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Trading and Analysis

You have created your trading plan and developed a risk management strategy that works best for you. Now it’s time to define how you plan to make buy and sell decisions. Some traders and investors like to look at price patterns on a chart and technical indicators to make a decision, i.e., technical analysis. Some prefer to back up their decisions with news and data, i.e., fundamental analysis. Still others combine these two techniques.Explore the differences between fundamental analysis and technical analysis. Learn an important concept that traders need to understand—the difference between trending and anti-trending markets.


Trading Plan

Traders who win consistently treat trading as a business. While there is no guarantee that you will make money, developing a trading plan is crucial if you want to become consistently successful and thrive in the trading game. Every trader—no matter your experience—needs a plan.


Technical Analysis

There are two types of analysis used by traders to inform their trading decisions. Technical analysis and fundamental analysis. You will learn about the various patterns, indicators, and analysis techniques traders use when studying the price of a commodity. We will start at the beginning by learning how to read price charts. Then we’ll cover some of the more popular techniques such how to identify trend and reversal patterns, finding support and resistance levels, and various oscillators.


Fundamental Analysis

Fundamental analysis is the process of determining the model price of a futures contract, now and in the future, using factors like economic data and industry financial conditions. A trader using fundamental analysis to inform their decisions is looking at how supply and demand could move price, now and in the future. The type of information a trader will use to formulate their opinions will differ across products, in this course we’ll look at each class of products and cover some of the variables that could impact price.