Frequently Asked Questions
Here you can access some of Jim's FAQs for the Books
Thank you for checking scanning through this before contacting me directly.
While I am always happy to answer questions, my personal trading is my #1 priority and as such social media communications will be limited and I only spend about 1 hour replying to emails per day.
Firstly, I DO NOT provide financial advice, courses, coaching, trade signals or money managing services etc. Everyone’s station in life is different, so what is a lot of money to one person, may not be to another person. Everyone has different lifestyles, risk tolerance, available time to trade, residency jurisdictions etc, therefore it is very hard for me to give very specific advice to each individual. This includes advice regarding how much you would need in a brokerage account to make a living from trading or how many pips per week/month you need. I can’t answer these questions because like I said, everyone is different and I don’t know you well enough to give you that advice.
In my FACEBOOK GROUP I do call a number of trades with the majority of these being conducted on a live trading account. I make every effort to call these trades before the fact or as close to the actual signal as possible. I do take high-risk trades and these trade calls are not intended to be a trade signal service, but more of an educational tool so you can understand my trading methods. If you do follow my trades, you do so at your own risk and I would strongly suggest you do your own trade analysis and make your own trading decisions. Don’t follow me blindly as that is not the point of the Facebook Group.
Jim’s books, Facebook Group, and all communications, for that matter, are designed to provide information that the author believes to be accurate on the subject matter it covers, but it is given with the understanding that neither the author nor the publisher is offering individualized advice tailored to any specific portfolio or to any individual’s particular needs, or rendering investment advice or other professional services such as legal accounting advice. Professional services should be sought if one needs expert assistance in areas that include investment, legal, and accounting advice. There is a substantial risk of loss associated with trading these markets. Losses can and will occur. No system or methodology has ever been developed that can guarantee profits or ensure freedom from losses. No representation or implication is being made that using this information will generate profits or ensure freedom from losses. The trade examples provided were hypothetical only and were prepared with the benefit of hindsight. No hypothetical trading record can completely account for the impact of financial risk in actual live trading. Additionally, Jim’s books and communications are not intended to serve as the basis for any financial decisions, or as a recommendation of a specific trading system. Your personal financial circumstances must be considered carefully before investing or spending money. No warranty is made with respect to the accuracy or completeness of the information contained herein, and both the author and the publisher specifically disclaim any responsibility for any liability, loss or risk, personal or otherwise, which is incurred as a consequence, directly or indirectly, of the use and application of any of the contents of Jim’s books or communications
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What does X broker offer compared to XX?
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Remember that if you look hard enough, you will find negative comments about every broker, no matter how good they are. Don’t let these comments put you off. Stick with brokers in reputable jurisdictions that have some sort of government protection via their financial rules and regulations. Brokers from less reputable parts of the world may look good on paper and offer some great incentives to go with them, but don’t be fooled by these. Use your common-sense here.
I would also suggest if you have a large amount of funds to deposit into a brokerage account, that you only deposit what you need to trade. Keep the remaining funds in a separate bank account. You can always quickly transfer funds into your brokerage account if you need them. The reason I suggest this, is that a major unforeseen financial event can put brokers under major financial stress. This happened in January 2015 when the Swiss franc was de-pegged from the Euro. It can and does happen. Another option would be to split your funds amongst two or more reputable brokers.
How to download MT4 instead of MT5
If you are new to the Metatrader platforms (MT4 & MT5) then you may be a little confused as to where to download them. Both of these platforms are owned by the same company, which is called Metaquotes Software. When you do a Google search looking to download MT4, the majority of the first page on Google, belong to either Metatrader or Metaquotes. If you attempt to download MT4 from those sites, it will automatically default to MT5. The reason for this is that MT5 is the latest version of the Metatrader platforms and the company is trying to promote it whilst phasing out MT4. The problem is that not everyone is happy with MT5 and some brokers are reluctant to offer it to their clients. As I type this in April 2018, MT4 is still by far the more popular Metatader platform.
