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Free Resources for Traders

List of free forex-specific resources, all a click away. If you have anything you feel should be added, please send it to me, and thank you to all who have contributed thus far.

1. Audio and Video Market Data

FinancialJuiceFree tier with 15-20 second delay and unabridged news feed

Bloomberg Live – Live BBG TV.

2. Economic and Credit Charts and Data

Trading Economics – Tons of world data available taken from many sources

FRED (St. Louis Fed) – Anything you need on the US get here. World data is also available.

Thumbcharts – Mainly the US economy.

S&P Sovereign Ratings

Moody’s Sovereign Ratings – (need to register but free)

Fitch Sovereign Ratings – (need to register but free)

Wall Street Journal Economic Chartbook – US economy.

3. FX Volume and Market Depth

New York Fed FX Volume Survey – Updated monthly.

NinjaTrader / FXCM – has true executed volume, but no depth. Demo account of course free. After a quick glance it appears the trade sizes are small to the point where I would assume these are FXCM or a small conglomerate only volume. Does not appear to be an ECN, but an inquiry to FXCM may or may not help in discovering what it is. Either way, I would recommend using a larger ECN source with either true volumes or ticks as volumes (these two are very highly related).

CTrader – For most brokers that offer it, has true volume data via the plug and play (turnkey) ECN provided in the bundle. NBT has worked with Pepperstone, who offers it as a primary solution.

Futures – CME Group Volumes and Data – (need to register)

Futures – CME FX Quarterly Review – Aggregate contract and notional volumes.

Oanda's Order Book – Live volumes of client positions. Trade into the aggregate pending flows. They're basically the same on any institutional ECN. Poor minds think alike.

Oanda's Historical Position Ratios – The above, but historically speaking.

4. Current Market Data and News

IFR Markets (read) – Highlights include order flows touted on currency pairs, briefings, outlining daily notes, key levels, etc, Forex OTC option data, volatility data including risk reversals, etc, and technical studies. You can get an abbreviated version free with an Oanda Demo or Live account here Go to the Oanda platform and click go to Resources>FXNews. Everything is there.

Bloomberg Currency and World Market News

UBS Currency Strategy and Research – Free with an Oanda account.

Reuters Currencies (News + Pricing)

RTT Currency News

Wall Street Journal Currencies

Financial Times Currency News

5. Industry Specific News


Forex Magnates


Institutional Investor Magazine

FX Week

6. Online Charts, Option Data and Performance

TradingView – Some of the best and easiest to use free online charts available, and they are also good friends of ours. Equities and full Forex available at the time of this writing. Since their launch, has been using their charts as its primary means for explanation in its posts.

Forex Automaton – Excellent resource for arb strategies, using a favored variant for calculating correlation coefficients.

AutoChartist – Chances are, your broker has a relationship with these guys and you can get access to their tools for free. We like their detailed statistics and easy heads up on developing patterns.

ForexTicket – Various tools including correlations, volatility and distribution.

TimingCharts – Easy COT (Commitment of Traders) Charts.


NASDAQ World Currency Option Chains

7. Software

R Project – free software environment for statistical computing and graphics

Spread Constructor for MT4 – creates a synthetic pair of other currency pairs or any other instruments fed into the platform

GBOT – Open source algorithmic trading software

Patternz – Older price pattern recognition software via Bulkowski

8. Newsletters

*This section need help. Please send me your ideas. My only request is no retail brokers.

DoubleLine – Provides email notifications of market commentary and, white papers, etc

John Mauldin – Mauldin provides (usually) bi-weekly updates to readers on world macro conditions…from his site: “Mauldin is the President of Millennium Wave Advisors, an investment advisory firm registered with multiple states. He is also a registered representative of Millennium Wave Securities, a FINRA-registered broker-dealer. Prior to that, he was Chief Executive Officer of the American Bureau of Economic Research, a publisher of investment newsletters and books”….

DailyPfenning – macro thoughts delivered daily.

Van Tharp – Free (with sales pitches) newsletter commenting on trader psychology and current market environments by the author of ‘Trade Your Way to Financial Freedom’. His risk management strategies are great. Ignore his trading strategies. And the countless sales pitches.

Joe Ross’s Chart Scan Newsletter  – I’ve been getting this since I started trading. Joe Ross is one of the pioneers of individual day trading techniques and offers a wide range of books, services and trading systems for futures and forex markets, but you can get his newsletter for free.

GANN Global Financial – Strategy specific, of course. Offers a free newsletter with latest technical ideas.

9. EBooks and Articles

Trading-Naked – Tons of great reading material can be found on (please excuse the audio in the back; I admit in saying I find it a little weird, but the site material is good). – Not a trading site, but type in the name of any trading book and there’s a likelihood you’ll find a reprint of it here.

DocStoc – Not sure if this is even worth mentioning but a better alternative to Scribd ever since they started sticking it to their loyal users. Lots of institutional research on this site.

10. Free Magazines

Currency Trader Magazine – A free magazine distributed monthly outlining latest events, strategies and input.

FX Trader Magazine – A newer magazine that started off on tablet devices. Other download methods available.

Futures and Options Trader – As the title says, but still filled with lots of useful information in regards to trading strategies.

Futures Magazine – Free magazine with all of the above, but emphasis on futures trading strategies. Currencies are also discussed from time to time. Can’t beat the price.

SFO (Stocks, Futures and Options) Magazine – A free monthly magazine with a wide range of trading articles dedicated to the daytrader.

Global Finance Magazine – Delivers the full story; corporate finance, joint ventures and M&A, country profiles, capital markets, investor relations, currencies, banking, risk management, custody, direct investment, money management and all the rest-specifically tailored for corporate readers around the world.

Investment Advisor Magazine – Authoritative features, product surveys, planner profiles, and monthly articles on improving client relationships; covers the spectrum of portfolio management.

11. Trading Tutorials/Instruction/Strategies

Informed Trades – Massive and free video course available – good place to start for noobs.

NASDAQ’s Online FX Trading Tutorials – Site features a lot of valuable data.

Decision Point Learning Center – Online overview of various technical analysis / trade management / psychology techniques

Investopedia FX – This website used to be much better before the retail crowd took over, but still some decent stuff.

MoneyShow – These guys run the “Trader's Expo”, which is basically a great thing to go to if you love sales pitches. Website is now flooded with videos and articles about trading instruction.

FXWords – Well organized dictionary of FX terms.

12. FX/Alt. Inv. Industry and Regulatory

The CFTC’s Financial Data for FCM’s (Futures Commission Merchants – aka Futures and Forex Brokers) – See how your broker stacks up financially.

ForexMagnate's Directory – Full-blown directory of businesses servicing the FX industry.

NFA (National Future's Association) BASIC – Search and see if your prospective broker has been decked for any serious violations. Many have.

FCA (Financial Conduct Authority) – FSA got cut up into 2 categories – this is the one that will contain information on broker regulation.

ASIC (Australian Securities and Investments Commission) – Regulatory arm of Australia.

ISDA (International Swaps and Derivatives Association)

13. Alternative Investment Databases (Free to browse only listed here)

IASG – actually is an introducing broker but a great interface and one of the most up to date


Absolute Returns

Stark & Company – limited access

BarclayHedge – limited access

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