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January 22, 2012, 07:06:34 PM
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Previous trade:
Short @ 6.21
Exit @ 6.28

1.1% loss on the trade
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January 22, 2012, 07:08:00 PM
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Long @ 6.35

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January 22, 2012, 07:12:50 PM
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Ok, so it was not my imagination, $6.35 at crossover...
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January 22, 2012, 07:14:50 PM
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Ok, so it was not my imagination, $6.35 at crossover...

Right, and if this signal is wrong (which it has a high probability of being wrong), I'll be exiting around $6.10, probably.
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January 22, 2012, 07:23:12 PM
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Was just away from pc. Lost 2% on trade now long @ 6.42  Roll Eyes

One good point my email alarm worked. Only problem is you cant read your mail in the shower  Tongue

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January 22, 2012, 07:28:41 PM
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Was just away from pc. Lost 2% on trade now long @ 6.42  Roll Eyes

One good point my email alarm worked. Only problem is you cant read your mail in the shower  Tongue


Lol yeah, that is a conventional problem with showers these days.  Glad to hear the email alarm worked.
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January 23, 2012, 12:37:11 AM
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Ok, so it was not my imagination, $6.35 at crossover...

Right, and if this signal is wrong (which it has a high probability of being wrong), I'll be exiting around $6.10, probably.


How do you know when signal is wrong?

Is it a percentage drop, or -.25 cents is a good gauge for wrong signal, or just your gut feel ?

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January 23, 2012, 01:37:46 AM
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Ok, so it was not my imagination, $6.35 at crossover...

Right, and if this signal is wrong (which it has a high probability of being wrong), I'll be exiting around $6.10, probably.


How do you know when signal is wrong?

Is it a percentage drop, or -.25 cents BTC (or -25 bitcents) is a good gauge for wrong signal, or just your gut feel ?


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January 23, 2012, 01:49:53 AM
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Ok, so it was not my imagination, $6.35 at crossover...

Right, and if this signal is wrong (which it has a high probability of being wrong), I'll be exiting around $6.10, probably.


How do you know when signal is wrong?

Is it a percentage drop, or -.25 cents BTC (or -25 bitcents) is a good gauge for wrong signal, or just your gut feel ?


FTFY  Grin

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January 23, 2012, 01:51:09 AM
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Ok, so it was not my imagination, $6.35 at crossover...

Right, and if this signal is wrong (which it has a high probability of being wrong), I'll be exiting around $6.10, probably.


How do you know when signal is wrong?

Is it a percentage drop, or -.25 cents is a good gauge for wrong signal, or just your gut feel ?




Wrong for me = loss on the trade.  If I thought the price was going to go down and instead it goes up, then I'm wrong.  Basically if a crossover happens below my entry price, I'm wrong and need to get out to prevent further losses.
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January 23, 2012, 01:52:54 AM
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Ok, so it was not my imagination, $6.35 at crossover...

Right, and if this signal is wrong (which it has a high probability of being wrong), I'll be exiting around $6.10, probably.


How do you know when signal is wrong?

Is it a percentage drop, or -.25 cents BTC (or -25 bitcents) is a good gauge for wrong signal, or just your gut feel ?


FTFY  Grin


Oh and I just eyeballed the chart and saw that that area was a prior area of support where price reverted into this new trend.  Basically that's the point where it reversed, so if it fell below it, it's safe to say that the averages will have crossed and I will be in a losing trade.

For those who are trading this kind of system, remember that we typically only are "right" by making money on 30-40% of our trades while we lose on up to 70% of our trades.
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January 23, 2012, 02:09:41 AM
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Wrong for me = loss on the trade.  If I thought the price was going to go down and instead it goes up, then I'm wrong.  Basically if a crossover happens below my entry price, I'm wrong and need to get out to prevent further losses.