So how do you get access to the MT4 platform? You can easily access and download MT4 from any broker specific website that offers it. It will depend on where you live on whether that particular broker actually gives you access to their platforms or not. But if you were Australian, you may wish to go directly to the Pepperstone website, if you were in the UK, then you may consider visiting the FXpro website, the US you may try Oanda, and so on. Just go broker specific and you will find you will be able to download MT4 without too much hassle.
Some brokers offer position size in units instead of lots
If you are actually trading off MT4 or MT5, then all of your position sizes will be in lots ie 0.01, 0.1, 1.0 etc. But there are some platforms like Oanda’s fxTrade that offer position sizes in units. Now this isn’t such a bad thing as you can really drill down your position size to be very close to your risk management parameters, whereas if trading with lots, you normally have to round it down. The unit sizing can be a little complicated though and instead of me trying to explain it here, the two links below should cover everything you need to know about it.
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I live in Malaysia/Singapore/Pakistan etc. and I can’t download the book
Other purchasers from these countries advised that they had success when using a proxy web to browse amazon kindle such as http://usafastproxy.info/
Then, they changed their Country in the Amazon kindle Setting to the United States.
I purchased your paperback book. Can I have the eBook version for free?
The books are listed in the Kindle MatchBook Program. This is a feature that allows customers who have previously purchased a physical book from Amazon.COM to purchase the Kindle version for $0.00. Here are some finer details about this arrangement with Amazon.
Please note if you are having difficulties you are best to contact Amazon personally. We will not be able to help you in this regard. Please also note that if Amazon in your country does not offer the Kindle Matchbook Program, this is out of our control and .pdf’s of the books are not distributed.
I am using XYZ to read MT4 High Probability Forex Trading Method, and even when I double tap the screen the pictures don’t increase in size. Can you send me the .pdf of the book?
This problem was recently brought to my attention on some devices. Unfortunately, I have an exclusive agreement with Amazon to only provide copies of my books through them. So, what I have arranged is for the images to be available via the Facebook Group in the FILES area. The link can be found here. They have been placed in Google docs and are printable in A4 (please note this is Australian A4 measurements, so you may need to adjust margin sizes if you are in the USA etc).
EXPERT ADVISERS (EAs, TRADING ROBOTS)
How can I get your EAs/Robots?
I normally share my EAs (for free) with anyone who has gained value from my book/s, Facebook page etc, and takes the time to leave a Review. If you do leave a Review/s and would like access to these EAs, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with a link, or screenshot of the review/s (so Christina doesn’t need to trawl through the many platforms they are sold on to find yours) and they will be forwarded to you.
For your convenience, below are direct links to Amazon.com to do this (as this is the main platform where the books are sold). If you happened to purchase from another platform, please go directly there to leave a review.
If you have not made the required minimum amount in “purchases” on Amazon to be able to leave a Review, EMAIL Christina and she will work something out.
Can I have your source code, please?
I am happy to share my source codes. All I ask is that you share with me any modifications that you make including your source code. EMAIL me with your request.
If you’re happy to give away your source code, why don’t you just provide it in your downloads?
I like to have some control over whom I provide my source codes to and would rather have some interaction with the person I give them to.
Do you have a recommended timeframe for the SMSF EA (trading robot) and can I just set it and leave it?
I tend to use the SMSF EA on longer time frames and more so only as a tool for an entry, with some initial trade management settings. Then when I get to the charts, I remove the EA and manually manage the trade. Generally, I can determine the entries coming so I set it all up on a template to ensure I don’t miss any fast moves on the new candle open.
And further to above, there are a lot of enquiries with regard to my EAs that some traders have access to. Even though these EAs use the same custom indicators, they are not the same method as any of the methods mentioned in any of the books. As mentioned above, I tend to use the EAs for initial trade entry and initial trade management, and then manually take over the trades. I cannot supply you with exact settings or set files, as that is up to the individual trader to conduct their own testing and analysis. Here is a LINK to an article that explains some of the reasons why it is not wise to share set files (EA settings)
I have however completed some fully automated backtesting and share those results HERE.
