“The psychological aspect of trading can be overwhelming” - FTMO

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“The psychological aspect of trading can be overwhelming”

Psychology is one of the most important aspects of trading that affects virtually all traders. Mastering the ins and outs of psychology is one of the biggest challenges in trading. However, our new traders, Axel, Frank, Natalia and Ryan have managed to do so and have successfully joined our family of FTMO Traders.


Trader Axel: "Test your strategy, be aware of how to manage emotions/psychology."

trader Axel

How did loss limits affect your trading style?

I taught myself to follow my rules and be careful not to become emotional. In the FTMO Challenge I reached almost both limits and when this happened I took a few days "off", analyzed my trading and got back to following my rules. I think the Verification results and the second half of my trading show the change.

How did you eliminate the factor of luck in your trading?

By using indicators, knowledge about time and effect of certain news. I have developed my own spreadsheet based on indicators - with a set of rules. Looking at the reports from my trading history just confirms to me - "Follow my rules !!". From the FTMO Challenge to the Verification, I added a rule, which seems to improve my entry/exit strategy. This rule change was based on the report FTMO sent me for my FTMO Challenge. Thank you.

How would you rate your experience with FTMO?

Very good. 10 out of 10. All the YouTube information, interviews with other traders who are now FTMO Traders, weekly emails, and information on the FTMO platform. Yes, a lot of help/information available.

trader Axel

What was the most difficult during your FTMO Challenge or Verification and how did you overcome it?

Emotions and the psychology affecting you when the trade goes the wrong way. Follow your exit strategy and take the loss. Another perfect entry will appear in the near future where you gain back your losses and more.

How did passing the FTMO Challenge and Verification change your life?

It made me happy, and I believe in myself that I have a system that will work in the future. My goal is to improve my system, make some money (not get rich) and increase my FTMO Account. I only trade one pair and I will test if the system works on another pair as well. The spread sheet I developed will tell me that, but it will take some time to enter and collect data.


What is the number one advice you would give to a new trader?

Test your strategy, be aware of how to manage emotions/psychology. Use the FTMO Free Trial to test your strategy. Back testing and "forward" testing are not always equal I find. Also, make some rules, entry and EXIT that works with your system. Use Stop Loss and TP - works for me.


Trader Frank: "Risk management has been a huge part of my trading success."

trader Frank

What does your risk management plan look like?

Risk management has been a huge part of my trading success. I risk about 0.5%- 1.5% depending on market conditions. I always make sure to calculate my Stop Loss before each trade. My win-rate ranges between 30%-40% as I prefer to target a risk to reward ratio of at least 1:2.5.

Has your psychology ever affected your trading plan?

The psychological aspect of trading can be overwhelming. There are several instances where poor psychology has made me close trades too early only to see the market move in my intended direction. But through awareness I realized that developing discipline and trusting my trading plan was the key in balancing my trading psychology.

Do you plan to take another FTMO Challenge to manage an even bigger capital?

Of course! That is part of my long-term goals. However, in the meantime I want to focus my attention on consistency, growth, and development with my newly funded account. I plan to take another challenge whenever is appropriate.

trader Frank

How did passing the FTMO Challenge and Verification change your life?

This milestone has been one of the most exciting experiences of my life. It was a journey that has taught me one or two huge lesson(s). These include strict adherence to rules in order to achieve a task as well as maintaining a high level of discipline owing to following the FTMO Trading Objectives. This has built in me a sense of confidence during trading. Moreover, I am also happy knowing that I have bigger capital to trade/manage which could not have been possible with my own money. I believe that this is not the end of my story, but more success awaits me in the future. Ready to work even harder towards my journey as a professional trader.

Describe your best trade.

This trade was on XAUUSD pair. I was super-excited as it gave a return of over 2% passing the verification stage. After in-depth analysis the day before, directional bias was unclear to me. Hence, I decided wait for the New York session. And as anticipated price gave me the required set up that I was waiting for. I took that sell trade with risk management and within a few minutes my profit target was reached. This proved to me the need to always trust your plan and execute with confidence.

What would you like to say to other traders that are attempting the FTMO Challenge?

