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Trading Goal

My most important goal as a trader is to firstly protect the capital I am trading with and invest it correctly to make profits. 

My monthly objective is to make 5-8% return and my annual objective is 60-80% return.

Logistics

Timeframes: Daily, H4, H1
Instruments: Majors & Minors
Sessions: All

Risk Management

Risk per Trade: 3%
Minimum R/R: 2.5
Max Drawdown: 12%

Trading Psychology

I will build my trading journal and track every aspect of the trade. This will include everything from the day I closed to the emotions I faced. 

I will not be constantly checking how the trade is going, I will keep myself busy by exercising or being productive.

Trading Strategy

I begin by analyzing my charts and looking out for potential breakouts, reversals or continuations. I look out for chart patterns, my most profitable ones being ascending, descending and symmetrical triangles

Next once price reaches some potential entry-worthy zones, I zoom in closer on to the candlestick and "read" what they're telling me. This includes signs of buyers/seller exhaustion or rejection.

Most importantly, once I decide to take a position, I ensure I am managing my risk correctly, making sure to only risk 3% per trade and no more.

Overview

Edi's Strategy
The Long term swing trading strategy used is a methodology that observes price action as well as some major mass psychology indicators that are used to determine reversals and trend break outs. This strategy uses a heavy fundamental analysis that looks at correlations between different markets including commodities, equities, indicies and even the bond market at times.


The day trading short term strategy uses a methodology that observes price action in the short term especially before the beginning on trading sessions. It is very similar to the long term trading system however it is used on shorter time frames. It uses 5min up to 1 hour candle charts. Using breakouts from supply and demand , support and resistance levels and using break news to profit from major fundamental new announcements.


This is a trading style is a system uses tight stoploss. Quickly admitting when we are wrong and being able to change biases quickly to ensure minimum downside risk.

Identifying Major Support & Resistance levels

Major support and resistance levels are used for both long term and short term trading. These are areas of high value and importance. This means that price has identified Identifying Major Support & Resistance levels. Price will often be attracted and repelled by these levels. Hence where we can pick up the terms support and resistance. These are used as a mass psychology tool. Many traders see these levels and expect them to be significant.


These significant levels are used by many traders, meaning that if many traders expect something big to happen at that level typically the herd activity kicks off and something does happen. If the majority of traders expect a support level to hold many will start buying in at these levels and so the asset pair encounters buyers pushing the price up of the asset and this level of support works. Often these levels will coincide with an overbought or over sold condition that can be seen using the Relative Strength Indicator. Above 70 & below 30 is often an extreme price move. This is often found that price tends to move to these major levels and then stops because it reaches major support or resistance levels.

Now this strategy is mostly rules based and strictly following them. I frequently combine my trading with my fundamental analysis, which is separate from this technical guide of trading
The same is for a level of resistance these levels work exactly as support but instead of price going up it will fall.

Indicators Used

1. 200 EMA ( Exponential Moving Average)
2. 200 SMA ( Simple Moving Average)
3. 100 EMA ( Exponential Moving Average)
4. 50 EMA ( Exponential Moving Average)
5. 20 EMA ( Exponential Moving Average)
6. RSI 7& 14 ( Relative Strength Index)
All of the indicators listed are the main ones used by myself. These indicators are used by major institutional players and many retail traders. This causes a self fulfilling prophecy and although they are just random lines on a chart Millions of traders treat them as important and act on it. E.G EMA cross overs buying when specific lines cross over or selling. This is simple Game Theory or information economics. 

This leads to these lines having meaning and should be taken into consideration. Mass psychology is a huge part in understanding the markets.

Fundamental Analysis

Fundamental analysis is extremely important. Charts don’t move by themselves. Typically fundamentals will move the markets and technical analysis will help us determine where exactly and how far exactly it will go. But they will move the markets.
Let's take a Look at major Brexit news releases where GBP moved 200 pips in a day or weeks were it moved 5% in 1 Week!! No charts could have guessed the direction without the fundamental picture put in place. See the below example sample from an article on the fundamentals of the USA new releases

“Among the first important economic data releases was the flash PMI. The US Market PMI release had its steepest decline in history, although this was slightly overshadowed by the eurozone figures which were even worse. This could be due to the US being slightly behind in terms of cases and lock-downs.” 

Data such as PMI, Inflation, Jobs Reports , Interest rates, Presidential announcements, Wars, FED Meetings, Natural disasters, health crisis, Brexit …. The list goes on.
All these have a major role in where assets will go. Always pay attention to fundamentals.

