The Authority’ on Price Action Trading. In 2016, Nial won the Million Dollar Trader 20 monthly return forex trading. PICK ONE trading method and keep it clean and simple.
Don’t go wasting time trying to make sense of 15 indicators plastered all over your charts like a piece of abstract art. The truth about trading strategies is that finding one that gives you a high-probability edge in the market is not that difficult. But if you over-complicate it and confuse yourself in the process, you are going to do a great deal of harm to your trading account. REALLY master it before moving on.
For example, say you choose to learn the pin bar setup first, the best way to learn this setup is to trade it from key levels within the structure of a trending market, do that first, and make sure you are consistently profitable for 3 months or more trading only that strategy before moving on. ANTICIPATE your trades and follow some kind of written plan. MAKE A DIARY OF YOUR TRADES to keep a written on-going track record of your progress. I cannot tell you guys with enough emphasis how important your trading journal track-record is, except to say that if you don’t keep a trading journal or at least regularly analyze your trading history and equity curve, you are extremely unlikely to ever make consistent money in the markets. The actual process of updating your forex trading journal will help you stay disciplined and organized.
This is part of developing the positive trading habits that are so crucial to becoming a long-term profitable trader. DON’T GET GREEDY or you will never make a profit. Greed is perhaps the most prevalent reason why most traders fail. Exiting is not an exact science, and there are times when deviating from your initial exit plan makes sense, but you should always decide before you enter a trade what your ideal exit strategy is and then try to stick to that plan as much as possible. What I mean by this is entering a trade and then the market starts to move against you immediately, do you move your stop further away from the market price, or do you hold it in place? Obviously, the only logical course of action is to accept your loss and hold your stop where you pre-defined it, yet many traders email me saying they have moved their stop away and now have a very big open loss they don’t know what to do with. If you have a nice 1:2 risk reward profit and there is no obvious reason to try and trail your stop, then by all means take the profit!
Don’t just leave a trade open because you are mesmerized by the potential for the market to move further in your favor. I only attempt trailing my stop if my trade is up about 1. 5 times my risk and I am in a runaway trend or a strong breakout move that clearly has potential to keep going. Don’t start moving your stop up just because the trade pops in your favor the first 10 minutes you enter. Give the trade some room to grow and breath. Trading is like a garden, you have to give it time to grow to taste its fruit.
I like to think of hope as the catalyst for greed. Traders often hope that their trades will go on forever in their favor, or they hope that if they move their stop loss just a little further away, the trade will come back for them. While hope is generally a good thing in every other area of life, in Forex trading it can cause you to do irrational things that destroy your trading account. GET SOME BALLZ, because trading is not for the emotionally weak or for wussies.
That’s right, if losing 5 trades in a row makes you cry and whinge, then forget about becoming a trader. Don’t trade if you don’t have the money to lose, it’s really that simple. You can lose money in trading, many beginners seem to forget or ignore this fact. STICK TO IT because all trading methods will have losses and losing periods. So, don’t run away and freak out in the face of some losing trades. Instead, you need to hang in there and tough it out, just make sure you are consistent with your strategy and that you are using something like price action that is simple, logical, and has proven itself over time.
A random entry method based on flipping a coin would probably make more money than a trader following 3 different trading methods and running around looking for the Holy Grail every day. ALWAYS PAY YOURSELF, because if you don’t, who will? When you make money in the markets you need to pay yourself, don’t re-invest all your profits in some vain attempt to grow your account to infinity. Let’s be honest here, you are in the markets to make money so that you can buy things, whether it’s a house, a car, or trying to buy freedom from your job, you aren’t going to buy anything if you keep all your money in your account. So, get off your butt and drink a few coffees, or do whatever you need to do, but if you really make an effort to implement these 9 tips, you will see your trading improve.
Very helpful article that made me think. I have confidence and now it has improve my skills to profit. I am dealing with some of these issues as well. We are very lucky to be here in this forum !
Going through the articles in this site has made a huge difference in my trading. Thank you for another superb article. A very nice article as usual. There is nothing i can say really that hasn’t been covered by everyone else! I have used your nine secrets as the foundation of my trading plan. If all secrets aren’t present and incorporated then the plan is weak. Probably the best thing they could do today.
It’s never enough information that you share with all of us. I’ve been using one of your methods you taught in one of your lessons and I’ve already made some serious pips over time. A really great articles and can make a useful guide to all members. Snarly jack and me will be in town last week of march. Throw a shrimp on the barby. Great help for us just learning to trade the market, much appreciated.