Huan Zhang

Huan Zhang

I write about technology and fintech in particular, thanks to my experience in a wide range of roles including networking, system administration, software development, technical writing, IT strategy and policy advice.
Huan Zhang

In a world where algorithms rule, Bloomberg is hopeful to give the simple human a boost through the start of a trader brain exercise tool that helps users hone the skills they need to predict short-term price movements.

Bloomberg Tradebook has joined forces with risk and trading psychology outfit The ReThink Group on the Trader Brain Exercise tool, which consists of a series of videos that depict the movement of shapes. Traders must study each scene and then anticipate the direction of the shapes’ next move.

The ability to do this successfully associates with the trader’s skill in predicting short-term movements in price, claims Bloomberg. The tool is based on a study called Exploring the Nature of ‘Trader Intuition’, which looked at how uninformed traders infer information from the trading process.

The study, published in the Journal of Finance in 2010, found that the skill in predicting price changes in markets is more strongly connected with Theory of Mind, or human capacity to discern malicious or benevolent intent, than mathematical skill.

Glenn Lesko, CEO, Tradebook, says: “While technology plays an important role in seeking best execution, achieving this ultimately depends on the skills of an individual trader. This exercise builds on Tradebook’s mission to empower buy-side traders by helping our clients hone their core skillset in an innovative way.”

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Denise Shull, founder, The ReThink Group, adds: “By stimulating the parts of the brain responsible for predictive ability, the exercise is helping traders to sharpen the skills associated with high performance without the pressure of executing real trades.”

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