Risk Management!

This is the most important rule of them all. Managing risk is the most important part of trading. Knowing how to manage your risk. You should never EVER risk more than 1-2% of your account per trade.
You should never EVER allow yourself to lose more than 5% in 1 day. If that happens shut your screens and stop. You should never let more than 10% of your account drop without stopping completely for a week to re evaluate your investing and trading.
If a trader risks 1 % per trade forever it is statistically impossible to blow your account Don’t risk be safe!

1. max drawdown I am willing to withstand: This for me is about 10% of my account. More specifically, if I was trading a $10000 account, I would close out of everything if the equity in the account reached $1000. This is something professional traders do.

2. Market Conditional stops/ Fundamentals: This is often based on fundamentals. As I mentioned earlier, if a trade I am in changes on the fundamental basis, I will close it at a controlled loss before it gets worse.

3. Trading funds I can afford to lose: this one goes for all trading and investing. I recommend new traders go on demo accounts for at least 6 months before going live. Instead of using their own funds to trade to invest in trying to get funded by a prop firm. I do not believe in putting all my eggs in one basket, and so the money made/invested in this strategy is not going to be my entire savings.

Exiting Trades

Once a trade is executed and looking to close, I will usually exit the trade by targeting a key level of support/resistance, or a simple moving average (usually the 200 EMA & SMA) as these are the strongest. My exits may sometimes come simply if I want to secure profits and close it out. Especially in short term trades and even long term trades I will move stop loss to break even after 20 pips in profit and then 10 pips in profit after 40 and it continues. If the trend is strong just continue to hold until the next significant level. 

Exiting trades that are wrong early and admitting loses are part of the game and need to be done once you are convinced the price has not gone your way.

Trade Example

I have the main reason Why I took the trade posted in my swing trade channel
[17:17]

DAX short trade I am looking for a swing trade on the German index for a long term swing trade here. so will be scaling into this trade so will be opening a smaller position to start with. No further price growth has been witnessed on Friday. After retest of the previous High, Dax pulled back to 12 494 S/R level and consolidated there for a time being, just to respect this zone and range slowly towards 12 592. The daily volatility was low due to a bank holiday in the US. Important zones Resistance: 12 882 Support: 12 592 Dax took a bit of a delay since Friday's prognosis and opened the week with an ascending gap. The price opened at 12 776 and is descending slowly at the time of writing. Dax is now above the consolidation range and the nearest resistance level lays at 12 882. This might the most important target for bullish traders and we'll be eying to focus our attention there as well. It is, however, very likely that Dax will first retest Friday's levels and the retest of 12 882 comes later in the week. Finally aiming for that 12500 psychological level. We seen price struggle all day struggle to break higher leaving wicks and a massive Gap that was not closed and needs to be retested.
[17:17]
Entered short @12730
[17:18]
TP Level 12000
[17:18]
SL optional @13000

Result of that Trade

Overview

Nick's Trading Plan

When it comes to trading, you need an edge. To develop an edge, you need a plan that you have diligently put time and effort into in order to find what works in your backtesting, forward testing, and most importantly, with your psychology.
In my opinion there is no universal “easy” approach to trading and investing that yields tremendous returns, outside of the strategy that you develop through hard work and years of experience. This strategy is not intended to be a “strategy for all”, but rather a strategy I have poured many hours of work into developing, and have found comfortable and successful in my years of trading.
With that said, please do not take anything here as investment advice. Remember that all trading involves a substantial risk of loss, and is not suitable for all investors.
With that said, here is my trading strategy in full. Below I have broken down my trading plan by category.
1. The Idea
2. Risk Management
3. Psychology
4. Entries
5. Exits
6. The Truth 

The Idea

I believe in technical analysis, as well as fundamental analysis. That being said, there is nothing easy about trading, and no indicator, pattern, or news data will be perfect at predicting market moves. The idea that there is a perfect entry point is something I dropped long ago, during my years of backtesting and programming trading systems.
What I found, with the help of my college degree in software developing, is that markets are not so predictable. Market direction is not easily identifiable, and predicting is a tough game to play. That being said, I believe it is possible to make predictions with a ​slight e​ dge. And that’s all I need.
I believe that price action is the most effective method for my trading, as it is a direct reflection of market participants placing buys or sells in the market. By watching the way price moves, finding supply & demand zones, and playing trends, I think there is room for the retail trader at the bank table.
After my time studying, I realized that all the hype on social media was entirely nonsense. Those people claiming to be market gods were not, they were just showing their best moments. Accepting losses and treating this as a business was the only way forward.
My trading is not fun, it’s not ​shiny​, it’s not life changing gains every week. It’s slow, sometimes boring, and most importantly; steady.

