Although I'm excited for these trades for personal reasons, I'm even more excited at the timing of them. Last week a group of 250 traders joined my room (many) for the first time after completing Jason Stapleton's Ratio Master's series. There were many experienced trades in this group, but the majority of the new comers were just starting their trading journeys. Although the first day started off as a non trading day, they were able to see some real time action the next day which had a very power psychological impact on many of them. I entered a trade early on in the session and boy it was a fighter. The market started to reverse soon after our entry causing the new trades to praise my prediction and analysis skills. But as most trades go (and experienced traders no this) the market then proceeded to reverse and shoot its way up towards our stops. After getting about five or so pips away from my stop loss, the market leveled out and basically sat there for an hour or so. Again the experienced traders in the room weren't phased at all as we've seen this day in and day out. However, many of the newbie's began to get nervous and ask questions like "would it be better just to cut our losses and exit the trade?" or "do you think about moving your stops since the market got so close to it." Although taking these actions wouldn't be good, for a new trader to ask these questions is very good. After all how do we find out an answer if we don't ask a question. Long story short, the market began to rally and capture us some profits, leading me to get pumped! Again, I wasn't pumped because of the profits made I was pumped because I knew that for many traders in the room, the memories of this trade would be engrained in their minds. For a new trader there is nothing better than sitting through a trade where the market just begs you to make a mistake, yet you sit tight and it ends up paying off. Ladies and gentlemen, that is what trading is all about.
So 2 trades, 2 winners, 10% growth in the account. Why don't I take time to brag about this some more? Honestly that number means nothing right now. Just as a trade isn't a winner until the targets are actually hit. To me being up a certain percentage for a month doesn't mean anything until I close out the month with that percentage gain. Just as last week was great, this week can easily be a disaster. I can easily hop on a losing streak and bring the account right back down to break even. I hope this doesn't happen, but it is a possibility and that's why that number means nothing at this point in time.