Friday, 28 August 2015

5 main obstacles keeping you away from success

1.    Fear 

Overcoming the fear of losing money.  The fear of losing money is real. Everyone has it. The difference becomes how a rich and poor person handles the fear. Wealthy individuals use failure as a teaching moment and aren’t afraid to fail.

2.    Cynicism 

This deals mostly with those around you. Follow your own path, because at the end of the day, wealthy individuals are a small percentage who go against the grain and don’t follow the crowd

3.    Laziness 

One must be willing to put in the time and effort to build up their financial knowledge. This means being selfish and taking time out to build one’s personal wealth.

4.    Bad Habits 

Reducing expenses is easier said than done, but one must be willing to break those bad spending/investing habits in order to be successful

5.    Arrogance

Always be willing to reach out to those who are successful and those you want to emulate. To become wealthy, it’s often a collaborative effort, bouncing ideas from prospective mentors.

.............Robert T Kiyosaki, Rich Dad Poor Dad (Highly Recommended Book) 

Friday, 21 August 2015

3 Questions 3 Answers

We receive many emails from around the world. Most questions are the same or of similar interest while some people do come with some strange questions. However, this is not why I'm sharing the following post with you. Someone asked me three questions and I replied. I thought I'll share with you here. 

Thank You for contacting AIMS Stress Free Trading.
Lagging Indicators. You asked if we use lagging indicators. People talk about lagging and leading indicators but the question is this. How do you define a lagging indicator? Aren't all indicators lagging? A moving average will ALWAYS be a lagging indicator. Yet professional traders use it. Marketing analysts use it. Statistical analyst use it. What else is a lagging indicator?

Ok, so what is a leading indicator, bar patterns that gives you directional indication? Mark my words NOTHING can tell you what will happen in the immediate or distant future. Yes, you can have a fair idea about it, you can have a "higher probability" of something happening over another yet you can NEVER know what's going to happen in the next second. Because EVERY moment in the universe is unique and as such ANYTHING can happen. This is what we believe in. If you could understand the above you are a thousand miles ahead of other traders already. (though its not a race with other traders its a dance with yourself and the market) 

Intuition: You asked if it helps to get an intuitive feel for the market?
Intuition is simply a function of the core brain the more powerful subconscious brain takes over activities that have been repeatedly performed with success and discipline over a long period of time. Intuition can only be developed by practice and practice is done consciously. So you have to gain experience in one field for a prolonged period of time then your intuitive feel will improve.

There are 3 stages in a trader's life (if not 5).Everyone must begin at the first stage and that is ~The Mechanical Stage. If you are disciplined enough to stick around and apply the rules and remain consistent you will excel and perhaps one day enter the higher more intuitive stages of trading but that will have to wait until you've decided how when and where to start your Mechanical trading.

Win Rate and Risk RewardThe Win Rate of the system is 60% winners and 2 : 1 Reward to Risk ratio. This can be further improved but if you could simply hit the above figures, by following the rules, you'll be way ahead of the rest of the market/traders.

Most Kind Regards


Friday, 14 August 2015

Simplify Simplify Simplify

I'd like to say a few thing for you to ponder upon this weekend. Just at the back of you mind while you're having fun with lots of things in your life.

Markets are simple. Their movements are simple. But our minds are not simple. However it is our duty, our job to make it simple.

Simplify Simplify Simplify.......... Thoreau 

Elliott Wave is Simple

The wave function is simple. Market does not move in a straight line. It goes up and down a bit and up again. There are up waves and down wave and side ways.  When the market makes a series of new highs and higher lows its believe to be going up. When the market makes a series of new lows and lower highs its believed to be going down. It makes sense to be able to know that with a single glance. And that is possible. But we have indicators that makes it even easier to find out if its up down or sideways trend.

We don't do complicated analysis of Elliott wave when applying our strategies. We have a simple indicator that does the count for us. We don't need to know where is a b c e d or f waves neither do we bother with where is wave 1 or 2. We know where is 3 and we know how to get into 5 and we know where wave 4 and wave 5 ends. And we don't do complex calculations for that. That's the beautyof it. Its all done by one simple indicator. Thanks to Snorm of

If The Market is a Wave what is the most logical place to make entries? 

The most logical spots of entering markets would be pull-backs when its trending. And if you want to trade within a range bound market then it makes sense to go short when market touches the high of the range and go long when it touches the low of the range.

What Time Frame To Trade?

Now some of us get stuck with this simplicity and can't seem to decide what Zoom Level they need. No matter what time frame you've chosen to trade you have to stick to that. Once you understand this concept it really is very simple. The market creates the same waves on any time frame so there really is no point switching from time frame to time frame.

I work Full Time What Time Frame should I trade?
Daily or Weekly time frame. Total work per week 2.5Hrs.

I work Part Time What Time Frame should I trade?
Daily or Weekly time frame. Total work per week 2.5Hrs.
Choose anything between hourly, 30 minutes, 15 , 10 , 5 or even one minute chart.
However if you trade the five or one minute chart your choice of instrument is limited to only a few in the market. The lower the time frame you chose then you must trade the faster moving market with lowest spread. The higher the time frame you chose the more instruments you can have at your disposal.  Follow the following table as a guide.

Time Frame                        Total Instruments to trade
M1                                       1
M5                                        1 or 2
M15                                      1- 4 (2 is the best)
H1                                        1-8 (4 is the best)
H4                                        1- 12 (6 is the best) 
D1                                        8 - 20 ( Create a mix of Indices, Currencies and Commodities) 

Don't complicate entry mechanism. 

Just select an entry method or two and every time you see it just take the trade. Work on developing on having the "lets find out what happens next..." attitude if you don't already have one. Either stop predicting or if you do try to predict you must have flexible expectations. So take the setups and manage the trades according to a planned set of rules that gives you an edge. Always take trade setups that offer at least twice as much as your initial risk. 

Winning is a combination of trades that make or lose money. 

In trading winning is not simply putting a winning trade. Anyone can catch a winning trade. Its all about following your edge and trading according to your plan. Wins and losses are randomly distributed. You can know the probability of the outcome of a set of trades yet you can never know the outcome of the next trade for sure. Are you 100% certain what's going to be the outcome of the next toss of coins. Call it heads or tails?

What skill do you need to win the next Toss of Coin?

If you said. nothing. You're right. You don't need any skill. Its the same in trading. A trader does not need any special skills to find a winner. Because wins and losses are randomly distributed.

Simplify your trading. 

AIMS Stress Free Trading is the name given to a concept, an idea, a group of individuals, who are constantly working on simplifying the methods of trading. Our recent trading strategy that we call Apples Seeds and Cherries is another attempt to further simplify things. We don't make you do math or statistical analysis here. Well, we do stats but we don't need them for our day to day trading.

Edge in the Market. 

We don't need to perform those mathematical calculations or statistical analysis on a daily basis. Those have already been done. We know what entry mechanism together with trade management plan gives us an  edge in the market. An edge is nothing but a statistical advantage based on a set of tried and tested variables. So now we have a "set-in-stone" type entry, exit and trade management plan that gives us an edge in the market  and constitute our trading strategy.

Have a Great Weekend

When is it too late or too early to buy a pullback? 

In order to answer this question first ….  Let’s quickly do some repetition. Let’s quickly do some repetition.  Let’s throw in some trading ...