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Trade Like Nial Fuller: 10 Ways to Simplify Your Trading

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nialToday’s lesson is written in response to some of the emails I get each week that ask me about my own personal trading habits. Whilst all of the strategies and insights on my blog are reflections of the way that I personally trade, I thought it would be nice to give you guys an in-depth run down of how I have simplified all aspects of my trading. It was really not until I simplified my trading that I began to trade successfully, and I firmly believe that if you simplify your trading it will go a long way toward helping you achieve trading success as well.

1) Simplify how you think about trading

Perhaps the most widespread problem that I see amongst beginning traders is that they simply have unrealistic expectations about trading. Most people become attracted to trading because they think it will make them a lot of money really fast or allow them to quit their jobs and work from home. In reality, while these things are certainly possible, they won’t happen as fast you want them to and they are the end result of using an effective trading method and having a lot of patience and discipline to apply that method properly and consistently over a long enough period of time. To be clear, you can achieve the lofty trading goals that you have at the beginning of your trading journey, but in order to achieve them you need to be realistic about how and what you need to do to achieve them.

If you believe you should make money really fast from trading, then you will probably do the things that ‘feel’ like they will make you money really fast, like trading too much and risking too much per trade. In this way, you are making trading much more complicated than it really is, simply because you are denying the reality of your situation. If you accept the reality of your situation, which might be that you only have $2,000 to trade with and you need to risk a more responsible amount per trade, then you will be making progress toward achieving your trading goals. Simplifying how you think about trading really just means being realistic and accepting the reality of your current situation; you aren’t going to be a full-time trader anytime soon with a $5,000 trading account. If you have to start small and slowly but consistently build your account up then that is what you have to do, but trying to cut-corners and skip important aspects of proper trading is not going to get you to your end goal any faster, I can promise you that much.

2) Start focusing on daily and 4 hour chart time frames only

Anyone who follows my blog probably already knows that I am proponent of higher time frame trading. However, one of the biggest benefits of it aside from giving you higher-probability trade signals, is that trading higher time frames helps you simplify your trading by removing the noise and clutter of lower time frames. Simply put, there’s a lot of meaningless price movement on time frames under the 1 hour chart, and the lower you go in time frame the less significance / meaning the price action has. This is why I almost solely focus on the 4 hour and daily charts, and I recommend you do as well. I will occasionally reference the weekly chart for longer-term trend and level analysis, and I might occasionally take a trade on the 1 hour chart time frame. But, about 90% of my time spent analyzing the charts and trading, is spent on the daily or 4 hour chart time frame, and this is a key component to how I keep my trading simple.

3) Stick to major currency pairs

I get a lot of emails from struggling traders asking me questions about exotic currency pairs and other thinly traded markets. The problem with this is that not only are these markets usually more difficult to trade due to erratic price movement, they also have higher spreads, which just means more fees and less money for you. Not to mention, because they are more thinly traded than the major forex currency pairs they are less liquid and this means higher potential for gaps and higher volatility. If you want to simplify your trading, one of the easiest things you can do is to stick to the major currency pairs, major commodities and indices. Many traders try to look at too many different markets, and before they know it they have 40 different markets they are trying to analyze and follow, this is just ridiculous. You cannot effectively trade that many markets, so for the sake of simplicity and profitability, it is best to focus on a handful of your favorite major markets.

4) Focus on QUALITY of trade setups, not quantity

qualityMost traders trade way too much. This is a fact. Over-trading is perhaps the number one reason why most traders fail to make money over the long-run. When you are trading too much, your brain is also doing too much, it is full of too many trade ‘ideas’. This is not how you simplify your trading.

My trading approach is to focus on quality trade setups, and by doing so I also trade a lower-quantity of trades, because there are simply not very many high-quality trades worth risking you money on each week. Taking this approach has an added benefit; it is a lot less stressful and complicated than taking a high-quantity of trades each week or month. Thus, not only are you going to increase your strike right by focusing on higher-quality trade setups, you are also going to significantly simplify your trading because you will naturally be eliminating a lot of low-quality trade setups, losing trades and emotional stress from your trading.

5) Know your max dollar risk per trade, NEVER exceed it on any trade, ever.

Many retail Forex traders are starting out with relatively small accounts of $5,000 or less. If you have a smaller trading account, you have to realize that you can’t be out there trading big position sizes…you have to trade position sizes that make sense given the value of your trading account. If you want to stay in the game long enough to be profitable, you need to manage your risk properly, and taking on too much risk relative to your account size is a fast-track to becoming an emotional / gambling type of trader, which is what you want to avoid at all costs. I cannot tell you how much to risk per trade, nor can anyone else, only YOU know how much of your trading account you are comfortable with potentially losing on a trade. Your first step to simplifying your trading is figuring out how much money you are comfortable with losing on any one trade and then exercising the discipline to NEVER exceed that amount.

