I’m New To TRADING – Where Do I Start?

Donwealt

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Hi Donwealt,
Welcome to T2W.

You have two clear issues that you need to address and I recommend that you stop trading until they're sorted. If you carry on without addressing them - the situation will only get worse and you'll continue to lose money.

First, you need a clearly defined trading plan. One that's properly back tested and then forward tested on a demo account. If - and only if - this is working and making consistent profits should you then go live and trade using real money. And, even then, only use the smallest amounts your broker permits. Once you have a real plan in place, there'll be no chasing trades and entering/exiting them based on fear and greed, as your plan will stipulate exactly - and I mean precisely - when and where to open and close them.

Second, if you've done all of the above and are failing to stick to your plan - you've gotta ask why? Why deviate from a plan that you know is profitable - only to take unplanned trades that lose you money? Why do that, indeed, why would anyone do that?! My guess is that even though you might think you have a plan, you've not arrived at it in the way I've outlined above and it's nowhere near robust enough. Consequently, you don't have total faith in it and your ego thinks it knows better and gives you carte-blanche to deviate from it. If your plan really is properly watertight and you just can't stick to it, then you're not cut out to be a day trader. In which case, your choice is to pan out to become a swing or position trading or, if you absolutely insist on day trading, get yourself professional help from someone who specializes in trader psychology.
Tim.
Thanks Tim. I already got a plan but I miss a lot of my trades out of lack of concentration or fear. Then seeing it 5 to 10 mins later vehemently moving as expected, I try to do catch up which means I don't enter at the precise entry point though the setup is still valid. This messes up my SL position(as I used fixed amount of pips) and break even point. Thus I get frequently spiked out. I think I need a sort of alert system to get me alerted once my setup occurs to ensure early entry. I will sort out the fear issue.
Thanks once again.
 

Donwealt

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Happy new week guys.
Please what's the best way to trail a trade strategy on 5mins TF that has 10pips SL and 20pips TP.
Secondly at what point is should be breakeven.
It's has been frustrating so far getting stopped out and watching trade move as anticipated and on the other hand, getting over 12 pips and only getting 1 pip out of it. Please help a newbie.
Thanks and happy trading.
 
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Other way in such situation is not long-term trading, which looks like investing, but to try so-called swing trades - mid-term trading, when one trade lasts from 2 days to several weeks. Such trades can be based both on technical and fundamental analysis, so you need to find an idea and then only watch the chart. With modern mobile software you can even set an alarm to enter the position and just wait.

Of course you can try to trade intraday after work, but it can be very difficuilt and even exhausting.
 

NVP

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personally i never hold over weekends ........but i understand when your lifestyle hinders active involvement (as my work did for many years).....others are saying as i say ....trade daily charts as thats all you can monitor...perhaps 4h if you get breaks
 

MotifSky

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Honestly, something I tell people starting out is to put your trade on and use whatever stop you use for your target and see which gets hit (this helps to determine whether your analysis is good). Work on finetuning analysis and then you can focus on order management. Too many new traders take profits very fast and let losers run which ends up being a bad thing for your account value over time.
 

NVP

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Happy new week guys.
Please what's the best way to trail a trade strategy on 5mins TF that has 10pips SL and 20pips TP.
Secondly at what point is should be breakeven.
It's has been frustrating so far getting stopped out and watching trade move as anticipated and on the other hand, getting over 12 pips and only getting 1 pip out of it. Please help a newbie.
Thanks and happy trading.
FYI - interesting exit thread here ....I forgot about this one

http://www.trade2win.com/boards/forex/117416-best-exit-strategies-forex-market.html
 

MotifSky

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Forex is based on making financial operations with foreign currencies. Traders earn money on the difference of exchange rates of them because of that prices for certain foreign currencies are very important. Forex is made only in currency pairs, like for example, USD/EUR, and you need to monitor constantly the market for possible prices changes. Technical analysis is a necessary thing too because it gives an opportunity to understand reasons of the prices changes in past and predict them in future, with such analysis you can catch later a perfect moment for making a really good deal. So you can try trading on weekends but I don't think it'll be enough effective in your case. On the other hand, it's like gambling because it's impossible to predict all changes and sometimes you can earn really good money and sometimes even lose all your capital https://www.investopedia.com/articles/investing/111214/top-5-forex-risks-traders-should-consider.asp
Also an important thing for forex market are brokers https://fx-list.com/ because all your financial operations will be managed by them, as also opening your account. Among them there's a great amount of scam but it's not hard to avoid it if you choose them only from reliable regulatory agencies lists.
 
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If a forex trader wants to handle all his funds properly then he will require a strapping back ground of trading skills and comprehension. In order to continue trading journey in a more systematic way in this world market place, a forex trader will need to craft trading plan after understanding his trading needs. Without understanding the trading requirements a trader can’t even select broker that will best for him.
 

NVP

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If a forex trader wants to handle all his funds properly then he will require a strapping back ground of trading skills and comprehension. In order to continue trading journey in a more systematic way in this world market place, a forex trader will need to craft trading plan after understanding his trading needs. Without understanding the trading requirements a trader can’t even select broker that will best for him.
heres the bottom line guys....

put some money and time aside to learn to trade ........if after 2 years you havnt made it then you need to

1) seriously review and change your approach.....seek out mentors in your chosen market / area to help you.....beg them ......you need help .....to move you forwards

2) just walk away and do something else - no regrets ......

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Thanks Tim. I already got a plan but I miss a lot of my trades out of lack of concentration or fear. Then seeing it 5 to 10 mins later vehemently moving as expected, I try to do catch up which means I don't enter at the precise entry point though the setup is still valid. This messes up my SL position(as I used fixed amount of pips) and break even point. Thus I get frequently spiked out. I think I need a sort of alert system to get me alerted once my setup occurs to ensure early entry. I will sort out the fear issue.
Thanks once again.
Hello Donwealt,

If I can suggest you two books that I found quite useful, and I believe they may be useful for you as well:
- One good trade
- The Playbook

by Mike Bellafiore. They discuss a lot the challenges that a daytrader must overcome to become profitable. :arrowu:
 

hatemypips

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Hi guys, I am an Experienced Trader and running my own trading company in Dubai.
In the past years I managed different brokerage/trading desks in London and Dubai for almost 15 years.
Recently I start offering a consultancy service on Twitter only for subscribers.

I've been using my trading system for almost 20 years and I made during the years outstanding profits.
If you are a new Trader or Experienced one maybe you could be interested.
If so pls do not hesitate to contact me on info@derivtrades.com or using twitter (you find me under 'derivtrades').
Why do you want to make money from teaching of others rather than using your edge in trading and make much more money? Don't you find a bit lacking the sense?
 
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Why do you want to make money from teaching of others rather than using your edge in trading and make much more money? Don't you find a bit lacking the sense?
Hi there, I run an investment consultancy firm and I am not teaching any trading system or trading course at the moment. I just enjoy posting my personal trades on twitter and find a challenge and help other traders to make money trading too for a small fee and offer my expertise that's all.