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By Guest Contributor, Michele Hurlbut

Making Plans

When something doesn’t go as planned, I remember a phrase my grandparents used to say “Best-laid plans of mice and men…” Growing up I didn’t completely understand what that meant as I never heard the rest of the saying “…often go awry”. As an adult, I know all too well exactly what the saying means.

As humans, we like to make plans about all sorts of things. We like to plan what we are going to be when we grow up, what school we are going to go to, where we will live. We like to plan our vacations and our life goals.

And, sometimes those particular plans don’t work out. Something gets in the way of our “best-laid plans” and so we adapt and change our plans. This helps us grow (we hope.) That is what happened today.

Ready to Go Live. . .

I have been practicing my system (the one I shared with you in my last blog post.) Formulating and learning the rules around it. Successfully Sim trading it for quite some time, and I felt it was time to take the next step.

The plan was to get up this morning and move to trading my system in my live account with 1 contract and 1 target. Starting slow and ramping up is a solid plan for risk management and mental preparation.

. . . Or Not

When I wake up to trade, I do a morning routine. I do this without fail every trading day to get me mentally and physically focused and ready to take on the day. This morning, as I was doing my routine, I noticed I was having a hard time staying focused on my process. This routine has been my process throughout my trading career and I have noticed that when I am unable to focus on my routines, my trading day is not good.

So, although I was very disappointed, I decided not to start my live trading today. I did trade but it was in Sim. And again, I proved to myself that trading with live money on these unfocused days does not pay…I ended the morning negative.

I think I only made one trade that truly fit my rules the whole morning.

Best Laid Plans - example bad trades

Permission to Call It Off

As traders, we are our own boss. We can call in sick any time we want but we know it affects our bottom line. Unlike a J.O.B, we don’t have someone else paying for our time so we usually don’t ‘call in sick.’ As business owners, we usually power through these days and then wish we had stayed in bed. We forget that we are people and sometime need to take a day off when we are not at our best.

I hope you all give yourselves permission to ‘call in sick’ when you are not feeling/acting 100%, like I did today. It is important to protect our capital, not to mention our sanity, so we can be successful and live to trade another day.

Great trading everyone and speak with you again soon.



Join Randy in the next free LIVE Hawkeye Demonstration Room held every Wednesday at 9.30am EST US. You will learn more about volume and volume price analysis and see more examples and live trade setups. It is open to all.

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Learn to trade the Hawkeye way.

Randy Lindsey
Hawkeye Traders, LLC

Square One

Image Stuck at Square One

By Guest Contributor, Michele Hurlbut

Stuck at Square One?

It is time to open the Hawkeye website and learn about what I’ve gotten myself into. I am excited about the possibilities, and a little nervous about the feeling I have of being “back at Square One.” Have you ever felt that way? Maybe a little frustration about it?

But then I ask myself, “am I really back at square one?”… I am not!

There is so much I know now that I didn’t know when I first started out. I know about support and resistance, what they look like on a chart and possible reasons they form. About trends and how to identify them. And, I know about price action. All these things I did not know when I was at ‘Square One’.

How much do you know now that you did not know when you first started? Or maybe you are at Square One and now you are looking forward to knowing these things soon.

Ah, the relief I feel as I realize I am not at square one. I let it sink fully in. This is only a single step on my trading journey forward. I can’t wait!

First Steps

So I dive in and watch the most recent Members Monthly Webinar (watch the webinar herethis monthly training is normally available to Hawkeye Members only). It is on the Hawkeye 3-Step Entry Method. Randy explained clearly how to use the Hawkeye Heatmap for the current time frame and then Hawkeye Roadkill for the next two time frames higher. He answered tons of questions and by the time I was finished watching the video I felt I had a basic knowledge of what to do.

Learning From Wins…and Losses

With this new knowledge, I set my charts up like he suggested using the time frames I am familiar with. I added the indicators and did some basic backtesting to become familiar with the patterns he showed us to look for. After that, I spent the next two weeks watching the live markets and taking (in Sim) the set ups I thought fit the pattern. There were some good choices and some not so good choices but they were all learning choices. It has been shown that we learn more from our losers than our winners when we study them and don’t just brush them aside.

The Pay Off

And it is paying off. Today I took this trade:

3 Step Entry Method Example Trade

Great trading everyone and speak with you again soon.



Join Randy in the next free LIVE Hawkeye Demonstration Room held every Wednesday at 9.30am EST US. You will learn more about volume and volume price analysis and see more examples and live trade setups. It is open to all.