6) Have a calm and clean trading environment

If your trading environment is cluttered and messy, your mind is likely to be the same way. There’s a lot to be said about how your surroundings influence your mindset and thinking patterns. If you have a messy computer desk in a messy room, you’re going to have difficulty achieving the type of clarity and calm state of mind that you need to trade properly.

If just have too much happening at your house and you can’t find a quiet and clean place to analyze and trade the markets, then consider going to your local coffee shop and becoming a coffee shop trader. Whatever you do, be aware that your environment can have a significant effect on your mindset, and you need to make an effort to create an environment that is conducive to a clean and simple trading approach.

7) Be organized

tradingjournalThis next step to simplifying your trading is similar to the previous one, but it has more to do with your actual trading process than your trading environment. You see, many traders, if not most, have no real underlying structure to their trading, what I mean by that is they have nothing tangible about their trading, it’s all ‘in their head’. Believing that you don’t need a tangible written or typed trading plan nor a trading journal to develop your track record, is simply you being arrogant or lazy. Trading is something that you have to create your own structure around, and most people, when left to their own devices, simply will not do this.

It takes a truly realistic, dedicated and disciplined person to commit to making a real trading plan and keeping a real trading journal. This same type of realistic attitude, dedication and discipline are things that every professional Forex trader possesses, sadly most traders do not possess these things, they do not have a trading plan or trading journal, and as a result they are not successful in the end.

You see, the type of person that makes consistent money in the market is someone who is ‘firing on all cylinders’, so to speak. They are not just performing one aspect of trading properly, they are hitting every nail square on the head, leaving no leaf unturned. They are not the guy sitting on a blank trading journal that he stopped filling out after his second losing trade. A professional trader is the guy who has a tangible track record of his trading success because he has been updating his trading journal after every trade for years. Trading is not a very forgiving profession; you might get lucky a few times, but luck is not a trading strategy, and it certainly will not reward you in the long-run.

8) Be methodic in your trading approach; have a routine

What I mean by “be methodic in your trading approach”, is that you need to keep your trading routine as simple and planned out as possible. Do not be the trader up all night analyzing the charts and reading economic reports while everyone else in your house is sleeping (you know who you are). Instead briefly scan through the charts a couple times a day; once at or shortly after the New York close and again in another 8 to 12 hours, there’s really no need to do anymore. Quickly draw in the key chart levels, note trends and note any signals on the daily charts, of course this is assuming you have first obtained training and mastered an effective trading strategy like price action. If you want to learn more on this style of trading, checkout this article on end-of-day trading for people with jobs.

9) Remain motivated and confident

Once you go through all the work of uncluttering your trading and simplifying it, you don’t want to let all of that progress slip away just because you lose focus or become unmotivated. You are going to be faced with losing trades if you want to be a trader, and that means you’re going to have to ‘man up’ and deal with them by not letting them affect you too much emotionally.

You need to make a conscious effort to remain motivated to stick to your trading plan and remain disciplined. Do whatever it takes, here are some ideas:

Read magazines or books that keep you motivated and pump you up psychologically.

Consider using daily affirmations, these can have a real positive psychological effect on you.

Read quotes by successful traders or other successful people you admire, watch movies that motivate you or listen to music that motivates you.

Meditation is another great tool to help you remain focused and committed to proper trading habits. I want you to do anything that gets your hairs standing up on end and your mind focused on success and greatness.

Do something daily to stay motivated, do it consistently, and do not let outside influences change your mental state of mind…you control your mindset by what you put into it, what you think about and what and who you surround yourself with.

Trading success is not going to just fall into your lap magically from the trading fairy in the sky…you have to MAKE IT HAPPEN, and that means making an effort to do all things you can do to put the trading probabilities in your favor.

10) Use a simple trading strategy

strategyIf there was one single moment in my trading career that I can look back on and say with absolutely certainty was a turning point / ‘ah ha’ moment, it would be when I realized that all I needed was a simple price action trading strategy. I was definitely trying too hard early on in my trading career, as most traders do, I was trying all types of different trading approaches, but eventually I realized that all I needed to analyze and trade the market with was right under my nose the whole time; price action.

It was really the combination of realizing that I didn’t need a complicated trading strategy along with realizing that I didn’t need to trade very often that was ‘thee’ turning point in my trading career. Whilst I cannot make any bold promises to you, I can confidently say you that if you truly commit to learning and mastering the price action strategies and general philosophies I teach in my trading courses you will start to make great progress toward simplifying your trading and dramatically improving your trading results.

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About Nial Fuller

is a Professional Trader & Author who is considered ‘The Authority’ on Price Action Trading. He has a monthly readership of 250,000+ traders and has taught 20,000+ students since 2008. In 2016, Nial won the Million Dollar Trader Competition. Checkout Nial's Professional Trading Course here.
  1. Fanani September 17, 2019 at 12:12 pm

    Thank a lot Nial.

  2. Dmitriy September 16, 2019 at 1:57 pm

    Thanks a lot, Nial!
    That was a truly beautiful lesson!