If you’ve joined my companies’ VIP community looking for easy signals that would make you rich quick, you’ve come to the wrong place! That’s not what we are about, and I believe blindly copying signals is a waste of time, and I’d rather just put my money in a long term bond or ETF. We are about sharing ideas, discussing with the rest of our trading family, and putting in the work together to be successful in our passion for markets.
I’m wrong about the markets at times, and other times I am spot on. As long as I can be slightly more right than wrong, I can make money. If a new trader does not understand this, and does not put in the work to learn for themselves, I do not believe they will be profitable.

Risk Management 

Risk management is the “​holy grail​” in trading, in my opinion. This involves no longer asking yourself “how much can I make” but rather, “what will I do to avoid losing money”. Priority #1? ​Protect capital​.

There is an endless debate about ​stop losses​. Some people argue you should never trade without one, while others say the banks use them to steal your money before reversing the market. Regardless of your opinion on stop losses, I’ll ask you to consider this:

Remember when I said at the beginning that each trader must find what works for them? Well I meant EVERY component of trading, especially risk management. I know traders who have been very successful ​WITH ​and ​WITHOUT ​stop losses on their trades. The reason I believe this subject is so controversial is because it is not a necessity one way or the other, but a subjective preference!

If you want to hear more on this subject, watch my full video on it:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zCv3BHzz28o&t=256s

In my own trading, I use a collection of different strategies across my overall portfolio; each of which I have spent many many hours working on. In some strategies I use a stop loss, but in this particular swing trading strategy,​ I do not use one​. **gasp**

So if I don’t have a stop loss on my trades, how do I manage risk? A pretty astute question, indeed.
Risk management is not solely using a stop loss, in my opinion. That being said, whenever I send a trade alert in the VIP group our company offers, I share an optional stop loss idea, in case someone insists on using one and would like to hear my thoughts. (again, nothing wrong with stop losses in my opinion!)

There are multiple ways to manage risk outside of a stop loss, and I’ll share a few.
- Small positions
- Max equity drawdown stop outs
- Mental stops + reading price action

Small positions are everything​, in my experience. This is the holy grail of trading for me, the ultimate difference between success and failure. It isn’t magical, or a money printing machine, but maybe instead a money ​saving machine! Risk management is as much of a technical skill as a discipline, as many traders struggle with putting on big positions out of greed, which can blow up accounts fast.

So what is a small position? In my opinion it depends what you are doing. Are you trading short term, where market moves will be significantly smaller? Or are you trading longer term charts and looking for bigger moves? As a general rule of thumb, for small moves I would consider 0.01-0.10 per $1000 in an account to be small. For bigger moves, I would consider 0.01-0.05 per $1000 in an account to be small.
So for example, if I had $5000 in an account and I am swing trading, the following situation would be OK by my rules:

- 3 x 0.02 lot size positions open
- OR 5 x 0.01 lot size positions open
- OR 2 x 0.04 lot size positions open
Just as some theoretical examples.

Max equity drawdown stop outs​ are a simple concept, that mentally keeps things under control when they go bad. At what percent drawdown will you cut a loser, if it goes bad? Well in my own case, a 40% drawdown would cause me to close out all positions, and to reevaluate things. Fortunately, with small positions this would take a catastrophic situation to reach, and is very rare and unlikely. That being said, it is always important to plan for any situation, as these are the markets after all.

Mental stops​ are a tricky topic, as it requires discipline. I definitely do not necessarily recommend this for everyone, as it can be tough for traders to mentally stay focused when under a bad position. For me, this often involves reading into the price action of a trade gone bad, and adjusting my position or closing it if necessary, based on price action technical analysis I do on a daily basis.

So in my own trading, this is generally what I stick to. There is a little bit of wiggle room and my rules are not necessarily law, but as a general practice I keep to these position sizes. The downside to small positions is that it drastically reduces your upside potential, if you are looking for fast gains. But it keeps things mostly under control, and over time scaling small gains is one of the most powerful things in trading.
The final category of my risk management approach is a bit different than what one might expect. I have a plan for DEPOSITING into my trading account over time, rather than withdrawing constantly. The power of trading is not short term, but long term. With a winning strategy, compounding your gains can exponentially increase your account.

