the secret to trading is "trade whats hot". you cant make sense of a market that has moved and is now in consilidation. those consolidation times are 70-80% of the timespan. you trade one market and have 2 good months with your "system" and then 10 bad months.
because your system worked in those 2 months and the other 10 it didnt work.
people still keep thinking that trading is like a job or a business. find a market get to know it and trade it.
this view is so wrong it couldnt be further away from the truth.
the truth is "trade whats hot". you cant make money in consolidation unless you are a swapper.
just immagine it like this: in trading you are like the lion. move with the prey and dont wait till it comes back again somewhere next year.
or from another point of view (lion again) when the elephants departured to their winter reservoir hunt whats available (gnus, zebras or whatever) untill next year your favourite prey (elephant) is back and available again.
or another one: in desperate times the devil eats even the souls of flies and cokroaches.
learm to go with the action. markets dry up and become calm. when that happens you must switch to another.
example: in the summer months global stock markets are calm and barely moving but commodities are in the price finding time.
instead of forcing yourself to trade (and make losses) in low volume summer stocks simply switch to commodities for the time.
the trick is to be in the volume/volatility and not to marry one specific pair and then sit around 80% of the time trying to make sense out of consolidations times.
there is so much more to trading than to set your favourite pair to eur/usd learn some indicators and a strategy and trade it. thats only the very beginning out of which most people do not evolve any further than that. they find limited knowledge online but get it presented like its all you need to know. but it isnt. its only the very beginning. the real stuff is simple. so simple that people put little weight in it and ignore it. doing the same mistakes over and over again and not knowing whats wrong.
the most simple thing and in same time hardest thing to learn is "when to trade and when to do nothing or to move into another field".
when you mastered the "when its better to stay out" you will find the profits and you will never again say "the markets dont make much sense lately i feel confused"