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Learn to trade the Hawkeye way.

Randy Lindsey
Hawkeye Traders, LLC



By Guest Contributor, Michele Hurlbut

Hi All, it’s Michele again.


This week’s Journal Entry is titled “Overwhelm” and you will see why I chose this title as you read on. My new Hawkeye Workspace is fully loaded with all the bells and whistles. While it looks impressive and colorful, it is also daunting at the same time. After watching it for two weeks, I must admit, I am feeling Overwhelmed. There are so many charts and so many indicators on a chart, and I don’t know what they all do. And I am not used to that much information yet.

Because I don’t yet know what all these new tools do, I am trying to make sense out of what amounts to a “foreign language” without ever having gone through the lessons to learn how to speak it. Wow, that was an interesting analogy.

I Didn’t Know Where to Start

Before I sat down to write this journal entry, all I felt was the feeling I call ‘Overwhelm.’ I didn’t know where to start because I felt like there was so much going on and so much to do. My brain just spins it over and over until I’ve made a mountain out of a molehill. I’m sure you know the feeling . . . Then, as I was writing and looking for a way to describe my thinking, “foreign language” popped into my head.

Once I saw it on paper, I realized how much pressure I was putting on myself to learn this “foreign language” overnight. Why would I expect myself to learn something this different, overnight? Crazy, right?

My Trade Plan

Now that I understand the source of the feeling (and boy does journaling help in that endeavor), I can formulate a plan. My plan has the following steps:

1. Take clean charts of my favorite time internals.
2. As I go through the training videos, add the indicator I have just learned to my chart and study how it moves with my current knowledge of price action, and support and resistance.
3. In this way, I will grow into the Hawkeye Trading Software just like I would learn a new language or hobby.

Remember, “Rome was not built in a day”!

Closing Thoughts

So by taking these steps, I now feel confident that my plan is achievable. As a result, my feeling of overwhelm has left and a feeling of calm, clear action has taken its place. I hope this helps you also.

Great trading everyone and speak with you again soon.



Join Randy in the next free LIVE Hawkeye Demonstration Room held every Wednesday at 9.30am EST US. You will learn more about volume and volume price analysis and see more examples and live trade setups. It is open to all.

Click this link for more information or to join us in class.

Learn to trade the Hawkeye way.

Randy Lindsey
Hawkeye Traders, LLC

Coaching Traders with Adult ADD/ADHD

By Kenneth Reid, Ph.D

Sometimes as traders, we all periodically come up against seemingly insurmountable obstacles… such as when our trusty method suddenly stops working and we are forced to switch horses in midstream.


I specialize in coaching traders with Adult ADHD (perhaps 50% of the trader population) who are always changing horses. The typical trader does not spend enough time with a method to learn it inside out.

Symptoms of Adult ADD include not just a revolving door relationship with indicators and methods, but also overtrading, over-confidence, over-reliance on one’s ability to improvise, and a shoot-first-ask-questions-later attitude that makes reading directions a last resort.

I’ve been there; I live there. (When I buy a new appliance the first thing I do is put the directions away in a drawer.)  We like to figure things out for ourselves.

Curiously, the market can induce an ADD-like state in rational individuals who don’t have the disorder. That might have happened to you on your first trading day with Hawkeye.

Trading is like marriage; it looks easy from the outside, but after 5 or 6 years with one system, it doesn’t look the same. Although we are now “experienced,” it’s remarkably easy to regress to a very primitive gut-level approach to problem solving that can destroy an account in a week or two.

Why is that?

Trading is a performance sport. Top athletes are creatures of habit because in the heat of the moment, good habits produce the best results. When we introduce novelty, it degrades our good habits and we have to rebuild them with deliberate practice. So, the best place to practice is by using a SIM account.

I noticed in the previous blog articles that Michele wisely began her Hawkeye Journey in SIM. SIM is very useful if you trade it the same as you would a live account because that takes discipline. It also helps develop and fine-tune your strategy.

I suggest using SIM whenever something new comes into the picture: a new indicator, a new method, a new market, a new platform, a new brokerage. Stay in SIM until you have rebuilt your set of habits. Once you demonstrate you can consistently trade with profits in a SIM account, then you can begin the real work of trading profitably in a live account.

Thanks for your posts, Michele. I’m sure they will encourage and inspire many.

Join Randy in the next free LIVE Hawkeye Demonstration Room held every Wednesday at 9.30am EST US. You will learn more about volume and volume price analysis and see more examples and live trade setups. It is open to all.

