Sunday, 9 May 2010

Day trading for few chosen only

It makes no sense to give advice or teach how to trade - the most difficult job on the planet bar boxing or fighting the enemy on the front line. But here are some of my remarks and rules I follow in my technical approach. I day trade various markets, from General Dynamics to EUR/NOK, without paying attention to fundamentals. - Yes I consider myself a chartist.

-Every instrument and every time frame are different
-Do not try to trade too many markets, find the most suitable for you and use leverage
-Emotions are your enemy; yes be happy when you take profit, be sad when you lose, but entering trades out of excitement, anger or fear is a mistake
-Back test your method on a regular basis
-Hard work means nothing compared to good method
-Trade live as much as possible as opposed to entering trades and leaving them at the market's mercy
-Sell on extreme strength, buy on extreme weakness, otherwise NEVER trade against the trend
- Future probabilities =1, what's going on =2, past =3
-Always trade into wave along with the larger direction
-Trend reversals are rare and never bet you will catch it, you better go with the older trend instead
-Analyse your trades, eliminate the fault from the losers, develop your winners
-The stronger the move, the more you need to trade into its direction, you will surely make money before the wave reverses
-Create a method to lose money on your favourite instrument and back test it
-Adding to your winners is the most beautiful, difficult and most right thing to do
-Decrease weight on losing streak
-Skittishness doesn't pay
-Don't trade breakout in a range
-I am a good trader
-Take profit is good
-Orders to open are dangerous
-Bigger time frame is more important
-These tendencies should continue
-The most important area on the chart is the blank space to the right
-Remain confident, the opportunities will always be there
-Don't trade emotions or 'wish-waves', trade the real price action
-Never add to losers
-Market is like a woman, don't analyse it too much
-The biggest enemy of BBF CONT is a consolidation
-An error leads to emotional imbalance and further errors

As to my method (BBF CONT), it is quite simple - I buy when it goes up and sell when it goes down, which is not quite simple to do as the majority of schools, blogs and wannabe gurus teach the opposite because they all have an innate repulse to trend following for fear they would turn to be the last to buy or sell. Such a deep conviction is a result of lack of trading experience. As to charts, I use some on price indicators- Bollinger Bands 20.2 and moving averages (3,55,89), plus Stochastic and MACD below it.

USD/JPY - 5 min wave reversal

USD/JPY 1 hour bearish continuation

USD/JPY slide - add to your winners

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