Reverse engineering the ‘anti glory-trade’

Reverse engineering the ‘anti glory-trade’

I first set off trying to find my own way through the trading jungle, just like you probably have. I bought the books, followed the ‘gurus’, set about looking for the Holy Grail (you know, the one system to rule them all!) But it was only when I stepped back and took...
The mind-bending effect of ‘real money’ trading

The mind-bending effect of ‘real money’ trading

How do you learn to be a really good trader? A typical experience might be to learn a trading strategy, apply it to a demo account (or paper trade it) and then take it live once some virtual profits have been seen. And that’s a perfectly sensible way to go about...
Release Your Inner Reptile

Release Your Inner Reptile

Remember the classic 80’s film Trading Places? Two rich old brothers swap the lifestyles of a beggar and a fancy commodities broker to settle a twisted $1 bet. They set out to prove once and for all whether nature or nurture dictates how successful a person can be....
How to use true ‘set and forget’ orders

How to use true ‘set and forget’ orders

A question arrives from reader Tony B… “If the market was above the eurusd figure [the price he wants to buy at] how could I have placed the limit buy orders please? Should I put an alert on to wait for the market to drop?” Now Tony is one of our...
The 2-pronged exit method

The 2-pronged exit method

Scaled exits are nothing new. It’s not some cutting edge technique I’ve just invented. But scaling isn’t often discussed when it comes to Forex trading. You’ll read about the old masters of trading scaling out of their trades – they were doing...
How to trade when the weekend comes

How to trade when the weekend comes

A question arrives from a TN reader: “I’ve got this trade that’s well into profit. My usual strategy is to trail the stop loss so I can lock in some of the profits and then give the trade chance to turn into a long-term position. But what do you...
5 bad habits that break good traders

5 bad habits that break good traders

Everyone has the ability to make money from trading. These days the financial markets are a genuine ‘open access’ opportunity to one and all. Making money is simply a matter of repeating the same effective steps time after time. It’s all about...
2 rules for free and easy trading

2 rules for free and easy trading

I’ve been reading Market Wizards by Jack Schwager again recently and in the book one of the traders mentions getting to know just one individual market really, really well. So, is this still a good way to start? Should you focus on just one Forex market or learn...
3 ways to use Volume for high-probability trading

3 ways to use Volume for high-probability trading

I must admit, I’ve got a bit of a soft spot for volume. You might have heard me talk about it before. It tends to be followed more closely by futures and stock traders than Forex traders, and it has a certain sentimental appeal to it. Traders like Jesse...
7 keys to winning the mental game of trading

7 keys to winning the mental game of trading

I was flicking through an old trading journal of mine the other day. It’s a bit tattered around the edges but when I look at them now, I can see that those pages contain absolute pearls of wisdom. At the time, I was still desperately trying to figure things out....
The wonky 3-legged stool of trading

The wonky 3-legged stool of trading

I’ve been doing some work on trading Mindset this week. It’s for the ‘Campaign Management’ module of my new strategy (more on that to come in a minute). Now traders typically put all their energy and effort into ‘Method.’ You know...
How to swerve ‘toxic trading’ temptations

How to swerve ‘toxic trading’ temptations

Do you know one of the single biggest problems traders face? You might not agree at first glance because it actually sounds like a BENEFIT rather than a potential threat. But it’s been the ruin of many a trader over the years. And it’s a particular threat...
See why ‘tactical’ strategies choke and die

See why ‘tactical’ strategies choke and die

Imagine: you’ve spent weeks, months even, developing a trading strategy. Your back-testing is complete. And on paper this strategy has the potential to make an eye-popping 7% return on account per day. Yes, 7% return on account PER DAY! That’s not 7% per...
The indisputable top-priority for traders

The indisputable top-priority for traders

You never really know what the market will serve up next. Will it be a profit or will it be a losing trade? Consistent profits actually come from a random pattern of winning trades and losing trades. It’s only when you’ve got a proven system in place you’ll have...
A System V Strategy Death Match

A System V Strategy Death Match

A question comes in from a TN reader: ‘Aren’t you contradicting yourself when you’re dissing off the peg “forex systems” at the very same time you’re promoting the use of them?’ It’s a fair point, and one that probably...
The 5 essentials of ‘unshakable’ trading

The 5 essentials of ‘unshakable’ trading

Happy New Year! I hope you and your family had a happy festive period and didn’t overindulge too much. Anyway, the markets are back in action, and the brokers returned to full and normal hours this week, so it’s back to business… Now, the big thing...