Category: Trading

Tuning out of the day-to-day noise ¦ Markets Post Huge Volume Reversals

In the last update, I looked at the leading markets (NASDAQ & S&P500) and what to expect after the break higher and I also talked about the AI stocks becoming frothy. Can anyone remember AI? So, What Happened? The leading markets melted around 5% higher over the coming weeks and then ran out of steam […]

Behind the Dip: Unravelling Stock Price Drops and Crafting Winning Strategies


Alpesh Patel OBE looks at the causes and potential strategies when a stock that has risen significantly experiences a sudden drop. When a stock that has risen significantly experiences a sudden drop, it can cause concern for many investors. This situation is common in the stock market, and it’s crucial to understand the reasons behind […]

Tuning out of the day-to-day noise | Green Shoots, Leadership & AI

Since my last market update in February markets have been consolidating the move off the lows and more recently we have seen the Nasdaq and S&P take on the leadership of a potential new bull market by breaking out of those consolidation bases and onwards through 52 Week highs. The NASDAQ 100 led the charge […]

The Trader: How to protect against frauds

Consider Wandisco. It’s a software company that specialises in providing data management and replication services for businesses. The company was founded in 2005 and is headquartered in San Ramon, California, with additional offices in the UK, India, and Poland. Wandisco was listed on the London Stock Exchange’s AIM market in 2012 and has been a […]

The Trader: US stocks had their second-best day in history this week.

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Michael looks at the price action of the indices over the last few weeks and includes two potential breakout trades. US stocks had their second-best day in history this week. The indices have continued to rally since I last wrote two weeks ago. Many UK stocks have seen uplifts in their valuations too. The market […]

The Trader: Academic Findings in Retail Trading

Michael looks at several academic studies covering retail investors and what we can learn from them. We last looked at an academic article on trading in the summer of 2020. For a refresher, there were several findings. 1. “Retail investors tend to trade as contrarians after large earnings surprises, both positive and negative” Retail investors […]

The Hedge Funds Beating the Market This Year: What are their Secrets?


The stock markets are down drastically. But some hedge funds are performing well. Alpesh Patel OBE asks how are they managing it, and is there anything the private investor can learn or copy? I believe in copying. When I wanted to be a hedge fund manager, I interviewed, so I could copy some of the […]

The Trader: Trading the markets is a daily psychological battle.

In this article, Michael looks at 8 trading biases and how to mitigate these. It’s comparable to a video game. You press certain buttons to make certain things happen because you want a certain result. The better you press the buttons, the higher your score. Only in this game, the score is not meaningless. It’s […]

The Trader: Introducing the new SharePad chat

Michael demonstrates how straightforward the new chat is and how SharePad chat has been designed to allow users to connect and share information with each other.  The Chat feature has been significantly improved in recent weeks.   SharePad has many successful and intelligent users (such as yourself), and this feature has been designed in order […]

The Trader: What can traders learn from Warren Buffett?

Warren Buffet is one of the greatest investors of all time. He has acquired wealth through relatively simple investing rules and sticking with them. Investing is completely different to trading, but I’m always open to reading about others’ successes and learning from them. In this article, we’re going to explore some of Warren Buffett’s secrets. […]

The Trader: Introducing two new filters for times of pain

Michael introduces two new filters to get ahead in difficult times through advance notices of potential breakouts and breakdowns. It pays to be bullish. History has shown us that over a long enough period of time being bullish on stocks has been a winning strategy. Economies grow, new technologies are invented, and value is created. […]

The Trader: Macroeconomic factors on stocks

Trader Michael Taylor looks at indices and the macroeconomic impacts on the market. It’s been another volatile few weeks in the market. The game has now changed, and players must adapt or see their money taken from them. Over the last ten years, private investors could get away without bothering themselves too much about macroeconomics. […]

Diary of an 18-year-old investor: Swing trading | LLOY, CBG, SSE, BA., DRX, BDEV |

William, one of our youngest SharePad subscribers, gives us an update on his A level preparation and his latest swing trades using point and figure charts. Read his previous articles here. It’s been a very busy start to the New Year with my A Level mocks, along with lots of studying ready for the Summer […]

Sniper shorts

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It has been a turgid couple of months for small cap investors. Many stocks are well off their highs. There are no longer placings where investors can’t write tickets quick enough. The capital tap (for now) is no longer gushing and we’re seeing companies sell off as people become wary of a possible recession. At […]

The Trader: 3 principles for trading on the stock market

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Breakouts are an excellent way to swing trade and profit from bull markets. I love breakouts because they’re a high probability pattern of continuation and also because it means that the price is rising. However, many people try strategies that that are inherently risky. Sadly, one private investor commented that they’d invested into a stock […]

Time to Get Out of Tech Stocks? If So, Into What for Returns?

Tech stocks were strong performers last year. The pandemic meant that providers of remote services like Zoom Video Communications or Peloton Interactive experienced massive sales growths, while a whole host of cybersecurity and cloud hosting companies did well alongside the usual big players like Microsoft, Apple and Amazon. However, as the economy bounces back from the disruption of COVID-19, tech stocks have slumped.

The Trader: Trading Turnarounds


Everyone likes a turnaround. This is because people like the idea of buying at the bottom and reaping the rewards.

However, trading turnarounds can take a lot of time. Businesses are often slow to change and it is not a quick process.

This article will show you how to trade some potential turnaround stocks and give you some pointers to look at next time you are considering trading a turnaround.

The Trader: A look at the pharmaceuticals sector

The pharmaceuticals sector is another popular sector with private investors and retail traders. This is because the volatility is high and traders are often attracted to the blue-sky lottery ticket type stocks. The road for a junior pharmaceutical company is long and hard. First of all, drugs need to go through three phases of testing […]

The Trader: A look at the commodities sector

The commodities sector is popular with private investors and retail traders. Life changing gains (and life changing losses) can be made on this sector. Back the right minor and you can see stocks appreciate in value several-fold, although the vast majority never amount to anything other than value destruction through endless placings. In this article […]