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Trade Forex Like a Sniper…Not a Machine Gunner

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Today’s Forex Lesson is “Awesome”. In fact, It’s probably one of my best trading lessons I have ever written. It took me at least 2 days of brain power and probably 20 coffees.  Please pay it forward, share it with others. Enjoy.

A sniper in the military has an edge over his or her enemy; their edge is unwavering patience, mastery of their weapon, and the ability to remain consciously in control of their mind and body for long periods of time in high-stress situations. We can apply these same concepts to Forex trading…

Forex trading is very similar…you need a trading edge (weapon), you have to master this edge, you need to develop and maintain rigid self-discipline and control, and you have to execute your edge flawlessly in the face of constant temptation to over-trade and over-leverage. Now, trading is nowhere near as stressful as war, but it still requires conscious control of mind and body.

Those traders who learn to pick and choose their trades wisely, trading like a Forex “sniper”, are typically the ones who succeed long-term, whereas those traders who act like machine-gun traders by shooting at everything they see (trading too much), tend to run out of ammo (money) very quickly and fail to accomplish their goals in the market. Let’s discuss how you can learn to trade like a sniper instead of shooting at everything (taking every trade) that comes your way…

• Accept that less is more in Forex trading

One of the things that we traders can learn from a sniper in the military is that in certain situations less is indeed more. Forex trading is definitely a “situation” where less is more. However, it is very common for beginning traders to feel that more is better; more Forex indicators, more trades, more analyzing, more money on useless trading robots, etc.

What is the result of such misinformed beliefs? The result is almost always over-trading; indeed, most beginning Forex traders are like machine-gunners; spraying bullets (money) at everything they deem to be a trade and likely causing more damage to their trading accounts than good. The first step that you need to make if you want to trade more like a sniper and less like a machine-gunner, is to truly accept that less is more in Forex trading.

Just like a sniper waits patiently for his or her pre-determined target to come into view; you need to learn how to wait patiently for your pre-defined trading edge to show itself in the market. As price action traders we have a very effective trading edge that allows us great opportunity to trade the market with sniper-like precision, and the daily charts provide the best “battleground” for us to execute our edge on.

• Higher time frames

As I mentioned previously, the daily chart should be your “battleground” for developing your ability to become a Forex sniper. Why, you ask? Because it is the daily chart that gives us the “highest value” or highest-probability targets when compared to any time frame below it. Weekly charts are also accurate, but they don’t give us enough targets each month and they are less practical to trade than the daily chart.

These targets are price action setups, and you should think of them as higher-value on the higher time frames, because in reality the higher the time frame the higher-probability the setup becomes. This is the primary reason that trading higher time frames drastically increases trading success. Think about it this way; a sniper is on a pre-planned mission to take out high-value targets that can change the course of a war, and in Forex trading you should be looking for the highest-probability trade setups that can have the greatest positive impact on your track record.

Machine-gun trading the lower time frames is not going to do anything but cause you to lose all your ammo or money a lot faster than you think. There is really no sense in ever trading any time frame below the 1hr chart since the value or probability of the targets or setups decreases dramatically as you move lower in time frame. You want to stick to the high-value or high-probability setups of the daily chart as much as possible, and especially while you are still learning to trade.

• Patience

patience2If there is one thing that a sniper in the military definitely IS, it’s patient. Patience is like the “magic” ingredient that makes everything work for a sniper in the military, and it is also the “magic” ingredient that you will need to use if you want to become a Forex sniper. Most beginning traders lose money in the markets, and most beginning traders are also anything BUT patient. See the connection here?

There is a tendency for traders to want to “force” the issue of trading by manifesting signals that aren’t really there or by jumping into a signal that has not closed out yet. When it comes to money it is human nature to be impatient, this is otherwise known as greed, but if you don’t learn to become a patient Forex trader, you will never forge the type of overall self-control that it takes to succeed as a Forex trader and become a Forex sniper.

• Mastery of strategy

A sniper will train for years to sharpen and perfect his or her shooting skills, and a sniper knows exactly what their target looks like and pulls the trigger without hesitation. Similarly, you will need to “train” with the particular Forex trading strategy you choose to employ in the markets so that you know EXACTLY what you are looking for every time you open your charts. However, you will need to do more than that; you will need to truly MASTER the Forex trading strategy that you choose, because if you don’t master it, you will never achieve your full potential as a Forex sniper.

Mastering a trading strategy begins with education. If you choose to employ high-probability price action trading strategies, I can provide you with the Forex trading training you will need. However, you must put in the time and effort to learn and master it; I cannot do this for you. You need to be realistic about this, it will take time; it takes time to become a master at anything, and Forex trading is no different. But, if you put in the necessary time and take advantage of the insights discussed in this article, you will begin trading like a sniper sooner than you might think.

• Developing a sniper-like Forex trading mindset

Sniper-like Forex trading breeds confidence and discipline. The more you strive to trade like a sniper and less like a machine-gunner, the more your Forex trading confidence and discipline will improve. This is because you will be rewarded for patience, and as you start to see your patience pay off over time, you will want to maintain it.

It is the initial stages of developing a sniper-like Forex trading mindset that most traders fail at, usually because they do not understand the power of patience and discipline. It tends to feel better to be a machine-gun trader because you feel powerful and “in control”. The problem with this mindset is that you can never control the market, in fact, the more you try to control the Forex market the more it will actually control you. The only thing you CAN control is yourself by learning to trade like a sniper, and if you do this you will significantly increase your chances of success as a Forex trader.

Trading Like A Sniper is part of my ‘core trading philosophy’ that I teach my students. If you want to learn more about becoming a disciplined price action Forex “sniper”, check out my forex trading course and traders community here.

