Ended Q3 with 4.44% gain

Rational Move’s capital growth for Q3 of 2011 was 4.44%. Year-to-date growth is 3.07%. I traded 6 times during this 3 month period.

If the memory in my brain has not been manipulated for my convenience (I don’t trust human memory too much unless the memory is also recorded on medium in a credible way), I recall that I was anticipating this year to be a tricky one for traders. I thought so mostly by observing the charts with through the lens of Elliott Wave, but underlying reasons may be the post QE 2 market condition, and so on.

I struggled in the first half of this year. I only traded 3 times because I did not see much opportunities. This blog is recording only the Forex and metal trading with Elliott Wave. I traded ETFs successfully when the unrest in Middle East broke out. So, as a whole, I was still ahead by a little.

Because of Dodd-Frank Act, it became unclear whether personal trader like me could trade metals. I thought it is not worth the risk. So, I decided to stop trading gold although I was correct in anticipating the big rally of the precious metal.

Q3 was very good. I traded 6 times, and I won all. After the big win shorting EURUSD, I am not sure how much longer EURUSD will keep getting downward pressure as it seems to have completed an downward impulse wave as I predicted in the previous post. I am not surprised if this cross currency makes a sudden change of the direction to north. I think it’s time to wait and see.

As for AUDUSD, I am waiting for a clear rebound over the parity to define the current bottom. After that, I will wait and see if AUDUSD accelerate the rally or goes below the bottom.

I also have some personal matter to take care of. So definitely no trade in the first week of October.

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Current risk exposure:

Rational Move always use stop loss orders, and this is the worse case potential loss over the capital for the currently open positions. This is unrealized loss is less or equal to the risk exposure.

Capital growth

From recent 100 trades (%) The growth right before the 1st trade is set to 0%.
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From recent 100 trades (%)
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Total returns

Since inception
(Aug 10, 2009)
Year-to-date Quarter-to-date
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This is a normalized value: the return on each trade is normalized against the capital just before the trade execution. This way, it is eliminating the effect by the capital change from deposits and withdrawals. The calculation thus reflects the trading performance of each trade. The value does not contain unrealized profits and losses. RM's trading strategy never risks more than 5% of the present capital. Not including subtraction by tax.

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