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Fear

Fear
Let’s get one thing straight. Fear, for the majority of traders is a very real thing. You have it, I have it. Others have it as well. In order to become a professional trader, you must learn to deal with fear. The first step is to acknowledge that you have fear. Once you admit to fear, you can begin to deal with it. When you notice the impulse to trade based on strong fear, it is usually best to l...
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Everybody gets what they want out of the market

Everybody gets what they want out of the market
This is one of the quotes about trading that stuck with me. I googled it and it's from Ed Seykota, I probably read it in one of the Market Wizards books, which I can highly recommend. The exact quote is “Win or lose, everybody gets what they want out of the market. Some people seem to like to lose, so they win by losing money.” Now this applies especially well to the retail world of traders. And i...
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Jean1975
Great post. I don't think that the desire of make money alone will be enough to make you a trader. I think that if you are driven ... Read More
Friday, 22 April 2016 10:55
Marco Mayer
I couldn't agree more! Now most people who come into trading think this is an easy way to make lots of money. But actually it's no... Read More
Friday, 22 April 2016 11:46
Jean1975
In my opinion the hardest aspect of the whole learning process is keeping on trading when you are a consistent loser. I think you ... Read More
Friday, 22 April 2016 12:38
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Checklist, Trading Plan, Track Record

Checklist, Trading Plan, Track Record
“ I review my checklist. It’s a handwritten sheet laminated in plastic and taped to the right-hand corner of my desk where I can’t overlook it. If you have a game plan prepared ahead of time, it can help you find courage in the heat of the battle.” - Marty Schwartz Yes, I also have a checklist and I look at it every day. On my checklist you can find reminders like “trade only clear signals, no gue...
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New YouTube Series: Marco's Trading Q&A

New YouTube Series: Marco's Trading Q&A
Hi Trader, now this has been a quite volatile week so far in many markets and I hope you've also been able to capture some nice profits out of these wild moves! Thanks to my trading being almost completely systematic right now I still had a few minutes to record a new video for YouTube and actually start of a new Series. In the first one I explain what a BID/ASK spread is for those of you who're c...
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Predicting the Markets

Predicting the Markets
“ Michael Marcus taught me one other thing that is absolutely critical: You have to be willing to make mistakes regularly; there is nothing wrong with it. Michael taught me about making your best judgment , being wrong, making your next best judgment , being wrong, making your third best judgment , and then doubling your money.” – Bruce Kovner This is an immense important quote from Bruce Kovner. ...
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Jean1975
Great post. The ability to follow your plan, make mistakes regularly and execute trade after trade with consistency and disciplin... Read More
Friday, 22 April 2016 12:05
Andy Jordan
Agree with your 2 additional points (and there are probably many, many more) Jean. All this sounds very simple, doesn't it? Until ... Read More
Friday, 22 April 2016 16:09
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Recommended time frames

Recommended time frames
Today, I've received the following question: I assume the Ross Hook (RH) and Traders Trick Entry (TTE) are applicable in whatever time frame the trader uses. However, there are some time frames that are simply too erratic or wild to trade. And pertaining to stop running, there must be some that are favorites of those attempting to do so. So is there a recommended time interval from which to trade,...
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Time to sell the JPY?

Time to sell the JPY?
Hi Traders, after a much needed vacation I'm back from the hills where I could hike long enough to get all relaxed and clear headed again! Now back to the markets, when it comes to currencies, everyone is talking about the Yen these days, especially against the USD (USD/JPY). And yes the USD/JPY dropped quite significantly during the last two weeks, but for the Yen this isn't that unusual. Still i...
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Stop Management

Stop Management
Richard Wyckoff wrote: “My stop was moved down so there couldn't be a loss, and soon a slight rally and another break gave me a new stop, which insured a profit, come what might… I strongly advocate this method of profit insuring. The scientific elimination of loss is one of the most important factors in the art, and the operator who fails to properly protect his paper profits will find that many ...
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Minimum Risk Points

Minimum Risk Points
Richard Wyckoff wrote in his book "Studies in tape reading": Successful tape reading requires ability to judge which side has the greatest pulling power and one must have the courage to go with that side. There are critical points which occur in each swing, just as in life of a business or of an individual. At these junctures it seems as though a feather's weight on either side would determine the...
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Trading Enhancements – Meditation

Trading Enhancements – Meditation
As a professional trader, I try to enhance my trading on a daily basis. Learning how to trade is an ongoing process - a process that never stops. Those who know me or who have traded with me know that I am always looking for a simple and straightforward approach to trading. Yes, of course I am testing indicators, new chart patterns, new charting techniques, and anything else that is showing up on ...
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The more I know, the less I know, and the more I become confused.

