The Forex margin and free meaning’ on Price Action Trading. In 2016, Nial won the Million Dollar Trader Competition.
1 big winning trade a month to be a successful Forex trader. Yup, that’s correct, 1 big winning trade a month. How is that possible you might ask? Well, I’ll bet if you go look at your trading account history right now you might just find the answer yourself. Some of you probably even know that this over-involvement with the market is why you are losing money regularly or struggling to keep your head above water. Yet, even though you know it’s keeping you from achieving success in the markets, you cannot break your addiction to trading lower time frame charts and over-analyzing the markets. Now, here is why I firmly believe that trading lower time frame charts is a waste of time and money.
Sure, it’s possible to make money from sitting in front of your computer 8 hours a day staring at each tick, but why in the world would you want to? Now, let’s get back to my main point that trading lower time frames is decreasing your chances of winning and destroying your trading account. To focus on daily chart trading you need patience and mental fortitude, this takes intelligence and forward-thinking, it takes checking your ego at the door, and it takes a realistic attitude. Many traders think this way, and it’s usually just because they don’t know enough about Forex trading position sizing or because they think by trading bigger position sizes on the lower time frame charts they are going to somehow make money faster. But, let’s face it, if you have a small trading account you should not be trading large position sizes anyways! 15 minute chart is somehow going to provide you with more opportunities to profit. Yes, there are MORE trades on a 15 minute chart, however, there are also more false-signals and there is more random market noise, so you are just going to end up taking more losing trades and stressing yourself out more.
This all contributes to a poor trading mindset and ultimately to you losing more and more money. Look at this chart below of the daily spot Gold market. There was an obvious pin bar strategy from February 16th that we discussed first in the members’ forum and then in the free commentary from February 17th, as well as in the members’ commentary. Focusing on the daily charts will also give you a clearer view of the overall market picture and will naturally improve your ability to read the market’s direction both near and long term. Understanding the overall daily time frame bias of the market is very important for trading the daily charts and the 4hr or 1hr charts too.
I do teach 4hr and 1hr time frame trading, but it’s crucial to master daily chart trading first so that you get a feeling of the underlying market sentiment. While the amount of money you risk per trade is a highly personal decision that depends on your individual financial situation, trading the daily charts can allow you to risk a bit more per trade than trading the lower time frames. Trading success is a direct result of the way you think about the markets. I know what I am looking for on the charts, if it shows up, I enter the trade, if not, I walk away from my computer. I used to trade the lower time frames heavily made money too but I was stressed and found myself thinking about charts all day.
I found higher time frames by accident and never looked back. I still lose traded but not as much and I feel so much better. A must read for all beginner traders. I have not yet began trading but am studying my different options for executions.
This seems so true because back in my poker days when I used to play a bunch of hands for small wins id end up playing a bad one that lost all my wins and my payroll. Where as when i was patient for my good hand id win the amount of all those small pots together and more without all the little and big losses to follow. Nial, I love this article particularly, and I have read many. I first started trading a little more than a month ago, and following your advice, I quickly started to realize great, consistent profits trading the daily charts. After research, study, and practice, I would reap great profits in 15 minutes or an hour on the 15m or 5m charts. Then, I would have an equally bad or twice as bad losing streak the next day.