This is a guest post from Tino @tradersreality. This article originally appeared on tradersreality.com and is reposted here with permission.
“Maybe It’s Going To Change Direction?”
I will take it back to a time when I was trading USDJPY, you probably have gathered that USDJPY is the one pair I stick with. Anyways, I woke up and prepared myself for the London Open. I saw that USDJPY was respecting an area and I was ready to enter for a quick 5 pip scalp. Now prior to this entry I had made the conviction that my trading style was scalping. Or was it? I had witnessed USDJPY behave a certain way that gave me the impression that the market makers were looking at taking prices higher, so I made the entry.
Stick To What You Know…
I sure learned a thing or two from this trading scenario.
Now the following experience can give all new traders insight to why they must stick to a methodology and a trading style and remove all elements indecisiveness which in turn can lead to be consistent.
Looking Back, the following points will describe the reasons as to why you must stick with your approach and not change. Doing so, you are installing discipline and objectivity within your trading and you prevent yourself from developing emotional triggers that lead to irrational and illogical decisions.
1) Decide what type of trader you are or desire to become. Be flexible, not all trading styles are suited to all. Whatever the style. Commit to sticking to it. Give it a chance. give yourself a sample size of trades with the style you have chosen. If it’s not for you, change it and repeat until you are happy.
2) When you have chosen your style, Stick to the practice and mindset of the style you have chosen. Do not trade as a scalper and then think you can become a swing trader. A scalper eliminates the exposure of the swings by the market makers, where as a swing trader anticipates retraces with the idea that price may resume favoured direction.
3) Be very objective and systematic. Trade your chosen style like a robot. If your trade is losing, close it, re-enter. Keep exposure to a minimum. Do not allow yourself to develop the FOMO and say to yourself “I’ll wait this one out” or “It’s bound to rebound, I’ll see if I can recover”. If your position is making you feel uneasy, it’s time to close it.
As easy as it’s said, the above key points are difficult to practice in real life. However, the operative word being practice is what is required. Develop the habit of execution of trades and closing losers quick and taking profits where necessary. By having the mindset of letting profits run, you effectively expose yourself to the swings where a profitable position is then a negative one. Take whatever the market gives you…Remember, in the face of uncertainty…You had no idea the market would give you those profits. Take what is given.
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