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Learn to trade the Hawkeye way.

Randy Lindsey
Hawkeye Traders, LLC

So, I Thought I Could. . .

By Guest Contributor, Michele Hurlbut

Hi everyone, it’s Michele again.  So, I thought I could just open my charts and start trading my new software without spending time going through all that training. You know, I thought I could save some time and make money too, right? Well, things don’t always work out the way you plan, so here is my first journal entry:

On Friday afternoon, I downloaded my Hawkeye Professional Package and then closed my charts and computer with the intention of getting back to it later that day.  Also, I planned to start setting things up and reviewing the website over the weekend.  Guess what? Yep, surprise, that didn’t happen.

And here it is Monday, and I haven’t reviewed the software material.  I think to myself, “I’ve been trading for a while, and I’m familiar with many indicators, how hard can it be?” So, I thought I could do this.

So I open my charts and my new software, and start trading.  (I bet you’re laughing to yourself right now thinking ‘I’ve been there’ and ‘oh, is she going to be in trouble…’)  Fast forward a few hours and I am soooo glad I was in Sim mode today!!  Yep, total disaster (note: please don’t try anything new with live money!)  I did have a couple moments of ‘true brilliance’ I tell myself as it goes to my target. But reality is that most of the day was utter chaos and “willy-nilly” entries.

Why?  Because my Ego got in the way; I can read a chart! I can read price action! Why do I need to look at videos and learn the way this software is supposed to work? (She writes “tongue in cheek”).

Ok, let’s go back to my first article to you. Do you remember the reason I bought the Hawkeye system? Because the volatility of the market had increased to a point where my current system Reward:Risk ratio did not work.  So then why do I think I can 1) use my current trading style on different colored charts and expect a better outcome (the definition of insanity 😉); and 2) totally throw money away by purchasing a system that I am not taking full advantage of?

Now that I write this on paper, it seems so silly to let my Ego get in the way of my success.  The Ego is a wily creature that creeps up on you when you least expect.  It takes control and then we/I usually end up in negative P&L territory.

A strong person will recognize when Ego has taken over (it may be in hindsight, but it is recognized all the same). Once recognized, they turn the situation around to where their rational self is back in control.  Now they can drive their own “destiny bus” down the Highway.

So, I thought I could jump right into trading without taking the time to learn the new system, and I was so wrong. Now I am off to watch my lesson videos. I can’t wait to see the wonders there! Have a great week everyone!

Join Randy in the next free LIVE Hawkeye Demonstration Room held every Wednesday at 9.30am EST US. You will learn more about volume and volume price analysis and see more examples and live trade setups. It is open to all.

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Learn to trade the Hawkeye way.

Randy Lindsey
Hawkeye Traders, LLC

Which Mouse Are You?

by Guest Columnist, Kenneth Reid, Ph.D

Hi… this is Dr. Kenneth Reid from

Reduce Your Errors

I would like to speak about how to reduce your trading errors. Like tennis, trading is a game of errors. In other words, we generally self-limit our success. Our outcome improves when we make fewer errors .

If your trading method has a potential 60-70% win rate, but on 2 out of 10 trades you execute poorly, it will be difficult to make money as a trader.

So it pays to strive for perfection in those elements that are under our control, since randomness plays such a large role overall.

First Mouse Syndrome

One of the most common issues traders face is a collection of behaviors I call the “First Mouse Syndrome.”

Moneytrap First Mice“First Mice” get whacked when they go for the cheese.

One reason is that First Mice tend to be excitable and they enter trades too early. It could be from greed, fear of missing out or just plain impulsiveness. Impulsiveness is usually driven by an over-reliance on intuition and an under-utilization of a technical method.

Premature entries lead to taking “heat” because the market has not yet developed internal coherence. The more push-back we experience, the more defensive we get. This leads to micromanaging trades and tightening mental stops.

Unfortunately, this almost always works against the trend trader. The key to trend trading is to give the market sufficient room to breathe once a trend is established.

The Hawkeye Trend Indicator

The Hawkeye Trend and Stops indicator is designed to do precisely this. However, with the three speed settings, you have some discretion in how you apply this indicator. Because first mice prefer to get in early, they will typically set Hawkeye Trend to ‘Aggressive.’

If you find that you are getting stopped out of good trades, you may be experiencing the stop hunting games that typically occur in futures and forex near key support and resistance levels. These games trap and punish First Mice.