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  1. Karen M July 18, 2017 at 10:20 pm

    Thanks Nial, your post was just what I needed today.

    Reply
  2. Roy Peters June 12, 2017 at 9:48 am

    Thank you nial. A wonderful article. I’m new to trading and have read articles on your site. Patience truly is the key to be a successful trader.

    Roy

    Reply
  3. Mzwah March 17, 2017 at 11:14 pm

    Superb Nail; you remind me of my grandfather he use to tell me that he use to wait for days in the forest waiting for the pray to come; the only one thing he was sure of was his target and that when it comes he will have no doubt but only to pull the trigger.

    Thanks so much Nail, informative and mind building stuff.

    Thank you.

    Reply
  4. Dhananjaya January 29, 2017 at 4:41 pm

    thank you sir..Wonderful article..

    Reply
  5. tess January 15, 2017 at 5:36 pm

    Hi Nial,
    I think this is one difficult task to master.. patience. But if it will change my trading to right direction I am willing to do it. I just start trading this January 2017. Thank you for this article so I can start right..
    Tess

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  6. Fatharry January 2, 2017 at 3:54 am

    You have my attention.
    Machine gunner ! yes.
    Patient ! no.
    Day trader ! I am now.
    Knowledge is the key. Your course will give me a new trade. Now it is up to me to put the time in and learn this new trade.
    Finally, a straight up, concise no BS site that will enhance my life style over time.
    Time to rock.
    Thanks for sharing your knowledge.

    Reply
  7. NF December 7, 2016 at 7:27 am

    Damn Nial, where were you at when i started trading last winter haha. Thank you for the inspiration and correct methods for trading.

    Reply
  8. kris October 5, 2016 at 4:55 am

    very good article , just confirming that stuff *

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  9. Benjamin Sundiman June 29, 2015 at 3:04 am

    Hi Niel,
    I wonder to consistently make profits in the market.,especially to being a sniper, should we also consider of the fundamental such as news.
    Cause as we know, market moves so fast up down. How do we suppose to imply the connections between fundamental and the use of TF(Time Frames) accurately.
    For instance,once we enter market with higher TF Daily(D1) which indicates the pair to drop,it likely market moves against our expectations. What and how exactly the right way to read the TF..How long it takes for the TF D1 to hit our Target?

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  10. Vic May 29, 2015 at 3:59 am

    Hi Nial,

    Oh! You are always right and I totally agree with you but “partience, partiance and partience again” – I hate it (sorry!)! How to become a patience – “that is the question” (Hello from Shakespear!)!
    I never was a sniper but as a fisherman I am ready to subscribe to your every word from this article. Trading likes fishing too. You never know – catch fish or fish eat the bait often with tackle. I know only one way to be a patience – LOVE! If you love fishing (trading in mind) – you will be a patient, careful, prudent and so on. But to became successful trader all this is not enough. Shoud be a greate secret right on the table but if you did not want to see it yet or if you’re not ready to take it … It seems that you found it and trying to show it to all of us – WITH A BIG PATIENCE!
    Thank you once more – with deep reverence and gratitude,

    Vic

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  11. Simon March 21, 2015 at 2:11 am

    This is just mindblowing! I wolud never have thought that the patience is the strategy itself.

    Reply
  12. Robert card March 9, 2015 at 1:14 pm

    For an older article it is definitely one of the most useful and has turned my trading performance completely around. Thanks Nial!!!

    Reply
  13. rany March 5, 2015 at 11:55 pm

    Hi Nial,
    Very helpful article and has changed my overall view of how i should be trading…..hmmm just like a snipper ;)
    Thanks alot.

    Reply
  14. Jann July 6, 2014 at 4:40 am

    Excellent analogies here… I’d even compare the “higher timerframes” to the scope. If you are close to your target, through a scope they will not only get nearly impossible to hit, but you will have a hard time even spotting them. Thus, from a greater distance (zooming out to higher timeframes) you have all the overview and a lot more time to squeeze the trigger.

    Thank you so much for coming up with analogies like these overall, they wield incredible explanatory power

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  15. arun March 27, 2014 at 5:07 pm

    Dear nial,, very effective useful article, really i learned the value of patience. bless you, u changed my trading style, thanks a lot

    Reply
  16. Lakeside February 1, 2014 at 7:54 am

    Dude you improved my profitability…Nice articles

    Reply
  17. abiodun olutayo September 5, 2013 at 1:44 am

    Nial Fuller’s law of Forex trading: says any trader that want to succeed in forex trading Must trade like SNIPER and be PATIENCE not like MACHINE GUN.

    Reply
  18. victor August 11, 2013 at 3:45 pm

    Thanks A LOT Mr.Nial.Bless you.

    Reply
  19. Isabel August 5, 2013 at 10:49 am

    Patience is one of the traits that we need to develop. Thanks!

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  20. Frank March 9, 2013 at 7:34 pm

    I still believe that the lower timeframes are helpful to find low risk trigger entries, but the setups should be based on the higher timeframes (over 1 Hr.) for your filters or in forming the rules for the setup. Sniper trading will also lower your commissions, which naturally will add up over time if you over trade. Thanks Nial.

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  21. jonathan jotex December 2, 2012 at 8:37 am

    Nial i’m so glad i have you as a mentor.I will i mean i will never trade a lower timeframe like in the past again.Thanks once again Nial,u really are a great life changer

    Reply
  22. Alex November 17, 2012 at 1:23 pm

    Thanks you for your awesome article.

