Trading journal

Flippant answer. When I am up $400 on a $1K bet in 3 days :rofl:

Serious answer. In the absence of my interference, it is built in to the plan. But I haven’t quite quantified that one yet, so it is still on a case by case basis. More work to do on the mechanical plan but at least (like you) I have a reasonable number of opportunities on which to make that decision. We have many more mistakes to encounter before we can think we are cleverer than stupider.

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I thing you had a good experience :sweat_smile: Best of luck

That was the scary part for me. “When will stop making so many new mistakes?”

My mistakes are finally slowing down, but that phase was really frustrating.

I had to start making different decisions. Every batch of trades was only turning into new mistakes.

And to be honest, the answers to all my questions were in the charts. I just had to figure them out.

Examining closed trades will do wonders.

A couple days ago, my strategy told me that EUR/USD as about to turn bullish. I went long and got stopped out.

Yesterday, I went long on EUR/USD. Got stopped out.

I wanted to go long this morning based on a signal, but I thought maybe I was reading the chart wrong.

I decided to wait. I came back a few hours later, and I saw a big green candle!!

I was pretty upset. My backtesting told me that I could be wrong up to possibly 3 times before I get it right.

I doubted myself and I missed out.

I had some other losses and this one win would have made it all worth it. But it didn’t work out that way.

I really was annoyed. Disappointed as well. Several emotions.

I was too emotional, so no more trading today.

I’m working a temp job today, and I have time to think.

I realised I’m getting better. Slowly. My strategy is working. I can taste it.

I may have been scared to take the trade, but I was still right.

This is exactly the time for me to keep going, and keep making small adjustments.

On one side I can be frustrated, but on the other side I can be encouraged. All I have to do is: do more of what works, and less of what doesn’t.

Keep being patient and waiting for the right trading signals, and less S/R bounce trades. To be honest, those trades are the ones that are killing me. I have to be very selective about those trades. More selective, actually.

For anyone who comes across this post, keep trading! Don’t quit! Learn from your mistakes and made the necessary adjustments. If you want it, make it happen!


Same here. I have found that the bulk of my combined losses are due to trying to catch tops & bottoms (reversals). This is why it’s important to be patient and wait for confirmation such as the close of a 4H candle, then set a stop order instead of just going in.

Patience… I too am still working on that part.


Here’s a good example:

AUDUSD 4H - price slammed against that S level. That green candle looked very tempting, but I decided to wait due to the volatility today. Now there’s a red candle testing that area. Might be a good one for Monday.

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I’ve been waiting for it to go bullish and hit the resistance all the way at the top. That may not end up happening. It could stay bearish for a while. I really wanna get in but I need a nice reversal sign.

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I have 3 questions:
1- where have the bulk of your wins been?

2- What seperates your losing entry/exits vs your profiting entry/exits?

3- how did you figure that out? Journal?

I finished my trading this morning.

There were some trades I wish I had seen. It’s kind frustrating. “Why didn’t I take that??!!”

Sometimes it’s fear that stops me.

I missed a trade a few days ago because it was on the border of being a signal and also being a false signal.

So, I didn’t take it. Then price trended in the direction I wanted…

Go figure.

But isn’t it all about probability? Like an x% of incomplete setups will always go in the intended direction but you’ll risk a higher % of failed trades by following that incomplete setup?

Looking at trades in isolation is, in my humble opinion, will only encourage bad behavior. Gotta condense it to larger volumes over a larger time period.

It’s like folding 45 suited while playing from early position (first 3 ppl to act in a 9 person table), to find out later you could’ve won with the best hand (flush/straight) with the cards that played out in a hold’em game. Yes, you would’ve won that one hand and scooped a huge pot but odds are you’ll lose a hell of a lot more if you continue playing the same hand consistently from the same position over many hands/games.

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A trade that has been a thorn in my side the last few days was EUR/CHF.

I had a D1 signal twice. And I got stopped out each time.

I contemplated doing it a third time. I wasn’t sure about because fear was stopping me. I was scared to lose money, and I was scared to be wrong again.

But I remember the lesson I learned from my recent EUR/USD trade. I regretted it big time. I ended up opening a EUR/USD trade by the way, but it was late and with less than 25% of the profit. Anyway…

I opened the EUR/USD trade again. For the 3rd time. We’ll see how that goes.

I have a few channel trades going. They’re around the half way mark, and I’m learning that even though I want to move my SL, and add to my position, I can’t. In a channel, anything can happen.

Moving my SL to the halfway point, and I add to my position, if price starts reversing, then I’m stuck. Either I can just get stopped out and let go of the potential profit to be had by allowing price to reach the other end of the channel, or move my SL farther and farther back and expose myself to more and more risk.

Or, I could just leave my SL at BE, and let the trade run its course. If I get in early enough, I’ll add to the position. I haven’t done this perfectly yet, but I’m getting better. I’m seeing trades earlier.

