Muscular Investing

Use Currency to Your Advantage, and Turn That Frown Upside-Down

by Brian Livingston

Changes in foreign-exchange prices may be too random to predict. But you can still use currency fluctuations to enhance your portfolio. • The trick is that many commodities, such as oil and gold, are priced in US dollars worldwide... Read More 

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Currency Movements May Be Too Weird for You to Make Profits

by Brian Livingston

Like many things that individuals try when trading against the professionals, foreign currencies look easy but are actually hard to eke a profit out of... Read More 

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Even When Your Funds Are Gone, the Game Might Not Be Over

by Brian Livingston

Figure 1. Leverage can quickly put your account balance underwater, but even that may not stop traders at certain foreign-exchange brokers. Photo by Zwiebackesser/Shutterstock. • Part 2 of a series. Part 1 appeared on May 21, 2019... Read More 

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Currency Trading is a Great Way to Lose Money

by Brian Livingston

Studies show that although 84% of currency traders think they can make profits, only 30% actually do. What can we learn from this fact? • People are vastly overconfident in their ability to wring gains from what seems like a simple game... Read More 

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How to Invest Without Suffering from Behavioral Biases

by Brian Livingston

We make poor decisions when presented with financial data, because the subsconscious mind is in control of our interpretation of the facts. • Simply saying, ‘I will not be affected by my subconscious mind,’ is pointless... Read More 

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When to Use a Computer and When to Use Your Brain

by Brian Livingston

It’s well-established that computers outperform the best human players in chess, poker, Go, and other skills. The same is true in the game of investing. • We can use this fact to boost our long-term performance. Simple computer formulas outdo financial experts... Read More 

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Paper Trading Is Not the Same as Serious Money Trading

by Brian Livingston

To learn how to invest, people often try ‘paper trading.’ This technique means buying and selling only in theory, without any actual money involved. • It may not be that simple... Read More 

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To Make More Profit in the Market, It Helps If You're Brain-Damaged

by Brian Livingston

Patients with damage in the part of the brain that monitors risk make more money in a simple investing game than normal people. We can learn from this. • Everything about a modern stock market involves random events and the chance of loss... Read More