Part Time trading journal

Happy New Year everyone.
I hope all of us reach our Forex goals in 2020.

I had one more position open in December which i did not update on this journal - it was a short on EUR/NZD which got me 3.11 % return.

My trading improved a lot in 2019, here is how.
(This is info from my main account which was opened on June 10, 2019)

  1. Winning Rate: 52%

  2. Account growth: 5.09% - in the last 3 months of 2019

All in all i took 25 trades, and 23 of those were shorts :joy:

Too many lessons to count. I believe 2020 will be my breakout year in Forex. Trading thought me the benefits of delayed pleasure, because basically i have been working for 5 years in order to get to this level.
I am eager to continue this process…

My bullshit filter for trading is really high right now. If anyone tells me they are making money from the beginning, they are liars…it takes time, patience, practice, making mistakes, learning from them etc. etc.

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you’re right about that lol although I have met some traders that only took a year, or a little over a year to gain consistency. But that was after putting in a ton of hours studying and testing out strategies.

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It’s 2020, and my first position was a loss.
Long on USD/CHF, but it does not matter.

I am also currently involved in 2 more position, which are gonna take some time to develop.
Long on EUR/GBP
Short on NZD/CHF

The NZD/CHF setup was spotted on both of the strategies that i trade, and the the EUR/GBP was a setup entered on a signal on the monthly time frame, so it potentially could be 2 months, maybe even 3 before i close it down.

Please excuse my “bone-headedness” does this mean long and short on the same pair or is it being long and short in the same base different pairs?

tx,
KC

Yes it can do. But the occasions for opposing trades on the same base currency would be limited. Examples might be AUD/NZD and EUR/CHF, where these are often opposed in TA terms to the rest of the AUD/ or EUR/ sets. Less common with other base currencies.

But if for example GBP is established in universal bullishness, I would also take multiple long GBP positions. If EUR was universally bearish, I would take multiple short EUR trades. Trying not to see each trade as a unique incident, more as part of a “policy”. Risk management is still key of course.

is this what is called basket trading?

KC

Yes, sometimes its certainly what I call it. The thing about a basket of trades is they are all opened pretty much simultaneously in the same direction regardless of whether the individual chart shows an entry signal. For me, the entry signal is the aggregated strength or weakness of the whole set of pairs based on the same currency.

At other times I take sequential entry signals off the individual charts and end up with a basket, though I wouldn’t then close all in the basket simultaneously, exit would be based off the individual chart in the conventional way.

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This is my biggest winner percentage wise - 6.62% gain!

January is almost over from a trading perspective, and i just closed my third position for this month in profits.

As i mentioned previously, this was a rough month for my account, since i lost 6% on 2 different positions (EUR/GBP & USD/CHF).
I don’t want to go in to the losses cause i made some mediocre mistakes such as not having an appropriate pip sharp level to base a trade on (area), and the other position was lost because i was seeing something that was not there.
Any how, loosing is a normal part of trading, life goes on.

My winner (NZD/CHF) almost made up for the 2 losses, so all in all i am happy, since for almost a year now, my winners are 99% of the time bigger then my losers.

This is important because it’s a sign of improvement, and now i can slowly focus on increasing my winning percentage by being more picky with my setups, and eventually to focus on not being too conservative, because this current win…could have easily been a 10% increase in my account. But let’s start from the beginning.

So, on January 16 i Shorted the NZD/CHF.
I spotted a trend on 4H (3SMA trading system, since i trade 2 different systems), it was the second swing of this ongoing trend.
I entered the trade automatically upon the first candle close bellow the 30 SMA (Green). The Stop Loss was located beyond the swing pullback and also beyond the 50SMA (Red).
I had a Fibbo level of 61.8% and a counter trend line on the Daily that was broken.

