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FREE Market Outlook Seminar in Penang: What are the Best Investment Opportunities for 2017?

This coming Saturday (25 Feb 2017), I have been once again invited to speak in Malaysia about the market outlook, and this time I will be speaking in Penang! [Scroll all the way down to register.]
 


 
For those of you (outside Singapore) who don’t know me, I am a professional trader with over 10 years of market experience, and have been featured more than 20 times in various media. I hold double degrees in accounting & finance (dean’s list), and I’m also a globally accredited CFTe, and one of the few official trainers for the Singapore Stock Exchange (SGX).


I was thrust into the media limelight when I retired at 27 (in 2013) and spent the next few years travelling around the world (50+ countries) while trading just 15 minutes a day.

Since this is my first time in Penang, I will be conducting an exclusive FREE workshop to share the 4 strategies that my students and I use to make 20-40% annual returns consistently. These strategies work for stocks, forex, CFDs, etc.

In addition, I will be logging into my live trading account to show my all my trades and also the records of my students.

Workshop details:

  • Date: 25 February 2017
  • Time: 9.00 am to 12.00 pm
  • Venue: YMCA Penang

To register, please whatsapp +65-9772-4280 or email info@synapsetrading.com with the following details:

  • Full name
  • Email address
  • Contact number
  • Number of tickets

Seats are very limited for this one-time event, so it will be based on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Good luck, and see you there! 😀

Recent Travel Highlights: Dubai, South Africa, Lesotho – Over 3,000km by Road!

Last month, I embarked on a 2-week trip to Dubai, South Africa and Lesotho, and  it was truly a unique experience, especially driving over 3000km in 2 weeks, trying out the shark-cage diving, riding an ostrich, and doing a self-drive safari.

And the best part was that by continuing to trade 15 minutes a day, I managed to make a tidy 5-figure profit during these 2 weeks of travelling, which was more than sufficient to cover the cost of the whole trip! 😀

Here are some photos from the trip:

 

Here is the full photo album for this trip: https://www.facebook.com/iamrecneps/media_set?set=a.10154888317308430.1073741843.530303429

To see more travel photos from my previous trips, you can visit this photo album.

Good luck, and see you in 2 weeks for our very first “Trading Foundation Program (TFP)” intake in 2017! 😀

Why Are More & More Singaporeans Switching from Stocks to Forex?

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LOW VOLUME MAKES IT CHALLENGING

The volume of stocks traded on the SGX has been falling over the years.

The SGX has been plagued by weak volumes; well-known brands like Tiger Airways, OSIM, and Eu Yan Sang have left the exchange. In one article I read, a stock broker told The Straits Times that “stockbroking is looking like a sunset profession now”.

As for the number of IPOs?

Nov 2016: 1

Aug 2016: 2

Jul 2016: 6

Jun 2016: 1

May 2016: 1

Apr 2016: 1

sgxSince the start of 2016, trading volumes have been lacklustre.
Source: ChannelNewsAsia

Not only has volume been lacklustre; the Singapore Straits Times Index has been hovering sideways for most of 2016. Intra-day trading is an impossibility for many because of the huge amount of funds needed to trade stocks in and out.

SAVE MONEY 7 TIMES BY MOVING TO FOREX TRADING

$ – Save Initial ‘Tuition’ Fees

Trade small, make mistakes with small sums of money.

$$ – Save on commissions

Zero commissions, period.

$$$ – Track your stats and make changes

Use myfxbook to track your statistics, and adjust your strategy accordingly.

$$$$ – Charts are free

Pay nothing for charts, forever.

$$$$$ – Trade only when you are not working

24/7 market allows you to choose to trade only when you are free; won’t have to sacrifice your job.

$$$$$$ – Market volatility known ahead of time

Use the forex calendar to know when your forex pair will encounter volatility; no more rude news shocks.

$$$$$$$ – Accumulate expertise cheaply

No need to wait years or pay market strategists to test if your strategy works; try it out on past charts, execute it ‘live’, and see how it goes.

IT’S CRAZY; I DON’T UNDERSTAND WHY PEOPLE HATE FOREX

Some people quip that the forex market is more difficult to trade than the stock market. I beg to differ, because it is your circle of competence that determines your success, not the actual characteristics of the market.

