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Can I make a living trading forex?

“Make $20,000 per month in income trading currencies! Trade on autopilot and rake in the cash!” If you have ever received any of these colorful junk e-mail messages, you are not alone. Across the world, smooth-talking swindlers with get-rich-quick schemes bombard internet users with stories that sound entirely too good to be true. If you…

What happens if I hold a put option on a stock that’s suspended from trade?

Question: If I hold a put options contract on a stock that is suspended from trade on the ASX, and is subsequently wound up, do I receive any return?   Response: The buyer of a put option has the right to sell the underlying stock at a particular price on or before a specified date. A…

How do I calculate the Average True Range on stocks to set a stop loss position?

Any successful trader will tell you that stop losses are essential to a good trading strategy, but knowing where to place your stop loss is less obvious.  Average True Range (ATR) can be an effective way to set stop loss positions and profit targets, and avoids the problem of being stopped out early. What is…

Which is better – range trading or trend trading forex markets?

Many traders come over to the 24-hour and deeply liquid currency market from other asset classes. The reasons for market such a shift are varied; but one thing is the same for those that wade into the new arena: they bring their methods and biases for trading with them. In many ways, the Forex market…

How to know if a share price has bottomed or topped

Question: What are the indications that a share price has bottomed or topped its current trend?   Response: There are many ways to potentially identify if a share has bottomed or topped in a current trend. One of the most popular ways to identify the end of a trend is through technical analysis. Often the…

Does Any Financial Institution Lend for Investment in Forex?

By Kathy Lien, Director of Currency Research, GFT When it comes to investing or trading forex, there is generally no need to seek out a financial institution for funds.  Most forex and CFD brokers offer spot trading on a leveraged basis.  Some brokers offer as much as 400-to-1 leverage, which means that you only need…

Home ownership dream ebbing away

The Australian dream of home ownership is slipping away, leaving a threat of a US-style collapse in house prices, according to a team of university researchers. Analysis by researchers from South Australia’s Flinders University has revealed home ownership in the 10 years from 1996 rose only 0.8 per cent despite strong economic growth and low…

Is the carry trade coming back from the dead?

By Kathy Lien, Director of Currency Research, GFT If you have spent more than one month in the foreign exchange market, you have probably encountered the term “carry trade.”  A carry trade simply involves buying a currency with a high interest rate and funding it with a currency pair that has a lower interest rate. …

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Making lump sum contributions to super

I am 69 years of age and not working full time. I am living off the income from 2 rental properties and have the opportunity of part time employment. I have been advised that if I work 40 hours in a 30 day period I can make a lump sum contributation to superannuation. I do…