Some important conditions of trade development and good trading
Many of us trade well but due to the lack of some things in our trade almost all the time there are various negative effects as a result of the loss of trade. But if you trade with some important things or conditions, your trading power will be many times more than before and it will be positive, and if you can make it a regular habit, you will always trade better.
Let's find out what are the things that will help you in good trading.
1. Create your own trading plan.
2. Take the help of 2-3 indicators in trading, there is no need to use many indicators.
3. Start trading through Money Management.
4. Trade by setting stop-loss with tech profit in each trade.
5. Take profit according to the duration of trading. Avoid closing profitable trades early and prolonging loss trades.
6. Do not increase the risk with success in a few trades. Do not trade excessively.
7. Do not change the trading plan in the middle of the trade.
8. Do not trade directly on the real account in the new strategy, first check the success rate in the demo.
9 Keep a record of both successful and unsuccessful trades, will be useful next time.
10. Do not trade with robots depending on different readymade auto trading tools.
11. Do not trade against the trend. Remember trend is your friend.
12. Don't take the total risk by getting angry after losing one or two trades.
13. Don't start trading without a fresh mind.
14. Share your trading experience and develop strategy all the time.
15. Trade a certain amount every day or at a certain profit target. When the target fails, finish the trade for 7 days. If the market volatility is not good, do not go to fill the target.
16. Don't trade emotionally, don't be greedy.
16. Do not trade in co-related currency pairs for one-way trades. For example, if you trade both EUR and GPB in a buy or sell order, the profit or loss result will be almost equal and the risk will increase if the market goes against you.
16. Trade with trading possibilities, you will never see any reason for your inexperience in losing trades.
19. In the case of trades, do not expect a profit per trade.
20 In case of short time trades, trade with an understanding of active time sessions
Quick question. When was the last time you came across something so profound, a golden nugget of wisdom, so real that you couldn’t keep your calm? Fighting the surging urge to pick your phone and ring your best friend about it. You somehow manage to hold it together, but it keeps replaying in your mind like a beautiful melody. You live and breathe it for the next three days, or even a week. ‘Brevity is the soul of wit’, is a statement that has always resonated with what I do and how I approach life in general. On this particular day, I find myself pondering on it so much that I search through the streets of my mind. True to my self-inflicted nuance, I come across an even more profound ideal, a concept I stumbled upon many years back. Have you heard of ‘The Pareto Principle’? Even a more significant question is how does it relate to Forex trading, and life in general? The pareto principle is named after an Italian Economist – Vilfredo Pareto, who noted the 80/20 connection while at the university back in 1896. It states that for many events, roughly 80 percent of the effects come from 20 percent of the causes. Pareto observed that in most occasions/events/projects, 80 percent of the output from a given situation or system is determined by 20 percent of the input. A quick example would be the analogy that 20% of employees in an institution produce 80% of the company’s results. Breathtaking, right? Occurred to me more like the case of being busy vs being productive. There are fewer capacities in life that the Pareto Principle applies more than in Forex trading. Less is more in trading. If there was one principle or gospel that I would preach all day to every new trader, that statement would top my sermon pointers. Quoting the legendary trader, Nial Fuller – “Most Traders do not make money in the markets over the long-run for one simple reason: They trade way too much.” Needless to explain, professional traders only place trades that meet the rules in their trading plan. The same way you can’t go hitting on every beautiful girl in the party, hence you end up winning none. World’s most renowned trading legends such as Jesse Livermore and George Soros have been striking for their spectacular precision of picking a few best stocks that only match their criteria as outlined in their trading plan. CFDs trading is a question of fewer quality trades over quantity trades. Professional traders know that there is a thin line between taking many trades and overtrading. The latter has been one of the biggest pitfalls for most beginning traders. The ultimate ‘holy grail’ of Forex/indices/stocks trading lies in the true apprehension and application of the Pareto Principle, in that less is more. It’s a game of