Here is the counter trendline that was broken on the Daily

As you can see from the chart, i could have gotten a much better entry when the pinbar retested the trendline from bellow, but it was a small pinbar, not the type i am comfortable with, so…i regret nothing :joy:

Basically, i had a confluence of resistance which was holding it’s ground, even though as you can see from the chart, it took a while before price started going my way, and actually it almost hit my stop loss. But that’s why it’s better to play conservative, because i am guessing a lot of people got stopped out. Basically price was in a channel, then it shot up, almost touched my stop loss, but it didn’t then it started going down.

Here are the details:

Stop Loss: 0.64366
Entry: 63983
Risk: 38 pips (3%)
Amount: 277 EUR
Lot Size: 0.75

Here is a screen shot of the sequential exits i took, i had 3 exits with 0.25 lots size each, or 33.33 %

.Take Profit 1
Price: 0.63513
Pips: 47
Lot Size: 0.25
Profit: 110.00 EUR
Gain: 1.27%

.Take Profit 2
Price: 0.63125
Pips: 85
Lot Size: 0.25
Profit: 200.48 EUR
Gain: 2.29%

.Take Profit 3
Price: 0.62811
Pips: 117
Lot Size: 0.25
Profit: 274.26 EUR
Gain: 3.06%

Profit in total 584.74 EUR
Total Gain: 6.62

As i am writing this i am waiting for MY FX Book details to load up so i can have the precise details of what happened.
But anyway, what i did not like is that this trade took 10 days, and in theory it should have been over in 2-5 days, not more than one week. But as a trader i have to adapt to current market conditions, and current market conditions are…low volatility basically and a lack of momentum.

Generally speaking i am happy since it was 1:2 R:R and even more, so i am improving.

I will post this now, and once i get the details from My FX Book about the gains in percentage i will upload those, but in general it was close to 6% gain all in all.

p.s: I trailed my Stop Loss to break even after the first TP, and then trailed to the first pullback after my second TP at 0.63750, but since i closed the position manually it’s irrelevant.

Also, i had a final TP set in place, but i was scared it’s not gonna get reached, and that’s why i closed it manually. My final Tp was set up based on the Weekly time frame, to the previous swing low, which was overstretching it a little bit.

Here is where my final TP was set approximately.

Yesterday i shorted EUR/JPY upon the breakout of the rising trend line on the Daily TF (Or flag formation on the Weekly time frame)
Currently it’s 40+ pips in profits.

Daily

Flag on Weekly

As you can see, we have a broken trendline, we have a Fibbo level (did not mark it, but it’s within Fibbo territory)

I entered 5 pips bellow the sniping top on the daily, and the stop loss was placed 5 above that formation.

I could have entered on a pinbar on the weekly, which would have given me a really good head start, but i played it conservatively.

My game plan depends on the momentum i keep seeing, because this is potentially a 500+ pips trade, and if volume picks up, i might just stretch the trade out.

My first priority is for price to move enough in my direction so i can trail my Stop Loss to break even, and secure 50% of the position.

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also waitin on a 1hr pullback to take a short on EJ. but i think i ll wait for today s candle to close, with the news and all. good stuff. u could take partial profit and set BE, and let some run, i d expect ej to test previous daily lows, ofc nothing is guaranteed but…just a thought

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I closed my EUR/JPY short in profits.

Pips: 80
Total profit: 285.78 EUR
Gain: 3,08%

I exited the trade in 2 portions of 50%.

EUR/JPY has a huge potential for a 500 pip move to the downside, but i need to play it conservatively.

I am happy with this trade all together.

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2 days go i shorted GBP/NZD upon a support breakout on the Daily time frame, and following a bearish trend momentum.
Basically i lost 3.11% because i was a bit reckless, since i had 2 wins in a row. This is why it’s crucial to follow the jedi path :face_with_monocle:, and not let emotions guide you. Be focused when you are winning, be focused when you are loosing.

