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Best instrument to start? Topsteptrader?

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Best instrument to start? Topsteptrader?

I am trying to figure out what instruments should I choose to start trading with a real account. So far I do fairly well on the ES lately, but have found that it gets tricky at times, it feels like some mixed signals sometimes so I tend to react impatiently.

I am now considering starting with the ZF instead. My goal is to try to beat the topsteptrader requirements in this way. I have the impression that bonds respect trendlines and have less volatility, on the other hand there is less opportunity for both profits and losses. Also you cannot scalp them as easily, which I guess is good. And I found the ZF has the less volatility, less range, and least amount of profits per contract per percentage point, but it usually correlates well with the other bonds. I absolutely hate forex, I lost an account to it and feel its a non-transparent, volatile market.

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Majority have passed combine by trading CL.
Is it best instrument I don't know.

I think that every instrument is trick at times and easier to read other time.
As ES works for you most of the time why change instrument ?
Give it a try for ZF and see is it working better for you than ES.

Maybe its better to stick to ES and work with your patience.
Only with time and practice you can be more patient and react less.

Also I like to see your public journal and progress here in (formerly BMT).
" Marketvoyager Continuous Combine with ES and ZF "

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You might consider trading Gold since breakout strategies work well with it if you use proper risk management. This year has been kind of tricky, but historically simple breakout strategies work including the intraday charts.

Beware of slippage if you consider to trade mini gold futures.

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Just my opinion of course, but trend lines should be viewed like the lines on a road. Most of the time the market stays in the lines / on the road, but when it doesn' out for head-on crashes.

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