I don’t know how to load an EA onto MT4 or change the settings
I don’t know how to back-test an EA on MT4
Information regarding the custom indicators required for the EAs
My EAs were built quite a few years ago and rely on the MACD Platinum and the QQE Adv for their signals. However they were built using older versions of these custom indicators. As of February 2018, both of these custom indicators have been modified somewhat and are no longer compatible with the EAs. Which means the EAs won’t work if you only have the new versions of the indicators. As stated above, I give my EAs to anyone who has gained value from my books/indicators/communications and takes the time to leaves a book review, and if you had purchased the book prior to February 2018, then the EA will work fine with the indicators you had downloaded.
Now anyone who gets access to the EAs after February 2018, will also be provided with copies of the older versions of both the MACD Platinum and the QQE Adv. If you upload these versions to your MT4 platform, then there is a chance that the software will overwrite the current version, or it may upload the new version with a slightly different name eg QMP Filter (1). If the indicator is renamed like this, then it will not work as the coding won’t recognise the modified name.
There are a few options here. If you were going to just test the EAs, then I would be more inclined to do all the testing on a fresh MT4 platform that hasn’t got any of the other indicator versions on it. This way it keeps everything separate. Another option would be to remove the current versions you have from the platform and save them to a desktop folder so you still have access to them, and then upload the older versions to use with the EA. This may affect your templates, so you may have to set up new ones. Best just to make sure that your indicators are called MACD_Platinum and QQE Adv, without any version numbers, and everything should work fine. It sounds a little confusing, but if you are having any issues, just drop me an email at email@example.com and I’ll help you out.
Can the custom indicators be used on an android or iOS device?
Jim’s indicators cannot be installed directly on MT4/MT5 on a mobile phone or tablet, but here are some suggestions previously discussed in the Facebook Group:
You could use a VPS and then Remote Desktop to it, in which case any tablet or modern smartphone will work. Not the cleanest method, but means you can use full MT4 / MT5 features without restrictions.
You can use a computer or mobile device to access files and applications on another computer over the Internet with Chrome Remote Desktop: Google Chrome
If you are using a Windows tablet, you are able to use the custom indicators provided. Eg. Nuvision Tablet
An app called Splashtop enables you to connect to your computer via wifi or internet (for a small annual fee, and no affiliation here) where you can view the charts on your computer and then enter trades. It's easier to operate from a tablet screen due to the screen size.
I am really new to Forex. Can you recommend a course?
I am often asked for Forex Trading course recommendations or other reliable resources. I find it hard to give specific advice as everyone is after different things, will have different budgets, different preferred styles of learning, and so on. If you were just after the basics to further your Forex knowledge, then I would recommend Baby Pips education which is free and quite comprehensive.
In the past, I used to recommend Jared Johnson from DayTrader FX, but Jared concentrates more on stocks and options trading these days, so I have no idea of his current trading methods or courses on offer when it comes to Forex trading. Nowadays I recommend having a look at Etienne Crete's stuff from Desire to Trade which can be found at https://www.desiretotrade.com/ You may have seen a few interviews with me and Etienne for his Desire to Trade podcast. He actually visited Da Nang, Vietnam a couple of times when I was living there so we got to know each other a little better. He is a good young guy, very honest and hard-working, and someone I would look to if I was starting my trading journey or needed some help with it.
But here is my warning. There are many Forex Trading forums out there. Don’t believe everything you read on them (including the Baby Pips forum). You will see hundreds of trading systems discussed in these forums and you will have interaction with some characters that you wish you hadn’t. It can suck you down the rabbit hole and have you jump from one system to the next and you will find you are caught up in all the hype and development. Don’t get me wrong, there is some great information on them.
While I am reluctant to give specific advice on any courses as such, if anyone wants to run something by me and ask for my opinion on a particular product or course after you have done your own initial due diligence (eg. Google it and see what comes up), then feel free to contact me via EMAIL.
When there is incoming news that could potentially affect one of your trades, do you move the Stop Loss to break even or close half of the position?
It all depends on where I am at in the trade. For example, if I am +60 pips in profit, I would normally bring my stop into break even. A lot depends on which pair it is and what time frame it is also. Generally trading off the 4hr and Daily charts, the news really isn't that big a deal unless it is one of the major news releases like an interest rate decision or NFP etc. Naturally, elections and Brexit type news just take that to a whole new level.