percentages and risk to reward ratios. Numbers don’t lie. Let’s work out a practical scenario to prove this analogy. SCENARIO ONE: Trader A takes a total of 10 trades. His rules allow him to risk only 1% of his capital per trade, with a target of 2R. Meaning he is risking 1% to make 2%. Turns out that out of the 10 trades, he wins 4 trades, and loses 6 trades. Means, His profits = 4 trades x 2% profits = 8% His losses = 6 trades x 1% loss = 6% Here, we find out that despite experiencing more losing trades (6) than winning trades (4), Trader A is still profitable, 2% profit addition to his portfolio. SCENARIO TWO: Trader B takes a total of 20 trades. He doesn’t have clear-cut guiding rules for his risk exposure and winning targets. Turns out that out of the 20 trades, he wins 12 trades, and loses 8 trades. However, he lost more in his few losing trades than he made in his many winning trades: Means, His profits = 12 trades x 1% profits = 12% His losses = 8 trades x 2% loss = 16% Here, we find that despite having a higher number of trades, and winning a higher percentage of his trades, Trader B still ends up with a negative 4% on his portfolio. Not to mention he encountered more costs from his broker through spread & overnight swap charges on his many trades. And the mental strain that comes with always watching and worrying about the outcomes of the many running trades. Not called for, not worth it. This my friends, is a classic example of a case of quality over quantity when it comes to trading. The above two scenarios therefore approves of the practicability of the Pareto Principle in Forex trading. If Vilfredo Pareto is ever proven wrong on his principle in all other spheres of life, then he will have won it with Forex trading. It’s at this point that we call it a day with today’s hangout. ‘Brevity is the soul of wit’, remember?
What comes to your mind when you hear or think about forex trading? What makes you wake up every day to open the markets and initiate positions? Is it the excitement that comes with the ever volatile currency markets where 5.3 trillion dollars is traded every day, or is it the short-term gratification that comes with winning small moves in the market? Probably, it might be the applauses you get from your friends and family on how much of a ‘Financial markets expert you.’ I have highlighted the above questions, not to judge but to get your attention on some of the major reasons why you probably haven’t been able to make money consistently from trading the markets, or why you have lost more money than you had invested in trading the forex markets. In fact, I personally fell prey to some of the above effects when I was starting my career 9 years ago, so it is about the right time for you to stay woke and approach trading as a business and as a profession. Let’s ponder on some life realities for a minute, before I move on to the ‘meat’ of this article. It is common knowledge that engineers, doctors, and lawyers need to attend school for quite a number of years, ranging from 4 to 7 years, before they are expected to be professionals and earn a living. Soccer and basketball players start playing in their lower grades, then proceed to play in college, before they are finally enrolled to play professionally in competitive clubs. Then the obvious question is, Why should traders think they are any different?? Why do traders think they can be professionals and make a fortune from trading the markets after reading a couple of articles and demo trading for a few weeks?? I promised myself that I would rather tell the hard nock truth, get few followers or mentees, than preach the easy gospel of easy money making from trading the markets that is not real. Furthermore, any professional trader will out rightly tell you that trading the markets is one of the most tactical careers you’ll ever undertake, and if you don’t follow the disciplines and the rules, you’ll end up living a frustrated life. Sounds harsh, right? But is it not a common ideal in life, where you have to do your research, weigh your chances, and do a SWOT analysis before getting into any business, job, or venture. Trading the forex markets as a business requires several key disciplines that come with proper education and practicing trading on live markets. One of the most important elements of professional trading is risk/money management. Learning proper risk/money management skills is paramount in successful trading as a business. Traders learn on how much percentage of their capital they should risk on a single trade. Money management is the only discipline that guarantees traders of the survival and their ability to catch the next opportunity in the market. It allows capital preservation in that you control your risk per trade, thereby preserving your bigger capital to enable you catch the next market moves. Attaining the right Trader Psychology is equally important in trading as a business. Once you begin your trading career