Tag: learning to trade

It has come to my attention recently that most people who embark on the journey of trading, provided that they learn a sound methodology like what we teach here at the Fx365 Institute, successfully learn how to trade the screen that is in front of them.

 

What actually becomes the challenge for people to overcome, is not the ability to get themselves into positive trades, or in the words of our Director of Education, Mr. LaCurtis Mayes, ‘I ain’t worried about being able to pull no pips…’ but instead, the ability to manage themselves emotionally at a large enough pip value to actually make their trading profits meaningful. 

 

As the adage says, 100 pips at a $1 a pip is not the same as 20 pips at $10 dollars a pip.

 

I don’t know about any of my fellow traders, but if you are anything like me, you may react differently in your trading as you move up the lot ladder in dollar amounts.

 

This is where the exercise of emotional weight-lifting comes into play.  For me, trading the same lot size for months at a time did very little for me emotionally.  But what I did find, was that when I multiplied my lot size by 20x I was confronted with a whole new set of emotional challenges.

 

After quite frankly being generally discouraged by my performance at this elevated size, I reduced my pip value by 15x and found that I now was trading very well, virtually emotionless, and making quality decisions.  The upside was that now I was trading without emotion, at a lot size that was 5x my original lot size.

 

  If you are feeling very stuck with moving forward with your trading, it may be time to experiment with stretching yourself emotionally.  Remember, as the FXCM disclaimer states,

‘Trading can be potentially risky and do not risk more capital than you may be comfortable losing.’  Having said that, if you push yourself into a lot size that is uncomfortable to you, even if you return later to a smaller lot size, you will likely end up trading with indifference at a lot size that is greater than where you first started.

 

Eventually, we can achieve the destination of being able to trade a $100+ pip with indifference.

 

Again in the words of Mr. LaCurtis, ‘if you are going along trading a dollar, 2 dollars and think you are going to make money at this, you’re fooling yourself.’ 

 

So here is to emotionally weightlifting and breaking through plateaus!

 

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This weeks trade occurred on Wednesday when the FED was deciding whether or not to raise or lower their rates.

 

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It was Non Farm Payroll Friday! This trade was interesting because it showed extreme fluctuation and we have not seen movement in the market like this in two years! Here is a breakdown of the trade’s range, short, the building of belief, the challenge of the belief, and the profit release.

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This morning, the market stayed consistently between 10 to 15 pips until a manipulation took place in the market, allowing traders the possibility of gaining up to 20 pips. Today is a good example of why patients are so important in trading. Waiting for clarity and the right time, are two of the keys to trading successfully. 

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So you’ve been trading for a while? Are you making any money yet? Really?

 

*Disclaimer*

If you are earning consistent gains in your account and have figured out a personal frame work to grow your account, then disregard this writing. If NOT, read on.

Looking at compounded account growth on a spreadsheet seeing how lucrative it would be to ‘lot up’ weekly and bypass small withdrawals seems like a no brainer. Why then do the vast majority never accomplish this?

Remember how here at the Forex365Institute we teach that trading is 90% psychological? Let’s look at a psychological effect that can take place if you are of the mindset that you are going to compound a small account. Take for example Trader A and Trader B.

 

Trader A.

Trader A makes his initial deposit. This is usually between a few hundred and a few thousand dollars. Game on. His account grows. At this size of account, he is trading between a $1 and$5 pip. He has an amazing month. He pulls over 200 pips. This nets him a profit of over $500.

He tells himself, ‘I am on my way to the big bucks!’

The next month the market ranges out for a few weeks. Trader A enters a slump and eats up most of his profits by trading aggressively on a lot size higher than month 1. He is fueled by the excitement of running up his account, and soon by the frustration of not repeating month 1’s performance. The losses are overlooked because, ‘Hey, at least it was the houses money.’ Months of this purposing follows. Friends and family ask about trading. He’s embarrassed. His subconscious mind starts to disconnect from the money he deposited initially, and worse, from the hope that fueled the journey to learn to trade.

A year goes by. Trader A has lost his enthusiasm, his confidence. Life is frustrating.

 

Trader B.

Trader B trades opens a $1000 dollar account and expects very conservative growth. 45 net pips/month is AMAZING to her. She easily achieves this and WITHDRAWALS her small profit. She takes her $150 dollars and treats her husband to a fun date, courtesy of her FOREX profits.

He encourages her to continue waking up early and is happy to help. The next month, she looks patiently for set-ups she trusts. Her account grows again. This time, she treats herself to a car detail. Now she is rolling in evergreen scented bliss courtesy of her efforts in FOREX. Her subconscious mind loves trading.

 

Trader A is looking on scornfully, because after all, he didn’t come here to make $150 a month. After a year of achieving her $150/month profit, Trader B receives a nice $5000 dollar tax return. She trusts herself completely to use this money to trade. Immediately, her profits go from $150 to $700+ dollars/mo. This affords her the ability to take a vacation and she hasn’t taken a vacation in years. Her friends want to know more about that FOREX thing. Life is good, and the future looks bright.

End of story.

The point of this story is not to tell you how to manage your money. It is however, something worth considering if you have been trading for a while and feel like Trader A. Maybe, just maybe, the tortoise who isn’t consumed by the greed of the lot ladder, is the one who ironically wins this race.

 

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