SPECIAL REPORT: Jack’s “Zero to a Million” Trading Strategy
Next week I’ll start trading LIVE the “Million Dollar Forex Journey” account. Right now I’m revealing what my trading strategy will be! If you want to see an additional strategy
you can try out our profitable double trend trap strategy.
All right, just to recap:
-We’re going to make a million dollars (or more) through forex trading.
-We’re going to do it in 18 months (or less).
-And we’re going to start with next to nothing – $50.
I’m going to give you the basics of my trading strategy today and then I’ll share more details about it in future follow up articles.
This strategy IS designed to consistently offer excellent risk/reward opportunities, and, executed with some modest amount of intelligence (lucky for me that’s all it requires), should consistently produce winning trades that far outnumber and outpace losing trades.
MY 15 MINUTE CHART STRATEGY
HERE IT IS, the deep, dark, mysterious, intricate, secret system, worked out by an ancient Chinese Taoist sorcerer, and kept closely guarded for centuries by inscrutable Zen currency traders:
Open a new chart, set the time period to 15 minutes. Load 3 EMAs (exponential moving averages) – the 5, 10, and 50 EMA. When price and the 5 and 10 EMA lines all cross above the 50 EMA line, buy (or, conversely, when they all cross below the 50 EMA line, sell). I know, I know – the complexity of it is staggering, right?
You can also add the 21 and 35 moving averages – as well as the 100 and 200 SMAs (simple moving averages) just for higher time frame reference – but the 5,10, and 50 provide the basic trading strategy. I use EMAs weighted to the close – but that’s just my personal preference.
I’ve adjusted things a bit to my own personal trading style, but the credit for this outstanding strategy goes to a friend and fellow trader, Clay Ferrell, who was nice enough to share it for free at the Forex Factory forum (you can read more there at “Trading Systems”à”CHOROS System”, but fair warning, there’s 500+ pages of discussion – and that’s not even the original discussion thread!). The original rule is to enter on the first retrace touch to the 10 MA (after price and both MA’s have crossed over the 50 MA). However, I often enter when price has crossed and made a 15 minute candle close past the 50 MA. I do that because I’ve found that price itself is a better indicator than any moving average (and because patience is not one of my virtues).
The initial stop loss shouldn’t be more than 10 or 12 pips, at most, below (or above, in a sell trade) that 50 MA line, nor more than 10-12 pips away from your entry point. One of the main strengths of this strategy is its low risk. The theory behind this strategy is that once that 50 MA line is crossed by all three – price, the 5 MA, and the 10 MA – that 50 MA line should pretty much hold as support/resistance. It works best when the 5 and 10 Mas are both rising at a fairly steep angle. The 10 MA line should continue to rise (in a buy trade), and also act as initial support for price. Eventually price will come back through the 5 and 10 MA lines and test either the 35 or 50 MA line. The FIRST time this happens, the 50 MA will usually hold – that is, there probably won’t be a 15 minute candle close significantly (i.e., not more than 4-5 pips) to the other side of it, and often price will just touch the 50 MA line and immediately bounce off of it. The game is often over the second time that the 50 MA is challenged – it’ll give way, and price and the shorter moving averages will all decisively cross back over it in the opposite direction.
This is a short term trading strategy and it’s important to move your stop aggressively once you have a profit of about 10 pips – better to get stopped out with just a small profit than to let a profit turn into a loss. Many times I’ve been stopped out with a small profit and initially wished I was still in the trade and been tempted to jump right back in…but an hour later ended up thinking, “Boy, I was sure lucky to get out with a profit on that”.
Below is a screen shot of a 15 minute chart showing movement both above and below the 50 EMA line. Note how once there’s a significant move above or below the 50, the 10 EMA tends to act as support/resistance.
And here’s another – note the pin bar that precedes a cross up and over the 50 EMA, that could then have been ridden for a very nice profit.
I urge you to set up your own charts with the three moving averages and watch the market action for yourself.
That’s my basic 15 minute trading strategy. Of course it’s not quite that simple in actual trading and there’s a bit more to it than that, too much for me to cover in the space of one article. I’ll provide more rules and trade filters for using the strategy in upcoming articles, so stay tuned.
Believe it or not, if we can simply average catching one good trade a day with this strategy,[tweetable alt=””] we will make it to our goal of a million dollars in 18 months or less.[/tweetable]
3 KEYS TO SUCCESS! (applicable to ANY trading strategy)
1 – Learning. You have to become an expert in your business, and that’s certainly true if your business is currency trading. You need to put in the time and effort to always be learning how to improve your trading.
2 – Patience. Starting a business with less than $100, and making a million dollars in less than two years sounds fast. And it is. But it can seem oh so slow in the beginning. When you’re only seeing $5 or $10 profits, it doesn’t feel like you’re getting anywhere. You want to be already up there making the “big coin”. But you simply have to steel yourself to being patient, to being content with gradually increasing your equity. Just averaging small daily profits will make that million dollars a reality. You might even try reminding yourself every day you make a small gain, “I’m doing it – I’m making a million dollars.”
3 – Diligent adherence to a good, solid trading strategy. It’s amazing how many traders discard a basically sound strategy just because it has a few losing trades. They forget all the times it worked wonderfully. No trading strategy is going to work every time – nothing’s perfect. But I’ve found that a number of times when I thought, “Oh, this strategy doesn’t work”, that I’d often lost money not because of the strategy but because I’d departed from the strategy. For example, sometimes I’ve jumped the trade too early, getting in as soon as price moved across the 50 EMA line – I looked back later and saw that there was never a 15 minute candle CLOSE across the 50 EMA – I’d violated the rules of my own strategy. The trading strategy wasn’t at fault – I was.
MUCH MORE TO COME: I’ll be back next week with more information on my basic trading strategy (and on another one I’ll be using) and how you can follow the progress of the Million Dollar Forex Journey account, seeing each trade I make. As always, I welcome comments, suggestions, prayers and gifts of chocolate and liquor. J
“As you have freely received, freely give…” – (Matthew 10:8)
Jack Maverick is a writer and forex trader. Find him on Google+ at https://plus.google.com/u/0/103534926809963693894/?rel=author and check out his novel, the psychological thriller “A Cross of Hearts”, on Amazon at http://www.amazon.com/Cross-Hearts-J-B-Maverick-ebook/dp/B006GHJ0ZC/
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