Like most traders I entered the Forex world with piss and vinegar hoping to cash in on quick profits. THIS IS NOT THE CASE.
After 2 blown accounts and a blow to my ego, I sat back and reevaluated my trades. Turns out I was doing a few things wrong.
1. Over leveraged. I know the appeal of trading 1:500 or even 1:1000, but DON'T do it. You will blow you account. My max now is 1:100 and that carries a significant amount of risk.
2. Money management. Do not risk more than 1% of your account. Some say 2% is fine, but 1% is better. set your stop losses at 2% of capital.
3. Worry about entries less and focus on how you're going to exit the trade that makes the most sense. Once you're in the market manage that position.
I hope this helps someone, please feel free to comment.
You have learned the first of many lessongs that comes with Forex trading. Being a beginner myself (started trading less than a year) I have made the same mistakes than many, blew accounts and started learning.
I would like to comment on points 2 and 3 though.
2) I'm personnaly not confortable with measuring my SL in terms of %. I mostly trade daily time frame (sometimes weekly or monthly) with a simple system based on Bollinger Band and candlestick pattern. So my stop loss would be located a few pips above/under the candlestick patterns. That makes the target calculation much easier (I usually target 1 to 5 times my stop-loss)
3) I consider entries as important as exits. If a candlestick pattern shows on the chart and I missed it, I don't enter later because you never know how the market will go. In those cases I wait for the next candlestick pattern and 'too bad' for me. There will be more money to make anyway... As my exits they are already set when I open my positions, I gauge the patterns with a scale up to 100, and depending of the context, strenght of the trend, ... I determine my risk-reward ratio, set my stop-loss and target, and then 'forget' about it... I'd move my SL to break even when price has moved the same amount of my stop loss, and then let it hit my target price (or get out manually if there is a reversal candlestick pattern).