Thrive On Neutrality

“We give ourselves an edge through common sense trading principles, for the markets are random, and we are nothing more than a Casino with a long-term edge. And trading with a neutral, relaxed state of mind is our equivalent of card-counting. It is where we flourish without being seen.”

I am a massive believer in Integrity, I am often too honest for my own good. I have hurt people through honesty. But I will never apologise for being that way, for if we cannot be honest with others, we cannot be true with ourselves.

I often feel like my life is a list of regret’s, poor decisions that cannot be undone. Choices that characterise me, things that make me the man I am today. But I believe in communication, and as long as it is said truthfully with all avenues considered, then the forthwith direction is an integral one. That is something that has stuck with me through the years, and it is how I abolish my feelings of regret, the ones I can justify anyway. Did I consider the impact on the future, did I explore all avenues? Did any third party consider the same, and if they didn’t, they probably didn’t want it anyway.

When we talk about Trading, its important to consider the qualities within yourself that are relative to your mindset. By my own admission, I am a self-confessed wreck of a man plagued with regret, justified through belief of choice. Just because you can justify it within yourself, it doesn’t mean it doesn’t hurt, it doesn’t mean you don’t feel, and it certainly doesn’t take away the guilt or impact it has on other people. 

The difference with me, is that I can be honest with myself. I know I have these flaw’s that would otherwise make it impossible to become a consistently profitable trader. I have weeks where I don’t trade at all, because my mental state is not on point. If you trade when you are feeling like this, its not just your mental state that will be on a downer, it is also your account balance.

Promoters of Forex never consider this, they always have the ‘perfect strategy’ that will make you money quickly. They are not interested in whether your mental state is capable of handling a Trading environment, but acknowledging your flaws is paramount for success. We must tackle this immediately when we come into the markets, if you are feeling down, sick, guilty, jealous, angry, whatever it may be, step away. There is always another trade.

You will thrive on neutrality, when you are in a relaxed state. When your judgement is spot-on, when you can nail down those confirmations and enter a trade considering it as money lost, and winning or losing with an unemotional straight face. Because whether you like it or not, there is no such thing as the perfect strategy, no matter how many Facebook marketers believe there is one. 

We give ourselves an edge through common sense trading principles, for the markets are random, and we are nothing more than a Casino with a long-term edge. And trading with a neutral, relaxed state of mind is our equivalent of card-counting. It is where we flourish without being seen.

This is one of the unseen advantages of actually dedicating yourself to the Forex markets, you become a better person in all aspects. Philosophy guides me through difficult times, teaching yourself to become neutral in any situation will not only improve your trading but also your interactions with people everyday. When I think about my biggest regrets,  the ones from earlier in life that I cannot justify, and I think about the reasons they escalated in the first place, I know now that I didn’t enter a state of unemotional neutrality. I didn’t consider anyone else, I didn’t explore every avenue. I need to accept them as learning experiences that took me on a journey to become a better person.

And to those that cross me these days, you will probably never know the whole reason I do things, especially without communication, because there are probably streams of information that have been considered and wound up into a state of neutral reasoning. You may hurt, I may hurt, but it was the most balanced decision possible.

Thrive on neutrality inside or outside of the markets, being neutral is unemotional, and it can take some time to achieve clarity. So never rush into trades just as you wouldn’t rush into a car purchase, or the decision to have a Baby. Become the mindset, don’t let it dictate your chosen path.

Recommended Forex Brokers

Forex Brokers can be fraudulent, they can manipulate price, they should be regulated and have a degree of trust through experience. At this time, PardoFX can only recommend the following Forex Brokers through team experience. There is only one rule here, it must be regulated to some degree. Unlike every other Forex site, these clickable links are not affiliated with personal accounts, they are purely recommended from our traders. Obviously conduct your own research before you choose a Broker suitable for your needs.

Forex.com is a very well respected broker with the added bonus of being able to trade straight from the Trading-view Charts. They do have a higher spread than most though, if you’re a longer term trader this is an excellent option.

Leverage (Majors)- 1:30

Crypto Capable – No

FXCM is my personal choice due to being highly regulated and having a Spread-betting account for UK customers meaning gains are not taxable. Their charts are also the best on Trading-view, although you cant physically trade on there.

Leverage (Majors) 1:30

Crypto Capable BTC only @ 1:2

Pepperstone is very similar to FXCM in that it is safe, boring & reliable. The cTrader platform is very good in place of Metatrader, but their charts are not on Trading-view.

