Have you ever met a trader making double-digit percent return per month on a consistent manner?
Trading professionally with proper money management would likely get you a return of few percents a month. From my personal experience a 3-5 percent return on capital per month is a very realistic number.
So if you’re that kind of person who wants to “make a killing” trading, please reconsider your expectations.
2. You should be well-capitalized. Small accounts will probably burn you.
This point is correlated to the first one. let me illustrate with an example:
Suppose that you have a $30,000 trading account. According to the 3-5 percent return per month rule, that would give you 1000-$1500 return per month, which is a very good number, relatively speaking.
Now let’s assume that you have a $5,000 account, according to the 3-5 percent rule, that would return 150-$250 per month.
In the second example(smaller equity), the return would likely be unsatisfying for someone looking to trade for a living. Would it be for you? Wouldn't you break your money management rules and take more risk to increase that return?
3. doesn't work all the time.
Assumptions we make will always have a percentage of failure. The main goal is to keep your risk limited, your targets bigger than your risk, looking for consistent profit on the long run.
4. Trading is not about forecasting the market.
Do not try to forecast where markets are headed all the time. What a trader does is wait for the market to GIVE him certain conditions that validate a trade. (Don’t trade under the market rules, trade under your rules.) Do you feel sometimes that you're lost and don’t know what to do? it's probably because of this.
5. Limit your risk.
If you did use stop loss on your trades within the past year, but you didn't and took excessive risk only on one trade, this single trade might wipe out all of the profits you gained through the year.
How many times did you ignore your stop loss convincing yourself that you will close at a better price? It may have worked sometimes, but what if the price goes against you more and more? Are you mentally strong enough and able to close at a bigger loss? You probably won’t, until forced to close on a margin call.
6. Don’t over analyze.
Over analysis and complicating your tools will lead to confusion and is not necessarily efficient.
7. Ignore your bias
Initiating a trade requires technical evidence, three, four or five conditions that occur concurrently.
8. Always use a top-down analysis approach.
Start from the higher time frame to the lower time frame. The higher the time frame the more strong and invulnerable the trend is, and the more strong and invulnerable the levels are.
9. Trend-trading increases your chances of success.
Trading setups that occur within the context of the trend tend to have a higher success rate than those against it.
10. Don’t give up when you encounter a losing streak
Yeah it can go up to 10 losing trades… Don’t worry, it’s normal in trading.
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Any investment of time may have benefits for you, in that it clarifies your thought processes, and probably makes you better at what you do (not suggesting pure self-interest at all) - and by extension may benefit others (some who say nothing). Nothing bad in all that. Your 'work' is there for others to benefit from - for free. However, a proportion of the time you end up spending seemingly disproportionate time with vague and meaningless comments. Then there is always the counter-argument group who unwittingly 'dilute' your good intentons. That's the pattern I spot.
I'm not suggesting at all that different opinions should be ignored or silenced. I learn from people all the time who have views different to my own. It is about listening and thinking about their different perspectives. However, I do have to draw 'a line' in my 'other work', where I say to myself 'Is my investment of time on this or that matter likely to be worthwhile/beneficial in the round (and to whom).... how much time and effort should I devote to this?' (Similar by analogy to knowing where I might place my stop-losses when trading). I'm not here to stop you doing what you decide is best. Hopefully, I'm giving you some other perspectives to 'consider'. :)
E-correspondence is fraught with risk of transmitting a meaning different to what might better be communicated in more direct modes of communication. If ever you wanna have a chat on the phone or skype, I'm sure we could arrange it (from your google+ profle or similar).