  3. Sunday September 14, 2019 at 9:53 pm

    what to know more about risk management
    if I want to risk 1$ on a pair what will be my lot size and pip value to set as a Stop loss

  4. Zinnur June 2, 2019 at 4:34 am

    Important lesson. Thanks

  5. Благодарность October 30, 2018 at 3:47 am

    Magnificent article

  6. Rahmat February 26, 2018 at 7:36 pm

    Almost every articles content and language from Nial are really giving positive effects including this one.
    So thank you Nial.

  7. Olawa February 18, 2018 at 1:01 am

    Nial is my preferred Forex mentor anyday

  8. DERRICK February 16, 2018 at 12:54 am

    all i can say is thank you so much

  9. Tha Mathabzo Zulu February 15, 2018 at 8:15 pm

    Thank Nial

  10. Duncan February 15, 2018 at 6:29 pm

    Thanks Nial;

    This was a great post which actually helped me rephrase my thoughts after my losses.

    I am still not very profitable at this stage but every time I lose, I look back to see what I could have done better and learn to minimize my losses maybe exit at a small profit rather than a loss!!

    However; after having read this, I also now appreciate the fact that losses are a part of it as well and I feel less discouraged before taking the next trade than before. Things sometimes are easier said than done – true – but after reading these guidelines, I learn a lot and appreciate it heaps. I am learning a lot and the best part of it is that I am enjoying it.

    Thanks for spending the time to post such valuable guidance!


  11. Peter Miller February 15, 2018 at 2:46 pm

    Another good lesson. As they say ” life is what you make it “and that goes for trading also, think before you act and know that never one day (or life is ) is the same as the last one, so treat as Nial says each trade as a new beginning. Thanks .

  12. rudra February 15, 2018 at 6:24 am

    good one sir

  13. Khesiwe February 15, 2018 at 2:14 am

    Excellent article pactice makes perfect I’m going to practice every advice in this article thanks Nial

  14. Winston Roy Longbottom February 15, 2018 at 12:01 am

    Thanks Nial, I for one admit that I was influenced by previous success and could not see the next trade through that; I was brought back to reality with some quick losses, however I puuled my thoughts together and looked at my next trade with confidence and considered every possible angle before taking it and I am now back on track. This article has since reassured me of that fact and I must disregard any previous trade before attempting the next. Your articles help keep sanity in the trading game and also leads to further success. Many Thanks. Winston

  15. farzad February 14, 2018 at 8:50 pm

    Every word in this article is like gold…

    Thanks AGAIN Nial.

  16. Olamide February 14, 2018 at 2:03 am

    Thanks Nial. That’s reminds me of a trade some years ago before I quit trading. I bought EUR/USD on $0.05 lots with $20 risk and i made a profit of $183 on that trade so that winning recency bias got into my head and I felt overconfident, then i went ahead to trade $0.10 lots on my next two trades and I lost both. That’s how I gave back the profit I made from that EUR/USD to the market. Fear start to catch me then I reduce my lots to $0.01 which definitely reduced my profit that I would have make on some trade. Though I just came back to the market since two or three years ago that I quit but am still using demo account to test my trading strategies before trying to come back live. Thanks once more.

  17. Wandera Moses February 13, 2018 at 8:50 pm

    Nial thx for this one also. i have improved alot in trading just by reading your articles. thx alot

  18. ampurirag February 13, 2018 at 6:09 pm

    Excellent and timely. Thanks Nial.

  19. Seiso February 13, 2018 at 1:44 pm

    Typical of Nial’s mail’s. I am not in anyway surprised to find this post hitting the nail on the head as it does and so timely as well. I always find Nial’s post as informing, factual and educating like this one. Thanks to Nial, from now I am no longer going to be enslaved to my last trade’s results.

  20. Colin February 13, 2018 at 10:31 am

    Thanks for the trading insight. Particularly about training our brains to behave properly.

  21. Hettie van der Vyver February 13, 2018 at 5:12 am

    this makes sense!!

  22. Thoko February 13, 2018 at 5:09 am

    Well I am a true novice,I have not started trading yet. If I understand well briefly you say if one is a trader one must bury the past.That is my motto
    So I feel l Iam going to do well.

  23. Wasantha February 13, 2018 at 4:45 am

    This article explains what happened when I first started trading forex. After reading many of Nial,s writings on the subject of trading I feel that I am expanded in my knowledge and confident about my trading decisions.I really appreciate Nial,s works,

  24. kris February 13, 2018 at 2:59 am

    i noticed today after one loosing trade that it can’t reflect, the other running trades .
    After that i checked my emails and i saw your email as first .I have read it and then it was like you would heard what i sayd before It was simmilar to :

    If you just lost, it has no bearing on the fact that your next trade might be a winner.
    If you just won, it has no bearing on the fact that your next trade might be a loser.

    thank you for your work .
    traders mindset ..

    have a nice day.


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