Leverage (Majors) – 1:30

Crypto Capable – BTC, BCH, LTC, DASH @ 1:2

IC Markets is a very popular Aussie regulated broker that we recommend as a high risk broker, offering huge leverage it is easier to blow an account but you are able to hold many more trades on a smaller account. If you use them, make sure you apply correct risk management. Offers the very good cTrader platform

Leverage – 1:500

Crypto Capable – BTC, ETH, DASH, LTC, BCH, XRP, EOS, EMC, NMC, PPC @ 1:5

Getting ready for the Bottom

Before we start, lets make it clear that I am not a signal or Investment advisor, and I am not qualified to do so. This is my opinion only, and do your own research before investing into the Crypto markets. Of course only invest what you can afford to lose.

Now, I know little about Crypto. My focus & success previously is generally around how established, accessible and reactive specific coin markets are. Its common sense really, as is everything in PardoFX.

Bitcoin. Is it at the bottom? Not yet. Is it near the bottom? I believe so. And with the bottom comes the turn in all Crypto markets. Even the best coins cannot gain in the current climate as the dependency on Bitcoin continues. What are the indicators of a reversal? Well look at my previous Bitcoin posts.

Capitulation has well and truly set in amongst emotional Crypto Traders, which is the single largest Bullish indicator for a reversal. Since the collapse of the support at $5800, the selling has been crazy. If you believe in the technology and value long term of this technology then you will have no qualms about getting back into the markets at a level that is suitably low that the risk is minimal. My aim is at $3000. When this is met I will look at investing into coins that I believe will give me the best chance of making good profits. $3000 is key because not only is it a significant level of support but it is also very important when it comes to mining BTC, it is generally accepted that it will no longer be profitable to mine Bitcoin below this area. And with that in mind there should be alot of support in the industry for keeping this level intact.

Accumulation will ideally begin here, if we see some high volume transactions take place or we use candlestick identification to establish a ground of manipulation we can look to enter. Even if we get in at 3k without that, I believe it could be a calculated risk that long term could leave you much, much better off, even after some initial portfolio loss. Lets not forget all the poor souls that invested at 6k, 10k, and even 20k. 3k gives us a minimal risk margin. The main risk will become the coins themselves, so to minimise that my main interest will be in the coins below.

Coinbase, love it or hate it, is the easiest, most accessible and best known Cryptocurrency Exchange for beginners. So it would make sense to invest in coins available to trade here. Now if you’re in the UK, you dont have access to buy/sell some of these Alt-coins outright with FIAT, but our American friends do. However we are available to trade them on the PRO version. Within Coinbase there are 3 coins outside the top 10 which could erupt when Volume enters the markets. Ethereum Classic (ETC), Basic Attention Token (BAT), and 0x (ZRX) which are currently trading at well below the prices that were available even before they were added to the Coinbase platform. We know they are established, because otherwise they wouldnt be on Coinbase, but do your research. I recommend Coincheckup for a quick glance and you will see that these coins are all highly rated. In fact ETC and 0x are among the most highly rated coins on there. My focus will be on these as I think they are extremely undervalued, and should rise substantially with any bullish traction in the markets. The main basis for investment is common sense, what did I do when I started in Crypto? I went on Coinbase and bought anything that was available. Im looking for others to do the same. Already holding a Bulk of LTC and ETH, and with no interest in Bitcoin or Bitcoin Cash, I think the value is in the hidden gems here. If you dont have a Coinbase account, click HERE to get one.

Continuing on on this path of Exchange Volume, im also looking at up and coming Exchange platforms, and coins offered there. Kucoin (KCS) but also Binance (BNB). Although Binance is already very well established of course. Kucoin is the pick of the exchanges here. Common sense dictates that with volume in the exchanges comes volume within that exchanges asset. KCS is available for $0.5 after an All Time High of $17, plus it will also reward you in commission and by paying less trading fee’s. I do believe Kucoin will become the next big exchange when the next run happens, the assets available to trade are fairly extensive and the platform itself is easy to navigate. The basis is, with exchange volume, comes exchange value. I expect Kucoin to do very well in this regards so my 4th and 5th targets are KCS and BNB but primarily KCS. You can sign-up for a Kucoin account HERE, or/and a Binance account HERE.

Other coins that I believe are dirt cheap and fantastic prospects long term are Stellar Lumens (XLM) and Electroneum (ETN). Stellar is already a top 10 coin, and I firmly believe ETN will be within the next 6 – 12 months. Im not going to go into detail on why I am targeting these coins other than dirt cheap prices, as I don’t need too, check the projects out yourselves.

Therefore in conclusion I will be looking to gain substantial amounts of BAT, ZRX, ETC, ETN, XLM, KCS & BNB when the bottom hits. Because to me thats common sense based on probable Volume plus two projects that I believe are very much worth investing in. Of course everyone disagree’s on this stuff, and I dont provide signals. This is just what I will be focusing on.

