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Creating Your Own Forex Trading System

Forex Trading Systems
Let’s get into our favorite part of trading…creating your own trading system!
If you do a simple search in Google for “Forex trading systems” you'll find many
many many people out there who claim to have the “Holy Grail” system that you
can purchase for “only” a few thousand dollars.
These systems supposedly make thousands of pips a week and never lose. They
will show you supposed “results” of their perfect system and it will make your
eyeballs turn into dollar signs as you sit there and say to yourself, “Wow I can
make all this money if I just give this guy $3,000. Besides, if his system making
thousands of pips a week, I’ll be able to make my money back in no time.”
Slowww down cowboy. There are some things yo u should know before you give
them your credit card number and make that impulse buy.
The truth is that many of these systems DO in fact work. The problem is that
traders lack the discipline to follow the rules that go along with the system.
The second truth (there's such thing as a second truth?) is that instead of paying
thousands of dollars to buy a system, you can spend your time developing your
own system for free, and use that money you were going to spend as capital for
your trading account.
The third truth is that creating systems is not even that difficult. What is difficult
is following the rules that you set when you do develop your system.
There are many articles that sell systems, but we haven’t seen any that teach you
how to create your own system. This lesson will guide you through the steps you
need to take to develop a system that is right for you. At the end of the lesson,
we will give you an example of a system that we trade just so we can show you
how awesome we are! (Insert evil laugh here.)


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Creating Your Own Forex Trading System

Goals of your trading system
I know you’re saying, “DUH, my goal of my trading system is to make a billion
dollars!” While that is a wonderful goal, it’s not exactly the kind of goal that will
make you a successful trader.
When developing your system, you want to achieve 2 very important goals:
1. Your system should be able to identify trends as early as possible.
2. Your system should be able to avoid you from whipsaws.
If you can accomplish those two things with your trading system, we GUARANTEE
you will be successful. The hard part about those goals is that they contradict
each other. If you have a system in which its sole purpose is to catch trends
early, then you will probably get faked out many times.
On the other hand, if you have a system in which its sole purpose is to avoid
whipsaws, then you will be late on many trades and will also probably miss out
on a lot of trades.
Your task, when developing your system, is to find a compromise between the
two goals. Find a way to identify trends early, but also find ways that will help
you distinguish the fake signals from the real ones.
Always remember these two goals when you create your system. They will make
you a lot of money!





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Six Steps to Setting Up Your System

The main focus of this article is to guide you through the process of developing
your system. While it doesn’t take long to come up with a system, it does take
some time to extensively test it. So be patient; in the long run, a good system can
potentially make you a lot of money.
Step 1: Time Frame
The first thing you need to decide when creating your system is what kind of
trader you are. Are you a day trader or a swing trader? Do you like looking at
charts every day, every week, every month, or even every year? How long do
you want to hold on to your positions?
This will help determine which time frame you will use to trade. Even though
you will still look at multiple time frames (go back to 7th grade if you forgot), this
will be the main time frame you will use when looking for a trade signal.
Step 2: Find indicators that help identify a new trend.
Since one of our goals is to identify trends as early as possible, we should use
indicators that can accomplish this. Moving averages are one of the most
popular indicators that traders use to help them identify a trend. Specifically,
they will use 2 moving averages (one slow and one fast) and wait until the fast
one crosses over or under the slow one. This is the basis for what’s known as a
“moving average crossover” system.
In its simplest form, moving average crossovers are the fastest ways to identify
new trends. It is also the easiest way to spot a new trend.
Of course there are many other ways traders’ spot trends, but moving averages
are one of the easiest to use.



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Six Steps to Setting Up Your System

Step 3: Find indicators that help CONFIRM the trend.
Our second goal for our system is to have the ability to avoid whipsaws, meaning
that we don’t want to be caught in a “false” trend. The way we do this is by
making sure that when we see a signal for a new trend, we can confirm it by
using other indicators.
There are many good indicators for confirming trends, but I really like MACD,
Stochastics, and RSI. As you become more familiar with various indicators, you
will find ones that you prefer over ot hers, and can incorporate those into your
system.
Step 4: Define Your Risk
When developing your system, it is very important that you define how much you
are willing to lose on each trade. Not many people like to talk about losing, but
in actuality, a good trader thinks about what they could potentially lose BEFORE
thinking about how much they can win.
The amount you are willing to lose will be different than everyone else. You
have to decide how much room is enough to give your trade some breathing
space, but at the same time, not risk too much on one trade. You’ll learn more
about money management in a later lesson. Money management plays a big role
in how much you should risk in a single trade.
Step 5: Define Entries & Exits
Once you define how much you are willing to lose on a trade, your next step is to
find out where you will enter and exit a trade in order to get the most profit.
Some people like to enter as soon as all of their indicators match up and give a
good signal, even if the candle hasn’t closed. Others like to wait until the close
of the candle.

