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Thursday, February 4, 2016

8 Free research websites for stock traders

I'm often asked on social media which research tools I use for my trading, so I thought it was a good idea to list the ones I personally use the most. Perhaps you already know about the following websites for doing your own stock research, but just in case I’m going to list them all here in this article. Again, these stock trading websites I use myself on a regular basis to research which stocks to buy, sell or hold. Some resources also feature forex, etfs, commodity research as well. I’ll explain why I like these websites to research my stocks. I left out the subscription based ones like Zacks Investment Research for example, although some websites mentioned in this article have ‘premium’ or ‘elite’ versions for a fee. If you feel a resource needs to be added to the list, by all means feel free to leave a comment. Enjoy.

Friday, January 15, 2016

The oil trade and the Dow Jones, so far...

The first two weeks of the new year have not been very kind to the global markets. Aside from a few FX plays I haven't traded much stock or commodities this year for that matter due to high volatility in the current financial markets. What a mess! The great sell-off which was caused mainly by low oil prices, and investors spooked by crashing markets in China, seemed never-ending. The age old question now once again is: has the bottom been reached? Can we confidentially assume that stocks are indeed on sale right now, and can we finally add some great bargains to our portfolio? Of course no one can be 100% certain that this plays out well, but I am pretty optimistic, regardless of oil. I think we may have come to a turning point regarding the American markets.


The blue arrow indicates there are buyers in this market, the last few times a candle arose like this, a bull market followed - not a long one, but at least there was one. Looking at the charts I see big opportunities lying ahead. I don’t want to delve into specifics when it comes to stocks (still doing research, I’ll post my picks on twitter as soon as I have my list ready), but already the Dow and the oil trade are on my trading list. Both of them are pretty simple trades, with the Dow regaining the losses of the beginning of the week and when it comes to the oil trade; $30 is basically the psychological price point. One of the reasons why it has been hovering around there. If it crashes any further, I think below $29 is a pretty good trigger, we can fairly assume that the downward trend will continue, if above $31 next week it could signal an uptrend. Either way, it will cause a domino effect in the financial markets. As for now I am a seller of oil, mainly due to the oversupply. When it comes to the Dow, I’m looking for a good entry point. I’m keeping a close eye on both CFD trades.

Good Luck trading!

+John van der Munnik

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

What can we expect from the ECB this Thursday?

The European Central Bank is going to hold a meeting about the continuation of European monetary policy this upcoming Thursday, but what can we expect? I'm not only asking this question regarding some personal holdings in European stocks, but also because I have some FX plays in mind. The EUR/USD pair is incredibly low at this point, and like many traders holding this pair, including myself, I wonder how low it can go. A big factor is this upcoming ECB meeting. Andrew Bosomworth of PIMCO wrote in a sneak preview that the economic problem in the EU stems from the fact that the inflation is far too low, and that it has been too low for years. The prediction of the ECB that we will reach an inflation point of 1.7% is simply not feasible, and that they're more leaning towards 1.3%. This specialist believes that significant steps necessary to increase those inflation expectations, otherwise there'll be likely a scenario as we see today in Japan. He emphasizes that it's the reason why extra stimulation packages are needed to boost the economy in Europe. That's because market players are more likely to adjust their inflation expectations when there are big changes in the market.

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

VDM Trading Contest 2016 now open!

The VDM Trading contest on MarketWatch 2016 has begun! How well will you fare in the stock market in 2016? If you haven't participated in a stock trading simulation before than this is a great opportunity to learn more about the financial markets and trading without risking your own money. Joining is completely free and you're able to join at any time between now and November 24th, when the competition closes. The rules this year are as follows (a slight modification this year, all portfolios are private):

Portfolio Options for VDM Trading 2016
Starting balance for participants: $100,000.00
Commission level: $10.00
Credit interest rate: 3.00%
Debt interest rate for leverage: 6.00%
Minimum stock price: $1.00
Maximum stock price: $500,000.00
Trade volume Limitaion: 1.00%
Short Selling Enabled
Margin Selling: Enabled
Limit Orders: Enabled
Stop Loss: Enabled
Partial Shares Enabled

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Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Volkswagen stock sinks below $100, how bad is emissions scandal really?

VW logo courtesy of Wikipedia
The world's largest automaker is in trouble. Obviously in big trouble given the fact that today Volkswagen's stock price now trades below $100 due to the emissions scandal. The car manufacturer's stock is very volatile at the moment, and yes, no one really knows where it's heading. Is it cheap enough to buy, or should we all sell short? I'm going for the latter. With so many claims and lawsuits I highly doubt that they will be able to get out of this mess. Especially in such a competitive market as the auto industry. How low will it go? It's hard to tell since there are still buyers of this stock (don't ask what possesses them to do so). I'll be very surprised if Volkswagen can crawl back up to over $100 a share again. This emissions scandal is huge, and is definitely a big deal that will certainly reflect on its stock price.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Fed's keeping it cool!

After the last meeting it seems that a rate hike is clearly inevitable. Only the pace of the interest rate hike will be significantly lower than the financial markets initially presumed. This means that it will take some time before the rate in the US is hitting 'normal' levels. For now it's still possible to borrow with these low rates, but due to the stronger dollar it'll probably occur at a much slower pace.


Monday, March 23, 2015

Is the Apple watch a smart move by Apple?

Soon you'll be able to pre-order the Apple watch. This overpriced gadget is supposed to be the 'most personal product' Apple's ever made, because... you can wear it (as quoted from their own website). Is it worth shelling out $400 (for the basic model) and up for a watch that carries the Apple logo, can interact with your iPhone etc? My thoughts...


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