How many instruments do you trade?

Jason101

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This question can not stand alone independently. And the time frame must be taken into account.

I hold from days to months and trade absolutely everything.
 

Fugazsy

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only one, I need to feel the pulse, the beat to be able to take advantage of the opportunities, if not the opportunities will take advantage of me.
 
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I prefer using few trading contructs. Because if you use a large number of foreign exchange pairs, it is impossible to pay attention and make a qualitative analysis of each individual chart symbol.
 

tomorton

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I trade mostly the 16 major forex pairs. That said, most of these are based on USD, EUR or GBP, and there is usually no good reason to be long or short in more than 1 of each.
 
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all you need is one. if you're in a big, liquid market.

the more games you play, or things you trade, the more likely your performance will suffer. be a master of one, not a jack of all trades.:idea:
 
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I trade turnips
I hear the spreads vary quite a bit, not to mention the market-depth, and that it's a seasonal market, along with the parsnip and beetroot cross-pairs?

I trade forex only, with 95% of my trades being only EUR/USD/GBP/JPY combinations. Occasionally I trade CHF/AUD/CAD pairs. That's more than enough for me.
 

hatemypips

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not much, for moment I stick with one primary pair. but to be honest sometimes reading many trading signal, arguing article related to news event lead me to put curiosity entry with another pairs.
 
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I trade futures. Should be 42 in this list, if I've counted correctly.

CORN
LEANHOG
LIVECOW
SOYBEAN
WHEAT
AUS10
AUS3
KR10
KR3
BOBL
BTP
BUND
OAT
US10
US2
US20
US5
V2X
VIX
ASX
KOSPI
AEX
CAC
SMI
NASDAQ
SP500
AUD
EUR
GBP
JPY
MXP
NZD
COPPER
GOLD
PALLAD
PLAT
CRUDE_W
GAS_US
AUSSTIR
EDOLLAR
EUROSTX
FTSE

Until quite recently I also traded Shatz (http://qoppac.blogspot.co.uk/2015/01/why-i-dont-like-short-end-german-bonds.html). In the last year I've also traded another five or so markets, but I wasn't getting decent sized positions in them so I've removed them.
 
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I only watch /ES and /CL, with 80% of my attention being favored towards /ES. I tried watching bonds, currencies, gold, etc. and it was just too much for me. I chose /ES because of how liquid it is and /CL for the volatility moves.
 

IFeelFree

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I was just wondering if the majority of traders just focus on one instrument or multiples?
Currently, I'm trading 3 instruments -- a cointegrated triplet of ETFs. I look for a divergence from equilibrium of this portfolio and bet on it's return to equilibrium. It's similar to a Bollinger Band approach or pair trading.
 
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I trade 4, most trades happen on crude oil and nasdaq.
Other 2 instruments i watch are S&P and natural gas, but i trade these not as much as the instruments mentioned above.\
I do use a multiple screen setup, if i would only have 2 screens i would only watch 2 instruments.
I find it very disturbing and not good for my concentration to have to click trough different charts.
 

DaxSlut

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Just the one - No prizes for guessing which one it is ;)

However I will switch to the S&P and/or DOW if the DAX waits for direction.