Scottish Opinion Poles Spook Cable Bulls

The very strong number last week from the Chicago PMI was an early indicator of a strong US ISM Manufacturing number on Tuesday so the dollar remained bid throughout the day in anticipation of that, pushing up to the next resistance level. The number didn’t disappoint printing 59.0 vs 57.0 expected for the headline number. […]

Waiting for the ECB?

An interesting event this week will be the ECB meeting on Thursday (September 4th). Back in June, a month after Draghi’s ‘ready to act’, the ECB introduced a range of [anticipated] measures in addition to the ‘interest rates corridor cut’, fixing the deposit rate in negative territory in order to fight deflationary threat in Europe…

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Positioning and Scaling

As many of you know we use a lot of order book analysis, our primary trading, which is all systematic and uses a lot of methods for scaling and calculating risk. However our new order book methods – that we trade manually and you can proxy – are very simple when it comes to scaling in and out, but worth understanding…

Slow Start To Another Important Week

We have a busy week ahead with numerous central bank rate decisions and policy statements to negotiate, however with the US and Canadians on bank holiday, Monday was a rather quiet affair. The theme remains dollar strength overall, and now that we have end of month fund rebalancing out of the way there is no […]

Littlefish Loves: Magic Whiteboard

Littlefish Loves is a brand new feature bringing you our favourite product or service of the week. Expect the latest must-have gadgets, cool stuff for the office and ingenious inventions, as well as the occasional one that’s just plain barmy…

WIN! A 3-month Virtual Fitness subscription

If those Commonwealth Games athletes have inspired you to get moving, we’ve got the answer. One lucky winner will receive a 3-month Gold Subscription package with Virtual Fitness, worth £75.

Weekly COT Analysis

Euro and Yen shorts continue to dominate the market as they continue to build. Across the board the majority of other currencies are seeing little price moment as well as very little moment in positioning…

The LFX Guide To: Camping Essentials

Quick! Before the cold and the dark nights set in, there’s still time to squeeze in one last camping trip… If you’re off into the great outdoors this weekend, don’t forget our Top 10 Camping Essentials you shouldn’t leave without: from inflatable tents and sleeping bags that double up as onesies to sachets of coffee for your essential morning caffeine fix (but we can’t promise you nice weather, sorry).

Easiest Trade Ever – Take 3

So one of the easiests trades I made a couple of years ago was buying the EURCHF at 1.20 and holding it until it exploded up. The SNB’s insistence to peg the EURCHF to 1.20 and defend it meant the downside risk was essentially zero but you had no idea when your pay-off may be…

Is The Dollar Rally Running Out Of Puff?

Spanish and German CPI and German Unemployment all failed to impress on Thursday, combined with a strong show from the US data via better than forecast GDP, unemployment claims and pending home sales. as such it is no surprise to see EURUSD right back at lows once again and some modest strength creep into the […]

Reminder: Month End

Little reminder for you all out there that it is month end tomorrow and as such month end flows. Will need to wait to see flow but at the moment…

Risk-On and US Dollar strength persist

AUDJPY continues to climb and is now trading above the 97.00 level for the first time since June 2013 and the S&P500 closed above the 2,000 for the second time in history…

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CAD Strengthens Sharply On M&A News

It was a slow but interesting trading day for must currencies. The Euro rallied from lows after news that the ECB may not extend stimulus at the next meeting and the Pound held it’s ground and looked well supported. The Australian dollar remained strong and the Canadian dollar, with news of the Burger King merger, […]

Best Autumn/Winter Events of 2014

Believe it or not, we’re in the last week of August, and autumn is almost upon us. It’ll be Christmas before we know it (yikes). But don’t despair, there are still plenty of exciting events coming up in Autumn/Winter 2014. Read on to find out when you need to make sure your calendar is clear…

LFX/NinjaTrader Webinar: Order Book trading secrets

Back in 2013, Littlefish FX’s very own Sam Barry gave a NinjaTrader Webinar on Order Book trading secrets. Didn’t catch it? Fear not, NinjaTrader were kind enough to record it all in full, so here it is again for your viewing pleasure…

USDCAD Short Option

Shine is coming off the US Dollar at the moment and it looks like it is desperately attempting to reverse some of the recent strong gains either in the form of a relief rally or at least a minor reversal…

Introduction to Order Flow Trading (Course Preview)

