Trade Through Volatility – Get Tough Or Get Out

If you’ve got zero conviction in your trade decisions – what hope in hell do you have in succeeding?

If you’re just “rolling the dice” sitting glued to your screen, “praying to god” the damn thing moves in the direction of your trade after a huge “risk event or ” news release” – give your head a shake!


“Ka Ching!” – Thank you very much you tiny frightened little man, trading on margin with your hopes and dreams of “striking it rich” – I will liquidate your account now! “Ka Ching!” “Ka Ching!”

You’ve got to either sit these things out, or have a firm understanding as to where to pull the rip cord. Otherwise…’re sitting ducks.

I just saw several trades fluctuate as much as a full 100 pips within a 15 minute interval. Several “thousands of dollars” blinking before my eyes across the board – positive, then negative,, then mixed, then positive, then negative.

Has the world stopped turning? Has something “so amazing” occured as to change my entire outlook in a single 15 minute blip? Of course not!

With no conviction – you’re toast, and if you can’t rustle it up then the number one piece of advice I can give anyone is to TRADE SMALLER!

If your heart is racing! You’re trading to big!



22 Responses

  1. Babbelarsch December 6, 2013 / 8:39 am

    If someone cannot live with volatility he should stay in bed…

    • Forex Kong December 6, 2013 / 8:42 am

      Well said Babbelarsch.

      It’s a part of trading, and as much as we’d all “looooove” for things to just travel in a straight line “all of the time” – obviously we learn that this is rarely the case.

      This is a full contact sport, where your opponent is looking to rip your head off every second of the day. You can’t let your guard down.

      Not even for a second.

  2. JSkogs December 6, 2013 / 9:07 am

    I don’t usually trade 4hr charts. But, for some reason I chose to basically not sleep and trade a multitude of different set-ups and banked a shit load of coin this week from the volatility. I can’t say that I will do this very often though as it sure requires a lot of babysitting. My overall thesis hasn’t changed though – slow topping of risk. Just needed to make some money while the time goes by. I don’t think I can survive very long on a couple hours of sleep a night anyway. I’ve got some ES long options in play from yesterday that I plan to babysit for a couple more hours and close. Then I plan to go for a run…..drink 2 Guinness….and go the hell to sleep. That was a weird week. Have a good weekend, Kong and all.

    • Forex Kong December 6, 2013 / 9:18 am

      Yes I’ve had a bizarre week too, and (oddly) near “opposite” yours!

      I sat out a number of pairs, with only a couple trades in play….then yesterday just “hit it” and more or less booked profits in the evening.

      I’ve re entered a couple but in all…..see today playing out as another “pop n grind” so….I see a couple “beers” in my future here as well.

      Glad you banked, and it’s Friday!

      • JSkogs December 6, 2013 / 9:20 am

        You know what they say…”never buy a Friday high”. So, we know what the plan is next week.

      • steve December 6, 2013 / 10:30 am

        I saw your post about taking trades yesterday but didn’t see anything about you taking profits until now. I’m new here so I just want to know if you post all your trades in real time or just occasionally?

        • Forex Kong December 6, 2013 / 11:30 am

          Hi Steve,

          Ya…’s pretty fast moving over here, and as this is still primarily a personal blog – we’re not really “holding any hands” yet either.

          As it stands….I’ve been providing my market views / insight / trade tips / market psychology and “occasional” peaks behind the curtain with the Kongdicator and “some” of my real time trades.

          I’ve kept the writing somewhat “cryptic” on purpose as to challenge readers / traders to dig between the lines and improve their own trading.

          If you dig in – I imagine “by now” I think there’s enough info here to get most people well on their way.

  3. kevin1959 December 6, 2013 / 9:09 am

    Kong, You commented yesterday about the Yen putting up a fight. What do you think aobut going long the Yen now after this drop today

    • Forex Kong December 6, 2013 / 9:15 am

      I’m particular about “which pair” but do see this “spike” in JPY pairs as exactly that so……

      I’ll re short here on AUD /JPY as well CAD/JPY as pretty low risk re entry for sure.

      Not touching GBP/JPY or NZD/JPY till I see with 100% certainty that we’ve got a “real move on”.

      • Careydina December 6, 2013 / 10:34 am

        Aud up so quite a bit today. I have shorted aud/jpy and usd/jpy. If china has a good data in next week. Aud might move further up. ; (

        • Forex Kong December 6, 2013 / 11:33 am

          AUD did take a surprising pop to the upside as with “risk” in general so…..ya – unexpected for sure.

          I’m gonna short it too.

  4. Casa Bianca December 6, 2013 / 9:26 am

    I scaled out of my trades in small percentages yesterday while staying in the market with much lower risk, and most of my trades are green.

    Kong when you say “Risk is selling off,” do you mean this is a “Risk on,” trade? In general looking across the board here.

    • Forex Kong December 6, 2013 / 10:52 am

      “A day a trend – does not make right”!

      For those who’ve just recently started following – I hope you’ll read far enough back to get a handle on where I’m at.

      We know we are pushing across “a long and grinding top” with smaller position sizes , and much smaller expectations.

      As well if you’ve not read up on my general entry strategy – it’s based in small orders over time. Forex (in these market conditions) rarely moves in a smooth straight line, so trade idas develop over a given week – sometimes even longer…as well – and often – I’ll bounce in and out taking profits as fast as I see them.

      The USD is currently tradking up when equities move up , and down when equities trade down as the majority of the cash is actually Yen – being converted to USD in order to BUY stocks….and then back when selling.

  5. Casa Bianca December 6, 2013 / 9:37 am

    I can only see “Risk on,” in terms of USD. Perhaps I am looking at it in a different light?

    • Forex Kong December 6, 2013 / 10:52 am

      I see USD falling like a rock….what is it that you see?

  6. r December 6, 2013 / 11:04 am

    I don’t see USD strength.. it’s more of yen weakness propping up the markets now..

    • Forex Kong December 6, 2013 / 11:35 am

      Bingo Robert….USD near red as EUR still moving higher on it.

      • Forex Kong December 6, 2013 / 11:45 am

        For those follwing along here via the Comments section – I’m looking to re short AUD related pairs, as well add to a couple existing trades.

        EUR as well GBP looking good vs USD obviously……JPY pairs mentioned provide “re entry” short with caution.

        AUD and NZD pop I expect to fade.

  7. JSkogs December 6, 2013 / 12:58 pm

    With this ‘pop’ has come some pretty sweet looking short set-ups for next week. Hopefully we will get a sharp sell off next and then steady trade-able holiday grind up into holiday season followed by a wrecker Jan start. Dare to dream Arnold dare to dream

    • Forex Kong December 6, 2013 / 1:03 pm

      I like where you’re at J…….

      I’m sticking with the signal / plan as……it’s just another day.

      The wire has been tripped so…..I too look forward to some great action next week.

      • robert December 6, 2013 / 1:11 pm

        Sure looks like nikkei will retest highs.. more yen drop to come…

        • Forex Kong December 6, 2013 / 1:12 pm

          Eye on 16,000 Robert – you know this.

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