If I would have “bet the farm” on my short USD trades some days ago – I’d be fairly deep under water. The USD has continued to rise in the face of rising equity prices – and for the most part will likely have broken every “short USD” trade out there in the process. I don’t trade that way – I don’t “bet farms”.
Considering the weakness in JPY and the 9% account profits I’ve generated there – I can’t complain. Regardless….the point being – If you see a trade idea developing, and decide to get involved – place small orders in the direction of the momentum.
In the case of JPY for example – I had several orders waiting several pips “above” the current price action day-to-day. If indeed the momentum continued in my favor – more and more orders would be picked up – but more importantly – ONLY IN THE DIRECTION OF THE MOMENTUM. When looking to short USD I “had” several orders waiting underneath day-to-day price action with “hopes” of getting filled. As the USD continued to move against me – no problem as I’ve got next to no “immediate exposure”.
I had posted /suggested getting long the EUR/USD pair at 1.3170 some time ago. Well……I’m not going to enter the market at that level IF PRICE IS IN A DOWNTREND – why get involved when a trade is moving opposite your interests? But I “may” decide to take the trade once price action has turned – and I see the same value of 1.3170 – BUT WHEN PRICE IS MOVING HIGHER!
So – In staggering your orders, you afford yourself additional time to evaluate the trade – and access your ideas….without commiting such resources that the trade “must move in your direction or you’re toast”. Sure you might miss a pip or two but that’s not the point. Why get involved with price – when price is still moving against you?
Small orders over time – will keep you in the game….betting the farm won’t.