This article is an introduction to applying an Order Flow approach using the Metastock platform. This is a very simple technique that can prove very powerful. The key to this approach is to follow the big players, choosing the right side of the market. This requires the use of professional trading platforms and a very good datafeed…

CAD% Index May Rally From Channel Support

US Durable Goods Orders rocketed to 22.6% vs 7.8% expected but this was all down to a very large order at Boeing and as such the gains will be temporary, therefore making the core number more significant which actually came in below par at -0.8% vs 0.5% and as such the dollar didn’t rally on […]

Littlefish Loves: The Coupe

Littlefish Loves is a brand new feature bringing you our favourite product or service of the week. Expect the latest must-have gadgets, cool stuff for the office and ingenious inventions, as well as the occasional one that’s just plain barmy…

GBPUSD Potential Bounce

Normally when commentators start calling for potential reversals due to oversold conditions I typically sell as much as I can given how wrong they normally are, however in the GBPUSD lately we have seen order hold static and the pair continue to drop, often this can be a sign of a change…

Gaps Closed But No Euro Dead Cat Bounce

German Ifo Business Climate and US New Home Sales both came in poorly on Monday but with London on bank holiday and the large opening gap nobody seemed to mind too much. The gaps were largely closed but EURUSD remains stubbornly resistant to a bounce, perhaps dues to the poor IFO number. Tuesday sees a […]

Weekly COT Analysis

Traders are hesitant, but hold and add too their euro shorts, whilst Aussie, Loonie, and Sterling remain net long. Apart from the euro, the size of positions are relatively small as traders are only taking a small amount of risk…

Video: A Quick Intro to Order Flow Trading

Want to learn about the trading techniques used here at Littlefish FX? Then watch CEO Sam Barry take you through a brief intro to Order Flow Trading…

Basic Order Flow – Trade Like Littlefish

A really quick bit of insight into how you could have captured all of the EURUSD recent moves without any effort, just by looking at order flow. From CEO Sam Barry…

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FTSE100 – One to watch

One to keep an eye on early this week is the FTSE 100. We have been long since the rejection of the 6,570 level as there was good supportive flow, however recently the flow has dried up a little just before recent highs suggesting some good selling at these levels…

Risk Events: German Ifo Business Climate Index and US New Home Sales

German Ifo Business Climate Index and US New Home Sales figures will be released on Monday, August 25, 2014.  Main points: Consecutive declining figures on the Ifo Business Climate Index US housing market is picking up Announcement Time (GMT) Forecast Previous German Ifo Business Climate Index 8:00 AM 107.0 108.0 US New Home Sales 2:00 […]

Week Ahead: Large Dollar Gap To Open The Week

There have been several developments over the weekend. We’ve had a Reuters article suggesting that there are people behind the scenes at the Fed putting pressure on due to ‘growing anxiety about the risks of holding rates too low for too long’. We have also had other reports showing increased concern over European inflation and […]

Order Flow Basics: Delta

In the latest educational article on order flow, Gabriele demonstrates a way to use order flow information to catch a possible market reversal…

Viral Videos of the Week

This week, the Ice Bucket Challenge has quite literally ‘soaked’ the internet, and the viral fundraising effort has raised an incredible $41.8 million for the charity, which combats amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. So this week’s Viral Videos of the Week is dedicated to the #ALSIceBucketChallenge… here are our favourites!

Five Lessons Learnt This Week

Another week is over, and it’s time to reflect on what it’s taught us. This time round, we’ve learnt why not to text on a date, that we need to stock up on Nutella as a matter of urgency and why you shouldn’t complain about working on your birthday…

Dark Pools and the FX Trade

With the debate flying around on the subject of Dark Pools, why should I, as an FX trader care? Well, apart from it being an interesting subject for anyone involved in finance, dark pools aren’t actually too dissimilar to how FX brokers’ order books work…

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More Central Bank Chatter To Dodge

Friday’s Jackson hole Speech by Janet Yellen will be closely watched, not because it is a critically important speech, but because traders will have waited until after the speech before entering their trades. As such even if there is nothing exciting mentioned in the speech, which frankly is a strong possibility, then we could still […]

Market Overview – A look at the Order Flow

In a choppy August, an interesting week is underway in the Forex market following the BOE and Fed releases on Wednesday. Unsurprisingly, the Forex market was strongly influenced by Central Banks’ decision…

