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How to Get On Board a Trade You Initially Missed

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secondchancetradeoppsHow many times have you seen a signal or potential trade setup in the market and for whatever reason you didn’t take it, only to wake up the next morning and see the market has taken off without you on board? This has happened to all of us at some point, and I know it can be very frustrating, to say the least. But, what if I told you that very often there are second-chance opportunities to get on board trades you missed?

The idea behind today’s article is to show you how to get on board a trade or move in the market you may have initially missed. However, you don’t want to ‘chase’ the market, so you have to learn how to do this properly so that you still can get in at an optimum area to get a good risk / reward ratio on the trade. Here are some of the techniques that I employ to get on board trading opportunities that I may have initially missed…

A trade is valid until it’s not…

It’s important that we understand the concept that the price action signals we teach are actually valid until they’re invalidated, or a move in the market is underway until it’s not, which means, when the dynamics of the chart change, this will neutralize the previous signal that had formed (the trigger). But, until those dynamics change and neutralize a signal or move, that signal or move is still valid and trade-able.

What we want to do now, is show you how to get in whilst the initial trade trigger or signal is still active, because usually there’s a second-change to get in. So, next time you see a signal that you missed on a chart, don’t panic, come back and re-read this article as your guide on how to re-enter that trade.

How to find second-chance trading opportunities:

1. The first example I want to discuss is that of a price action signal that fires off without you on board. Let’s take a pin bar signal for example, suppose it starts moving without you on board right after it closes out, you look at it and think you missed it. There is a much better option than jumping in late and chasing the market or not trading at all…

Wait for a pullback. Wait for price to pull back or rotate to a moving average or horizontal level of support or resistance in the market, then look to enter there. So, if we had a bullish pin bar signal for example, as long as price is above the low of the pin bar, it’s still valid and so any retraces back towards that pin bar can be viewed as potential entry opportunities. We especially want to look for pull backs to levels, such as moving averages or a support level in the case of a bullish pin bar.

Let’s look at an example…

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2. The next example of getting on board a move you may have missed is that of moves that start at key support and resistance levels. If a market has found a level and started to bounce and you missed the initial bounce, don’t freak out, the market will pullback, use that pullback to get in, preferably with a signal but there doesn’t always have to be a signal, checkout my article on blind entries to learn more. A strong move in the market that started near a key level is still valid until price closes back on the other side of that level.

Let’s look at an example…

secondchanceentryatsupports

3. The last and perhaps not so common scenario of getting on board a trade you missed, is that of a runaway trend that might have been established weeks or even months prior to you observing the chart.

There’s a variety of ways to get in, but the concept is, if it looks like a really obvious sustained trend that is rotating back to short-term moving averages and bouncing every time and (or) the chart has broken to new highs or lows, the path of least resistance is obvious. You know the trends I am talking about here, the ones you look at and say “I missed it”, but it just keeps going and going without you.

Now, the idea to re-enter here is to wait for a pullback to the moving averages or a short-term level (value areas) and just hop on the move there. You might see a price action signal at the value area, you might not, but the idea is to enter at value.

Let’s look at an example…

secondchancetrendentries

One thing you might be thinking is, how do I define my risk reward with these second-chance entry techniques? Well, it won’t be as easy as if you entered the trade from the initial entry trigger, but a good idea would be to refer to your current average moves on a daily basis (ATR) and your stop loss should be above or below a logical nearby level, moving average or second signal that formed. There’s going to have to be a little ‘massaging’ involved, but that’s the price you pay to get on board a good signal if you missed it, but it’s better to be on board than not. The stop loss placement on these second-chance entries might be slightly more arbitrary than the initial risk reward on the first entry, but you have to make the best with the structure you have and you should be able to find another logical level or signal to put your stop loss behind. As a type of fail-safe, refer to the average daily volatility of the market for stop distance.

Conclusion

I hope this lesson has shed some light on how you can re-join trades and strong moves in the market that you may have initially missed. When you miss a good trade setup, don’t panic and jump right in the market at a bad price. Instead, be calm, be patient and wait for one of the second-chance entry opportunities I showed you above, because more often than not, one will form. Just remember the techniques discussed above and come back to this article if you need a refresher on this topic.

For more information on my price action trading strategies and trading philosophies, be sure to check out my price action trading course.

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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. MUNGE GATHURI September 18, 2019 at 1:23 pm

    This is an article that need to be reread as many times upto the point it is engrained the sub- conscious mind thankyou again for the great article.

    Reply
  2. caroline Alegbe September 18, 2019 at 2:25 am

    Thanks for this write up.

