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Hard To Believe

After listening to so many chapters of this great book, I’ve found a very good reason to be happy with my trading today. Why am I proud of this result? Because in that third round, I did not trade. That is part of this strategy, if it doesn’t set up, don’t force it. When you do what’s right, be happy.

Bankers Close Strategy Basics
https://mousehelp.tinytake.com/sf/MjQwNDQ5N183MjkyOTY3 – Round 1 – just getting ready. Explaining the rules and details of the strategy.
https://mousehelp.tinytake.com/sf/MjQwNDc1Nl83MjkzNTQy – Round 2 – on CHF, too early and recovery post-close. This is 52 minutes of impatience and patience in the same session.
https://mousehelp.tinytake.com/sf/MjQwNDgzNV83MjkzNzI5 – Round 3 – No trade, flatline on PA, RSI, everything! If you only watch one of these videos, watch this one. Herein lies the best lesson of the day. The two images below depict the EUR and GBP vs USD and both show the price hugging the mid-band. Since the mid-band is the target price on BCS, there is no trade here!

The two images below show how wrong things can go if you get in too early. The last one shows where the price was after I was completely out of the trade.

Still sitting on the Fibonacci level support at 38.2%. Sometimes you just have to believe the fibs.

Friday often not a good trading day… It’s in the details of the BCS (Bankers Close Strategy).

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My 50-PIP Winner

Funny thing is, I got into this trade while watching the presentation on overnight trades – just missed the bottom, but put in my order right on time! My thinking was that many other pairs against USD had been beaten, why was JPY still holding its ground? I’m shaking my head over what a good guess this turned out to be.

Added a few positions with stop losses that got paid earlier (see next image for one trade remaining). On order 6246, I was moving my stop loss up manually. That was hit overnight.

Moved my stop loss to consolidation this morning and thankfully, it was not hit before that final push to the top.

Do I sound happy and relieved of this requirement? You bet I am. That top was just a few pips above my TP.

You’ll see in my order history I was scalping USD/CAD on a bounce while in DFF this morning.

Thanks to all for your kind advice. Happy trading to you.

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Cycle Lessons from Shawn – thanks to Rob and Rookie

I’ve annotated the two images below with my thinking as I watched Shawn demonstrate wobbling in and out of positions. He measures the price movements and then takes the legs of those measurements to make that illustration of lines and ellipses in the middle of image 1.

He uses one of the legs created in that illustration to measure the movement of price action on a one hour chart. As you’ll see in my notes (in green below) I thought he was going to scalp a long.

This second image is just me reflecting on my wrong assumption. Both images were taken from a video you will find linked in a document posted in the Forum, created by Rookie007 and RobUnited. The time invested in reading through the thread and culling the best of it for yourself may prove rewarding.

This is a great piece of work by these two bees (in my humble opinion) and demonstrates the value of sharing ideas. If I learn to wobble, perhaps I’ll be up six or seven hundred pips in a day, too!

Here is the link to the thread.

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Bankers Close Timing and CHF

Today is February 19, 2018, Presidents Day in the US. The banks are closed. So, I was unwilling to commit to this strategy but found it to be valid for the USD/CHF pair in an earlier time frame (than that in the details of the document on AF.)

I’ve marked up this chart (long after the fact, of course) with salient points on time and set up indications along with entry and exit thoughts. Again, knowing I did not take a trade on this please realize this is all 20/20 hindsight. However, I’ll be watching this pair for the next several days to see if it offers a better opportunity than EUR/USD or if it is a good precursor to that trade setting up an hour later on EUR/USD.

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Bankers Close Two Rounds This Time

It’s a little late to be writing, but I said I would post this today.

This was a big news day and the two big announcements resulted in what I would call a net break-even. The first announcement drove prices on the EUR/USD down by 76.5 PIPs and the second big news drove the price back up by around 89 PIPs.
If you know how to trade those swings, feel free to share your knowledge with us in the comments. I could use the PIPage.

Thanks to Todd, we had a lesson in how to prepare for the setup of the Bankers Close strategy in the Daily Forex Fanatics session today. Thanks, Todd!

As noted in my last post about my first success with this, it is all in the timing. And, the timing starts right after DFF is over. More specifically, for me, it starts at around 8:15 a.m. Pacific Time – that’s 16:15 GMT.

In this post, I’ll show you my Orders History first. You’ll have to take my word for it, there were seven trades earlier in this list, but I’m just too tired to do the work it would take to produce one more image for this purpose.  Those trades were a net negative 7-8 PIPs. So, I was down for the day when I started scalping from the bottom up. As you’ll see, it got worse and I was down 40-50 PIPs before things started to go my way!

Click any image below for a larger (more readable) version.