If in doubt, I would say, take action to avoid losses. Even if you are stopped out at break even, it is still a win in my books. And so what if it takes off in your preferred direction? Unless you have a really good understanding of fundamentals (I don't), then they are very difficult to trade as such. Sometimes it is just a 50/50 bet whether it will move in your favour or not. It is the dreaded bounce that hurts traders.
So before any major news, I will be aware of it and I will look at my open positions and make a decision on each. It is hard to give a definite answer here as each trade is different.
Soft4FX Forex Simulator
I purchased this product (US$99) and find it very useful to speed up the forward testing process of any trading system. Here is some information explaining a little about the software:
FOREX SIMULATOR works as Expert Advisor for MT4. It combines the great charting capabilities of MT4 with quality tick-by-tick data and an economic calendar to create a powerful trading simulator. It uses offline charts, which let you use indicators, templates, and drawing tools available in MT4. However:
It is not limited to using historical data offered by MT4, which is usually low-quality data. It also lets you download and use high-quality tick data from Dukascopy and TrueFX
The simulator lets you train much faster, without taking any risks
No more waiting for certain market conditions or price movements
No more having to watch the charts all day long
You can control the time and focus on the most important moments
Trade historical data and save your time
Forex Simulator lets you move back in time and replay the market starting from any selected day. It shows you charts, indicators, and economic news as if it were happening live. You are able to place your orders, modify them or close them, just like you were trading live
Trading historical data saves a lot of time compared to demo trading and other forms of paper trading. It also allows adjusting the speed of simulation, so you can skip less important periods of time and focus on the most important ones
Basically, it is an EA that you add to your current MT4 platform and it allows you to run forward simulations from any period within the data range. Here you can place trades/orders and manage them and see the results in real-time. The EA also produces detailed records, including Equity/Balance charts of your overall results etc. If you can afford it, I would recommend you buy it. You don’t need it, but it will help speed up your learning process.
Soft4FX does state that not all custom indicators are compatible with the software and I did have some issues with my indicators when first trialing it. But I do have some updated versions of my indicators that work very well with this software and these are available to anyone that has previously purchased any of my books and requests them. Send an EMAIL and I’ll get those indicators to you at no extra cost.
If you are interested in purchasing the Simulator software, it is available HERE. It is an affiliate link so if you do end up purchasing it, I get a few dollars for promoting it which I like to put towards donations of my choice. I also use it myself and I wouldn’t promote it if I didn’t think it was worthwhile. You can see me using it in one of my JAGfx videos HERE.
What are the different trading systems you offer?
I currently have three books for sale. My first book has a bonus trading system available for download. This is called the Mod MACD trading system. You will see me refer to this sometimes as the MM trading system. When I post trade screenshots for this system, they will be on charts with a lighter grey coloured background.
My second and third books, both use the same trading system which is called High Probability. I will sometimes refer to this as the HP trading system. When I post trade screenshots for this system, they will be on charts with a dark-coloured background. The two trading systems have different coloured backgrounds to avoid any confusion as to which one I am trading.
NOTE: The custom indicators and templates are now also available in MT5 and TradingView formats for:
I didn’t receive the indicators after subscribing
Check your emails including your spam folder
If this has not happened, please EMAIL us for assistance if required
I have a Mac and I’m having difficulties
I am not a MAC user myself, so I cannot guide you. However, I can offer you the following information:
A Mac user advised us that he couldn't drag the Modified MACD template across. In the end, he used a program called PlayonMac to get the MT4 platform, but when he couldn't get it to recognize the file he discovered he had to copy and paste it from the folder in the wine library to the folder that's also in the wine library. You can't transfer it straight from your file
Failing the above, jump into the Facebook Group and do a search for MAC – this has been discussed many times and there are many other MAC users who can help you
Is there a way to enable alerts within MT4/MT5 on the QMP Filter indicator or the MACD Platinum?
As of April 2019, the MT4 QMP Filter has been modified to include a little more information with regard to the alert function. It now shows the pair and time frame that relates to that particular alert. Also when I had my custom indicators converted to MT5, my Programmer updated my MT4 indicators and added alerts to both the QMP Filter and the MACD Platinum. If you would like access to any of these indicators, please just send me an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with your specific request. Anyone that downloaded after February 2018 will have access to these updated versions already.
