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Yes, true, the measured move is a well-known pattern (also called an ABCD pattern). But there are several keys to using that pattern. 1. Where do you get in? Easy to spot after the move has well begun and you certainly don’t want to get in as its completing. 2. How do you know it’s a certified measured move? 3. What confirms the move or the entry itself? 4. What if it only goes 50% of the way and then fails? Is that good enough to take some profit (assuming you got in early enough to have any profit)? What… Read more »

Apart from the entry/exit rules and optional money management guidelines, strategies are often characterized by the list of trading tools required to employ the given strategy. These tools are usually charts, technical or fundamental indicators, some market data or anything else that can be used in trading. When choosing a strategy, you need to understand, which of the required tools you have in possession.
Strategies that retain some uncertainty and cannot be easily formalized into mathematical rules are called discretionary. Such strategies can be backtested only manually. They are also prone to emotional errors and various psychological biases. On the bright side, discretionary trading is very flexible and allows experienced traders to avoid losses in difficult market situation, while offering an opportunity to extend profit when traders deem it feasible. Newbie currency traders should probably stay away from discretionary trading, or at least try to minimize the extent of their discretion in trading.
Trend-following systems require a particular mindset, because of the long duration—during which time profits can disappear as the market swings—these trades can be more psychologically demanding. When markets are volatile, trends will tend to be more disguised and price swings will be greater. Therefore, a trend-following system is the best trading strategy for Forex markets that are quiet and trending.
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