Pardo.

Trust & Usability

An important part,  of continuing this journey, is Trust. Of course I don’t expect every man and his dog to join us on this expedition on the whim of just me talking. Its supposed to be word of mouth referrals only, there isn’t really any value in anyone referring people into the group, that’s one of the benefits of this team. You will earn no extra money, and thus have no pressure bring people in like there is in so many other Forex groups out there.

Its easy to forget that this team has only been live since August 10th, and in that time we have come so far. I am forever looking to add-to and improve the content available, as well as make everything more accessible and user-friendly. Of course the operation is run by myself alone and it takes time. But have you seen the video content in the team’s Facebook navigation portal?

So whats been done lately in order to improve trust and usability? Well you will notice for one that the navigational page is now linked to every single thread on Facebook. Facebook can be messy, no need to navigate it anymore.

 

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The Live Calendar, allows the members to either add the PFX schedule to their existing gmail calendars, or interact with a forever up-to-date calendar which includes all Webinar links, payment schedules and of course information for the Christmas period, as well as upgrades to various aspects of the team and when they are happening.

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Of course where there is subscription fees, there is room for anger that I may earn an excessive amount through subs fee’s, when the reality really isn’t that. So I made a live spreadsheet to update turnover & expenses and other information for the team to look at to make the subscription principle transparent, at the end of the day, its a payment for my time as well as the content. And it is great value, very cheap.

 

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Last and probably most importantly, Trust-pilot. World renowned company focusing on word of mouth recognition. I have sent an invitation to all current and previous members to rate and review the company. I am proud of the fact that currently we stand 26th in category, with a majority of verified reviews, each one a 5 Star review. Look for the Trust-pilot integration into the website in the new-year.

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So, very early days for the company, but making all the right moves for longevity. What I haven’t mentioned of course, is the update to Blash Version 3 (3a) and Version 4 incoming in the new year. Reductions of Subs for the Xmas period, a new premium website rebuild with plug-ins, a rework of a few of the Facebook units, and then a focus on purely everyday trading & Blash/Price Action set-up channels.

 

Regards,

Pardo

 

Weekly review 29th Oct – 2nd Nov

So we only took two trades this week as our focus was very much on back-testing strategy, which is also time well spent trust me, probably even more valuable than compounding that account. Three trades were picked during the week, two of them had entries, the other ran into this week.

Whats important here is that there is becoming less and less reliance on me, more skill being gained through education and the team trading their own set-ups as planned. My set-ups channel is merely one of many many tools available. We held 2 zooms and 4 Monkey sessions on Facebook this week.

The first set-up was a short-term over-extension buy on GBPNZD, the second was a first retracement trade on AUDJPY. EURCHF didnt reach our trading point in time.

Heres an overview of the AJ Trade.

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Now my mistake in hindsight is not setting a second TP point for AJ, s we usually do! Here is AJ now, 180 pips above the TP point. Blash catching the bigger moves as planned…

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Not to worry though, the set-ups journal compounds a nice 18.5% on them two little gem’s. A great example of how easy it is to compound an account once you get started, with minimal effort actually trading.

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Pardo

Blash Version 3a/4

I’ve long said that Blash ‘Strategy’ is not so much a strategy as a collection of common sense trading principles, for which you can pick and choose to suit your own trading style. Which is why the style in which we are educated through PardoFX makes it the perfect place to learn to trade properly, it is a collection of fundamental principles and philosophies and not something that has to be adopted 100% – Whatever works for you, as long as risk management is on point you really cant lose long term trading this way. On course Risk management is the one part of Blash that I would insist on you adopting, you really don’t need to trade with more than 2% risk per trade to make a huge accounts, as we are proving and finding.

I think its important to establish that point before we talk about the evolution of Blash with Version 4 on the horizon, since I’ve been asked so much about it, here is the upgrades in a Nutshell, so far. Without providing too much strategy information.

Version 3a

Version 3 will always be valid, it works wonders as we know, no need to disperse of it. Hotspot access as always is available via the PFX Premium area (Members Only)

HERE

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Success rate of some dynamic and candle confirmations

  • Updated minor confirmations on a couple of the faster moving pairs such as GBPNZD.
  • Hotspot Technology having all dynamic confirmations and candles back-tested for a success rate allowing you the opportunity to pick & choose the best confirmations per pair if you wish too.
  • Selected Best set-up to look for percentage wise.
  • Updated V3 document
  • ‘Best set-ups’ for each pair will be back tested using ‘Monkey See Monkey See’ across Facebook Live over time & saved within V3 unit on Facebook.

