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Old Jun 18, 2014, 9:54pm   #16
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I'm sure that if I knew the secret to quick riches I would share it all with you rather than spending my time on the beach
Hi Jon41

Well I know the secret to FX trading riches -and it can be quick ( ie 5 - 10 yrs is what only a small part of your working life ;-).)

Its basically - lots of study - hard work - commitment - dedication - patience - streetwise knowledge - strong sound mindset with emotion control - admitting when you are wrong- and continually trying to improve the method that works for you.

Notice - simple - easy and quick - does not appear - and with regards to going down the beach - for dreamers and wannabees lol

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Old Jun 19, 2014, 1:32am   #17
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I'm sure that if I knew the secret to quick riches I would share it all with you rather than spending my time on the beach
Are you being sarcastic? There's no secret to getting rich in the market, anyone can learn how to trade, there is no secret formula, but if you want a helping hand there's someone with years of experience to give you a head start, rather than reading all the books from scratch you can have someone teach you and you just listen. Sitting on the beach not telling (or teaching anyone) how you got rich on the markets isn't going to stop other people getting rich on the markets is it? By the way, if you really were rich enough to not have to work, it's true, sitting on your backside all day will soon get boring and tiresome, you'll need to preoccupy yourself whether its a recreational activity, running a business, or anything else to prevent yourself getting piles from sitting on your backside all day!
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Are you being sarcastic? There's no secret to getting rich in the market, anyone can learn how to trade, there is no secret formula, but if you want a helping hand there's someone with years of experience to give you a head start, rather than reading all the books from scratch you can have someone teach you and you just listen. Sitting on the beach not telling (or teaching anyone) how you got rich on the markets isn't going to stop other people getting rich on the markets is it? By the way, if you really were rich enough to not have to work, it's true, sitting on your backside all day will soon get boring and tiresome, you'll need to preoccupy yourself whether its a recreational activity, running a business, or anything else to prevent yourself getting piles from sitting on your backside all day!
I didn't say that. The quote wasn't from me.
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Old Jun 19, 2014, 12:34pm   #19
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I didn't say that. The quote wasn't from me.
I don't believe you did. It was Jon41 said that. On top of that, thinking about it, what he said is contradictory. If you were rich enough not to have to work, why would you try to get a job with a broker anyway?

All things beside, I wouldn't sign up to his course anyway. I went to one of Greg Seckers seminars, at the end of which they try to get you to sign up for this weekend course costing £5000+!

I started spreadbetting with less than half of that, even though I lost it all, at least the people who signed up for that course lost even more than me before even placing a trade! And you can only learn by actually trading. I feel sorry for them to be suckered (Seckered) in like that, they could have taught themselves by reading books or online articles. It might have taken a little longer and more effort to learn but it is still available free.

And my conclusion after doing 1000+ trades, and blowing my account? Most of it is down to behaviour and psychology rather than actual technique, they can teach you technique but they can't teach you behaviour as easily, and these are traits that will determine your success, and no one can change a person's behaviour over a week-long course, they'll just have to learn to control it themselves and can only learn by losing money.

From the 1000+ trades made on my small account, at least half my losses must've been lost through the spread alone. As an hypothetical example say you start with £1000, make 5 trades a day 5 days a week for 40 weeks at average of £0.50 spread cost per trade, and after 1000 trades or 40 weeks (5x5x40) say you managed to break even after all those trades, you'd actually be down from £1000 to £500 as you've lost £500(£0.5x25tradesx40weeks) through spread costs on each of your trades!!! This is something I noticed, that overtrading amounts to losses. Now I doubt you'll learn stuff like this at their courses? Unless they tell you that the number of trades you should aim to place each week is 1-5?

I'll be starting again soon, so watch this space! Next time I'll be a winner! I've lost but haven't given up (yet)!
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I don't believe you did. It was Jon41 said that.......


And my conclusion after doing 1000+ trades, and blowing my account? Most of it is down to behaviour and psychology rather than actual technique, they can teach you technique but they can't teach you behaviour as easily, and these are traits that will determine your success, and no one can change a person's behaviour over a week-long course, they'll just have to learn to control it themselves and can only learn by losing money.

