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25/11/18

We are a young company - MS Method (MSM) and online video course has only been available since 2016 for the wider trader community. Since then, we have been actively watching some of our students learn and develop into competent traders.

So to answer one of the common questions we get:


What are typical trader returns with MSM?

Here is an example of three very different traders (all trading MSM) and their returns this year so far:

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On average, our top performing traders are managing around 30-40% ROI per annum. We advocate strong risk management and no crazy trading.

Trading is not a get-rich-quick scheme, but if you trade well you can attract institutional funding, especially with the rise of innovative platforms such as Darwinex that enables 'regular' people to run a mini fund without all the strenuous requirements of having a large seed capital and legal support to start with.

But to become a consistently profitable, disciplined trader with a steady, organised trading mind and a developed personal trading style can take anywhere from 2-7 years on average - depending on how much free time you have and how analytical/methodical/disciplined you are with your own performance. Yes, you must be very analytical but also flexible enough to think creatively within the scope of established set of rules. It also takes a lot of courage to put your money where your mouth is day in, day out.

Another issue with many companies that sell trading courses is that they may have top traders as mentors and teachers who are able to trade the strategy extremely well - because it's their strategy! However being able to teach the method to others is a whole different skill.

As we continue to grow, we expect to see more and more Market Stalkers students rising up to the top of the pack and eventually joining us as funded traders in Blahtech and/or Darwinex alike.


22/09/18

Our star trader Richard aka uksnowman is about to do it again!

It's a complete Blahtech/Market Stalkers domination over at Darwinex for the Darwinia monthly trading contest.

Richard H. is sitting at #1 spot and is on track to win an extra $300k in nominal funding from Darwinex.
With just over a week to go until the end of the month, we're naturally all very excited for RIchard.

Even if he ends up anywhere in top 5, this is an amazing achievement, brought forward by RIchard's constant striving for improvement, with no ego and pure persistence.

EDIT: Richard ended up 6th and is now managing 140,000 euros. Still a huge achievement from over 3000 traders on Darwinex platform.
19/04/18

Richard H. aka 'uksnowman' wins Darwinia funding for 3 months running, totalling €90,000

Good traders are like top pro athletes - a very rare species. But every so often a talented, resilient individual comes along, who refuses to give up, keeps getting better and then goes on to achieve what seems impossible for most.

Today I would like to shine a light on Richard H. better known by his trading moniker 'uksnowman' who has done so well in the last 6 months. All last year, Richard spent time honing and tweaking his live trading skills. This resulted in his Darwinex fund 'SDP' being funded with 90,000 euros of Darwinia money. Richard trades the MS method.


It's so nice when my traders reach milestones like these. Having a trading record such as a 'darwin' shows the evolution of a trader's skill. Even though the first year didn't go that well, Richard kept tweaking and improving, until the results started to come. As a part of the process, we reviewed his previous live trades to see where the weaknesses were and how to minimise them. Uncomfortable process but highly necessary for anyone looking to become a consistently profitable trader.

One thing Richard changed in his trading since October last year is to wait for Q Points on the Daily chart before looking for lower timeframe price action signals to go in. He is mainly a swing trader, however he uses a mix of swing and intraday trading. If going into an intraday position, he trades a smaller size. He has a high risk/reward expectation on his swing trades, going up to 9x r/r ratio, although he will book profits at 4x.

Well done Rich!

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01/04/18

ESMA is rolling out a new set of regulations that will cut the leverage when trading financial products for the retail traders.

Up until very recently retail brokers were offering ridiculously large margins to trade highly desirable products such as forex and CFDs. We're talking 500:1 leverage and the sorts. Additionally, people were also roped into trading "binary options" which inherently have a negative risk/reward. Statistically this makes it impossible to be profitable without a 90% winning average. Yes, average. Luckily for everyone involved, ESMA is rightfully scrapping binary options altogether.

Impact on Market Stalkers courses: none!

Our courses advocate a use of very strict risk percentage per trade in relation to the trading capital available. We also advocate to only have maximum two open active positions at any time. This means that even when high leverage was an option, your "margin requirements" would never even come close to busting the margin due to high percentage per trade in relation to available trading capital. This means that although the available margin with the new rules will be a lot less, you need not worry about the method or our strategies. In fact, Dodd Frank regulation in the US did something similar years ago - they slashed the retail fx trading margins to 50:1.

ESMA goes a step further, placing the margins for major fx pairs at 30:1, CFDs at 20:1 and cryptos at 2:1.
When it comes to cryptocurrencies, we advise only long term strategies and only buying them for a buy-and-hold long term gain. Therefore using a speadbetting broker platform doesn't even come into that. You must have enough underlying capital to even get involved in cryptos.

We whole-heartedly support this retail regulatory move and are pleased to inform our students that we can keep trading just as we've traded the last 8 years.

Read more about ESMA regulatory measures HERE.
01/03/18

Scary stuff...

Markets are viewed as easy cash - the difficulty of trading well is downplayed by many.
Learning to trade was certainly one of the most difficult journeys of my life.
It's not about the uncapped earning potential or about the windfalls you may come to experience, contrary to popular belief.
To be a good trader, you must know yourself: hunt for your own weaknesses, face them head-on, subdue the ego, learn to let go, to forgive yourself but mostly - learn to grow above and beyond your own self-limiting beliefs. Tough...

My trader journey started like this - I spent two whole years observing, testing and journalling for 10-16 hours a day to hone my trader skills. That's over 7,000 hours!

I spent my free weekends backtesting the markets from that week in a rather dreadful little program that still gives me nightmares occasionally. As a session musician, I had the luxury of extra time most people don't have. I am beyond grateful for that.

For the following 2 years I only traded eurusd. I learned how it breathes, when it moves, how it behaves during high risk events. I measured liquidity by using median values to determine my stoplosses for the most optimal risk/reward ratio. Manually! I spent 4 hours every Sunday doing my weekly trading plan meticulously and without a fail.
It will be years before Blahtech wizards stepped in with an optimisation algorithm that made this process much easier. Al of my levels I calculated and measured with a few lines on the chart, a scoring table for my trade levels due dilligence and a calculator.

These days my trading is very systematic and looks discretionary to those who don't know the whole story. We are working on creating a Master Algorithm with the symbiotic help from Blahtech software house. Our flagship products are a component of that algorithm. Professional tools for the independent trader.

After teaching loads of people how to trade over the years through word of mouth, it became a little too time consuming to repeat the same methods over and over so I created this little website called MarketStalkers.co.uk to have a place where I can put a few videos so that people could easily refer to the techniques I use. Out of the blue I started to get random visitors who wanted more videos.

Eventually the little website grew into a site that has over 6,000 visitors each month and hundreds of users who want tangible trading methods to become good at technical market analysis and price action reading. Out of my own journey I came up with Q Points, my proprietary systematic method of finding trade locations.

My Pro Development course is my own journey to what I know today - from Supply/Demand swing trading, through to Daily range exhaustion and Market Profile for intraday sentiment reading, it's all held together by Q Points as the one constant to my trade location/direction choices on any given timeframe.

Will you become an awesome trader after the course? That's entirely up to you. My way ensures that you trade at swing extremes, following price action patterns and having a high enough risk/reward ratio for a viable system, probability-wise. The rest is up to your own self-discipline and courage to find your fears and weaknesses and deal with them efficiently.