Forex Psychology

Experiencing a Losing Trade

A losing trade hurts. Beginners find it tough to encounter losing trades. However, in the Forex market, losing is inevitable. The market is so action-packed that even an experienced trader often makes mistakes. Sometimes, even a good entry may not get us any profit. In today’s lesson, we are going to demonstrate an example of a good entry, which ends up being a losing trade in the end.

The price heads towards the North and makes a pullback. Traders are to wait for an upside breakout to take a long entry. A bullish Engulfing candle follows a Doji candle. As things stand, the buyers are to take the control soon upon an upside breakout.

Things are different now. The price comes down instead, by making a Double Top. It starts having the correction as well. Consolidation and bearish breakout shall attract the sellers to go short on the pair. Let us see the next chart.

The chart shows that the price is having a correction, where it had a bounce earlier. The equation is very simple here. A bullish reversal attracts the buyers, and a bearish breakout attracts the sellers to go short.

It makes a bearish breakout. The breakout candle looks good. As far as price action and candlestick pattern are concerned, this is an A+ short entry. Concentrate on the marked Stop Loss and Entry levels.

The next candle comes out as a bullish candle. The price may take out some of our entries because of the spread factor. With some brokers, traders pay more spread. Some of our trade (the same entry) may still survive. However, let us not get into this argument but proceed to the next chart. The following chart has an interesting scenario to present.

This should conclude the argument. The price hits the Stop Loss and heads towards the South again. The entry looks to be an A+ entry, but it has ended up bringing us a loss. As usual, beginners with average knowledge of price action may think that something must be wrong with his strategy.

This is not the case. An entry like this would bring us profit at least on 70% occasions. It hurts more since the candle, which hits our Stop Loss itself a strong bearish candle. This is how this market plays. We have to accept it. We must not let our losing trades occupy our thoughts. It is a game of probability of winning and losing. With knowledge, experience, and hard work, a trader can increase the likelihood of winning for sure.

By Tareq Sikder

Tareq Sikder has been engaged with Forex trading as well as Forex writing since 2010. He mainly is a Technical Analyst and a Price Action Trader. He is an author of E-book, a Live Webinar Speaker. Expertise: Candlestick, Channel Trading, Fibonacci Trading.

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