This next image picks up where that one left off and shows you how things finished into round one of a two-round session of trading this strategy. In this image, look at trades from ID number 1113 to 1140, as that is the total range of trades taken in a span of about twenty minutes. I’m scalping a few PIPs all the way up as I’m hoping to see the price take out the last top (it does not take out the top, so I enter the trade when it starts coming down.)

Then, I reversed at the top for round one of this strategy. Trades 1131 through 1140 are the other side of the buying (and selling scalps) I had been doing up until then. Although I captured 80+ PIPs on the way down before I bailed out on my last couple of positions, at some point I was up over 100+ PIPs and let greed get the better of me, so I gave back about 20% before taking it all down.

If you noticed trades 1141 through 1145 in that list you might also notice the time stamp on those is just a few minutes later… A minor Apiary Pivot had printed at the top of the last run up, so that got my interest and I started setting up for another round. Now 45 PIPs in the green, I was willing to risk 40 PIPs on the possibility that I had been too early in round one. As you can see, that worked out pretty well for me. For what it’s worth, here is the last image I captured while in the first round.

Unfortunately, I don’t have images to show you for those last four trades, as I had put on my headphones and thought I was recording sound along with my screen to document the second round. Alas, the equipment was not quite right and I got the desktop image recording with no sound. One of these days, I’ll get it right and trade with strategy with live money.

Below is an image with those last four trades plotted on the chart. Enjoy!

 

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Bankers Close Success – Finally!

Here are the basics, as I understand them, of this strategy.

Bankers Close Basics

Four things you need:
1) Closes outside bands
2) RSI above 70 or below 30
3) Apiary Pivot Print
4) Strong move – SERIOUSLY! (I’ve sent messages to ask for clarification on this point.)

Lessons learned: Timing is critical. I’ve been early in the past and stopped out for large losses. Confidence in the pattern is helpful, as I bought on the way up with too much confidence and had little faith in a strategy that has burned me in the past, so my position size on the retrace down to mid-Bollinger-Band was 1/10th that of the upside. Meek BDT still wins here, though.

With this trade, I had only past experience and timing to augment the three out of four basics listed above. In other words, you may not always get the RSI suggested by the rules of this strategy. Past experience led me to believe the price would rise from the last minor pivot low and eventually eclipse the last minor pivot high. Again, clarity is needed here, as I cannot be sure the documentation of this strategy mentions major or minor pivots – time for a re-reading of that document… Click on any image below to expand it.

As you’ll see, I was buying up to the top, expecting the price to rise and loop around the upper pivot (Fibs are there as a kind of guideline, I was buying primarily between the 38.2 and 23.6 levels.)
Check the orders history image below to see all the prices (mostly) between those points. I’m not sure how I managed a couple of sell orders on the way up, but now it seems obvious (by position size – 0.10 on the way up and 0.01 coming down) that I had a lot more confidence in the uptrend than I did in the drop to the mid-band of the Bollinger Bands.
Note:
The title of this post and close examination of the name of the account I’m trading
– “Bankers Killed” – so named because I’ve lost on this strategy so often. Better now…

Here is a better look at the list of orders. When I’m better at this, I’ll plot them on the chart, like some of our instructors do. Until then, try to imagine what I was thinking from the bottom to the top and back down again! Next time I try this, I’m going to record my screen and a voice-over, so I can fully capture what I’m thinking and feeling through the entire process. Note those last two trades were open for 53 seconds and 73 seconds, respectively. The profit differential between those two and the rest of the trades illustrates the cost of a lack of confidence.
Fortune favors the bold!

You are welcome to send comments to me at briandreamtrader@gmail.com – All feedback, including sharp criticism, is welcome! Thanks in advance for your help.

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One Success with 34 EMA Trendline Break Swing Trading Strategy

Facebook Post – Brian Lee Rouley

This trade showed me some love, shortly after I read about this 34 EMA strategy. It set up exactly as planned, according to the simple two rules of identifying a trend reversal. That comment on the 61.8% retrace – I left it on this image so you could see what I was thinking (still one of my many faults, I would have been willing to re-enter the trade if it started to go against me!)

In the end, the trade was successful, even though I accidentally took one sell order when I was trying to buy and in spite of the fact that I got impatient in the end and closed the last few positions a little early. See next comment for the order history. On the other hand, had I stayed much longer, it would have run hard against me and ruined the whole thing!

Here is an image showing the orders history for that trade and here is a link to the strategy: http://swing-trading-strategies.com/34-ema-with…/

Yes, if you read the article, it is true. This strategy is designed for longer time frames, but as with almost any good strategy, it should work in many time frames. Either that or I just got lucky with good timing!

Enjoy! And, best of luck with your trades.

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