Spreadbetting Journal – Trend Strategy

isatrader

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Re: EUR/GBP Signal On

EUR/GBP is the other currency pair I’m following and it’s signal is now active as well as the other three I follow. I am tentative though, as it’s very close to it’s value zone and the Chandelier Exit stop and has been crossed it on both of the last two days. So I think for confirmation I’d like to see a full day close above the Chandelier Exit stop before looking for a pullback to value for an entry point.

Current value zone – 4/11
11 Day EMA: 0.8745
22 Day EMA: 0.8737
Chandelier Exit: 0.8723

14 day ATR is currently 0.0075

The EUR/GBP signal wasn’t confirmed today as the low passed through the chandelier stop again. So the signal is still off as it needs the full range to stay above the chandelier stop for it to be a buy.
 

isatrader

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Currencies update

The dollar fell again today, moving the various currencies I’m watching away from my entry targets again. So I’ve readjusted my target entry zones as follows:

AUD/USD
Current value zone – 5/11
11 Day EMA: 0.9971
22 Day EMA: 0.9898
Chandelier Exit: 0.9810

14 day ATR is currently 0.0110

EUR/USD
Current value zone – 5/11
11 Day EMA: 1.4047
22 Day EMA: 1.3968
Chandelier Exit: 1.3866

14 day ATR is currently 0.0122

GBP/USD
Current value zone – 5/11
11 Day EMA: 1.6064
22 Day EMA: 1.5972
Chandelier Exit: 1.5933

14 day ATR is currently 0.0112
 

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isatrader

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Re: Risk

I’ve been thinking a bit more about risk today and am questioning whether my current risk strategy isn’t good enough. I currently use Elder’s money management techniques of a maximum risk of 2% per trade and a maximum loss of 6% in a month. If I reach that level then I have to stop trading for the rest of the month or if my open trades add up to that level, then I’m not allowed to put anymore trades on until I move the stop loss up and the risk is reduced below the 6% total level again.

The problem I’m having with this is that if I apply a low risk reward ratio to this of 2 to 1, then I should be making 12% a month to justify this 6% a month risk. Now I’m sure day traders achieve this each month. But I’m a position trader with a full time design job, so I’d be happy with 12% a year in all honesty. So I think I need to rethink my maximum loss per month and my max trade size to be a more realistic risk reward rate overall.

Not sure what it should be yet, but that it needs to be much more conservative than it currently is.

Profit target per month: 3%
Annual profit target: 36%
Risk Reward: 2:1
=> Max risk per month: 1.5%
=> Max risk per trade: 0.5%

This seems possible and would mean a gain on the account of 36% over a year, which I’d be very happy with. Although, I think this is very ambitious still for a part timer like me.

Profit target per month: 2%
Annual profit target: 24%
Risk Reward: 2:1
=> Max risk per month: 1%
=> Max risk per trade: 0.33%

2% a month looks more realistic, but I think with my account size that I will be seriously limited in what I can trade. For example, it would only give me a 34 point stop loss on the GBP/USD at £0.40 per point (the min amount with my broker), which has a 200 day ATR of 124 points at the moment. So 4 times the size of my potential max stop loss. Which would make it untradable for me without day trading into the position. I could however trade the S&P 500 index and stocks below 1000 points so I might have to make do with those for now while I try and increase my capital.

I think I need to think research it a bit more.

I’ve decided after experimenting with the figures some more that 1.5% maximum risk per month is the level I want to work with for now. As even though I’m an amateur, I want to trade in as professional way as possible. My current target is to make 3% profit per month, so if my risk reward is a minimum of 2:1 then 1.5% risk is my limit.

Profit target per month: 3%
Annual profit target: 36%
Risk Reward: 2:1
=> Max risk per month: 1.5%
=> Max risk per trade: 0.5%

I won’t include my open position in the VIX in the monthly calculation as it is a hedge against volatility in the market, but has a limited downside of 5% of my account. My current open positions add up to 1.12% risk, so that means I can put on another 0.38% risk currently until I move up stop losses or close another position.

Because of my account size, this risk level per trade means that I won’t be able to trade currencies for the time being. As the stops would need to be ultra tight and would lead to too much whipsaw risk. So I am going to paper trade the currency pairs I’m following, but with an account big enough to trade at this risk level at my spreadbetting firms min bet sizes, which I estimate to be around £15,000. Hopefully, if I can trade it successfully, then I’ll be able to put on physical trades in my spreadbetting account once it’s grow sufficiently or I manage to deposit more cash into it – which is more likely to come first.
 

isatrader

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S&P 500 Long Exit & Re-entry

I decided to err on the side of caution before the jobs number, as was a good chance the markets would sell off it had been bad. So I took my profits on the S&P 500 5 mins before the news. However, the news turned out to be strong so I reentered again.

