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3 ticks scalping

Hello guys

I usually don't post much on this forum, but I would like to ask a question to members.

I trade E-mini S&P500 (ES) only.

I am trying to scalp 3 ticks profit target with 3 ticks stoploss many times in the first 2 hours of New York opening.

I always get in with market order with brackets on.

I want to hear some suggestion on increasing odd for getting 3 ticks at a time.

Thanks in advance guys!

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hmm no opinions or suggestions?

I trade 50 contracts at a time. I use to continuously make a lot of money since October 2014, but after volatility slacked off slightly this month. Sometimes I make a bunch, but sometimes I lose a bunch.

I did everything to reduce commission so I pay very little.

So first thing I tried was moving stop from -3 ticks to -1 tick when price advance 2 ticks.

Sometimes this help when it goes wrong way, but sometimes also it works against me.

I know this forum doesn't seem to have people who trade many contracts as I do, but just in case anyone does please help, I would really appreciate it.

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but just in case anyone does please help, I would really appreciate it.

My advice: stop doing what you are doing. As you've described it, it is very clearly a poor strategy. And to come and create a thread and ask what you did only serves to reinforce my belief you have no where near the necessary experience to be a successful scalper.

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I use to continuously make a lot of money since October 2014, but after volatility slacked off slightly this month. Sometimes I make a bunch, but sometimes I lose a bunch.

Wait for volatility to pick up, that seems like your issue. Find ways to measure volatility and/or find another strategy when it slacks off. You might also have better luck simply by increasing your stop/limits distance and reducing your contract size accordingly.


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My advice: stop doing what you are doing. As you've described it, it is very clearly a poor strategy. And to come and create a thread and ask what you did only serves to reinforce my belief you have no where near the necessary experience to be a successful scalper.

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Thanks Mike for your comment. I will give another week for experiment with lower number of contracts.

When nothing works, I will create a thread. I can't believe that my strategy works only well on high volatility

Maybe I should look at NQ or CL

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Wait for volatility to pick up, that seems like your issue. Find ways to measure volatility and/or find another strategy when it slacks off. You might also have better luck simply by increasing your stop/limits distance and reducing your contract size accordingly.

Thanks for your comment Itchymoku

I thought I found a way regardless of volatility, but I guess I was wrong. I was measuring volatility with 1 min ATR, so I only traded when volatility was high enough. However, sometimes even though when the number was high enough, ES sometimes just moved side ways taking out my stops.

Maybe something wrong with measuring volatility?

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#gambling

if you believe a trade should move without much resistance, why would you limit to 3ticks in ES...a 3point
move should be a scalp imo.

...needless to say if you're going to hyper scalp and churn your account with commissions, use a 2 or 3 range bar or say 300ticks, add bollinger bands or vwap and trade extremes...

still think it's mostly gambling approach..





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Hello guys

I usually don't post much on this forum, but I would like to ask a question to members.

I trade E-mini S&P500 (ES) only.

I am trying to scalp 3 ticks profit target with 3 ticks stoploss many times in the first 2 hours of New York opening.

I always get in with market order with brackets on.

I want to hear some suggestion on increasing odd for getting 3 ticks at a time.

Thanks in advance guys!


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@SeoulPropTrader look at CL for scalping. IMO it's the most easy to scalp for 4-10 ticks because of the way it consistently fluctuates back and forth in a somewhat fluidic nature (almost like a yo-yo at times). Sometimes NQ and even ES will move like CL during times of volatility but you generally won't see that happen unless there is a lot of fundamental drivers.

What I suggest you do is pull up a chart of CL on one screen, a chart of NQ on another, and one of ES on another. From there look at all of them simultaneously and just eyeball the movements they're making from tick to tick. Make a mental note on which one is most viable to your strategy.


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Seems like most other people are already hit the nail on the head with looking at CL to find a bit more volatility.

I wonder though, why market orders if the strategy is focused around the time frame of cash open? It would seem as if a limit order would be easily filled during that opening market action, and then you're already +1 ticks better off compared to your market entry. On top of that, the opening market range usually establishes at least 12 ticks, so if you're able to accurately call which direction the cash open will move, why leave the other 9 ticks on the table?

It seems you could easily say take 50 ticks off +3, and the rest +12. That would not be my preferred strategy, but I think it would be worth exploring how that would chance your overall P&L curve.

I would also explore how accurately you are able to call the direction of the market during cash open and refine your analysis to increase the accuracy if it's currently at only 50%.

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