This past week was a very slow week for me in the live room. Although I usually point out many valid trading setups per session I've personally been averaging about two trades per session since the room opened in January. With that being said, last week I only entered two trades the entire week.  Some of you are probably thinking to yourself, "I don't get it? How could this be such a magical week of trading when you only took two trades?" Well the answer is this, on those two trades I had a 100% winning percentage and was able to grow the Live Room account by 10%. And before you ask, yes these two trades did occur on our normal day trading timeframes (5min & 8 Range). However, that's not why I'm so excited. Although I love making money, as I suspect all of us do, I get more excited off of proper trade execution more so than sticking money in my pocket.  This may sound odd but try thinking of it this way. In the long run (assuming you have a sound strategy with a positive expectancy) proper trade execution will lead to more profits than poor trade execution and getting lucky will.  Since this is the case, I feel that the better I can execute trades by following the rules, the more potential profit I set myself up for in the long run and both of these trades were executed perfectly. Stops were placed at a point where the market would test them but not break them, 1st targets were set at a level that the market should go to before running into trouble, and in the case of our GBPJPY trade, second targets which were over 200pips away were predicted exactly correct using our higher timeframe analysis.  

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. 
Lax
6/12/2012

Reminds me of a song by Kenny Rogers....

"You've got to know when to hold, know when to walk away, know when to run. You never count your money while you're sitting at the table, there'll be time enough for counting when the dealing's done"..

My dealing is done at the end of the month....til then I'm still sittting at the table!!

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Akil
6/12/2012

Good one Lax

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tuan
6/12/2012

you just look at my account akil? that exactly what i trade 1 to 3 trade max for one week . every since i did that pick the best set up only my account grow every month. akil love you consistence trading plan.. keep up the good work

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Akil
6/12/2012

Yup I've been stalking your account Tuan hahaha, thanks, at one point in time I used to want to take a million and one trades, now I'm like you and I'd rather snipe the market and make each trade worth it.

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tuan
6/13/2012

believe it or not people can said that i kiss.....ss?? but am telling you truth i learn from you in the trading room that 2 free week that you give . you didn't trade anything that you see and you consistent with your rule and so disipline with your rule so i decide to copy your style (SORRY) now i have down day or week. but not month thank to you akil love the 5min day trading strategy now i have a life and make money sleep good at night with out get up at 12:00am and worry that did the market kick me out yet or did my enrty hit yet? keep up the good work akil you going to be BIG one day..

Akils
6/13/2012

Thanks a lot Tuan, I've slowly fallen in love with the 5mins as well

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tuan
6/13/2012

believe or not people can said that i kiss ...ss?? but am telling you the truth i learn from you in the trading room that 2 free week that you give. you didn't trade anything that you see and you are consistent with your rule and so disipline so i decide to copy your style(SORRY) now i have down day or week but not month thank to you akil love the 5min day trading strategy now i have a life and make money sleep good at night with out get up at 12:00 am and worry that did the market kick me ou yet? or did my entry hit yet? keep up the good work akil you going to be BIG one day...

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tuan
6/13/2012

akil just pretend that you are a weather man and you did all you analysis about tommorrow is it going to rain or not you got a 50/50 chance but just imagine you try to predict next week rain or not? you will more likely be wrong but the next 5 min have a higher chance to be right... you get my point

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