My huge advice to these traders is that they should treat trading as a business. This means doing things that a typical businessperson will do to grow their business. Have trading plan/strategy, backtest it well enough and maintain the discipline to follow it. Lastly, they should understand that losses are part of the trading industry, but it is through that that traders discover themselves to become even better. Good luck!!!!!


Trader Natalia: "Be your biggest fan!"

trader Natalia

What was the most difficult during your FTMO Challenge or Verification and how did you overcome it?

The most difficult thing during the challenge was reaching that 5% profit since I had been strictly practicing on demos for a while before attempting the FTMO Challenge, so I didn't really have a heading with a profit target. But with that challenge I knew that it was possible for me to reach that because realistically that is what I would like to make in profits every time I want to get a payout. Obviously that profit target is just a starting point since I am a newer trader, but it definitely pushes me to be better.

How has passing the FTMO Challenge and Verification changed your life?

This is a huge win for me as when I started my trading journey, I felt a bit discouraged because I wasn't understanding it so well until I found my mentor who stuck it out with me for about 2.5 years being on and off about it. But this year I really wanted to go full force with it because I knew this skill would help me with my financial struggles and for me to leave my job where I had reached a plateau in already. Trading will give me the opportunity to make money in my own time while also helping me fund my other business.

What does your risk management plan look like?

I normally stick to a 3:1 or 2:1 risk/reward ratio depending on how my setup looks. I also am really adamant about taking only 1-2 trades in the day. If I profit on the 1st trade, then I am done for the day but if I lose my first trade then I give myself a second chance whether I win or lose.

trader Natalia

What was easier than expected during the FTMO Challenge or Verification?

The target profit for the Verification was the easiest part since it was lower than the challenge TP, so it felt less daunting to reach that 5%. This made me more confident.

What inspires you to pursue trading?

FREEDOM! That is what inspires me. I want the financial freedom of writing my own checks and not having to be in an office where I don't want to be in everyday working for someone else.

What is the number one advice you would give to a new trader?

Look at the charts every day! Even if it's only for an hour. Even if you're not going to place that trade in MT4 but you're just practicing your setups, your rules, paying attention to the patterns that happen on a daily basis on your preferred pair. Back testing and journaling your trades are also very important. Once I zoned into these disciplined habits, trading became almost second nature because I created a system that I knew worked for me. Also having trading view on my phone has been a very powerful tool and I use it almost as much as I use Instagram. And lastly but most importantly, BE YOUR BIGGEST FAN!

Trader Ryan: "It's going to take time, patience and resilience is key to this game."

Trader Ryan

How did passing the FTMO Challenge and Verification change your life?

This will be the first management step in my trading career - it's given me confidence in knowing my persistence and resilience paid off - I am very grateful and looking forward to what the future holds.

How did you manage your emotions when you were in a losing trade?

I just set the stop and leave it alone - I know what happens will happen. I can only trade my system and keep a positive presence knowing that the next trade presents the next opportunity to win. Losing is a part of trading - without expecting and accepting this - I know I cannot be a full-time trader.

What was more difficult than expected during your FTMO Challenge or Verification?

FTMO Challenge was more difficult than I expected - I was off to a very strong start but getting to the profit goal in a timely manner was tricky for me due to my strategy. Risking 1% and going for targets around 1:3 or 1:4 and incurring a few losses definitely put a little pressure on!

Trader Ryan

What do you think is the key for long term success in trading?

Mentally and sticking to your trading plan - before this challenge - I was always looking at multiple systems and strategies. I knew I just needed to find the one that fit right for me and my lifestyle. It's not easy with social media and other outlets to try and piggyback off others success but I never looked back - I just stuck to my rules and my vision.


What does your risk management plan look like?

I never risk more than 1% on any given trade. Once I get to larger accounts (100k plus) I plan on utilizing 30% of the available funds on a more swing-progressive plan and the 70% on short term and target day trades. I never move my stop once it is set - I know to be successful that I need to stick to my risk parameters. I also will only make 2 trades in a given day - I don't want to over-trade or over-expose my account. If I lose one day, I can reset and trade the next.

What is the number one advice you would give to a new trader?

Be resilient - it's going to take time, patience and resilience is key to this game - there are sooooo many traders out there that can show short term success but it's the long game that matters. Pick a strategy that works best for you and make it your own - every human is unique, and your trading strategy can be too!

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