'You Can't Always Get What You Want' - trading through adversity

Well the week could have started on a much better note I must say. My USD/JPY intraday (ID) system, which tends to make money buying high (selling low) in the expectation of yet higher (lower) prices throughout the global session, managed to go long pretty close to the day's high before a strong reversal took hold. And who said it was all but impossible picking the high or the low for the day in these irrational markets?

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On reflection I think this is why trading can be quite a frustrating pastime, whether it is done on a professional basis or otherwise. Trading is not about being right on each and every 'spin of the wheel' but about being right over the long haul by having faith in your systems and in risking only a small percentage of capital at any one time. In the short run one will encounter sometimes long periods of being wrong - 'drawdown' - where one's psychology can be adversely affected which can lead to trading errors including 'doubling down' and getting selective about which trades you take.

As The Rolling Stones famously put it, 'You Can't Always Get What You Want........but if you try sometimes, you get what you need'

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