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ATO Australian tax treatment for options trades 🇦🇺

I am posting this as I hope it will help other Australian options traders trading in US options with their tax treatment for ATO (Australian Tax Office) purposes. The ATO provides very little guidance on tax treatment for options trading and I had to do a lot of digging to get to this point. I welcome any feedback on this post.

The Deloitte Report from 2011

My initial research led me to this comprehensive Deloitte report from 2011 which is hosted on the ASX website. I've been through this document about 20 times and although it's a great report to understand how different scenarios apply, it's still really hard to find out what's changed since 2011.
I am mainly relating myself to the scenario of being an individual and non-sole trader (no business set up) for my trading. I think this will apply to many others here too. According to that document, there isn't much guidance on what happens when you're an options premium seller and close positions before they expire.
Note that the ATO sometimes uses the term "ETO" (Exchange Traded Option) to discuss what we're talking about here with options trading.
Also note: The ATO discusses the separate Capital Gains Tax ("CGT") events that occur in each scenario in some of their documents. A CGT event will then determine what tax treatment gets applied if you don't know much about capital gains in Australia.

ATO Request for Advice

Since the Deloitte report didn't answer my questions, I eventually ended up contacting the ATO with a request for advice and tried to explain my scenario: I'm an Australian resident for tax purposes, I'm trading with tastyworks in $USD, I'm primarily a premium seller and I don't have it set up with any business/company/trust etc. In effect, I have a rough idea that I'm looking at capital gains tax but I wanted to fully understand how it worked.
Initially the ATO respondent didn't understand what I was talking about when I said that I was selling a position first and buying it to close. According to the laws, there is no example of this given anywhere because it is always assumed in ATO examples that you buy a position and sell it. Why? I have no idea.
I sent a follow up request with even more detail to the ATO. I think (hope) they understood what I meant now after explaining what an options premium seller is!

Currency Gains/Losses

First, I have to consider translating my $USD to Australian dollars. How do we treat that?
FX Translation
If the premium from selling the options contract is received in $USD, do I convert it to $AUD on that day it is received?
ATO response:
Subsection 960-50(6), Item 5 of the Income Tax Assessment Act 1997 (ITAA 1997) states the amount should be translated at the time of the transaction or event for the purposes of the Capital Gains Tax provisions. For the purpose of granting an option to an entity, the time of the event is when you grant the option (subsection 104-20(2) ITAA 1997).
This is a very detailed response which even refers to the level of which section in the law it is coming from. I now know that I need to translate my trades from $USD to $AUD according to the RBA's translation rates for every single trade.
But what about gains or losses on translation?
There is one major rule that overrides FX gains and losses after digging deeper. The ATO has a "$250k balance election". This will probably apply to a lot of people trading in balances below $250k a lot of the FX rules don't apply. It states:
However, the $250,000 balance election broadly enables you to disregard certain foreign currency gains and losses on certain foreign currency denominated bank accounts and credit card accounts (called qualifying forex accounts) with balances below a specified limit.
Therefore, I'm all good disregarding FX gains and losses! I just need to ensure I translate my trades on the day they occurred. It's a bit of extra admin to do unfortunately, but it is what it is.

Credit Trades

This is the scenario where we SELL a position first, collect premium, and close the position by making an opposite BUY order. Selling a naked PUT, for example.
What happens when you open the position? ATO Response:
The option is grantedCGT event D2 happens when a taxpayer grants an option. The time of the event is when the option is granted. The capital gain or loss arising is the difference between the capital proceeds and the expenditure incurred to grant the option.
This seems straight forward. We collect premium and record a capital gain.
What happens when you close the position? ATO Response:
Closing out an optionThe establishment of an ETO contract is referred to as opening a position (ASX Explanatory Booklet 'Understanding Options Trading'). A person who writes (sells) a call or put option may close out their position by taking (buying) an identical call or put option in the same series. This is referred to as the close-out of an option or the closing-out of an opening position.
CGT event C2 happens when a taxpayer's ownership of an intangible CGT asset ends. Paragraph 104-25(1)(a) of the ITAA 1997 provides that ownership of an intangible CGT asset ends by cancellation, surrender, or release or similar means.
CGT event C2 therefore happens to a taxpayer when their position under an ETO is closed out where the close-out results in the cancellation, release or discharge of the ETO.
Under subsection 104-25(3) of the ITAA 1997 you make a capital gain from CGT event C2 if the capital proceeds from the ending are more than the assets cost base. You make a capital loss if those capital proceeds are less than the assets reduced cost base.
Both CGT events (being D2 upon granting the option and C2 upon adopting the close out position) must be accounted for if applicable to a situation.
My take on this is that the BUY position that cancels out your SELL position will most often simply realise a capital loss (the entire portion of your BUY position). In effect, it 'cancels out' your original premium sold, but it's not recorded that way, it's recorded as two separate CGT events - your capital gain from CGT event D2 (SELL position), then, your capital loss from CGT event C2 (BUY position) is also recorded. In effect, they net each other out, but you don't record them as a 'netted out' number - you record them separately.
From what I understand, if you were trading as a sole tradecompany then you would record them as a netted out capital gain or loss, because the trades would be classified as trading stock but not in our case here as an individual person trading options. The example I've written below should hopefully make that clearer.
EXAMPLE:
Trade on 1 July 2020: Open position
Trade on 15 July 2020: Close position
We can see from this simple example that even though you made a gain on those trades, you still have to record the transactions separately, as first a gain, then as a loss. Note that it is not just a matter of netting off the value of the net profit collected and converting the profit to $AUD because the exchange rate will be different on the date of the opening trade and on the date of the closing trade we have to record them separately.

What if you don't close the position and the options are exercised? ATO Response:
The option is granted and then the option is exercisedUnder subsection 104-40(5) of the Income Tax Assessment Act 1997 (ITAA 1997) the capital gain or loss from the CGT event D2 is disregarded if the option is exercised. Subsection 134-1(1), item 1, of the ITAA 1997 refers to the consequences for the grantor of the exercise of the option.
Where the option binds the grantor to dispose of a CGT asset section 116-65 of the ITAA 1997 applies to the transaction.
Subsection 116-65(2) of the ITAA 1997 provides that the capital proceeds from the grant or disposal of the shares (CGT asset) include any payment received for granting the option. The disposal of the shares is a CGT event A1 which occurs under subsection 104-10(3) of the ITAA 1997 when the contract for disposal is entered into.
You would still make a capital gain at the happening of the CGT event D2 in the year the event occurs (the time the option is granted). That capital gain is disregarded when the option is exercised. Where the option is exercised in the subsequent tax year, the CGT event D2 gain is disregarded at that point. An amendment may be necessary to remove the gain previously included in taxable income for the year in which the CGT event D2 occurred.
This scenario is pretty unlikely - for me personally I never hold positions to expiration, but it is nice to know what happens with the tax treatment if it ultimately does come to that.

