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A Look Back At 2013

|Includes:iShares Australian Dollar ETF (AUDS)

+It went pretty well overall

+An unusually strong start up about +$1000 in the first half of the year, which for me is pretty good.

+Lost some significant gains on a poor carry trade about -$600

Positive things done:
+Took breaks while I was ahead usually

+Had some patience and chose advantages in setups rather than luck

+respected commissions

Negative things done:
+Held losing carry trades when fundamentals turned sour

+Got trapped in a leveraged carry trade

+Used a bit too much leverage w/o realizing the consequences.

Goals for next year: 5:1 maximum leverage with no more than 3% total account at risk in one trade. Continue to not over-trade and realize I don't have to be in a trade at all times.

Stocks: AUDS