    Reply
  23. Sam August 9, 2012 at 7:17 am

    This is the MOST inspiring and transforming article i have come across this period, this course made me add FXsniper to ma social network handles. and ever since then i have been reacting to the market as a sniper. A very big thanks to NIAL you the BEST MENTOR. thanks for painting my account History all GREEN.

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  24. Lanzo June 23, 2012 at 1:02 am

    As i was going through this article, i can see myself thru it like a mirror, my mistakes were made manifest by the article, in fact, i see some reasons why i am failing in the forex trading. thanks nial for the enlightenment.

    Reply
  25. Olorungbemi dele June 13, 2012 at 1:28 am

    I think am on my path to greatness here

    Reply
  26. nnamdi April 28, 2012 at 5:16 am

    hi Nial, i must say this is the bomb. forex is indeed more real when we see it from the angle of the military. its the best. though am not yet a member of the forum but soon will join u guys

    Reply
  27. Alex April 6, 2012 at 7:26 pm

    It is a must read article for all traders. Wish every one can be a sniper trader!

    Reply
  28. mohsin April 2, 2012 at 6:37 am

    our mindset are same…..thanks…..i adopt it in my early career as a Forex sniper.

    Reply
  29. OKA'DIGBO C.D. March 12, 2012 at 4:59 pm

    FULLER, YOU ARE THE GREATEST MESSENGER THAT HAS HAPPENED IN MY NATURAL LIVE, YOU ARE NOT A TEACHER TO ME, I CALLED YOU A MESSENGER, KEEP IT UP, I AM HAPPY TO BE A MEMBER OF PRICE ACTION FAMILY, TODAY I TRADE WITH MAGNIFICENT CONFIDENCE, WHAT AN IDEA, FULLER I BLESS YOU IN THE NAME OF MY GOD OF ANCIENT FATHERS AND MY VERY LIVING FATHER DR. BISHOP DAVID O. OYEDEPO.

    OKA’DIGBO
    NIGERIA

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  30. Anthony February 6, 2012 at 7:47 pm

    Thanks man. From now, and I repeat, from now, I will increase my patience like a sniper to capture my target(pips). GREAT THOUGHT. This is better than any strategy.

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  31. Fatima January 20, 2012 at 7:55 pm

    It would be really helpful if you could settle a debate between me and my trading partner!

    We have a 3 trade a week limit each and we split the trading shifts so that we don’t work at the same time.

    My view is that once each or one of us has hit our 3 trade a week limit, that person should stop trading even if it is say Wednesday and there is still Thursday and Friday to go. My trading partner’s view is that that person should still show up for their shifts regardless of the fact that her 3 trades are done, and if there is a perfect set up by our rules she will take it. For me that defeats the purpose! The way I see it is that if one of us has used up our trades early in the week, and the other person still has 3 trades left, the other person should continue trading but the person out of trades should stop! She says that if all her 3 trades have been good, why should she not be allowed to at least show up to the market to see what is available. We have a mindset of showing up to the market everyday, but not necessarily trading everyday, so for her, the idea of then skipping sessions because she has had her 3 trades, doesn’t sit well. And I agree to the extent that we shouldn’t just skip trading sessions especially is the other person still have 3 trades left to take.

    What would your opinion be please?!

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  32. Nitka December 27, 2011 at 5:27 pm

    this one i read and re read …one to print and keep it above your pc!…:-))) it saved my sanity…thank you…

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  33. Schulz November 6, 2011 at 9:10 pm

    Thanks Nial,

    excellent , patience is a wisdom…Thks for Your Great Lessons.
    From Now I will Trade better. Like a Snipper.
    bye

    Reply
  34. zeeshan haider October 20, 2011 at 1:25 am

    brilliant. the article clearly shows that trading is all about precision. this article is like an operating system for a trading mind. hats off nial.

    Reply
  35. Fang October 14, 2011 at 5:57 am

    Less is more ! It’s so right. I’m so glad to be a member of the price action family , we have a great coach! Thank you Nial.

    Reply
  36. joaquin October 14, 2011 at 1:45 am

    once again…thanks a lot nial. you are more than good in this.

    Reply
  37. David October 7, 2011 at 12:22 am

    Hi Fuller! Thanks for this eye opener. In fact, lack of patience has been my main course of failure; I always think like a machine-gunner. But with this little insight, I think I would try and implore the mindset of a ‘Sniper’ onward. Thanks again and keep opening our eyes (the newbies).

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  38. Oluwasegun October 5, 2011 at 7:07 am

    I’m here also, Nial. I wander, if U can go to this length to give excellent teachings like this 4 free and so frequently, l cannot imagine the effort & care U would have put into yr course. I’m definitely taking it and others that I might have missed plus I will keep recommeding this site to other traders. This is definitely another hit with me. Thanks Oluwasegun

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  39. Richard October 3, 2011 at 12:04 am

    God bless you. With articles like this, my trading has tremedously improved.

    Reply
  40. GlobalTrader September 8, 2011 at 10:58 pm

    Great as always!!! Thx to Nial)))

    Reply
  41. Brendon August 27, 2011 at 10:43 am

    “Sniper trading” that is awesome!!

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  42. Emeka August 23, 2011 at 10:49 pm

    Great article. Carry on master. l have always enjoyed your publications. This has addressed much emotion battles l encounter.

    Reply
  43. Paul N Jiya August 20, 2011 at 3:05 am

    An Educative article. Really patience is sweeter honey, of course, honey from the combs.keepup your angelic forex teaching.

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  44. Eve August 10, 2011 at 9:04 pm

    PATIENCE IS REALLY PAID OFF !!!

