I suspend this fx trading journal as lately I’ve switched my focus to stock index trading.

There are quite a few conclusions which I can take away from TheRoninTrader Project. I’ve learned what are my strengths and weaknesses in short term trading.

I will provide the link to the new trading project in a separate post.

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Two euro trades closed last week

I’ve entered long in EURGBP and EURUSD and closed both trades with profit on the 22nd. Both pairs were in an uptrend on the daily chart and had decent pullbacks.
EURGBP: entered long at Bar1 after the breakout from the consolidation that followed the break of the 4h pullback trendline. I decided to close the position at Bar2 with a small gain when the euro was under pressure ahead of the Eurozone meeting about the Greek rescue plan. I was long in EURUSD as well and wanted to reduce my euro long exposure. The price didn’t reach my initial stop but had strong move lower.
EURUSD: had a smilar setup, 4h countertrend was broken and I took a second entry signal for a breakout pullback trade at Bar1. The price hit may target at Bar2.
Both my trading decisions were based on the 4h charts, the entry trigger was a bullish pin for EURGBP and pinbar with and inside bar breakout for the EURUSD.

EUR/USD: small loss

The EURUSD daily trend is still bullish therefore I entered long yesterday on a breakout of the trendline of the recent correction from the 1.4696 top. The entry was at Bar1 but due to the increased volatility caused by the voting of the Greek parliament on austerity measures I decided to close the position onthe next bar taking a small loss. Well the pair has extended its gains overnight…

EUR/SEK: closed a winner yesterday

I had a winning trade in EURSEK that I opened last week and closed yesterday. The pair broke above the bearish trendline from last November and then pulled back. I entered long at Bar1 and took profit at Bar2. The entry was a simple breakout pullback trade while the exit was based on gut feeling after the price started to pullback after a wide ranging bullish bar.

EUR/GBP: winning trade

I entered long on a pullback against the underlying uptrend in EURGBP. The entry was at Bar1 after a bullish pin indicating the end of a pullback following the breakout from a broader correction from the 0.8976 top. The price reached my profit target with a strong gain today after BoE comments on bond purchases. Closed the long with a 154 pips gain at Bar2.

EUR/CHF: winning trade

I had a short trade in EURCHF after long inactive period as I tried to cool off and let my thoughts settle down.
The underlying trend is still bearish and I entered short at Bar1 on a pullback after the break of a corrective uptrend line. A bearish pin added strength to this signal. The price moved lower and hit my target at Bar2 at the prior price extreme at 1.2055.

S&P500: trade comments with hindsight

Yesterday the S&P500 (SPX) had a strong trend day offering good trade signals. Even though I don’t trade the SPX I think that a brief analysis helps to understand how these trade signals work. I know that “hindsight is exact science” but rule-based trading method wouldn’t fall too far from visionary trade examples.

Trade signals:
Entry signals are provided by countertrend micro trendline breakouts with the trend indicated by the EMA20.
Short entry:
The bar breaking the pullback’s trendline is the signal bar. First entry is taken below the low of the signal bar. Second entry is taken at the low of the bar that has a higher low following the first entry bar. On the following charts I labelled first entries with 1 and second entries with 2.
Stop loss:
Initial stop at the top of the signal bar but not smaller than 1.5 points which is roughly 1.5 times the average true range of the last 200 bars (5 minutes). The logic behind limiting how close you put the initial stop is that an intra-bar pullback followig the breakout may kick you out of the position just before the price would move into profit.
A short position is closed above the highest high of the last two bars prior the current bar.

1. The first signal came two hours after the open with an initial risk/reward of slightly better than 1:1 (measuring to the previous price extreme as a target). Exit signal came 11 bars later with a 4.60 pts profit. The second entry also offered a profitable trade with slightly less gain but the risk/reward was still close to 1:2 ex post after the price reached a new low. The small gap lower after the signal indicates that the entry was hard to execute without a few ticks slippage therefore the second entry was a safer trade to take.
2. The second trade offered an better risk/reward (nearly 1:3) while the second entry had a bit less profit. Should have been a pretty straight-forward trade to execute while two bars with long lower tail were giving an early warning for taking profit.
3. Trading the third signal would have been a bit tricky. While the first entry was not looking very decisive the the second entry was nearly at the same price level. Moreover the bullish bar after the first entry would have trapped out most of the traders entering short on the breakout so the second entry again had a better chance. I have to admit that after that long bullish trend bar against the setup taking out the high of the previous three bars I would have hesitated entering short.
4. The fourth trade had a nice signal with a bearish pin bar touching the EMA20 with a long bearish trend bar for the entry. One can argue that the pin didn’t break the micro trendline but the position and form of the setup bar was convincing enough in my view.

To sum it up, it was a study book example of a trend-from-the-open day with four trades with two of them require some discretionary judgement. I don’t think that there is problem with that. As long as there is a sound position management is place (i.e. stop loss) an experienced trader can trust his/her own gut feelings. As Al Brooks writes in his book, “close enough is good enough” when evaluating a pattern.