Preschool>= Lesson Status ?
Kindergarten>= Lesson Status ?
Elementary>= Lesson Status ?
Grade 1 Support and Resistance Levels
Grade 2 Japanese Candlesticks
Grade 3 Fibonacci
Grade 4 Moving Averages
Grade 5 Common Chart Indicators
Middle School>= Lesson Status ?
Grade 7 Important Chart Patterns
Grade 8 Pivot Points
Summer School>= Lesson Status ?
High School>= Lesson Status ?
Grade 9 Trading Divergences
Grade 10 Market Environment
Grade 11 Trading Breakouts and Fakeouts
Grade 12 Fundamental Analysis
Grade 13 Currency Crosses
- What is a Currency Cross Pair?
- Crosses Present More Trading Opportunities
- Cleaner Trends and Ranges
- Taking Advantage of Interest Rate Differential
- Obscure Crosses
- Planning Around News and Fundamentals
- Creating Synthetic Pairs
- Euro and Yen Crosses
- How to Use Crosses to Trade the Majors
- How Cross Currency Pairs Affect Dollar Pairs
- Summary: Currency Crosses
Grade 14 Multiple Time Frame Analysis
Undergraduate>= Lesson Status ?
- Why Keep a Trade Journal?
- Benefits of Keeping a Journal
- What Should You Record in Your Journal?
- Potential Trading Area
- Entry Trigger
- Position Sizing
- Trade Management Rules
- Trade Retrospective
- Trading Journal Statistics
- Reviewing Your Trading Journal
- Difficulties of Keeping a Trade Journal
- Summary: Keeping a Trade Journal
Graduation>= Lesson Status ?
- Which Trading Style is Best for You?
- Which Currencies Should You Trade?
- What is Your Level of Trading Experience?
- Should You Be a Discretionary, Mechanical, or Hybrid Trader?
- What Kind of Mechanical System Suits Your Personality?
- What is Your Attitude Towards Risk?
- What Kind of Stop Suits Your Trading Style?
What Time Frame Should I Trade?
One of the reasons newbie traders don't do as well as they could is because they're usually trading the wrong time frame for their personality.
New traders will want to get rich quick so they'll start trading small time frames like the 1-minute or 5-minute charts. Then they end up getting frustrated when they trade because the time frame doesn't fit their personality.
For some traders, they feel most comfortable trading the 1-hour charts.
This time frame is longer, but not too long, and trade signals are fewer, but not too few. Trading on this time frame helps give more time to analyze the market and not feel so rushed.
On the other hand, we have a friend who could never, ever, trade in a 1-hour time frame.
It would be way too slow for him and he'd probably think he was going to rot and die before he could get in a trade. He prefers trading a 10-minute chart. It still gives him enough time (but not too much) to make decisions based on his trading plan.
Another buddy of ours can't figure out how traders trade on a 1-hour chart because he thinks it's too fast! He trades only daily, weekly, and monthly charts.
Okay, so you're probably asking what the right time frame is for you.
Well buddy, if you had been paying attention, it depends on your personality. You have to feel comfortable with the time frame you're trading in.
You'll always feel some kind of pressure or sense of frustration when you're in a trade because real money is involved. That's natural.
But you shouldn't feel that the reason for the pressure is because things are happening so fast that you find it difficult to make decisions or so slowly that you get frustrated.
When we first started trading, we couldn't stick to a time frame.
We started with the 15-minute chart.
Then the 5-minute chart.
Then we tried the 1-hour chart, the daily chart, and the 4-hour chart.
This is natural for all new traders until you find your comfort zone and why we suggest that you DEMO trade using different time frames to see which fits your personality the best.
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- Multiple Time Frame Analysis
- What Time Frame Should I Trade?
- Time Frame Breakdown
- Long or Short?
- Time Frame Mashup
- Time Frame Combinations
- Summary: Multiple Time Frame Analysis