From the 1000+ trades made on my small account, at least half my losses must've been lost through the spread alone. As an hypothetical example say you start with £1000, make 5 trades a day 5 days a week for 40 weeks at average of £0.50 spread cost per trade, and after 1000 trades or 40 weeks (5x5x40) say you managed to break even after all those trades, you'd actually be down from £1000 to £500 as you've lost £500(£0.5x25tradesx40weeks) through spread costs on each of your trades!!! This is something I noticed, that overtrading amounts to losses. Now I doubt you'll learn stuff like this at their courses? Unless they tell you that the number of trades you should aim to place each week is 1-5?

I'll be starting again soon, so watch this space! Next time I'll be a winner! I've lost but haven't given up (yet)!
Hi Charles D

Re the cost of trading and overtrading - another myth to explode

I average 10 -20 trades a day - and have taken over 15k live trades over the last 7 -8 yrs

OK - I want low spreads and commission for sure - but the fact that my win ratio is between approx 62 % and 87% on batches of 100 trades - I never bother about my costs - as long as they are competitive - as an ex accountant - look at what it makes you - not just what it costs

For example i would prefer to pay a broker say $10k per month - and make say $20k+ net - then pay a broker only a third say $3k but only make 4 times as much net ie $12k

For me - if I ever pay my broker say $25k per month - I would be delighted - i should have had a really great month

If however i only pay him $4k a month - then - not so good

5 trades over a trading session of say 5 -10 hrs is nothing

I would not say scalp 50 -100 trades a day - thats too tiring and costly with diminishing returns

However if you are full time and put in over 6 hrs a day over say a 10 -12 hrs a day then anything from 10 -15 trades is acceptable. Over 25 trades - yes you might be overtrading unless you are a pure scalper

If I have 1- 4 bad trades a day for minus 1 to 5 pip loss - its no pressure - and part of the costs of doing business - just like your broker cost

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Old Jun 19, 2014, 1:58pm   #21
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Hi Charles D

Re the cost of trading and overtrading - another myth to explode

I average 10 -20 trades a day - and have taken over 15k live trades over the last 7 -8 yrs

OK - I want low spreads and commission for sure - but the fact that my win ratio is between approx 62 % and 87% on batches of 100 trades - I never bother about my costs - as long as they are competitive - as an ex accountant - look at what it makes you - not just what it costs

For example i would prefer to pay a broker say $10k per month - and make say $20k+ net - then pay a broker only a third say $3k but only make 4 times as much net ie $12k

For me - if I ever pay my broker say $25k per month - I would be delighted - i should have had a really great month

If however i only pay him $4k a month - then - not so good

5 trades over a trading session of say 5 -10 hrs is nothing

I would not say scalp 50 -100 trades a day - thats too tiring and costly with diminishing returns

However if you are full time and put in over 6 hrs a day over say a 10 -12 hrs a day then anything from 10 -15 trades is acceptable. Over 25 trades - yes you might be overtrading unless you are a pure scalper

If I have 1- 4 bad trades a day for minus 1 to 5 pip loss - its no pressure - and part of the costs of doing business - just like your broker cost

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Hi, well it seems you are doing way better than break even, but had it not been for the spread, you probably would've made twice even thrice your 15K? You must be a valued customer to your broker generating a lot of commission for them.

In regards to placing 10-20 trades a day, you must be using 5 pip stops, with a 10-20 pip limit? rather than placing 10 trades with a 5 pip stop and 10 pip sell target, for total profit of 50 pips, I'd much rather place one trade with a 40pip stop and a 90 pip profit target - much less work and effort.

I've tried micro stops too, and I have traded in excess of 10-15 per day, but for me this is a losing technique, If it works for you, then fine, but I doubt I'll go back to this method. A 5 pip stop on the Dow at say 17000 represents only a 0.029% movement in the underlying, it's just too close and you always get stopped out very quickly within the minute from volatility, unless you're lucky to hit a turning point which is rarely. Plus regarding micro stops I found too that if you're going to place 20 pip or 25 pip stops on Dow, you might as well save money by setting them at 10 because there isn't much difference, and you just lose money less quicker.