So what about this situation?
You went long at $6.35. Then had an opportunity to get out at a small profit, but didn't because the indicator said so, and now it's a nickel below entry. The EMA's still look good (in relative terms).
It seems to me, if the price crept down slow enough, you could end up losing a sizable chunk of capitol due to the next crossover being delayed by very low volume. Obviously, it could still go either way, but it's not looking very good.
I suppose the stagnation is...good! At least it's not going down fast.  Smiley

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January 23, 2012, 02:10:21 AM
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Ok, so it was not my imagination, $6.35 at crossover...

Right, and if this signal is wrong (which it has a high probability of being wrong), I'll be exiting around $6.10, probably.


How do you know when signal is wrong?

Is it a percentage drop, or -.25 cents is a good gauge for wrong signal, or just your gut feel ?




Wrong for me = loss on the trade.  If I thought the price was going to go down and instead it goes up, then I'm wrong.  Basically if a crossover happens below my entry price, I'm wrong and need to get out to prevent further losses.

So  if the signal is wrong, you will probably be exiting at $6.10, anticipating the crossover to happen around that price?
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January 23, 2012, 02:26:24 AM
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For anyone wanting to know more about the exponential moving averages Goomboo is using checkout this video. It is very helpful and makes a point of caution just as Goomboo has in that there are often crossovers which turn out to be false positives.  Not a long video, just a few minute introduction for anyone unfamiliar with the concept.

Here's the video: http://www.investopedia.com/video/play/SMA-versus-EMA#axzz1k74XrzO4
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January 23, 2012, 02:28:57 AM
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Wrong for me = loss on the trade.  If I thought the price was going to go down and instead it goes up, then I'm wrong.  Basically if a crossover happens below my entry price, I'm wrong and need to get out to prevent further losses.

So what about this situation?
You went long at $6.35. Then had an opportunity to get out at a small profit, but didn't because the indicator said so, and now it's a nickel below entry. The EMA's still look good (in relative terms).
It seems to me, if the price crept down slow enough, you could end up losing a sizable chunk of capitol due to the next crossover being delayed by very low volume. Obviously, it could still go either way, but it's not looking very good.
I suppose the stagnation is...good! At least it's not going down fast.  Smiley

The crossover is based purely on price, not volume.  If there is no activity and price just sits there, the indicators will eventually converge / give an exit signal.

When it comes to trading, the uncomfortable thing is typically the right thing to do.  I'm not happy that it's going against me, but if I were to cut it right now, I could be left in the dust if it reverses.  A tried and true statement in trading - don't chase prices.  If you miss your entry or sold out early, you're pretty much done with that trade.
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January 23, 2012, 02:34:44 AM
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Ok, so it was not my imagination, $6.35 at crossover...

Right, and if this signal is wrong (which it has a high probability of being wrong), I'll be exiting around $6.10, probably.


How do you know when signal is wrong?

Is it a percentage drop, or -.25 cents is a good gauge for wrong signal, or just your gut feel ?




Wrong for me = loss on the trade.  If I thought the price was going to go down and instead it goes up, then I'm wrong.  Basically if a crossover happens below my entry price, I'm wrong and need to get out to prevent further losses.

So  if the signal is wrong, you will probably be exiting at $6.10, anticipating the crossover to happen around that price?


Well no, my exit strategy is two-fold.  1.  Exit at the crossover either at a loss or at a profit.  2.  In the event of extreme price shock (10-15%), exit immediately.

I've just stared at enough charts that I have a pretty good idea that if the market were to drift down, it probably would crossover in the range of $6.10 (give or take 5-10 cents).  This is based on the price action at the time of writing...in a few hours, this $6.10 number will be obsolete, but it's still a point for me to know roughly where I'll be wrong.  It is really, really important in trading to have an idea where "wrong" is so you can cut your losses.

You know you need to step out of the house when you can draw where the averages will be without them actually on the chart Tongue 
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January 23, 2012, 02:42:12 AM
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So  if the signal is wrong, you will probably be exiting at $6.10, anticipating the crossover to happen around that price?


Well no, my exit strategy is two-fold.  1.  Exit at the crossover either at a loss or at a profit.  2.  In the event of extreme price shock (10-15%), exit immediately.