The QMP Filter red & green dots aren’t showing on my chart
This is probably the result of one of two things. First, you have not uploaded the indicators into the correct folder, or secondly, they are not named correctly.
With regards to the naming of the indicators, they have to be uploaded onto your platform with the exact same name as I sent them to you. Do not rename them. And be careful if you copy them or add them to your platform more than once, as the name will be changed automatically to something like QQE Adv (1). In this case, you would have to remove the (1) from the name.
With regards to where you upload the indicators, make sure you follow the instructions on either the MT4 or the MT5 installation videos. They are slightly different, so don’t assume it is the same for the MT5 upload as it is for the MT4 upload. Watch the MT5 video carefully. Also keep in mind, even though you don’t have to display the QQE Adv on your actual charts, it still has to be uploaded to the MT4/5 platform to ensure the QMP Filter works.
Below are screenshots from both my MT4 and MT5 platforms showing the exact names and locations of the custom indicators. Yours have to look exactly the same. If they do, and you are still not seeing the QMP Filter dots displayed on your charts, then send us an EMAIL and include a similar screenshot from your platform.
The dots are missing on the MACD Platinum
Go into your settings for that indicator and under the 'inputs' tab, change the ShowMarkers field to true. That will fix that. If it is the QMP Filter dots that are missing, then make sure you have the QQE Adv loaded on your MT4 platform. It doesn't have to be displayed on your chart but it has to be in your Indicators folder for the QMP Filter to work properly.
What settings should I use?
That is up to the individual trader, but I have sent you the custom indicators with the settings I use as the default settings. Everyone has a different station in life, trade of different time frames, different financial instruments have different risk tolerance, different ways of thinking etc. What works for me, may not necessarily work for you. I would suggest that you just set your charts up the way you are comfortable with and study them until you get to know how they perform. You can’t beat time studying historical charts.
If referring to the EAs, then again, this is a personal preference. As stated previously, I tend to use my EAs as a semi-auto trade assistant that will get me into a trade and apply basic trade management settings, before I manually take over management of that trade. There are some backtest results recorded by me for my various EAs which can be found HERE
These are a guide only and are based on full automation and might not agree with your own findings, so make sure you test them yourself before even thinking about going live.
I am having difficulties loading the indicators
Check out the Youtube videos below, and if you’re still having problems after this, drop me an EMAIL. Remember it doesn’t matter which custom indicators or template you have, it is the process for uploading any of them to the MetaTrader platforms.
The names of my indicators/templates are different from the ones in the video
Be aware that there are times when your custom indicators or template names may not be exactly the same as mine. This may be the case if you have watched the videos mentioned above.
I wrote my first book a few years ago and during this time, there have been modifications/upgrades to the indicators and templates. Generally they don’t change much in their workings as such, but they may look a little different or have a slightly different name. This is not an issue, but if you are concerned you may not have the latest version or just want to ensure you have, send us an EMAIL and advise us which book/s you have purchased, and we’ll get the latest versions sent to you. The main modifications over the years are the MT4 MACD Platinum (since early 2018) and the MT4 QMP Filter (since April 2019).
Obtaining the custom indicators for platforms other than MT4/5
I receive many requests from readers asking whether my custom indicators are available in any other formats (coding language) for other platforms such as Ninja Trader, Trade Station, Forex Tester, Trading View etc.
I’m sorry to say that they are not. I only use MT4 or MT5, so that is what is available. But I am happy to share either the MT4 or MT5 source codes with any of my readers, to either convert the indicators or have a Programmer do it. If you would like access to the source codes, send me an EMAIL with your request stating which format you would like.
Miscellaneous Custom Indicators
You may notice in the Files Folder of the Facebook Group, that there are a number of custom indicators. These are not required to trade the methods in any of the books, but they may be of use to you if you choose to use them. They are custom indicators that I and other members of the group have added over time.
