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#202: Indices vs Currencies- What's Best for Trading?

Indices vs. Currencies - what's best for trading?

In this episode, Algorithmic breakout trading specialists Tomas Nesnidal and Andrew Swanscott discuss:

  • The most decisive factor when picking a market to trade,

  • Why trends=money and why you should ignore the hype and follow the data,

  • Comparing index trends vs currency trends,

  • The challenges of trading the Forex markets,

  • Healthy trends vs noisy markets,

  • Why starting with indices is easier,

  • Account size requirements for portfolios,

  • Liquidity in currencies and futures,

  • Example trading strategies,

  • The best market to start trading,

  • And much more.

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Episode Highlights:

[00:00] Introduction

[03:30] The most decisive factor when picking a market to trade

[06:40] Why trends=money

[08:10] Ignore the hype, follow the data

[09:40] Comparing index trends vs currency trends

[15:00] The challenges of trading the Forex markets

[17:40] Healthy trends vs noisy markets

[20:25] Why starting with indices is easier

[21:30] Example trading strategies

[23:05] Indices vs Currencies (FX)

[27:00] Liquidity in currencies and futures

[28:47] The best market to start trading…

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