Sorry for not posting in quite a while. Life really picked up and I had a lot going on bad and good but I didn’t forget about the babypips community!
I am very happy to see that my earlier posts have continued to spark some conversation and that some more users have received a benefit from reading them.
While I was inactive here I spoke with one of my good friends and mentors about my posts on the forum and the information that I wanted to share. He very eloquently pointed out that a lot of the things we did on the trading desk, news trading tactics specifically, do not really apply to the average retail trader and I would most likely be doing more harm than good by sharing as it would simply cause confusion. I am however going to work on a post about trading the news that in my opinion will be more suitable to the average trader.
I am not looking to mentor anyone personally but I do have a heart for the struggling retail trader as I was once there and it was tough. Really though the markets present us with, to quote Mark Douglas, “An endless stream of opportunities to enrich ourselves.” This of course is never based on the outcome of any individual trade but by exercising our edge in the markets repeatedly over a series of trades.
Making money in the financial markets really can be as simple as “waiting until there is money in the corner of the room” and then picking it up. Those that try to discourage you simply do not understand how to engage with the financial markets and that is ok. The type of thinking required, the necessary patience in this microwave world of instant gratification does not lend itself to the majority of people being able to trade profitably long term. It is simply outside of the average persons mental scope.
For example Draw down which really seems to effect the average trader negatively, really isn’t your enemy. Every strategy will have draw down and that is fine. It doesn’t mean you need to change anything. Losses that can be attributed to the category I like to refer to as “normal losses that any trading strategy will incur” are just as good and necessary as the winners that ultimately bring you out of draw down. They are a part of your strategy and edge.
Thanks to everyone that has read my posts, and @HonestDon I’ve missed the whole babypips community and that most certainly includes you too! I hope to be able to make some more posts that will benefit those that are ready and continue to disappoint the others that aren’t as I continue to fail to be their signal service and do all of the work for them.
Developing your edge in the markets is YOUR work as a trader and can’t be handed to you as you will abandon that strategy as soon as you experience a small draw down because it really isn’t yours and you don’t truly have faith in it.
Once again, I will be working on a post about how the average retail trader in my opinion should trade the news very soon.
Safe trading to all!