In fact setting stops has been a crux for me, I have yet to find an optimised level to set the stop, all that is true so far as I can tell, is the further you place the stop, the longer you stay in the trade. I've been thinking a stop representing a 0.25%-0.35% movement in the underlying was about right, which for the Dow at 17000 would be a stop of between 42.5 to 59.5 pips, but I have not fully tested this strategy out yet because with a small balance and even using the minimum stake size, the 42.5 pip stop would be risking too much of my account balance, but having also traded the Nasdaq100 a 10 pip stop represents a 0.26% movement in the underlying at say Nasdaq100 at 3800, so whenever I trade Nasdaq100 risking the same 10 pip amount, I tended to stay in the trade longer than the Dow. I too have most recently only been placing 10 pip stops, I sometimes tried 5 pips but always got stopped out almost instantly, I sometimes stretched to 15 or 20, but found I just lost money quicker than sticking at 10. (mostly on the Dow).

Next time I'm starting with a slightly larger starting balance so I can set 30-40 pip stops on the Dow, while only risking 3-4% of my balance, see if it gives better results, while only placing 1-5 trades per week.
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Old Jun 19, 2014, 3:36pm   #22
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Hi Charles D

I have only traded FX - so have no knowledge on other instruments - not even Gold or Silver

With regards to I'd much rather place one trade with a 40pip stop and a 90 pip profit target - much less work and effort.


Well I certainly would not - ie its inefficient and takes too long to make a RR of 2

You are talking maybe 2- 8+ hrs to make those pips in FX - and the same RR I can make in under 15 mins - ie efficient and can therefore make more trades with more money

I only trade to make money - not bothered about number of pips really - only pound notes - so for me a 13 pip move on say 6 -10 lots in 10 mins - is the same money wise as a 80 pip move on 1 lot - with a similar risk

My daily target is 50 pips - for years it was 25 and then 30 pips - but I then realised with 30% stakes left on with stops in profit - can make me more pips and money in many cases

Stress is not really a problem nowadays - as long as I keep under 10 lots - on 20 -25 lots yes had palpitations and sweaty hands and worry

But after well over 4000 scalp losses - you get used to the down side - and just play probabilities with advanced MM and normally everyday - you make money - well 95% of the days.

Stress for me would be swing trades without stops in profit - they are just "set up " for the market to take your money

I have no time for the Banks and commercial world of trading - its too inefficient for me and outdated as far as I am concerned -

Retail trading is another ballgame - and we have so many advantages compared to the large players - even though we can really only follow

Good Luck on your journey and if you want more tips and methods etc on FX - well no problem - just fire way

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Old Jun 19, 2014, 3:56pm   #23
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Hi Charles D

Re the cost of trading and overtrading - another myth to explode

I average 10 -20 trades a day - and have taken over 15k live trades over the last 7 -8 yrs

OK - I want low spreads and commission for sure - but the fact that my win ratio is between approx 62 % and 87% on batches of 100 trades - I never bother about my costs - as long as they are competitive - as an ex accountant - look at what it makes you - not just what it costs

For example i would prefer to pay a broker say $10k per month - and make say $20k+ net - then pay a broker only a third say $3k but only make 4 times as much net ie $12k

For me - if I ever pay my broker say $25k per month - I would be delighted - i should have had a really great month

If however i only pay him $4k a month - then - not so good

5 trades over a trading session of say 5 -10 hrs is nothing

I would not say scalp 50 -100 trades a day - thats too tiring and costly with diminishing returns

However if you are full time and put in over 6 hrs a day over say a 10 -12 hrs a day then anything from 10 -15 trades is acceptable. Over 25 trades - yes you might be overtrading unless you are a pure scalper

If I have 1- 4 bad trades a day for minus 1 to 5 pip loss - its no pressure - and part of the costs of doing business - just like your broker cost

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It's not a myth. its your cost.

if you do 10 round turn trades a day on a 1 pip price in £5 per point you are paying £50 in spread. You now need to make 10 points of spread to break even. If you don't you're losing money, if you do, you're making money. You don't need to be an accountant to work that out.

I don't know you but I don't need to in order to tell you that 20 trades per day is overtrading. It's too many trades and you are paying more spread than you need to. Even if you are making a good return it wouldn't be much different than if you entered in to a position and put your stops and limits a fair distance away and hope that your punt it correct. if it is you make good pips on your limit if it isn't you lose your money through the deal being wrong and not because you're paying a lot of pips.

