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One of the most popular discussions in trading forums is how much a trader should risk per trade.

Beginners and more conservative traders go by the standard 1% to 2% while more aggressive ones sometimes recommend risking as much as 5%.

What you need to understand is that risk tolerance is not a one-dimensional pursuit. Sure there are basic rules to follow, but it’s still more profitable in the long run to factor in your personal preferences.

Risk tolerance is basically how comfortable you are with possibly losing money in exchange for potential profits.

Those who have stable income or experience in financial markets tend to be more aggressive, while those who have other financial obligations and limited trading experience usually take the less risky road to profitability.

Unfortunately, this is not always the case for forex traders.

Too many newbies are lured by the prospect of quick, easy profits and because they have limited trading experience, they usually end up taking on more risk than they can handle.

The problem with risking more money than you’re comfortable with is that the prospect of losing will ruin your trading mindset and keep you from making the right trading decisions. You’ll end up basing your decisions on your account balance rather than your training.

So how do you know how aggressive you should be with each trade? Here are five factors to consider:

1. Lifestyle

Do you have a stable income source? If you’re expecting regular paychecks, then you won’t mind a loss here and there and you can concentrate on your trading skills.

But if you expect your trading profits to become your only source of income or pay your debts and other financial obligations, then you’ll likely have tons of fear/greed-based decisions and should stick to smaller position sizes.

2. Trading capital

How much have you invested in your trading business? A larger trading account can survive bigger positions per trade.

Consequently, traders who have small accounts shouldn’t trade standard or even mini lots that would trigger a margin call at the smallest volatility.

3. Time frame

How long are you planning to keep your trade open? Position sizes are generally smaller for longer-term trades, as they need to withstand more volatility.

If you’re into day or swing trades though, then you can probably level up your average position sizes a bit.

4. Experience

If you’ve been trading long enough, then you’ll have more confidence in your trading instincts and decisions.

In fact, upping your position size might be your next step in improving your trading game.

But if you’re new to the hood and you’re still making decisions based on emotions, then trading smaller position sizes might be a better option.

5. Trading confidence

Even if you’ve already clocked in months or years of trading experience, there will always be days when you’re not feeling in sync with the markets.

For instance, you might be stuck in a trading rut or in the middle of a losing streak, and you’d rather take it easy until you get your mojo back.

In these cases, there’s no shame in reducing your amount risked per trade and see how it works for you. Stick to it while you find yourself worrying about your balance instead of how well you execute your trading plan.

From there, you can gradually increase your average position size as you get your trading groove back.

Find a happy balance that would make significant enough changes in your account and enable you to focus on improving your trading skill at the same time and you’ll eventually find your way to consistent profitability.

Remember that there’s no single formula for risk-taking. You can read different books and blogs and ask other traders in forums, but at the end of the day, how much you risk per trade depends on your own risk tolerance.

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Chart Art: Back-to-Back Yen Plays With AUD/JPY and GBP/JPY

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It may be the last trading day of the week in the forex market but that doesn’t mean you can’t sneak in a couple of pips before you close shop!

Check out AUD/JPY and GBP/JPY’s downtrends on the 4-hour chart.

Think you can make pips from these setups?

AUD/JPY 4-Hour Forex Chart
AUD/JPY 4-Hour Forex Chart

AUD/JPY is consolidating at the 81.25 area!

And why not? The level not only hits the 50% Fib retracement of last week’s downswing, but it also lines up with a mid-channel resistance AND a broken support earlier this month.

If you’re an Aussie bear, you can start loading them shorts as soon as you see some momentum. The 80.20 previous low is a good initial target but you can also aim for new monthly lows if the (bearish) force is strong enough.

Feeling like buying the Aussie instead? Look for new weekly highs for AUD/JPY and see if an upside breakout can lead to a retest of the 100 SMA closer to the channel resistance.

GBP/JPY 4-Hour Forex Chart
GBP/JPY 4-Hour Forex Chart

Don’t worry, you’re not seeing double. Guppy is showing us a similar setup, yo!

GBP/JPY is about to reach the 152.25 area that lines up with not only the 100 SMA but also the descending channel resistance that started gaining traction in late June.

This time, pound bears also have the support of a hidden (read: continuing) divergence on the chart.

Now who’s ready to sell GBP/JPY? The most recent candlesticks haven’t exactly hinted at a reversal yet, so keep your eyes peeled for the start of some selling. July’s lows are a good level to target but make sure you also lock in pips along the way in case the pound doesn’t go back to its previous support.

If you’re confident that the pound has seen its lowest levels against the yen this month and that GBP/JPY will break above its trend line resistance, then you gotta design trading plans around a possible upside breakout.

Good luck and good trading, my dudes!

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Weekly Forex Market Recap: July 19 – 23

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After a volatile start to the week on covid-19 fears, markets calmed down to a steady recovery by the end of the week.

The Canadian dollar was the top dog among the majors, not only rising with the recovery in risk, but also likely on rising oil prices as traders forecasts tightening supplies.

