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  • Managing Trading Stress | Online Stockmarket Trading Update
    routine Stress triggers your body to release adrenalin which is the fuel used for fight or flight Trading can be stressful triggering the production of adrenaline but when you re sitting in front of a computer screen you don t use up this adrenalin it remains in your body Regular exercise will ensure it is burnt off and will allow you to return to a calm relaxed state more easily You could incorporate a gym workout a walk a run or a yoga session to allow your body the time to burn off the adrenalin released by your body in a high stress situation Regular exercise can also provide you with more energy as your cardio vascular system functions more efficiently Relaxation after exercise is also incredibly beneficial for your wellbeing mentally physically and even spiritually Social interaction for your own good Social interaction can allow you to release any emotional charge that may have built up when trading It s wonderful to be able to share your successes with someone else and at times it s useful to have someone to talk with to process some of the ideas that are running through your head This can help you to find a solution to any challenges you may be facing Full time trading can be a lonely occupation because often you are sitting alone in front of a computer screen In a work environment you typically have social interaction on a regular basis even if you have little in common with your co workers this still meets a human need Ensure you make time to meet with other people as part of your daily routine If possible getting to know other traders in your local area is a great idea Interacting with other traders gives you a chance to swap ideas and discuss trading problems with someone else that has market experience Continue to learn Remember that learning to trade is a journey of 1000 miles and it begins with your first trade Every trade is an opportunity to learn something new Embrace the mistakes that you make and learn from them If you can avoid just one mistake in the future it can make a huge difference to your trading results and reduce your trading stress in the future As your knowledge and experience improves you will be better positioned to cope with the ups and downs of trading You also have the opportunity to develop your skills and the ability to cope with stress Enjoy the ride because the rewards are worth it Jeff Cartridge Education Manager Tags investing stress from trading Trader Dealer trading Trading Strategies Weekly Market Wrap US Investors Lead Global Markets Higher ASX Company News Viterra Acquires IPS Logisitcs This entry was posted on Friday March 16th 2012 at 1 56 pm and is filed under Trading Strategies You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2 0 feed You can leave a response or trackback from your own site

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  • Mind the Gap: Trading Risk with Options Versus CFDs | Online Stockmarket Trading Update
    DJS shares on the 14th of July would know the company came out and reported a profit downgrade and the shares plunged over 15 on the open The P L calculations are detailed below This nasty surprise was a shock to the bank account as you can see the stock holder would have lost 17 but the CFD holder would have lost a whopping 540 overnight The Options Trade One way to avoid the prospect of a nasty surprise is to position yourself in the trade using Options On the 8th of July DJS 400 AUG11 Calls were trading at 14 cents per contract so you could have bought the right to buy the stock at 4 00 for 14 cents per share and the P L calculations are shown below Your maximum risk is 1 480 or 100 loss and as the trade unfolded you would have lost that amount However the trade has been a success in that you have defined your risk and have not lost any additional money due to the release of the DJS profit downgrade This compares to the 3 710 loss or a ROI of 17 loss on the share position or the 6 874 loss or ROI of 543 loss on the CFD position as outlined above Conclusion Mind the gaps and beware of WMDs of the financial variety When a stock s share price gaps particularly on market open you can face extraordinary losses particularly when you are trading using leverage instruments like CFDs as illustrated in this David Jones example Options can be used in order to reduce your risk while still participating in potential profits from a move in the underlying stock price using a limited risk strategy We have highlighted the David Jones trade as our example but there have been any number of similar examples in recent times due to the elevated market volatility including Billabong BlueScope Steel QBE Qantas Macquarie Bank and Woodside all of which have fallen 15 to 20 within a few trading days and in most cases gapping on open Use Options to define your risk particularly in volatile market conditions such as we re experiencing at the moment In future articles we will talk about the High Yield Covered Put strategy and the Stock Repair strategy which are particularly relevant to this market Utilise the features in the Market Analyser software to plan your trades for the particular Options strategy using your specific trade selection criteria You will save time and potentially reduce your trading risk Sign up for a free 14 day software trial here By Michael Hevern Head of Research See also Options Trading for All Types of Market Environments Part 1 The Protective Put Options Trading for All Types of Market Environments Part 2 The Covered Call Options Trading for All Types of Market Environments Part 3 The Covered Call Collar For buy and sell recommendations on ASX listed companies register for a free trial of MDS Financial Research

