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I normally don't trade IPOs, but Spotify has definitely caught my attention and will be looking to buy on a nice pullback if one ever occurs. Here's a good video explaining the bull case for this new IPO.

2018's Fifth Horseman - YouTube


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Who is Bizintra?

Bizintra is a global e-learning company (Financial Times, 2016) and is one of the world’s most sought-after destinations in financial education. It provides fully sponsored courses for people who want to learn more about trading the financial markets. Bizintra’s trading education and strategies have been meticulously developed and are delivered live by high profile industry experts from leading institutions such as Goldman Sachs, Bank Of America and Morgan Stanley. Their ethos is based on transparency and providing new and existing traders a platform for success. The company aims to teach a strategy that delivers regular returns over a period of time (Irish Examiner, 2016) to minimize any risks for its students. Bizintra works with four different brokers that sponsor the courses: AVATrade, City Index, Plus500 and IG Index.

“We know that our education is only as good as our trading results and we prove it every day. Not only do we notify you every time we make a trade, we also analyze each trade every evening in our live trade review. As a student, this gives you the opportunity to learn our strategy so you can successfully trade independently. We have a success rate of 80% over the last 12 months that our students are benefitting from every day” (Jonathan Farrelly, Bizintra CEO).

The aim of Bizintra

People have now become used to the value that can come out of strong online communities. The underlying success of our students lies in the relationships they can create through Bizintra. With the advancement of technology, the educational experience is not advancing at the same rate. The experience of learning is so much more that Powerpoints and multiple-choice exams.

“We aim to develop a unique online learning experience. We want to give people access to education from experts combined with a social network with other students. Our goal is to create a digital community that helps one another in making smarter investment decisions” (Sam Warner, Bizintra CTO).


Why Bizintra?
  • Quality, transparent, practical education 
  • Unique Sponsorships 
  • Live, interactive and engaging education 
  • Accessible education, anytime, from any device 
  • High profile industry experts (ex-traders from Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley, Coutts Bank) 
  • Mentorship & expert support 
  • The success of our students - Proven Strategies 

Learn to Trade the Financial Markets | Bizintra - YouTube
 Programmes 

Bizintra provides its students with three different programmes: Bootcamp, Alpha and the Pro Trader Programme.

Bootcamp – for brand new traders that want to start the right way

We know how challenging sitting down and trading for the first time might seem. The Bizintra Bootcamp has been developed for complete beginners, to get you prepared for trading the financial markets. The trading strategies that we use require some knowledge of the markets, risk management and a technical understanding of how to put trades on. We outline the right risk management strategy to have long-term success, how to develop the right mindset to trade and how to find a profitable trade with technical analysis.


Alpha Programme – your first steps into the live world of financial trading
The Alpha Programme at Bizintra offers students an introduction to live to trade in the global financial markets. The programme offers expert strategies and attempts to convey the experience of traders with over 60+ years combined. We offer our students a set of guidelines and consistent strategies that provide a controlled return that we use ourselves on a daily basis. Our trading programme will show you how to successfully negotiate the financial markets, striving for a consistent return month on month while managing your risk effectively.

Pro Trader Programme – elevate your trading to the next level
The Pro Trader Programme at Bizintra is the best next step for those students that are looking for a more advanced trading education. Our aim is to continue your growth as a trader and offer more detailed analysis on an individual basis. We aim to strengthen your understanding of our trading strategies and give you the ability to confidently make smart decisions each and every time you enter a trade. Our goal is to get you consistently trading the markets profitably and offer support and insight when you need it most.


Bizintra and Nick Leeson



The famous rogue trader, Nick Leeson, who brought the Barings Bank down, has partnered up with Bizintra to run some of the online courses (City Wire, 2016). Leeson became the Head Educator at Bizintra at the beginning of 2018. He focuses on a more realistic approach and tries to warn others of the mistakes he made in the past (Irish Examiner, 2016). He holds live webinars on a regular basis and answers questions from students (Financial Times, 2016).

If you wish to take any courses with Bizintra, you can apply on their website here.