The irony is that responsible First Mice stop themselves out willingly because they have been taught to manage risk with relatively tight stops. They want to “keep losses small and let winners run.” But 1 wrong + 1 right = Zero (a breakeven trader, at best.)

If you are getting stopped out and then find that the market often reverses and goes your original way, it may help you to think like The Second Mouse.

The Second Mouse

The Second Mouse gets the cheese by simply waiting for First Mice to be stopped out before taking action.

First mice tend to get stopped out when the first pullback fails. For example, if they shorted, the market quickly makes a new high and stops them out. . . and then the downtrend resumes.

If they went long, the market makes a new low and stops them out. . . and then the uptrend resumes.

This process creates the common ABC countertrend patterns that occur within trends. You will get stopped out on the A-leg of the ABC if your stop is too tight . If this is happening for you, consider adjusting Hawkeye Trend and Stops to the Conservative setting.

Moreover, it’s usually not a good idea to use mental stops to manage positions in a trend. Chances are you will react to random noise, micromanage your trade and choke it off.


You can watch a free video that discusses the First Mouse Syndrome by following the link below. It’s the latest video in the Hawkeye Mindset Mastermind Breakthrough program, which gives you highly practical weekly videos on trading psychology. Check out for more information.

Download the free video sample here:

Hawkeye Mindset Mastermind Breakthrough Video Series – First Mouse Syndrome

Join Randy in the next free LIVE Hawkeye Demonstration Room held every Wednesday at 9.30am EST US. You will learn more about volume and volume price analysis and see more examples and live trade setups. It is open to all.

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Learn to trade the Hawkeye way.

Randy Lindsey
Hawkeye Traders, LLC

Why Trading More Produces Less

Greetings Hawkeye traders, this is Dr. Kenneth Reid from . We all want to improve our trading. What’s the best way to accomplish that?

Lazy Traders?

It’s not a question of working harder. There are no lazy traders. In fact, we have the opposite problem: screen time seems to increase way beyond what we originally expected. (Just ask your spouse.)

Unfortunately, screen time isn’t directly correlated with an improvement in our bottom-lines. Why not?

Like any profession, trading well depends on a proper mindset and the execution of specific skills. . . skills that need to be practiced.

Raw screen time doesn’t necessarily build these skills. . . or any skills, for that matter. In fact, excessive screen time can tire you out, zone you out. . . and keep you from developing the real-time skills you need.

It’s a paradox: trading too much is the most common trader problem that’s not even recognized as a problem. Check out this comment from the owner of a popular futures prop shop:

“Our average profitable trader is active less than 3 hours a day. Our average struggling trader logs more than 6 hours a day.”

And I know traders who are in front of their screens 12 hours a day or more!

Sure. . . it’s natural to try harder when you are not getting the results you expect. And it’s natural to expect your results to be proportional to your effort. And in some fields of endeavor these expectations are correct.

But trading isn’t one of them.

Here’s why.

The typical struggling trader operates with an idiosyncratic mix of biases, goals, predictions, snap judgments, impulses and intuitions combined with an equally eclectic set of technical tools.

Although you may swear loyalty to a particular method, such as Hawkeye, when push comes to shove in live trading, many traders quietly change the game.

In this ad hoc situation, the number of unique discretionary combinations available to enter, manage and exit any one trade… probably runs into the thousands.

When the pressure is on, consistency becomes elusive. So elusive that our results can be much worse than chance. Seriously. It will seem like you are missing virtually all the good trades and taking virtually all the bad trades!

I know it sounds impossible, but I hear about this often and I’ve experienced it myself. It causes traders to profoundly mistrust themselves and feel almost cursed.

The good news is that the solution is within everyone’s reach.

Good trading relies on a small group of attitudes and abilities that are the opposite of the idiosyncratic mix we have, by default, in our heads.

Good trading is:

  1. Unbiased,
  2. process orientated,
  3. well-planned,
  4. disciplined, and sometimes
  5. counterintuitive.

A Trading Mindset

This is the mindset needed to trade successfully. We call it the Hawkeye Mindset. (This is how Randy trades, right?) Without it, you are subject to your own random discretionary ideas, impulses and behavior.

Mindset is crucial, but it’s not enough. We also have to master the specific skills regarding entering, managing and exiting trades. Mindset needs to be practiced. . . and so do the skills.

But frankly, most traders never actually practice. . . they just analyze and trade.

Either they feel they don’t have time to practice, they don’t think practice is important, or they think trading itself is practice. But it’s not.