The LFX Guide to: Golf Courses

The PGA Championships are over and the Ryder Cup tees off next month, so get into the golfing spirit and sharpen up your swing at one of our favourite golf courses from around the world. From exclusive golf clubs to courses that scale mountains and spread across safari parks, our LFX guide is sure to inspire you…

Risk Events: German PMI and UK Retail Sales

German Manufacturing PMI and UK Retail Sales will be the key news announcements coming out on Thursday, August 21, 2014. Announcement Time (GMT) Forecast Previous German Manufacturing PMI 7:30 AM 51.8 52.4 UK Retail Sales (MoM) 8:30 AM 0.4% 0.1% German Manufacturing PMI peaked early 2014 at 56.5 before declining to levels just above 52. […]

Dissent Creeps Into The Central Banks Regarding Tightening

We started the day with new of a 2-7 vote for the MPC to tighten rates which naturally gave the pound a sharp spike higher but with the FOMC minutes later in the day this was never going to get too far without a confirmation of dovishness from the Fed. This did not come and […]

Littlefish Loves: Thread

Littlefish Loves is a brand new feature bringing you our favourite product or service of the week. Expect the latest must-have gadgets, cool stuff for the office and ingenious inventions, as well as the occasional one that’s just plain barmy…

Could MPC And FOMC Reverse Tuesday’s Moves?

It was a day of disappointing CPI prints which started off with the UK which dropped the ball quite considerably with a miss of 1.6% vs 1.8% expected. Naturally, this was enough to flatten the hopes of traders at the start of the week although many traders clearly had highly effective crystal balls and had […]

Top four candlestick patterns to look out for

When it comes to trading candlestick charts, you’ve no doubt got your own favourites, but it’s always healthy to get another opinion. Right? Good. Here then, are our top four candlestick patterns to keep an eye out for on your chart…

The LFX Guide to: Edinburgh Fringe Festival

The Edinburgh Fringe Festival is the world’s biggest arts festival and it’s taking over the Scottish capital for the whole of August. Read on to find out how you can get involved…

Risk Events: UK and US CPI

We have two CPI announcements coming out on Tuesday, August 19, 2014, one from the UK at 8:30 AM GMT and the other from the US at 12:30 PM GMT. Below are diagrams providing more information. Announcement Time (GMT) Forecast Previous MoM UK CPI 8:30 AM -0.2% 0.2% YoY UK CPI 8:30 AM 1.8% 1.9% […]

Unwind Of Risk-Off And Further Consolidation Ahead Of FOMC

With this week’s data schedule heavily biased towards the end of the week we started off on a slow footing. The positive US data gave the dollar a lift at the expense of the Euro, Swissy and the Yen but trading was quite slow otherwise. Tuesday only really has the UK CPI data as a […]

Weekly COT Analysis

The greenback continues to get a boost this week as traders see a shift in the sentiment towards the US Dollar. Sterling held its position this week but with the publication of the Inflation Report after the record date we could see a shift in sterling soon. Commodity currencies give back gains, driving them towards a more neutral stance.

Week Ahead: Carney Talks Up The Pound

Over the weekend we had comments from Bank of England Governor Carney, he told the Sunday Times “We have to have the confidence that real wages are going to be growing sustainably (before rates go up). We don’t have to wait for the fact of that turn to do so.” This alone was enough for […]

Book Club

Introducing our LFX Book Club, the essential reading list for all traders, whether you’re brand new to trading or a seasoned pro. From reference books and essential guides to memoirs and biographies of notorious traders, if there’s a trading lesson to be learnt, it’s here… The Wolf of Wall Street By Jordan Belfort (a.k.a. the […]

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The LFX Guide to: Spa Days

Friday is National Relaxation Day, so there’s no better time to take a break from the stress of watching those trading screens and treat yourself to a day of pampering and rejuvenation. We’ve rounded up our 10 favourite spas from around the world so read on to decide where you’ll be heading for your relaxation day…

Viral Videos of the Week

This week, you can see Mark Zuckerburg drench himself in cold water, watch a boy turn into a man and see a four year old’s heart break as she finds out just what ‘deleted’ means. And there’s a heartfelt tribute to Robin Williams as American comedian Sky Williams sends out a message to anyone affected by depression…

Five Lessons Learnt This Week

This week at Littlefish FX, we’ve learnt how to escape from those noisy neighbours that love a 2am house party, why you should always make sure you write down the right number, how to read your dog’s mind and what needs to be on your Christmas list…

