my daily trading

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Wednesday, April 11, 2007

When We Can Do Speculation?

Most of all do not understant the basic of speculation...they think gambling is the same as it is not the same thing...many times I tried to explain it...but no one...still cannot understood....

Today, I will try explaining it more simple...

To speculate you must need all of this condition below, before you can decide to speculate on it (whatever your media : it can be property, cassino games, business, sport or securities).

First of all, you need the condition that has the probability in your favour. You must has an edge to describe the condition when the probability moves on your side. If you play coin toss, there will not have speculation criteria except gambling, because your probability cannot exceed 50%.
And on cassino house it is very difficult to find the games that has probability in your favour.

Second, it must has a projection profit larger than the risk. I will call something as speculation if it could reward me $3 againts the risk of $1. But It always a gambling if you migth have a reward $1 million and also you migth loose it $1 million.

This is the basic of speculation. Very simple but many of us ignore why we always see someone who never wants to play any card games in his life (because he said it is a gambling and i'm a businessman) but do gambling in his business many times before he bankrupt.

Friday, August 04, 2006

Betray My Friend

The trend is your friend, don't you ever betray him. It is true...I just have a bad days on friday..I have to call it as Friday the forth. But the problem is I betray my only friend in the market - TREND - and it cost me. Actually, I just tried to make some improvisasion on my trading style. I tried to fade the trend movement as soon as my analysis said that the stock is overbougth. It was not hurt my bottom line too deep because I closed the position soon but it gives me a pretty lesson. It is better to use every overbougth signal only exit your position, not for taking a new position whenever the trend is not on your side.

Tuesday, August 01, 2006

Basic Trader Character

I just want to share something that I learnt early in my study about trading and investment. The first book about Technical analysis that I read is "Technical analysis explained", written by Martin J.Pring. The book is not good as the others that I read after that. I found that book on my campus library (actually this is the only technical analysis book in my campus library, what a shame?).

As a novice, It was hard for me to grasp about technical analysis from that book. But I found only one interesting topic in that book. The topic looks like as something that has nothing to do with technical analysis – the main reason that I read that book – because it is printed on the preface chapter. Later on in my development process, I found it as very important topic in trading and deeply explained on the other books. It is just about important character that trader must has and develop. Even though it is only a preface by Mr.Pring, I have a lot of interest of this phrase.

Patience, discipline, and objectivity.

It only contains of three words, but it explains what you must develop to be a great trader. Some people have this trait as a nature, but fortunately it can be learned and developed.

Monday, July 31, 2006

Breaking News

PT Telekomunikasi Indonesia six months to June results:
  • Sales - 23.99 trln rupiah vs 19.38 trln
  • Opg profit - 10.81 trln rupiah vs 8.09 trln
  • Net profit - 5.82 trln rupiah vs 3.80 trln
  • EPS - 288.71 rupiah vs 188.66

PT Medco Energi Internasional (MEDC.JK) said Tuesday its that first-half net profit rose 15% on year because of higher commodity prices. Net profit between January and June rose to $55.09 million from $47.75 million a year earlier. The gas and oil producer, which is controlled by the Panigoro Family, said its net revenue rose 26% on year to $372.03 million. The increase in net revenue was, however, offset by operating expenses, which rose 32% on year to $59.45 million. The company didn't say why its operating expenses escalated. As of June 30, its assets were $1.76 billion, compared with $1.40 billion a year earlier. Its short-term debts totaled $170.06 million, compared with $154.46 million a year earlier.

Tuesday, July 25, 2006

Market History in July

Do you know that in the big market panic of 1907, J.P.Morgan personally implored Livermore to stop selling-short, stop pounding market into oblivion. Livermore himself made 3 million dollars in that panic. It was on October 24, 1907…when there wasn’t a single bid for all stocks in the market! Think of it! Imagine if it happen this day…:)

Note :
For my audiences, see also the others interesting topic next month. I will post the series of Market History on monthly basis.

Monday, July 24, 2006

Investor, Speculator and Gambler

What is the difference? Very interesting question, isn't it? it is a trivial question, but sometimes a lot of people can not answer it.
Investor, speculator and gambler - all of them - are player in all market. But their population is not the same one to another. It is like a pyramid, with gambler is on the base and investor on the edge of it.

Let's start with the top of the pyramid first.
In my opinion investor is the man who can differentiate between value and price. They focus on the difference between value from its price. They know exactly how to differentiate whether this goods are undervalued or overvalued. Investor also has a great skill, knowledge and access to every information they need to analyze. They will scrutinize every piece of information, so they can come into the rigth conclusion about the value.

