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Simple Video Tutorial: How to Set Up & Use the MT4 Trading Platform

This is a simple demonstration on how you can use the MT4 platform to:

  • Add and view charts
  • Add trendlines, support/resistance, indicators
  • Customise charts layout and colours
  • Toggle between different timeframes and charts
  • Place trades using various methods, including the EP, TP, SL

In this video, I did a sample trade on my live account to show how easy it is to place trades, and this can actually be done very easily via my mobile phone as well.

If you are keen to see more real-life examples, I will be logging in to my live trading accounts to show my open positions, and also take some new trades if there are any good opportunities.
Register to meet Spencer live: http://synapsetrading.com/trading-foundation-workshop/

See you there! 😀

The Most Important Money Management Rule that Most Traders Forget – Why?

What is the one rule that all professional traders use, but many retail traders forget, or are simply unaware of?

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We all know that the goal of trading is to make money, and as long as you have an edge in the market, you will be profitable in the long-run.

So the next question is, how do you maximize your profitability without blowing up your account?

The answer lies in the 2% money management rule.

Let’s use a hypothetical example where you start betting with $10,000. In this scenario, you have hitrate (winning chance) of 60%, and you either win double of what you bet, or lose the whole sum of what you bet. How much would you bet each time?

If you bet the whole $10,000, you have a 60% chance of doubling your money, but you also have a 40% chance of losing everything. That is exciting for a gambler, but not ideal if you want to remain profitable in the long-run.

What if you split your $10,000 into 2 bets of $5000 each? Your probability of losing 2 bets in a row is only 16% (40%*40%), which means your chances of losing everything is much less. Sounds good? What if you take it one step further, and split your $10,000 into 10 bets of $1000 each? The odds of losing everything drops to just 0.01%.

In trading, the secret of money management is not to focus on making the most money, but rather to ensure that you do not lose your capital.

As Warren Buffet once said, the number one rule of his is to not lose money.

How does this apply to your trading?

According to the 2% rule, when we take a trade, we will only risk 2% of our capital on each trade, meaning for a $10,000 account, we will only be risking $200 per trade, and that is the maximum amount that we can lose for each trade. (Risk is calculated as the difference between the entry price and stoploss price, multiplied by the quantity traded.)

With this 2% money management rule, the only way to lose all your trading capital is to lose 50 times in a row, and the probability of that happening is less than 0.000000000000000001%.

We have most likely heard horror stories of traders blowing up their account, and that is happens when they break this rule. If you stick to this 2% money management rule, it is almost impossible for you to blow up your account, and you will see a marked improvement in your trading results.

And this is what separates the professionals from the average trader.
Which one are you today? 😀

 

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Market Basics: Understanding Trend vs. Range Market State Transitions

This is an essential skill required by every aspiring trader. All professional traders definitely know this, for it forms the basis of many setups, and can mean the difference between breezing on the right side of the market, or clenching your fists in anger as the market goes against you.

I am referring to the ability to tell the state of the market.

Besides behavioral analysis, there are some simple price action guidelines that we can use to accurately determine the state of the market. This is important for obvious reasons.

There are 2 basic states of the market – trend or range. As the market shifts between these 2 states, it creates many trading opportunities in the form of setups.

Newbies who attempt to trade by memorising setups while ignoring the underlying structure of the market are heading for the proverbial iceberg. That said, this is just the tip of the iceberg.

This video should provide you an idea of how prices move, and if I have a chance to share more in upcoming seminars next year, I will show how these transitions give rise to the different trading setups that we teach during our training programs.

The Quest for the Holy Grail: Secrets, Gurus & Software

To many, the holy grail of trading is deemed to be the ultimate solution to all their trading problems, the magic bullet that will allow them to profit without effort, the secret trading method or tool that will allow them to predict the market and win on every trade. However, far from being the solution, this mentality often acts as a stumbling block to all traders, if not a brick wall.

Many people hop from tip to tip, from guru to guru, from one software to another, attending every seminar and learning from every guru, but they will never be contented, and they will never become good traders, because they are too busy finding the holy grail to put their knowledge into practice. So what is the holy grail?

The Quest for the Holy Grail: Trading Secrets, Gurus & Software

The Quest for the Holy Grail: Trading Secrets, Gurus & Software

If you want to learn to trade, it make sense to learn from someone who is trading in the current markets. Not someone who was successful trading 20 years ago and now teaches for a living. Will their strategies that worked 20 years ago still be relevant now? It is unlikely in this current dynamic market.

Many people in trading start off with the wrong ideas, and after sacrificing a lot of time and spending a lot of money, they wonder why they still cannot get the results they desire. Others think that hard work can solve everything, and given enough time, they will naturally pick up the skills themselves. Not many succeed in re-inventing the wheel. As a world-class tennis coach used to say, “Practise makes perfect, so make sure you are not practising the wrong thing.”

“It’s not the method or system, it’s the trader.”

Warning to Beginners: Avoid the Indicator Trap

It is easy to see why retail traders find indicators appealing because of their ease of use and clear-cut signals. In fact, many new traders think they know all about trading because they have learnt a few basic indicators that generate simplistic buy/sell signals. This kind of thinking is dangerous because it shuts them off from learning real trading skills like price action and behavioral analysis.

Warning to Beginners: Avoid the Indicator Trap

Warning to Beginners: Avoid the Indicator Trap

 

What are indicators and how are they derived?

There are only five pieces of information we can get from charts: the open, high, low, close and volume. A skilled trader can interpret this in terms of market behaviour of psychology instead of processing it as a bunch of numbers. Indicators, on the other hand, attempt to use shortcut calculations to give meaning to these numbers. As a result, they can never be faster than reading the actual raw data. Manipulating data may also mask its information quality and granularity, causing you to miss out essential essential details.

Do professionals use them?

The answer is minimally. If you go to any bank/fund or professional trading arcade, and observe the traders who trade there, you will notice that their charts are mostly blank. This is not coincidence, because such a chart setup is optimised for reading price action, with as little distractions as possible. If you don’t believe me, go check it out yourself. As said by the famous Leonardo Da Vinci, “Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.”

The dangers of using indicators without real trading skills

Are indicators really needed for your decision-making?

Some pundits recommend a combination of time frames, indicators, wave counting, and Fibonacci retracements and extensions, but when it comes time to place the trade, they will only do it if there is a good price action setup. Also, when they see a good price action setup, they start looking for indicators that show divergences or different time frames for moving average tests or wave counts or Fibonacci setups to confirm what is in front of them.

In reality, they are price action traders who are trading exclusively off price action but don’t feel comfortable admitting it. They are complicating their trading to the point that they certainly are missing many, many trades because their over-analysis takes too much time, and they are forced to wait for the next setup. The logic just isn’t there for making the simple so complicated.

So… Should I be using indicators at all?

The best solution for the retail investor would be to first master a firm foundation of price action and behavioral analysis, and subsequently, should he choose to use indicators, should remember that as their name suggests, they are not “entry/exit signallers”, but merely “indicators”.

Therefore, it is a matter of how you use indicators, and one should always keep in mind that indicators are there to aid you in reading the price action, and not act as a substitute for it. You can think of indicators as the training wheels of a bicycle – you will want to remove them once you learn how to ride properly.

Trading always involves uncertainty, and trying to find comfort in the certainty of indicators will lead to constant indecision, second-guessing and parameters-tweaking.