I don't understand why you'd not be happy making a ROI of 4:1 on a £3k investment but would be happy making a ROI of 3:1 on a £10k investment. Use the first model but up your stake.

Firms like WorldSpreads and MF Global went bust because they couldn't get enough clients and ultimately had to dip in to segregated client funds to bank roll their operations. Both MF and WorldSpreads (and Cantor Index) offered Spread Free products in the months leading up to their collapse as a last ditch effort to acquire clients. It didn't work because they then made it too difficult for clients who picked good levels to trade, they kept on being rejected and put on manual intervention. Spreadbet firms make most of their money from the spread (you wont believe this but its correct) they need to quote a spread in order to retain the advantage when clients deal. The good s/b firms will have plenty of clients dealing on spreads that give both the s/b firm and client a chance to make money fairly. Offering a spread free product makes a good headline but the dealing desk wont be giving money away for nothing, they will use tactics that will give them back the advantage they have lost by not charging a spread.


CharlesD made an excellent comment in his previous post where he mentions that during the life of his account he has pretty much just lost the spread he has paid. This is fairly typical of spread bet clients but it is testament to the skill of the retail trader that he would hold his own when it comes to trading were it not for the cost of the spread he has to pay.
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It's not a myth. its your cost.

if you do 10 round turn trades a day on a 1 pip price in £5 per point you are paying £50 in spread. You now need to make 10 points of spread to break even. If you don't you're losing money, if you do, you're making money. You don't need to be an accountant to work that out.

I don't know you but I don't need to in order to tell you that 20 trades per day is overtrading. It's too many trades and you are paying more spread than you need to. Even if you are making a good return it wouldn't be much different than if you entered in to a position and put your stops and limits a fair distance away and hope that your punt it correct. if it is you make good pips on your limit if it isn't you lose your money through the deal being wrong and not because you're paying a lot of pips.

I don't understand why you'd not be happy making a ROI of 4:1 on a £3k investment but would be happy making a ROI of 3:1 on a £10k investment. Use the first model but up your stake.

Firms like WorldSpreads and MF Global went bust because they couldn't get enough clients and ultimately had to dip in to segregated client funds to bank roll their operations. Both MF and WorldSpreads (and Cantor Index) offered Spread Free products in the months leading up to their collapse as a last ditch effort to acquire clients. It didn't work because they then made it too difficult for clients who picked good levels to trade, they kept on being rejected and put on manual intervention. Spreadbet firms make most of their money from the spread (you wont believe this but its correct) they need to quote a spread in order to retain the advantage when clients deal. The good s/b firms will have plenty of clients dealing on spreads that give both the s/b firm and client a chance to make money fairly. Offering a spread free product makes a good headline but the dealing desk wont be giving money away for nothing, they will use tactics that will give them back the advantage they have lost by not charging a spread.


CharlesD made an excellent comment in his previous post where he mentions that during the life of his account he has pretty much just lost the spread he has paid. This is fairly typical of spread bet clients but it is testament to the skill of the retail trader that he would hold his own when it comes to trading were it not for the cost of the spread he has to pay.

Hi Highbury FX

There is a cost to every trade yes - but you are not looking at it in a correct perspective

If Trader A has say at 70% success rate and his average RR on wins is 2 - - then if he takes 10 trades over say 3 days - his average result would be - 7 wins x 2 and 3 losses x 1 - net result then 14 - 3 = 11 - so if he uses a 1% stake - in theory he increases his capital by 11% - over 2 days

If Trader B is a scalper with 70% and takes say 20 trades in a day - but his average RR is 1.5 and not 2 - his average result in just one day will be 14 wins at 1.5 against 6 losses at 1 net result - is 21 - 6 = 15 - so 1% stake in theory he increases his capital by 15 % - in one day

The extra trades costs are already included in the RR's and are really minimum

ie I dont mind a cost of 30% if I make say $20k - thats better than having a cost only 10% and only making $10k - ie NET $14k against less trades and lower cost - NET $9K

Costs in trading are not just linear - i dont know whether I might on make 7 pips with a 1 pip cost on one trade - or 30 or 300 pips on a 1 pip cost - because only my stops are fixed - never my targets

Net cash is King - not just low costs - but with lower receipts as well

Would you now agree with that ?

