Time Tested Trading Tips… September 12.

Steve Palmquist.Author of ‘The Timely Trades Letter’. ‘How to Take Money from the Markets’, and Money-Making Candlestick Patterns.
Serious traders will go through a learning curve as they study market behavior and how their trading systems function. They will have times when they run into situations that have not been experienced or researched and they may be unsure of what to do. This is normal, it is the price of admission to the trading business. My general rule is that when I am unsure I close the position. It is hard to go broke taking profits so my focus is on needing a clear reason to stay in a position, not wondering whether or not I should get out. If there is no clear reason to hold I take profits and move on to another trade. When trading I am not holding out for the perfect trade, there is no such thing. Trading is about managing risks and I use the current market conditions to determine how many trades to be taking and the appropriate position sizing to use. Setups with more room to run are prioritized above ones with little room to run. Setups triggering on stronger volume compared to the previous days volume are prioritized above ones with lower trigger day volume. Setups with shallower pullbacks are prioritized above ones with deeper pullbacks. I then look at the setups that are triggering and start from the top of the prioritized list and work down until I run out of setups or fill the number of positions I am interested in.
The successful trader has a tool box with a variety of trading tools for use in different market conditions. The trader, like the carpenter, must go beyond just acquiring the tools. Traders must understand which tool to use for a specific task, and have a clear understanding of how the tool works, and what can and cannot be done with it. I have extensively tested several trading systems, the results of this testing on specific trading trading tools are outlined in ‘How to Take Money from the Markets’, and Money-Making Candlestick Patterns. The testing process helps us understand how stocks usually behave after forming a specific pattern such as being outside the Bollinger Bands, showing strong distribution or accumulation, or pulling back or retracing during a trend. Understanding what a stock is most likely to do forms the beginning of a trading strategy. Trading without this information is taking unknown risks.

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