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  • Stock Market Trading | Online Stockmarket Trading Update
    trading plan journal and record keeping are essential in any business venture 5 Be systematic Select your trading system or systems You can run a number of systems concurrently that allow you to profit in different market conditions An example of concurrent systems would be using a trend trading system with a breakout system and a mean reversion system Master your own systems don t tinker with indicators of a system that you re trading and back test before you start putting your capital at risk 6 Keep your losses small Understand your trade expectancy and know your trade risk before you enter the trade When all is said and done the only parameter that you can control in any given trade is your risk It may be worth reviewing my previous article Mind the Gap Trading Risk with Options Versus CFDs at this point 7 Staying on the sidelines is a valid strategy If the market and or stocks are trading sideways it is valid to stay in cash until a trading opportunity presents itself 8 Take responsibility for your trades Evaluate why the losing trades failed and why the winners succeeded This is where a Trade Journal can be invaluable This can be a painful process at least initially because ego is built to deflect blame and accept praise which is a trap because if you try to rationalise or justify poor trades then you will never learn from them Use the Trade Journal to divest the emotion from the trade evaluation process Trading for profit should be treated as a business and these are just some of the rules and conditions that you need to abide by in order to ensure that your trading is done systematically and efficiently without emotion Some good reading material on this topic includes Complete Trading for a Living by Dr Alexander Elders Trade Your Way to Financial Freedom by Van K Tharp Michael Hevern Investment Adviser This report was prepared by Michael Hevern It represents the views and opinions of the author It is not intended for use by any third party without the approval of Michael Hevern While this report is based on information from sources which are considered reliable its accuracy and completeness cannot be guaranteed Any opinions expressed reflect my judgment at this date and are subject to change Contracting Hevern Pty Ltd is a Corporate Authorised Representative No 408868 of MDS Financial Services Pty Limited ABN 28 088 190 283 AFSL No 333298 MDS and Michael Hevern has been appointed as an Authorised Representative of Contracting Hevern Pty Ltd Opinions conclusions and other information expressed in this report are not given or endorsed by MDS Financial Services Pty Ltd unless otherwise indicated The information contained in this Report is General Advice only as the information or advice given does not take into account your particular objectives financial situation or needs Tags investing in shares stock market trading trade journals trading as a business Trading Strategy Posted in

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  • Trade Journals | Online Stockmarket Trading Update
    plan journal and record keeping are essential in any business venture 5 Be systematic Select your trading system or systems You can run a number of systems concurrently that allow you to profit in different market conditions An example of concurrent systems would be using a trend trading system with a breakout system and a mean reversion system Master your own systems don t tinker with indicators of a system that you re trading and back test before you start putting your capital at risk 6 Keep your losses small Understand your trade expectancy and know your trade risk before you enter the trade When all is said and done the only parameter that you can control in any given trade is your risk It may be worth reviewing my previous article Mind the Gap Trading Risk with Options Versus CFDs at this point 7 Staying on the sidelines is a valid strategy If the market and or stocks are trading sideways it is valid to stay in cash until a trading opportunity presents itself 8 Take responsibility for your trades Evaluate why the losing trades failed and why the winners succeeded This is where a Trade Journal can be invaluable This can be a painful process at least initially because ego is built to deflect blame and accept praise which is a trap because if you try to rationalise or justify poor trades then you will never learn from them Use the Trade Journal to divest the emotion from the trade evaluation process Trading for profit should be treated as a business and these are just some of the rules and conditions that you need to abide by in order to ensure that your trading is done systematically and efficiently without emotion Some good reading material on this topic includes Complete Trading for a Living by Dr Alexander Elders Trade Your Way to Financial Freedom by Van K Tharp Michael Hevern Investment Adviser This report was prepared by Michael Hevern It represents the views and opinions of the author It is not intended for use by any third party without the approval of Michael Hevern While this report is based on information from sources which are considered reliable its accuracy and completeness cannot be guaranteed Any opinions expressed reflect my judgment at this date and are subject to change Contracting Hevern Pty Ltd is a Corporate Authorised Representative No 408868 of MDS Financial Services Pty Limited ABN 28 088 190 283 AFSL No 333298 MDS and Michael Hevern has been appointed as an Authorised Representative of Contracting Hevern Pty Ltd Opinions conclusions and other information expressed in this report are not given or endorsed by MDS Financial Services Pty Ltd unless otherwise indicated The information contained in this Report is General Advice only as the information or advice given does not take into account your particular objectives financial situation or needs Tags investing in shares stock market trading trade journals trading as a business Trading Strategy Posted in Trading