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  45. kotijett August 3, 2011 at 7:15 am

    thanks Nial… you continue to inspire and on this one discipline and patience on the daily chart being the battle ground…and so I aim to trade like a sniper

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  46. arman August 2, 2011 at 4:04 am

    Hi Nail

    Thank you for your great educational articles like this

    Reply
  47. Adebayo July 30, 2011 at 7:10 pm

    I have come across your name and website several times on the net but somehow I have never neither been attaracted to read any of your articles nor consider your trading styles and systems and courses.But the Title caught my attention like a lightning and aptly descripe my weakness.It made so much meaning to me because as a new trader I made close to $3000 in three days and lost everything the following week.would really like to work with you.Thanks.

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  48. Ed July 30, 2011 at 10:09 am

    Great article Nial.
    Thanks again!

    Reply
  49. eric July 29, 2011 at 1:47 pm

    thanks for a great lesson for me personally I have tried to apply for this, and it really helped me in doing trading activity. Thanks again, and I hope you continue to provide other articles.

    Reply
  50. Frank July 29, 2011 at 6:52 am

    Excellent. Much wisdom in this. Otsdg. advice….esp. poignant as I’ve realized(finally) it in my own efforts. Much thx.

    Reply
  51. fx::tamer July 28, 2011 at 12:02 pm

    Hi Nial. Definitely one of ur best article. much appreciated.

    Reply
  52. Valy July 27, 2011 at 1:37 pm

    Hi Nial,i want to thank you for great advice that you share with others,i want to say that i tested many trading systems and very expensive ones in more than a year,but i soo the simple system work best,keep it simple,KISS.Thank

    Reply
  53. Gene July 26, 2011 at 9:15 pm

    Thanks Nial, great post !!!!
    i will try this technique, and I’m sure it will work !!

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  54. bethel July 26, 2011 at 8:02 pm

    your lessons are just wonderful, and are of real value true are all the words in your forex lesson.

    Reply
  55. Butch July 26, 2011 at 12:13 pm

    Nial, you are truly excited about this lesson and rightly so. It’s important to re-enforce basic principles. The Sniper analogy is great. Patience is still the glue to any and all strategies. Less is more. Thanks

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  56. Nabs July 26, 2011 at 5:07 am

    Thanx for the article, very clear and useful… now we have to do the complicate stuff : Apply it !

    French proverb : It’s easier to say than to do it

    Cheers et thank you again for your website… one of the best

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  57. Damian July 25, 2011 at 2:41 pm

    great article I highly recommend and love reading them…. thank you

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  58. Anton July 25, 2011 at 6:01 am

    Hi Nial,

    another excelent article – machi-gunner it was me. Thanks for lesson.

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  59. Doug July 24, 2011 at 4:03 pm

    Hi Nial,

    I don’t reply much to your articles although I read all of them.
    This one was particularly good for me. Wont go into the reason but very nicely done and I will read it again. Basically, patience is the key for me.

    By the way, I think it is cool that you ask members to leave a comment but sometimes it seems you are looking for attention. Your articles are great and if somebody is going to comment they will, weather you ask or not.

    Cheers
    Doug

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  60. ayahmie July 24, 2011 at 9:18 am

    hi,

    very good advise for nb like me…

    Reply
  61. Chuka July 24, 2011 at 8:00 am

    Nothing more could be said. I have lost loads being a Rambo…
    Nothing other a Sniper is better. You said it all. Thank you

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  62. Larry H. July 23, 2011 at 4:30 pm

    Nial,

    Right on TARGET! Keep the caffein and suggestions a comin’.

    This ol’ 18 wheeler used to drink 18 cups of that black stuff a day. Nice vice! Thanks again for your thoughtfulness and expertise! Larry

    Reply
  63. Martin July 23, 2011 at 3:02 pm

    Hi Nial,truly speaking it is my weaknesses since I began to trade…you have provide this article as the guideline and I find it very helpful and I m going to apply it in my daily trade. Until then thanks and bye.

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  64. Jose July 23, 2011 at 9:54 am

    Hi Nial, You are totally right in this article. Good way of using the sniper mentality in trading, not only do you have to be precise but you also have to have Courage to go out alone and know that each skill and technique you mastered could and will save your life (account) . Very good article.

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  65. krastev July 23, 2011 at 12:46 am

    thank you Nial.as always great stuff.

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  66. emmanuel July 22, 2011 at 11:47 pm

    Tanx dear…just what i need at this time of my trading…plan, patience, practice, precision & a strong PULL on the trigger.

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  67. samuel July 22, 2011 at 11:10 pm

    Hi Nial,
    Peace to your spirit,soul and body as you continue to release these creative ideas and hindsights freely to the trading community.Thanks.

    Reply
  68. Steve20555 July 22, 2011 at 9:17 pm

    G’day Nial
    That was another brilliant lesson from you, and after having a couple of hard weeks trading (to many 4hr trades and not enough patience) I’m definitely concentrating on the daily charts. PATIENCE & PRACTICE.

    Many thanks
    Steve

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  69. david July 22, 2011 at 8:43 pm

    CONGRATULATIONS. I never read a bad article writen by you.

    You are a Pro and, I think, a great Men.

    Reply
  70. KRISTOFA July 22, 2011 at 6:54 pm

    Thanks again dear Nial. All your lessons are always a gem, but this seems to be priceless. I wish every trader will adopt this “LESS IS MORE”. I adopt it as my watch word.

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  71. Jim July 22, 2011 at 6:21 pm

    Great stuff Nial,

    Trading like a sniper makes complete sense and let’s me do my day job (at least until I’m a better trader :-) )

    Cheers
    Jim

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  72. Hoplite July 22, 2011 at 4:48 pm

    Excellent lesson Nial! and thanks for all your help!!

