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My Insane CFD Journey: Down 340 000 USD, Then Up 620 000 USD

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So… After the post I wrote on Friday, I did the WORST MISTAKE you can ever make when trading CFDs. I decided to buy Dow Jones that was plummeting. RSI and Stoch showed overbought and the markets were about to close. I thought that we would see a quite rapid rebound effect as there are little macro numbers supporting such a drop except pure market psychology. And the last months trend were bullish. I broke two of my trading rules: “Never trade when you are done for the day” (will add this to the rules now..!) and “Have 0 active positions during the night”. I actually kept this position live over the weekend, this made me pay an interest fee of the borrowed amount – and the price fell sharply when the markets opened – I had no chance to close the position (very risky!) I made a big blunder, and you can tell I was feeling pretty stupid. I had eradicated all my gains the last 6 trading days and I had blown 75% of my entire bank roll in one single trade. Of course, the market fell harder than it had done in 2 years. There was no way we could predict that drop. Yet alone the 1500 points drop on Monday. So I had the worst position on the worst days possible. Unlucky, or lucky…

It taught me some important lessons and I’ve updated my trading rules to the following:

  1. Only risk max 2% of my bank roll per trade.
  2. Have 0 active positions during the night (first of all, I lose sleep, second; you are charged an interest fee for leaving a leveraged product overnight.)
  3. Always trade on last month’s trend including the previous day(s). If they do not correlate, I will not trade.
  4. If one position is lost, I’ll double the amount (martingale) and do a second trade. I’ll only stop doubling after 3 consecutive losses.
  5. Do not think about lost trade opportunities.
  6. Markets to trade: Dax & Dow (minimum spread).
  7. Stay updated on economic releases prior to entering a trade.
  8. Do not have emotional ties to the money. I like to call them “points”.
  9. Only enter a position when an asset is overbought or oversold shown by both RSI & Stoch at the same time.
  10. Always write down your trades and elaborate what went right or wrong.
  11. Never trade after you’ve said you are done for the day.
  12. Never bet on a rebound when the prices are falling or rising sharply over a longer timespan.

Here is the Dow Jones trade I did on Friday which I managed to cancel on Monday morning.

So, Should I just quit. Take my losses?

I felt angry that I didn’t short the market, which I did multiple times last year (ending with a big loss). I managed to keep these feelings to a minimum. I added more funds (that I also could lose comfortably), and started trading like a maniac. Bought the dips, shorted drops. By the end of Monday, I was up to previous high + 20 000 USD. And today, I managed to make 236,933 USD. Right now, I’m pretty happy that I managed to turn this around or else I would have been a bit devastated.

Order Entry Price Take Profit Stop Loss USD Bank Roll USD % Change
Start 258 064,52
Day 1 25.01.2018 Dax Buy 13268 13274 13262 6 472,52 264 537,03 2,51
Day 2 26.01.2018 Dax Sell 13342 13318 13392 7 642,84 272 179,87 5,47
Day 3 29.01.2018 Dax Buy 13331 13336 13313 12 508,39 284 688,26 10,32
Day 4 30.01.2018 Dax Buy 13226 13233 13176 6 625,94 291 314,19 12,88
Day 5 31.01.2018 Dax Buy 13217 13230 13187 26 474,06 317 788,26 23,14
Day 5 01.02.2018 Dax Sell 13291 13265 13327 10 834,58 328 622,84 27,34
Day 6 02.02.2018 Dax Buy 12797 12825 12772 72 314,97 400 937,81 55,36
Day 6 02.02.2018 Dow Buy x x x −340 000,00 60 937,81 −76,39
Day 7 05.02.2018 Dow & Dax x x x 353 333,33 420 000,00 62,75
Day 8 06.02.2018 Dow & Dax x x x 236 933,20 656 933,20 148,33

x means that I’ve done multiple trades on a short timeframe.

Now a look at my stats using ProRealTime

 

 

USD is approx 7,8 NOK.

The stats are a bit skewed since it only started recording on February 2nd, while I started trading January 25th.

You can see that 7 of 10 trades are winning trades, which are pretty good. What initially brought me down was the single trade that just went horribly wrong. But that’s trading, sometimes you hit the jackpot, sometimes you just lose a lot of money. That’s the game, and you have to play balls to keep yourself together and win over the market.

I’ll open an academy soon

To train people that would like to know my trading style and what I do. Stay updated on Hacked.com for more information on it later.

Important: Never invest (trade with) money you can't afford to comfortably lose. Always do your own research and due diligence before placing a trade. Read our Terms & Conditions here. Trade recommendations and analysis are written by our analysts which might have different opinions. Read my 6 Golden Steps to Financial Freedom here. Best regards, Jonas Borchgrevink.

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  1. rauldacool

    February 6, 2018 at 2:38 pm

    Hahaha, great job Jonas! Good to see that sometimes even a trader of your experience gets caught by greed and emotion =) Happy it turned out well for you.

  2. Benny

    February 6, 2018 at 2:56 pm

    Great article.
    Can’t wait for the academy!

