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My First Year of Getting into Trading - Review

So, long time lurker of this subreddit, but only have posted once before. I'll get to that later.
First, I'd like to share my appreciation for this sub as a new beginner getting into trading. There's a lot of crap out there and it’s hard to sift through it. Not saying crap doesn't get posted here, but it's well modded. So thanks for that. This is a decent place to get grounded.
Intention of this post is info from one newb to other newbs getting started. The purpose of this post is more for information and factual stuff than advice. As a beginner some times just factual info can be the most help rather than advice. I’ll try to make this quick. Probably won’t be, I’m summarizing a year and 4wks here.
How I got started. I was listening to Jim Cramer on Mad Money while at work. Yea don’t laugh. I always wanted to trade stocks, but never really had the capital to do it. The idea of working from home and trading always appealed to me like it has to many others. Also, I was getting frustrated with my job, (still there by the way). Anyways, once I finished paying off all my school loans I started seriously looking in to trading. I’m 26 atm.
Quickly learned I still didn’t have the capital to trade stocks the way I wanted to. Living in the U.S. and subject to the pattern day trading rules I would need 25k. Which I don’t. Not sure where I found the info but looking for other ways to trade I discovered spot forex. Hey! And you don’t need 25k to trade like a mad man.
Quickly learned from multiple sources, seriously its everywhere, if doing FX you need to go through babypips. So 1 year ago at the beginning of March I started working my way through baby pips. Also, I opened up a practice account with Oanda at the same time of starting babypips. Being in U.S. the broker options are limited. I saw the big 3, Gain, FXCM, and Oanda. Gain had terrible reviews, FXCM already had a sketchy past, so I picked Oanda. But honestly they all have bad reviews, but I wanted to trade.
Took me about 2 months to work my way through baby pips course while trying every indicator under the sun on my practice account. Also discovered tradingview during this time. Best analysis center out there honestly. Now around my 3rd month I started to hit this wall ( this is a magical wall that re-appears throughout this endeavor whenever you finally think you’re getting somewhere) . Realizing that with all the crap and indicators on the screen and if I’m being honest with myself I haven’t got a clue what the crap I’m doing. I knew I needed to simplify things and stick with things that stuck out to me (you know what they say, find your edge). For me that was going to be MACD. It’s the one thing I thought I understood. Keyword “thought”. And only in the larger time frames 4hr + charts. I could clearly see divergence and convergence throughout the charts. And I could clearly see a shift in the trend after things like divergence. So my goal was to master the MACD.
It was brutal, but in some ways it worked for me. I could clearly see that an up or down trend was dying out on the daily or 4hr. charts. So when I thought the trend was almost over I would start taking reversal trades or what I thought were break outs of the trend. My practice account almost got murdered multiple times. But if I was convinced the trend was turning, I kept buying or selling more positions until it reversed (but sometimes it never turned and I just ended up cutting a huge loss). Now I’m getting close to 6 months of trading. I was up about 40% on my 100k practice account. Believe me, I understand I still didn’t have money management, and it was probably complete luck, and it was stupid trading with such a large practice account, but at this point in my mind I thought I was ready for the “next stage.”
Going live, some people suggest not going live until you have your strategy completely mastered. ( I didn’t) So naturally my sympathy’s fell with those who suggest after 3 months of positive trading you should start prepping yourself mentally with a small real account. By this time I had saved up $3k to throw into my live account with Oanda. And I told myself I was mentally prepared to completely lose all 3k (was I really? I don’t’ know). Why did I pick 3k as my start amount? To me it was just large enough that it would hurt if I lost it, and the potential wasn’t too small where if I was successful I would only be able to buy a happy meal from McDonalds.
So here I am, 6 months into trading with a live account. It started about as bad as one could expect for someone with no money management. I still didn’t know how to take profit with targets. It’s like I took a stupid pill right before trading live. Cause not only did I not trade divergence all the time, I started taking trades from others on tradingview. Hence my first post on this reddit which I got railed for copying another persons trade. I had to take break for like 2 weeks after that to recoup my mind. I lost about 25% or more of my account. Started taking money management seriously at this point. Started reading up on it, started taking calculated trades with risking only 2% of my account. Those first 2 weeks were necessary for me to grasp money management. Believe me I read all about money management, I even understood it for the most part, but I didn’t really utilize it till I took that hit on my account. Reading is not the same as experiencing.
Now things started to work out for me again. I went back to searching for divergent trades, my trades. But I also started looking for others on trading view who traded just divergence. This helped, especially when it came to spotting trades you agreed on. I didn’t just follow the highest rated traders, I followed those who were trading similar to my style. Now, believe me, I still suck at trading at this point, but my money management still allowed me to recover my account, and even gain on it. But I was break-even trader 9-10 months in with my bad trading.
