OK, I guess I will come clean now .. I've been a long time lurker in this thread, the only one on FF with an IQ
I usually come in while those of you on the other side of the planet (I'm currently in Hawaii) are fast asleep, and scurry around gathering nuggets of wisdom from the various posts, then take them back to my cave (charts) to devour slowly. Very satisfying, and often rewarding.
What I continue to learn from the pros in here is the importance of strict money management and following one's own rules. My own trading style is very simple compared to many of the charts I see here, but it works well as long as I do not deviate from my own rules.
My big breakthrough in learning to trade successfully was the realization that I am an incurable gambler. I had no idea I was since apart from playing a few nickel slots in Vegas, I have never had an interest in gambling. But turn me loose with a forex account ... and I gamble.
It's taken 4 long years to a) recognize that fact and b) stop it.
That's where the wisdom of many contributors to this thread has been so valuable. Although sometimes even they slip into the odd gamble-trade, for the most part they have learned strict adherence to their trading plan .. and they are successful.
What's working for me now is to watch the weekly charts for trend, the daily for candle signals and down to H1 or 15 for entries. Sometimes I enter off the daily if the candle is particularly inviting. I force myself to only take the 'A' trades instead of trying to 'see' a trade setup where in fact there is none.
To keep my gambling side busy, I will sometimes trade micro lots using 15-5 and my own 1 minute chart (which has no price, only 3 ma's. I can post if anyone interested).
The only possibly useful piece of information I can offer atm is what I have observed with the Swissy. Like most, I usually ignored this one. However in these strange (to put it mildly) economic times, I have noticed that the Swissy seems to manage to remain outside the shenanigans perpetrated by those who control the cable, yurow, $ and even the yen. So I just wait for weekly pullbacks in the Swissy (including the crosses) to go short again & it's working out very well. Also the CHFJPY has been golden, in this case wait for the pullback south to go long again.
If I think of something clever or useful to say, I'll post again, in the meantime .. thanks for the nuggets.