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FIO Journal Challenge - April 2016 (over $1,100 in prizes)

Market Wizard
Trading Experience: None
Mtype's Avatar
Posts: 1,247 since Oct 2012
Thanks: 1,302 given, 1,578 received

The Elite Business

Hello Traders,

I'm entering the contest with my raw and honest no bs trading journal.

I trade the ES live, utilizing Volume Profiling, Price Action and Order Flow. The main part of my work currently is psychology and gaining consistentcy through patience and discipline.

All trades are shared without excuses!

I also include my daily pre-market preparations and periodical hard data statistical reviews.

Good luck for all of you!

“Happiness is the meaning and the purpose of life, the whole aim and end of human existence.” Δ

“There is no path, but only a fool wouldn’t follow it.”
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Mumbai, India
Trading Experience: Advanced
Platform: ChartNexus
Favorite Futures: Stocks, Commodities, Futures
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Posts: 1,683 since Feb 2012
Thanks: 3,425 given, 2,825 received

7th Entrant's Lucky Entry :)

Restarting my journal. I will be trading and writing this out of a cabin of Camp NanoWrimo, ("an idyllic writer's retreat, smack dab in the middle of your crazy life"), hence this journal will be slightly different in its format. Please give a vote of thanks if you feel it serves a purpose.

Last edited by iqgod; April 1st, 2016 at 10:21 AM.
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Salt Lake City, UT
Trading Experience: Intermediate
Platform: SC, NT, MT
Broker/Data: AMP
Favorite Futures: NQ ES YM Bonds
Posts: 247 since Mar 2010
Thanks: 49 given, 354 received

Tulanch Trading Journal 2016

here is my entry

my goal is to augment reviewing price action with identifying of areas on the chart of trader distress and take action

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Legendary Market Wizard
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Trading Experience: Intermediate
Platform: Ninjatrader 8
Broker/Data: NinjaTrader Brokerage
Favorite Futures: CL, ES
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Posts: 1,532 since Dec 2013
Thanks: 3,632 given, 7,252 received

GruttePier's journal

Here's the link to my journal:

Hit the Thanks button if you find it of value


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Posts: 33 since Oct 2015

RPS. VINOD's $30K Topstep Trader Combine

Here is my trading journal.

Goal : To become the Funded Trader from Topstep Trader, try to my best trades based on my level of understanding
Tools : Some Customized OFA Stuff

Awaiting for yout valuable Support by hit Thanks Button.


Last edited by rpsvinod1; April 1st, 2016 at 02:39 PM. Reason: Add Title
Pune, India
Posts: 60 since Feb 2016
Thanks: 19 given, 17 received

Hello All,

I trade based from India and trade the Index and Equities.

Index - National Stock Exchange; NSE/Nifty 50 is the countries premier index and features the 50 largest companies by market cap
Equities - All stocks listed in the Nifty 50 and the Nifty Next 50.

I am a part time trader and started with a corpus of Rs 1,65,000 on May 2015.
By Nov 2015 this principle was reduced to Rs 8,850. I lost money trading both Futures and Options.

From the market value on Dec - Jan 2015/16, Nifty plunged over 15% for 2 consecutive months. I caught the trend early and took out the full 15% from the market. By Feb 2016 my account balance was Rs 1,15,000 without any top-ups.

In March 2016 I added Rs 1,85,000 more making a total deposit of Rs 3,50,000 - Increasing then corresponding available cash balance to Rs 3,00,000. Of which I have invested Rs 1,30,000 into equities @ Nifty 6900-7000 levels and therefore ideally I should have Rs 1,70,000 cash.

However in March 2016 I have made losses trading the index and current available cash balance is Rs 109,000 - i.e. losses of Rs 61,000.

I have realised that I am still struggling with impulsive trades. I also tend to aggressively enter counter trend trades. I am struggling with money management and position sizing. I am struggling with identifying exit points as each week I seem to make some subtle changes to my system.

My System:
I am a positional/swing trader. I do well in trending markets.

I use what Dr. Alexander Elder pioneered as the Triple Screen Trading System. I use 3 time frames to analyse a scrip. I use the daily charts to figure out a position bias i.e. long or short, then I use the 4 hour charts to see if the oscillators support the corresponding action, which is followed by use of 1 hour charts to determine entry and SL which is usually below the hourly pivot low.