Debit Trades

What about the scenario when you want to BUY some options first, then SELL that position and close it later? Buying a CALL, for example. This case is what the ATO originally thought my request was about before I clarified with them. They stated:
When you buy an ETO, you acquire an asset (the ETO) for the amount paid for it (that is, the premium) plus any additional costs such as brokerage fees and the Australian Clearing House (ACH) fee. These costs together form the cost base of the ETO (section 109-5 of the ITAA 1997). On the close out of the position, you make a capital gain or loss equal to the difference between the cost base of the ETO and the amount received on its expiry or termination (subsection 104-25(3) of the ITAA 1997). The capital gain or loss is calculated on each parcel of options.
So it seems it is far easier to record debit trades for tax purposes. It is easier for the tax office to see that you open a position by buying it, and close it by selling it. And in that case you net off the total after selling it. This is very similar to a trading shares and the CGT treatment is in effect very similar (the main difference is that it is not coming under CGT event A1 because there is no asset to dispose of, like in a shares or property trade).

Other ATO Info (FYI)

The ATO also referred me to the following documents. They relate to some 'decisions' that they made from super funds but the same principles apply to individuals they said.
The ATO’s Interpretative Decision in relation to the tax treatment of premiums payable and receivable for exchange traded options can be found on the links below. Please note that the interpretative decisions below are in relation to self-managed superannuation funds but the same principles would apply in your situation [as an individual taxpayer, not as a super fund].
Premiums Receivable: ATO ID 2009/110

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Gold and Silver rocket ride - 110k in 1 month

Gold and Silver rocket ride - 110k in 1 month
IMPORTANT: OVER 75% OF PEOPLE LOSE MONEY WITH CFD TRADING. IF YOU'RE A NOOB, DON'T EVEN THINK OF OPENING A CFD ACCOUNT. TRY MAKING CONSISTENT MONEY SWING TRADING ASX STONKS FIRST. THEN KEEP DOING THAT UNTIL YOU GET BORED AND WANT TO LOSE BIG MONEY VERY QUICKLY. ONLY THEN YOU MAY HAVE WHAT IT TAKES TO TRADE WITH LEVERAGE.
You most likely don't have my discipline and pain tolerance. Or my feel for risk/reward math. On top of this you need markets to play nice and a bit of luck.
I'm no wiz, but I know my strengths and weaknesses. I smell a good setup and prepare accordingly.
Hope you all nail your big opportunity when it shows up. If not, that's okay too. You'll keep getting chances. Be patient. Focus on small wins. Plus there's far more important things in life than being loaded.
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How I lost 5k trading CFDs then turned it around
Back in April, I was playing with CFDs and nearly blew up my account. Started with $5k and dropped to almost zero because trading forex with leverage is a very stupid game. This is why IG gives you a demo account. But instead of using the demo account to learn how not to fuck up massively, I was using it to place giant YOLO shorts on US markets.
By being a bit less retarded on the forex trades I clawed back some losses then topped up the account with another $2.5k before starting to open small positions in gold. From 3 to 10 contracts depending on how confident I felt. Then smelling a massive opportunity, I ramped up the leverage by going with much larger positions.
Day 5
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Entering the silver trade
It was only after making decent profits in gold that I dared venture into silver. I wanted to enter silver around $18 but missed the boat after waiting too long for a dip. $20 was still great. Tons of upside left.
Silver is one nasty motherfucker to trade. It's a much smaller market than gold so the swings can be wild. Silver will play along nicely then suddenly fuck you really hard. If you use too much leverage you're basically waiting for your account to blow up. Stop losses will save you, but they can also kill your best trades. I didn't bother with stops for most of the ride because I'm an ASX_bets retard but also because I had ultra high conviction in the $25-27 price target.
Started with 25 contracts. I very nearly missed out on this mini pump. Some might call it luck.
Day 18
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Adding to my silver positions
Increased my position size once I had a profit buffer to protect against sharp drops. It's WAY easier to blow up a CFD account than it appears. When trades are going well you feel like you can keep adding leverage and make millions. But even small swings will kill you if your positions are too big. Discipline is key.
Buying 50 contracts in silver is not the same as 50 contracts in gold because silver moves are 2-4 times bigger. When gold moves 100 points, expect a 200-400 points move in silver. Having an equal mix of gold an silver contracts helped lower the overall volatility of my account.
Anything over 10 contracts in silver is big. You can lose hundreds within minutes. Buy 50 contracts, the price drops $1 and you're $5000 in the hole. I knew when to push and when to hold back. This was EXTREMELY important. I did not get greedy. I was happy to let price moves do most of the lifting.
Started the day with 3k profits. Went to bed that night with big beautiful bhags. 17k
https://preview.redd.it/qcbeoxvnxak51.png?width=1080&format=png&auto=webp&s=4228593b9d86cc5f0460f44af06c7292ea644625
Day 19
Woke up the next morning with even bigger bhags. 30k
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Day 24
More pump. I added 50 silver contracts that day after a decent drop. Profits now up to around 41k.
Held through the big swings...
Like a proper bitch, Silver dropped another 5% soon after I added those 50 contracts and my 41k profit became 20k very suddenly. But no stop loss and I held firmly. What's a 21k drop when you've been down 35k on BBOZ before. Metals bounced back hard later that evening. Still not selling. High conviction made all the difference here.
Five days later and I was up to 50k profit.
At that point, I felt safe enough to add another 50 contracts.
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And it paid off BIG
Both gold and silver keep pumping. Profit now 86k.
Day 28
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Why sell now?
Not selling yet. GV's silver target was $25-27 so I was confident holding through some wild swings.
GV = Gold Ventures https://twitter.com/thelastdegree
A turbo chad from Belgium who made a massive fortune trading options during 2008-2011 when silver went from $9 to $50 before crashing hard. GV is a certified wizard when it comes to timing the gold and silver cycles. Started with his wife's 32k savings and is now worth 18 million EUR or USD, I'm not sure and who cares. GV is pretty low key but commands plenty of respect from other metal traders on Twitter.
Meanwhile GV was on holiday but still shitting money.
https://preview.redd.it/ixsxwjx30dk51.png?width=1080&format=png&auto=webp&s=9fd5741634a7a5b0f913f5ea12edf05722f9fddf
GV also has a junior miner portfolio worth several millions. I believe it's true. I went deep into his Twitter history. He was buying heavily into the March crash and some of his picks like AbraPlata have since made 10x. Junior miners are like call options on metal prices with no expiry date but you still need to pick winners and enteexit at the right time.
Magical Six Figure Milestone
Not long after... BOOM! Hit 100k in profit.
When starting, I knew there was potentially 40k-50k to be made from this setup even without playing it perfectly. I would have been okay with 20k.
Day 32
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Start taking profits
Silver was still going strong but I felt it was time to de-risk.
So I started taking profits on both gold and silver around that time.
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Okay I'm out
The way silver kept pumping, I knew a big correction was imminent. By 12pm I was completely out with over 110k profit. Home and dry.
I went on with my daily work routine, a bit more relaxed and not checking charts every 5 minutes.
And then metals dumped hard.
There was money to be made on the short side but there was also a strong possibility of shorts being squeezed. So I didn't bother.
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After the dump, I had no appetite to get back in with big positions. In hindsight I could have made tons more if I held to $29 but the ride from $24 to $29 is far more risky than $20 to $26. I'm quite okay with my 40x performance. Plus I needed to reset mentally after this rocket ride. More often than not, the best thing to do after a huge trading win is to take a break. Wisdom gained from the BBOZ days :)
Withdrew my initial capital and 90% of the profits from IG. Left around 6k on the account to keep playing.
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Feels good to have extra funds to invest with but I also need to set some aside for the monster tax bill next year. You're welcome Australia, and all the JobSeekeJobKeeper leeches.
Hey everyone, check out my insane stats!
That 85% win rate though...
  • IG MARKETS - TRADE ANALYTICS - 29 JUNE TO 29 JULY
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Less impressive when zooming out to include the forex train wreck in April and my more recent metal trades.
  • IG MARKETS - TRADE ANALYTICS - 1 JANUARY TO 17 AUGUST
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Credits to:
https://twitter.com/thelastdegree - already covered above
https://twitter.com/DaveHcontrarian - called the metals and S&P500 bull runs
https://twitter.com/AdamMancini4 - simple yet powerful charts
https://twitter.com/badcharts1 - advanced silver charts
https://twitter.com/graddhybpc - advanced gold and silver charts
https://twitter.com/Northst18363337 - another master of charts
https://twitter.com/bhagdip143 - ultimate master of monster position and making bhags
BTW fuck Facebook groups, you'll hardly learn anything there. Full of losers. Twitter is where the elite traders and big dick fund managers bounce ideas. A solid Twitter list is worth thousands if not millions in the right hands.
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Stock trading/school

