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Old Feb 26, 2009, 1:01pm   #1
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Welcome to my Trading Journal: ER-ER

Ever since starting trading demos and live accounts I have become a 5 minute specialist. I have tried vast amount of markets but my main ones I trade are:
  1. GBP/USD, EUR/USD, EUR/GBP, FTSE
  2. USD/CAD, AUD/USD, OIL, DAX
  3. Any other market which has a high R:R trade which is at it's extremes [hot markets]
Naturally being a 5m man I look for breakouts, reversal and retracement plays. However, using price action (by looking at the ticker), I can get ridiculously good entries. I have called and traded the bottoms of tops of cable one too many times to make a guy crazy. The rejections were so good I could move my stop to breakeven after 5seconds and not get stopped. The problem with this is I was taking my profits are too early!

However, what makes a good trader is scalping and long term swing positions combined. So in this journal I'm going to delve into the depths of 1h and daily time frames, combined with my 5minute entries to try and get the maximum r:r ratio possible. Imagine making 1400pips with a stoploss of 5?!

My goals are:
  1. To maximize my R:R ratio
  2. To become proficient in swing trading and scalping
  3. To maximize the amount of pips I get and hit rate
  4. To become effiencient at using 1 hour and daily charts
  5. To build a portfolio of stocks once I feel the bottom of the equity markets has been reached
  6. To maximize and specialise in more markets
  7. To conquer my psychology, become disciplined and fearless.

Note this is going in this forum for now until I post up some of my techniques I use.

Useful Links:


News:

RanSquawk
Economic Calendar

Good Threads to keep up with:
Potential Setups - Ignore the less than 1h calls and crap in between.
I'm Shorting Euros - Good group of lads here who swing trade.
FTSE Trading - Great calls here.

I have 5 accounts. My main ODL one, VDMGM freebie, victorchandlers freebie, iii freebie and igindex for emergencies. (Going to open a natwest one too, love that platform!).

The ODL one will be scalped on, while VDMGM will be used for FTSE and VC for EUR / CABLE trades.

I hope to show you some of the techniques I use (most of them are fairly common) and some of the rules I have. I will probably make some videos later on if you are interested in watching.

At the end of each week I'll write my summary and PnL (in pips/ticks) to and analyse what were the high probably set-ups and what went wrong.

Wish me luck.

Edit: Another useful link = Chatzy Chatroom

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Old Feb 26, 2009, 1:16pm   #2
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Techniques I use:

KillPhil08 started this thread I use no indicators apart from trendlines. I don't see the point in other indicators when they are all price orientated.

Overnight Range breakout:
Sometimes the asian session can be quite quiet and all the highs and the lows become very good areas to trade off. Usually I wait for a break then add on a retest of the s/r.

SbR and RbS:
When support becomes resistance and resistance becomes support. You'd be suprised at how well these are in trending markets.

1-2-3:
Use it in overbought / oversold markets + trending. Picture explains it all.

New Trading:
My favourite - Usually the price tends to go one way then shoots of in the other once a resistance or support line is in place. The only time I see this not happening is when there was news out before it and there was a decent rejection of price so it continues that way. Many would disagree with this but it's how I trade because I am profitable from it.

Round Numbers:
Look for plays into 50's and 00's

Many thanks to the traders who have helped me along the way:

MrGecko
GeoffHill
Masquerade
Dax
FXScalper
Trader Dante
FTSE beater
Firewalker
Gayrabianights
Spanish89 (what not to do)
Trendie
Choc
BrutusDawg
Ceydababy
WASP aka sweepylongbananafiend!
GJ
ShadowNinja
And many more who I may have forgotten [apologies ]
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Old Feb 26, 2009, 1:45pm   #3
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First Analysis:

KillPhil08 started this thread OK:

I'll be mainly posting analysis on FTSE, Cable, Euro + Eur/Gbp. I'll probably do 5minute breakout analysis in the morning then do hourly and daily once something major occurs etc.

First up cable:
5m: Stuck between 14240 and 14292. Wait for breaks, Trading sideways
1h: 14292 is a massive level, if it breaks this then it could go rocketing. However it might bounce on the round number. Inside bar and hammer could indicate good strenght north. Decent targets might be 14360.
Daily: Testing outer edges of triangle. Looks ready for a FO SHO BRO although it still has to get past the floor on the hourly charts.

