. Many firms offer training and educational material to assist you. First, use a demo account to test your skill on the forex indicators. This practice account enables you make real trades the same way you can with a real/live account.
Also, there are many online tutorials and eBooks to forex trading and indicators. Learning as much as you can about them is always prudent.

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