Another Day Another Dollar Whipsaw

Thursday was almost a carbon copy of the day before for most pairs so our outlook remains identical. We had furtherer poor European data with GDP all printing very disappointing numbers. The market was unfazed though and had clearly already priced this in because right after the data came in we rallied in EURUSD. No […]

USD Bears Get Jitters Ahead Of European GDP Numbers

Wednesday’s session was primed to be quite lively and it certainly didn’t disappoint. We started off with the UK data and it was ugly. Wage growth well below the forecast and now a primary concern for Carney and co since the previous excuse for holding stimulus; slack in the economy, seems to be correcting quicker […]

Order Flow Trading: How to follow trend

Gabriele demonstrates how you could have captured recent negative movements of equity futures by the use of order flow and volume strategies…

Littlefish Loves: The Sunborn Yacht Hotel

Littlefish Loves is a brand new feature bringing you our favourite product or service of the week. Expect the latest must-have gadgets, cool stuff for the office and ingenious inventions, as well as the occasional one that’s just plain barmy…

Video: Using the Littlefish FX Psych Indicator

Our LFX Psych Indicator measures the % of longs or shorts in a given period and is used in two key ways. Here’s a short video tutorial from Sam…

Understanding Forex Trading Sessions

The Forex market may be open 24 hours a day during the week, but it is important to note that not all times are equal. Understanding why is an important lesson for any trader so that they can adapt their trading style to suit the market conditions…

Littlefish Loves: the Nap Tie

Littlefish Loves is a brand new feature bringing you our favourite product of the week. Expect the latest must-have gadgets, cool stuff for the office and ingenious inventions, as well as the occasional product that’s just plain barmy…

Five Lessons Learnt This Week

Another week is drawing to a close, so it’s time to round up what we’ve learnt this week. Read on to find out why you’re wasting your time at the gym, why you should keep a close eye on your toddlers and why 7am raves are a good way to start the day…

Order Flow: Equity Risk-Off

Last week, several catalysts pushed major equity markets down by the rise of risk aversion: the banking crisis in Portugal with Banco Espirito Santo, conflict in Gaza, and the Malaysian Airways jet that was shot down in Ukraine…

A Simple Trick to Help You Win Candlestick Patterns

As a lot of you know, my team and I focus a lot on volume profiling and order books. Recently we gave a bit of an intro to these, but I know it wasn’t massively in depth and, in fact, not super easy either. So today I’m going to simplify it right down to a simple trick for you to use. Obviously this is only one part of the big picture, but it’s a start…

POC: Powerful levels for intraday swings

Here we provide a glimpse of a very easy, but at the same time incredibly powerful trading tool: POC, Point of Control…

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7 Ways To Keep Fit During The Busy Trading Week

Have you been inspired by the Commonwealth Games athletes? Are you ready to get fit? We know it can be hard to find time for exercise in your busy trading week, so here are our top excuse-proof picks for the best ways to cram a workout or two into your busy life…

The LFX A-Z of London

Whether London is your everyday stomping ground or you’re just popping over for a weekend, check out our A-Z Guide for the best places to eat, drink and sleep and what’s on around the City…

Top 4 Trading Tools I Couldn’t Live Without

So over the weekend I figured I’d review our systems and trading techniques, and have decided that I am going to start a series of videos on a simple trading system, based on my top four trading tools…

Five Lessons Learnt This Week

It’s that time again! In this week’s Five Lessons Learnt, find out why cash machines have been giving away free money, how not to find a lost mobile phone and why you should be careful what you change your name to…

Retail investors’ portal iNVEZZ launches crowd funding campaign

Our friends over at iNVEZZ – the comparison and review investment portal – have launched a campaign on crowd funding site Crowdcube. The innovative online company is raising investment capital for the development of unique new features, and you can meet and grill the co-founders at their live London pitch on July 30th…

How to Trade Indicator Divergence

Indicator Divergence is one of the easiest trading tactics if you use it right. Learn the best ways to implement divergence into your trading strategy while minimising risk and avoiding false signals…

Beating Binary Options Pricing Models

Our tech team have taken up the challenge to beat binary options brokers. Here’s one of the strategies we got working well…

You Are The Trading Revolution

Wall Street is dead, long live Wall Street, says CEO Sam Barry as he gives his thoughts on who will come out as winners in the trading revolution…

Ignoring the race to find the next crisis

Before the financial crisis everyone was focused on the boom years and nothing could go wrong. Now all of a sudden, post crisis everything is awful and there is a new crisis every week that is poised to destroy the financial markets. They are both utter nonsense. Here’s why…

The key remains to follow the flow

John Plender wrote an interesting and short piece in the FT last week, and I suggest you read it…

Buy: Indicators, Courses & Strategies

Our Littlefish FX Trading tools – available to download instantly – include Add-ons, Indicators, Strategies and Courses.

