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Quite often, when we dive into the financial market, we find that there is simply too much market news. When we try to trade the news, we have no idea what is important or trivial, because we are so overloaded with information. This makes news trading quite an impossible task.
To make matters worse, we often get conflicting views from experts, with some being bullish all the time, while others are bearish all the time. And because some of them have pretty convincing arguments, we easily get swayed and our own opinions tend to fluctuate from extremely bullish to extremely bearish.
So what is the way around this?
The first thing you need to know as a trade relying on market news is to be able to differentiate between FACTS and OPINIONS.
Facts are like raw data, statistics, research from credible sources, economic data, etc. These are usually unbiased and come without opinions, and provide the basis for you to form your opinion.
Opinions, on the other hand, are views formed based on the analysis of facts/data, so there is inherent bias, and the conclusions drawn from the data may or may not be correct. Hence as a trader or investor, we need to zoom in on a handful of credible sources of good analysis.
The second thing you need to know when doing news trading is to “trade what you SEE, not what you THINK”.
Opinions often give you preconceived notions or views on the market, for example you might think that the market is bullish, and hence it should go up. However, in reality, the market may not move according to your opinion.
The only reality in the market is what we see on the charts, which is the price action of the market.
No matter how bullish you think the market is, the truth is that you will not be able to make money unless the price actually moves up. So when it comes to trading, your strategies, setups and analysis of the chart should take precedence over your opinions.
And that will help you filter out all the unnecessary noise in the market to zoom in on the best trading opportunities.
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