Be Careful of Overlapping Levels of Structure

Experience is a major part of becoming a consistently profitable trader. Now experience isn’t just gained by the amount of time that you spend in the markets, it has to be earned by doing the little things such as reviewing your trades on a daily basis & asking yourself what did I do good, what did I do bad & what could I have done better?

Something that I began to notice in my trading years back was that I wasn’t being the smartest with my stop loss in certain situations and this was mainly due to having too much of a recency bias and not focusing enough on the past in comparison to the present.

Situations like the one on the chart above would routinely take me out because although my stops were below the most recent level fo structure (making me feel safe), they were not below those sneaky past levels of structure causing me to be easy pickings for smart money hunting.

I now take this into account on every trading scenario I look at and although it has reduced the number of trades that I take, it has increased my efficiency in the opportunities that I do take.

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Akil Stokes

Akil Stokes

Trader — Trading Coach — Host of The Trading Coach Podcast — Author for Entrepreneur & FX Trader Magazine — Proud Husband & Father — Sports Nerd & Coffee Addict

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