Truly effective practice has three essential ingredients: It’s…

  1. Specific,
  2. Measurable, and
  3. Progressive. . . which means the challenge increases incrementally over time.

I call this “Conscious Practice.” Conscious practice creates hundreds of small breakthroughs, which generate measurable macro improvement. (And they generate dopamine, too. . . so you will enjoy practicing.)

This isn’t just a theory. . . this is the training method that resulted in 90 new records at the 2016 Rio Olympics.

And if you start applying it, you can break through your own limits and set new performance records on a regular basis.

So here’s a quick quiz:

Conscious Practice is ____________, ______________, and ____________ .

Ready to start?

Step 1: Pick a specific attitude or skill you want to get better at. Get very specific.

Step 2: Set measurable goals and track your progress using market replay or practice in a live market in Simulation mode.

Step 3: As you make progress, progressively raise your criteria for success.

Key Point: This recommendation may shock you. . . if you are not yet profitable. . . spend 90% of your time practicing conscious skill development in Simulation Mode. . . and 10% trading live. As you notice your mindset and skills improving, gradually increase the proportion of live trading.

If you are ready to start your own program of conscious practice, download the free video below, which is part of the low-cost Hawkeye Mastermind coaching program available on

Hawkeye Mindset Mastermind – Does Practice Make Perfect?

Join me in the next free LIVE Hawkeye Demonstration Room held every Wednesday at 9.30am EST US. You will learn more about volume and volume price analysis and see more examples and live trade setups. It is open to all.

Click this link for more information or to join us in class.

Learn to trade the Hawkeye way.

Randy Lindsey
Hawkeye Traders, LLC

Mindset of a Successful Trader

Mindset of a Successful Trader

It doesn’t matter the amount of money you have. It doesn’t matter if you are a great technical analyst. It also doesn’t matter your depth of knowledge in trading. If you don’t have the right trading mindset, you may never become a successful trader.

The type of mindset you have will determine if you are going to succeed or fail. While having a great psychology is important in trading, most traders just ignore it and see it as something they will work on later. This is a huge mistake.

If you are trading with a wrong mindset, it is not about the money you have in risk capital or how much you have mastered your strategy, you can still fail. No amount of money or strategies can make you successful if you do not have the right mindset about trading.

Below are some important trader mindsets you need to understand if you want to achieve lasting success in the market.

Money and mindset

The truth is that risking money during trading influences your mindset. One important factor to consider in maintaining and achieving the right trading mindset is proper risk management. When you risk more than what you can handle emotionally, this may affect all other part of your trading. This may lead to having a wrong mindset immediately when the trade starts. You may become over emotional and anxious, which is not good for the business. The best approach is to begin your first live trades with small amounts. You have to ‘test the waters’ so as to know your risk spot where your emotion is not too high.

Expectations are key

Most people usually come into the business with high and unrealistic expectations on different things. They are not realistic about how long it will take them to properly learn trading, how long to become consistent and successful, and how frequently they are going to win trades. Starting something with a load of unimaginable expectations, you are simply getting ready for emotional pain.

You have to relinquish every emotional attachment to trading. And also minimizing your risk, just as we have discussed before, can be achieved by not setting too high expectations about your trades.

Simple is better

As humans, we always have the tendency to make simple things complicated, we make things harder than they really should be. This is very true when it comes to trading. Having a messy and complicated trading strategy is the number one thing that can negatively influence your mindset. It is very important that you stay calm and clear your head when trading, and for this to be possible, you need a simple trading strategy, especially one using volume and price action.


Therefore, building a foundation with a simple but very effective trading strategy is the first step to achieving a proper trading mindset. Next, with a balanced money management approach and with properly managed expectations, consistency and discipline, you will be on the way to developing the right trading mindset, and therefore, consistent trading success.

At Hawkeye Traders, we not only equip you with world-class indicators, and with strategies and training that help you on your trading journey, but we also train you on the proper mindset. We have a whole website dedicated to developing a successful mindset:


Join me in the next free LIVE Hawkeye Demonstration Room held every Wednesday at 9.30am EST US. You will learn more about volume and volume price analysis and see more examples and live trade setups. It is open to all.

Click this link for more information or to join us in class.

Learn to trade the Hawkeye way.

Randy Lindsey
Hawkeye Traders, LLC

7 Secret Tips Successful Traders Practice

What separates successful traders from the rest of the pack? Why is it that only a mere 5% really make it in trading? How did these traders do it? While all successful traders have their proven trading strategies and systems to call and manage their trades, they know there is one more important thing to do: focus on improving themselves.

