Getting Into Trading Shape: A Trader’s StorySep 8th, 2013 | By Bella | Category: General Comments
I have a volatile pattern of P&L and it is net-negative. I am being truthful in this e-mail. I have read your books and I’ve been trying to imbibe your lessons, although I have always ignored the basic principles which you have mentioned in your books and headed towards strategy development without any pleasant results. The only thing I have accomplished is “top notch technical analysis skills minus the execution” which translates to bulls***. I have managed money for my college friends and I gave them decent returns and even now I am running a spread trading fund for my sister’s funds. I am constantly learning new things in the markets, but I don’t have rewards to show for any of it since I am net-negative for my own funds but positive for other people’s funds. You mention those who are serious about trading should seek to work in a prop firm.
In India I couldn’t get in any of them as they recruit fresh graduates and not net negative P&L guys even if they are more passionate than the majority of those who do apply for such positions. I have ignored a lot of relationships and my health to find the “elixir” of profits in the market to no avail. I feel I have wasted years in “predicting” rather than “participating”. I did an experiment to document my analytical abilities and the shocker is I am “right” a lot and despite that I am wrong in the bank statements.
b) Struggle with obesity. Well, I weigh around 134 Kgs, 185 cms is my height
c) 24 years old with a high BP
In the last 31 days I have managed to lose 10 kg weight, control my BP. And I have taken body building as a sport, which is making me disciplined in facets of life other than trading. I was so engrossed in systematic discretionary trading that I failed to exploit risk/reward opportunities by sticking to lagging biases thanks to the wonderful technical analysis tools. I have decided to do things I consider myself good at.
a) The “Mush Trade” you have mentioned in your book, if big offers get lifted I stay long till I see signs of bid hitting.
b) I have removed everything from my chart (will enclose the pic), unbiased breakout momentum intraday plays (basic setup along with the tape, nothing fancy)
All the things I am not good at I will stop doing them. These approaches were bad for me as a discretionary trader as I keep doubting myself. But that that doesn’t mean they are bad approaches. If automated, my “bad approach” has potential to churn out rewards. I don’t want to burden my parents as they have already done so much for me. Earlier I was taking multiple timeframe sync trades, but algorithmically “letting winners run” is easy. But as a discretionary trader, it’s very very hard for me as I was covering losses and not maximizing winners, spending every moment afraid to give up gains.
Earlier I was doing positional trades/spread trades/intra day trades, and it was so haphazard that I feel it was pure lack of discipline.
Just like I have a blog for analysis/health, now I will start another for trades starting Monday (9th September 2013).
My goals are:
a) Only breakout trades & “mush trade” during sideways intra ranges and nothing else.
b) 1 lot for 1 months & additional 1 lot for loading up on promising R/R setups
c) Positive 1 month net P&L
d) 2 lot for 2nd month & additional 2 lot for loading up on promising R/R setups
e) Positive 2 month net P&L
and so on…..
Mike, since I have no experienced-trader mentor I would like to discuss my performance for feedback once a month from you. Your insights would be appreciated a lot. Thanks for taking the time to read such a long mail.
In trading, first comes a solid foundation. You must learn how to manage risk, how to think like a pro, how to review your work, learn which types of trades make the most sense to you, etc. Too many first search for trade strategies without any base to trade them properly. What good is a trade strategy if you cannot trade?
You are on the right track here. Becoming a more disciplined person will help you become a more disciplined trader. Keep archiving the setups that work for you. Find more of them now. Trade them more often with more size. Contemporaneously add new plays that make sense to you.
The way I am trading today will change in a few years. It is the way I think, the way I manage risk, the willingness to adapt that helps me sustain. Even fully automated trading systems require daily tweaking. It is your trading foundation that is most important not a set up that is working in this market, in the product you are trading.
Keep working on your trading game!
You can be better tomorrow than you are today!
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