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The Norwegian OSEAX which is commonly referred to as Oslo Bors. It is an independent stock exchange which has over the years grown into one of the sturdiest exchanges in the world. Oslo Bors has hundreds of companies listed on it and this serves to make it very vibrant and important in the stock market. It is important to note that all trading on OSEAX is done through computer networks and trading ends at 1630 hours having started at 0900 hours (local time.
The performance of OSEAX so far
In the past 12 months preceding May 2018, OSEAX experienced a rather volatile period. At one point, the OSEAX points dropped to 690.8. Given that the market’s points were at a high of 884 on May 13th, 2018, it means that a rise of more than 22% was experienced in the past 12 months.
When we look at YTD - year-to-date, statistics, OSEAX has gained 7.90%, at least since the year started. Over the few past months of 2018, OSEAX has touched a low of 770 points. It is in the month of May 2018 (11th May) when OSEAX reached its all-time high of 1,002.41 points. This is a big contrast to January 1983 when an all-time low of 13.97 was touched.
What to expect in 2018 and 2019
Reported by Gratis-spinn.com, the current rally at OSEAX can be attributed to the good performance of many of the Norwegian stocks. Even though Oslo Bors points were trading at below 880 points on May 13th, it was only two days before that it had managed to break the 1,000 points ceiling.
Based on the current market trend, we expect the OSEAX points to trade at 885 by the time second quarter of 2018 is coming to a close. According to Trading Economics global macro models and market analysts, OSEAX is expected to trade at 837 by the end of 2018 and at 813 by the end of Q1 2019.
The global stock market is expected to drop in the next 1-2 years. In Europe for example, the FTSE 100 is predicted to close the year at 6,490 points and to close Q1 of 2019 at 6,327. In mid-May 2018, it was trading at 6,826 points. The American Dow Jones which was trading at 22,844 in May 2018 was predicted to drop to 20,817 in Q1 2019.


We expect that the stock markets will fall in the coming months mainly because investors will be anticipating that economic growth will hurt due to the trade war between the U.S and China. To add on to this, there is geopolitical tension building up between Saudi Arabia and Iran. The tension between European Union and Russia will also take center stage in the coming months. All these factors will play a part in making the OSEAX points drop.
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By Jay Delaworth

Chart patterns can provide a rare signal of clarity in the daily noise of market price action. And no matter what security or asset class you’re trading, chart patterns can help you make sense of the numbers and interpret random information into actionable insights. In my experience, this is especially true for trend followers and other types of traders who have price action at the heart of their trading strategy.

That’s why I wanted to write this short article to share exactly how I use different reversal and continuation chart patterns to orient myself in any market environment. So by the time you’re done reading, hopefully, you’ll have a much deeper understanding of how chart patterns can be one more valuable resource in your technical analysis toolbox. So where do we start?



How chart patterns help give context:

As a trend following trader, my main trading and investing strategy is to buy stocks that are going up in price and try to hold on for the ride. This momentum-driven approach works well in bull markets and keeps me out of too much trouble during flat or bear markets.

But the problem with this approach is it can be hard to know when a trend is too extended or might have further to run. And that’s exactly where chart patterns can help shine a light! Let me show you what I mean.




Use chart patterns to interpret and adapt to market realities:

For starters, chart patterns can really help you manage your expectations. And as you probably know, in trading, staying grounded in reality is key to a consistent P&L. So when you see a stock hit a new high, only to fall back into a long, sideways consolidation pattern, you can accept this pattern and adjust your expectations to the reality that you may not see capital gains right away. Depending on your timeframe, you might even decide to sell your stock and move on.

To the contrary though, chart patterns can also help alert you to high probabilities of continued follow-through. So for example, I often scan for stocks hitting new 52-week highs. But it can sometimes be scary to buy these stocks when they appear they’ve gone up too far too fast. However, if there is a clear chart pattern in recent history I often feel more confident taking a swing.

For instance, I’m much more comfortable buying a technical breakout in an uptrend if it has also recently broken out of a multi-week ascending triangle pattern because the projected measured move provides some forward-looking reassurance this stock might have more gas in the tank.





