11th February 2019 at 5:00 pm #14550
Yes yes, I know … I didn’t post much at the back end of last month and I haven’t posted much this month.
Part of the reason has been that I was in the process of moving broker, another part was that I was finding, as I’ve mentioned previously, that my posting here was affecting my trading and as one is rather more important than the other, something had to give.
Anyway, I switched brokers from a well-known Spread Betting broker to an equally well-known FX, CFD, Equity and Futures provider (one that we list here on the site), for two reasons;
1) I kept getting stopped out of positions that I really shoudn’t have been stopped out of, usually by 1-2 pips, because of the way the brokers’ spread would vary at particular times. My risk is always extremely well defined and I felt I had been hard done by. It’s this behaviour that usually encourages people to switch brokers, and it’s exactly that that made me switch. If you look at my old charts it won’t take a rocket scientist to figure out who I was trading with.
2) I wanted more options and a more professional platform on which to trade. I had been using my main laptop – a 2012 MacBook Pro – as my work/trading machine and I wanted some seperation there too, although I could have done this with the previous broker. But, I wanted to trade the underlying market, not my Spread Betting brokers’ interpretation of it, for the aforementioned reasons.
So, the switch was relatively easy once I got past the, er, slightly unexpected challenging questions that were coming from the new broker. Suffice to say they were just doing their job.
At the same time, I had an old Mac laying around which has never been used really. It’s a Mac Mini Core i5 2.5GHz late 2012 build, probably about £300 on eBay and I think I only paid about £450 for it back then, but it doesn’t need to be fast or have amazing graphics capability.
Anyway, I spent a few hours updating the software to the current OSX build (cost: £0), and about £70 upping the memory from 4GB to 16GB. I then bought a second 21″ Benq monitor (£70, Amazon) and a new 1m HDMI cable (£4), all of which was paid for by previous trading profits – always nice. The end result is a much more professional looking and working trading station from which to sit and do my thing. And, I’m quite happy. First trade on the new setup today was profitable, a brief EURUSD short this afternoon @ 1.1291 which I took profits on at 1.1278.
Watch this space for Feb updates.
11th February 2019 at 5:28 pm #14555
Here’s an example of a trade I ran this afternoon, the above-referenced EURUSD short.
I had a stop in to liquidate the position at 1.13010.
With the spread betting broker, that stop would have been triggered, absolutely no doubt about it, and I’d have been out for a small loss. But with my “new” broker, when we’re trading the actual market, the stop was missed. Not by much, I’ll admit, but enough.
It’s this kind of thing that can make all the difference to winning/losing trades, and if you’re getting stopped out a lot by your Spread Betting broker (and a lot of people do), then it might be worth making the switch to someone else.
Spread Betting broker high: 1.13014
FX Broker high: 1.13007
- This reply was modified 1 week ago by Matt Vann.
12th February 2019 at 9:00 am #14569
Interesting little run on EURUSD this morning that caught me out.
Price was trading in a bit of a channel, so I shorted towards the top with a sensible short stop some way outside the range at 0650 this morning. Sure enough, after a brief period, the price jumped up outside the range and then traded back within it – typical stop run behaviour. Price begins to fall away … so I moved my stop to breakeven and waited as it sold through 1.12800, 1.1279, 1.1278 … then price reversed and took me out for breakeven. Bummer.
Price continues upwards to 1.12888.
And this, it turns out, is the stop run. My theory? Everyone saw the initial stop run and got short. Including me. Then, the actual stop run reveals itself in the run back to 1.12888, as price utterly collapsed shortly thereafter, selling off to and beyond my initial target of 1.1267, the bottom of the range.
13th February 2019 at 12:07 pm #14595
Just been stopped out of my USDCAD long from this morning, but stopped out for a decent profit of +21. The news spike that resulted in the stop was US Mortgage Applications down; with the additional news due out at 1.30pm today it was always going to be a news-driven exit. Long from 1.3208 this morning and stopped at 1.3229 just now
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