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Hi traders!

Long time no see ) I haven’t posted for quite a long time, but I was not off the market ) I was trading. I have been writing down my trading ideas in a particular journal since October 2020, and here’s what I’ve got.

A hypothetical performance curve of the recent 186 trading ideas is shown below. For the one idea that worked, I assign (+1), for the one that hasn’t worked = (-1). I call each idea a “window of opportunity” (WOO)


Interview with Mr. Ivaylo Ivanhoff

Hello everyone! Today, I’ve uploaded an interview with Mr. Ivaylo Ivanhoff – a trader from San Diego, California, author of many books on Amazon and co-founder of (along with Howard Lindzon, founder of I’ve recorded this interview in early 2019 during my vacation in Bali and almost forgot to share. Now, you can Read more about Interview with Mr. Ivaylo Ivanhoff[…]

Forex vs other markets: what is better for you?

Traders often ask – what’s the difference between Forex and other markets?

All people search for a better place to do business, and they question themselves – what if somewhere money is made easier? There are plenty of markets available for a trader today – Stock and bond market, futures and options, CFDs. Thousands of instruments are traded on a daily basis in financial markets.

So, what’s the difference?

We would disappoint seekers of “easy” markets. There is nothing really easy in trading. Each market requires knowledge and experience, as well as discipline. Below I’ve made an overview for your convenience so that you could grasp differences between Forex and other markets.

Enjoy the read!


Why am I optimistic about the US stock market?

Hi there!

Are you negative about the perspectives of the US stock market? Well, that’s easy to be pessimistic in the context of massive bearish sell-offs, which we had seen recently.

But what about now? If you ask me, what I do, I will tell you that I hold several stocks, thus, having skin in the game. And below, I will explain to you why I consider rebound of stock indices highly probable, which means that we may see that soon.

First, we see that we have the decreasing volume as the market goes down. Take a look at QQQ (Nasdaq ETF), and you will see that most recent bearish swings were accompanied with the decreased volume. Usually, that means insufficient participation of the long-timeframe sellers in the process. And, guess what? It is a sign of rather a range-bound market conditions than bearish ones.


Trading the news in a simple way. Part 2.

Hi there!

In today’s article I will continue talking about trading around the major news announcements. As you remember from the previous article, reading market sentiment is more important for a short-term trader rather than trying to analyze long-term fundamentals.

Now, as I’m writing this article, it’s 2 hours left before the ECB interest rate decision. What about the current price action? We see that it grows…





How do you think – why a price of a currency pair (an asset) grows in a face of uncertainty?


Trading the news in a simple way. Part 1.

Hi there!

You know me mostly as a technical trader (though, I’d prefer to claim myself a “conditional trader”). Does it mean that I pay no attention to fundamentals whatsoever? Actually, no. In this article, I want to pay attention exclusively to some fundamentals of currency markets. Of course, I do it in an unconventional way.

There are two ways to read fundamental information: the difficult one and the simple one (don’t mix this word with “easy”). In this article, I will describe both approaches and focus on the “simple” one.

Let’s go!


Interview with Ralph Vince (July 2018)

Hi traders! Stan here and I’m excited to present you the full version of the interview with Mr. Ralph Vince. We’ve been talking about modern application of “optimal f”, diversified portfolios, trading systems, coin toss experiments and other interesting topics related to trading and investing. Grab a coffee, reserve 40 minutes of your time, open Read more about Interview with Ralph Vince (July 2018)[…]

Ralph Vince on US Stock market (July 2018): fragment of the interview

  Hi there! Today there’s something special on the blog: a few weeks ago I’ve made an interview with Mr. Ralph Vince, who doesn’t need to be introduced. For those of you who occasionally haven’t heard about him, he is the top expert in risk and money management sphere. The whole interview is quite large, Read more about Ralph Vince on US Stock market (July 2018): fragment of the interview[…]