On the other hand speculator and gambler is the population that is out of investor. They don't have any knowledge to do as good as investor. They are only the follower, but there is a big difference between gambler and speculator. Gambler is the man who neither have a knowledge as an investor and want to use their brain. Otherwise, speculator knows their limitation, and try to get their opportunity by anticipating the unbalance situation. They will use their eagle eye to watch every signal of the bias in the market and then move with the bias direction for their own opportunity. Sometimes they are very opportunist. They admit for their knowledge limitation, so they always put on the higher respect for every risk they encountered.

If i may describe this situation as an warehouse auction ...the investor is the buyer who search - by her knowledge - for the low price item but still have high value either now or in the future. And the speculator is the one who only buy for the items that will increase in value, because there is a sign that public demand will increase dramatically for that items.
Which style do you choose?

Breaking News : Jul 25 2006

Date : Jul 25 2006, 08:33
Title : News Story
Header : Taipei shares higher in early trade on Wall St bounce; techs in focus

DJIA 11051.05 +182.67 +1.68%
Nasdaq 2061.84 +41.45 +2.05%
S&P 500 1260.91 +20.62 +1.66%
FTSE 100 5833.90 +114.20 +2.00%
Xetra DAX 5578.05 +127.04 +2.33%
2-Yr US Treasury 100 2/32 -1/32 yield 5.09% +1.3
5-Yr US Treasury 100 18/32 flat yield 4.99% 0
10-Yr US Treasury 100 20/32 flat yield 5.04% 0
USD/JPY 116.69-73 +0.51% 116.92-116.15
EUR/USD 1.2630-34 -0.61% 1.2707-1.2611
AUD/USD 0.7543-48 +0.23% 0.7550-0.7502
USD/JPY 1M Vol 8.15/8.40%
EUR/USD 1M Vol 7.50/7.80%
AUD/USD 1M Vol 8.10/8.20%
Comex Gold $613.20 -$7.00 $615.80-$602.50
Nymex Crude (NY) $75.05 +$0.62


Asian share markets are set to head higher after news on mergers and
acquisitions and on corporate earnings sent U.S. shares sharply higher
However, crude oil futures in New York topped $75.00 a barrel last night,
partly on the back of a gasoline rally triggered by a growing raft of
refinery outages.
Among metals, Comex gold futures were knocked down to a three-week low in
New York amid fund liquidation and a firmer U.S. dollar, but they did
recover some losses by the close. London Metal Exchange copper prices were
stronger by the kerb as prices responded to concerns over supply
disruptions. LME aluminum and zinc benefited from consumer buying, while LME
nickel rose strongly on the back of another drawdown in stocks.

The dollar gained during a quiet New York session as investors took
profits on last week's falls.
The correction comes ahead of a host of data this week in the U.S.
Investors are awaiting June existing home sales tonight, the Fed's Beige
Book tomorrow, and June durable goods orders and new home sales Thursday.
"It's really the housing data and getting a cue on the housing sector that
is going to be pretty interesting," notes Alan Ruskin, head of international
strategy at RBC Greenwich in Conn.
More importantly, however, will be the release of the U.S.' second quarter
gross domestic quarter data Friday, which is expected to confirm a slowdown,
albeit an orderly one, of the economy.
The German IFO index will likely be the most important data in the euro
zone through the week, particularly ahead of the meeting by the European
Central Bank on Aug. 3.

U.S. Treasurys have provided little direction for the region's bond
markets, settling flat overnight.
"We saw some selling that met buying and it seems the market is finding
its range," said Kevin Flanagan, fixed income strategist at Morgan Stanley
in Purchase, N.Y. "At least for the next few days this pattern should hold,"
he added.
In trade last night, odds of a 25-basis-point Federal Reserve rate hike in
August were around 42%. Such a stance leaves the market vulnerable should
forthcoming data surprise to the upside and suggest a rate increase next
month is more likely than not, says Flanagan.
Japan's Ministry of Finance will auction Y800 billion worth of 20-year
JGBs today. Analysts expect the coupon for the bonds to be set at 2.3%,
unchanged from the previous June issue.
"An issuance of Y800 billion per month is quite a lot, so we're worried"
whether the bonds will attract enough investor demand, says Takafumi
Yamawaki, a bond strategist at Morgan Stanley Japan.

Sunday, July 23, 2006

Where will TLKM go?

Today is an ex devident for Indonesian Telecomunication (TLKM). Occording to past experiences it will correct as much as the devident. But let's see the range that TLKM has been building since the last downtrend in the end of March. It range contract from (7700 - 6700 range) towards (7450-7000 range). The volatility continue to contract...keep open our eyes for the big swing. But the important question that must be answered is : Where will it go? No body knows....eventhough we have strong support in 7000. But we just can predict that TLKM ready for the big swing in the next market movement.