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  3. Yakawonya Rutson September 16, 2019 at 4:44 am

    Always out with a winner post A teacher to cherish Thanks many thanks over

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  4. eessien edet September 16, 2019 at 1:15 am

    Hi Nial,
    I enjoy reading your wisdom-filled articles on trading the financial markets. I have been trading for some years now, picking up useful trading nuggets along the way. Your latest article is, as usual, content packed.

    Thanks Nial for your awesome trading insights.

    Essien.

    Reply
  5. Nour September 15, 2019 at 11:45 am

    Nial, you are the godfather of the Forex trading.

    Reply
  6. NKAMA September 15, 2019 at 12:55 am

    You are too much sir. By this you have solved most of my problems.

    Reply
    • Ekpebo Edwin September 19, 2019 at 7:36 am

      Thanks for all the vital information on retracement trading- entry signals, stop loss placing and profit taking. You sure opened my mind to new idea.

      Reply
  7. Medi September 14, 2019 at 5:29 pm

    You tha God sent!

    Reply
  8. NGUYEN QUOC THANG September 14, 2019 at 1:28 pm

    Pls support me to explain more about ” Event area ” in the line ” Retrace Entry Back to an Event Area or Prior PA signal.

    Thank you
    THANG

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  9. Mahmudul Hasan September 14, 2019 at 1:32 am

    Super Nial bro…..

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  10. Diário de um Poupador March 5, 2018 at 1:32 am

    Hi, i am a brazilian guy who trades for years. I pause my trades during some years, and i came back about 2 months ago. I’ve been trying a strategy with short take, and it has given to me a lot of profits. I am trying to make my mind strong to ignore the market’s movement after i book profit. You have said a very right thing here: the market always makes a retraction.

    This article was very good, thanks. Keep it that way. God bless you.

    Reply
  11. Solomon Olusegun Oyeniyi December 13, 2017 at 9:24 am

    Thank you for this article.

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    • Liton khan September 16, 2019 at 12:14 am

      Very nice Boos.ok go forawd.

      Reply
  12. GANDUS December 4, 2017 at 6:10 am

    Great always to hear you big brooother Nail. God bless you. timely article for me. love

    Reply
  13. Noor Azman Abd Aziz November 26, 2017 at 2:10 am

    Nice and very interesting. This article answer the questions why i always close trades with losses while actually I have been profitting during the trading session.

    Reply
  14. Sboniso Malambule November 24, 2017 at 6:22 pm

    ive bee reading your lessons im impressed

    Reply
  15. Azmi Yusoff October 17, 2017 at 2:52 pm

    Interesting article. This happen everytime. The idea of wanting to wait a little more time may cause us to lose what is supposed to be a profit instead.

    Reply
  16. Ayanda Mabuza September 18, 2017 at 10:56 am

    reading such artecles really opens my mind.Thanks Nail

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  17. Roy Peters September 1, 2017 at 2:39 am

    This happened to me recently on Eurgbp. Up 200 pips and thought it’d go higher. Next day market came down and I booked only 40pips!
    I learn a big lesson.

    Reply
  18. Rafari July 31, 2017 at 1:29 am

    ok, its been almost 2 years since I start to learn how the market move. I can say most of your articles give me a vision about how to, what to do and don’t. It’s cool because I start move to learn draw some major snr, I got stuck on making it, but your articles show me some clever way to draw “a key level” and some short term. I’ll try my best to practice it everyday !!!

    Thanks Nial, You’re Awesome !

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  19. kgothatso July 28, 2017 at 6:00 pm

    U ar really a genus.sir u teached me that i should take a risk than to lose the chance **#great things come to those who hustle (lovely)$$$$$

    Reply
  20. Alan Gillanders June 25, 2017 at 3:25 am

    Hi Nial,
    Thanks for the lesson. This has been my problem for some time. Greed. Always waiting to take more with a small investment. My profits evaporate and majority of times end in a loss.
    In the last 6 weeks I have been taking the small profits. 100 – 200 points instead of trying to get 500-1000 points. seems to be working ok. Thanks again

    Reply
  21. oluwatosn Matthew June 23, 2017 at 5:50 pm

    That’s a good trading guide. Thanks nial.

    Reply
  22. Ages Justice June 22, 2017 at 5:40 am

    Keep it up Mentor. God bless you more!

    Reply
  23. Louis June 21, 2017 at 11:43 am

    This is exactly what was missing from my trading. Realistic exit plans. Thank you Nial.

    Reply
  24. endurance oki June 21, 2017 at 8:05 am

    thank you sir for your well prepared article. Im a victim of this very situation , i’ve almost hit my profit target then i said i should let the profit run but to my very face , the profits were evaporating until i closed the trade .