Now this is going to be the part that I never thought I would do, especially since its frowned on in general by this group. But I paid for a trading course, well more like to join a permanent trading group who trains you. (I’m not recommending this) I won’t say who or what the group is. This is just factual information. Yes I paid 2.5k to join a group. So don’t ask who the group is. I’m not writing all this just so the mods delete it as a promotion. But through trading view I found someone whose charts I liked a lot and got in contact with him. Our trading styles were similar and he peaked my interest and was nice when I contacted him and I wanted to learn more faster. So like I said, I found someone whose trading style I associated with. Your style maybe completely different and probably is. So finding a group who doesn’t trade like you would be a complete waste of time. And what do I think of my experience in a trading group? I refrained from live trading during these several weeks of training. I wasn’t the only student. In general we had 1 week of lessons, then split into a small groups for 2 weeks of 1 on 1 trading with a senior trader. Rinse and repeat for a couple of weeks that was my training. All in all, it wasn’t all I expected and yet it was more than I could have expected. I did learn new techniques that I believe help me, but I only finished 2 weeks ago.
So all in all its been 1 year and 4 wks since I started trading. I haven’t made globs of money in a short time. And I’m still not as good as the senior traders in our group. I still maintain a full time job because it’s necessary for me at this point. I was waking up at 4:30am in the morning just so I could attend these training sessions. And trade before and after work, and have reduced my work hours from 50+hrs a week down to just 40 hrs so I have more time to trade. I hope one day to quit my job so I can trade full time. Anyways that’s my first year of trading in a nutshell. Going into my second year. If you would like me to update again at the beginning of my 3rd year give it a thumbs up. God Bless.
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Forex Trading. What separates the Losers from the winners.

My name is Tom Burgoine and I am an engineer by trade however love Forex trading and have taken it up as a hobby. I have spent the last 5 years studying Forex and have had help from supposed traders teaching me the fundamentals of Forex trading. This was good as I got to know the basics and how all of the indicators worked and the terminology used etc. Once all of this was learnt, I then moved down the road of starting to trade. Straight away, I was losing money however the buzz of doing this gripped me and allowed me to keep pumping money in. I looked at various strategies given to me and none of them worked. I studied Elliot wave and although I have to agree with the markets moving in 5 and 3 waves, it became very hard to count the waves and at some points felt very contradictive of what I had been taught. It was almost like every rule, had an exception (Is it really a rule). After 3.5 grueling years of losing 40K, I then took a step back and re-evaluated. I asked myself what were the issues surrounding my losing? I know that my mentality was a problem. I was over trading and getting greedy when the wins came in. Secondly and most importantly, I realised that all of the teachings, lessons on indications, and other advice (Although welcomed and useful) was teaching me about reactive circumstances. The Indicators were reacting to market movement which meant by the time I jumped onto the trade, I had missed a bulk.
Being an engineering manager, I always try to find the Logic in things and like to know how they work quite in depth. I know, geekish, however, my mind works only in logic. I decided to try and find a way to be proactive in seeing the market turn rather than reactive and started looking into different tools and indicators. Finally in logically looking at how the market moves, I found the answer.
Market prices move with the pressure of the buyers and sellers purchasing or selling there currencies. I needed to find a way of knowing when the pressure of a market going up (Bullish) or the pressure of a market going down (Bearish) was tailing off, eventually resulting in a reverse. I looked at the indicators and found that momentum does this. I needed a second Indicator as well just to crosscheck what I was being told. I looked at the formula of the MACD indicator and thought the Histogram from the MACD indicator was very good. The moving average slapped on the top however was of no use. I then configured the MACD indicator to only show the histogram. So my Indicators were the momentum (Set to 12) and the Histogram from the MACD.
I traded on the daily as I wanted medium to long term trades. This prevented me and my mind from over-trading. I would look at the daily and would look at the direction of the price movement and the look at the pressure moving it. If the price and pressure (Indicated by the momentum and the histogram) were moving in the same direction then it was all good. The minute I saw the momentum and the Histogram starting to turn while the price still went in the same direction gave me my proactive indication that the market was about to turn. This is when I implemented my strategy. I then went to the 4 hr time frame and waited for the same thing to happen which then gave me an even tighter and closer proactive indication that the market was about to turn. once the 4 hr time frame gave me the same signal, I then moved to the 1 hourly until I received the same signal. I then got to the point of knowing within a couple of hours when the market was going to turn. I needed something extra that would allow me to enter my trade rather than trying to guess which hour was going to be the turning point. I then looked into a third indicator. Stochastics. Stochastics allowed me to see when the market was over bought or over sold. I waited until all of my Signals were in place and then waited for the stochastic to go over bought or over sold. I then entered on the hourly. This has turned my trading around. It has made me slow down my trading with consistent wins and mentally has put me in a better place. I have set up a you tube channel FX Logic, where I will be going through potential trades weekly using this method. I have a introductory video on there as well which talks you through the methodology discussed here with the charts right in front of you. There is no catch just a engineer trying to share his success. Subscribe to my channel and go through the process of growing your account with the community. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ldki7ddTwec&t=10s
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