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  73. musam July 22, 2011 at 4:17 pm

    you spot on,exactly the part i have to work on to be profitable

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  74. toci July 22, 2011 at 3:39 pm

    Hi Nial, I think all of your articles are the best on the web. This article is a confirmation of this

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  75. Ng July 22, 2011 at 3:15 pm

    hi,nial
    superd lessons & yes patience is also the best strategy.keep going with the good lessons

    Reply
  76. Jenny July 22, 2011 at 1:05 pm

    Thanks Nial, Excellent article on changing Machine Gunners into Snipers. I’m in the process of learning the patience needed to become a Sniper and the forums are an excellent place to confirm a Sniper Trade. I’m so glad to have you as my mentor and the forum members as my coaches.
    Keep these great lessons coming.

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  77. Lyndon July 22, 2011 at 12:03 pm

    Your analogy of snipers and traders reminds me of a book I have read. Blink by Malcom Gladwell.

    He describes an experiment where they took 2 & 3 Star generals to wall street and after the close did a sumulation of the markets because the marine generals compared it to a war room.
    They then got traders to participate in war games.
    The result was that both performed well and to the resurchers surprise at the coctail party afterward the traders and generals were mingling together and relating well.

    It is a great read.

    Thanks for a fantastic article Nial

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  78. Miki Boo July 22, 2011 at 11:38 am

    Hi Nail,
    your articles is simply the best and easy to understand by newbies like myself and thanks for all the great advice

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  79. Ramli July 22, 2011 at 11:01 am

    Thanks Nial.

    Great..we are in war now, have a good weapon
    and highly shooting skill.

    Aaia…Yes Sir Kapitan.

    Cheers

    Reply
  80. Jim E July 22, 2011 at 9:58 am

    Great article Nial, can’t tell you how much this hits home. Not that I though I was a top machine gunner but now looking back I fit the profile. Just this past Sunday I started to map out a different stragtegy, may sound familiar. Looked for inside bars with a trend. Found two large bars followed by 4 days of inside bars. EURUSD & GBPUSD than today both had a break out long of the mother bar 128 & 130 pips. I feel good about the find however this morning I had an early meeting and never saw the position till this afternoon. Did not lose anything but felt great that I could wait for the set-up. Want’s great I’ll find more set-ups. I do see the light at the end of the tunnel. Thanks.

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  81. Robert July 22, 2011 at 9:47 am

    Excellent article and well put Nial. You simplifiy very well on what your trying to tell us. Great , Great Article. Thanks once again for your wanting to truly help all of us who are trying to succeed.

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  82. Jim Linnekin July 22, 2011 at 9:28 am

    Excellent one of your best, I am still learning it takes time and patience

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  83. Don July 22, 2011 at 8:22 am

    Hi Nial,

    You’ve written another great article. I like the analogy….sniper vs machine gunner. Mastering trading is just like mastering accurate shooting – it takes patience and practice. Thanks again.

    Reply
  84. Mike July 22, 2011 at 8:21 am

    Nial, this is excellent advice. I lived in Las Vegas for a number of years and worked in a casino. Everything you tell us NOT to do is exactly what most gamblers did. They didn’t know when to walk away from the table and when they were losing, they couldn’t stop, increased their bets and wound up broke. When they won , they thoguht they were hot and couldn’t stop unless they lost all their winnings. So I totally agree with your strategy and patience method. Thanks for the advice.

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  85. Tarun July 22, 2011 at 6:41 am

    Great article Nial, this type of article is great for newbies and those experienced a like, as discipline is easy to forget and manage. Keep up the great work, it is much appreciated!

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  86. Kizito July 22, 2011 at 6:07 am

    Hi Nial,Thank you so much for this article surely you are indeed a price action forex sniper and you fully nailed the aspect of displine and patience in this one!!Man this information is priceless.You are a blessing keep writing as well as siping that coffee…we are learning something.

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  87. Rynn July 22, 2011 at 5:47 am

    Hi Nail
    You have a gift of using words that really gets the point across and in a way that gets right to the meat.
    Thanks for all you do. Great article.
    slide

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  88. John July 22, 2011 at 5:36 am

    Thanks Nial, I really needed this article! I’ve been an unprofitable machine-gunner, but I want to become a profitable sniper.

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  89. julius July 22, 2011 at 5:34 am

    Nail, you have done it again.You are simply an angel. May the the Good Lord Protect and keep you for our gerneration.You are simply awesome. Remain bless.

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  90. sniper jeff July 22, 2011 at 5:30 am

    hi Nial,
    Another great lesson, I took your advice a while ago on trading the daily charts so early every morning my snipers scope is scanning the daily charts[before i go to work]like the last couple of weeks nothing seemed to be happening until I spotted a bullish pin bar but it was against the trend so I thought better be safe than sorry and left the trade which came off anyway!Then yesterday an inside bar/pin bar formed,my finger on the trigger i watched the retrace and had a peek at a lower timeframe trying to fine tune my entry,I pulled the trigger and bingo bullseye! the dharts wer of to the races!On another note you say you are nearly at 4000 members,as I am one of them I would love to know how many have reached the stage that they can give up work as that is my goal and Im sure this would give encouragement to others?

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  91. Carl Graner July 22, 2011 at 5:27 am

    Great article. I have also thought of trading as a sniper
    and seen the similarities. My trading is improving because of you.
    Thanks
    Carl

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  92. Ali July 22, 2011 at 4:40 am

    Hi Nail,
    thanks for your best article.
    it is about 6 months that I have become your member.
    I have started with USD 2000.00 and up to now my gross profit is USD 1829.00 and my gross loss USD 1572.00, so my net profit became USD 257.00.I observe about 30% of your rules.
    My net profit could be much more than USD 1000.00, but because I did not observe the rules that you taught me,I have lost a lot.
    I didn’t had patient, but I had greed.
    After closing any order by TP or SL, again I start another order to increase my profit or compensate my lost order, and most of the time I was losing again.