Or would you prefer to think just 1- 5 trades a day are good ???

There are so many other advantages of multi trading - but rarely am I in more than 2 trades at the same time

I might agree with you 20 -25 trades a day ( manually ) could be looked upon as excessive and over trading - but last time I made 24 trades in day on July 4th 2013 - I made 409 pips

On average I probably do 13/14 trades a day - and if I have a good AM session and do over my target I might only do 8 trades in say 4 hrs and stop.

The markets are dynamic - a trader needs to be dynamic - no fixed targets - only fixed stops - no fixed number of trade - all depends on the movements etc

Back to this cost myth

To repeat - I would prefer to be paying a broker 30% cost of my trades and make a higher net figure - than pay only 10% costs and only make 50% or 70% of the higher net turnover.

ie which company would you sooner have

Company A - all costs only 60% of turnover - but turnover say $1 million

Company B - all costs 90% of turnover - but turnover $50 million

Cost in isolation can be wrong used to make an incorrect point - and I am sure you know that.

Here we have swing traders with stops of 40 -70 pips and win rates of only 45 -60% and taking days to make 100 pips - and then they worry about a 2 pip cost of trading - when every loss they are down by say 50 pips or so- and have wasted 2 -10 hrs finding out

So inefficient

I want to know when I am wrong within 1 - 5 mins normally

How many books and guru's etc tell you that ? because I have not read many as normally traders do not have business and accountancy backgrounds - and just listen to basic - "keep cost as low as possible" -

Sometimes the bigger picture - like in trading is important - but please dont think a trader should only take 1- 3 trades a day - NO as far as I am concerned it inefficient and wrong.

But that's just me - and i am different to 90% of all other FX traders...........

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Old Jun 20, 2014, 12:23am   #25
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charlesD started this thread I'm not faulting anyone's style of trading, everyone should find his or her own preference and find out what works for them, whether it's trading using micro stops, or larger stops. Even finding a preferred instrument to trade, as each has its own idiosyncrasies. As long as it works for them and it makes a profit that's all that matters.

Well actually, I've traded forex majors as well, and these behave slightly different to the Dow, less volatile, so a 10 pip stop on a forex major out of hours (when Wall Street is asleep) is only slightly more lenient than on the Dow (especially during market hours - or when Wall Street wakes up). I noticed with the forex majors, the price is range bound most of the time making for a good trading channel (+/- 60pips), then the price is prone to a large movement (200+ pips) over say a day or two in one direction or the other probably once every week or two, then it goes range bound again for a week. So the forex yes will probably be better for that style of trading when you're in and out quickly trading a channel, but try placing your micro stops on the Dow when the New York markets are open, your 5-10 pip stops get stopped out almost instantly all the time whether you got your initial direction right or not it won't matter.

I tried 5 pip (usually 10) stops on the forexes as well, but since the spread on forex although start at 1 pip spread but changes more frequently depending on time of day sometimes upto 3 or 4 pip spread, then a 5 pip stop is no good is? Placing these micro stops I found sometimes my positions were closed at a loss before the screen even finished executing my buy order and updating my onscreen balance!

Besides, I never found the opportunity or set ups for 20 trades a day just watching one instrument, so Forexmospherian you must have 4 screens open at once waiting for good set ups no? I myself have not, and also making 10-15 trades a day would mean you're stuck in front of the screen for 8+ hours a day no? Or would you prefer to enjoy the outdoors if you so happen to live next to a beach in a tropical climate?

In my own personal experience, the best running streak I've had spreadbetting was I doubled my account and it took 6 months. I was placing 10pip stops and trailing my stops first to break even then along with the price and getting stopped out at anywhere between 1-40 pips most of the time, sometimes a little more, I would trail my 10pip stops along with the price movement. I was making only 1-5 trades a week, and averaging 10-30 pips profit a week. Now all the other times when I started making 10-20 trades per day, I just ended up losing. I lost all my profit that took me 6 months to build in just 3 weeks because I went crazy just overtrading trying to win back my losses after my first initial loss!!! I lost discipline and patience! This behaviour I believe has been coined revenge-trading which I am now aware of having experienced it. I am not too worried because it wasn't a large sum of money we are talking about, but after trying various methods to see what works for me, I will not overtrade again. Only when I started only making 1-5 trades per week did I become profitable.

