Minimise unnecessary loss and sharpen profit taking

Back to live trading after an exhausting couple of weeks that introduced seven new hotel rooms to our business. For the extent of the renovation See the hotel blog.

In trades, we started this week with a day of backtesting. We then missed a trading day and later in the week had to change our usual routine to a later trade start of mid-afternoon.

The late start provided a different challenge. You will know of the interest rate change and the immediate effect this news had on sterling. Our trade start time this week was after the interest change news and, therefore, after much of the action had already taken place.

The reduced activity in the market after the interest rate exhaustion meant that we needed to cut our chart bars from our usual 5, 3, 2 or 1-minute bars down to 23-second bars. At 23 seconds we could get a read on the chart. The issue now is finding a trade that provides at least a 16 pip move, our smallest scalp in the GBP USD chart.

Working the 23-second chart is rapid. Strategies have to be clear and decisions decisive. Miss the exit signal and the chart is away from us into ‘no man’s land’ before we know it.

From that experience this week (Thursday after the UK interest rate decision and Friday after the USA non-farm payroll) we have introduced three brief but essential points to our strategy page on exits.

If we hadn’t traded the 23-second chart, the exit strategy points might not have been as defined or evident to us. Using these same exit strategies in the higher time frame charts, which we will do this coming week as our routine is back to normal, will minimise unnecessary loss and sharpen profit taking.

Note added March 2018. With two of us working well as a practised team the extremely low charts were interesting to experiment. These days the lowest chart I use is 5-minute bars occasionally 1-minute looking for an express breakout entry.

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