You get to start with as little as $500.

In the Forex market, you are entitled to ‘get a feel of the game’ by risking a few dollars per trade. Most brokers allow you to trade 0.01 lots, which is $0.10 per pip on average!

The quickest way to rack up trading experience is to make many trades and check out the statistics behind your trades. After all, it’s a numbers’ game: with a properly developed trading edge, your account should have a positive expectation and profits should be the norm over the long-run.

You trade ‘live’ and get skin in the game.

There’s this huge debate about ‘live’ accounts versus demo accounts. Here’s the solution: start with a ‘live’ account right from the beginning. Get yourself into the reality of trading, risking money on a daily basis. Sooner or later you will get used to the risk that is inherent to the game.

By learning to make many decisions and experiencing all the different conditions of the market, you would become seasoned enough to trade a bigger size, and fine-tune your own trading strategy. I like what Tom Sosnoff said about learning to trade: “Trade small, trade often.”

No commission charges!

Forex has no commission charges. This may come as a shocker to the stock trader, but for forex traders it is a constant reality. This reduces the ‘tuition fees’ you need to pay to the market as a result of making trades.

Many new traders make any of the following mistakes:

  • Trading the wrong lot size (1.00 instead of 0.10, causing too big a trade size)
  • Going short instead of long
  • Entering a trade only to realize the market is closed

Yes! These mistakes may sound silly, but every trader who has had skin in the game would understand what I just said.

24/7 market; choose when you want to trade.

The great thing about Forex is that you can decide when to trade based on your schedule. That helps people who have punishing schedules: trading in the middle of the night, or during lunch, on a daily basis, works out to a trading schedule that accommodates your lifestyle needs.

 

THE SIMPLE 3 STEPS TO MITIGATE FOREX TRADING RISKS

Here are three simple steps to mitigate Forex trading risks:

  • Think in Percentages – takes the emotion out of the dollars
  • Find an Edge – only an edge gives you a profit in the long-run
  • Stick to One Style – don’t try to be everything at the start

asdToo many forex traders try to do everything at once. Focus on first becoming profitable; diversifying across trading styles can come later.

If you want to get started on forex trading, what’s stopping you? I’ve shown you 7 ways it can save you money in your trading career.

If not today, then when?

Cheers!

REFERENCES & RESEARCH SOURCES

straitstimes.com/business/companies-markets/sgx-turnover-plunges-27-to-206b-in-august
theindependent.sg/business/the-hollowing-of-the-singapore-stock-exchange-sgx/
channelnewsasia.com/news/business/singapore/sgx-reports-on-year/2406994.html
shareinvestor.com/ipo/index.html

Synapse Weekly Market Highlights (8 Jan 2017) – 1st Week of 2017, How Did it Go?

 

If you’ve been following my blog posts and Instagram account, you would know that I just got back from my trip in South Africa last week. Still a little jet lagged (even though I’ve traveled so many times), and missing the awesome sights and sounds of that beautiful continent.

 

3 OF LAST WEEK’S PREDICTIONS – S&P500 and Forex

Prediction #1: S&P500 – Look to buy on bullish bars near the EMA (Triggered!)

spS&P500 as at 31 Dec 2016.
Source: MetaTrader 4

I mentioned the following last week:

  • Bulls will be hesitant given the uncertainty surrounding the first week of the new year.
  • Bears would try to exert their influence repeatedly, so don’t be alarmed if your long positions get stopped out easily.
  • I would wait for 2-3 bullish signals before being confident of a nice up-move.

On Monday, we saw a gap up from the open + a bullish bar with a substantial body. This was sufficient to enter a long position.

You would have bought once you saw a white bar printed on the EMA. (Monday)
Source: MetaTrader 4

Prediction #2: Short AUDUSD, but wait for pullback to EMA + bearish bars for a  higher probability trade.

The AUDUSD looks bearish and 3 bullish bars have occurred last week.
Source: MetaTrader 4

Last week I said: “Possible price levels to observe at 0.73000, 0.74000, and 0.75000 (all these present good shorting opportunities).”

Even though a short entry is possible given the bearish bar we now see on the AUDUSD, I advise against it because the 3 bullish bars before it present a lot of bullish commitment. Stay away.  

