Originally Posted by thehawkman
This is the crux of the problem. Do we die a death by a thousand cuts and slowly grind away our profits due to volatility (one step forward, one step back), like in this screenshot (and let's face it, this happens all the time, it's what led me to try carry trading in the first place) or do we run the risk of getting into a huge mess with countless positions and interminable waiting? I have to admit I haven't really figured the answer to this. Perhaps someone else has an idea.
If you trade properly, you'll be closing profitable positions nearly every day. However, you'll also be holding losing positions nearly all the time. This is why I favor going long on high interest and short on low interest, in general (this is not an absolute rule!), to move losing positions slowly into profit.
It could take over a year to average your trades into profit. Or not. It depends on your timing. You need patience. You can't be a fidgety trader. Just do your trades and go about your life, the trades take care of themselves.