I've just stared at enough charts that I have a pretty good idea that if the market were to drift down, it probably would crossover in the range of $6.10 (give or take 5-10 cents).  This is based on the price action at the time of writing...in a few hours, this $6.10 number will be obsolete, but it's still a point for me to know roughly where I'll be wrong.  It is really, really important in trading to have an idea where "wrong" is so you can cut your losses.

You know you need to step out of the house when you can draw where the averages will be without them actually on the chart Tongue 

Thanks for clarifying.
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January 23, 2012, 02:58:21 AM
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A note about not allowing a trade to mature...

It's really important in trading to start with a tested system, backtest this system, and then trade it in real time as close to you did in your testing.  It makes no sense to test a strategy if you will not trade the strategy exactly how you tested it.  And if you don't have a strategy, how do you know when to sell?  How do you know when to take a profit?

When you take a trade, you have no idea if it will be a profit or a loss.  The only idea you have is what has happened in the past.  This is the basic definition of technical analysis - studying the past gives you a rough idea of how history will transpire.

Here is a chart showing the backtest of this moving average crossover on daily charts in the Euro-Dollar market (this picture has been shown in a previous post).  Your eye is probably drawn to the trade right in the middle of the chart - the largely profitable one.  See something interesting about this trade?  Right as you would have purchased, the price went against you.  If you didn't have a plan, you probably would have cut this trade because you didn't like the feeling of an open loss.  Imagine it, you open a trade and *boom*, you are losing money.  By sticking with the simple strategy, you would have won quite a bit of profit on this trade.

Now look at the other trades.  There are 6 trades on this chart, 2 of which are profitable yet the strategy made money.  Can you handle losing 4 out of 6 times?  Can you continue trading a strategy even if you are wrong AND lose money 5, 6, 7 times in a row?  Psychology has shown that one of the most marring experiences is being wrong and losing money.  Now look at the second picture (I'll keep typing there).



Here's a page of stats on the moving average crossover strategy.  We've covered a few aspects of this in a previous post.  The thing I want to draw your attention to is the max consecutive losers row.  Can you handle trading a strategy in which you lose up to 7 (or more) trades in a row?  Now look at the average loss row.  On average, you lose 1.58% (in the normal currency market) on a losing trade.  Multiply that by 7 - do you have the discipline to sit there and trade again when you are down 11% and you have lost 7 trades in a row?  This is in the "normal" currency market...a move of 2% in the currency market in a given day is a _massive_ move in most pairs.

Can you see how BTC is a very difficult market to trade, emotionally and financially?

Draw your eye to one last thing - the MAE at the bottom.  MAE stands for max adverse excursion.  Basically this number tells you on average how much a trade (winning or losing) goes against you before the end of the trade.  On average, every trade you did would be down 1.64% at some point in the trade.  If you have an "itchy" finger and need action, you could sell out of a trade which would have driven you to fresh profits.

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January 23, 2012, 03:07:23 AM
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For anyone wanting to know more about the exponential moving averages Goomboo is using checkout this video. It is very helpful and makes a point of caution just as Goomboo has in that there are often crossovers which turn out to be false positives.  Not a long video, just a few minute introduction for anyone unfamiliar with the concept.

Here's the video: http://www.investopedia.com/video/play/SMA-versus-EMA#axzz1k74XrzO4


Cool link and easy to follow, thanks for finding that for us!
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January 23, 2012, 03:16:08 AM
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I'm certainly not making trading sound glamorous talking about losing more than winning, but I think that's okay!  Too many people enter this business with dreams of making millions rather than the harsh reality that most people fail and lose money they couldn't afford to risk in the first place.

These are the highest profitability numbers I've ever seen in the FX market.  Typically 20% of FX traders actually make money in a given quarter.  Most of those marginally so with only a handful actually making "the millions".  I would be very interested in seeing Bitcoinica publish their client profitability numbers so we have a comparison to the "real" market.

http://forexmagnates.com/forex-brokers-profitability-report-q4-2011-shows-steep-drop-number-accounts-increase-traders-profitability/
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