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Postby pawelklos » Wed Jan 11, 2012 1:22 pm

I agree with you.

The graph above shows the futures market in my country. The market only works 9 hours a day and then is closed. Therefore, the gaps are open.

When the market is closed nothing can happen to the positions in the night. And then it is time to prepare a plan for the next day.

There is another plus, the market in one session may be moved within + / - 10%, it protects investors, which can not be said for forex:)

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Postby pp2 » Thu Jan 12, 2012 6:52 am

MightyOne wrote:That is how it is done PP2 :)

You look for clues and then put them together into an idea from which you can stack a position.


Thank you Mightyone, your input always means much to me. :)

How would you stack a position in my chart?

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Postby pp2 » Thu Jan 12, 2012 7:03 am

pawelklos and RicG, thanks for that. I traded futures in my earlier years and I liked it though for some reason currency always pulled me into her arms. I guess the volatility is too alluring ;) Maybe I can look again.

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Postby pp2 » Wed Jan 18, 2012 1:32 pm

Two long trades today. Kept thinking htf long bias just to be on the safe side

*EDIT* SOB still pushing higher! :(



Interesting stuff on the 3CC, still testing but gradually falling in love ... :lol:






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Postby pp2 » Wed Jan 18, 2012 3:02 pm

In at 69, out at 81



I had a choice, go for AU, EU or GU long --- I chose wrong doh! :roll:



EDIT 1 hour later: I was travelling home and on the way I ran through all the trades in my head. I was wondering why the AU I took was so sluggish compared with the GU which shot 70+. Well the answer --- the H4 direction!

GOING WITH THE HTF MAKES SENSE DOH!
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Postby pp2 » Wed Jan 18, 2012 3:29 pm

Last chart for the day.

I wanted to show this loser from yesterday, my almost pride and joy :oops: but I did my job and got out with a small loss

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Postby pp2 » Wed Jan 18, 2012 5:08 pm

I was also thinking about my present progress on the bus going home.

Is this natural in this job? ---

Mostly I consider myself a very patient person.

That was BEFORE I started to become a 'retail trader'.

After being annoyed at waiting and waiting for a trade long term then losing or earning xxx piddly amount (it wasn't the amount of losing trades that got to me but the waiting) I just got into scalping 10+ pips per day and compounding the account.

At first I read and listened to all the threads which say scalping, swing etc... depends on your personality ... find which style suits you etc ....

Does personality really play a big part of finding your own personal style?

I'm a 'scalper' now (though I know it is just a label) but when I was a longer termer I thought I couldn't do scalping.

On the flip side, now I'm a scalper, I yearn to trade longer termer swing trades. Would I be able to do it?

Honestly speaking personal perception is a key to trading well in this game. Changing from scalp to mid long term (or vice versa) is just changing perception ... I think.

Just jotting down some notes and rambling. I guess I'm writing it all down because I can mostly see the entries quite clearly, but when I look in hindsight I can see why it 'made' sense to hold for longer (the AU trade I took earlier if I held would have yielded me another +30 pips)

Oh boy, I guess I still second guessing myself in my trading so far, one hand I wan to take profits, on the other I want to hold. Dangerous.

Something to think more about.

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Postby MightyOne » Wed Jan 18, 2012 7:55 pm

My motto is: overreact when you are winning & underreact when you are losing.

Unless there is no possible way that price could be moving in the direction of profit I will only exit part of my position <---underreaction

When price is moving in the direction of profit then my only concern is what I can get away with <---overreaction

I want to add lots faster than I take them off.

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Postby bettlebox » Thu Jan 19, 2012 12:37 am

Hi PP2

i came up this idea, i found that when i take my entries price always seems to go 10 odd pips and stall and drifts back so natural instinct is to take the profit and then price would take off again.

I realised that i hardly every have price immediately turn against me as long as i did my higher time frame analysis correctly.

So i thought as tool to get you over psychology barrier, why not buy out your S/L and leave some remaining position in the trade. It frees your mind to focus on picking your exit. If screw up your out @ B/E. I did picture. I just started using it :). I have confidence im picking my entries correctly just need to lock down my exits. Hope it makes sense.



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pp2 wrote:I was also thinking about my present progress on the bus going home.

Is this natural in this job? ---

Mostly I consider myself a very patient person.

That was BEFORE I started to become a 'retail trader'.

After being annoyed at waiting and waiting for a trade long term then losing or earning xxx piddly amount (it wasn't the amount of losing trades that got to me but the waiting) I just got into scalping 10+ pips per day and compounding the account.

At first I read and listened to all the threads which say scalping, swing etc... depends on your personality ... find which style suits you etc ....

Does personality really play a big part of finding your own personal style?

I'm a 'scalper' now (though I know it is just a label) but when I was a longer termer I thought I couldn't do scalping.

On the flip side, now I'm a scalper, I yearn to trade longer termer swing trades. Would I be able to do it?

Honestly speaking personal perception is a key to trading well in this game. Changing from scalp to mid long term (or vice versa) is just changing perception ... I think.

Just jotting down some notes and rambling. I guess I'm writing it all down because I can mostly see the entries quite clearly, but when I look in hindsight I can see why it 'made' sense to hold for longer (the AU trade I took earlier if I held would have yielded me another +30 pips)

Oh boy, I guess I still second guessing myself in my trading so far, one hand I wan to take profits, on the other I want to hold. Dangerous.

Something to think more about.
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Postby pp2 » Thu Jan 19, 2012 3:19 am

MightyOne wrote:My motto is: overreact when you are winning & underreact when you are losing.

Unless there is no possible way that price could be moving in the direction of profit I will only exit part of my position <---underreaction

When price is moving in the direction of profit then my only concern is what I can get away with <---overreaction

I want to add lots faster than I take them off.



"overact when you are winning" yes, I see that. If HTF is moving in the direction I want, entering on the 5 minute at a swing then exit (or not) then add or enter again ... makes good sense, common sense.

underaction --- to me at the moment even though I know what you are saying is against all I know because I'm thinking cut my losses fast!

I sure there's lot of technical ways to manage trades, simple in theory, need time to explore this and also myself.

Nice words of wisdom Mightyone, thank you :D

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