Personally, I do not share exactly how much I have for trading capital. This is not a super important detail to share with the world in my opinion, as it can make you a potential target to jealous people, or come across as arrogant. I will say however, that I try to keep approximately ​20-40%​ of my net worth in my trading accounts, while dispersing the rest in other places/investments. Like many people, I personally have other sources of income (my business, youtube channel, software services, etc), I make an effort to make deposits ​into m​ y trading/investing accounts every month or so.

Psychology

Trading psychology is the most overlooked component of trading success, yet one of the most important pieces to trading success. If you are a person that struggles with arrogance/ego, jealousy, laziness, etc, it will show up in your bottom line as a trader. I interact with thousands of traders around the world, and it’s
usually the people with character and kindness that end up successful. NOT the people who give up easy, want it handed to them on a silver platter, or are impatient. I don’t mean for this to come across harsh, but this is the reality of why 90% or more of traders fail in the end.

The forex market is displayed as an easy way to make big money from home. It is not the case! It is a business, full of suit and tie workers all over the world in major institutions. To be a professional, you need to act professional. For me, there are some steps to take to improve in this area that I’ll share from my own failures and growth.

- Take walks: If I feel frustrated or impatient, I have to move away from my charts. Otherwise, bad things happen!
- Stop trading for the day if you take a few losses. For me, if I take 3 losses in a day, I’m done. This causes my psychology to get out of focus. I’ll go play video games or something :)
- If you can’t sleep, your position size is too big or you don’t trust your plan.
- Plan your trade, and trade your plan. (If you don’t have a plan, you don’t have anything!)

Entries

If you skipped the rest of this trading plan to just read the entries, then you just missed so many more important things above. Please read them first!
That being said, entries are overhyped in my opinion. Getting the “perfect entry strategy” is something that I obsessed about for way too long as a new trader. Regardless, entries are still important in my opinion, but not the only thing that matters.
My trades are not all the exact same. Generally speaking, I am looking for levels of oversold or overbought conditions where I think there is more potential reward than risk. My favorite setups are often pullbacks in favor of a trend, or reversals in a range bound market. Here is my general approach to finding an entry to my trades:

Technical confluence​: I like to combine things like support & resistance, fibonacci levels, moving averages, candlestick patterns, technical patterns or other major technical reasons for entering a position. Check the example below, which combined a support level + fib retracement to the 50%:
Technical confluence​: I like to combine things like support & resistance, fibonacci levels, moving averages, candlestick patterns, technical patterns or other major technical reasons for entering a position. Check the example below, which combined a support level + fib retracement to the 50%:
Fundamental bias: I will usually keep in mind a fundamental bais. For example, I was predominantly short on EURUSD through 2019 based on the fed strengthening the dollar.
Long term trends​: I love following the long term direction of a chart. On most trades, I stick to the direction of the 200 day simple moving average. This allows me to follow along with where major money is biased, and ride some of the bigger moves in the currency market.

Additionally at times, I will enter my trades in pieces. What that means is that perhaps I identify two or three levels of interest where I’d like to get short on a market. If price hits the first level, and heads up to my second entry, I may be interested in picking up a secondary position. This is another perk of keeping positions small, as it allows me to adjust my trade if I decide to do so. When I add to a trade, I do so very conservatively, as this can be dangerous if done without caution.

Exits

So once I’m in a trade, how do I get out? Well for me, it’s usually the same reason as my entries! Looking for price action or technicals to get me out of the trade, whether I’m right or wrong. If I am right, price will usually head to a target area such as a major structural support or resistance level, or a return to a significant moving average. If I am wrong, I will work with a position and close it using one of the risk management methods mentioned in the risk management section. I will recap them below, for convenience:
- Small positions
- Max equity drawdown stop outs
- Mental stops + reading price action

The Truth

Nothing about trading is easy. Every person’s trading journey is unique, and sadly most will not make it to profitability before quitting. I believe it is possible to make it in the markets, as I have spent a significant portion of my life getting to that point in my own journey. The ones who are most likely to make it will take the time to write a plan like this for themselves, and take bits of information from their mentors, but not look for easy answers. I hope that the one thing you get from my trading plan is the importance of being dedicated to your craft as a trader, and putting in the hard work required. The markets are a dangerous, exciting, and sometimes even profitable place to the ones who really go the full distance and do what it takes. Thank you for reading, and I wish you the best of luck in your trading journey!

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