Entered AUD/CAD long at 1.0248 on 12 Aug added on Aug 15 at 1.0295. Exited 23 Aug (+147 pips) at 1.0395 and 30 Aug (+164 pips) at 1.0459. Result: +311 pips.
Entered with a stop at 1.01 and a target of 1.05. Greatest open loss: 80 pips Greatest open gain: 340 pips.
Technicals were the primary driver for a long AUD/CAD entered on Aug. 12. The weekly chart caught my attention due to the dragonfly reversal. I also noted how rate hikes were overpriced in Canada.
I noted that my next best idea was short CHF/JPY and that would have also been an excellent trade that was never in a negative position and gained as much as 600 pips in the same time frame.
After the break of 1.03 on Aug 14, we waited for a pullback and doubled our long position at 1.0295.
On Aug. 17 we noted there was no reason to take profits but the pair went on to post its worst one-day performance of the trade, falling 100 pips.
Despite this, we remained confident and felt a bounce to 1.03 (at least) was about to happen.
We went back to the weekly chart on Friday and it continued to look lucrative.
On Aug 22 we were rewarded with a surge to 1.04. We accurately saw this as a great time to take some profits. This allowed us to hang onto the second part of the trade for an additional 60 pips (above where we sold the first unit).
What I’ve learned: I may have rushed into buying the second unit after the break of 1.03. As we saw, there was a deeper pullback than I anticipated and this was the only time I was nervous about the trade. I targeted 1.05 so I may have exited the trade too soon. The weekly chart looks like it will get to at least 1.0550 but I’m nitpicking at a great trade.
What I’m happy about: Lots. I saw a lucrative pattern on a weekly chart and hung onto the trade for close to three weeks. The thing I’m most proud of is the way I sold the first part of the trade at the perfect time, nearly nailing the top on the bounce over 1.04 and locking in a nice profit that allowed me to easily wait out the next run toward the ultimate target. Opening a trade with two units or adding a second unit early on is my favourite manner of trading because it gives me this flexibility. I’m also pretty happy about noting that short CHF/JPY was my second favourite idea.