Closing trade
Entry Price: 1192.4
Exit Price: 1214.5
Qty: 0.5 per point
Points: 22.1
P/L: £11.05

Daily Channel Captured: 31%
Trade Grade: A

Reentry trade
Entry Price: 1220.3
Qty: 0.5
Spread: 0.6

Stop: 1177.9
Limit: 1300

Account Risk: 0.52%
Potential Account Profit: 0.98%
Risk Ratio: 1.88

This is slightly over my min trade limit of 0.5% risk, but it has a very wide stop, which I will readjust at the close today once the news has been digested by the market.
 

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isatrader

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Weekend Update

I was nervous coming into this week with all the data, possibility of QE2 and the mid term elections. But this week turned out to be a good one, and I managed to ride the positive sentiment fairly well.

Performance this week was up 2.21% on last weeks close. It could have been much better if I’d taken profits on my Randgold position, but the speculation about QE2 drove gold prices down sharply during Wednesday, only to recover after the news and whipsawed me out of my position as my stop was hit.

I’ve attached my trades spreadsheet below with my closed and open trades to date. I’ve highlighted my current open risk and profit and loss. Trade grades are determined by the amount of the daily Keltner channel captured. 30% and above is an A grade and my target for all trades. Anything below a C- is a loss.

Also attached is the weekly profit and loss sheet which shows my current profit at 3.25%. I will create an equity graph after I have a few months data so I can chart my progress visually as well.
 

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isatrader

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Open Positions Charts

Attached below is the current daily charts of the open positions I have except the VIX. Vedanta and Hecla Mining would get an A+ grade for the trade if I closed them now, so I will be watching them closely on Monday as I don’t want to see the 2.21% gain from last week evaporate, which could happen easily with Vedanta as it has a big daily ATR. So I may be tempted to take the profits on that one.

The S&P is very small position, so I will be looking to add to that on pullbacks to value if the up move continues. It is going to be a quiet week for data, so am hoping for less volatility and a continuing rally this week.
 

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isatrader

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Stock Watchlist

I’ve been thinking about a new strategy that I’d like to trial. It’s a breakout strategy that looks for stocks that are breaking out above long term resistance of their previous highs. The thinking behind this is that once all previous resistance levels are cleared, then the stock is in a price discovery phase, with only technical resistance at Fibonacci levels and general market down swings to combat. As the majority of people in the stock are making money, so have less reason to sell.

So I’ve used my buy signal indicator and scanned the market to find stocks in a current uptrend and then filtered out the ones that hadn’t cleared their previous highs, and finally I filtered out the ones with bad balance sheets. Below is what I’ve got left.

Amec (AMEC)
Antofagasta (ANTO)
Ashmore (ASHM)
Bhp Billiton (BLT)
Blackrock Wld (BRWM)
Domino's Pizza (DOM)
Fresnillo (FRES)
Hargreaves Lans (HL.)
Halma (HLMA)
Hochschild (HOC)
Petrofac (PFC)
Premier Oil (PMO)
Schroders (SDR)
Spirent (SPT)
Talvivaara (TALV)
Wellstream (WSM)

From looking at their charts, I’m liking Amec (AMEC), Ashmore (ASHM), Premier Oil (PMO) and Halma (HLMA) the most. Oil had a good rebound this week and has lagged the commodities rally so far, so could be a good way to go for me via PMO or AMEC. AMEC looks a bit more overextended, so I’d want a pullback on that one before getting in. Anyway, I’ve created a watchlist portfolio on ADVFN, so I can see how they all perform with live prices in one place, and will maybe trade one or two this week if they set up right.
 

isatrader

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Currencies update

The signals still look valid for AUD/USD, EUR/USD and GBP/USD. But I’ve not managed to find a safe entry point yet. EUR/USD has pulled back very close to it’s value zone, so a possible entry point there. The other two are still moving away from my targets, but the value zones have moved to the previous resistance levels, so am hopeful that they will get a retest.

