Life is full of challenges, some are thrown at us and others we undertake willingly to test our metal/resolve/abilities etc. Climbing a mountain, running a marathon, completing a an assault course (done a few of those!), sitting an exam to achieve a qualification, doing a cryptic crossword, playing a game of chess or scrabble, you get the idea. If and when you achieve a challenge you have set yourself, without doubt one normally feels a sense of achievement and in the process you may well have learnt more about yourself and grown as a person. Learning to trade is challenging too, but there are some things we can do which include minor challenges to help us learn and progress as traders..Continue reading
I’m often asked ‘What is Swing Trading and why do it, rather than Intra-Day trading? This post is an attempt at answering that question and also to highlight my view on the Pros and Cons of Swing Trading. Continue reading
The Traders Forum is a ‘Mastermind’ group formed with the aim of raising the bar from the usual so-called Trading Events, free Seminars and low-cost workshops. It is aimed at both active and aspiring traders with some trading knowledge. Plus it is also designed to be a sociable inter-active occasion for net working with like-minded people and for seeking knowledge from seasoned traders without the usual attempts at a hard up sell at the end.
You may be thinking, ‘what has this blog post title got to do with trading?’. Well, if you do some research you will find that the greatest volume of trades in the Forex markets are actually SPECULATIVE.
If so, then perhaps you need to think like a speculator. Speculators are always on the look out for the next big idea, trend or thing and want to get in early in order to maximise their returns. Continue reading
One of the key elements to being a successful discretionary swing trader is ‘Preparation’. I’ve written about this to some extent before and covered the 5 or 6Ps. The best trades I have had, have all been pre-planned. Thorough preparation before taking any trade, particularly swing trades, tends to pay off handsomely. This entails the following: Continue reading
As the Brexit Referendum looms, it seems an apt moment to write something about Risk and Risk Management.
The UK Brexit Referendum is clearly a High Risk news event and probably far to close to call at the moment, whatever your view. Other High Risk news events include General Elections, the monthly Non-Farm Payroll (normally the first Friday of every month) and also other events such as the minutes from the Federal Open Market Committee and BOE Minutes and Interest Rate Decisons by Central Banks various.
As a trader you need to be aware of such High Risk events and conduct your trading accordingly. The last thing you need to do is expose your trading account to too much risk in the run up to such often highly volatile events. Better to scale back or not trade than to essentially toss a coin and become in effect a gambler.
There are many ways you can control your risk when trading: Continue reading
(With apologies to William Shakespeare in this 500th anniversary year!)
To Trade or NOT to Trade, that is the question;
Whether ‘tis nobler in the mind to suffer
The drawdown and losses of unplanned impetuous trades,
Or to wait with patience for higher probability setups,
And then to plan and trade them with discipline and calm,
Whilst managing your Risk and being focussed on the process,
And as a consequence, reap fine rewards for one’s labours!
Whilst doing some Housekeeping in my email account, I came across and was reminded of an email I had sent as a reply to a prospective student, who unfortunately could not afford our Personal Mentorship Programme (PMP) lessons. In my reply I wanted to be helpful, so I tried to summarise the Key areas that he should work on until he was in such a position to be able to take advantage of our PMP. Here is the main body of the email, with a few additional tweeks, containing what I suggested:
‘No problem, the key things you need to concentrate on are: Continue reading
Firstly our very best wishes to you and your familes at this Christmas time and thank you for reading our Blog posts and for following our Forex Trading Success Formula, which has plenty more to come in the New Year. As the trading year draws to a close, it is a good time to take stock and analyse how you have done, what you have achieved and what could be improved upon in the coming year. If you can spend some time reflecting on your trading year you should be able to: Continue reading
When you are trading the ‘Hard Right Edge’ of the chart on whatever timeframe, you must always try to ‘Manage Uncertainty’. What do I mean and how do you do you that?
When you enter a trade, from that point onwards you do not know for sure what the market will do next and so all you can do is to try and manage that uncertainty by doing the following: Continue reading