Reversal patterns can help you capitalize on big new trends:

In my experience though, the contextual information chart patterns provide is especially true with reversal patterns. A clearly-identifiable multi-week or multi-month reversal pattern (like a big double-bottom or head-and-shoulders top), when combined with the signs of a new uptrend, can really give me the conviction to bet big on an entry signal. In fact, some of my biggest wins over the last couple years have benefited directly from incorporating reversal chart patterns like this.

Bottom line? By adding chart pattern analysis to your existing trading or investing toolset, you can get an important context to help you manage your expectations for a given trade (both to the upside and the downside!)

For me, by focusing on longer-term chart patterns I can better manage my mental and emotional expectations of a given trade. And I can adapt my trend following trading strategy to bet bigger or smaller depending on confirmation from reversal or continuation patterns on the charts.

So that’s why chart pattern trading has been a big win for me personally, and I suspect if you can add it to your decision-making tools you’ll be better off too!

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Trying to determine whether the Market is done crashing is quite a tricking question to answer. The McClellan Oscillator, shown above, is showing huge positive divergence. The last time it showed positive divergence was August 2017, where the Market ended up making a huge bull run. Based on the chart above, I will make a case for the bearish/bullish case and I think the reader should pick what they feel is the better argument.

Arguments for a significant bottom: 
  1. The McClellan Oscillator is shown above recently hit a record-breaking reading of -350 (when done in the past, which is rare, it ends up tiring the bears out).
  2. Positive Divergence is shown with recent price action. 
Arguments this is an oversold bounce:
  1. The McClellan Oscillator and NYSI Summation Index (both indicators derivative of each other) are not showing impressive positive breadth numbers, which leads me to believe the Market is topping out, but I've been wrong for over a year.
To answer the question is the Market done crashing? Based on the information I use to read the Market, I would say it could go either way.  I'll let the reader come to their own conclusion based on the chart posted above!

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This article is directed at options trading beginners. Many new traders are unaware of the dangers involved in trading options. Options can be very confusing, and for that reason can make it very profitable for those who know how they work and very unprofitable for those who are confused. There is a reason why you have to apply specifically for options from your broker; it is very dangerous. In short, options are very gainful to the seller and at the other end, those who hold during options expirations end up being at the losing end of the trade. You can make a lot of money selling options, but buying options is a losing game, especially for beginners.

You can exponentially increase your profit trading them, but can also incur losses very quickly; that is how they are designed. Let's take the case of Apple ($AAPL) stock:  say Apple moves 5% in a day and you decide you want to buy options in it. The problem is that the option is priced in a 5% move, and basically, when they sell you that option, it has that 5% movement embedded in the stock.  This is called volatility, meaning: if it does not continue to move at a fast pace, you will lose money buying that option. Here is the example:  the day you bought it, it moved 5%; the remaining week it moved 1%. You will see a loss in the value of the option even though it went up 1% higher!


If you decide to trade options, the best strategies are: NEVER buy call options on a day where the stock moved up and NEVER buy put options when a stock moved downward. Another example: say you bought Tesla ($TSLA) puts when it moved down 6%; the next day it is green around .3%. Your put did not lose .3% of the value; instead, the option lost 10%-20%. Why? Because you paid for the 6% loss and the expectation that the next day the put will lose more. These are somewhat simplified examples, but this is what happens when trading stocks. Before deciding on trading stock options, you need to know much more than what you learn just reading material like Options for Dummies or Education 101.



Holding options and calls in earnings is a losing game. You will find that the majority of your call and put option costs are priced into the earnings report of that stock. When you purchase a stock option, the volatility (potential movement) of a price is included into the put or call. If you buy option calls or puts before earnings on Amazon ($AMZN) and plan to hold it, the options and puts expect a 10% movement in price, so therefore, your options get 10% more expensive (this example is really simplified). However when earnings come up and the stock only moves 2%, guess what happens to the cost of the options? It goes down. In order to really be a winner, you would need Amazon to jump more than 10% in this example. So just guessing if a stock goes up is not enough; it is by how much it moved up that is important! One strategy options traders do is they buy stock options a few days before an earnings report and sell them prior to earnings. They make money because the options price has increased to an amount that is closer to the earnings report. It is called Trading Earnings Volatility. Again, this example shows that those who buy the options end up being on the losing end of the trade when holding through earnings.