Version 4

Very much focused on the mechanical movement of price for those with highly evolved trading emotions, I believe this will be the pinnacle of our trading here. Using Hotspot research to trade only with the best confirmations. Removing the excess and removing some restriction on entry area, V4 will allow us more trading opportunities and will probably result in a few extra losses, but the profit per trade should greatly increase. The philosophy here is’ Only trade what works best in the past’ and trade it regardless of external factors. We’re really looking at statistics here and the best option to consistently compound our account is to trade confirmations which have an 80% success rate any time you use it, that accuracy is likelier to be higher if its only in the ‘common sense’ locations. Again access is via the same spreadsheet through the members area.

HERE

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Some of the added statistics with V4

  • Enhanced (Tweaked) pair specific Minor confirmations using pair profiling.
  • Enhanced (Tweaked) pair specific Major confirmations using pair profiling.
  • In depth look into daily movement & volatility.
  • Average draw-down and success rate of specific confirmation to dive down and get those stop’s as tight as possible.
  • Likely trade movement using the double range principle.
  • Best Candle Signal.
  • Best Price Action signal.
  • 4H Scalping option.
  • TP using Daily Guide.
  • Allows users to really pick just a few pairs and go to town on them, trade them for life.
  • Likelihood of Price hitting a TP point.

Of course, it will take time to implement everything, but I estimate it will be complete within the next 45 days. Until then, lets Blash it up like we have been doing anyway!

Obviously, if you are a current re-subscriber, you an see it getting built through the Hotspot spreadsheet.

 

Pardo

 

 

 

Aston Martins & Balconies

Today I announced the impending arrival of Blash Strategy Version 4, now that may mean nothing to you and that’s fine. But essentially its not a strategy, its a trading philosophy based on common sense. Version 3 was 35 pages long and is revered by those that follow it as a bible in common sense trading.

It got me thinking about all the common failures you see within every Facebook trading ad, and the people it attracts. Everyone loves a get rich quick scheme, you are easy money for these vultures. If you sign up to a service because you see a post of someone leaning across an Aston Martin’s bonnet, you may as well throw your money into the autumn bonfires. You’ve lost the game before you even begin.

It isn’t about money, it really isn’t. Its about life, its about wanting to be free, its about keeping hold of and compounding your savings as a percentile not a dollar sign. Not throwing 50% account risk on a Bitcoin buy because some moron on Instagram told you to do so when you joined their Whats-app group. If you want to grow your funds, put in the time to educate yourself, ignore the money and find what works.

These people in their flashy cars, generally pay a lease. A lease bought with yours and everyone else’s subscription fee’s. Fast cars are not the answer to life problems. My 1.6 Renault Megane with the window that doesn’t open and the squeaky wheel bearing, that does me just fine. Common sense does not dictate that I waste money on a flash car at this stage in my life. Discipline within Forex should transpose itself into everyday life, including how you spend your money & how you treat your family. It doesn’t need to be used to entice poor individuals into becoming emotional about money before they have even begun treading the trading journey. I find it funny that everyone apparently owns a penthouse apartment and leaves their laptop open on a coffee table with an MT4 chart on display with a beautiful view. You don’t really fall for that do you?

When you think about what you actually get out of these schemes, you literally have a return of 0. If you’re lucky they may teach you some basic’s about their personal strategy which is the best ever created and so you can hugely over-leverage your account to be part of the action. A little lesson for you, something that may work for them probably wont work for you. There is no sustainable value for you, even if you do gain a little money, education is far more valuable for the longevity of your trading career. I’ll summarise 90% of these groups up for you.

  1. Short Time-frame
  2. Oscillator indication used in some way to show overbought / oversold levels.
  3. Multiple Lots at huge account risk.

What you’re not told is that price can stay overbought/oversold for hours on short time-frames, that’s where you lose your money. Because the trade goes against you and your account blows, but its not your fault, because you don’t know any better.

That’s why we don’t show you that stuff here. I can show you trade idea’s before and after, I can show you how to enter and find confirmation, its a large hand guiding you down your own path using your own style in conjunction with common sense trading under the umbrella of Blash philosophy. Its nothing fancy, there’s no hype, there’s no bullshit. Its just trading. I can show you how to make 20% a week, its happened many times here. With just 2% risk per trade. We’re talking about losing pocket change if for some reason it doesn’t go your way. Its a no brainer.

I want longevity in a trading team. In a shorter time than you think, you will be helping me and others around you instead of their being a focal point of one trader. Its already like that here, its brilliant.

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