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  • Trading As A Business | Online Stockmarket Trading Update
    trading plan journal and record keeping are essential in any business venture 5 Be systematic Select your trading system or systems You can run a number of systems concurrently that allow you to profit in different market conditions An example of concurrent systems would be using a trend trading system with a breakout system and a mean reversion system Master your own systems don t tinker with indicators of a system that you re trading and back test before you start putting your capital at risk 6 Keep your losses small Understand your trade expectancy and know your trade risk before you enter the trade When all is said and done the only parameter that you can control in any given trade is your risk It may be worth reviewing my previous article Mind the Gap Trading Risk with Options Versus CFDs at this point 7 Staying on the sidelines is a valid strategy If the market and or stocks are trading sideways it is valid to stay in cash until a trading opportunity presents itself 8 Take responsibility for your trades Evaluate why the losing trades failed and why the winners succeeded This is where a Trade Journal can be invaluable This can be a painful process at least initially because ego is built to deflect blame and accept praise which is a trap because if you try to rationalise or justify poor trades then you will never learn from them Use the Trade Journal to divest the emotion from the trade evaluation process Trading for profit should be treated as a business and these are just some of the rules and conditions that you need to abide by in order to ensure that your trading is done systematically and efficiently without emotion Some good reading material on this topic includes Complete Trading for a Living by Dr Alexander Elders Trade Your Way to Financial Freedom by Van K Tharp Michael Hevern Investment Adviser This report was prepared by Michael Hevern It represents the views and opinions of the author It is not intended for use by any third party without the approval of Michael Hevern While this report is based on information from sources which are considered reliable its accuracy and completeness cannot be guaranteed Any opinions expressed reflect my judgment at this date and are subject to change Contracting Hevern Pty Ltd is a Corporate Authorised Representative No 408868 of MDS Financial Services Pty Limited ABN 28 088 190 283 AFSL No 333298 MDS and Michael Hevern has been appointed as an Authorised Representative of Contracting Hevern Pty Ltd Opinions conclusions and other information expressed in this report are not given or endorsed by MDS Financial Services Pty Ltd unless otherwise indicated The information contained in this Report is General Advice only as the information or advice given does not take into account your particular objectives financial situation or needs Tags investing in shares stock market trading trade journals trading as a business Trading Strategy Posted in

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  • Weekly Market Wrap: US Investors Lead Global Markets Higher | Online Stockmarket Trading Update
    a possible hard landing for China Commodity prices have been under selling pressure this week on the back of a resurgent US dollar Even crude oil prices eased on the back of rumours that the US and UK were considering the release of their strategic reserves In Australia the earnings season has finished and the dividend season has come to an end We have been driven by global forces this week but the 4300 level remains an obstacle for our market as our materials sector has suffered from the lower commodity prices and the concerns out of China The Aussie market is again testing the 200 day moving average and the index has found support at its six month pivot level around 4180 On the S P ASX 200 the 4180 level is the crucial support level and the 4320 level becomes increasingly more important each time it is tested This week we found support around the 4150 level but we are now again trying to punch through the 4320 level A number of the S P ASX sectors are holding above their 150 day moving averages MAs having found support this week These include Energy Consumer Discretionary and Financials The Industrials and Utilities sectors have had a strong week and are finishing on their highs while Telecoms Materials and Consumer Staples are underperforming and are below their 50 day support levels Traders should be looking to protect their profits in this market and reduce their risk by using options strategies The MDS Financial Advisory Services team can help with these trades Call me on 1300 610 024 for further information Investors should also be looking to utilise options strategies to protect their positions as options are a relatively cheap form of insurance as volatility is low and you can also leverage yourself for a break to the upside if that occurs Remain attuned to the news from overseas particularly from the eurozone and China in relation to easing policies and the US as their markets hold above multi year highs Monitor the performance of the US dollar for a guide to the future direction of commodities and equities prices The S P ASX 200 index is currently trading at 4272 and is holding above the key medium term pivot level around 4180 Key levels for the index next week will be 4180 and 4320 with 4230 the key pivot level By Michael Hevern MDS Trading Desk For Buy and Sell recommendations on ASX listed companies register for a free trial of MDS Financial Research This report was prepared by Michael Hevern It represents the views and opinions of the author It is not intended for use by any third party without the approval of Michael Hevern While this report is based on information from sources which are considered reliable its accuracy and completeness cannot be guaranteed Any opinions expressed reflect my judgment at this date and are subject to change Contracting Hevern Pty Ltd is a Corporate Authorised Representative