What will you be doing with this PC? Be as specific as possible, and include specific games or programs you will be using.
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If reusing any parts (including monitor(s)/keyboard/mouse/etc), what parts will you be reusing? Brands and models are appreciated.
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Extra info or particulars: have never built a pc in my life.
thank you very kindly!
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Thoughts On The Market Series #1 - The New Normal?

Market Outlook: What to Make of This “New Normal”

By ****\*
March 16, 2020
After an incredibly volatile week – which finished with the Dow Jones Industrial Average rallying over 9% on Friday – I suppose my readers might expect me to be quite upbeat about the markets.
Unfortunately, I persist in my overall pessimistic outlook for stocks, and for the economy in general. Friday’s rally essentially negated Thursday’s sell-off, but I don’t expect it to be the start of a sustained turnaround.
We’re getting a taste of that this morning, with the Dow opening down around 7%.
This selloff is coming on the back of an emergency interest rate cut by the Federal Reserve of 100 basis points (to 0%-0.25%) on Sunday… along with the announcement of a new quantitative easing program of $700 billion. (I will write about this further over the next several days.)
As I have been writing for many weeks, the financial bubble – which the Fed created by pumping trillions of dollars into the financial system – has popped. It will take some time for the bubble to deflate to sustainable levels.
Today I’ll walk you through what’s going on in the markets and the economy… what I expect going forward and why… and what it means for us as traders. (You’ll see it’s not all bad news.)

Coronavirus’ Strain on the Global Economy

To start, let’s put things in perspective: This asset deflation was coming one way or another. Covid19 (or coronavirus) has simply accelerated the process.
Major retailers are closing, tourism is getting crushed, universities and schools are sending students home, conventions, sporting events, concerts, and other public gatherings have been cancelled, banks and other financial service firms are going largely virtual, and there has been a massive loss of wealth.
Restaurant data suggests that consumer demand is dropping sharply, and the global travel bans will only worsen the situation.
Commercial real estate is another sector that looks particularly vulnerable. We are almost certain to see a very sharp and pronounced economic slowdown here in the United States, and elsewhere. In fact, I expect a drop of at least 5% of GDP over the next two quarters, which is quite severe by any standard.
Sure, when this cycle is complete, there will be tremendous amounts of pent-up demand by consumers, but for the time being, the consumer is largely on the sidelines.
Of course, the problems aren’t just in the U.S. China’s numbers look awful. In fact, the government there may have to “massage” their numbers a bit to show a positive GDP in the first quarter. Europe’s numbers will also look dreadful, and South Korea’s economy has been hit badly.
All around the world, borders are being shut, all non-essential businesses are being closed, and people in multiple countries are facing a lockdown of historic proportions. The coronavirus is certainly having a powerful impact, and it looks certain that its impact will persist for a while.
Consider global tourism. It added almost $9 trillion to the global economy in 2018, and roughly 320 million jobs. This market is in serious trouble.
Fracking in the U.S. is another business sector that is in a desperate situation. Millions of jobs and tens of billions of loans are now in jeopardy.
The derivative businesses that this sector supports will be likewise devastated as companies are forced to reduce their workforces or shut down due to the collapse in oil prices. This sector’s suffering will probably force banks to book some big losses despite attempts by the government to support this industry.
In a similar way, the derivative businesses that are supported by the universities and colleges across America are going to really suffer.
There are nearly 20 million students in colleges across the U.S. When they go home for spring vacation and do not return, the effect on the local businesses that colleges and university populations support will be devastating.
What does this “new normal” mean going forward? Let’s take a look…

New Normal

The new normal may become increasingly unpleasant for us. We need to be ready to hunker down for quite some time.
Beyond that, the government needs to handle this crisis far better in the future.
The level of stupidity associated with the massive throngs of people trapped in major airports yesterday, for example, was almost unimaginable.
Instead of facilitating the reduction of social contact and halting the further spread of the coronavirus, the management of the crowds at the airports produced a perfect breeding ground for the spread of the virus.
My guess is that more draconian travel restrictions will be implemented soon, matching to some extent the measures taken across Europe.
This will in turn have a further dampening effect on economic activity in the U.S., putting more and more pressure on the Fed and the government to artificially support a rapidly weakening economy.
Where does this end up? It is too early to say, but a very safe bet is that we will have some months of sharply negative growth. Too many sectors of the economy are going to take a hit to expect anything else.
The Fed has already driven interest rates to zero. Will that help? Unlikely. In fact, as I mentioned at the beginning of this update, the markets are voting with a resounding NO.
The businesses that are most affected by the current economic situation will still suffer. Quantitative easing is hardly a cure-all. In fact, it has been one of the reasons that we have such a mess in our markets today.
The markets have become addicted to the easy money, so more of the same will have little or no impact. We will need real economic demand, not an easier monetary policy.
It won’t help support tourism, for example, or the other sectors getting smashed right now. The government will need to spend at least 5% of GDP, or roughly $1 trillion, to offset the weakness I see coming.
Is it surprising that the Fed and the government take emergency steps to try to stabilize economic growth? Not at all. This is essentially what they have been doing for a long time, so it is completely consistent with their playbook.
Next, I would anticipate the government implementing some massive public-works and infrastructure programs over the coming months. That would be very helpful, and almost certainly quite necessary.
But there’s a problem with this kind of intervention from the government…

