Finding profits in Forex. Where were the profits hiding? I think they were hiding somewhere between the 5 minute bar chart and the daily chart. One of the Forex topics that I often talk about is why new traders should only trade the larger time frames. I consider a large time from to be an 8 hour chart or longer. Personally, I mainly trade the daily bar chart because I like to get a big over view of the currency market without all the noise of smaller time frames. I find that this makes my decision process easier.
What about noise? I mentioned that noise is a reason why I don’t trade the smaller time frames. Noise, to me, are the constant waves and ripples that make the price action of a currency pair go up and down. Sure this can give you many opportunities to put in trades but what I have found is that the more trades people put in on these smaller time frames, the more money they lose. Most retail traders simply don’t have the skill to pick enough winning trades to make it profitable and they also don’t have a system that will keep them out of a bad trade.
The truth behind why I love trading the daily chart so much. Yes, it is true that the daily chart has less noise but the best thing about it is that you don’t have to check it so often. Trading daily bars doesn’t require you to sit in front of a computer all day watching the Forex market go up and down. Now, that I only trade the daily chart, I look at each currency pair that I trade once per day. I put on my trades and I’m done. I do have an app that lets me track how my trades are doing and I even sparingly check that.
I love the freedom that this type of trading give me. The funny thing is that you can make these over arching type of day trade plays on the daily chart. For example, it isn’t odd to see me put on a trade chasing 50 pips or more when I see a engulfing candle stick pattern on my Forex chart. I also sometimes will trade a trend that looks like it is going to continue with a day trade like approach. By day trade, I mean that I will close this position or seek to reach my target within 24 hours.
So where are the profits? They seem to be hiding on the larger time frames such as the daily bar chart. As you can see, my method is all about simplifying things. I want to make as few as trades as possible and I want to set and forget my trades. Once I put on a trade, I let it run its course. I don’t alter it or add on to it. I don’t make any decision once I click buy or sell.