Learned something today – Short on Nice Round Number

Short on Nice Round Number

Say a Stock is running on momentum from $3.20

The next stop will be $3.50, If it pass $3.50 the next stop will be $4.00, $4.10 or $4.20

If the chart is looking over extended and volume is fading and the news is not too good. Then you can consider about shorting above $4.00 and use $4.20 as the maximum stop loss.

What if the stock starts to run again? Cover with small losses or small profit and let it run again.

This time is will run to $4.50 or the next stop $5.00.

The ideal trade will then be looking at the charts and Technical to see whether $5.00 can be the top. If there is a double or triple tops (Volume fading, Top MACD turning down, Fast STO reversing). They it is safe to consider shorting it around $5.00 with stop loss just above $5.00

What to do next? You have 2 choices:

1. You can consider locking in profit on the way down.

2. Hold it until you see people starting to cover and the chart is reversing.


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Learned something today – Sell or cover before you end up with losses

Sell or cover before you end up with losses

Say if you have enter into a perfect trade either Long or Short, and the chart is running the way you want. You are then having a nice GREEN profit. Suddenly, the Chart starts to turn. What will you do?

2 Choices:

1. Sell or Cover to protect your gains (Lock in profit)

2. Wait for the next Leg up/ Down

If the chart is reversing close to your entry price – Sell or cover with a small profit before you end up with losses.


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Learned something today – Make prediction and look for the overall trend

Make prediction and look for the overall trend

I realised the issue that I have is trying to play on the technical of the chart and didn’t look at the overall trend/ Chart.

If the share have an uptrend all morning and it is on its way up to the $10. Don’t short it on the way down even thought High Fast STO and High MACD is still going down. This is because this share will still run to $10 after the Fast STO reverse and MACD start to reverse. The reversal can be quick and you will end up breakeven or even a small loss on your short.


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Trading plan

Most people when they first started trading, they don’t have a trading plan. All they think when they go long or short on a stock is PROFITs.

What would most people do when the stock go against them? –>Leave it and hope that that stock will come back “This is what we call them a Bagholder ”

My trading plan:

1. Risk and Reward ( >3 Rewards to 1 time Risk)

2. Support/ Resistance, (Breakout vs break down)

3. Timeframe (Premarket 8am – 9.30am), Market open (9.30am to 9.45am), After Market Open (9.45 to 10.30), Normal Trading (10.30 to 1pm), End of day (1pm to 4pm)

4. Exit Strategy (Cut loss) (1% – 2%)

5. Lock in profit (7%-15%)

The above are my trading plan based on my experience on the market so far. (The trading plan will evolve as my experience grows)

Actual execution plan:

  • Only buy on reversal after dip at the opening (U shape) or else DON’T Buy
  • Only short on the top (or 2nd top) or else DON’T Short
  • For MOMO, only buy on first/ second up candle or the profit taking next leg up

Be DISCIPLINE or else don’t trade!!!!!

Timothy Sykes also done a good video explaining about his 7 Step Trading Plan as shown on the video below:

A 7-Step Program For Traders by Timothy Sykes

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Different Types of Traders

Different Types of Traders

  • Scalping: The scalper is an individual who makes dozens or hundreds of trades per day, trying to “scalp” a small profit from each trade by exploiting the bid-ask spread.
  • Momentum Trading: Momentum traders look to find stocks that are moving significantly in one direction on high volume and try to jump on board to ride the momentum train to a desired profit.
  • Technical Trading: Technical traders are obsessed with charts and graphs, watching lines on stock or index graphs for signs of convergence or divergence that might indicate buy or sell signals.
  • Fundamental Trading: Fundamentalists trade companies based on fundamental analysis, which examines things like corporate events such as actual or anticipated earnings reports, stock splits, reorganizations or acquisitions.
  • Swing Trading: Swing traders are really fundamental traders who hold their positions longer than a single day. Most fundamentalists are actually swing traders since changes in corporate fundamentals generally require several days or even weeks to produce a price movement sufficient enough for the trader to claim a reasonable profit.

Novice traders might experiment with each of these techniques, but they should ultimately settle on a single niche, matching their investing knowledge and experience with a style to which they feel they can devote further research, education and practice.

Source: http://www.investopedia.com/


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Learned something today – Learn to trade like you are in a big position size

Learned something today – Learn to trade like you are in a bigger position size

The problem that I have previously while training on small position size is that I feel like I can risk my small portfolio and trade crazy moves like:

  • Buy/ Sell premarket
  • Buy when the market open
  • Hold shares until the market open
  • Buy too much late when it’s ready for experienced traders to lock in profit
  • Short too much early when there is still MOMO and trendline didn’t break
  • Didn’t lock in profit on the way and when the stock starts to reverse, I hold until it reach my 1% or 2% stop loss.

What I will be doing now to rectify the problem above is:

Trade like I am in a bigger position size. I will assume that my position is size is multiply by 10.

Eg. If I am only trading with $1500 position size, I will assume that I am trading with $15,000. This will therefore make sure that I take the Profits and Loss seriously.

I will keep on working on this rule to make sure I will never trade crazy stuff.

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