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Steve Connell

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Steve Connell has spent over 17 years working in the finance sector as a trader/market maker and strategist. Over that time he’s worked for several global banks and hedge funds. Steve has a unique insight into a range of financial markets from foreign exchange, commodities to options and futures.


Drawdown happens when losses in a trading account outweigh profits over a certain period. If you trade in any kind of volatile instrument, some drawdown is inevitable and is one of the risks associated with putting your money into financial markets.


When entering a trade, how do you choose the point of the stop loss and take profit? Clearly, this decision will have an impact on how profitable your trades are.


Forex arbitrage is a bit like picking pennies. The opportunities are very small. To be profitable an arbitrage strategy has to do it big or do it often.


Employment reports are one of the leading indicators that tell you if an economy is improving or worsening. The number of jobs added or lost generally tracks the business cycle and is a strong guide to future interest rate movements.

Reverse carry trade


The reverse carry trade is what’s called an event driven strategy. It’s not a trading system you can use every day – yet at the right time it can generate enormous profits very quickly, and is therefore one you should keep up your sleeve ready to use.

Using inflation data to make trading decisions


Inflation and interest rates are closely inter-linked. Because of this, inflation controls are one of the key objectives for central banks on setting monetary policy.

Breakout on volatility squeeze


Breakout trading is a profitable strategy that's often used by professional Forex traders, however dealing with failed breaks is one of the biggest problems faced.

The yield curve shape at different point in the economic cycle


Yield curves for a currency pair can reveal a wealth of valuable information. They tell you the expectations for the economies and the interest cycle.


There's a widely held view that trade deficits are bad for a currency and surpluses are good. But is this really true? What does it mean when a country has a trade deficit?


The Foreign Exchange market could be in for a major shakeup. There has been increasing concern at how easily foreign exchange dealing is open to abuse, especially around the fixings.