DislikedToday, on one of the long trades, the increased spread of IBFX got me at 10:00 am EST b/c of home sales news. Didn't even realize it until I saw my entry so far away from the market. So I decreased my expectations and was happy with 3 pips.
So, the main theme for unprofitable trades is news and asian session, not a particular setup on the chart, that you've found doesn't work.
Too eliminate any whipsaws i trade mostly the 15mins charts. I seldom trade 5 mins charts.