I really think there is a confusion here about institutional traders trying to 'trick' the retail traders into doing things and making certain trades.
The institutional market isn't spending their 100s of millions of $'s trying to trick what is at best 10% of the market combined across 20+ pairs, or your $500 mini account stops.
Even if all the retailers were in on EU at the same time (unlikely), since EU is about 50% of all retail orders, we are talking now 5% of the market.
We are too small and they do not care about us little geckos, meercats or small ardvarks when there are other Lions & Tigers on the savannah hunting them all the time.
They are not trying to take your money - they are trying to take the money of the larger players because that is who is attacking them, that is who is hunting them, that is who they have to worry about because they can move things against them - not us.
We barely show up on the radar, and our stops being tripped are not large enough collectively for them to cause a market reaction.
Why expose yourself to attack very small prey when the big prey is hunting your stash equally?
This is a confusion that keeps getting perpetrated and is really a misunderstanding of how institutional players work.
Don't believe me?
These same patterns were showing up prior to the mid/late 90's, before retail fx was available. The same moves you see in the market today are the same ones that happened before we were even in the game.
How could the same patterns be happening and playing out almost exactly the same if all of a sudden, the new 'retail prey' is out there and they are now targeting us?
The market would most certainly change patterns, and would most certainly look different.
But its not!
It doesn't make any sense when you really think about it.
Again, they are trying to take the money of other large players who are likely on the other side of the transaction and represent the greatest threat to them on a daily basis.
It is silly to think they are coming after you when you almost don't even register on the radar.
Just learn to place orders where they do, at locations they have demonstrated they have and likely will.
Then you eliminate any issues about being on the wrong side or being 'tricked' by some phantom collusion across a decentralized market that doesn't exist.
The only person that allows you to be tricked by anything is you.
Food for thought.