  3. chrisuno

    February 6, 2018 at 9:17 pm

    Your chart doesn’t show how much in additional funds that you added on Day 6 or 7. Right now it looks like you started with 258k, up to 400k, down to 60k, back to 420k, ending at 656k. But betweek 60k and 420k, you say you added funds. Can you add how much additional funding you put in?

    Thanks,

    • Jonas Borchgrevink

      February 7, 2018 at 2:06 pm

      Will add that information in today’s post. Thank you for the feedback.

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My CFD Journey: Bringing it in Again

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I’m back into the groove. I’m way more patient now, looking for the right entry levels. I’m not jumping into a position like I did before. I’m taking less risk, and having more winning trades. I have an inner conflict with myself, a part of me wants to make a lot of money very fast, and another part of me wants to make less money with less risk. My end goal is to have a CFD-strategy that works over a longer period of time, as long as I make money, anyone should be happy, right?

My results

Order Entry Price Take Profit Stop Loss USD Bank Roll USD % of Start Cap.
Start 258 064,52
Day 1 25.01.2018 Dax Buy 13268 13274 13262 6 472,52 264 537,03 2,51
Day 2 26.01.2018 Dax Sell 13342 13318 13392 7 642,84 272 179,87 5,47
Day 3 29.01.2018 Dax Buy 13331 13336 13313 12 508,39 284 688,26 10,32
Day 4 30.01.2018 Dax Buy 13226 13233 13176 6 625,94 291 314,19 12,88
Day 5 31.01.2018 Dax Buy 13217 13230 13187 26 474,06 317 788,26 23,14
Day 6 01.02.2018 Dax Sell 13291 13265 13327 10 834,58 328 622,84 27,34
Day 7 02.02.2018 Dax Buy 12797 12825 12772 72 314,97 400 937,81 55,36
Day 7 02.02.2018 Dow x x x x −340 000,00 60 937,81 −76,39
Day 8 05.02.2018 D&D x x x x 353 333,33 420 000,00 62,75
Day 9 06.02.2018 D&D x x x x 236 933,20 656 933,20 154,56
Day 10 07.02.2018 D&D x x x x 278 933,47 935 866,67 262,65
Day 11 08.02.2018 D&D x x x x 212 533,33 1 148 400,00 345,01
Day 12 09.02.2018 D&D x x x x 272 266,67 1 420 666,67 450,51
Day 13 12.02.2018 D&D x x x x 171 240,00 1 591 906,67 516,86
Day 14 13.02.2018 D&D x x x x −705 240,00 886 666,67 243,58
Day15 14.02.2018 D&D x x x x −481 600,00 405 066,67 56,96
Day16 15.02.2018 D&D x x x x 86 933,33 492 000,00 85,99
Day 17 16.02.2018 D&D x x x x −198 666,67 293 333,33 13,67
Day 18 19.02.2018 D&D x x x x 80 000,00 373 333,33 44,67
Day 19 21.02.2018 D&D x x x x 83 866,67 457 200,00 77,17
Day 20 22.02.2018 D&D x x x x 98 666,67 555 866,67 115,40
Day 21 23.02.2018 D&D x x x x 58 666,67 614 533,33 138,13

And my stats

Lol.. Look at this trading day. 522,025 NOK gained, 5,110 NOK lost. If this happened to me everyday, I would be very happy.

Now I just hope I don’t enter any trades later today just to destroy these nice stats.

Have a nice weekend, and let’s see what the next week might bring.

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My CFD Journey: Taking it slower, bringing in the profits

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I’m way more careful now, I monitor the market and play mind games. What if I had bought at this level? Then I wait and watch what happens with the price. Most of these games have been profitable, so if I only had entered them I would have made much more today. But this is about learning, take it easy, and ensure more profits than losses.

My Results

Order Entry Price Take Profit Stop Loss USD Bank Roll USD % of Start Cap.
Start 258 064,52
Day 1 25.01.2018 Dax Buy 13268 13274 13262 6 472,52 264 537,03 2,51
Day 2 26.01.2018 Dax Sell 13342 13318 13392 7 642,84 272 179,87 5,47
Day 3 29.01.2018 Dax Buy 13331 13336 13313 12 508,39 284 688,26 10,32
Day 4 30.01.2018 Dax Buy 13226 13233 13176 6 625,94 291 314,19 12,88
Day 5 31.01.2018 Dax Buy 13217 13230 13187 26 474,06 317 788,26 23,14
Day 6 01.02.2018 Dax Sell 13291 13265 13327 10 834,58 328 622,84 27,34
Day 7 02.02.2018 Dax Buy 12797 12825 12772 72 314,97 400 937,81 55,36
Day 7 02.02.2018 Dow x x x x −340 000,00 60 937,81 −76,39
Day 8 05.02.2018 D&D x x x x 353 333,33 420 000,00 62,75
Day 9 06.02.2018 D&D x x x x 236 933,20 656 933,20 154,56
Day 10 07.02.2018 D&D x x x x 278 933,47 935 866,67 262,65
Day 11 08.02.2018 D&D x x x x 212 533,33 1 148 400,00 345,01
Day 12 09.02.2018 D&D x x x x 272 266,67 1 420 666,67 450,51
Day 13 12.02.2018 D&D x x x x 171 240,00 1 591 906,67 516,86
Day 14 13.02.2018 D&D x x x x −705 240,00 886 666,67 243,58
Day15 14.02.2018 D&D x x x x −481 600,00 405 066,67 56,96
Day16 15.02.2018 D&D x x x x 86 933,33 492 000,00 85,99
Day 17 16.02.2018 D&D x x x x −198 666,67 293 333,33 13,67
Day 18 19.02.2018 D&D x x x x 80 000,00 373 333,33 44,67
Day 19 21.02.2018 D&D x x x x 83 866,67 457 200,00 77,17
Day 20 22.02.2018 D&D x x x x 98 666,67 555 866,67 115,40

