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Kathleen Brooks on Forex

A simple approach to trading foreign exchange using fundamental and technical analysis

By Kathleen Brooks

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Kathleen Brooks on Forex

A simple approach to trading foreign exchange using fundamental and technical analysis

By Kathleen Brooks

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A simple approach to successful forex trading

Many foreign exchange traders use either fundamental analysis or technical analysis and they’re often considered to be mutually exclusive approaches. But FX does not have to be traded that way – fusing the two types of analysis will improve your research and, more importantly, your trading results.

This is how Kathleen Brooks trades foreign exchange and she has found it to be extremely successful. In Kathleen Brooks on Forex she reveals the secrets of this approach, demonstrating the indicators she uses, and showing through detailed examples how she plans and executes profitable trades.

At the heart of Kathleen’s trading philosophy is the principle that fundamental factors – politics, economics and societal changes – cause currency prices to move in the medium to long term (and sometimes in the strangest ways), but throughout the day the price movements are based upon technical factors. Building a trading plan around the two sets of factors works for her and by reading about how she does her pre-trade market analysis (the homework), forms a trading plan and puts the plan into action, you will see how to apply this principle in practice in your own trading.

The book is divided into four sections:

– Part A – using fundamental indicators to gain an impression of the market
– Part B – using technical indicators to refine your trading plan
– Part C – fusing fundamental and technical analysis to select trades
– Part D – revealing Kathleen’s risk management techniques

Kathleen’s description of her method, and ideas on how you can use it too, will appeal to anyone who wants to learn more about how to trade foreign exchange as well as those already in the market looking for a fresh approach. Blissfully free of rhetoric, written in an accessible personal style and punctuated with anecdotes from Kathleen’s unique career in the markets, this is a new and refreshing look at foreign exchange.

About the author

Kathleen Brooks is UK and EMEA research director at based in London. She uses both fundamental and technical methods in her analysis and often fuses the two to get a complete picture of the market. Her philosophy of market analysis is to break things down to their most simple parts and build from there. She is a regular contributor to Yahoo Finance, Reuters Great Debate and she is often quoted in international publications including the Wall Street Journal and the Financial Times. She can be seen regularly on business TV including CNBC, CNBC Arabia, Sky News Australia and the BBC. She started her career in finance at BP where she worked first as a business analyst in its trading division and then as a trading analyst in its foreign exchange dealing room. Prior to joining she was a financial features writer for City A.M.

Kathleen holds an undergraduate degree in English Literature and Classical Civilization from Trinity College Dublin, and a Master's of Science from The Graduate School of Journalism at Columbia University in New York City.

You can find more of Kathleen's writing and commentary at City Index,


“Simple, fascinating and fun”

– FX Trader magazine

Media coverage

From Your Trading Edge Magazine:

This book starts with the basics of how foreign exchange works – but it also explains how the market works, which, compared to other books in the field, gives you a clear understanding about what it is you are doing when you enter a trade. It then progresses to more complicated aspects of the market… Read more »

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From Traders' Magazine:

This concise and well written beginner-level guide to foreign exchange is something different, with the author?s approach established at the outset to be the fusion of fundamental and technical analysis. So often diametrically opposed to each other, these techniques are frequently used together by many successful traders, but this does not seem to be written… Read more »

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From FX Trader Magazine:

At the heart of Kathleen Brooks? trading philosophy is the principle that fundamental factors – in politics, economics and society – cause currency prices to move in the medium to long term, but throughout the day price movements are best anticipated by looking at technical factors. Building a trading plan around the two sets of… Read more »

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About the author

Part A: Fundamental Analysis
Trading using economic data
Economic indicators
Interest rates and central banks
Political risks
Fundamental analysis wrap-up

Part B: Technical Analysis
A potted history
How to use TA
Trading with trends
Technical analysis wrap-up

Part C: The Fusion Philosophy
How the philosophy works
Trading examples
Fusion philosophy wrap-up

Part D: Risk Management
Top five risk management tips
Trading examples
Risk management wrap-up

My top ten tips for trading


Published: 27/03/2013
Edition: 1st
Pages: 140
Formats: paperback - ISBN 9780857192059
ebook - ISBN 9780857193117
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