Tuesday, March 2, 2010
Tuesday, February 23, 2010
Tuesday, February 2, 2010
Starting at about 0600 EST on February 1 the price for this pair started moving up and continued up until the weekly pivot was hit during the 1900 EST hourly bar. On this trade I made 1,460 total pips (counting 130 pips for the last order, 120 for the second to last order, 110 for the third to last, then 200 for the first two unit order [100 pips x 2 for the 2 units traded]). Not bad for a trade that opened and closed in less than one day.
I will deal with the issue of stops and account size in a later post. This has been a very profitable trading method for me. I use it almost every week and have seen great gains. But a word of caution: I spent several months back testing this method before I put a dime of my own money behind it. I suggest that you do the same. It is a volatile trading methodology and will have big moves in both directions. If you trade using too much margin you will suffer losses. Become comfortable with it before you use it and it will, I hope, be as good to you as it has been to me.
Tuesday, January 26, 2010
Wednesday, January 13, 2010
As I indicated in my earlier post, I have changed the focus of my trading from straight support and resistance to a pivot point based system. What are pivot points? Pivot points (or as I sometimes call them, Pivots) are simply mathematically derived price points based on the previous period's price movement. The simple calculation for pivots for any period is to add the High, Low and Close for the previous period, and divide by three. The result is the pivot point for the current period. For example, if you are trading the GBP/JPY and are looking for today's daily pivot, you would look at yesterday's High, Low, and Close, add them together and divide by three (High=148.63, Low=146.64, and Close=147.33). In this case the calculation would result in a daily pivot point of 147.53.
What is the significance of the pivot? Quite simply, the price in a given period almost always hit the daily pivot (or comes very close). It seems as if the price of a currency pair is drawn to the pivot point. Missed pivots are rare and can themselves give rise to great trading opportunities. The way I'm trading now, for the most part, is by placing orders from the pivot point toward the current price when, on a weekly or monthly timeframe, the pivot has not yet been hit.
The order style I use is also different than the way I was trading support and resistance before. Where I would enter into a single position for and S/R trade and have a stop loss that trailed behind the price as it moved toward my profit target (a legitimate way to trade by the way), now I stack orders from the pivot point toward the price. For example, using the GBP/JPY as an example, if the weekly pivot were at 147.50 and the price was below the pivot at 146.00, I would place a buy order, starting at 147.40 every ten pips down toward the current price. I leave a little room for the price to move so that the chance of an order opening while the price is moving away from me is minimized. So, in this example, I would place 10 orders, 10 pips apart from 147.50 to 146.50 with the pivot as the profit target. Then I would wait.
That is it. That is the trading style I use most often now. I intend to post the trades I'm making here so that those of you who care to can follow along. I will also post a few additional trading tips this week so that the trading style makes more sense. I'll be talking about stops and losses in the next post.
One very important thing I need to say before signing off today is that I've spent the last 6 months or so backtesting this trading style and trading small lots to see how it works in real money situations. I encourage you to do the same. Never take someone else's word that a system works. There are plenty of tools for backtesting out there. Take the time to test these ideas, then try them using small lots. Only when you are convinced that they will work for you should you commit significant resources.
Thursday, January 7, 2010
I will be starting to post again, but with a different accent on trading. Up until now, its been support and resistance, which is a fine and profitable way to trade. For the last six months or so though, I've been working and testing a new trading method related to pivot points. I'll share with you what I've learned and discuss trades as they develop.
Again, sorry for the hiatus. There was just no other way for me to do what I needed to do.
Saturday, September 5, 2009
When you trade in the Forex Market, you will trade "Currency Pairs". This is the source of a lot of initial confusion for new traders. "Why Pairs? Why can't I just trade Dollars, or Euros or Francs?" is a question you hear often. The answer is easy, every exchange on the Forex Market (or at any border exchange kiosk for that matter) involves two different currencies. You are trading US Dollars for Canadian Dollars, British Pounds for Euros, Euros for Japanese Yen, Australian Dollars for Mexican Pesos or one country's currency for another's. This exchange is done on the Forex Market by trading currency pairs. For instance, when you are trading the EUR/USD pair, you are exchanging Euros and US Dollars. If you believe that the Euro is going to strengthen against the US Dollar, you buy the pair. If you believe that the US Dollar is going to strengthen against the Euro, you sell the pair.
In each pair, the first pair is the primary currency, or the currency against which the other is denominated. This means that in any quote for the EUR/USD, the EUR number is always 1. So if the quote for the EUR/USD is 1.3547, that means that it takes 1.3547 US Dollars to purchase 1 Euro. If you are following the USD/JPY and the quote is 112.58, that means that it takes 112.58 Japanese Yen to purchase 1 US Dollar. For the GBP/CHF, if the quote is 1.5128, it takes 1.5128 Swiss Francs to purchase on British Pound. You get the idea.
When you are "buying the pair" you are, in effect, borrowing the second currency to buy the first. So, if you are buying one standard lot of the EUR/USD, and the quote is 1.3547, you are borrowing USD $135,470 in order to purchase €100,000. Your hope is that the Euro will strengthen and you will sell your Euros and get more US Dollars for them. For example, if the pair rises to 1.3850 and you sell your position, you will get USD $138,500 for the €100,000 you bought. After repaying the loan of USD $135,470, you will net USD $3,030, which is your profit for the trade. To give an example of how the other side would work, if you think that the Australian Dollar is going to weaken against the Japanese Yen, then you would sell the AUD/JPY pair. Suppose that the quote for the pair was 71.60 (meaning that 1 Australian Dollar cost 71.60 Japanese Yen), you would borrow 100,000 worth of Australian Dollars and purchase ¥71,600,000. If the AUD did weaken and the price for the pair fell to 69.90, you would sell your Yen and pay off the loan to your broker and have ¥1,700,000 in profit, which would be converted to whatever currency you trade in and credited to your account (in US Dollars you might get $17,000, in Euros you might get €13,000).
I hope that helps clear up some confusion on why currency is traded in pairs. As always - Happy Trading!