Lessons From Two Failed Trades

Lessons From Two Failed Trades

This is a Guest Post by: Colibri Trader @priceinaction. This article is used here with permission and originally appeared here on ColibriTrader.com.


Dear traders,

This last week I had a couple of trading ideas that initially looked great on the chart, but then failed. So, why did they not work out?


First Failed Trade


First post I did on Twitter HERE.

Lessons From Two Failed Trades

I was analyzing crude oil and was seeing more bullish behavior. So, what went wrong then?

  1. One of the major reasons why this trade was not as fitted to attract more buyers as I wished was the general trend of the market. There was an established downtrend, and usually it takes more time to get buyers after such a bearish trend.
  2. The second reason was that I did not follow price action as precisely as I should have. After the inside day that formed on the daily chart, I did not follow next day’s candle which was an inside bar within the inside bar.

Lessons From Two Failed Trades

That is a very rare pattern, that usually leads to a trend continuation. The first inside bar shows signs of reversal, but the second inside bar rejects them.

That is a great example of why price action is so powerful, only if you have the courage and patience to follow it.

Lessons learnt from the 1st trade and what to improve: You need to continue looking at the daily chart no matter how certain you are that a trend will reverse. Try to eliminate all certainties in trading and expect all possible outcomes. One candle leads to another and you should follow all of them!

Second Failed Trade

The second trade idea that I shared with you was posted on my website on Thursday.

So, why it did not work after re-analyzing the outcome.

  1. I wanted to take a trade that was again against the major trend. The EURUSD pair was in a downtrend and there was an inside bar that formed on the daily. I took a small trade before the end of the trading day
  2. It was Thanksgiving and there were less traders trading and willing to push the price higher
  3. The candle that formed after the inside day candle was a bearish rejection candle, which bodes for more sellers or lack of buyers at least

Lessons learnt from the 2nd trade and what to improve: I did not pull out of my trade once I saw a bit of profitability and completely ignored the bearish rejection candle that formed on the daily chart. Of course next day’s candle was a red candle as shown below:

Lessons From Two Failed Trades

So, all in all, these were initially good-looking trades, but in the end they did not tick all the boxes and failed.

We as traders are responsible to monitor closely each and every trade from open to close.

Even though I am being very strict on myself (that is how you should be, too), I do realise that we as humans will continue doing mistakes.

No matter how experienced we are and how many years we have under the trading belt, failing some trades is part of this business. If you are not willing to accept that and move on, you should be probably not trading at all.

The sooner you realize that, the quicker you will understand how important money management and position sizing are.

Taking a trade is just a part of the trading game- maybe 5%.

The other 95% are psychology, money management and discipline!

Happy Sunday,

Colibri Trader


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