This is why next time I'm going to try larger stops and only trade 1-5 times a week.
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Hi Highbury FX

There is a cost to every trade yes - but you are not looking at it in a correct perspective

If Trader A has say at 70% success rate and his average RR on wins is 2 - - then if he takes 10 trades over say 3 days - his average result would be - 7 wins x 2 and 3 losses x 1 - net result then 14 - 3 = 11 - so if he uses a 1% stake - in theory he increases his capital by 11% - over 2 days

If Trader B is a scalper with 70% and takes say 20 trades in a day - but his average RR is 1.5 and not 2 - his average result in just one day will be 14 wins at 1.5 against 6 losses at 1 net result - is 21 - 6 = 15 - so 1% stake in theory he increases his capital by 15 % - in one day

The extra trades costs are already included in the RR's and are really minimum

ie I dont mind a cost of 30% if I make say $20k - thats better than having a cost only 10% and only making $10k - ie NET $14k against less trades and lower cost - NET $9K

Costs in trading are not just linear - i dont know whether I might on make 7 pips with a 1 pip cost on one trade - or 30 or 300 pips on a 1 pip cost - because only my stops are fixed - never my targets

Net cash is King - not just low costs - but with lower receipts as well

Would you now agree with that ?

Or would you prefer to think just 1- 5 trades a day are good ???

There are so many other advantages of multi trading - but rarely am I in more than 2 trades at the same time

I might agree with you 20 -25 trades a day ( manually ) could be looked upon as excessive and over trading - but last time I made 24 trades in day on July 4th 2013 - I made 409 pips

On average I probably do 13/14 trades a day - and if I have a good AM session and do over my target I might only do 8 trades in say 4 hrs and stop.

The markets are dynamic - a trader needs to be dynamic - no fixed targets - only fixed stops - no fixed number of trade - all depends on the movements etc

Back to this cost myth

To repeat - I would prefer to be paying a broker 30% cost of my trades and make a higher net figure - than pay only 10% costs and only make 50% or 70% of the higher net turnover.

ie which company would you sooner have

Company A - all costs only 60% of turnover - but turnover say $1 million

Company B - all costs 90% of turnover - but turnover $50 million

Cost in isolation can be wrong used to make an incorrect point - and I am sure you know that.

Here we have swing traders with stops of 40 -70 pips and win rates of only 45 -60% and taking days to make 100 pips - and then they worry about a 2 pip cost of trading - when every loss they are down by say 50 pips or so- and have wasted 2 -10 hrs finding out

So inefficient

I want to know when I am wrong within 1 - 5 mins normally

How many books and guru's etc tell you that ? because I have not read many as normally traders do not have business and accountancy backgrounds - and just listen to basic - "keep cost as low as possible" -

Sometimes the bigger picture - like in trading is important - but please dont think a trader should only take 1- 3 trades a day - NO as far as I am concerned it inefficient and wrong.

But that's just me - and i am different to 90% of all other FX traders...........

Regards


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Dear F

An interesting response but I'm still not in your camp.

You said at the end of your post that I shouldn't think a trader should only take 1-3trades per a day as it is inefficient and wrong.

I don't think that and I didn't imply anywhere in my post that a trader should do a set number of trades per day. I was saying however that 20 trades a day was overtrading and that you do actually have to consider the total spread you pay as a cost. I stick by that.

Whatever risk model you personally run and the way you manage your bank roll is entirely up to you and over the years you may perhaps have found a style that suits your experience, your risk appetite, your cash and your available time, but not everybody has done 15,000 trades like you and they are the people that need to be given some basic pointers on how to not go broke in record time. The information they need is not restricted to trend spotting and scalping techniques but should be more relevant such as why they should only trade liquid contracts at times when relevant data isn't being released, to ALWAYS use stops AND limits (or trailing stops at least) and to be mindful of how many times per day they trade to control the most basic of costs, ie the spread.

You are clearly experienced and no doubt very well respected and the content of your posts are accurate and informative albeit at a level that most people here haven't yet attained. Whilst my experiences in s/b is different to yours, my interest in t2w is helping people get going and survive the first few months without falling away like the majority. Once they get a couple of years under their belt they may find that a strategy like yours (trading 10-20 times per day) suits them, but as a noob they'll get eaten up by the costs of the spread.