What Happens When You Eliminate the Business Cycle

The Fed’s foolish attempt to eliminate business cycles is a significant contributing factor to the volatility we are currently experiencing.
Quantitative easing is nothing more than printing lots and lots of money to support a weak economy and give the appearance of growth and prosperity. In fact, it is a devaluation of the currency’s true buying power.
That in turn artificially drives up the prices of other assets, such as stocks, real estate and gold – but it does not create true wealth. That only comes with non-inflationary growth of goods and services and associated increases in economic output.
Inflation is the government’s way to keep people thinking they are doing better.
To that point: We have seen some traditional safe-haven assets getting destroyed during this time of risk aversion. That has certainly compounded the problems of many investors.
Gold is a great example. As the stock market got violently slammed, people were forced to come up with cash to support their losing positions. Gold became a short-term source of liquidity as people sold their gold holdings in somewhat dramatic fashion. It was one of the few holdings of many people that was not dramatically under water, so people sold it.
The move may have seemed perverse, particularly to people who bought gold as a safe-haven asset, but in times of crisis, all assets tend to become highly correlated, at least short term.
We saw a similar thing happen with long yen exposures and long Bitcoin exposures recently.
The dollar had its strongest one-day rally against the yen since November 2016 as people were forced to sell huge amounts of yen to generate liquidity. Many speculators had made some nice profits recently as the dollar dropped sharply from 112 to 101.30, but they have been forced to book whatever profits they had in this position. Again, this was due to massive losses elsewhere in their portfolios.
Is the yen’s sell-off complete? If it is not complete, it is probably at least close to an attractive level for Japanese investors to start buying yen against a basket of currencies. The major supplies of yen have largely been taken off the table for now.
For example, the yen had been a popular funding currency for “carry” plays. People were selling yen and buying higher-yielding currencies to earn the interest rate difference between the liability currency (yen) and the funding currency (for example, the U.S. dollar).
Carry plays are very unpopular in times of great uncertainty and volatility, however, so that supply of yen will be largely gone for quite some time. Plus, the yield advantage of currencies such as the U.S. dollar, Canadian dollar, and Australian dollar versus the yen is nearly gone.
In addition, at the end of the Japanese fiscal year , there is usually heavy demand for yen as Japanese corporations need to bring home a portion of their overseas holdings for balance sheet window dressing. I don’t expect that pressure to be different this year.
Just as the safe-haven assets of yen and gold got aggressively sold, Bitcoin also got hammered. It was driven by a similar theme – people had big losses and they needed to produce liquidity quickly. Selling Bitcoin became one of the sources of that liquidity.

Heavy Price Deflation Ahead

Overall, there is a chance that this scenario turns into something truly ugly, with sustained price deflation across many parts of the economy. We will certainly have price deflation in many sectors, at least on a temporary basis.
Why does that matter over the long term?
Price deflation is the most debilitating economic development in a society that is debt-laden – like the U.S. today. Prices of assets come down… and the debt becomes progressively bigger and bigger.
The balance sheet of oil company Chesapeake Energy is a classic example. It’s carrying almost $10 billion worth of debt… versus a market cap of only about $600 million. Talk about leverage! When the company had a market cap of $10 billion, that debt level didn’t appear so terrifying.
Although this is an extreme example for illustrative purposes, the massive debt loads of China would seem more and more frightening if we were to sink into flat or negative growth cycles for a while. The government’s resources are already being strained, and it can artificially support only so many failing companies.
The U.S. has gigantic levels of debt as well, but it has the advantage of being the world’s true hegemon, and the U.S. dollar is the world’s reserve currency. This creates a tremendous amount of leverage and power in financing its debt.
The U.S. has been able to impose its will on its trading partners to trade major commodities in dollars. This has created a constant demand for the dollar that offsets, to a large extent, the massive trade deficit that the U.S. runs.
For example, if a German company wants to buy oil, then it needs to hold dollars. This creates a constant demand for dollar assets.
In short, the dollar’s status as the true global reserve currency is far more important than most people realize. China does not hold this advantage.

What to Do Now

In terms of how to position ourselves going forward, I strongly recommend that people continue with a defensive attitude regarding stocks. There could be a lot more downside to come. Likewise, we could see some panic selling in other asset classes.
The best thing right now is to be liquid and patient, ready to pounce on special opportunities when they present themselves.
For sure, there will be some exceptional opportunities, but it is too early to commit ourselves to just one industry. These opportunities could come in diverse sectors such as commercial real estate, hospitality, travel and leisure, and others.
As for the forex markets, the volatility in the currencies is extreme, so we are a bit cautious.
I still like the yen as a safe-haven asset. I likewise still want to sell the Australian dollar, the New Zealand dollar, and the Canadian dollar as liability currencies.
Why? The Bank of Canada, the Reserve Bank of Australia, and the Reserve Bank of New Zealand have all taken aggressive steps recently, slashing interest rates. These currencies are all weak, and they will get weaker.
Finding an ideal entry for a trade, however, is tricky. Therefore, we are being extra careful with our trading. We always prioritize the preservation of capital over generating profits, and we will continue with this premise.
At the same time, volatility in the markets is fantastic for traders. We expect many excellent opportunities to present themselves over the coming days and weeks as prices get driven to extreme levels and mispricings appear. So stay tuned.
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Worked in finance since out of Uni in the pensions area, want a change of career, not sure what the fuck to do now..

Long story short, been working for 6ish years out of Uni (28 now) in the defined benefit pensions area, was the best offer I got as I did arts (econ/psych) and didn't know what the fuck I was doing. Very dry work, never really hated it per se, but wasn't really passionate about it, but it paid decent (started 30k and now 50-55k) Slowly got more and more bored until it finally got the better of me and the boredom basically made it unbearable.
I quit my job and travelled around for 6 months, tried my hand at equities/options trading. Didn't blow up the account, but pretty much made fuck all above minimum wage from it. Did the whole matched betting for some extra pocket money (after singup bonuses you maybe have a few months befor getting gubbed on things like the horse/2UP bonuses) while I tried to figure out what I really enjoy.
.and the sad thing is..I don't even fucking know. I didn't mind the excitement of trading, but in reality you actually have to sit there for ages not taking anything until your 'edge' appears, its also shit hours because the most liquid market, the US, doesn't close until 9pm here. Fuck forex. I don't really like sell side equities research/not really interested in doing the CFA. I kinda wouldn't mind financial planning because I quite enjoy talking to my parents and family/friends about saving/investing (and not doing all the stupid things I've done) plus it at least has some crossover to my work experience. Things like helping people out if they want ot transfer their pension to Australia or NZ through QROPS.
The frightening thing is outside of the literal basic as fuck things as enjoying TV/movies, some sport, and travelling, I have no idea what I'd enjoy doing for the next 32+ years. I have enough savings to probably try and work it out for another few months while I shovel money into the London rental blackhole. Maybe I should try learning a language, although at Uni I did shit at French.
Somedays I wonder, am I somehow slowly getting depressed? But when I go out and talk to friends and do social things with the GF I feel fine. Thanks for anyone reading this ramble so far. If anyone has any tips on how to do the whole find what you love and enjoy doing' without the eat, pray love travel shit I've tried, please let me know.
TL;DR Worked in pensions, bored as fuck, spent 6 months trying to find out what I enjoy, still no fucking idea other than vaguely talking to people and giving them advice.
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Worked in finance since out of Uni in the pensions area, want a change of career, not sure what the fuck to do now..