Another issue is some stocks, for example Kellog ($K), have a very low volume of options. This is a red flag; this means it has a liquidity problem. It will be difficult to get rid of your options when you want to sell them, and you are more than likely receiving an inferior price on them. You will see the bid and ask prices are very wide; that indicates a market-maker trying to manipulate the price. Stay away!

Always put limit orders when trying to purchase an option; the bid and ask prices are incredibly varied sometimes.

If you don't know what you're doing, options trading will be a losing game for you; it should be strongly avoided unless you fully understand how they are priced. 
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Intro:
It is a bit overwhelming when being first introduced to technical analysis. It can be quite confusing, as a lot of jargon is thrown around. As the months go by, I find my self focusing less and less on technical indicators (chart patterns are much more useful, and I don't mean patterns like Head and Shoulders patterns). I find the indicators out there to not be that effective, since they are so overused as trading robots to the numerous retail investors use them, and that takes the edge away.

My Thoughts on Indicators:
Early in my trading career, I followed Tom McClellan and he has always emphasized not to use the same tools everyone else does, as it takes away the edge. I have always taken that as motivation to find new/unique ways of interpreting indicators. For example, with the RSI, I don't look at it to tell me whether a stock is overbought or oversold, there is so much to the indicator, that many don't discuss (or maybe notice). In fact, I find trying to use it to tell if a stock is overbought or oversold is inaccurate and hard to profit from it signal. Ever notice that when a stock is more overbought, it just keeps getting more and more overbought? That's not a very useful way way to exit/short a stock However, I rather keep the ways I read them to my self to, and maintain my edge. The point is, try to think outside the box, even when looking at other indicators, don't just go with the way everyone else reads them.



My Top 2 Indicators:
My top 2 favorite indicators are RSI, Bollinger Bands. RSI is a very accurate way to represent price without all the noise. Basically it measures how the speed and change of price movement, you can read more about it here.

My favorite indicator are Bollinger Bands. From wikipedia:

Bollinger Bands consist of:
an N-period moving average (MA)
an upper band at K times an N-period standard deviation above the moving average (MA + Kσ)
a lower band at K times an N-period standard deviation below the moving average (MA − Kσ)

In short, it gives a range of what is statistically possible in terms of price. So 95% of the time, price of a stock should be inside the bands. Therefore, being outside the upper or lower band is one of the most reliable ways you can tell a stock is overbought or oversold. However, this isn't always the case, especially during an earnings movement or surprise news event surrounding the stock. As an example the chart below is AAPL and is Bollinger Bands. Note how often the Bands acted areas where price would bounce from! But not always!


There are plenty of video tutorials on interesting strategies on how to use Bollinger Bands, here is one example:

Bollinger bands - How To Master Bollinger Bands - YouTube


Videos like the one above will hopefully help you think outside the box and to create/maintain an edge!

I wrote this blog post, to inspire people to really focus on Bollinger Bands and RSI, and to try to find new, innovative ways to use them compared to the current crowd. Remember, you don't need to use my favorite ones, try to find new ways to use your favorite indicators.

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Becoming a winning trader is certainty one of the most difficult careers (90% retail investors fail). I certainly struggled at the start. It can take an average of one year to become a winning trader (but most never become one). At the start of my trading career, I didn't know where to begin and I was often clueless. I had to constantly research on my own, and my trading suffered as a result. Below, I have a few books ranked in order of importance that helped me greatly into becoming a purely technical, winning trader. The books listed below, I think will offer a boost for the losing traders and those looking for a boost!

The following 4 books are ranked in order of importance (one being the most important).

Japanese Candlestick Charting Techniques, Second Edition - Possibly the easiest and most important book on this list. This book describes candlestick patterns in detail. It has a very easy learning curve, and can do wonders to your trading. This is number one for several reasons, one reason is the simplicity of the book. Once you understand these patterns, they can do wonders to your trading. What you will ultimately learn: Understanding candlestick patterns, helps prevent you from making the easy/stupid mistakes of going long at bearish trend reversals, or going short on bullish trend reversals (as Candlesticks are the most reliable in identifying these trend changes).

