TRADING WITHOUT A PLAN OR JOURNAL

Even newbies fresh out of school and in their first week of trading know that the market is as unpredictable as the next “American Idol” or “The Voice” sensation. More often than not, in the attempt to make the most out of the opportunities the market presents, you get so lost in the emotions that you forget what you are supposed to do.

With your own money on the line, planning and researching trades and not being impulsive are they key goals. To help you achieve this key goal, which is to become a consistently profitable trader, you need a TRADING PLAN and maybe a TRADING JOURNAL. This is how you start down your path of Forex Trading For Beginners.

It can be a simple outline of your entry and exit conditions and your RISK MANAGEMENT rules, and it needs to be written down so that you can refer to it, record and review your progress. I use my TRADING PLAN all the time to refer to my entry and exit Forex strategies. Your TRADING PLAN helps to keep you focused.

NOT SETTING A STOP LOSS

Trading without a STOP LOSS is like trying to train a Labrador puppy to walk beside you nicely without a lead (unless you are Caesar Milan). It is impossible and crazy.

Stop Losses are there to protect. They are not 100% guaranteed as the SNB day (when the EUR/CHF peg was removed) illustrated. They are the best insurance you have, however, to stop your account being wiped out. Over the past three to four weeks, in particular, we have seen very volatile markets and short squeezes that could potentially wipe out accounts. Therefore setting a STOP LOSS allows you to survive and fight another day even if you have a losing trade.

REVENGE TRADING

You would not be a trader if you had not ventured into this area at one time or another. Pure and simple REVENGE TRADING is when you get emotional over a losing trade and then try over aggressively to recuperate the loss. I have revenge traded and like most traders, my REVENGE TRADE was twice or three times the position of the original trade. It is difficult but you just have to try to accept the loss and not let your judgement in the future be clouded by your ego. The textbooks will tell you that instead of REVENGE TRADING you should focus your efforts and energy on analyzing what went wrong and figuring out what you can do to improve your subsequent trades.

LETTING LOSING TRADES RUN

This is an interesting subject. The textbooks also say that newbie traders often let their losing trades run all the way to their stops instead of cutting losses early. As a POSITION TRADER, I am at odds with some of the textbooks. I fully understand that mentally if the trade is going the wrong way, maybe on the back of a significant news event, it may be the correct action to exit a trade early, I have no problem with this. Knowing when to let a losing trade runs comes with experience. If you have entered the trade with a clear objective and assessed the risk you sometimes need to allow the trade to move around within the parameters you have set. Having said that a geopolitical event or poor headline economic data sometimes means that no matter what you have planned, it needs to be forgotten and the trade exited. Trading newbies can learn forex trading for beginners by taking Platinum Trading Academy’s FOREX FOUNDATION COURSE.

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The Platinum Way

At Platinum Trading Academy, United Kingdom, we teach all individuals from different walks of life to become a full-time trader or create a secondary revenue stream by trading part-time. We trade in an Institutional Way by letting the market come to us and being patient. Using Platinum’s Trading system you can take many Pips out of the market. We can ensure using this style of trading your trading will make a turnaround as you will become much more consistent.

If you want to trade like the professionals do, making consistently profitable returns from your trading, get in touch with us and we will demonstrate live exactly how we approach the markets.

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Hopefully, you have enjoyed today’s article. Thanks for reading! Have a fantastic day!

Nisha Patel
Live from the Platinum Trading Floor.

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