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RTAS System Insight Part 4: Rebaselining & Conclusion

The fourth and concluding part in our series of articles by CEO Sam Barry talking about the RTAS System and addressing some of the most common questions and feedback from inquisitive Littlefish FX readers…

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Bespoke Forex Trading Systems

A COMPLETE TRADING SYSTEM IN A BOX Attention all prop, managed account, hedge fund and fund businesses – here at Littlefish FX we are offering bespoke black box development based on our patented in-house order book systems. A full trading system – unique to you Based on underlying order flow techniques as used in our […]

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RTAS System Insight Part 3: Creating our Portfolio

Now lets consider where the difference lie between systems. A good example may be that a fund or Hedgefund is looking for 25% to 30% returns per annum, 1:5 leverage with ultra low drawdowns, but is not concerned with number of open trades and allows hedging structures…

RTAS System Insight Part 2: Strategy building

Once we have the idea, the concept then turned to how do we build component based systems so that we can either produce long dated consistent systems or manipulate components for certain conditions or system specifications…

RTAS System Insight Part 1: Order Flow

To start with, I’d like give you all a bit of insight into how we build systems and therefore a little insight into the RTAS system as it finalises its rebaselining…

March Review

Littlefish FX CEO Sam Barry shares his month-end thoughts on trading in March…

Littlefish Shark School

Want a trading job at Littlefish FX? Do you have what it takes to become a trading shark? We are looking for our next generation of traders. Familiar with the “turtle trading” concept of several years ago? Well let us introduce to you the Littlefish FX trading concept. We are looking for people to outperform […]

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Alternative Investments

We have teamed up with a number of partners to offer alternative options to investing in our FX systems, providing several options and price points depending on what you’re looking for from your investment. As opposed to our signals service, this means that we only earn when we make you money, (although we will earn […]

Buffett on Investing

“If you can enjoy Saturdays and Sundays without looking at stock prices, give it a try on weekdays.” Warren Buffett’s latest letter to Berkshire Hathaway holders is definitely worth a read. Short on time? Fear not, we’ve pulled out the best lines here…

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The 7 big questions about Alternative Investments

In the current market, the search for a decent return is driving more people to consider alternative investments. One attractive option is the Foreign Exchange managed account. To help you understand why, here we explore some of the key considerations with our 7 big questions about Alternative Investments…

Order Book Insight

As we have had a fair few questions recently on the choppy markets and order book trading, I thought it might be nice to provide a little more insight into the current market conditions…

February Review

Littlefish FX CEO Sam Barry shares his thoughts on trading in February, and looks ahead to what March may bring…

Managed Accounts

We have teamed up with investment managers, TMS Capital Limited, to offer a fully-managed investment solution…

January Review

In the first of his monthly review letters of 2014, Littlefish FX CEO Sam Barry gives his views on trading in January…

LFX Infographic: January 2014

January is over so it’s time to check out our monthly infographic, featuring our Systems Performance results from the first month of 2014 plus the best facts and stats from around the world in January….

LFX Infographic: December 2013

January is here so it’s time to check out our monthly infographic, featuring our Systems Performance results from December & the best facts and stats from around the world from 2013…

LFX Infographic: November 2013

It’s our monthly infographic with our Systems Performance results from November & the best facts and stats from around the world…

LFX Infographic: October 2013

Check out our monthly infographic with our Systems Performance results from October, mixed with a few fun, interesting and thought-provoking facts from around the world…

Systems Performance

Here at Littlefish FX, we spend a lot of time designing systems for others to use. See below for links to the current systems we are operating, designed and/or built for ourselves and for others. All of these systems are based on the same underlying order book components with various limitations or structures as per […]

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Forex Trading Courses

Attention class! Launching very soon are our full selection of Forex courses, including: Getting Started with Forex, Order Book Systems, COT Report, Intraday Breakout Strategy and plenty more. All courses are free to all members (of course!) and we’ll send you an email when they become available. Click for more info…

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