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How do you decide WHEN you will trade?

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I trade the market I see, not based on a static list. First identify what you see, then justify your theory.

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I am an ES trader but I trade every single day. I do vary size according to time of day but my experience has been that cherry picking days or trades is virtually a guaranteed loss. If you have confidence in your approach to trading you should feel safe trading regularly, but if you do not you might want another approach.

Not sure that this applies to your situation, but I have worked with countless indicators, combinations of indicators, created my own indicators and have wasted thousands of hours / dollars trying to find a magic bullet. In an "honest" and highly regulated market (with good liquidity) like the ES, I finally realized there is only one thing that determines the price of anything - supply and demand. Doubtless many traders will see this differently, I am just mentioning this because I wish someone had pointed out the same thing to me much earlier. Please feel free to disregard, just trying to help is all - good luck!

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I have just begun this journey and have discovered that at any given time the market can move or lay down. I am implementing the economic calendar more as this provides me the mindset that there can be a significant move out of range. Have also discovered the speed of my brain to tell my hand to enter has a frayed connection . All too many times I say "it's going up, it's going down, and before I can enter, the 3 tick move has been revealed. Speed needs to be upgraded. Range playing 2-4 ticks can actually be relaxing as when the range ends, you immediately see it and changes are imminent. Heck, I'll take a 20 dollar bill any time of the day...they add up.

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I think the important thing to take away is to not just wait for a probable setup where you think the market is going to move but wait for a setup where you think the market is going to move farther than what you're planning to risk. This often means skipping opportune setups in the wrong context.

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I look for previous support and resistance on a 5 minute heikin ashi chart

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Physiological Trading Performance

For me, the most important thing is to know that I have a prepared mind prior to trading. I find that when I'm well rested and armed with a trading plan, I generally do very well whether the market is choppy or flat.

In a nutshell, if I find I'm "off key" ... this is what I do : Square off all positions, shutdown PC, rest & live to fight another day. Just my personal trading rules.

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I'd be interested to hear from YM / ES traders as to how you decide when to trade - the idea being to avoid low volatility days. When do you step aside, turn the computer off and walk away?

Do you look at:

- Open price (is there a large gap)
- Opening above (below) R1 (S1)
- Pre-market volume and range
- Only trade on days where there are economic announcements
- Only when price opens above the VAH / VAL for market profile traders

Any thoughts or suggestions would be most appreciated.




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I've found that from about 830-1145 eastern time is the best time for the ES.

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