Dan Atkinson

Dan Atkinson is a British writer, journalist and author specialising in financial and economic matters. He has worked in this field for UK newspapers including The Guardian and The Mail on Sunday, reporting from around the world. He has since worked as a copywriter and content strategist for household-name financial institutions, and is the author or co-author of six books on social, financial and economic affairs

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Economic cycles: what they mean for traders

Changes in economic cycles are often cited as causing abrupt financial-market movements and creating, or wiping out, fortunes for traders. But what cycles are we talking about, do they really exist and how can you profit from them?

Dan Atkinson09:08, 10 March 2022
going short
Who’s afraid of short selling? Everything you need to know about “going short”

The practice of “shorting” a stock or any other security – selling at today’s price in the expectation that its value will fall – has long been seen by many as disreputable. But it is simply another way of expressing a market view, no different from any other.

Dan Atkinson10:00, 4 March 2022
Six reasons traders should love their losses

It may sound perverse, but successful traders are those who embrace their losses rather than shun them. Successful traders use them to learn what strategies work and which do not. The positive aspects of loss can be grouped under six headings, each of which highlights why traders should love their losses.

Dan Atkinson12:30, 16 February 2022
How to make money in a bear market
How to make money in a bear market

No matter how much the stock market booms, it is inevitable that a decline will set in, otherwise known as a bear market. But what is a bear market and how can you make money from it?

Dan Atkinson11:48, 30 April 2021
Oil prices
Oil prices climb as producers mark anniversary of cuts

Oil prices rise as the 13-nation energy cartel OPEC marks first year of output reduction.

Dan Atkinson09:54, 27 April 2021
Sterling climbs against the yen
Sterling climbs against the yen on vaccine success

The pound gains against yen on the back of Britain’s successful coronavirus vaccination programme.

Dan Atkinson10:40, 26 April 2021
Best long-term crypto investments
What are the best long-term crypto investments?

Which cryptocurrencies are the ones to watch in 2021?

Dan Atkinson14:16, 23 April 2021
Gold ingots against a line chart
Springtime for bullion after March battering

Gold is staging a recovery after the beating it took in March.

Dan Atkinson08:31, 21 April 2021
Amsterdam stock markets
Amsterdam stock markets: up, and away

Amsterdam surpassed London as major centre for trading European shares after Britain’s EU departure.

Dan Atkinson08:29, 20 April 2021
Spring in London’s step ahead of key post-Brexit talks
Spring in London’s step ahead of key post-Brexit talks

Shares and the pound made a buoyant start to a week following a meeting between UK and European Union representatives. Read more...

Dan Atkinson10:44, 19 April 2021
Best currency pairs to trade for beginners
Best currency pairs to trade for beginners

Currency trading can be nerve-racking for novice traders but also hugely rewarding. So what are the best forex pairs to trade for beginners?

Dan Atkinson10:19, 19 April 2021
Crude prices
Crude prices pause for breath, waiting for Iran

Oil prices are up, with Brent crude and West Texas Intermediate close to three-monthly highs.

Dan Atkinson09:55, 13 April 2021
Dollar and the yen
Dollar and the yen: could old frictions re-emerge?

Strong dollar gains against the Japanese yen may be re-awakening past currency frictions.

Dan Atkinson17:55, 12 April 2021
Gold - slow retreat continues
Gold: the slow retreat continues

Gold prices seem set to end the week on the back foot, with an apparent absence of buyers below $1,740. Those who bought at the peak of more than $2,000 last summer will be nursing painful losses.

Dan Atkinson08:36, 8 April 2021
“Fear index” off the boil as crisis anxiety recedes
“Fear index” off the boil as crisis anxiety recedes

The Volatility Index (VIX) has returned to more normal levels after a year of trading at historic highs, reflecting concerns as to the impact of the coronavirus crisis on corporate earnings. Sometimes called the “fear index”, it measures price movements in options to buy or sell a stock in order to gauge likely market volatility.

Dan Atkinson09:28, 7 April 2021

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