Successful trader

Because the trader is the ultimate resource that can act to produce the desired trading results, he or she must ensure this resource is primed and efficient to perform its best at trading. As such, successful traders pay great attention to the points listed below which elucidate how they go about their trading business.

Treat Trading Like A Business

Top traders know that trading is a serious business and they accord it such importance by considering key factors that affect all businesses. From a trading perspective, these factors include: writing a detailed trading plan; starting out with an appropriate trading account size; knowing the various costs of trading; sustaining and growing the account; and acquiring the right trading knowledge, skills, software and equipment.

Keep The Ego In Check

Trading mistakes can arise from emotional responses directly linked to one’s ego. A trader that needs to be right will let the ego prevail and inflict ruin to his/her account, always trying to will the market which he/she denies cannot be controlled. Being egoistic also means not acknowledging one’s trading mistakes and therefore not learning from them. For example, the ego will egg the trader on to hold a losing trade instead of taking the correct action of cutting loss at the appropriate time.

Be Disciplined In Every Trade

The item that directly affects your bottom line is trading discipline. The serious trader follows his/her trading plan to the letter, and adheres to it as much as humanly possible (Note: even successful traders make mistakes). Trading discipline includes protecting trading capital and sensibly allocating risk per trade; only taking trades that satisfy risk/reward parameters and set up correctly; staying on the sidelines at all other times and not forcing a trade; cutting losses quickly via pre-determined stop loss levels; letting a good trade ride but protecting a winner from turning into a loser. In essence, being disciplined allows the successful trader to show profits consistently and rein in losses should any trading period turn out to be a rough ride.

Protect Trading Capital

The serious trader treats his/her trading money very seriously. It is what enables trading to be done. Additionally, it is also the objective of trading: make winning trades to grow the money. Thus, the successful trader will guard his/her capital zealously, ensuring that risk per trade is controlled so that losers only erode the account, not chew a hole in it. This assures the trader that his/her business can continue, today, tomorrow and into the future.

Don’t Marry Your Trades

The serious trader knows that a single trade does not determine his/her trading success. He/she is fully aware that any trade could result in a loss. Therefore a conscious act of removing any emotional attachment to every trade is essential. While staying disciplined entails waiting for the good trade entries, this wait and eventual trade entry do not compel the successful trader to think that he/she must be right in taking that trade. As such, should the market go against the trader and he/she sees prices approaching the stop loss level, the trader fully accepts that losing is a real possibility and does not rationalize further. The novice trader, in contrast, will often be tempted to move the stop loss further out so as to let the trade have “more room”. Such a trader feels the need to be right and doesn’t know how to walk away from a loser.

Be Realistic, Practical And Persevere

Being realistic is what separates the men from the boys when it comes to trading. The successful trader does not have a get-rich-quick mentality and knows it is hard work; thus he/she treats trading as a business and has the mental fortitude to stay in the game for as long as it takes. Perseverance is a key asset. The trading discipline imposed in the trading plan reinforces this. It results in a personal belief that it is possible to succeed in trading. The serious trader knows he/she is psychologically guided by his upbringing, attitudes and experiences regarding money and success. He is also practical by admitting these limitations and works to break free from such self-defeating barriers. Pursuing the right education from other successful traders are good solutions to the problem.

Know Yourself And Let Others Help You

The successful trader knows his/her strengths and weaknesses when it comes to trading. They are not shy to ask for help. While knowing there is no shortcut to success, the trader often pursues education from the best mentors to acquire the right knowledge and skills essential to becoming successful at trading. As part of the trading plan, the serious trader keeps a trading journal and reviews this daily to learn from past mistakes and internalize winning trade executions.  Also, a mentor can use the trade journal to help the trader make specific and personal improvements.

You may need the help of a trading coach.  Let Hawkeye Traders help you get back on the path to consistently profitable trading. Contact us today at [email protected] and ask about our Trader Coaching Program. You’ll be glad you did.

Trade safe!

Learn more about volume and volume spread analysis. See more examples and live trade setups as well in the next free LIVE Hawkeye Demonstration Room. It is held every Wednesday and is open to all. Click this link for more information or to join us in class.

Learn to trade the Hawkeye way.

Randy Lindsey
Hawkeye Traders, LLC

Defining Risk in Your Trading

Hello everybody, this is Marcus Toombs from Hawkeye Tomahawke FX

Do you know exactly how much you risk each time you place a trade?

