The Right Trading Conditions, with a +6.8% Gain for the Week
#383: The Right Trading Conditions, with a +6.8% Gain for the Week
In this video:
00:26 – An ex-dairy farmer and pilot
01:06 – When the conditions are right
02:02 – Up +6.8% for the week so far
02:38 – Today’s trading examples
03:50 – Make hay when the sun shines
As a trader, it’s really important that you wait for the conditions to be right before you jump into new trades. Let’s talk about that and more, right now. Hey, traders, Andrew Mitchem, here, at The Forex Trading Coach with video and podcast number 383.
An ex-dairy farmer and pilot
Now, as an ex-dairy farmer, I know quite a lot about the weather and I know about conditions and I know what to do in certain conditions. Now, as a helicopter pilot, I also know quite a bit about the weather and I know what I should and shouldn’t do according to the conditions. And as a trader it’s exactly the same. If the conditions are not right, I’m just not really looking for too many trades. I don’t go searching for trades. The conditions aren’t right.
Sometimes the best thing you can do is not to trade. Now, I know that can be a little bit disappointing for some people and that you feel like you always have to be in trades, but sometimes the best thing to do is to do nothing.
When the conditions are right
But other times, the best thing is to do is to see trades and take them, if the market is showing you those trading opportunities. Now, I’ll give you some great examples. This week, so far, and it’s now Friday morning here in New Zealand, I’m up 6.8% account gain for the week. Now, during most of August, I found that the trading conditions were not great for most of the time. I didn’t trade so much. I actually had a losing month in August. And that happens from time to time. But I didn’t trade a lot. And so, the important thing to get out of that is if the conditions are not there, don’t take trades, or just don’t take too many trades. I had a 0.5% loss in total for August. So, virtually, a breakeven month.
Up +6.8% for the week so far
But already here we are into September and I’m up 6.8% in four days already. Why? Well, because the conditions are there. Conditions are good. We trade when the conditions are good and we take advantage of that. And so, the other thing to look at is maybe days of the week, also. Monday and Tuesdays are generally pretty quiet, most of the time, but then Wednesdays, Thursdays, and sometimes into Fridays, you can get some exceptional trading conditions. And we talked about this on my webinar with clients, last night, of trading when the conditions are there.
Today’s trading examples
To give you another example. Today, Friday, the 11th of September. I didn’t take any trades on my membership site, today, based off the daily charts. There were no trades there that I felt were suitable to take. However, we posted on our membership site and our forum site, five trades based off the eight-hour charts, today, and one trade based off the six-hour charts. So, although there were no trading opportunities on the daily timeframe, the bigger timeframe, those big moves, by the way, the parent especially has dropped considerably, some massive moves. But technically, the setups were not there on the daily chart, so we go down to the shorter timeframe chart, because we know the market’s active. It’s just that the daily charts were not showing us the right setups at the right time.
So, we scaled down to the shorter timeframe charts, and we found those five trades on the eight-hour charts and one on the six-hour charts that we posted for our clients to take. And that is the beauty of having the ability to use the same strategy, but over multiple timeframe charts. You’ll generally find that if the conditions are right, there will be a suitable trade there somewhere on the charts.
Make hay when the sun shines
So, to go back to the farming phrase, “Make hay while the sun shines.” If the conditions are there and you’re trading, take the trades, take advantage of them, profit the gains that you can gain from this amazing market. If the conditions are not there, don’t take the trades. Don’t waste your money. Don’t end up paying commissions to your broker for no reason. So, I hope that helps.
This is Andrew Mitchem, here, at The Forex Trading Coach. I’ll see you this time next week with another video and podcast. Bye for now.
Episode Title: #383: The Right Trading Conditions, with a +6.8% Gain for the Week