GBP/USD: Straddle Trade Triggered! – Trade Closed

Trade Closed: 2011-4-4 1:44

GBP/USD 1-hour Chart

If you’re happy and you know it clap your hands! Clap, clap! Thanks to interest rate hike speculations and a very positive Nationwide house price index, GBP/USD broke of its range and rallied strongly. I was able to hit my profit target and walk away with a respectable 0.86% profit!

After that breakeven trade in EUR/USD, coming out with a win sure does feel great!

Now, now, I don’t want to get too excited. In retrospect, I believe I could’ve walked away with an even bigger win if I was more aggressive. I could’ve had a better reward-to-risk ratio if I had a tighter stop and added to my already-winning position! I’ll do better next time, I promise. If you want real-time trade updates, just follow me on Twitter!

Here’s a brief rundown of what happened:

Closed half at 1.6107: +61 pips
Closed other half at 1.6150: +104 pips
Total gain: +165 pips / +0.86%

Trade Idea: 2011-3-31 1:44

GBP/USD 1-hour Chart

Thanks to positive reports from the U.K. and a little bit of risk appetite, my buy order on Cable was triggered. So yeah, I guess that means I’m gonna root for the pound now, even if Prince William didn’t change his mind and decide to marry me instead. -tear-

Hah! Kidding!

Anyway, back to my trade.

There are still a lot event risks on the forex economic calendar. Aside from the housing report from the U.K. that I mentioned in my blog post yesterday, I also feel a little bit scared that the Irish stress test results would spark risk aversion.

So, instead of holding on to my trade all the way to my profit target, I decided to play it safe and close half my position at 1.6107. To make my trade even safer, I moved the stop of my remaining position to my entry point. That way, I’ll be assured that no matter what happens, my trade won’t turn into a loser and I walk away with a profit!

Just to make things clearer, here’s a recap of what I did:

  1. Went long GBP/USD at 1.6046 with the pt at 1.6150 and the stop loss at 1.5950
  2. Closed half my position at 1.6107
  3. Moved stop to 1.6050 while still gunning for 1.6150

Okay, enough about trading! In other news, I am PSYCHED about the new HBO series scheduled to come out on April 17. It’s called The Game of Thrones and it’s one of, if not the best, books that I have ever read. The teaser gave me goosebumps! See how awesome it is for yourself!

Man, man, man… I just cannot hold my excitement. Someone calm me down! Quickly now!

  • Anonymous

    Pips investigator…. Nice try, i hope everything works well for you with your trade, just be more uptight about your Sl. I am trying to start a new thread on babypips where i would talk about pullbacks, retracement, entry and exit and maximizing your profit with the trend1 inside the trend2 and potential trade.I think babypips has done a lot for me by laying a foundation for me before i became advanced in trading.

  • pipsinvestigator

    Pips investigator

  • pipsinvestigator

    Pips investigator…. Nice try, i hope everything works well for you with your trade, just be more uptight about your Sl. I am trying to start a new thread on babypips where i would talk about pullbacks, retracement, entry and exit and maximizing your profit with the trend1 inside the trend2 and potential trade.I think babypips has done a lot for me by laying a foundation for me before i became advanced in trading. This is a way to help newbies back

  • pipsinvestigator

    I think i would also help advanced trader in the entry and exit and how they read the market. But i think it would take me a lot of time to arrange everything into an organised thread. It would take me atleast one month to arrange but i believe i would need everybody help to makd this a PROGRESS.

  • Anonymous

    Pips investigator…. Nice try, i hope everything works well for you with your trade, just be more uptight about your Sl. I am trying to start a new thread on babypips where i would talk about pullbacks, retracement, entry and exit and maximizing your profit with the trend1 inside the trend2 and potential trade.I think babypips has done a lot for me by laying a foundation for me before i became advanced in trading.

  • pipsinvestigator

    Pips investigator

  • pipsinvestigator

    Pips investigator…. Nice try, i hope everything works well for you with your trade, just be more uptight about your Sl. I am trying to start a new thread on babypips where i would talk about pullbacks, retracement, entry and exit and maximizing your profit with the trend1 inside the trend2 and potential trade.I think babypips has done a lot for me by laying a foundation for me before i became advanced in trading. This is a way to help newbies back

  • pipsinvestigator

    I think i would also help advanced trader in the entry and exit and how they read the market. But i think it would take me a lot of time to arrange everything into an organised thread. It would take me atleast one month to arrange but i believe i would need everybody help to makd this a PROGRESS.

  • pipsinvestigator

    Nice trade, keep it up

  • pipsinvestigator

    Nice trade, keep it up

  • Huck

    Thanks :)

  • Huck

    Thanks :)