By the way, I started reviewing my (monthly) M1 charts. After reviewing the EUR/CHF on M1, I realized that I probably made a mistake talking that long trade.

But I was already in it, and I also had to leave. I’ll find out tomorrow morning how it went.

For the past few months I’ve been trading very small positions. I’ve caught some very nice trades, but I’m still losing. I’m learning which trades to avoid, and I’m trading less of those, recently—the kinds of trades where there are two possible S/R lines.

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Part of me wants to trade larger lots. But, until I can show that I have a better grip on my losses, trading larger lots will bring in more money but also pull my account balance down faster.

So, I’m gonna keep with my current 0.05% risk for now.


I started answering these a few days ago, but got sidetracked and ran out of time. Then completely forgot.

1 - Since up until recently I mostly focused on reversals, this is where my biggest wins have come from. However, since that’s also where my losses come from then I’ve been working on increasing my win rate.

2 - I’ve been seeing better entries since using SR areas on the weekly & monthly charts. I mark my levels on the monthly chart (blue lines) to determine direction. I use a line chart to see the points more clearly. You can use the wick too if you want, but it doesn’t have to be that precise on the monthly chart because you’re only trying to gauge which direction you think price is going long term:

Then do the same on the weekly chart (black lines). As you can see I think price will continue up:

Now I have my bias, so I’m looking for buy opportunities on the daily or 4H chart, just like this one where price bounced off the bottom of that channel on the 4H:

Obviously, I could be completely wrong an price can turn at any time, but when you enter with the trend and keep your risk low (wide SL, mine is at the low of this week’s candle) you have a better chance of staying in the trade.

3 - A simple journal can tell you all you need to know. I use Google Sheets (Excel) because it’s free:

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The problem with my activity right now is that when I get the trade right and it runs, I can see my profits going up.

However, while my profits are growing, my account is dropping due to taking bad trades.

So, I could lie to myself and only think about the profits, but them I’m not being honest with myself.

Being honest with myself will help me to see my flaws and give me a chance to fix them.

Sorry, but I’m not sure what you mean here. Could you try explaining it another way?

And this analogy as well. Sorry. I want to understand your point, but I’m not understanding your example. I value what you say, so I want to be clear.

My fault. I automatically relate this problem to a similar situation in poker and just word vommitted without thinking.

I believe giving importance to the outcome of that one trade is a mistake. If your strategy called for not getting into the trade at the time then it’s the right decision, even if the trade went the “right” way.

I’ve been sitting for the past half hour struggling to come up with an alternative explanation to the poker example I gave. Will PM when I figure it out.

Have you looked into your losing trades yet? Maybe take a month’s worth of losing trades from your journal and categorize them?

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Doing my working this morning.

I see another trade that I should have risked taking.

I say “risked taking” because it’s always a risk.

I’m learning that it’s ok to risk when you have an entry signal. Even if you’re wrong 3 times, that’s ok. It ain’t pleasant, but it’s acceptable.

It’s not acceptable, however, to take risk on trades that you’re forcing yourself to think are entry signals.

That’s what ruins your account. Well, at least in my case.

Yesterday, I took a trade that I had doubts about. It was a trade I would have taken months ago. I wasn’t sure, so I opened a small position.

Shortly after, bam! Stopped out.

“Yup. I knew it.”

Then another voice said, “Well, if you knew it, then why’d you take that trade?”

I realised that shedding my bad trading habits is a gradual process. For some reason I have to prove myself wrong in order to let go of a bad thing.

I can’t just stop a habit, because I still have a belief that it might work, or a curiosity if it could work. And I need to exhaust it before giving it up.

And it’s a slow, painful process.

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As I review my charts, I see so many regrets.

But that’s mostly the greed talking. What you didn’t do in one scenario, you wish you did in another.

You NEVER know. I guess you just keep learning so you know the best time what certain actions.

Sometimes, it’s best to be patient and keep the position open. Other times, it’s safest to close it.

Only experience and playing the averages will make the difference.

I took just one trade today. The others are still running, and as much as I want to add to them, it’s too risky. Moving the SL in a channel can get you stopped out of a trade that was gonna keep going in your direction.

It can be quite frustrating. The best you can do is move SL to BE and wait for an idea to play itself out. And don’t be upset when you walk away at BE instead of a 10% profit. Just gotta roll with the punches.

Right now, several pairs are consolidating on D1. I’m sitting on the sidelines for the most part. No new trades.

Now’s the time for me to just wait.

I had a part-time job working Saturdays, but I need the weekend for my forex work: reviewing W1 charts is important.

I have to review my W1 charts, and also review losses for the week.

I can’t do all that in just one Sunday.
Especially because markets reopen in the evening in my timezone. So, if I want to open a position Sunday evening, I need all my work done; I need to filter thru all my set ups and see which ones are worth taking.

So, I decided that I have to stop the Saturday job. It was an easy job, but if I want to improve my forex, I have to take it seriously.