Long story short, been working for 6ish years out of Uni (28 now) in the defined benefit pensions area, was the best offer I got. Very dry work, never really hated it per se, but wasn't really passionate about it, but it paid decent (started 30k and now 50-55k) Slowly got more and more bored until it finally got the better of me and the boredom basically made it unbearable.
I quit my job and travelled around for 6 months, tried my hand at equities/options trading. Didn't blow up the account, but pretty much made fuck all above minimum wage from it. Did the whole matched betting for some extra pocket money (after singup bonuses you maybe have a few months befor getting gubbed on things like the horse/2UP bonuses) while I tried to figure out what I really enjoy.
.and the sad thing is..I don't even fucking know. I didn't mind the excitement of trading, but in reality you actually have to sit there for ages not taking anything until your 'edge' appears, its also shit hours because the most liquid market, the US, doesn't close until 9pm here. Fuck forex. I don't really like sell side equities research/not really interested in doing the CFA. I kinda wouldn't mind financial planning because I quite enjoy talking to my parents and family/friends about saving/investing (and not doing all the stupid things I've done) plus it at least has some crossover to my work experience. Things like helping people out if they want ot transfer their pension to Australia or NZ through QROPS.
The frightening thing is outside of the literal basic as fuck things as enjoying TV/movies, some sport, and travelling, I have no idea what I'd enjoy doing for the next 32+ years. I have enough savings to probably try and work it out for another few months while I shovel money into the London rental blackhole. Maybe I should try learning a language, although at Uni I did shit at French.
Somedays I wonder, am I somehow slowly getting depressed? But when I go out and talk to friends and do social things with the GF I feel fine. Thanks for anyone reading this ramble so far. If anyone has any tips on how to do the whole find what you love and enjoy doing' without the eat, pray love travel shit I've tried, please let me know.
TL;DR Worked in pensions, bored as fuck, spent 6 months trying to find out what I enjoy, still no fucking idea other than vaguely talking to people and giving them advice.
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Some questions for Aussie Nomads

Hey guys,
I've got a few specific questions that fellows Aussies would be best situated to answer.

Taxes:
I've done the tax residency test and I might be able to declare myself a foreign resident for tax purposes. I believe I can answer No to this question " Are / were you an Australian resident for tax purposes immediately before leaving Australia? *" Because I've been living overseas "permanently" for the last 7 years, therefore not paying tax in Australia (I was under the threshold during that time, anyway. I've been in Australia for just two months on a holiday.
Any idea if that qualifies me as a non-resident? If it does, is there any obligation to prove I'm paying tax in another country (obviously not something I want to do as a DM, i.e. too much hassle getting a work visa and TFN in each country). Note I only earn 30,000-40,000 AUD, so hardly a big fish for the ATO to chase up.
According to ATO "As a foreign resident, you only need to lodge annual Australian income tax returns if you receive income from sources in Australia."
Does money earned while physically overseas (DNing) that comes through an Aussie bank account count as "in australia?" What about earnings from Aussie clients while physically overseas?
I'd obviously prefer to discuss this with a qualified accountant but I've read many charge upwards of $5000 for a letter of advice. Any recommendations for cheaper services/costings?
Expenses and filing:
I guess I can claim for some work expenses such as laptops, internet, maybe even some travel (I do a lot of travel writing). Do I need to do anything other than keeping electronic receipts and claiming them at the EOFY? Should I get an accountant involved or is being a freelancer simple enough to file solo?
ABN:
Say I go down the Australian resident for tax purposes route (which I'll probably have to), do I need an ABN for my freelance business? I work independently as a content writer, with most payments coming through PayPal and ultimately my Australian account.
Insurance:
It seems to me that global health/expat insurance is only really useful for Yankees (and others) who pay out the arse for coverage in their home country. If I got cancer or whatever other chronic illness I'd just fly home for treatment on Medicare. Therefore, travel insurance is more suitable for us.
Any holes to the logic in this line of reasoning?
Any travel insurance that's particularly good value for the DNs?
Finances:
I've got a Citibank Plus account which has an awesome no-fee withdrawal policy.
But what about being paid? I normally receive money in PayPal (fees) and send it to my Australian bank (more fees) before withdrawing in local currency (minor forex fee). Anyone found a better way for Australians to do this?

I know that's a lot. If anyone can answer any of the above from personal experience than I'd be super appreciative :-)

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The LivenPay CryptoCurrency (LVN)

To launch its new product, LivenPay will be growing its own personal digital currency: LivenCoin, or LVN for short. For users of the Liven Cash system, credit will be migrated across in fiat fee for the launch of the new Liven, and all of the points people love about Liven Cash will remain, plus new features and amenities enabled through transitioning to a proper digital currency.
LVN will feature as an intrinsic store of value across our network, and will have it’s very own internal exchange fee backed with the aid of the quantity of transactions made in real, brick-and-mortar businesses. This capability each token has a guaranteed purchasing electricity at over a thousand actual groups on launch day regardless of any arbitrary value the community may place on them. Users will be in a position to transact in fiat forex (AUD, USD) or LVN at all partnered merchants, and will obtain LVN for transacting as part of the sensible rewards network that we’ve built over the remaining four years. Merchant companions will be paid in fiat currency, or, if interested, can opt to get hold of repayments absolutely in LVN.
TOKEN DETAILS
SYMBOL: LVN
Network: ethereum
Token Type: ERC20
Decimal point: 18
General offer: 10,000,000,000 LVN
Token price: $ 0.015 USD
Total Sales: 30% (3,000,000,000)
Host: USD, AUD, ETH
Softcap: $ 10,000,000 USD
Hardcap: $ 28,000,000 USD
Jurisdiction: Australia
Limited to: United States, China, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Taiwan, and Indonesia
For More Information You Can Visit Link Below :
LivenPay : https://livenpay.io
Whitepaper : https://s3-ap-southeast-2.amazonaws.com/livenpay.io/LIVEN-WhitePaper(EN).pdf
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Medium : https://medium.com/livenpay
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Bitcoin 50k by the end of the year?

I would like to tell you my story, I join the currency exchange forex with a local group that had two divisions that spread from the city of the west and the city of the east, I don’t want to disclose the city names to give bad reputation to them. The leader of the group from the east started posting about bitcoin all over Snapchat, by this time he’s already became a 7figure earner from forex and has traveled across Europe before, about come to this website and join the REVOLUTION, which is bitcoin, by this time bitcoin was worth 2k. I didn’t sign up for the site but he did leave the app Coinbase on there, which was later removed so you could pay fees on the website.
I invested into it and did research further my investments into other altcoins I believe in. Then bitcoin hit, altcoins going to the stars. Another friend, which was connected to the forex group and expanded the forex group to Canada, it was also expanded to Australia, again not giving the names but I left it and just follow the leaders, posting about bitcoin everywhere. Then we know what happen, it crashed. During this time the last post that was made was bitcoin hitting, 19k.
Now just this weekend it started again, boosting bitcoin and calling a 50k. Now you are saying hey this guy is probably just guessing. I would say too, but why would stop and during a bear market but then starting to see a post about telling people to get in now.
This isn’t financial advice, and I’m already invested enough, and will still invest small amounts and have took my original investment out plus a lot more, but seeing one of my family members have a conference about new tech to try and use brings me that we are entering another great bull market and I’m calling it now
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Moving Money Internationally - A case study