After my Sell Stop order got triggered i opened the economic calendar (not before…) and noticed top tier events for the NZD, which basically pushed my loss 3 seconds after the information came out (i was not sleeping, i was waiting to see what will happen)

What did i learn?
Well, even though you are trading the longer time frames, always always always check the economical calendar for the week, and also check the calendar when you find a valid setup.
This particular setup had 42 pip SL, and i completely forgot that Top Tier news events can spike price 50 pip…and even a 100 pips within minutes.
So, unless my SL is 150 + pips, i need to be mindful of economical events, and manage the trade more nimbly.
Basically i could have closed the trade at a small loss or a small win at a few points in time, but i decided to leave it open, which was a mistake.

Any ways, loosing is a normal part of trading, i am still satisfied with my overall performance these past few months, so today i am continuing to search for potential setups.

Here is a screenshot of the setup

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Trading is not an instant gratification venture, even though it’s advertised like that.

And not that the advertisements are not true, technically they are. Yes, you can become a millionaire with only a $100 - from e technical point of view, if you catch the majority of the moves the market makes, yes you can.
The problem is, no one can, not even the most high tech computer…the market’s are like the universe, we can not understand what’s behind it (well, we kinda do…people buying and selling)

I am fascinated how subtle all of this comes to you if you are persistent. I’ve tried to get my friends in to this, and all of them are interested in the financial potential, but not in the whole trading/investing process.

So, it’s not for everyone, i mean you really need passion to get you through the tough and even boringg times. Even for someone as addicted to trading as my self, starring in charts can be boring at times, and i can only imagine what it looks for civilians :joy:

Guys, don’t lie to yourselves. You’re gonna have to put in the hours to actually start seeing some consistency and improvement in your trading, and you’re gonna need to keep doing that for a very very very long time, if you have any hopes of actually making this a full time gig.

They say it’s like running a business…yeah, maybe even more than that, psychologically speaking.

It’s Sunday, 16 of February, time to see at what levels we are going to be trading for the upcoming week, and potential catalysts.

  1. EUR/USD: A significant level that can be spotted on D, W and even the monthly was broken last week. Did not get a signal on the Part Time trading strategy, but if i get a signal on the 3 SMA i will take it, since there is still room for this bearish momentum to continue.

  1. EUR/JPY - D: i already had a winning trade on this pair 2 weeks ago, and it seems the bears are still pushing, cause another major swing point has been broken. I might enter this trade tonight as Monday’s candle opens.

  1. CHF/JPY - D: Broken outer trendline on the Daily, we need to monitor to see weather we can get an entry.

  1. CAD/JPY - D: Multiple levels being retested + we have a fibbo level. We will monitor this pairs behavior for the upcoming week.

  1. USD/CHF - D: Bullish breakout from a significant are has occurred. Monitor this pair to search for potential setups.

  1. NZD/JPY: D -We have 2 important levels, and wherever price goes, we will be searching for a potential entry

  1. EUR/CAD - D: The EUR is falling across the board, here is another pair where a major significant swing point has been broken to the downside. We will monitor this pair.

  2. AUD/NZD -W: I don’t plan on taking any trade on this setup, because the breakout was not clean at all, it’s very messy, no momentum, but since we did get a pinbar on the weekly, i want to see what is going to happen.

This is regarding the Part Time trading strategy. I will post about the 3 SMA setups i am monitoring a bit later.

As far as i am concerned, i have a valid setup to open on the EUR/JPY (Setup number 2)
The only problem i am facing is that i do have a few big EURO events this week. I might cut down on my risk…still ot sure what to do, if you guys have an opinion i would love to hear it.

I set up a Sell Stop order on EUR/JPY yesterday when the market opened. Ideally it would have been in profits, but obviously traders are waiting for the high impact news coming from the EUR tomorrow.

The way the order is set up, i should be safe…if current price action remains.
Basically price has been stalling the entire day, and if the news is positive, it will push this pair up, and if it’s negative, it will push it down, and activate my pending order.
If the news breaches the high of my setup candle (Fridays’s Pinbar), i will cancel the order.

Here are the details, and a screen shot of the setup.

