A typical day for a trader consists of analyzing different trade
setup or scenarios as they come up during the day. I have about 40 different
scenarios or trade setups that I watch daily. So how do I keep it all in my head
without letting it explode? The answer is I don’t. I have a piece of software
that helps me manage my attention during trading hours and focus on what is
coming. On top it displays trader clock which shows me current time, countdown and
time until coming events such as economic releases, international market open
and close times, FED speeches etc. Next it shows my weekly mental and monetary goals
and progress bar based on my current account balance. And finally list of only
relevant at that particular time trade setups. For example, I monitor some
setups during US open hours so the application shows me setups for US open, my past
notes and stats ahead of US open and hides them later so I can stay focused on
next trades. After trade is done I make notes for next time, update results and
forget about it until the next time so my head stays clear for a next trade.
PS I am not selling or giving this piece of software because
it does much more than that and I am only writing this post so it might help
other trades develop their own methods of organizing their trading days. If you
are penny stock trader, Forex trader or just day trader please share your own
methods on staying organized and prepared.
ES futures are pointing to weak start of 2016 for US equity markets. Futures are down around 1%. Say thank you to China which just reported drop in December PMI to 48.2. Good luck to all traders in 2016!
Update: It is not just weak start of the year. So far it is the second worst start of the year in more than 80 years.
Dow's worst starts to a year over the past century:
-8.1% in 1932
-2.3% in 1922
-1.8% in 1983
-1.7% in 1930, 1980 and 2008
And here is the proof. The highest correlated search term to "Forex" according to Google is "Download Photoshop".
So next time you see amazingly profitable system with equity curve like this remember about swimsuit magazine covers
I see that many new traders are focused on finding right entries based on price for example they are looking for support & resistance, breakouts, moving averages, momentum etc. There are countless number of past price based indicators. Here I would like to talk about why for small trader it is enough to know when the market is going to move. And you do not need sophisticated options strategy to take advantage of it. Let's look at hypothetical example. We noticed that on Wednesdays at 11:30 am EUR/USD pair starts to move. One Wednesday it moves lower, another it moves higher and next time higher again. We don't have any idea about move direction but we see consistent start of a move at that time. It might be some bank starts to execute clients order or big trades start building position ahead of some economic release. It doesn't really matter to us.
My point here this time based pattern is enough to build profitable system. There are exactly four outcomes at 11:30: you go long EUR & it drops, you go long EUR and it rallies, go short & it drops, go short & it rallies. Two out of four are profitable. Lets say it usually moves about 30 pips and we have a stop-loss 12 pips. At 11:30 we ask our girlfriend, or spin the dice, or do whatever to pick a direction and enter the trade with stop. 2 out of 4 times we will be stopped out and will take loss but the other two times we will make profit of 30 pips. Our average P/L per trade should be 9 pips (50% loss of 12 and 50% gain of 30).
Remember move is random and our position is random. The only constant here is time of entry.
Total P/L after 10 trades is 90 pips.
|Day 1||30||Long EUR||30|
|Day 2||-30||Long EUR||-12|
|Day 3||-30||Short EUR||30|
|Day 4||-30||Long EUR||-12|
|Day 5||-30||Short EUR||30|
|Day 6||30||Long EUR||30|
|Day 7||-30||Long EUR||-12|
|Day 8||30||Short EUR||-12|
|Day 9||-30||Short EUR||30|
|Day 10||30||Short EUR||-12|