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Old Apr 27, 2010, 4:07pm   #16
 
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I'm also finding that having distractions really takes away from the trading experience. Once I get into a conversation with someone, or something along those lines, I lose track of the charts, and then as soon as I get back into it I'm a lost cause. It's almost like I'm just plunked down in the middle of a random forest.
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Old Apr 27, 2010, 4:46pm   #17
 
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as with most acts of violence, revenge is usually most successful when initiated by you, in advance.

so if you can predict where and when you will stuff up, you can get your revenge in early .......


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Old May 3, 2010, 6:43pm   #18
 
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Pre-emptive trading eh? Start a thread, see how it goes.

Oh btw I've begun to use this "leave it alone" technique. So far I'm still in the hole after trading, but not pissed off.

I was hoping it would magically work in my favour.
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Old May 5, 2010, 3:54pm   #19
 
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Well I have to say, after a wacky morning I'm in the plus again, and I kept this revenge trading in mind. Kept me out of making terrible decisions and made me think clearly. Thank you OP for starting this thread, and thanks to those who've posted!

Yesterday was just straight profit with a single ~$200 loss. around ~$646 in profit. Was up to $846 at one point.

Losses are a part of trading though. Just can't let them get you down, because eventually you win and start to see a trend. I've called Wednesdays "Wacky Wednesday" for years, but ever since I started trading futures, it's taken on a new meaning.

Good luck out there folks, keep your head up and keep positive! I like to make fun of the situation and treat the market as the new kid at the job. Makes things easier to handle.
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Old May 5, 2010, 4:14pm   #20
 
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Go to honeymoon for a week...then come
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Old May 29, 2010, 9:43am   #21
 
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Revenge doesn't really work well if you don't have a good plan and if you cannot control your temper. You have to keep a clear mind and focus on what you have to do. When you're not yourself, you'll end up losing more money instead of winning them back.
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Old May 29, 2010, 11:17am   #22
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If I take 3 losses in a row, which basically wipes out my previous last good trad(e as I trade on a ration 1 to 3) Then I turn on my alpari micro account and trade 10p a point. this way it does not matter as the loss is small, I will not go back to my main account until I have made a profit on the micro.
We will always get into the revenge trade situation regardless of our experience.The battle is more a psychological one, So if the market is screwing you then let it not affect you too much financially.
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Old Sep 24, 2010, 9:51am   #23
 
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I just wanna say. The guy about me doesn't know much about Forex Trading, but talks as if he's an Advice expert.

The Advantage of Forex Trading is it lets you decide how much margin you are willing to use. If you choose a margin of 100:1 or anything higher, that's gambling. If you choose anything below that margin and play very carefully with your money, you can make some very nice returns. How does 30 percent a week sound?

For starters, start out with as little money as possible. Why? You are bound to blow several accounts before you actually get the hang of it. Game accounts are good too, but the only problem with game accounts is you will probably not take it as seriously. Start out with an account of maybe $400. If you profit from there, Great. But even if you lose that money, at least you won't cry over it.

I am currently making a consistent 40-50 percent return a month on Forex with a 50:1 margin. THAT's HUGE. If I was trading without margin, that would be about 1percent. LOLX. Improper money management = gambling. Make good use of that margin, and you'll be rich. Just do the math.

$2500 x (1.40)^12 = Profit in 1 year.
Profit in 1 year x (1.40)^12= MILLIONS.

All it takes is two years to become a millionaire in Forex. The only problem is only 10percent of people succeed, the other 90percent fail. Good Luck
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Old Oct 13, 2010, 2:08pm   #24
 
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Used to get so mad I could throw my cellphone in the wall, hit my laptop, throw it.. I actually bought a dog just to be able to get out of the house when I get mad and take long walks. Then when I get back in I usually feel better and can make better decisions again..

Most important thing is to actually take a break I think...
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Old Oct 13, 2010, 5:42pm   #25
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Used to get so mad I could throw my cellphone in the wall, hit my laptop, throw it.. I actually bought a dog just to be able to get out of the house when I get mad and take long walks. Then when I get back in I usually feel better and can make better decisions again..

Most important thing is to actually take a break I think...
We all want to kick the computer or cuss at it every once in a while!
Take a break or shutdown for the day. You need time to clear your thoughts and settle down.

