There are several different reasons why simple trading strategies work better than more difficult ones…
One thing to keep in mind when first starting out with swing or any type of short-term trading is to make sure you understand there’s no correlation between the difficulty of a trading method and the amount of success it could produce.
I want to share a personal story with you that’ll help put this together…
Why Simple Trading Strategies Work
In the mid-90s, I picked up a publication called “Trader World,” and I noticed they were promoting a trading competition.
Without getting into the exact names, I saw one trader who was doing quite well in the competition. I did some limited research (this was before the internet was a big thing, so keep in mind that there wasn’t a lot of information out there) and found out that he took on limited students.
So I ended up hiring this trader for a few sessions to show me his technique.
He used a modified Elliott Wave theory that was extremely complicated. So let’s just say it wasn’t one of the easy swing trading strategies I had expected.
I could barely keep track of what he was showing me.
He didn’t have it programmed into a computer because back then, TradeStation wasn’t all that advanced.
In other words, I had to do everything by hand and it would take me hours to do calculations to figure out what the next setup would be.
Not only was I turned off by this strategy, I started to feel burned out by the markets and trading in general.
It would take me over a day just to calculate a simple entry and exit strategy. Not only that, after trading with it in real time, I came to discover that it wasn’t all that successful.
So this is why simple trading strategies work better than most complex ones…
Profitable Swing Trading Doesn’t Have to Be Complex
I quickly dropped this strategy before it bankrupted me and went back to trading simple patterns that I could calculate in seconds.
My trading performance improved and my confidence got better as well.
If you’re wondering what ever happened to the trader I hired to help me, he lost the competition and no one ever heard from him again.
The moral of this story is that complicated strategies do not equal more success.
The more complex something is to learn, the greater the odds that it’ll be confusing or misinterpreted, which is the last thing you want when you’re in the middle of a trade.
You also want to make sure your entries and exits are clear so you don’t get confused during vulnerable times.
If your plan looks like a complex research paper, it can throw you off and make the trade that much more complex and confusing…
So that’s the main reason why simple trading strategies work… and often work best.
There’s also never been a study that says simple methods are less successful than complex methods.
In fact, one of the best-known traders in the world uses simple 50-day breakouts, and he’s been doing it for 40 years!
I tend to stick to basic strategies such as the four-day retracement, tail gap strategies and the ones I discuss in these tutorials almost every day.
These are simple swing trading ideas that have predetermined risk and entry levels.
They’re easy to manage and execute. And there’s no ambiguity to deal with, especially when you’re in the middle of placing trading orders.
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All the best,
Roger Scott Trading
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