 

Prediction #3: Short on NZDUSD on every opportunity! (but read the cautionary notes below before you trade)

Last week, I said it was a “good time to short on NZDUSD, but caution is advised”. Now, shorting seems like a reasonable thing to do.
Source: MetaTrader 4

This is what I said last week:

  • The year has just started so a sideways market is more probably in the first few days.
  • If you are going short once the market opens on Tuesday, take a small position, use a wide stop, and don’t be afraid to sit through pullbacks and open losses.
  • Add on for every short opportunity you can find (if you are more aggressive).
  • I’ll be more confident if I see 2-3 confirmation bearish bars.

Now, we see a nice bearish bar near the EMA. If you got stopped out intra-day last week, that’s ok. Now, this presents a good opportunity on the daily chart. 

 

UPCOMING MARKET OPPORTUNITIES: SINGAPORE MARKET

As summarized in the picture above, the STI is still in a sideways market and caution is advised against a bull run. I’m aware that other experts might argue that a bull run is in place, but technically and professionally speaking, a bull run only occurs after it has clearly emerged out of the sideways consolidation phase. 

At this point, my stock screener has printed a buy signal, but I’ll only look to enter if it pulls back a little, bounces off the EMA, prints a nice bullish trend bar, and I see the EMA turning upwards. Otherwise, it is still in a sideways situation right now.

Markets tend to move from bear market > sideways market > bull market. I believe this to be the case for the STI. Watch and wait.

 

UPCOMING MARKET OPPORTUNITIES: GOLD

Source: MetaTrader 4

The gold chart is VERY bearish, but the recent bullishness makes me want to stay away. I’ll wait for 2-3 more bearish confirmations before deciding to go short. 

I might also take a bullish trade if I see multiple pullbacks to the EMA, and if gold starts rising gradually without any huge bearish bars.

LASTLY: UPCOMING NEWS


The only thing worth noting this week.
Source: myfxbook.com/forex-economic-calendar 

The second week of January will see no important market-moving news, except Yellen’s speech on 13 Jan, 08:00 hours. Watch out for USD pairs, just in case they get affected, and as usual, reduce your open positions or take some profits before this time.

Happy trading, and all the best in your trading journey!

Cheers!

Synapse Weekly Market Highlights (1 Jan 2017) – Opportunities Aplenty!

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2016 has been a blast, and a very happy new year to everyone! This week’s analysis will be a little heavier, so keep calm and read on. Let’s just dive straight into the market analysis for this week:

 

RECAP OF LAST WEEK’S PREDICTIONS – HOW DID IT GO?

#1: Bullish breakout on EURCAD (D1 chart)

euraudLast week’s analysis; we predicted EURAUD would climb higher.
Source: MetaTrader 4

This week, we saw the EURAUD climb even higher after a mini pullback that didn’t touch the EMA. Those who took entries intra-day would have seen large profits, while those who took longer-term positions would have in-the-money positions. Congratulations to those who took this trade!

thisweekThis week, the EURAUD climbed higher and close with some profit-taking.
Source: MetaTrader 4

The chart still shows that EURAUD is bullish, and it is still wise to hold on to any long positions, adding on if a gentle pullback to the EMA occurs.

 

#2: Bullish breakout on EURCAD (D1 chart)

lastweekLast week, a bullish call was given for the EURCAD.
Source: MetaTrader 4

Traders were advised to enter only intra-day, which meant profit taking was to also be intra-day. Those that followed this advice did well:

eurcadThis week, the EURCAD climbed higher and closed with heavy profit-taking.
Source: MetaTrader 4

Despite the heavy profit taking on Friday, the intra-day traders would have already taken profits. Those who bought near the EMA would also have seen great profits and have at least had partial profit-taking, securing the profits on the position.

 

#3 Wait for pullback to EMA on USDCHF (D1 chart) and buy on a touch of the EMA (with a good bullish bar!)

usdchfLast week’s analysis for USDCHF.
Source: MetaTrader 4

Those who waited for a USDCHF pullback to the EMA saw it, but the pullback was very violent. Here’s how it looks like since last Friday:

chfThe pullback was very violent, and profit-taking from bears was very substantial.
Source: MetaTrader 4

This week, we expect the USDCHF to remain sideways, as traders consolidate what the huge candle (on last friday) would mean for 2017. Don’t expect to have your trades on USDCHF run quickly in one direction; let it consolidate for 3-5 days before deciding again. This will be on my watchlist, but will not be a top priority. Bulls would be looking to buy near 1.01000, so watch out for the price action at this level. 