Bollinger on Bollinger Bands - Bollinger Bands are the most powerful indicators I use (I don't use many). Bollinger Bands help you determine, when a stock is overbought/oversold in a very reliable way, since this indicator is about providing mathematical statistics on price movement. This book will provide the basics of Bollinger Bands, as well as exploiting patterns that develop with this indicator. What you will ultimately learn: Bollinger Bands are helpful in covering your shorts near the bottom, and avoid being squeezed, and similarly will aid you in selling your longs when they are overbought. There is so much more to Bollinger Bands, reading this book will give you a head start (rest of the knowledge comes through experience).

Hedge Fund Market Wizards: How Winning Traders Win - The author of the books, interviews the best traders/investors of this current generation. This books offers tons of gems, tips and trading philosophies, that you can't find else were. What you will ultimately learn: Reading through the interviews, I found a patterns into why all these traders were successful. That pattern is all traders knew their edge and just constantly exploited their edge, and never deviated! I think ultimately this will be the book that will transform losing traders into winning traders (out of all of them in this list).

Encyclopedia of Chart Patterns - This book is perfect for understanding and learning about chart patterns, as the title says it all. It is the 1st and last book needed in chart patterns. This is the type of book that you constantly pull out, reading a few pages here and there until it is embedded in your brain. What you will ultimately learn: Aside from learning about chart patterns, which is a given, what you ultimately should take away is the statistics and reliability of each pattern. Reading this book, you should realize what the edge is in using these patterns. You will learn which ones are worth paying attention too in terms of profit and reliability and those that must be ignored.
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Becoming a winning trader is certainty one of the most difficult careers (90% retail investors fail). I certainly struggled at the start. It can take an average of one year to become a winning trader (but most never become one). At the start of my trading career, I didn't know where to begin and I was often clueless. I had to constantly research on my own, and my trading suffered as a result. Below, I have a few books ranked in order of importance that helped me greatly into becoming a purely technical, winning trader. The books listed below, I think will offer a boost for the losing traders and those looking for a boost!

The following 4 books are ranked in order of importance (one being the most important).

Japanese Candlestick Charting Techniques, Second Edition - Possibly the easiest and most important book on this list. This book describes candlestick patterns in detail. It has a very easy learning curve, and can do wonders to your trading. This is number one for several reasons, one reason is the simplicity of the book. Once you understand these patterns, they can do wonders to your trading. What you will ultimately learn: Understanding candlestick patterns, helps prevent you from making the easy/stupid mistakes of going long at bearish trend reversals, or going short on bullish trend reversals (as Candlesticks are the most reliable in identifying these trend changes).

Bollinger on Bollinger Bands - Bollinger Bands are the most powerful indicators I use (I don't use many). Bollinger Bands help you determine, when a stock is overbought/oversold in a very reliable way, since this indicator is about providing mathematical statistics on price movement. This book will provide the basics of Bollinger Bands, as well as exploiting patterns that develop with this indicator. What you will ultimately learn: Bollinger Bands are helpful in covering your shorts near the bottom, and avoid being squeezed, and similarly will aid you in selling your longs when they are overbought. There is so much more to Bollinger Bands, reading this book will give you a head start (rest of the knowledge comes through experience).

Hedge Fund Market Wizards: How Winning Traders Win - The author of the books, interviews the best traders/investors of this current generation. This books offers tons of gems, tips and trading philosophies, that you can't find else were. What you will ultimately learn: Reading through the interviews, I found a patterns into why all these traders were successful. That pattern is all traders knew their edge and just constantly exploited their edge, and never deviated! I think ultimately this will be the book that will transform losing traders into winning traders (out of all of them in this list).

Encyclopedia of Chart Patterns - This book is perfect for understanding and learning about chart patterns, as the title says it all. It is the 1st and last book needed in chart patterns. This is the type of book that you constantly pull out, reading a few pages here and there until it is embedded in your brain. What you will ultimately learn: Aside from learning about chart patterns, which is a given, what you ultimately should take away is the statistics and reliability of each pattern. Reading this book, you should realize what the edge is in using these patterns. You will learn which ones are worth paying attention too in terms of profit and reliability and those that must be ignored.
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