In his recent article ‘The Commitment Secret’, Dr. Kenneth Reid challenged us to commit to an ongoing process of self-improvement and today, to that end, I’d like to consider trade risk.

Do you clearly define the point at which you will exit a trade if it goes against you?

If we trade without defining the point at which we will exit that trade, then it is not possible to calculate the financial risk of that trade and consequently we are then risking our entire account, which would not only be extremely bad for our pocket but would also cause us a great deal of emotional pain and psychological damage.

In this scenario, at what point would we exit the trade and by then how big will that loss be?

Do you clearly define how much of your account you will risk on each trade?

If I enter a trade with the same lot size for each currency pair then I am not defining my risk because each currency pair has a different cost per pip. For example, one standard lot on the EURGBP is around $12.80 per pip whereas one standard lot on the GBPAUD is around $7.50 per pip, so the risk on the two trades is not the same with an equal lot size.

Why should we define the risk on each trade?

If we consider how we bet on a horse race then the answer is quite simple.

The odds are calculated on the probability of a horse winning and we use those odds to define our trade parameters. So, for example, if the odds are 10:1 and I bet $1, then a win would return my $1 stake and $10 in profit. However, if my horse does not win then the bookie keeps my $1 bet. In this scenario, I fully understand that I will lose $1 if my horse does not win and I have considered it a worthwhile trade as I have the chance to make $10 by risking $1.

Now, if the bookie couldn’t tell me how much I will lose if the horse fails to win, but that it might be all the money in my account (which, incidentally, he holds for me in his own bank account) would I then take a bet on that horse? I certainly wouldn’t – but yet, surprisingly, many traders do.

What are the benefits of defining and accepting the risks on each trade?

How about I say you can be the bookie (to define the trade odds) and then also the customer to take that trade? Well, that is just what we do when we trade.
So, for example, I could set a stop loss at -50 Pips and take profit at +100 pips (1:2 risk to reward) and then risk $100 on the trade. If the trade stops out I lose $100 but if the trade is a winner I will gain $200.

But just remember, as the bookie or as the customer, I have no way to determine or influence the outcome of the race, I am just defining my trade parameters and must accept the outcome.

The skill in trading is then to find high probability trades and to pre-determine the exit, which is the subject for another day.

How do we determine the risk in the Hawkeye Tomahawke FX room?

Hawkeye Tomahawke Chart

In the Tomahawke room we use a trade execution tool to place our trades quickly, as we are trading the shorter time charts.

This tool makes us place a stop in the charts so that we think about and determine the point at which we would no longer want to be in that trade, should it go against us. In the settings, we also pre-determine how much of our account we wish to risk on each trade. (I normally risk ½ percent on each trade).

When we take a trade the software then automatically calculates the lot size given the number of pips to the stop and the total value we are risking on that trade. So, for example, if we are risking $100 on a trade with a 10 pip stop then we will be risking $10 per pip and the software will calculate that as a lot size and enter the trade. Should the stop be hit we will lose $100 and no more and we accept this as our defined risk.

I hope this article helps you to think about risk in your trades and how to become a better trader.

If you would like to find out more about the Hawkeye Tomahawke FX room please visit us at

To learn more about volume and volume spread analysis, and to see more examples and live trade setups be sure to join me in the next free LIVE Hawkeye Demonstration Room held every Wednesday. Open to all. Click this link for more information or to join us in class.

Learn to trade the Hawkeye way.

Good trading,

Randy Lindsey
Hawkeye Traders, LLC


by Guest Columnist, Kenneth Reid, Ph.D

Hi… this is Dr. Kenneth Reid from This week I’d like to discuss “Multitasking.”

Traders multitask to reduce anxiety and for neuro-stimulation. There’s an upside and a downside to this habit. Let’s take a look at how all this works and I’ll provide a link that will help you change this habit (or any habit) in just 5 minutes a day.

Traders subscribe to news feeds and guru blogs or chat rooms to help explain and predict market movement. We naturally want to know “why” the market did X and not Y, and what it is likely to do next, because knowledge (even pseudo-knowledge) lessens anxiety.

The question then becomes: “Although you may feel better, how does that ‘knowledge’ actually affect your trading?”

Often theories and predictions work against us, because they are so subjective. If we have a theory about something it can be difficult to see the objective truth… if the truth doesn’t accord with our theory. And that disconnect can get us on the wrong side of the market.

For example, if you think the market ‘should’ go up, you will probably miss the entry for the short sale.

Multitasking also provides neuro-stimulation, the universal antidote to boredom.