Hi guys,
Maybe a week ago I posted here asking for advice on how to move my house deposit to the USA from Australia. Most of the advice I received was to look into bitcoins. I posted there as well and based on more advice made there conducted my investigation and figured I would share my case study with you guys so people also running into this problem might have somewhere to start. DO NOT UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES TAKE THIS AS FINANCIAL ADVICE. The numbers I quote here are wrong from pretty much the moment I post this, and obviously my bank is not every bank, etc...
So, the three options I investigated were bitcoins, a forex website and my bank. For the case studies purpose I will be looking to move a hypothetical 50k AUD to USD, at the moment google quotes the exchange rate as 1AUD=0.89USD. In my circumstance, I wanted to move the money in only one transaction, moving in it multiple chunks was a deal breaker.
Option 1. Bank: The simple choice given at first I was worried about the money getting frozen on the way if one or either banks got upset at such a large amount of money moving. Discussion with the bank on the american side revealed they pretty much don't give a shit. I would need to talk to the bank on the aussie side to move such a large amount in one go (my account was set at maximum transaction limit of $5000 a day).
The maths: My bank would do an international telegraphic transfer for $20 online, seems quite good until you look at their conversion rate (at the time of writing 0.8523)
50000-20=49980 -> 42622.94USD
Option 2: Forex. I signed up with a forex website that looked like it offered good rates. After registering online I received a phone call in about 20min to confirm my identity and check some details. Process involves me arranging a deal online, shifting my money to their bank account in Australia and they do the exchange and send it overseas for me to my nominated bank account. Again I would need to speak to my bank to arrange such a large transfer due to my limits but that portion shouldn't be any trouble.
Great for me, transactions above 10kAUD had no transaction fees ($15AUD otherwise), only the price that they sell the USD to you and that price gets better the more money you transfer. Basically, their only fee is the money you lose by not getting the USD's true price. And their prices were very good after playing with the calculators a bit. Putting in 50kAUD now nets me a lovely buy price of 0.8852USD. Lowering that amount lowers the buy price, raising it raises the buy price. Even so, low buy prices were better than the banks.
50000-15=49985 -> 44246.72USD
Option 3. Bitcoin. As someone who has never used bitcoins before, and never really even looked into it other than understanding what mining is, this is obviously an option that requires a lot of research and setting up on my part. That said, as far as I understood the process it would initially require me to buy 50kAUD worth of bitcoins, transfer to a US wallet for a small fee then sell again. Hence there will likely be loss AUD - Bitcoin transaction (not getting 50k worth of bitcoin for true AUD value) the transfer fee and likely a loss on the US side (not selling all the bitcoin for their true value in USD) just like exchanging money.
I looked at the australia bitcoin website bitXoin - fee 3.7% plus the buying price of bitcoins. My 50K has shrunk to a 483500AUD just from that fee - not looking good. BitCoinTrader next - 5% fee for conversion of AUD to bitcoin. LocalBitcoins violates my rule of doing it in only one transaction so I discarded that option as you have to buy 50kAUD worth of bitcoins off several people most likely.
Going back to BitXoin what would happen if I followed through? At this moment they have 1BTC valued as 1179.96AUD so my 50k (-3.7%) buys me 40.9759652BTC (I have no idea how many decimal places BTC goes to but that should give us a rough idea of the final amounts). Let assume a fee of 0.001BTC (which works out to be about 1AUD) to transfer, I now have 40.9749652BTC in my US wallet.
Next step, sell for USD. Coinbase at this moment have a sell price of 896.67USD which seemed really low! This would mean my BTC would net me 36741USD!!?? BC changer offers 1017.59USD which still only gets me 41695USD!!
Basically, with bitcoin, you will get attacked by buy and sell prices on both ends of the transaction, rather than just one. Next to fluctuations if the price changes which could go well or go badly, your risk. Bitcoin is most definitely not an option in this case study to move money. It may be an option if you already have bitcoins though, because then you only get scrapped on the sell price.
In this situation, even the bank out performed Bitcoins. In real life, I made the choice to go with forex.
TL;DR - Bitcoins are not a viable option in this case study for transferring money from AUD to USD. If you already have bitcoins might be worthwhile but was not considered. Do the maths on it yourself.
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FY18 arrangements

Hi all,
Could anyone please sense check my plan and tell me if I'm on the right track? It's kind of high level and need to tweak some numbers, but any comments would be appreciated.
For background information, I'm 31, single, no kids, no plans on getting married whatsoever, healthy lifestyle, kind of frugal. I started working in Australia year and a half ago. I'm a permanent resident and I plan to stay here indefinitely.
I currently earn a base salary of 85.000 (Expecting a CPI adjustment soon), plus super, plus a yearly bonus of 10k (including super). I currently have 45k AUS savings in my bank account and another 3k USD which I currently do not have access to. I would manage to save an average of around 3100 each month according to my spreadsheet. I think I may be missing something, so let's say 300 a month for some unexpected expense. Only one high expense expected in the next 18 months (5-6 weeks holidays in Japan) which should total around 5k-7k.
I do not plan on buying property until the stupid market starts making some sense, so nothing on he short term, but I would like to have a small 1 bed apartment eventually.
1) I want to start scarifying salary into super. Still unsure if I will be maxing the concessional contributions. To get to the max of 25k, I would need to sacrifice 17% of my gross salary, that would drop my savings to 2200 per month. Definitively thinking on 10-15% to start with and maybe adjust in a few months to the cap.
2) By sacrificing that amount, I would get away without paying medicare surcharge.
3) Which makes me wonder if I should be getting private insurance to escape the 2% annual private coverage cost (I know that the money you save for not paying counters the cost, but I'm a bit hesitant)
4) Keep 6 months of living costs in my bank account and invest the rest into ETF funds (70% high growth, 20% balanced, 10% low risk, with something between 50-75% in USD/Forex). While sending all monthly savings into this funds as well.
Does it make sense?
Thanks!
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Need help on deciding my forex account’s base currency