    From now I decide to obey all your rules and be a forex SNIPER.

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  93. Derrick July 22, 2011 at 4:40 am

    Couldn’t agree more. In fact, Sniper has been my trading forum screen name for about 5 years (on various forums). I decided on the name for all of the reasons Nial mentioned above. Great info.

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  94. Nyoman July 22, 2011 at 3:50 am

    Incredible article, as always, Nial. What you just described in this article is very true. Patience is the first ingredient, then comes strategy mastery and after that, confidence (mind set) if I may point them out.

    I wish you all the best.

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  95. Paul July 22, 2011 at 3:14 am

    Great atheletes become great by practicing the basics over and over again. Great traders become great by reading Nial’s articles and watching his videos over and over again. Thanks Nial, for being a great coach.

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  96. Paul July 22, 2011 at 3:08 am

    Reading Nial’s articles and watching his videos is the same as champion world-class atheletes practicing their basic skills over and over again. It’s how they become great atheletes. It’s how we become great traders.
    Thanks Nial, for being a great coach, who reminds us of the basic skills we need to be successful traders.

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  97. Zsolt July 22, 2011 at 2:50 am

    Very useful article, everything in it is absolutely true. I became a consistently profitable trader when I started trading off the higher time frames and selectively. I need to work a little bit on my patience though.

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  98. Mohamad Fauzan July 22, 2011 at 1:45 am

    nice article Nial

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  99. Manjula July 22, 2011 at 1:28 am

    Nial, after writing this, you have completed your Forex teaching mission I feel:-). Absorbing the ‘sniffer concept’ will make trader’s mind properly suited for the job. This should do the big and due change in many traders towards success. Thank you. Long life with Peace and happiness

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  100. sam July 22, 2011 at 1:16 am

    Hi Nial,
    Another great article as usual.Truly, patience and discipline
    with good knowledge of price action is key to profitable forex trading.You are a great mentor to me.Many thanks to you.

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  101. azim July 22, 2011 at 1:08 am

    All i can say us Awesome.. I couldn’t agree more and this us the best one I’ve read, keep it coming aye? and thank you for inspiring :)

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  102. abdul July 22, 2011 at 1:08 am

    It took me more than six months and loose some bucks to realise less is more… thanks for your all ariticle .. its owsome

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  103. Willie July 22, 2011 at 1:06 am

    Hi Nail

    I have been trading for about 2 years now on a demo. Tried everything and yes i was shooting at everything i thought was a target. Since looking at the way your method works and starting to apply it, my trading has evolved. I’m a very impatient individual but after reading and reading and looking at your videos over and over again i saw that patience was really what i was lacking in a big way. After about 3 weeks since i found your site, i have started to turn my demo account into a profit. Your method really works. It’s really awesome. Thanks man.

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  104. fxmachine July 22, 2011 at 12:23 am

    I purchased your course about 7 months ago and I am only just now getting the overall point that this article explains. It’s all about patience and simply waiting until a good trade presents itself. Once you’ve ‘experienced’ a few months worth of only picking quality trade setups, and have sen how this can slowly grow your account, then you’re basically home and dry. You now have a skill for life as you now really know (and have experienced) how it actually needs to be done. Keep up the great articles Nial.

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  105. Abdul Rahim July 22, 2011 at 12:18 am

    Yes! another great lesson.Like the sniper in the army, they really have a specialised training.Although they don’t kill many soldiers but they kill the realy important targets,like the generals,platoon leaders and the like, and this would decide the outcome of the war.Thanks Nial.

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  106. Gurpal July 22, 2011 at 12:13 am

    Hi Nial,

    Hope you are well. Another fantastic article, thank you so much.

    Thank you for all your help

    Thanks and Regards

    Gurpal

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  107. adedayo July 21, 2011 at 11:44 pm

    Hi Nial,
    Goodday to you and i pray God blessings and favours…in all ur ways.You have been a great and priceless
    mentor to me personnally and much more to others ( i beiieve)
    too-all at no cost!!! I seriuosly dont know how to reward
    but to pray for you..my trade plan is working and i am too busy to take out time to learn more about your price action
    but i hope to do so along the line..but i find 4hrs more reliable than daily chart or what do you think?..thanks anyways and God,s blessings once again…

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  108. lloyd russell July 21, 2011 at 11:37 pm

    I look forward to receiving these articles. They are so accurate and easily read and I do not get the feeling that someone is breathing down my neck to purchase something.
    I usually save these articles to be read and re-read. I think they are absolutely wonderful.

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  109. Wes July 21, 2011 at 11:31 pm

    If newbies could only grasp this from the beginning, they would save themselves a lot of pain!

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  110. Rich July 21, 2011 at 11:13 pm

    Less is the new more…I allowed my hands to come out from under my backside to type this but they’re going straight back under there :)

    Thanks for the great articles.

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  111. Roger July 21, 2011 at 10:56 pm

    Hi Nial,
    I like your analogy of comparing forex trading to being a military sniper. By associating forex trading to a sniper, it will constantly remind myself to be patient and wait for the perfect setup to appear!

    Cheers!

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  112. Gerry R July 21, 2011 at 10:43 pm

    Nial, This is one of your great articles. It also makes me relaxed because if my prey doesn’t arrive I no longer hunt manically for something that simply is not there. I just say “Oh well, no prey today. Let’s go fishing and do some sniping tommorrow”.

