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Old Oct 18, 2006, 10:08pm   #1
 
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On the right track?

Please could anybody advise me. I am new to trading and use finspreads. I use prophet.net to look at markets (cost £30/month). I am using fib ratio's to determine my entry points (127% and 162%)and do not risk more than 5% of my capital on any trade. My risk:reward ratio should be 3:1. I would like achieve 100 pts per month trading the dow and other US stocks. I will trade end of day and can only commit an hour a day to my endeavours.

In your experience is this achievable or am I heading in the wrong direction. I understand that discipline and emotions play a huge part and I hope to improve and learn from my mistakes. I am not expecting to become rich overnight but over the long haul I hope to develop my capital and skills.

I also like Marc Rivallands Swing trading technique and would also like to ask if using two different systems is feasible.

Any help or advice would be welcome.
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Old Oct 18, 2006, 10:41pm   #2
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It sounds like you have a definite system in your own mind.

Are you on the right track? From the point of view that you seem to have a definite trading strategy, I would say yes, you seem to be along the right lines. But that will ultimately depend on how well researched your trading system is. Your expected risk/reward ratio of 3:1 - where has that come from? Is there a good reason upon which you can base an expectation on 3:1?

5% risk per trade would be classed by many as slightly excessive risk, but this depends on your expected winning strike-rate. Are you prepared, for example, to watch your capital deplete by 50% if you had a bad run of 10 losing trades?

As for trading U.S. Stocks and not day-trading. Yep - that's exactly what I do every day and it has worked well for me.

To take your final point of operating two different systems. Technically, there's no problem with this; discretionary traders use many different methods to trade. You should just be careful as a beginning trader not to confuse yourself.

Keep it simple, especially at the beginning.


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Old Oct 18, 2006, 11:11pm   #3
 
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mollymoomar started this thread Hi DamianOakley

Thank you for your time and courtesy.

Yes, 5% risk of capital could be considered high. I can adjust this in my trading plan to a lower figure. Particularly for the first 12 months.

Is the only way to research the trading system to run with it? Or are there better ways?

3:1 Risk Reward Ratio: The truth is no, I do not have sufficient reason to base my expectations on this figure. I suppose it depends where I put my stop loss, but I would not like to risk more than 100 pts on a trade. Is this pie in the sky?

My bet size would be calculated by between my stop loss and the % of capital I intend to risk on a trade.

From your reply I expect you have already save me money. A bottly of "newky brown" to you.
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The only other way of testing a system other than running with it, is to backtest it.

Many traders shy away from backtesting because it can be tedious and time-consuming, but it will certainly give you an idea of what to expect from the markets. However, be aware that backtesting does not take into account the day-to-day emotions you will have to overcome when trading for real.

When you say you will be be risking "no more than 100pts on a trade", does this mean that you are expecting to make 300 points on your profitable trades? You need to look at past market moves to see if this is realistic.


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