you will soon realize that emotions are involved in trading, especially if it is your real money on the line, and sometimes you have to watch as you get a loss on your capital in the market. If you are among the group of traders that can’t catch some sleep watching your traders overnight, or you can’t leave your computer due to fear of losing, then your money management and trader psychology are in question, and you desperately need to change your trading habits. This can only be achieved by accessing proper trading education like the training we offer here at Fourthstreet Consultants or any other reputable forex courses. Thirdly, trading as a business requires one to keep their record of trading activities. This means recording their point of entry, the size of their trades (lot sizes), their predetermined stop losses, and take profits, exit points, and the outcome of the trade. Traders are able to do this by using a trading Journal. This way they can track their performance and note their weakness thereby growing holistically in their trading career. Last but not the least, trading as a business calls for traders to have an in-depth knowledge of trading strategies, understand daily market movements, and chart patterns. People who wish to venture into online trading need to invest in getting education on price action, and how to study and analyze the forex markets, in order to trade profitable, and to join the winning team of high probability traders. Such skills, disciplines, and trading strategies for new and existing traders can be achieved from our comprehensive Price action course that we offer at FourthStreet Consultants. Those who sign up with our course get mentorship from our team of professional and experienced traders who offer Consultation on phone, email, and physical meetings at our offices every day of the week. I wish you happy trading, and that you learn to approach trading as a business.
Visualise yourself perfecting your trading method: spending countless hours working on a perfect system that has a 90% win rate and small losses. You study, study, study, and study again. At a certain point, the back-tested results give you the confidence to take it live.After a few winning trades, you get stopped out. Instead of taking the loss as a natural occurrence in the markets, you try to "weed out" the imprecision in the system that caused this loss. You stop trading, go back to the drawing board and tweak the method.If you can resonate with this situation, know this: no trading system is perfect and losses cannot be avoided. Many aspiring traders simply cannot accept this reality. Driven by fear, they tweak and mess up solid strategies, causing them to fall off the learning curve.Show me the moneyWant a solid strategy for interacting with the markets? Play volatility breakouts. When you see price consolidating in a shallow manner, get ready to play the break out of whatever tight range has formed. (Preferably in an established trend.) USDCAD Daily Chart. Source: Pepperstone MT4 Sounds simple, right? Tips like this have lured many aspiring traders to risk hard earned cash in the markets, without fully appreciating the fact that by no means is it a perfect strategy. In fact, it's not even a strategy in itself. It's only a part of a strategy, because it doesn't tell you:* Where to exit if the market moves against you* If & where to exit (if & when the market moves in your favour)* How much to risk on any given signal* What kind of consistency the signal hasBut these considerations seem to be "tedious" and "boring" for most aspiring traders. So what happens is something like this:* Read the magic formula: buy/sell volatility breakouts* Scour the charts for situations that look like setups* Risk 5% (or more) on each setup* Go to sleep* Wake up broke* Initiate revenge trading until savings are depleted.The people that actually stop themselves before it's too late are still in the game, but they can be frustrated and find it hard to hear the hard truth:"…you were on the right track, but you really did not understand what you were doing. Furthermore, you were risking way too much, and had no idea how to manage your trades. Trading is more complex than simply clicking a button after certain conditions are met."A lot of aspiring traders go on a quest for the Holy Grail system. They think this "perfect" system will give them tremendous results with minimal effort. Ultimately this will only make life harder rather than easier, because there really is no perfect system. There is no "best fit", nor is there anything like "one size fits all".Adopt Solid Setups"We don't actually trade the markets. We trade our beliefs about the markets". – Van Tharp, PhDIf you believe there is a fail-safe way of raking in constant profits, your belief is not in line with the way the markets work. You will be constantly frustrated because your belief will take you on a never-ending journey of trial & error. This is also known as