UPCOMING MARKET OPPORTUNITIES: KEY STOCK MARKET INDICES

S&P500 – Look to buy on bullish bars near the EMA.

spS&P500 as at 31 Dec 2016.
Source: MetaTrader 4

The S&P has travelled upwards rather violently in 2016. After a mild correction to the 20EMA, it is wise to look to buy on bullish bars near the EMA. Profit targets can be near the all-time high, or even further up (2300 and above). However, note the following:

  • Bulls will be hesitant given the uncertainty surrounding the first week of the new year.
  • Bears would try to exert their influence repeatedly, so don’t be alarmed if your long positions get stopped out easily.
  • I would wait for 2-3 bullish signals before being confident of a nice up-move.

 

Bearish on the Hang Seng Index. Short near the EMA with bearish confirmation bars.

hsBears have exerted their influence, and will continue to exert influence unless the bulls suddenly show up for no reason at all.
Source: MetaTrader 4

Bears will be happy to short near the EMA and at any prior resistance. If the Hang Seng index climbs up beyond the EMA, it is unlikely to break above 22300 (near the trendline drawn above). I’ll look to short it in the upcoming days/weeks, if a nice opportunity arises.

 

Watch the ASX closely for a buying opportunity.

asxThe ASX has broken new highs and bulls will continue to buy on every opportunity.
Source: MetaTrader 4

The ASX has had a whirlwind of a 2016, and bulls are pleased that it has broken new highs. I would be looking to enter on pullbacks to the EMA, preferably near the breakout support level of roughly 5550, and ride up for a nice bull trend trade.

UPCOMING MARKET OPPORTUNITIES: FOREX TRADING SPACE

Short AUDUSD, but wait for pullback to EMA + bearish bars for a  higher probability trade.

audusdThe AUDUSD looks bearish and should be unable to hold support at 0.71400.
Source: MetaTrader 4

AUDUSD has seen multiple trendlines broken. The bullish move in early 2016 was broken significantly, and the sideways market that took 6 months to develop also saw its end, causing me to believe the market is transitioning into a bear market. Bears will look to short at every opportunity, which means smart traders will go short, preferably near the EMA, and until bearish signal bars appear. Possible price levels to observe at 0.73000, 0.74000, and 0.75000 (all these present good shorting opportunities). 

 

Sideways on GBPUSD; look for opportunities in both directions.

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The GBPUSD looks sideways and must be traded like how a sideways market should.
Source: MetaTrader 4

GBPUSD has seen a humongous correction (almost 20%) in the past 6 months, and should still trade like a sideways market for some time before traders decide where it should finally end up. Buying low and selling high, though simple as it sounds, is the suitable strategy for such a market context.

 

Short on NZDUSD on every opportunity! (but read the cautionary notes below before you trade)

nzdusd
Good time to short on NZDUSD, but caution is advised.
Source: MetaTrader 4

Classic head and shoulders on NZDUSD, strong bearish bars in recent times, and a breakout from the prior support. A bearish bar near the EMA gives good reason to go short, but I’ll be hesitant and do the following:

  • The year has just started so a sideways market is more probably in the first few days.
  • If you are going short once the market opens on Tuesday, take a small position, use a wide stop, and don’t be afraid to sit through pullbacks and open losses.
  • Add on for every short opportunity you can find (if you are more aggressive).
  • I’ll be more confident if I see 2-3 confirmation bearish bars.

 

LASTLY: UPCOMING NEWS upcomingSome of the upcoming unemployment figures, and the NFP announcement on Friday.
Source: myfxbook.com/forex-economic-calendar 

The first week of 2017 will see 4 unemployment rate announcements. No shocker expected here, because the main market-moving news will be the NFP announcement on 6 January, Friday. Intra-day traders can keep their eyes peeled for the hours surrounding the NFP, which happens at 21:30 hours (Singapore time).

This week is a week with a number of great opportunities. Happy trading, and wishing everyone a great start to the new year!

Cheers!