Some traders get bored almost immediately… and they absolutely hate it. For them, multitasking is like an ADD drug, because information, engagement, hyperfocus and risk are stimulants that induce a state of pleasant concentration and mild euphoria. It’s a dopamine high.

Consequently, multitasking for ‘neurostim’ can easily slide into trading addiction. Like a slot machine player, these traders are trading to trade. I’ve seen this addictive behavior in doctors and dentists who trade between patient visits or while a patient is getting prepped or numb.

I coached an anesthesiologist who traded in the hallway between operations, and a surgeon who traded forex from his hospital office. Both were losing money. The distraught wife of the anesthesiologist told me he had already burned through his kids’ college fund.

Trading addiction is also a risk for those who work from a home office. One client, a father of three, worked at home for a Fortune 500 company. He preferred to trade, so he did just enough corporate work to avoid drawing attention to himself. Although he was depleting his savings, he prioritized trading over his day job because he believed he was “on the verge of greatness.”

This particular (delusional) belief is common in male traders with Adult ADD or a trading addiction. They can’t see the self-deception, although spouses recognize it quite early… and it scares them.

Reading about multitasking, or any other trader issue, is useful, but it’s not sufficient to actually change a sub-optimal trading behavior. You will forget about it in 5 minutes and go back to trading the way you always have. Nothing will really change.

However, if you are interested in reaching your full potential as a trader as quickly as possible then get on the fast track… join our new Mastermind Breakthrough program at

You get a weekly experiential video that will empower you to eliminate bad trading habits and install good ones in just 5 minutes a day. 50 videos a year on 50 practical topics essential for trading mastery. It’s the easiest way for traders to increase discipline and improve your trading on a daily basis.

The Mastermind Breakthrough videos are based on the same principles and techniques used by Olympic coaches and trainers for Navy Seals. Results have been phenomenal… and if you can afford Netflix, you can afford this service.

Go to to find out more.

To learn more about volume and volume spread analysis, and to see more examples and live trade setups be sure to join me in the next free LIVE Hawkeye Demonstration Room held every Wednesday. Open to all. Click this link for more information or to join us in class.

Learn to trade the Hawkeye way.

Good trading,

Randy Lindsey
Hawkeye Traders, LLC

The Commitment Secret

by Guest Columnist, Kenneth Reid, Ph.D

Hi… this is Dr. Kenneth Reid from

Every trader I’ve ever met or coached has been 100% committed to trading. When I ask…“When do you plan on retiring from trading?” I always get the same answer: “Never!”

But what are most traders really committed to?

Based on hundreds of coaching interviews, most aspiring traders are committed to various Outcomes… such as winning, making money, becoming wealthy, being right, figuring it all out.

While we all want these things, a commitment to Outcome, per se, can actually work against the aspiring trader. That’s the sticky paradox of trading for a living.

Over the years, I’ve noticed that there comes a time in every trader’s development when he or she needs to make a different type of commitment in order to achieve their full potential. Otherwise they stay permanently stuck at whatever level they are on.

To better understand this, I’d like you to listen to some words about commitment that continue to inspire me. They were written by a Scottish explorer and mountaineer who survived imprisonment in POW camps during WWII.

He didn’t just “face” challenges that befell him, he sought them out. He assumed risk. And in doing so, he learned a secret that literally saved his life. I think it’s something we all need to learn because trading is dangerous, too.

You can watch a free 3-minute video version of this article and hear his famous words here

(This article will have more impact/value if you listen to that video.)

So today I’m going to challenge all aspiring Hawkeye traders to make a commitment…not to an Outcome… but to an ongoing Process of self-improvement. What would you be improving exactly? Your ability to skillfully and effectively assume risk.

Having this ability gets us into “The Zone,” the sweet spot that lies between being foolhardy on the one hand, and risk averse on the other. As I mentioned in a previous article, another name for this mental-emotional state is ‘flow.’

And the happy paradox is that if we make a commitment to continuous self-improvement, we seem to encounter serendipitous support for achieving all our goals. This isn’t magical thinking…it’s the essence of mastery.

Next week I’ll discuss a way for Hawkeye traders to transform your commitment into highly practical action steps. Stay tuned.

To learn more about volume and volume spread analysis, and to see more examples and live trade setups be sure to join me in the next free LIVE Hawkeye Demonstration Room held every Wednesday. Open to all. Click this link for more information or to join us in class.

Learn to trade the Hawkeye way.

Good trading,

Randy Lindsey
Hawkeye Traders, LLC