The more I know, the less I know, and the more I become confused.
People have the tendency to believe that the accuracy of forecasting the markets increases with more information. This is the illusion of knowledge – that more information increases your knowledge about something and improves your decisions. However, this is not always the case – increased levels of information do not necessarily lead to greater knowledge. There are three reasons for this. First, ...
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Will the EUR/USD finally make it above todays highs?

Will the EUR/USD finally make it above todays highs?
I hope so since thanks to Ambush we're short the USD across the board today. Entry in the Euro FX Future for example was at 1.11825 around the low of the day. 
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Trend Following is still not dead: Part I

Trend Following is still not dead: Part I
Just posted a new video on our  youtube channel  about Trend Following. I decided to look into this in depth a few months ago and these are my conclusions from a traders perspective. Enjoy!
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Looking for new futures markets to trade? Alternatives to the TF? Check out Eurex!

Looking for new futures markets to trade? Alternatives to the TF? Check out Eurex!
With the ICE rising their market data fees to $117 per month, many traders are thinking about alternatives to trading the Russell 2000 (TF) for example. Sure, it's just 12 ticks in the TF you might say, but that doesn't make it better...any additional trading costs you can save, you want to save! Regarding the Russell 2000 (TF) you might want to have a look at the EMD traded at Globex. Yes it has ...
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Trading from the Beach

Trading from the Beach
Because of the short week ahead of us, I've decided to head for the beach for a few days (until Sunday). Of course, I will take my "trading stuff" with me (Laptop, Smartphone) to watch and manage my open trading positions. When I travel, I usually don't put on any new trades (and I definitely don't day trade or swing trade) but with today's technic it is an easy task to keep an eye on open positio...
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Next in the EUR/USD and new video on why you should ignore my calls

Next in the EUR/USD and new video on why you should ignore my calls
After my last two spot-on calls on the EUR/USD, here's the next one, plus a video on why you shouldn't pay any attention to it: My feeling is that since everyone expects the EUR/USD to correct right now, it won't but will instead move up for another day or two. Again I won't trade on this, actually I'll probably be short again tomorrow... And here's the video why you shouldn't care about any marke...
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How do I become flexible in trading?

How do I become flexible in trading?
One mark of a flexible trader is he/she has a carefree attitude when it comes to executing a trade. They don’t allow themselves to get bent out of shape over a trade. They don't sit and think over and over about their strategy. They have done their homework. They’ve developed a sensible trading plan, and when the opportunities present themselves, they pull the trigger on the trade. They don't ques...
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EUR/USD moving towards support area

EUR/USD moving towards support area
This is a quick follow-up to my last post about the strong move we've seen post-ECB last week. As expected the Euro is now pulling back, coming close towards a possible strong support area. So you might want to keep an eye on this market around 1.0975-1.1050 for a short- to medium term bounce. PS: As a systematic trader I won't take a trade based on my opinion and a few lines in a chart. But ...
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Draghi Day - EUR/USD To trade or not to trade?

Draghi Day - EUR/USD To trade or not to trade?
Today we had the long awaited ECB press conference and Draghi did his thing by surprising traders with their decisions. This is what happened so far (13:00 NY Time) and as you can see the volatility hasn't been that high for weeks with EUR/USD moving 400 pips intraday.  So what to do on such a day where you can expect higher volatility than usual? Take trades or not? For me it's a no-brainer....
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Don't Give Up

Don't Give Up
I received the following email: Hey Joe! I’m ready to give up. When I found out that statistically most traders are losers, I wonder what chance I have of ever making it. You have every chance of making it. You are not everyone else, you are you. Statistics and those who use them may predict, but you alone determine whether you will succeed or fail. You alone are in control; take responsibility fo...
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