Hmmm, if my goal is to learn how to day-trade using Price Action, how will this help me to "learn proven methods?" It seems this would be a completely different game.
Without trying to be argumentative, it seems to me that trading one contract at a time with relatively conservative stop losses will allow me to control my risk while providing the most learning opportunity.
You can't use conservative stops to learn, and use non-conservative stops when you trade real time, you will essentially be trading a different method. You want to learn using the exact same trading method that you plan to trade real time, that includes stop management . The trick is in scaling, or share sizing. You trade the exact same setups with the exact same stop management etc., but with smaller number of contracts or shares while you are learning. You don't vary your stop placement to control risk, you vary the number of shares/contracts you trade, while keeping everything else exactly the same. That way, what you are learning, is what you will be trading live. When you go live, you just pile on the shares/contracts, so you will have bigger profits, bigger risk.
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There are many great price action traders on the site, and hopefully they'll be able to give you some guidance. Myself, I'm not a price action trader, I am a mechanical scalper using indicators, fixed stops, fixed targets. I don't add to trades, as I am generally not in long enough in trades for that to matter. It terms of stop loss, I never trade anything with less then a 2:1 profit to loss ratio.
I thought you said you only had 10k for this venture, you mentioned 25k but said that was too much. Maybe I am confusing you with someone else, sorry if this is true.
At 10k, a futures account trading 1 contract is unlikely to succeed, in my opinion. Even at 25k the odds are slim. You are much better off learning methodologies and trading psychology by trading real cash money (not sim) but on a scale you can afford, which at these levels rules out futures and instead I suggest looking at swinging equities or trading forex.
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