I've been trading around 4 years now, and have just had 10 months off work to trade full time. Unfortunately I overestimated my psychological ability to adapt to trading larger amounts (amounts to live off versus pocket money). I also discovered that my trading had some significant flaws and the result of course was that I lost money. In short I did well getting a $10k account to $20k then blowing it with gambling / poor decision making/ lack of impulse control.
I have self imposed a new account of $1k.
I'm going back to work next week, I'm an ambo and have been in the job since 1997.
I've decided to start a trading journal to be more open, and I hope having a public TE might help curb some of my impulse trades as dirty laundry is not something I really want aired.
I trade UJ during Asian session as I'm on the East coast of Australia. I utilise candlesticks / TL / SR with an emphasis on 5min chart but considering a top down approach. I consider time of day equally important. I normally hunt for reversals. I guess once I start posting charts here and dissecting what's gone right/wrong my approach will become apparent.
My biggest faults to date have been trading too large, trading too often , too tight SL, TP too soon, trading into the afternoon when I find markets can be range bound. I concentrate on 9am to 1pm local time which is 0830-noon Tokyo time.
I hate DD so am always looking for best entry. I like to make 4-5 trades at once with view to TP 1-2 trades of 5pips, 1 10pip, and hopefully 1 >10pip. In my experience moves of Asian session are often reversed/ retraced by London so I don't get greedy, I'm happy to scalp and TP within a few hours.
I won't be trading til next week but I wanted to write something down to start.
Good luck to you with your approach. Hope it goes well.
Cheers (and God Bless Ambo's )
I think you're living - or rather have just gone through - most retail traders' journey.
You seem to have a good handle on what went wrong and that's an obvious (re)starting point.
Much of trading successfully is identifying when not to trade and the fact that you have demonstrated an ability at some level to make your method work (you doubled your account) shows that getting rid of the bad decision making is your number one priority.
Good luck with it, I genuinely wish you every success.
You seem to have your head screwed on straight and I look forward to hearing how you get on.
Ok well I'm back at work now so my trading will be sporadic, but I've recorded my efforts today and made my TE public.
Mistake no1, all i wanted was to snatch a profit trade to start so naturally I screwed up via a late entry and then ignoring warning signs.
I entered 2 longs with nice bullish 5min candle breaking above resistance. Unfortunately I bought at the next resistance. Subsequent 5min candle looked like shooting star (only body too big) then broke back below R61. That was my optimal time to abort, close trades and consider sell, but I froze thinking no, I'll give it a chance.
It found support at R38 so I thought it might head north again I just need to be patient, especially with break back above 50SMA . Unfortunately with the next doji it screamed at me to sell so I closed my longs and shorted. Turned the day to a profit but only by entering twice the number of shorts ie 4, to my 2 longs, so It has to count as a revenge trade.
Dragged my bottom over the line by TP with $1 profit, not smooth trading at all . Took screen shots chronolgically to show my thought processes.
NB having pivot lines on my chart is new and experimental. When I mention them at this stage it's more for landmark reference rather than using them for targets etc. I just wanted to watch their correlation for a while. I normally draw my own TL and SR etc
The H1 shooting star had me wanting to abort and sell too. I should have trusted my instincts sooner. Hour changeovers ie completion of hour candle can give A LOT away. Always look at the hour candle when it's completed.
I traded well today in that I did recognise my errors (eventually), close those trades and take opposite trades. I then TP 2 soon wanting a small profit for the day. It's still heading south I should've held my sells not closed them with a $1 scared cat TP.
I see weekly pivots on your chart. I wonder if you have had a look at Davits weekly pivot thread? It might give you something to work with in regard to entry and exits.
An example would be that he doesn't BUY when price is in the resistance levels above the Pivot. (or sell at the support levels)
Just though I would mention that in relation to those couple of long trades you took.
Have a good Anzac Day.
Cheers for your response
I'll just add that I'm finished trading for the day, I wont enter trades after 1pm AEST, I think of 1pm-4/5pm as the dead zone.
An interesting and informative start to your journey!
I won't bang on, however on thing I would say, as a scalper myself, is that you can make your entries based on ''gut feeling'' all you like - but you better have your exits nailed down so tight that you don't have to think about them at all. They should be completely automatic. ''If ''a'' happens, close. That's it. You can always re-enter.
Cheers for the reply
At the moment, you are hesitating and thinking about what to do next. That tells me you don't actually have a clear exit strategy at all.
Honestly, once you have that set in stone, your trading will move to a new level, as it is so freeing, not having to worry about ''what do I do if...?''
I woke this am to find UJ had kept heading south and my trades wouldve survived the night with even a tight SL
2 big mistakes that I repeatedly make
1- I looked at others opinions and most people were bullish so I felt lucky to get a small short profit
2- I closed the trades to ensure a profit for the day, a measly $1 profit at that, when there was no indication to close the trades early. UJ has continued south I could've returned 10% for the day by TP even 3 trades earlier and leaving one to run.
feeling bullish UJ which is unusual for me. I think if it can get back above S100 after the hour it will head north for a bit. The fact that it has not had LL last 20min despite full bear candle below S100.
I have a rule not to trade the last 5min nor 1st 5min of hour as I consider that the BS time- where big lies are told.
yes indeed , very cautious. Did take 2 small trades, TP1/2 at 50SMA, other SL in profit
NB it did have a little melt down , on the upside my SL held and taken out for small profit. Interesting. No longer feeling bullish. Should I sell??
Added follow up chart. There was release of 2 lots of Japanese news, 1 was bit better, 1 was bit worse than expected. Local clean out. Unsure of future direction, it's now the end of the hour. That spike up could be bull trap
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