AUD/USD
Current value zone – 8/11
11 Day EMA: 1.0025
22 Day EMA: 0.9940
Chandelier Exit: 0.9821
14 day ATR: 0.0113

EUR/USD
Current value zone – 8/11
11 Day EMA: 1.4023
22 Day EMA: 1.3966
Chandelier Exit: 1.3865
14 day ATR: 0.0132

GBP/USD
Current value zone – 8/11
11 Day EMA: 1.6092
22 Day EMA: 1.6001
Chandelier Exit: 1.5936
14 day ATR: 0.0117
 

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isatrader

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Re: Vedanta Entry

I’ve opened a position on the Vedanta Dec 10 Spread as it looks to me like a swing bottom is forming.

Entry Price: 2075.98
Qty: 0.5
Spread: 15.4pts

Stop: 2029
Limit: 2600

Account Risk: 0.58%
Potential Account Profit: 6.44%
Risk Ratio: 11.15

I hold this in my ISA portfolio as a medium term holding and has dropped around 10% from a recent high. So I’m hoping it will be a good swing trade. I’ve got a tight stop, so the risk is low. But could get stopped out quickly on this one if it breaks the recent low.

I’ve closed the trade in Vedanta this morning for a good 11.64% move. I will still keep it in my ISA portfolio though as a long term hold. But I wanted to bank the 2.97% profit for my account, as the safezone stop loss was still only at breakeven. So, the risk was too high for me, even though I believe medium term it will go much higher.

Closing trade
Entry Price: 2075.98
Exit Price: 2317.64
Qty: 0.5 per point
Points: 241.66
P/L: £120.83
Trade Percentage: 11.64%

Daily Channel Captured: 59%
Trade Grade: A+

Account P/L: 2.97%
 

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isatrader

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EUR/USD Entry Zone

EUR/USD has got into my value zone. So as it’s too much risk for my account I’m going to paper trade it.

Trade
Entry Price: 1.394
Stop: 1.3879
Limit: 1.4199
 

isatrader

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Hecla Mining Exit

I’ve gone long Hecla Mining using the Dec 10 spread at the US open today, as I was annoyed at being whipsawed out of my Randgold Resources position yesterday, which is now up considerably higher again today. Randgold was far too big for my account size, so I searched for gold miners that track the gold price closely and that were manageable in my account. Hecla seems to fit the bill and was on my watch list, so I decided to get in.

Entry Price: 724.2
Qty: 0.32
Spread: 6

Stop: 662.8
Limit: 900

Account Risk: 0.48%
Potential Account Profit: 1.38%
Risk Ratio: 2.86


Hecla Mining has surged higher for 3 days now and has gained an A+ grade. So although my target was 900, I’m happy to take profits here, as a 13.67% percent move in 3 days has the chance of reversing just as quickly if gold stalls at it’s long term resistance line.

Closing trade
Entry Price: 724.2
Exit Price: 823.2
Qty: 0.32 per point
Points: 99
P/L: £31.69
Trade Percentage: 13.67%

Daily Channel Captured: 66%
Trade Grade: A+

Account P/L: 0.78%
 

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isatrader

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S&P 500 Long Exit

Think I bought this one too high away from the 100 bar EMA, so am exiting at breakeven and going to wait for the next decent pullback to get back in.

Closing trade
Entry Price: 1220.3
Exit Price: 1220.3
Qty: 0.5 per point
Points: 0
P/L: £0

Daily Channel Captured: 0%
Trade Grade: C-
 

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isatrader

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EUR/USD Stopped Out

EUR/USD has got into my value zone. So as it’s too much risk for my account I’m going to paper trade it.

Trade
Entry Price: 1.394
Stop: 1.3879
Limit: 1.4199

EUR/USD has broken lower in the last hour or so, so my stop would have been hit at 1.3879. So closing paper trade is -61 pips. I’m glad I’m so strict with my risk management for my account and couldn’t trade it for real.
 

isatrader

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Currencies update

USD looks to be picking up strength. EUR/USD signal got within 1 pip of the chandelier stop a little while ago. So looks like the buy signal is going off tonight for EUR/USD. GBP/USD is in the value zone and AUD/USD is moving down towards it. Those two might not turn off as are further from their stops and the negative news is focused on the euro zone again, probably as it’s a quiet news week and traders like to make up a reason to move the markets when there’s no real data to focus on.
 

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isatrader

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Halma Entry

I’ve gone long in Halma Dec 10 Spread. It was on my watchlist from the weekend scans and it had an inside day yesterday, so I’m looking for the up move to reassert itself.

Trade
Entry Price: 338.60
Qty: 0.7
Spread: 2.42

Stop: 331.49
Limit: 354.14

Account Risk: 0.12%
Potential Account Profit: 0.28%
Risk Ratio: 2.32

Small risk on this one as it’s a different strategy than I usually use.
 

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