 

I’m way more succesfull with the trades I enter, out of 25 trades, 21 are winning trades and 4 are losing trades.

The best way to make money, is to ensure that you don’t lose money. That’s something I’m focusing on more now rather than large gains and high risk.

Important: Never invest (trade with) money you can't afford to comfortably lose. Always do your own research and due diligence before placing a trade. Read our Terms & Conditions here. Trade recommendations and analysis are written by our analysts which might have different opinions. Read my 6 Golden Steps to Financial Freedom here. Best regards, Jonas Borchgrevink.

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My Bumpy CFD Journey: Still in Profits

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Oh my. Day trading CFDs is no joke. The market has been very volatile. I’ve had positions with plenty of gains, to only be SLed out after a massive price swing. I am still trying to figure out how I can have a profitable trading strategy. Previous mistakes have been to trade when the momentum is slow = hard to discover the trend of the day. I’ve learned that I love to follow the trends, follow the momentum, and then to be quick to take profits when the trend might change. Some of my most profitable trades have been to “ride the trend”. On some, I’ve made more than 200 000 USD alone. But you have to stay focused, as the trend might turn quite sharply.

I find it easier to trade Dow Jones and Dax once they open and close. That’s often when there are more distinctive trends to spot, or quick price reversals.

Don’t Stress

I have to be way more patient. As you can see below, I’ve had way too high swings, both up and down. The goal for me and this journey is not to make a lot of money fast, it is to find a sound strategy that works. A strategy I can use over multiple years, so gains right now should not be the goal. But with the human mind, it’s hard to not get “dragged in” to the money hole. When you are desperate or greedy, you often tend to take the wrong decision. I have to be way reflective and only enter trades where I can see a strong trend or a possible strong price reversal.

My Results

As of now, I’m up 72% of my original deposit. This is a good gain, e.g. if you had 258 064 and ended up with 457 200 USD after investing in Bitcoin or Apple, you would be ecstatic. So I should be very happy, if this was the year’s result. I could even quit now and be on the plus side. But this is not my plan, I want to find a good strategy that I can teach you. And if I take a hit, so be it.

Order Entry Price Take Profit Stop Loss USD Bank Roll USD % of Start Cap.
Start 258 064,52
Day 1 25.01.2018 Dax Buy 13268 13274 13262 6 472,52 264 537,03 2,51
Day 2 26.01.2018 Dax Sell 13342 13318 13392 7 642,84 272 179,87 5,47
Day 3 29.01.2018 Dax Buy 13331 13336 13313 12 508,39 284 688,26 10,32
Day 4 30.01.2018 Dax Buy 13226 13233 13176 6 625,94 291 314,19 12,88
Day 5 31.01.2018 Dax Buy 13217 13230 13187 26 474,06 317 788,26 23,14
Day 6 01.02.2018 Dax Sell 13291 13265 13327 10 834,58 328 622,84 27,34
Day 7 02.02.2018 Dax Buy 12797 12825 12772 72 314,97 400 937,81 55,36
Day 7 02.02.2018 Dow x x x x −340 000,00 60 937,81 −76,39
Day 8 05.02.2018 D&D x x x x 353 333,33 420 000,00 62,75
Day 9 06.02.2018 D&D x x x x 236 933,20 656 933,20 154,56
Day 10 07.02.2018 D&D x x x x 278 933,47 935 866,67 262,65
Day 11 08.02.2018 D&D x x x x 212 533,33 1 148 400,00 345,01
Day 12 09.02.2018 D&D x x x x 272 266,67 1 420 666,67 450,51
Day 13 12.02.2018 D&D x x x x 171 240,00 1 591 906,67 516,86
Day 14 13.02.2018 D&D x x x x −705 240,00 886 666,67 243,58
Day15 14.02.2018 D&D x x x x −481 600,00 405 066,67 56,96
Day16 15.02.2018 D&D x x x x 86 933,33 492 000,00 85,99
Day 17 16.02.2018 D&D x x x x −198 666,67 293 333,33 13,67
Day 18 19.02.2018 D&D x x x x 80 000,00 373 333,33 44,67
Day 19 21.02.2018 D&D x x x x 83 866,67 457 200,00 72,83

My trading stats today

 

I wish you all a good day.

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