    Reply
  25. DAVID SHUBE June 20, 2017 at 7:48 pm

    Thanks Nial, booking profits on-time is right, cos too much emotional traits is involved when one realized that the trade is going to retrace unexpectedly.

    Reply
  26. PEERALLY June 20, 2017 at 6:21 pm

    Thank you, Nial.

    Reply
  27. Kate M June 20, 2017 at 6:49 am

    Thanks Nial, way to go. You keep writing evolving lessons like these, Ill always have something to learn. And again an opportune time to write this particular article, I think you are the Yoda of trading:)

    Reply
  28. Lucas Obiora June 19, 2017 at 9:07 am

    Thanks Nial, that’s an eye opener to me, I have that problem of letting profits run into losses, thank you very much for the article.

    Reply
  29. Kay June 19, 2017 at 8:49 am

    Thank you Nial, well explained and organized article. Definitively help me to prepare my Profit plan. Regards

    Reply
  30. smg June 19, 2017 at 3:17 am

    Thank you

    Reply
  31. richadi36 June 19, 2017 at 2:07 am

    Thanks Nial. I really got immense knowledge about booking profits.

    Reply
  32. Suleiman Bhadmus June 18, 2017 at 11:14 pm

    Amazing,am definitely going to include all this point in my trading plan. Though am still on demo, but what have learned from this article in very key to a successful trading.
    Thanks a lot Mr.Nail Fuller.

    Reply
  33. Matt June 18, 2017 at 5:25 pm

    This happened to me last week. Was up 700 proffit and closed with 700 loss because i had such an attachment to what i thought was a fullproof longterm move in one direction so i wanted to ride the waves but it looks like it wasnt the long term move in that direction i thouht it was.

    Reply
  34. akhtar butt June 18, 2017 at 4:44 pm

    Hi, Dear Nial Fuller, , excellent, well-explained with reality and experience. Thank, cheer

    Reply
    • Bebe April 30, 2019 at 7:57 pm

      Excellent article,Thanks Nail

      Reply
  35. Akpos June 17, 2017 at 6:46 pm

    Nice….this has been my bane in trading. Not booking profit….

    Reply
  36. John Promise June 17, 2017 at 6:02 pm

    Thanks Nial. My mentor.
    Remain blessed.

    Reply
  37. Thendo June 17, 2017 at 4:58 pm

    Thanks Nial.. great advise. Am looking forward to not closing or closing when the trade goes against you but hasn’t hit your stop loss…

    Reply
  38. Luis June 17, 2017 at 12:20 pm

    Thanks so much Neil as always, great article!, mm please i have a question, what about the case that all the other trading books and gurus says about let profits run until at least 1:2 Risk reward ratio? , because they say if i close before that 1:2 im cutting my profits and that can damage me in the long run! , but in the real life im bored to wait sometimes for a 1:2 and when im at 90% to achieve that profit target the markets turns down eliminating all my profits and making a loss for me, but when i book the profits i see my account growing, what you can reccomend me about that?.

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  39. Bruno June 17, 2017 at 10:48 am

    Before reading the whole article, I’m writing this! Just the header alone struck the cord. Toy, Nial, are a mind reading mentor! I’m at that stage in my trading where my edge is consistently delivering profits! But, yes, most times, these profits evaporate. Alot is happening around the political and business world and price is fluctuating between these events. Yes, price still does was it’ll do, but the whipsawing is alarming! I can’t say enough how soothing this article is to me because I make sizeable % of my Acct only to watch some diminish or disappear, even into losers.

    Thank you for this article.

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  40. Mavhungu Lufuno June 17, 2017 at 9:14 am

    Amen

    Reply
  41. Elpadrino June 17, 2017 at 4:54 am

    Thanks Nial #Legendary

    Reply
  42. Alin June 17, 2017 at 4:20 am

    I am one of those loosers who do not book much profits on the trades, because I’m setting
    way too large TPs. Thanks for the posting!

    Reply
  43. Shankara Motay June 17, 2017 at 3:59 am

    Thank you very much

    Reply
  44. Rongsquare June 17, 2017 at 12:44 am

    Amazing thank you Nail

    Reply
  45. Mike Coe June 16, 2017 at 11:27 pm

    Your articles just keep getting better and better, Nial! Great stuff! Thank you very much.

    Reply
  46. Siyabonga Mkhize June 16, 2017 at 11:10 pm

    Powerful thank you sir

    Reply
  47. KRISTOFA OKENTA June 16, 2017 at 9:37 pm

    Good Teaching As Always.
    Thank you For Sharing Your
    Heart With Us.

    Reply

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