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In my experience, I have found that it is best to wait until a candle closes before
entering. I have been in many situations where I will be in the middle of a candle
and all my indicators match up, only to find that by the close of the candle, the
trade has totally reversed on me!
It’s all really just a matter of trading style. Some people are more aggressive
than others and you will eventually find out what kind of trader you are.
For exits, you have a few different options. One way is to trail your stop,
meaning that if the price moves in your favor by ‘X’ amount, you move your stop
by ‘X’ amount.
Another way to exit is to have a set target, and exit when the price hits that
target. How you calculate your target is up to you. Some people choose support
and resistance levels as their targets. Others just choose to go for the same
amount of pips on every trade. However you decide to calculate your target, just
make sure you stick with it. Never exit early no matter what happens. Stick to
your system! After all, YOU developed it!
One more way you can exit is to have a set of criteria that, when met, would
signal you to exit. For example, you could make it a rule that if your indicators
happen to reverse to a certain level, you would then exit out of the trade.
Step 6: Write down your system rules and FOLLOW IT!
This is the most important step of creating your trading system. You MUST write
your trading system rules down and ALWAYS follow it. Discipline is one of the
most important characteristics a trader must have, so you must always
remember to stick to your system! No system will ever work for you if you don’t
stick to the rules, so remember to be disciplined. Oh yea, did I mention you
should ALWAYS stick to your rules?



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Six Steps to Setting Up Your System

How to Test Your System
The fastest way to test your system is to find a charting software package where
you can go back in time and move the chart forward one candle at a time. When
you move your chart forward one candle at a time, you can follow your trading
system rules and take your trades accordingly. Record your trading record, and
BE HONEST with yourself! Record your wins, losses, average win, and average
loss. If you are happy with your results then you can go on to the next stage of
testing: trading live on a demo account.
Trade your new system live on a demo account for at least two months. This will
give you a feel for how you can trade your system when the market is moving.
Trust me, it is a lot different trading live than when you’re backtesting.
After two months of trading live on a demo account, you will see if your system
can truly stand its ground in the market. If you are still getting good results, then
you can choose to trade your system live on a REAL account. At this point, you
should feel very confident with your system and feel comfortable taking trades
with no hesitation. At this point, YOU’VE MADE IT!









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Setup Your System in Six Steps

My “It’s So Easy It’s Ridiculous!” System
In this section I will give you an idea of what a trading system should look like.
This should give you an idea of what you should be looking for when you develop
your system.
Trading Setup
 Trade on daily chart (swing trading)
 5 EMA applied to the close
 10 EMA applied to the close
 Stochastic (10,3,3)
 RSI (14)
Trading Rules
Stop Loss = 30 pips
Entry Rules

1. Enter LONG if:
o The 5 EMA crosses above the 10 EMA and both stochastic lines are
heading up (do not enter if the stochastic lines are already in the
overbought territory)
o RSI is greater than 50

2. Enter SHORT if:
o The 5 EMA crosses below the 10 EMA and both stochastic lines are
heading down AND (do not enter if the stochastic lines are already in
oversold territory)
o RSI is less than 50

Exit Rules
o Exit when the 5 EMA crosses the 10 EMA in the opposite direction of
your trade OR if RSI crosses back to 50

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My “It’s So Easy It’s Ridiculous!” System

Okay, let's take a look at some charts and see this baby in action...
As you can see, we have all the components of a good trading system. First,
we’ve decided that this is a swing trading system, and that we will trade on a
daily chart. Next, we use moving averages to help us identify a new trend as early
as possible.
The Stochastics help us determine if it’s still ok for us to enter a trade after a
moving average crossover, and it also helps us avoid oversold and overbought
areas. The RSI is an extra confirmation tool that helps us determine the strength
of our trend.
After figuring out our trade setup, we then determined our risk for each trade.
For this system, we are willing to risk 30 pips on each trade. Usually, the higher
the time frame, the more pips you should be willing to risk because your gains
will typically be larger than if you were to trade on a smaller time frame.
Next, we clearly defined our entry and exit rules. At this point, we would begin
the testing phase by starting with manual back tests.









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My “It’s So Easy It’s Ridiculous!” System

Here are a couple of examples:

If we went back in time and looked at this chart, we would see that according to
our system rules, this would be a good time to go long. To backtest, you would
write down at what price you would’ve entered, your stop loss, and your exit
strategy. Then you would move the chart one candle at a time to see how the
trade unfolds.


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