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If you trade CFD's, you should know that news moves the markets.

The Fundamental trading strategy

A news flash trading strategy involves trading based on news and market expectations, both before and following the news report releases. Trading on news announcements can be risky as news can travel very quickly on digital media. Traders will need to assess the news immediately after it’s released and make a quick judgement on how to trade it.

Some key considerations include:

Is the news already fully factored into the price of an asset or only partially priced in?

Did we already expect the results and the market already moved accordingly?

Does the news match market expectations?

Is the data as expected, if so, no real change, if better or worse, bigger volatility, sharp quick price variations?

Understanding these differences in market expectations is crucial to success when using a fundamental trading strategy

What to look out for.

Treat each market and news release as an individual entity.

Create trading strategies for specific news releases. Be it a positive earnings report or a negative one, when to sell/hold or do nothing is crucial.

Market sentiment and market responses can be even more important than news releases. To be fair, no one can really perceive the response of the market to data or news released but if you recognize a trend and pounce on it, you can make significant gains in a short period.

When trading based on news releases, it’s vital that the trader is aware of how markets operate. Markets need momentum to move and this comes from information flows such as news releases. Therefore, it’s maybe common that news is already factored into the assets price, but not always. This results from traders attempting to predict the results of future news announcements and in turn, the market’s response.

‘It's better to travel than to arrive"

Proverb, One's focus should not be the end result or the destination, especially to the extent that the journey becomes unenjoyable.

The above is a common trading adage. This motto suggests that it can be better to trade on price action before an announcement rather than simply waiting for the announcement. Doing so may protect the trader from the volatility that can follow a rumoured announcement but in the alternative, guess right, make fast returns, On the contrary, if you correctly predict the announcement, happy days!


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