Hey I’m a 21M from Australia and I have 5k-10k AUD, 5K USD, 2k GBP and 6-7k EUR that I’m looking to start out with (I’ve been traveling and never converted my money back). I’ve been trading forex on a demo account for a few months and I’m ready to create a live account. I have a multi-currency bank account with my local bank so it would be possible to deposit/withdraw with it and wouldn’t need to instantly convert it at withdraw.
I have a job in Australia and earn 5-6k AUD p/m so I don’t need the profits from forex and would probably use it to buy stocks (NASDAQ and NYSE so would need USD). Since I have quite a few currencies to fund my live account with, I was just wondering which one would be more beneficial to use in my situation and why.
Here is what I’m roughly thinking. AUD has been dropping and has been dropping for the last 3-4 years due to mining industry being shut down (mining is/was the main income of Australia). So I feel AUD is likely going to keep falling. Plus, Australia has very little going for it in terms of economy.
Brexit has killed GBP. GBP is being under siege by the EU leaders by trying to make it as difficult for Britain as possible with the trade rules and taxes. And it seems like people would need to have a British Passport to stay in Britain and work in Britain so millions of working professionals will be forced out of the country. So it seems like a lot of Britain based businesses would be hurt because of it. Since USD is considered to be the global currency and their economy seems to continuously bounce back after the collapse of the housing market, 911, etc. It seems to me that USD may be the safest currency to fund my forex account with since its unlikely to lose much of its value over a long period of time.
Europe is in a pretty crappy situation with their ‘open boarders’ being flooded by illegal refugees. I don’t know much about Europe’s politics and incomes etc. (which is a shame because I’m from Europe) but from what little I know, the big economy leaders in Europe are Germany, France and Britain Netherlands, Sweden etc. And now due to Britain exiting the EU it seems like Europe is going to be left with a lot of poorer countries with poor economy. So this whole Brexit and migrant crisis is a big turn off for me from Europe and the Euro in general.
TL;DR: From Australia, have AUD, USD, GBP and EUR left from travel/work and ready to fund my forex account. Not sure if I’m going to stay in Australia, but not sure where I’d move. Which currency would hold its value strongest over time. And which base currency should I use?
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Getting Started

Hey guys! I found a super cool list of everything a new forex trader would need to get started! Originally made by to nate1357. Link to original thread http://redd.it/328cjr
Free Resources
Education:
www.babypips.com/school
www.informedtrades.com/f7
www.forex4noobs.com/forex-education
www.en.tradimo.com/learn/forex-trading
www.youtube.com/useTheTradeitsimple
www.traderscalm.com
www.orderflowtrading.com/LearnOrderFlow.aspx
www.profitube.com
Calendars:
www.forexfactory.com/calendar.php
www.dailyfx.com/calendar
www.fxstreet.com/economic-calendar
www.forexlive.com/EconomicCalendar
www.myfxbook.com/forex-economic-calendar
www.investing.com/economic-calendar
Free News Websites:
www.forexlive.com - Daily live news, analysis and resources
www.financemagnates.com - FX industry news and updates
www.fxstreet.com - Daily news, analysis and resources
www.forextell.com
www.forexcup.com/news
www.bloomberg.com/markets
Forums:
www.reddit.com/forex
www.forums.babypips.com/
www.forexfactory.com/forum.php
www.elitetrader.com/et/index.php
www.forex-tsd.com/
www.fxgears.com/forum/index.php
www.trade2win.com/boards
Margin / pip / position size calculators
www.myfxbook.com/forex-calculators
Brokerages:
There are many factors to consider when choosing a brokerage. Regulations typically force US traders to only trade at US brokerages, while international traders have more choice. After considering location you need to consider how much capital you will start trading with as many have minimum deposit levels. Once you’ve narrowed that down you can compared spreads and execution. ECN brokers execute your orders straight through to their liquidity providers, while market maker brokers may pair up your trades with other clients. Market maker brokers typically will partially hedge your positions on the interbank market. Many consider this to be a conflict of interest and prefer to trade at an ECN broker who would have an active motive to see you succeed. Lastly, brokers run inherently risky business models so it is important to consider the risk of bankruptcy.
www.forexpeacearmy.com - Aggregates broker reviews. Be warned though that people only seem to make bad reviews.
www.myfxbook.com/forex-broker-spreads - Live comparison of executable spreads
United States & International-
-Interactive Brokers
International Only-
-LMAX (whitelabel DarwinEx)
*DMA broker based in the UK. Note that as a DMA broker LMAX eliminates the ability for LPs to last-look transactions. This may result in reduced liquidity during volatile times as liquidity providers would be likely not to risk posting liquidity to LMAX's pool. *Tight spreads *Minimum deposit $10,000 *Fairly well diversified
-Dukascopy
*ECN based in Switzerland, but available elsewhere depending on local regulations.
*Tight spreads *Minimum deposit $100 *Fairly well diversified
-IC Markets *ECN based in Australia *Fair spreads on standard account, tight spreads on professional accounts. *Minimum deposit $200 *Fairly well diversified
-Pepperstone
*ECN broker based in Australia. *Fair spreads on standard account, tight spreads on professional accounts. *Minimum deposit $200 *Not well diversified
Software / Apps:
Desktop/mobile
Terminology/Acronyms:
www.forexlive.com/ForexJargon - Common terms and acronyms
FAQ:
I need to exchange money, how do I do it?
This isn’t what this sub is for. Your best bet is using your bank or an online exchange service. Be prepared to pay a hefty fee.
I have money in one currency and need to exchange it into another sometime in the future, should I wait?
Don’t ask us this. We speculate intraday in FX and shouldn’t be relied on to tell you what’s best for you. Exchange the money when you need it.
I have an FX account, should I start trading demo or live?
This is highly debatable. You should definitely demo trade until you have mastered how to use the trading platform on desktop and mobile. After that it’s up to you. Many think that the psychology of trading live vs demo trading is massively different. So it may pay to learn to trade live. Just be warned that most FX traders lose almost their entire first account so start with a low affordable balance.
What’s money management?
Money management is a form of risk management and is arguably the most important aspect of your trading when it comes to long term survival. You should always enter trades with a stop loss - the distance of the stop allows you to calculate how large of a percent of your account balance will be lost if your trade stops out. You can run a monte carlo simulation to figure out the risk of having a number of trades go against you in a row to drain your account. The general rule is that you should only risk losing 1-4% of your account per trade entered.
More on this here: www.investopedia.com/articles/forex/06/fxmoneymgmt.asp[35]
www.swing-trade-stocks.com/money-management.html[36]
What about automated trading?
Retail FX traders have been known to program “Expert Advisors” (EAs) to automate trading. It’s generally advisable to stay away from that until you’re very experienced. Never buy an EA from a developer because the vast majority of them are scams.
What indicators are best?
That’s up to you to test and find out. Many in this forum dislike oscillating indicators since they fail to capture the essence of what moves price. With experience you will discover what works best for you. In my experience indicators that are most popular with professional traders are those that provide trading “levels” such as pivot points, fibonacci, moving averages, trendlines, etc.
What timeframe should I trade?
Price action can vary in different timeframes. In longer term timeframes the price action and fundamentals are much more clear. Unfortunately it would take a very long time to figure out whether or not what you’re doing is successful on longer timeframes. In shorter timeframes you can often tell very quickly if what you’re doing is profitable. Unfortunately there’s a lot more “noise” on these levels which can prove deceptive for those trying to learn. Therefore the best bet is to use a multi-timeframe analysis, working from top-down to come up with trades.
Should I trade using fundamental analysis (FA) of technical analysis (TA)?
This is a long standing argument in these forums and elsewhere. I’ll settle it here - you should have an understanding of both. Yes there are traders who blindly ignore one of the other but a truly well rounded trader should understand and implement both into the analysis. The market is driven in the longer term through FA. But TA is necessary to give traders a place to enter and exit trades from a psychological risk/reward standpoint.
I’ve heard trading Binary Options is an easy way to make money?
The general advice is to stay away from binaries. The structure of binary options is so that when you lose the broker wins. This incentive has created a very scammy industry where there are few legitimate binary options brokers. In addition in order to be profitable in binaries you have to win 55-65% of the time. That’s a much higher premium over spot FX.
Am I actually exchanging currencies?
Yes and no. Your broker handles spot FX is currency pairs. Although they make an exchange at the settlement date they treat your position in your account as a virtual currency pair. Think of it like a contract where you can only buy or sell it as a pair. In this sense you are always long one currency while short another. You are merely speculating that one currency will appreciate or depreciate vs another.
Why didn't my order fill?
Even if price appears to cross over a line on your chart it does not guarantee a fill. Different charting platforms chart different prices - some chart the bid price, some the ask price and some the midpoint price. To fill a limit order price needs to cross your limit's price plus the spread at the time that it is crossing. If it does not equal or exceed the spread then it will not fill. Be wary that in general spreads are not fixed. So what may fill at one time may not at another.
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Gild Statistics for 2015-01-23