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Old Oct 13, 2010, 6:36pm   #26
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I don't know what all this revenge malarky is about total madness I tell you total madness.
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I am currently making a consistent 40-50 percent return a month on Forex with a 50:1 margin. THAT's HUGE. If I was trading without margin, that would be about 1percent. LOLX. Improper money management = gambling. Make good use of that margin, and you'll be rich. Just do the math.

$2500 x (1.40)^12 = Profit in 1 year.
Profit in 1 year x (1.40)^12= MILLIONS
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We should just give him our money to trade and make us 40-50 percent a month
Then we can have plenty plenty ruppees that should buy a few chicken tikka masalas

It madness to revenge trade i tell you its madness!
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Old Oct 13, 2010, 7:32pm   #27
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I saw "MILLIONS" and practically stumbled over myself trying to be the first one to sign up!!

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Old Oct 25, 2010, 2:05pm   #28
 
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Being there, done that, no doubt many have, nobody said it was easy, discipline and consistancy, entry and exit the same every time, if your trading your hard tested and forward tested system, you should be able to accept losses as part of your winning strategy, problem is were human and the mind plays strange games with us.Two losing trades on the bounce and I finished for the day, then paper trade the rest of the day, and review the whole day, what went wrong, what went right and why etc etc, it helps me tremendously
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Old Oct 25, 2010, 2:55pm   #29
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Good point. I often wonder if revenge trading is less about making the money back and more about punishing yourself, subconsciously.

Obviously, the conscious mind tells you that you must find a good setup in order to make your money back but I do think on some level many traders are thinking to themselves, "I made some sh*t trades, so I don't care, I'll just take any old setup now - I deserve to lose money for trading so bad in the first place".

Some people will think this is a crazy argument although I always have Ed Seykota's "everyone gets what they want out of the markets" rolling around in the back of my mind.

I know this to be the case with me. Recently I had a ten or eleven winning trades in a row. They were sizable trades too in the sense that each one was netting a big gain for me so I felt on top of the world.

Then, on, lets call it the twelfth trade, I got a bit complacent and when the trade got to the first problem area I didn't get any out like I usually do but held it for the ultimate target. Suffice to say it didn't reach the target and started coming back. Since I was annoyed at having got nothing out, I just left the trade rather than securing anything and took my first loser.

Since I knew I had made a mistake and that mistake had not only broken a great winning streak when it shouldn't have but also cost me a good deal of money after being nicely up, I lost the plot somewhat.

The next trade was a complete mess. This is because I had lost my patience. The very next day I decided the market owed me what I had lost and in I jumped on the kind of downward movement that I try to repeatedly tell everyone is for suckers. I sell the low and it climbs up only to stop me out. What made this trade worse is that after it takes me out, it collapses.

So now the problems are compounding. I've had two losers back to back and the second one has topped and tailed me which makes me feel like I'm not only wrong but I'm also sh*t.

The negative emotions are not only increasing because the losses are increasing but because of the way I am losing.

So I take a break, I calm down and a day later I take the third trade. Now this trade is a good trade according to my rules but the problem here is that I don't get out where I should for a great profit because the money I would make isn't enough to compensate for the last two losses I have taken. The market comes back once again and this is the third loser.

At this point, I withdraw all funds from the account and leave a zero balance. I know this sounds extreme but it is easy to pay money into and out of an account with a debit card (it takes seconds) and the way I see it - no money, no trading. So temptation is gone and when I have had time to assess, in I can go again.

This is far, far better for me for just taking a break and going fishing etc and I will tell you why.

The good thing about doing this is that the next trade I take, I will have to PUT MONEY INTO THE ACCOUNT.

You get your card out, you fill in the amount you want to transfer - it feels like you are paying a bill online or something. This makes you realise you are trading with real money and not an electronic number that means nothing. As a result it means that you make damn sure the setup you are taking is a good one. Or at least that is the way it works for me.

This is one of my personal strategies for stopping the bleeding and making sure that when I come back, I come back strong.
Holy crap this is a good post and that is really how it happens, good advise there.
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Old Oct 31, 2010, 6:55pm   #30
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Don't mean to be insulting but if you have this problem are you sure you are cut out to be a trader! Or maybe you are trading in a way that does not suit you! Are you making money that is the main thing nothing else matters really.
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