Dr. Elder advises using timeframes of 1W/1D/1H - but this is too slow for my liking.

What I hope for:
I hope to catch major waves - which are entered through hour charts but follow up for days or weeks even.

The March cycle was the first time I traded stock futures - 2 of the stocks I got stopped out off went on to make stronger moves ahead. I have realised that i was aggressively trailing them. These learnings from each trade reflect changes in the system.

I hope to be able to catch a genuine move up or down - and to trail it for a very long time reducing the need to enter multiple positions. Trailing potential waves successfully is a challenge that I am looking to over come in the short term.

Looking forward to:
Sharing my experiences trading the Index and stocks for the April Expiry. I have read several views suggesting that indicators are lagging, and I agree they have limitations, but from my study I believe I can put them to good use and hopefully with further crystallisation of my trade plan I will eventually become a profitable trader.

I look forward to you all visiting my diary (thanking me once in a while will be pleasant too).

Most of what I write will be what I feel - I will almost always have charts.

I hope that what I write and that whatever I have written thus far will be of some benefit to traders, irrespective of trade style. I hope that you all benefit from this learning curve that for me has only just begun.

Best wishes
Sahil R.

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Helsinki, Finland
Trading Experience: Beginner
Platform: Sierra
Posts: 97 since Sep 2015
Thanks: 293 given, 92 received

Hey! I'd like to start with a quote I read here on

"A dumb man never learns. A smart man learns from his own failure and success. But a wise man learns from the failure and success of others."

I want to join the April journal challenge because I'd love to see from another perspective and receive feedback.

I'm going to start trading again on Monday but will only trade simulation trades until my laptop comes back from maintenance. Until it's come back I'll try my best to show in detail what has worked for me during my live trading earlier this year and if I have a learning day I'll post as much as possible so anyone can see.

I recommend starting on page four/chapter 4 and forward as it's most relevant but feel free to read anything you wish as it's there to hold me accountable. Oh and if you have ideas please share because I'm happy to learn from anyone. I have my fair deal of mistakes and wish to eliminate them by showing all my wrongs publicly here:

I trade NQ/TF and FDAX mostly. NQ and TF are the ones I trade live as I don't have sufficient account balance enough to take consecutive losses on FDAX contracts yet.

Good luck to everyone and I feel that just by entering this challenge we are already winners

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London, UK
Trading Experience: Beginner
Platform: NinjaTrader
Broker/Data: TSTcombine
Favorite Futures: CL, ES, FESX
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Posts: 214 since Oct 2014
Thanks: 182 given, 375 received

I'm submitting my journal, before the old guard comes in and I become to ashamed to do it.


It's not the oldest journal but it has a couple of debacles and it certainly helped me pick up on my (very common) mistakes. It may be more obvious to me than to other readers, but there is definitely an observable "curve" to my trading.

For April, all entries will be done on a Topstep combine, my third so far. It's going to be a small feast, skimming over all the other participant's efforts! Happy trading everyone!

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san diego
Trading Experience: Intermediate
Platform: FXCM MarketScope, NT, Interactive brokers, AMP
Broker/Data: FXCM, Interactive Brokers
Favorite Futures: FOREX, IWM, SPY, XLE, NQ
Posts: 227 since Apr 2010
Thanks: 72 given, 134 received

Price Action Trading

I have a journal where I trade price action. I have been trading Forex. Lately, I have been scalping using the techniques from the book "Forex Price Action Scalping" by Bob Volman. In the next few weeks, I am going to be focusing on stop placement using Volman's "Tipping Point Technique".

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Sydney + Australia
Trading Experience: Intermediate
Platform: Sierra Chart
Broker/Data: IB/SC
Favorite Futures: Commodities
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Posts: 488 since Mar 2016
Thanks: 63 given, 308 received

Muttoez Trading Journal

Hi Everyone

I am a new member to the forums.

Here is the link to my introduction if you would like to learn a little more about my journey and trading style.

I saw the journal contest and thought it was a great opportunity for me to start a journal and hold myself accountable for my trading decisions.

I hope to provide brief commentary on my open positions and opportunities each day with a more detailed weekly wrap up each weekend.

If you enjoy my journal please don't forget to hit the Thanks button.

Last edited by muttoez; April 2nd, 2016 at 01:31 AM. Reason: Add links
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