You're doing the work anyway, you might as well get paid for it.
Study how the security behaved after you took profits at your price target. What percentage of them continued to move in your favor?
What was the average gain beyond your price target that you might have earned had you stayed in the trade?
It looked like some of the markets were about to run, but they all came back.
How do you handle snap backs?
Michael Martin discusses how he handles quick reversals in the markets immediately after he establishes a position.
When it's time to chill, it's time to chill. Spying on the market during the time you've earmarked to put some distance between yourself and the market defeats the purpose of the break.
I don't use them per se, but I test the intraday data around key inflection points in a simulator. I don't look at nor study intraday charts.
Your max risk per trade is just that - your max. You might consider trading within that risk measurement. Why? Murphy's Law. Take that into account when you are position sizing your trades.
You can normalize risk across all instruments so that you can think of each security in terms of risk units, that is, shares or contracts per unit. That's achieved by calculating the volatility of each instrument. In position sizing this way, you won't trade one more aggressively than another. They'll all be the same risk % to your overall account.
For example, given the prevailing volatilities, 26 contracts of Sugar might be equal to only 6 contracts of Crude Oil in terms of percentage risk to your capital. Each would be a 1% risk unit even though Sugar has 4x plus more contracts than Crude Oil.
You have to surrender control for this strategy to work for you.
If you're hyper-vigilant once you're filled, or you have a strong emotional need to monitor your trades tick-by-tick, this isn't for you.
Despite the enormous "want" from investors from this growth opportunity, the stock is low priced. Why is that?
Does price move first and fundamentals follow (as PTJ said), or is it the other way around?
IMHO, price is the only thing that will tell you the truth, and in this case it doesn't matter if you uptime and downtime the chart - the answer is the same. Investors are in a "wait and see" mode.
Two things the price tells you are 1) what everyone is thinking about the prospects for growth; and 2) the overall trend of the security. If it's cheap, it's cheap for a reason.
Ultimately, blockchain technology is solid, but Bitcoin is a tulip bubble.
Don't put all your hope in one trade. If you trade a basket of names, the net upside can be greater than that of the one name you're counting on - and you've diversified your risk.
Trade smaller positions and manage risk with protective stop order placement.
In his guest post at MartinKronicle, Victor Sperandeo stated that he believes the market high is in for the year.
Maybe he's wrong - maybe he's right.
But if you trade the S&P 500, listen up. Trading rallies in a downtrending market is a different environment - and different trading style - than trading long in a bull market. It's a new dynamic that you have to get used to, mostly by doing it.
If you become frustrated, think about trading smaller or sitting on your hands until you learn how to short the market or find another vehicle that works for your trading style.
Michael Martin discusses the roles of luck and skill in your trading and offers a fool-proof way to create a greater amount of luck.