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  113. nico July 21, 2011 at 10:37 pm

    It’s great to hear a very creative analysis of the tedious world of forex trading. A breath of fresh air

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  114. Bryan July 21, 2011 at 10:36 pm

    Very good lesson and well written. Helps keep our mind set on track. Thanks

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  115. Craig July 21, 2011 at 10:28 pm

    Hi Nial,another great and well-written article.This article like so many of your other articles is priceless to both new and experienced Forex traders.Aquiring patience and exercising self-discipline and control is not easy,but thanks to your mentoring I am starting to apply these very important qualities to my trading,thank you.

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  116. Dave Jones July 21, 2011 at 10:28 pm

    As always some really good advice Niall.

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  117. Jiri July 21, 2011 at 10:04 pm

    Great article great lesson.Thanks Nial.

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  118. Joel July 21, 2011 at 10:03 pm

    Great analogy…………. Patience, Higher Timeframes,and Price Action is the way to go. I think I’ll call it PHP, my forex trading credo. Thanks Nial

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  119. Terry July 21, 2011 at 9:58 pm

    Great article Nial,

    You have hit the nail on the head with this one as I have tried (as many new wannabe traders have) to try to make easy money on the shorter timeframes. The only thing I got was sore eyes from constantly looking at the computer and a decreasing bankroll.

    Since I have signed on to your site one month ago I have learned a great deal and as I continue to study the course materials and review the rest of the information on the site I am gradually getting the hang of this market.

    Thanks and regards
    Terry

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  120. TRACY July 21, 2011 at 9:55 pm

    I have started playing the waiting game and it truly is
    worth the wait. Plus, my trading account looks better when I
    wait on the right trades. ANOTHER PLATINUM HIT, NIAL!!

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  121. Alan H July 21, 2011 at 9:31 pm

    Nice overview of the mental state required for all this, Nial. I am THAT close to signing up… the stress of trying to trade the 15, or 5 minute charts is bleeding me dry (emotionally)! Paying it forward… ;)

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  122. Ken G July 21, 2011 at 9:20 pm

    Great article. Patience and Discipline!

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  123. Phil R July 21, 2011 at 9:13 pm

    Thanks, I appreciated this article when I read it. Patience and then decisive action is a good message for me. I am a new member, recently joined after studying technical analysis for the past year and creating beautifully messy charts with enough indicators to completely confuse me. Your course has been a breath of fresh air. I am now focused on the Daily charts, but amazed at how much I miss the “buzz and excitement” of the charts below 1H. Lots more patience required, but its a journey and I am glad to be on it !

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  124. Sam H July 21, 2011 at 8:46 pm

    Great article Nial!

    Very informative and well written; good job!

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  125. Eudes July 21, 2011 at 8:45 pm

    Hi Nial. That’s right. This lesson is “absolutely freaking awesome”. I am a new sniper-like forex. That’s a great idea. Thank you Nial, from Brazil. Eudes

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  126. Ric Wong July 21, 2011 at 8:45 pm

    Hi Nial,
    It’s becoming more and more logical to trade the higher timeframes and taking a sniper approach sure help me aim better and become less stressed. Many thanks to your coaching and mentoring.

    A question on the daily entry, do we wait for the next day bar to complete before the entry? Is it at the opening of the daily bar ?
    Please advise
    Cheers

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  127. Jo July 21, 2011 at 8:44 pm

    Nial, a very interesting article – the anology makes a lot of sense and really hammers home the need to be patient.
    Thanks for investing the time into helping others.

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  128. Lionell Dixon July 21, 2011 at 8:41 pm

    Thanks Nial for another brilliant lesson!!!! Please keep them coming!

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  129. Michal July 21, 2011 at 8:34 pm

    I agree with you Nial 100% it really works!!!!

    Very good article!!! As always!!

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  130. Bobby July 21, 2011 at 8:32 pm

    Hi Nial…great article,but then all your articles are great and worth our time to read and digest (multiple times to get ingrained in memory) and put into action. I really enjoy all your articles….

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  131. johann July 21, 2011 at 7:56 pm

    Great stuff again Nial. I wish I had said that – it’s cool. Really love the way you communicate and teach what you’ve learned through the years. You rock, buddy!!

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  132. SHANKAR July 21, 2011 at 7:51 pm

    My Dear Nial, Really, this is an outstanding article
    on trading. Thanks a lot for giving such a lucid
    explanation.

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  133. MITHUN July 21, 2011 at 7:47 pm

    Dear Master,

    Wonderfull Explanation about the market phsycology !!

    You are always great !! All the best for the Traders !!

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  134. Julian July 21, 2011 at 7:43 pm

    Great teaching Nial right on point. It could not be anymore more clearer than how you explain it…………….

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  135. Edina July 21, 2011 at 7:33 pm

    Great article Nial. I always thought I’m patient enough, I’m not overtrading, but since I started a serious trading journal 5 months ago, it showed me the shocking reality, about 70 trades in a months…
    Your method is definitely working, I realised my biggest mistake. I could reduce it to not more than 25 per months thanks to your advices, and making profit now.

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  136. Mike July 21, 2011 at 7:28 pm

    Great lesson, you shoot straight from the hip!!!

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  137. Pavel Kaiser July 21, 2011 at 7:08 pm

    Hi, Nial, thank you for stressing the same principles over and over. I am still at the beginning but even the demo results look much better than before when I thought it was necessary to be an intra-day trader “to make more money” (this is what some people claim). So I am glad to be here and I will keep learning from you!

    Pavel, Czech Republic.