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I'm not faulting anyone's style of trading, everyone should find his or her own preference and find out what works for them, whether it's trading using micro stops, or larger stops. .........

I tried 5 pip (usually 10) stops on the forexes as well, but since the spread on forex although start at 1 pip spread but changes more frequently depending on time of day sometimes upto 3 or 4 pip spread, then a 5 pip stop is no good is? Placing these micro stops I found sometimes my positions were closed at a loss before the screen even finished executing my buy order and updating my onscreen balance!

Besides, I never found the opportunity or set ups for 20 trades a day just watching one instrument, so Forexmospherian you must have 4 screens open at once waiting for good set ups no? I myself have not, and also making 10-15 trades a day would mean you're stuck in front of the screen for 8+ hours a day no? Or would you prefer to enjoy the outdoors if you so happen to live next to a beach in a tropical climate?

Hi CharlesD

I think it all depends if you are very experienced and also a full time retail trader

I generally trade up to 6 main FX pairs - EU / EJ / EA / GU / AU - and flavour of the session .

Yes i normally cover from say 6 30 am to 5 -6 pm UK time ie over 10 hrs of trading opportunity.

The actual time I am at my desk and trading is normally under 4 hrs - average scalp 5 -15 mins - and every hr - I only check my time windows for approx 12 -15 mins max

Now after spending 20+ years in the business world - working 50 -70 hr weeks - my average 20 -30 hrs a week at my desk - it's like a walk in the park

Timing in crucial - yes robots even are set to time

I have just taken 2 successful scalps in last hr with the only stop size I needed was 2.4 pips on the EU and 3.5 pips on the GU

You cannot do this without years of experience and understanding of market movements - but when you have it then 10 -20 trades are day are on - but like I say over 20 for me is too much - unless we have really busy days and I am on a roll.

Also and this is most important - the more you do something - the better you get and as the great golfer said - the more I practice - the luckier I get

Only doing a few trades a week - will take you what 5 - 10 years to get you up to the level I am on about - so how will you gain more experience and movement knowledge with out really covering the "coalface"

I suggest 5 -10 trades a day is needed as a full time FX trader to know your method is working and you are continually learning more and improving

Only my view - but it certainly works for me

Good Trading


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Old Jun 20, 2014, 12:55pm   #28
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Hi CharlesD

Also and this is most important - the more you do something - the better you get and as the great golfer said - the more I practice - the luckier I get

Only doing a few trades a week - will take you what 5 - 10 years to get you up to the level I am on about - so how will you gain more experience and movement knowledge with out really covering the "coalface"

I suggest 5 -10 trades a day is needed as a full time FX trader to know your method is working and you are continually learning more and improving

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I certainly agree with what you said about the more you do something the better you get at doing it, whether it's playing the violin, golf, or in this case spreadbetting. I don't know how many trades I've made, but It's probably somewhere about 1000-1200. I wouldn't say I'm good yet, but I'm starting to get used to all the ups and downs. When I started I used to sell always near the bottom of a down spike, but now I'm a little more cautious about jumping in too quickly.

Interesting to know about what method you use, those are small stops aren't they, I guess my mistake when I was using small stops was not taking profits quickly because the price always went back down only to get stopped out, so a good profit level is what 2x, 3x or 4x the stop level regardless of the stop size? So a 3 pip stop should aim for a 10 pip profit, or a 30 pip stop a 100 pip profit (or even a 300pip stop and 1000pip profit), the optimal ratio between the stop size and profit level appears quite constant proportionally regardless of the stop size - in regards to market volatility, the only difference is the time frame of the trade.

What do you think is the optimal ratio of the stop/limit? Or do you think a better technique is just trailing the stops and going along with the price as far as you can? I used to always trail my stops, and most of the time I'd stop myself out too early only to watch the price rise (or fall) further, but I preferred trailing in order to lock in profit, because nearly always the price falls (or rises) back to your original stop. So have you a set limit target you stick to like 2-3 times the stop size, or do you trail which you think is better?