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  • Australian Market Update | Online Stockmarket Trading Update
    Hevern While this report is based on information from sources which are considered reliable its accuracy and completeness cannot be guaranteed Any opinions expressed reflect my judgment at this date and are subject to change Contracting Hevern Pty Ltd is a Corporate Authorised Representative No 408868 of MDS Financial Services Pty Limited ABN 28 088 190 283 AFSL No 333298 MDS and Michael Hevern has been appointed as an Authorised Representative of Contracting Hevern Pty Ltd Opinions conclusions and other information expressed in this report are not given or endorsed by MDS Financial Services Pty Ltd unless otherwise indicated The information contained in this Report is General Advice only as the information or advice given does not take into account your particular objectives financial situation or needs Tags australian market update Commodity prices eurozone markets investing in shares market wrap trading shares US markets Posted in Stock Market Analysis No Comments Weekly Market Wrap Christmas Rally Hinges on EU Summit Resolve Friday December 9th 2011 Markets have been wary of the upcoming EU summit meeting this week and overnight traders headed for the exits when the ECB president rejected suggestions that the ECB extend its bond buying program All week markets have been driven by news in and around Europe after having surged last week following the announcement of a coordinated effort from global central bankers to increase the liquidity in financial system and the news that China lowered bank reserve requirements for the first time in three years Asian investors cheered the news that the People s Bank of China will cut the reserve requirement ratio for the large banks by 0 5 percentage point However the news this week has been far less promising The Standard Poor s Ratings Agency cast a negative cloud over the eurozone when it announced it may downgrade the ratings of Germany France the Netherlands Austria Finland and Luxembourg Investor sentiment was also kept in check by French President Nicolas Sarkozy remaining pessimistic over the European sovereign debt crisis particularly since Germany remains opposed to a common eurozone bond seen by many economists as a possible solution to the crisis There have been mixed signals from the German Chancellor and French President who earlier this week confirmed their support for a new European Union treaty that would include tougher fiscal rules for the eurozone with automatic sanctions against countries which are breaking budget rules but later turned around and said that investors need to be realistic in their expectations of the EU summit meeting tonight Overnight eurozone markets remained under pressure after the ECB made it clear that the EU treaty prohibits the ECB from monetary financing and that the bank is constrained by its institutional guidelines most particularly in the amount of assistance it can deliver to the troubled PIIGS economies These guidelines limit the ECB s ability to move on speculation that it could pursue a more aggressive bond buying program to stem the eurozone debt crisis Central banks acted as

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  • It’s Dividend Time Again | Online Stockmarket Trading Update
    you get a credit for the tax the company has already paid It will depend on if your tax rate is higher than the company rate of 30 or lower as to the impact of tax on your total return Assuming your tax rate is 30 then you get 660 after tax If your tax rate is lower as it is in self managed super funds then your return could be even higher So investing for dividends from the share results in you receiving almost double the return after tax 660 compared to 350 when you put your money in the bank You are now exposed to movement in the share price which could be good or bad but remember your return on investment is determined by when you buy the share which sets your dividend yield so day to day fluctuations of the share price are not as important You ve missed the opportunity to pick up the CBA dividend this time around it closed last week but there are plenty of other companies still to pay dividends this season You can further enhance your returns using a dividend reinvestment plan allowing you to buy more shares at a discounted rate Not all companies offer this facility but if the company does this allows you to compound both the number of shares and the growth in the shares Over time this can make a significant difference to your overall return And dividends are not limited to investors Traders can also take advantage of dividends as they are paid There is a tendency for the share to rise prior to the ex dividend date and also recover after the dividend is paid Nimble traders can take advantage of this trading opportunity For a fuller explanation on dividends and their effect check out the Trader Dealer blog You will also find information on upcoming dividends updated on the blog as well Tags asx companies Dividends dividends trading financial reports investing in shares Investment term deposit Weekly Market Wrap Traders Cheer ECB s Cheap Money Dividends InvoCare Ex Dividend On 8 3 2012 This entry was posted on Friday March 2nd 2012 at 1 35 pm and is filed under ASX Trading News Stock Market Analysis You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2 0 feed You can leave a response or trackback from your own site Leave a Reply Click here to cancel reply Name required Mail will not be published required Website RSS Feed Twitter Follow Us Sign up to our free weekly e newsletter Feel inspired Start trading Recent Post Markets Cap Best January Performance for Over a Decade Weekly Market Wrap The Covered Call Collar Part 3 1 of Options Trading for All Types of Market Environments Stock Market Analysis Markets Cap Best January for Over a Decade Stock Market Analysis Traders Take Profits Stock Market Analysis Markets Reach Bull Market Territory Stock Market Analysis US Markets Ease Near All Time Highs Markets Higher

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