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New to Futures, but Hitting the Wall

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Wizard3ootz View Post
So, itís probably my third week trading futures (day trading) and sadly, Iím not doing so well. Iíve gotten trapped a lot, with a great deal of false breakouts, making bad decisions, like chasing a breakout, and then putting in a limit order in way too high on the move, and then watching it pull back and getting f******. Mostly, though, itís perhaps overtrading, getting eaten up by commissions, and all of the tiny losses that are accumulating massively.

Iím feeling pretty defeated. I know I need to lower my position sizes. At this point, I had considered walking away, and taking my money off the table (Iím down about 1300)

Donít get me wrong. I have made some beautiful trades. I caught two gorgeous second entries this morning.

That being said, I really need to find some better direction. I was pretty damn successful in my stock trading, and I have never allowed myself to lose this much money in my life. However, Iím getting to the point where something has to change, otherwise, this is clearly a poor investment.

From you experienced/profitable traders out there, if you have any solid advice you might give, please feel free to pass it my way. I study/read about the market probably 25 hours a week, so I am in no way lacking dedication/motivation.

You shouldn't be trading real money. Are you crazy? 3 weeks! Bro, you are going against PROFESSIONAL TRADERS, that have thousands and thousands of hours of screen time and experience.

Trade only the ES, use two contracts, scalp out at 1 point on the first, and breakeven on the second for a runner of 2-5 points or a Measured move once you get better. Once you can successfully do that, and double a sim account from 5k to 10k, you might be ready to DIP your toes in the water with real money. And double a sim account the right way, not doubling down, and letting losing trades turn into winning trades. This takes years and years of experience.

Also, Trading breakouts is ultimately a failing strategy, stay away from that.

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