Trading Catalysts by Robert I.Webb

Trading Catalysts by Robert I.Webb

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Trading Catalysts by Robert I.Webb

Trading Catalysts by Robert I.Webb

Trading Catalysts by Robert I.Webb

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Forex Trading – Foreign Exchange Course

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Foreign exchange, or forex, is the conversion of one country’s currency into another.
In a free economy, a country’s currency is valued according to the laws of supply and demand.
In other words, a currency’s value can be pegged to another country’s currency, such as the U.S. dollar, or even to a basket of currencies.
A country’s currency value may also be set by the country’s government.
However, most countries float their currencies freely against those of other countries, which keeps them in constant fluctuation.

Trading Catalysts takes you into the market and recounts moment-by-moment price action. From an almost 14% rise in the Nasdaq following a surprise Fed rate cut to an incredible (and temporary) 22% decline in the S&P 500 futures price folliwng a single large sell order, Trading Catalysts is loaded witih real-life examples of how events move markets. Must reading for traders and investors alike.”  –Victor Canto, Pd.D., founder of La Jolla Economics and a columnist for The National Review

“At last…an invaluable investment book that shows in detail how markets actually behaved during extreme events, times when fortunes were won or lost in the blink of an eye. This is the real world of trading and risk, not academic theory.  Read, learn and prepare yourself because these types of extraordinary events will happen again.” –Peter Matthews, Managing Partner, Optimation Investment Management LLC

Understand the Triggers of Market Volatility—and Take Advantage of Them

  • Actionable lessons from 25 years of major events—and the market’s reactions to them
  • Predicting the market impact of everything from Fed statements to natural disasters
  • Separating real information from noise, major “market movers” from trivia

In Trading Catalysts, Robert I. Webb examines the various factors that move markets. Webb focuses on the catalysts that spark the biggest price changes—and the greatest potential for substantial profits or losses. Using numerous real market examples, Webb demonstrates the often inconsistent response of prices to similar trading catalysts across markets and over time, the occasional significantly delayed response, and the frequent market overreaction. Whether traders bet directly on a trading catalyst, on the presumed market reaction (or overreaction) to it, or not at all, the potential impact on market prices and volatility means that all traders must pay attention to trading catalysts and the market reactions that they induce. At the very least, the prospect of significant volatility around some event may affect the timing of a trader’s entry or exit of positions and may cause a trader to reduce his position size. If you’re a serious trader, this book will help you understand the influence of trading catalysts and identify potential trading opportunities.

Volatile financial markets create both the risk of substantial losses and the opportunity for substantial gains. Sudden jumps or breaks in prices can impart a roller-coaster-ride-like quality to trading or investing in financial markets. Trading Catalysts is the first complete guide to the events that spark large changes in prices. These include: central bank actions; ill-advised comments by policymakers; news of natural disasters; elections; certain economic reports; terrorism; company specific announcements; the unwinding of large positions by key market participants; and simple trading errors among others. The varied origin of trading catalysts means that some traders may have an edge in anticipating the market’s reaction to certain trading catalysts. Numerous real market examples take the reader into the heart of the market to illustrate the direction, magnitude, speed, duration, intensity and breadthof influence of trading catalysts on market prices. Because a minute can be a “lifetime” in the world of trading, many of the detailed examples recount moment-by-moment and tick-by-tick changes in market prices. This book discusses the role that trading theses(or prevailing beliefs about market relationships), market conditions,and sentimentplay in determining how prices react and sometimes overreact to various trading catalysts over time. Trading Catalysts will help readers anticipate potential events that could spark rallies or breaks; predict situations with feedback loops that drive markets up or down; and identify situations where substantial overreactions are likely to occur.

  • Size Matters: When key players unwind positions and move the markets
  • The Information in Economic Reports: Rout or Rally? Uncertain market reaction to the forecast errors from economic reports
  • Talk Isn’t Cheap: When the comments of politicians and policymakers move markets
  • Market Interventions: When governments intervene: case studies, from currencies to oil
  • Geopolitical Risk: From elections to terrorism to wars
  • Bubbles, Crashes, Corners, and Market Crises: Lessons from the “silver corner,” the 1987 stock market crash, and the Asian Financial Crisis
  • Quantifying the Market Impact of Natural Disasters: From earthquakes to floods to mad cow disease
  • Fat Fingers: When trading errors and mistranslations move the market
  • Of Straws and Camels’ Backs: When trivial news sparks huge moves


Chapter 1:       Introduction

Chapter 2:       Market Conditions and Sentiment

Chapter 3:       Talk Isn’t Cheap

Chapter 4:       Geopolitical Events

Chapter 5:       Weather and Natural Disasters

Chapter 6:       Market Interventions

Chapter 7:       Periodic Economic Reports

Chapter 8:       Size Matters

Chapter 9:       Bubbles, Crashes, Corners, and Market Crises

Chapter 10:     The Accidental Catalyst


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