Well regards to what you said about it taking longer to get better only doing 5 trades a week as opposed to 20 a day, I'm not so sure. As long as you're active in the market watching the price, for example, I haven't traded for 8 weeks now, but my most recent trade, I didn't even risk any money, I just mentally placed a stop, and watched the price. Yes, It was before markets opened this week on Sunday night, I thought if I was going to trade this I would place a buy (on the Dow) at 16725 with a stop at 16690. Sure enough it opened on Sunday night the price fell to as low as 16699, and by market open on Monday it was as high as 16795. I didn't place any money on this trade, but If I did that would've been a nice 70 pip rise! Now if I was actually in this trade, I would've either trailed my stops along with the price to probably get stopped out at about 50 pips above my price, or I would've placed a stop just a few pips above my buy price hoping for the price to move even higher. Now looking at the chart in retrospect, If I had done that I would've got stopped out as the price went back down to 16725 and I would've lost all my profit. But if I had just kept the original stop (16690) in place I would've still been in the trade for the whole week, with the price at 16900 now, for a +175 pip profit. This is what I would've been aiming for. These are the kinds of gains I need to offset my losses in order to make any real progress, but my mistake is taking profits too early I guess, trailing to lock in profits, only for smaller gains that don't offset your losing trades.
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Old Jun 20, 2014, 3:14pm   #29
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EU

For now low at 3564

scalp buys OK but need to see if we stay above 65/66 - and then try 78 to hold on a bit longer

Hi CharlesD

i posted the above comment at 2 12/13 pm UK time in my intraday live trading thread - after Low at 2 04 pm

My stop would be really 4 pips as at that time spread was 0 4 of a pip

I have now just posted another comment to scalp sell under 3586 - as its an interim high.

To be able to do this you do need special skills that take a lot of time to develop - but your comments have hit a few points on the head.

I will over the weekend explain in more detail etc - with regards to best stop sizes - targets etc etc

Got to get back to a few more trades meanwhile - but have no problem sharing many of my findings - and do every day in the other thread

More to follow

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Old Jun 22, 2014, 10:53am   #30
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Dear F

An interesting response but I'm still not in your camp.

You said at the end of your post that I shouldn't think a trader should only take 1-3trades per a day as it is inefficient and wrong.

I don't think that and I didn't imply anywhere in my post that a trader should do a set number of trades per day. I was saying however that 20 trades a day was overtrading and that you do actually have to consider the total spread you pay as a cost. I stick by that.

Whatever risk model you personally run and the way you manage your bank roll is entirely up to you and over the years you may perhaps have found a style that suits your experience, your risk appetite, your cash and your available time, but not everybody has done 15,000 trades like you and they are the people that need to be given some basic pointers on how to not go broke in record time. The information they need is not restricted to trend spotting and scalping techniques but should be more relevant such as why they should only trade liquid contracts at times when relevant data isn't being released, to ALWAYS use stops AND limits (or trailing stops at least) and to be mindful of how many times per day they trade to control the most basic of costs, ie the spread.

You are clearly experienced and no doubt very well respected and the content of your posts are accurate and informative albeit at a level that most people here haven't yet attained. Whilst my experiences in s/b is different to yours, my interest in t2w is helping people get going and survive the first few months without falling away like the majority. Once they get a couple of years under their belt they may find that a strategy like yours (trading 10-20 times per day) suits them, but as a noob they'll get eaten up by the costs of the spread.

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Hi Highbury FX

I would agree with you that - all new traders should not just expect to become extremely skilled at intraday trading within a few months and even a few years - and therefore should not try and copy anything I might do etc on a real live account.

You too also talk a lot of sense and I am sure you are experienced as well and I am in your camp with regards to always using stops at levels they find comfortable with - and based on proper reasons rather than just saying 30 pips or 70 pips is large enough that will do etc etc..

My worry is when new traders only take say 1 or 2 trades a day - or even just say 3 per week - initially on a demo account rather than with real money - its going to take them quite a long time to find out whether what they are actually doing - will carry on working or whether they are purely being lucky and think after say 1 month they have had say 15 winning trades out of say 23 that's all the testing they need.

I think you need well over 100 trades with swing trading and may be even 4/500 trades on intraday trading to at least know you method might have a chance of working over the longer time - that's only my own view and I am open to other suggestions etc

All the best

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