As I type it's just broken. Lol talk about good analysis...
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Old Feb 26, 2009, 2:03pm   #4
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Euro

KillPhil08 started this thread Euro is a mess. I hardly Trade it anymore - As soon as it gets out of it's range I'm in there.

5m:

Typical overnight breakout then a rbs play off it up again. Last few mins a triangle - Just play a break out of the highs or lows. Maybe play off the 5m uptrend when it hits again.

1h:

looks bullish until it hits the downtrend

Daily: Stuck in a range!
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Old Feb 26, 2009, 2:05pm   #5
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Originally Posted by KillPhil08 View Post
OK:

I'll be mainly posting analysis on FTSE, Cable, Euro + Eur/Gbp. I'll probably do 5minute breakout analysis in the morning then do hourly and daily once something major occurs etc.

First up cable:
5m: Stuck between 14240 and 14292. Wait for breaks, Trading sideways
1h: 14292 is a massive level, if it breaks this then it could go rocketing. However it might bounce on the round number. Inside bar and hammer could indicate good strenght north. Decent targets might be 14360.
Daily: Testing outer edges of triangle. Looks ready for a FO SHO BRO although it still has to get past the floor on the hourly charts.

As I type it's just broken. Lol talk about good analysis...
Target hit and reversed.

Stopped out for +15(reversal). Usually at reversal points it tests the same area once unless it's a round number. Then drops off. Very occasionally making a higher high.

YOU HAVE TO - HAVE TO - Take in consideration the previous day, cable fell a lot so it's likely that it will retrace unless important news is out or a trend is set.
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Another Thought; Guys on Pippy50500's Thread have noticed the correlation between indicess and fx. You have to watch out when they are inverse or directly correlated. . Cable currently made its higher high on 5m, hopefully this wil be the top. But i'm not in anything .
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Chart Notes:

Purple Circle = Resistance.
Orange Circle = Support.
Red Circle Line = Breakout / Area of Interest.
Red Square = Stop loss Hit (profit or loss).
Blue Square = Taken Profit target Hit.
Red Line = Short.
Blue Line = Long.

If cable does break up the next area of interest will be 14426 and especially 14450.

ONE MORE EDIT:

On my cable chart there is also FIB confluence for the 38% level at 14360.

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Old Feb 26, 2009, 2:18pm   #6
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EurGBP

KillPhil08 started this thread This is tricky.

I used to trade it off 5m but now it's mainly only hourlies.

The problem with EURGBP is it often breaks it support or resistance then whiplashes back - It is also a very slow pair which only really moves if there is a tanking of euro while sterling rallies.

1h. It broke out of the channel then proceeded upwards. Watch the round numbers - This pair reacts to them VERY well. Might retest the uptrend before choosing it's direction. Sterling is a bit unpredictable these days.
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Old Feb 26, 2009, 2:52pm   #7
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KillPhil08 started this thread Classic example of why you need to be a diverse trader, I sold the breakout and bought the double bottom. At what cost? 5 ticks. At what reward? Less than 40. That is why I'm writing this journal. I need to RUN my positions, my entries are fine!

I can't really comment on ftse since I scalp it mainly. I can however tell you important areas to watch out for.

Oh I trade cash btw.

3917 / 3950 / 3880.

Play off these levels and it should treat you well.

I'm very much a momentum player so scalping suits me very well on this.

Hourly: It's in a downtrend although there is an upward channel. Look for breakdowns of this. Unfortunately it managed to push the previous resistance. Daily - Stuck in a downtrend although not reached the lows yet.

UPDATE:
EURGBP hit target, watching cable v euro. I'll probably get stoppped for plus 8 then it'll breakout and the real retracement might begin. Told you - It reacts well to round numbers.

Cable - retraced off previous 5m uptrend - sbr through a candle. News should push it up too due to BAD USD.

Euro - Bounced off overnight high during news, sign to go long especially if it breaks the highs (so far its staying under 12800 not a good sign).

Ftse- well you tell me .
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Old Feb 26, 2009, 5:59pm   #8
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heres todays ftse 1 min, entrys shown, exits different story best is cover at s/r or trail stop on candle h/l. oh and initial stop is 5 ticks.

plenty of points on offer.

nuff said.
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