So what are the rules that every trader should follow? (in my opinion)
1- Only invest what you Can Afford to Lose.
Only invest money you can afford to lose, never ever borrow money or take a loan from the bank to invest in forex, or any other type of investment. Because if you do, you will get emotional and make irrational mistakes.
2- 1% Risk per Trade.
We only risk a small portion of our account per trade. We enter with 1% risk per trade (2% max). We enter with a fixed risk per trade, not with a fixed stop loss in pips, nor with a fixed lot size. That’s a common mistake many traders make.
3- Three Confluences Trades. (Technical Edge)
Trading is nothing but a game probability. Moreover, we consider ourselves risk managers not only traders, as the only thing we have control over is "risk". The market can go anywhere. To be on the winning side, we need to have an edge over the market.
One way to put the odds in our favor is by only entering trades when we have at least three confluences/clues, three things telling us to buy or sell lined-up together. One confluence may be random.
For example, we only enter when we have a pattern, support, and divergence. And our rules have to be objective following a well-defined back tested trading plan. I personally use RichTL to make objective (rule-based) .
4- 1 / 2 Risk Reward Ratio. (Risk Management Edge)
Our second edge is going to be through risk and money management by entering with a positive risk-reward ratio. Remember, it is not about how many trades you win, what matters is how much you win when you win, and how much you lose when you lose. That’s exactly why we enter with a ½ RRR (or higher), which means we always target double our stop loss. This way even with a 50% win rate, we are still profitable.
5- Emotional stability.
In the trading world, emotions are considered the enemy of traders. Knowing how to control emotions while trading can prove to be the difference between success and failure. When getting into a bad trade, the trader who can manage his psychology well will be able to minimize risk, while the trader who is emotional may make the situation worse.
Therefore, knowing how to control your emotions very crucial in order to succeed in Forex trading.
If you are not feeling well, don't trade.
Remember: You don't have to catch every trade, and you don't have to trade every week.
In fact, our 5 rules are all connected in a way or another.
If you invest money you can’t afford to lose or enter with 10% risk per trade, chances are that you will get emotional and not follow your trading plan objectively by closing your trades before reaching 2R or even entering trades that are not according to your strategy.
In parallel, even if you invest money you can afford to lose and risk 1% per trade, you won’t be consistently profitable if you don’t have a well-defined strategy that gives you an edge over the market technically or through risk management.
In brief, stay away from trading if you don’t have these 5 rules.
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Luck is a matter of preparation meeting opportunity ;)
Of course later on I found out he got that from a book.
I got the quote I shared in the previous comment from a book too ;)