Data from last 1000 gilds in a total of 326 subreddits (bolded subreddits are abnormally gilded):
Ranking Subreddit Gild Count
1. /AskReddit 155
2. /funny 41
3. /pics 32
4. /pcmasterrace 29
5. /worldnews 23
6. /todayilearned 20
7. /tifu 20
8. /DestinyTheGame 15
9. /Random_Acts_Of_Amazon 14
10. /aussievapers 13
11. /WTF 11
12. /nfl 10
13. /GlobalOffensive 10
14. /mildlyinteresting 9
15. /wegivegold 9
16. /AdviceAnimals 8
17. /bestof 7
18. /videos 7
19. /gaming 7
20. /aww 7
21. /photoshopbattles 6
22. /gifs 6
23. /leagueoflegends 6
24. /fatpeoplehate 6
25. /sysadmin 6
26. /IAmA 6
27. /TalesFromRetail 5
28. /serialpodcast 5
29. /news 5
30. /personalfinance 5
31. /ZwemvestKnowsItAll 5
32. /gonewildcurvy 5
33. /blog 5
34. /TheRedPill 5
35. /technology 5
36. /rocketbeans 5
37. /relationships 4
38. /woahdude 4
39. /woiafpowers 4
40. /ainbow 4
41. /ecchi 4
42. /PhotoshopRequest 4
43. /Bitcoin 4
44. /wow 4
45. /EliteDangerous 3
46. /Showerthoughts 3
47. /australia 3
48. /trees 3
49. /Fitness 3
50. /Patriots 3
51. /redditgetsdrawn 3
52. /nba 3
53. /OkCupid 3
54. /Multicopter 3
55. /ffxiv 3
56. /explainlikeimfive 3
57. /fatlogic 3
58. /mylittlepony 3
59. /behindthegifs 3
60. /politics 3
61. /swtor 3
62. /singapore 3
63. /CFB 3
64. /ImGoingToHellForThis 3
65. /Forex 2
66. /InternetIsBeautiful 2
67. /tipofmyjoystick 2
68. /gaybros 2
69. /Parenting 2
70. /gonewild 2
71. /harrypotter 2
72. /picrequests 2
73. /childfree 2
74. /Weakpots 2
75. /photography 2
76. /Jokes 2
77. /suggestmeabook 2
78. /estoration 2
79. /creepyPMs 2
80. /4chan 2
81. /unitedkingdom 2
82. /EmeraldPS2 2
83. /Justrolledintotheshop 2
84. /TwoXChromosomes 2
85. /femalefashionadvice 2
86. /movies 2
87. /skeptic 2
88. /SkincareAddiction 2
89. /Android 2
90. /freemasonry 2
91. /MotoX 2
92. /GoneWildPlus 2
93. /programming 2
94. /Planetside 2
95. /dogecoin 2
96. /furry 2
97. /buildapc 2
98. /ShitAmericansSay 2
99. /reactiongifs 2
100. /printSF 2
101. /rpg 2
102. /MakeupAddiction 2
103. /breakingmom 2
104. /interestingasfuck 2
105. /LifeProTips 2
106. /Austin 2
107. /soccer 2
108. /gildedconspiracy 2
109. /newzealand 2
110. /TheBluePill 2
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Interesting anecdote on cross border transfer - does Bitcoin help here or not?

From the Australian website macrobusiness (see the comments):
A mate of mine is a real estate agent in Balwyn – the epicentre of Chinese investment in Melbourne property. He tells some interesting stories. The new restrictions are really having an effect. One Chinese buyer had to go to extraordinary lengths to settle on a property last week. Apparently they used to be able to get lots of people in China to transfer $50k each to a single bank account here in Australia ($50k was the max you could transfer out in 3 or 6 months or something from a Chinese bank account). Now China is also tracking the account receiving the money – the same overseas account cannot receive more than $50k from Chinese accounts. Anyway, the Chinese buyer tried the ‘old’ approach and was rung by the Bank of China advising her that the attempted money transfers were illegal. The buyer needed about $2m. What they ended up doing was flying their whole family out (10+ people) to all set up bank accounts here in Australia. The flights would have cost of fortune. Plus they contacted people they knew in Australia to help out. They then used multiple accounts in China to transfer to multiple accounts in Australia, before putting the money into a single account in Australia. So it’s much harder to get money out – but still possible. Has to stop some buyers, at least. More generally my mate tells me that expressions of interest are down, there are fewer Chinese turning up to open for inspections, etc – all in the past 2 or so weeks. Will be interesting to see what happens when the ATO steps up later this year.
It interests me to consider: does Bitcoin help the person in this case? It doesn't make the transfer any less illegal to the CCP, but let's put that to one side for the moment.
Consider that a $2 million dollar (this is AUD not USD so it's actually 30% less but let's pretend it's $2m for simpler numbers) buy would be about 10K BTC. Given that there are multiple fairly big exchanges and a lot of USD and RMB liquidity, I guess you could buy this fairly quickly, but once the market gets wind of such a big buyer the offers will start disappearing rapidly. In other words, you might get a lot of slippage on price and might end up paying a few percent more than the starting price. (Doing a special deal with a miner might make some sense, but that would be seriously hard if not impossible).
Then consider liquidating into AUD. Much less AUD liquidity of course, but you could liquidate into USD and transfer to an arbitrary international account; after all, a wire transfer fee into Australia is basically zero compared to everything else discussed here. Another problem might crop up there: wire transfers of $2m into a new account could create AML/KYC flags, at the Bitcoin exchange, and at the one or two bank accounts involved.
Add to that the general volatility risk of the Bitcoin exchange rate; it's more of a risk than a certain cost, but if BTC moves against fiat by more than 5% in all this, it could be quite a big hit.
Compare all that to the cost of flying 15 people to and from Australia and doing it that way. I would ballpark that at $40K (also huge hassle, which is not so quantifiable), even imagining you can find that many people amongst friends and family that can do this for you.
Overall? I doubt the person involved even considered Bitcoin, but on balance I think they would still go with the flights approach, because the limitations/costs of it are more certain.
But, I see scenarios which would skew it more in Bitcoin's favour:
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