Pair: EUR/JPY
Time Frame: 1D
Position: Short
Type: Sell Stop (Pending Order)
Entry: 118.787
Stop Loss: 119.303
Risk in pips: 52
Risk in %: 2.9
Lot size: 0.63

For those of you who follow this journal, i already had a winning trade on this pair about 2 weeks ago.
The original plan with that trade was to leave a small portion of the trade to run to it’s full potential, but then i decided to play conservative.
Now, price has broken a significant level, and if momentum continues hopefully i will have another winner on EUR/JPY.

Target levels and the entire process of managing the trade, and trailing my stop loss will be determined once i am actually in the trade, and depending of what type of volume i get. If the volume is big enough, of course i want to leave the trade open to reach it’s final target, but if things are moving slower, i will play it conservatively.

I consulted Baby Pips’s ( i’m not sure this is how you spell that) Market Milk to check the trend indicators, the oscillators and volume. And still, it seems this pair has a little more steam to go, before the bulls put their final foot down.

And also, i think that this whole Brexit deal weakened the EUR, since it does not look good when one of the more powerful countries in the world wants to leave. But we as traders don’t care about politics in the absolute, we just care if and how that is going to help us get pips.

I got stopped out on my EUR/JPY short at 1:49 GMT + 1

That big volume green candle was did the damage. I am -3% on this trade (as in every other trade)
So, what happened?

Well, rememmber in a previous post when i mentioned i need to be more careful about my setups? Well, i thought i was, but i really wasn’t.

The setup in itself was perfectly valid, but as i mentioned previosly, if my Stop Loss is bellow a 100 pips, i need to be vary of economical news events. My Stop Loss here was 52 pips, and i believe this is the main reason for this loss.

Basically there was a bunch of news events for the EUR the JPY and GBP (which affects the EUR) which were positive for the EUR, and negative for the JPY, so today the EUR/JPU rallied almost 100 pips, which is insane, since the 7 day ADR for this pair 62 pips, so almost double the volume, and from the looks of it, it’s all because of the news.

Here is how the calendar looks like:

I understand that i learned a valuable lesson today, and there is no point in being depressed over this. But god dammit 2 losses in a row, just after i started getting my momentum. But this is the path that we as traders must go through. Now i understand that if this was a real account, i would have been really pissed off. Not because i am letting my emotions get in the way, but because i could have prevented this.
Losses are normal, but it hurts when you could have prevented them.

So for the next trade, i need to be mindful of:

  1. Stop Loss Size

  2. Economical Calendar

Basically, if the SL is small, make sure that there are no major news catalyst for the upcoming week, This is especially true for trading the Daily charts, i don’t think this is a regular occurrence for the Weekly, or at all for matter on the monthly.

Now i will try to find another setup.
If there is anything you guys wanna add, please do, any input is valuable.

Yeah and even then you don’t know what will happen. There may be no major news but if Trump tweets something or some tragedy happens you’re still SOL. :confounded:

I always tell myself “I wouldn’t have known” and that I made the best decision based on what I knew at the time. Hope you don’t beat yourself up too much about this! There are many trades still waiting to be taken! :hugs:

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Trump can effect the scalpers, at least that’s what i have seen so far, not long term trades.
But thanks

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Have you tried using ATR to place your SL? that may help

I haven’t updated my journal in 17 days.

Here we go

As i was doing my Weekend Market Analysis i decided to make a small but significant change in my trading strategy.
On the second strategy i trade - the 3 SMA, i will cut out the 4H timeframe.

The reasons are:

  1. Too many signals

  2. Economical events affect the setups more than i am comfortable with

  3. Again, too many signals

Trading needs to be a balanced act, for me at least, it’s more important to trade in the zone, with a good flow, instead of executing every-little trade signal i get. This will significantly cut down unnecessary screen time, and increase my effectiveness, or so i believe. Even though some of my biggest winners were from this time frame on this specific strategy, quality over quantity is the game i am trying to play.

So, as of this moment, on both my strategies i am only looking at the Monthly, Weekly, and Daily Time Frames. Of-course, if necessary i will zoom down to 4H to have a better look at price action, but my setups will not be based on the 4H Time Frame.