a wild goose chase.It is important, early on in your trading career, to understand that no method is perfect. Every method is appropriate only in certain situations, and has advantages and disadvantages. The experienced traders know that the real key to trading performance is to understand what you're doing and why you're doing it.With that said, let's explore some solid setups, and discuss how traders are able to mess them up.a) Volatility Breakouts USDCAD Daily Chart. Source: Pepperstone MT4 Volatility expands and contracts in a cyclical manner. A volatility breakout strategy is based upon finding those moments when volatility is dropping, and stalking a breakout – usually in the direction of the prevailing trend. It is a profitable strategy that continues to be employed by many market professionals.And yet, the quest for perfection can invalidate its edge. How?* Playing volatility breakouts against the trend. These typically have a harder time performing, relative to breakouts in line with trend.* Playing any breakout, without factoring in volatility. Typically, volatility breakout days close in the upper range of their 20-Day ATR.* Risking too much on each single trade.* Striving for perfection; using too many indicators and filters. That is possibly the easiest way to dilute any potential benefits of the method.b) Trend Following USDCAD Daily Chart Source: Pepperstone MT4 Trend following, at its core, is all about letting profits run and cutting losses. Playing pullbacks that do not violate the peak/trough structure of the trend, or breakouts in line with the trend, are two ways to follow a trend until it ends. But it's also quite easy to mess things up. Consider:* Impatience. Following trends for quick pips is like using a Ferrari to go grocery shopping around town. You never use its full potential. Take the following example: USDCAD Daily Chart Source: Pepperstone MT4 You see price starting a new trend in February 2016. A simple Stochastic Oscillator can help highlight potential high-quality pullbacks to help you engage with the trend at value. You see that the Daily peak/trough structure is still in place. So you decide to switch to a 1H timeframe to "nail the entry". USDCAD 1H chart. Source: Pepperstone MT4 However, once on the 1H chart you also see all kinds of potential "trouble" zones. You lose track of the fact you're playing a pullback in a Daily trend, and you get caught micromanaging a potentially longer-term trade.* Playing every breakout in line with the trend. Of course, qualifying breakouts (perhaps using volatility breakouts in line with the trend) is much better than playing everything & anything.* Entering with a limit order at your "perfect price". See the example below: NZDUSD 4H chart. Source: Pepperstone MT4 Many traders assume "patience" means "only wait for the perfect price," where "perfect" is based on some kind of price pattern, level, indicator, etc. This is why we cannot really stalk "perfect" entries."All-in, All-out" strategies may work in some contexts, but with trend trading, it might be better to scale in and scale out. Looking for the perfect entry will oftentimes mean missed opportunities.Confusing timeframes. When trend trading, the best thing to do is to choose one primary timeframe from which you observe your trend. A good choice is usually the Daily Chart. Then, when the Daily is pulling back or consolidating, you can dial down into lower time frames to try and get a better entry.Avoid confusing time frames and trends. A pullback on the daily chart looks like a trend on the hourly chart!Accept ImperfectionThe main idea is that no system, no setup, no indicator, and no method can ever be perfect. Usually, the more traders attempt to "optimize" or "perfect" a system, the more they deviate from the core concept of the system itself.Moreover, the quest for the perfect method usually stems from fear of failure. The correct approach is to work through and understand this fear. It's the mindset that's wrong: not the market.There will always be losses – the only thing to do is manage them correctly: cut the losses as soon as logically possible, and let your profits run as far as logically possible.The correct mindset is something much more along these lines:"I know that my next trade may not be successful, but I know that in time, after many attempts, on balance I will be positive."Have a plan"If you fail to plan, you are planning to fail." – Benjamin FranklinAt the end of the day, trading systems & setups are useful to build a strategy. Like any professional endeavour in life, in order to tackle the markets, you need a plan. The key is to have a plan that can be corrected and adjusted, based on the feedback (i.e. results) that you get when tackling the market.Don't search for perfection; search for understanding. Become an expert at one strategy, and build a solid plan around it, having faith that whatever conditions the market may present, you will be ready to adapt.