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Getting Sentimental

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We believe that wherever possible, we should remove emotions from our trading psychology and try to act logically and systematically when making trading decisions. That’s because there are facets of our emotional selves that are just no good when it comes to making money. Impulses that encourage us to snatch at profits, make rash trades and run losses can be detrimental to our wealth in the same way that running out into a stream of moving traffic could be very detrimental to our health. We could go so far as to say that there is no room for sentiment at all in trading, but if we said that we wouldn’t be entirely correct. Because while it’s true that we want to remove sentiment and emotion from our own trading, we should be quite happy to take advantage of other people’s sentiments.

Picking the right wave

Trading is effectively a three-way competition. First, you compete with yourself and your psyche, of course, you also compete with the market in the same way that a surfer competes with the ocean. That is reading the changes in the swell and the wind in order to pick to the right waves. However, you are also competing with other traders, because in forex for every winner there is a loser, and to make money, you need to try to ensure that other traders and not you are on the losing side, more often than not. To succeed, we need to follow a rules-based trading strategy that helps us back only the best trading opportunities that the market presents to us. We also need to try and develop an edge over our competition, that is other traders.

Of course, we don’t and can’t know who these other traders are, and even if we did it wouldn’t do us much good, because there are millions of them spread out across the globe trading away at any one time. However, the fact that there are so many competitors out there can work in our favour. Why? Because a crowd that big leaves a trail that we can follow and that can provide us with an edge.

Tracking the markets thinking

One of the methods that we can use to gauge what the rest of the market is thinking and doing is to look at what they are buying, selling and saying. That is measuring the sentiment towards the markets, and doing that in aggregate.


There are several ways in which we can do this. For example, we could study the weekly Commitment of Traders reports that are produced by the US CFTC which track changes in positioning in listed futures contracts (including FX majors) among key investor and trading groups. However, these reports are released three days in arrears, late on Friday afternoon in the USA. What’s more, they are not exactly user friendly in terms of their layout or the way that the data is presented or in the ease of interpretation (the CFTC is not known for its beautiful charts!).


Perhaps a more simplistic way to track trader sentiment is to look at what’s happening to the prices of safe-haven assets such as gold, the Japanese yen and Swiss franc and government bonds. If these instruments are rising in price, then that’s a sign of Risk-Off sentiment among traders.


If those safe-haven assets are strengthening when risk assets such as equities and Emerging Market currencies like the South African rand, Brazilian real and Turkish lira etc. are weakening, then you will know it’s risk-off. Of course, if we see risk assets appreciating while safe-havens are falling in price, that’s an indicator of Risk-On sentiment among market participants.


However, there are quite a few items to monitor the strategy outlined above. Since we are trying to gauge the aggregate sentiment of the crowd, it would be good if we had an indicator to gauge sentiment across a wide range of assets as well.


True we could try to use the VIX and other volatility indices, volatility is a measure of the rate and severity of price changes within an instrument or market. It tends to rise sharply as markets become fearful and trend lower when fear subsides and greed re-asserts itself. But once again, this would mean monitoring multiple items from different sources, to which we may have varying degrees of access.

A single gauge of sentiment?

Instead, what if we had one indicator that could tell us what others in the markets were thinking?


Fusion Markets has partnered up with some very talented engineers to simplify this even further.


Using cutting-edge artificial intelligence techniques known as Natural Language Processing (NLP), we can use machines to take in hundreds of thousands of data points across the web to gauge sentiment.


Are people talking about the Aussie dollar? What are they saying exactly? Are they positive or negative?


What about Gold? Is the crowd bullish or bearish?


To do this, yourself (e.g. scour hundreds of thousands of sources across the web) would be impossible. That’s why we always say there’s never been a more exciting time to be a trader (at least with Fusion anyway) and have these tools available that were previously only available to the world’s best hedge funds and asset managers.


We’ll leave it to you as to whether or not the crowd thinking it is highly bullish is a good signal to trade or a bad one and the strategy here (if you’ve read our views previously, you will know the answer!). Still, while it is not the holy grail as a single strategy, we believe this is a handy weapon to add to your arsenal to get an edge over others.

To start using our Sentiment tool now, create a Fusion account (it's free and there's no obligation to trade).

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Unveiling the Power of Spreads: Trade Smarter with Fusion Markets' Spreads Tool
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Are you ready to talk about spreads? Sure, you might think that there is nothing you have not heard before.  

John Wooden, an American basketball coach, said it best: “The eight laws of learning are explanation, demonstration, imitation, repetition, repetition, repetition, repetition, repetition.” 

So, hear me out. The spread is one of the most important concepts in forex trading, and understanding how it works can have a significant impact on your trading game. 


First things first, let's define what a spread is. In forex trading, a spread is the difference between the bid and ask price of a currency pair. The bid price is the price at which you can sell the currency, while the ask price is the price at which you can buy it.  


The size of the spread can vary depending on a number of factors, including the volatility of the market, the liquidity of the currency pair, and the broker you are using. In general, the more volatile and illiquid a currency pair is, the larger the spread will be. 


Now, picture this: you have finally decided to dip your toe into the exciting world of forex trading. You have done your research, chosen a broker, and you are ready to make your first trade. But wait - what is this? The spread on your chosen currency pair is wider than the Grand Canyon. Suddenly, your dream of becoming a successful forex trader starts to feel like a distant memory. 


Okay, maybe that is a bit dramatic. But the point is, the spread can make a substantial difference in your forex trading experience. And when it comes to spreads, tighter is always better. 

So, why is it important to trade with tight spreads? 

For starters, tighter spreads mean lower trading costs. Some brokers might increase their spreads as part of their fee, which is why on some account types, the commissions are baked into the spreads. Remember that there are also several factors that might have an impact on the spreads. If the spread is wider, that means you are paying more in fees every time you buy or sell a currency pair. Over time, those fees can really add up, eating into your profits and making it harder to achieve your trading goals. 


But it is not just about the cost. Tighter spreads can also improve your chances of making a profit. When the spread is wider, it means there is a larger gap between the bid and ask price. This can make it harder to enter and exit trades at the price you want.  


For example, if you are trying to buy a currency pair, but the ask price is much higher than the bid price, you might end up paying more than you intended. Conversely, if you are trying to sell a currency pair, but the bid price is much lower than the ask price, you might end up receiving less than you wanted. These slight differences may not seem like a big deal, but over time, they can make a significant impact on your overall profitability. 


It is important to keep in mind that not all brokers offer the same spreads. Some brokers may advertise low spreads, but then widen them during periods of high volatility or low liquidity. That is why it is important to do your research and choose a reputable broker with consistent pricing.  

But how do you know if your broker is offering you competitive spreads?  

Of course, you want a broker who is open and honest about their pricing and fees, and who is willing to provide you with the tools and information you need to make smart trading decisions.  


And that is where our new tool comes in. At Fusion Markets, we are committed to providing our clients with the best possible trading conditions and that means being upfront about pricing and fees. That is why we designed our new Historical and Live Spreads tool.  


This tool allows traders to view the historical spreads of a particular currency pair over a specified time frame, as well as the current live spreads. This information can be incredibly valuable in helping you make informed decisions about when to enter and exit trades. No more surprises, no more hidden fees – just transparent, competitive pricing. 


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If you want to maximise your profits and develop a winning trading strategy, you owe it to yourself to check out our new tool. With its help, you can trade with greater confidence, knowing that you are getting the best possible pricing and keeping more of your hard-earned profits.  


So, what are you waiting for? Try out our Historical and Live Spreads Tool today and see how it can help take your trading to the next level. Trust us - you will not regret it! 


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