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?
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.
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.
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?
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Oil prices are up, with Brent crude and West Texas Intermediate close to three-monthly highs.
Strong dollar gains against the Japanese yen may be re-awakening past currency frictions.
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.
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.