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You Should Have a Trading Journal. So Why Don't You?

Posted by Peter Davies on January 08, 2020

Every educator worth their salt will tell you, it’s important to journal your trades, to keep a record so you can track your progress.

However, almost all traders fail to heed this advice. In fact, of the traders I work with, I’d say that less than 5% keep a consistent trade history. It’s not just laziness at play here; there are practical and psychological reasons that make keeping a journal a challenge.

Let’s start by looking at some of the reasons you might avoid journaling your trades.

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Topics: Peter Davies, Trading Plan, Futures, trading strategy, Jigsaw Trading

This is the Worst Thing You can do while Trading in Heightened Volatility

Posted by TopstepTrader on December 05, 2018

This is an incredible trading environment. Yesterday's moves in U.S. equity, interest rate and forex markets offered tremendous opportunities. This is a time when traders have to adjust their strategy, says Peter Davies of Jigsaw Trading. 

Peter recently sat down with Topstep's Eddie Horn to talk about how to trade volatility — from someone who has been involved in markets from before the 1999 tech boom and bust. Peter offers tactical advice for traders, including what the absolute worst adjustment you can make in heightened volatility is and how you can improve your performance each and every day. 

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Topics: Trading Basics, Limit Up! Podcast, Forex, Peter Davies, Futures

Step-by-Step Guide to a Winning Trading Strategy

Posted by TopstepTrader on November 30, 2017

Peter Davies day trades the S&P 500 and helps traders by designing analytics, a trading platform and other tools as the founder of Jigsaw Trading. In the most recent episode of Limit Up!, host Eddie Horn and Peter hone in on the one thing that matters most to traders: finding and defining a profitable trading strategy. 

Peter says that anyone who is starting out trading should do so on a short timeframe. Instead of focusing on what the market may do in the next 2 or 3 days, he believes it is easier to predict what the market may do in the next 2 or 3 hours (or shorter). 

Give it a listen - and be sure to subscribe on iTunes or Google Play. 

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Topics: Trading Basics, Limit Up! Podcast, Peter Davies

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