Notable News & Economic Updates:

Intermarket Weekly Recap

Dollar, Gold, S&P 500, 10-yr Treasury Yield, Bitcoin, Oil
Dollar, Gold, S&P 500, 10-yr Treasury Yield, Bitcoin, Oil

Risk aversion sentiment hit the markets at the start of the week as traders priced in fears that the recent rise in the covid-19 cases around the world would weaken the economic recovery. On the chart above, we can see the turn lower in risk assets (i.e., equities, oil, and bitcoin), as well as a fall in U.S. Treasury yields.

That sentiment lasted through Tuesday’s session, where a bottom in risk aversion sentiment seemed to quickly form, despite a lack of attributable news events or headlines. With no apparent catalysts for the shift in sentiment, that bottom was likely a “buy the dip” move by traders.

In the currency space, safe havens like the euro, yen, and Greenback benefited from the risk-off moves on Monday and Tuesday, and as expected in this environment, the comdolls were hard hit early on.

But as positive risk sentiment slowly recovered through the rest of the week, the comdolls eventually took the top spot among the majors, lead the Canadian dollar. The Loonie’s out performance was likely boosted by the swift recovery in oil prices as traders speculated that oil supplies would tighten.

The euro had the most notable scheduled event of the week for currency traders with the latest monetary policy statement from the European Central Bank. This event came inline with the expectations that the ECB would remain accommodative, raised their inflation goal to 2%, and re-iterated that they’re not too eager to pull emergency support anytime soon. Euro volatility quickly pick up quickly on the event, ending with the euro lower on the session.

USD Pairs

Overlay of USD Pairs: 1-Hour Forex Chart
Overlay of USD Pairs: 1-Hour Forex Chart

GBP Pairs

Overlay of GBP Pairs: 1-Hour Forex Chart
Overlay of GBP Pairs: 1-Hour Forex Chart

EUR Pairs

Overlay of EUR Pairs: 1-Hour Forex Chart
Overlay of EUR Pairs: 1-Hour Forex Chart

CHF Pairs

Overlay of CHF Pairs: 1-Hour Forex Chart
Overlay of CHF Pairs: 1-Hour Forex Chart
  • No major news or catalysts from Switzerland this week. Price action was mainly influenced by broad risk sentiment as discussed earlier.

CAD Pairs

Overlay of CAD Pairs: 1-Hour Forex Chart
Overlay of CAD Pairs: 1-Hour Forex Chart

NZD Pairs

Overlay of NZD Pairs: 1-Hour Forex Chart
Overlay of NZD Pairs: 1-Hour Forex Chart

AUD Pairs

Overlay of AUD Pairs: 1-Hour Forex Chart
Overlay of AUD Pairs: 1-Hour Forex Chart

JPY Pairs

Overlay of Inverted JPY Pairs: 1-Hour Forex Chart
Overlay of Inverted JPY Pairs: 1-Hour Forex Chart

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One Simple Trick to Avoid Overtrading

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Most forex newbies often think that taking more trades leads to catching more profits.

The more setups you take, the better your chances of winning, right?

WRONG!

This isn’t the lottery, y’all!

Overtrading refers to taking so many trade setups to the extent that you lose your market edge.

One of my favorite trading psychologists, Dr. Brett Steenbarger, explains that the root of overtrading is the mismatch between one’s profit expectations and market volatility.

In other words, traders often feel the need to catch multiple market moves in order to hit their goals.

While it’s helpful to set trading goals, there’s one major problem with this line of thinking.

The market does not move based on your expectations!

This kind of mindset may lead a trader to overestimate his trading skills in an effort to reach his targets and mentally convince himself that he’s had a good trading day.

While this may work in some cases, it can wind up being harmful to your trading psychology when it makes you feel invincible and overconfident that you can trade in absolutely any market environment.

If you often catch yourself in this situation, don’t beat yourself up! It’s much more common than you think, and it happens even to seasoned traders.

You see, most of us have been conditioned to think that we must work harder and do more in order to achieve better results. While clocking in your 10,000 hours of deliberate practice has its merits, it’s a misconception to think that working harder equates to taking more trades.

Working hard means taking the best (a.k.a. high probability) trade setups.

This could involve waiting patiently or sitting on the sidelines if you have to. Doing nothing and refraining to take a trade when it’s not aligned with your strategy is a trading decision in itself.

Of course this is much easier said than done, so here’s one simple trick that can help you avoid overtrading:

Take only ONE TRADE each day.

That’s right, no exceptions. If you catch a big win, you’re done for the day. If you snag a loss, you’re done for the day.

Day trading coach and author Galen Woods calls this the One Bullet Action Plan.

Setting this absolute one-trade rule forces you to think like you have just one bullet left, which means that you have to aim properly and pull the trigger at the right time in order to make the most out of your only shot.

It sounds so simple, but it requires a lot of work.

You have to comb through the charts and all the available setups to see which ones line up with your strategy, so this addresses the psychological need to “do more.”

You must be extra picky in filtering out the “best” one for the day and at the same time be alert in catching the move.

Keep the wisdom of the great American philosopher Eminem in mind: “You only have one shot, do not miss your chance.”

What about undertrading?

Don’t worry about that just yet. Far more traders wipe out their accounts from overtrading than undertrading.

Once you are able to easily avoid overtrading, you’ll be able to fine-tune your market edge.

From there, sticking to high-probability setups will be like second nature to you, helping you stay consistently profitable in the long run.

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