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  138. George July 21, 2011 at 7:04 pm

    Good things come to those who wait..
    Thanks Nial

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  139. CJ Francis July 21, 2011 at 6:55 pm

    Hi Nial,

    This is an awesome article.

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  140. Pat July 21, 2011 at 6:47 pm

    Very good article. I feel like Tom Berenger already.

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  141. Frank Page July 21, 2011 at 6:39 pm

    Great article and true to the mark!
    Now I always check the daily charts at the end of the day (5pm EST), the weekly, at end of the week, and monthly..yes at the end ofthe month. For me it’s the best way and your patience will be rewarded. Less is More in Forex and Gold!!

    Happy Trading Campers!!

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  142. DS July 21, 2011 at 6:39 pm

    Hi Nial
    I totally agree with this article. Patience and mastery of the few trading techniques is enough to achieve success in trading. Very nice lesson.
    regards
    ds

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  143. Marinus July 21, 2011 at 6:32 pm

    A perfect lesson Nail
    Thanks for being a good coach
    Price action is the best you can get !!!

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  144. lookman July 21, 2011 at 6:29 pm

    Another great lesson from a great man

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  145. Desmond Chin July 21, 2011 at 6:21 pm

    First of all, I would like to say a million thanks to you for spending such long time to write this article for the benefits and learning of all new forex traders.

    I have been following your posts & lessons and I strongly believe the concept “less is more” in trading. The drawdown on my account has been decreased drastically ever since I started trade using price action.

    It has also made me a more patient trader and only invest in high probability trades. Thanks again for your time and effort in making this website available to all of us who are keen to success in forex!

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  146. Eric C July 21, 2011 at 6:18 pm

    Just like Weight training and trading and sniping to
    get the best results doing less but effectively reaps
    huge results. Excellent yet simple as always Nial.
    btw how is the sleep after that Caffeine bomb?! lol

    Always grateful
    Eric C

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  147. JHW July 21, 2011 at 6:14 pm

    Lets do it!

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  148. Denis July 21, 2011 at 6:01 pm

    Very well thought out article Nial. Certainly need to have plenty of patience and the picture of the croc says it all, wait for the right moment and have a bite.

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  149. Jan July 21, 2011 at 5:48 pm

    Yes, I can identify with your sniper explanation. I have tried a lot of systems and every time a new promotion comes along you want to know what is it that they have got. Finally, only recently I have come to the conclusion I am getting nowhere with all the systems. I am jumping from one to the next and I have never really settled on one system and learn it and it’s market’s behaviour properly and in stead shoot with automatic fire when fear and greed step in. That is where your sniper discipline behaviour emphasis is so valuable. Thanks.

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  150. DAVE July 21, 2011 at 5:45 pm

    Nial, I was time poor,2 years ago when I first got involved in trading, I purchased a lot of crap robots, signal services services expensive courses. I learnt a lot,I know what doesn’t work,very very expensive lesson. I actually joined you about a year ago I liked what I saw but did not spend the time then to truly appreciate what I had. Maybe your low price price for life membership may have lessened its true worth in my subconcius some what I dont know? Guess what I took myself away from charts for 2 months, came back a month ago, deleted all the crap robots indicators etc, I focused on nothing but what you have shared with me and studied PA setup etc. You are right when you say less is more,(not over trading) I am trading what I see not what I think , this has me thinking more like a sniper now, less trades , daily TF’s 15% return each week for the last 2 weeks , no sweat , no stress, no problem. By the way I’m still time poor I JUST MADE THE TIME to study your ideas,Thanks Dave

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  151. Bong July 21, 2011 at 5:43 pm

    A very nice lesson. Indeed a “trigger-happy” like trading without precision is a waste of ammo/money (trading cost/spreads). Thanks Nial

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  152. Filopastry July 21, 2011 at 5:30 pm

    This article makes me feel like Charles Bronson, Quiet unassuming but lethal. :)

    Seriously though .. ever since taking Nial’s course I am understanding what patience and no hesitation really mean. Its these values that LTTTM members have instilled in me. When I get over excited about seeing a PA signal I refer back to the Legends of LTTTM Forum and realise I was running through a rose bush with my my pants down hoping not to get spiked.

    Congratualtions Nial on reaching 4000 members, I am sure others will agree your time and patience with us is
    IMMEASURABLE!!

    Filopastry

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  153. jim ewing July 21, 2011 at 5:29 pm

    You are absolutely right. I used to spend hours and hours in front of my computer and never made much money. I now sit on a yacht in Greece, spend maybe 1/2 hour each day on trhe computer,do 3/4 trades a month and am now retired. God bless you Nial.

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  154. Peter Miller July 21, 2011 at 5:17 pm

    Nial, Your lesson was right “on target”. Seems to be “bullit proof ” to my eyes. I will be “gunning” for more price action targets as you so rightly point out. No “trigger happy ” trading required! Just stare down the “Barrel” and shoot for success, not in the foot!!
    Thanks seriously, Great article
    Regards
    Peter

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  155. John July 21, 2011 at 5:15 pm

    Snipers we are – Less IS more – that’s why it’s better to trade higher timeframes – pity it took me nearly 18 months to realise that!

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  156. T Allen July 21, 2011 at 5:14 pm

    Hi Nial

    This is an awesome lesson. You have blessed me today so the two days of writing and the 20 coffees were worth it. Keep writing. You are the best Forex Article Man on the internet.

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  157. allan July 20, 2011 at 8:11 pm

    Wonderful article as always Nial. Your style of trading puts the stress of monitoring the charts away. One look at the charts and you already know if what you are looking for is there or not. You let the market dictate the move for you thus freeing yourself up of the stress of manifesting trades for the sake of trading.

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