CASDAQ TRADING

MARKET OUTLOOK 2019

 

Since late March 2009 with however the exception of Q-4 2018, our capital markets encountered limited interruption. Okay, we had a market correction back in 2016, but nothing of significance.

MTA PERFORMANCE

FIGURES

During the first month of the final quarter we conducted twenty three trades on behalf of our bronze MTA clients, taking a 23% profit over the period. Conversely, the NASDAQ dropped off by 9.10% and WTI crude oil fell off by 13.87%. 

BONDS:

A change in weather

Fixed income opportunities exist as interest rates rise and stocks turn volatile. In the decade since the global financial crisis, the investment climate has been notable for how little it has changed.

MINIMUM VOLATILITY ETFs:

Even though markets have been relatively calm, as measured by the CBOE Volatility Index (VIX), risk factors like global trade disputes, geopolitical friction, and other economic developments have the potential to move markets in either direction. 

INVESTING INTERNATIONALLY:

Its a big world out there 

America is home to some of the greatest companies in the world, but there are also many great companies outside the country's borders. 

ALGORITHMIC TRADING:

From The Human Touch To The Software Way

Algorithmic trading is a field in quantitative finance where computer sciences is at least as important as mathematics, if not more and where cutting edge technology is the decisive factor.....

THE INSTRUMENTS OF CHOICE:

Rules To Stick To 

ETF’s trade slightly differently than mutual funds and equities. Investors in mutual funds buy and sell fund shares directly with the mutual fund. Conversely, most ETF investors do not trade directly with the ETF...

PLAN FOR THE NEW YEAR:

A stock option is a contract between two parties in which the stock option buyer (holder) purchases the right (but not the obligation) to buy/sell 100 shares of an underlying stock....

QUARTERLY MARKET UPDATE:

Solid economic growth and strong corporate results, particularly in the US, boosted global equities. Tax cuts continued to support corporate profits, but ongoing Federal Reserve interest rate hikes and US-China trade tension have been exacerbating late-cycle pressures. 

CHANNEL TRADING:

Are stocks poised to rise?

For much of 2018, US stocks appear to have been trading in a "channel," a term that chart users believe describes a price range between which the market (or individual stocks and other investments) may be trading.

IPOs:

What to know

2018 is shaping up to be another strong year for initial public offerings (IPOs). Momentum appears to have carried over from last year, when IPO activity picked back up from the multiyear low set in 2016.

HFT AND DARK POOLS:

Positive or Negative?

Before the 1990s, the way by which stocks were traded in the US was fairly simple: a market participant  made a decision to buy or sell and relayed  this information to a broker, who then routed the order to an exchange....

OPTION CONTRACTS:

The Essentials

A stock option is a contract between two parties in which the stock option buyer (holder) purchases the right (but not the obligation) to buy/sell 100 shares of an underlying stock....

MURKY WATERS AND POPULARITY:

Dark pool trading has become more common place in today’s global capital markets, providing a degree of  questionable competition and an alternative to traditional exchanges......

PRICE DISCOVERY:

So important but hindered by technology

The economic role  of an exchange is to handle transactions with superior execution  speed at reasonable cost, find the both sides of a trade,  produce the price.....

EXCHANGE TRADED FUNDS:

The instruments of choice

An exchange traded fund (ETF) is a pooled investment product with assets that can be acquired or distributed throughout the day on a listed exchange at true market prices.....

TECHNICAL ANLALYSIS:

The Essentials

Technical analysis relative to the capital markets  is for all intent and purpose a structured type of  detailed assessment by way of trading charts, engaged for forecasting the direction of market  prices, through the consideration of past market data.....

HIGH FREQUENCY AND APPLICABLE STRATEGIES:

The days when traders sat fixed intently to their various trading screens in a state of  emotionless self imposed artificial autism, manually executing buy / sell orders, based on market information.....

IT CAN GET RISKY:

No matter what investment you ultimately decide to disburse your capital upon, the matter of risk must warrant due consideration, because  when and where there are two or more parties to a investment......

BUBBLES ALWAYS POP:

A long term trend of low Fed Fund and ECB rates, has led the American and European equity exchanges to scale new historical tops.  The cheap cash fuelled long term bull market cycle hit its 8th consecutive year.....

FUTURES CONTRACTS:

The Essentials

A standard futures contract is a bona fide contractual obligation between two parties, to transfer  an underlying asset  class,  at a specified date in the future.....

FUNDAMENTAL ANALYSIS:

The Essentials

Fundamental analysis addresses corporate operational factors beyond the trading session lows and highs of a stock and concentrates on the core and sector activities of the company whose stock it is....