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Finding Systems For Quick Growth

Finding Systems For Quick Growth

Oct. 9, 2019

Where can we go for quick growth?

We know we have to be patient and these things take time.

We know we have to commit to the long haul.

But what if we also need to make money in the near future? What do we do then?

Specifically, where can we look to find some ideas?

How about a Trading Contest?

Think about it: what’s the goal of a trading contest? The goal is to make as much money as possible in a short period of time.

Isn’t that what we’re trying to do?

What’s a reasonable benchmark, though?

Well, looking a the current standings of a popular trading contest, we see that the trader in 1st place in the Forex division in 2019 is up 76.7%. And the trader in 2nd place is just behind at 76.6%.

That’s pretty good, right? Would we be happy with a 76% gain so far this year?

I would say so.

Just for fun, how much did the Forex winner last year make? The 2018 Forex winner returned 200%! That seems pretty crazy. What did 2nd place make? 72.8%,

For just one more example, let’s see what the 2017 Forex winner made.

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The 2017 Forex winner made 100.3%.

So it seems like the Forex traders are making between 70-100% fairly consistently. Again, isn’t that exactly what we mean by “growing an account quickly”?

Couldn’t we try to simulate what those traders are doing to get the gains we’re looking for?

There are a few problems with that.

The biggest obstacle is the contest itself.

Most contests are suspect at best. They allow traders to enter the competition with Demo accounts, and that’s not useful. If a trader uses a Demo account, they can just crank up fake leverage to get fake gains using systems and money management that could never be replicated. 

Agreed. Contests like that are way too reckless.

But the contest I quoted above is quite different than that. It’s a real-money contest. All entrants must open a live account and fund it with actual money. Because of that, all those percentage gains happened in real life.

Well, they probably only risk a few dollars in small accounts, so they’re still too reckless. 

Good point. But the minimum account size for the contest is $5,000. To me, that’s a big enough amount of money that a trader wouldn’t want to throw it away with ridiculous systems.

And all results are verified through a broker.

If we agree, then, that the contest isn’t bogus, we’re back to the same question.

If these contest traders are making big returns in a short period of time, isn’t that something we should look into?

What are they trading to win these contests? How do they do it?

Is it possible to even find out?

Absolutely.

And we’ll go over one of those systems in our next email.

Talk soon.

 

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