But there is one I do want to bring to your attention as it is one that I do use in a lot of my trading. It is called JAGfx RD, which I use with a setting of ‘4’ in the RSIPeriod input field. This indicator will display bullish and bearish lines on your chart. Now a warning here, so please pay attention. I would strongly suggest that you do not use this indicator as a standalone entry tool. You really need to have confirmation from other indicators/patterns etc. You will find that this indicator also re-adjusts itself, depending on what happens next to price. Some people will call this re-painting, but I would disagree as re-painting to me, means that a signal could be there and then it disappears completely. This indicator will present, but it won’t disappear it may adjust to other candles as price continues to rise/fall. The best way to watch it is to put it on a fast-moving 1 min chart and watch it closely for an hour or so where you will soon see how it displays and the general pattern when it changes from bullish to bearish etc. If you are still in doubt, then just get in the Facebook group where I will be happy to discuss it further.
HIGH PROBABILITY FOREX TRADING METHOD
On MT4 trailing stops I see points not pips. Would you mind explaining the difference between pips versus points on say the EUR/USD please?
Pips and points are basically the same things. A few years ago, there were only four decimal places on the majority of currency pairs, except the Yen pairs as they only had two decimal places. So the EUR/USD would have been quoted something like 1.0551/1.0553, which means there was a two-pip (or point) spread. When they added the extra decimal point to the pairs, which would give you something like 1.05518/1.05531, then your spread is now 1.3 pips (or points). Just to make trading a little more difficult for us to do the maths. I guess it was a good thing as spreads actually came down to less than one pip on some pairs.
Pip actually stands for Percentage in Point or Point in Percentage, depending on who you ask. At the end of the day, pips and points are basically the same things in Forex. Just remember though, if you have an open trade and it is showing a profit of 97 in the terminal area of MT4, this actually represents 9.7 pips, not 97 pips.
Can I day trade the High Probability Method?
Of course you can. I receive this question a lot, and even though I prefer the longer time frames like the 4hr or Daily charts, I understand that some people prefer the shorter time frames for a variety of reasons. Here are some of my observations on this subject:
With regards to time frames, I'm a big fan of the 4hr and Daily charts due to less noise in the markets and they give me more time to make decisions. The chart patterns are way more consistent and they are not as affected by the news etc. Also things like support/resistance levels are more relevant on these time frames. It is also a lifestyle choice for me. I can day trade, and I've always been fairly good at it, but it is hard work and I just don't enjoy staring at a screen for a few hours. I can understand the appeal of it, but it's not for me. At least not every day anyway. Every now and then I'll do a week of it but it gives me headaches and tires me out.
When I do day trade, I will plan ahead and be super prepared. I normally choose 4x pairs that aren't correlated too bad, and with low spreads. I always have the GBP/JPY pair in there as it is one decent mover at times. I would make note of any news coming out that will affect any of these pairs and set alarms for about 15 mins before, so I can either avoid getting into new trades or I can re-assess any open trades. News can be a real problem when day trading on the smaller time frames. I currently live in Vietnam, so I am in a good spot to trade the London open, so I'm normally at my charts 1hr before London opens and I'll just keep trading until I've nailed a certain amount of pips for the day. This might take 2hrs, it may take 4hrs. Then I'm done. Every trade is recorded on a notebook as I go, with a pip tally so I know where I am at all of the time. I will cut losses in a heartbeat and just move on. You have to be way more discretionary and tighter with your trading when trading like this. You will eventually get on a decent run where you can move your stop to break even and then relax a bit. Depending on your time availability, you may even want to start just before the US open. It is up to you, but I'd suggest you start at the same time each day and get into a routine. With day trading, it's the big losers that kill you. I only trade 5m or even 15m charts. I've never even looked at a 1m chart. I know a few successful day traders and none of them trade off the 1m charts.
DIVERGENCE TRADING METHOD
How do I draw the red and green trend lines shown in the book?
These are actually hand drawn by me on the chart once I have identified a possible setup. There is no custom indicator that does this. It is just a matter of using the MT4/5 ‘Draw trend line’ tool which can be found on the menu bar at the top of the platform. This VIDEO will provide a little more information.
A good tip for you is to start drawing the trend lines before the divergence is confirmed. Most of the time you can see it developing, so start drawing trend lines on the chart and just re-adjust them at the end of each new candle. This will save you time and also have your mind thinking about potential trade setups.