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FIO Journal Challenge - September 2016

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FIO Journal Challenge - September 2016

Hi guys,

Continuing in the tradition of encouraging journals on FIO, I am announcing a new Journal contest for September 2016.

The rules are extremely simple:

a) The contest begins September 1 and ends September 30. All decisions made by futures.io are final.

b) This thread that you are reading right now will act as the repository for all journals that are entered into the contest.

c) Your journal must be "powered by" NinjaTrader to be eligible to win. This means you must post charts/screenshots of your NinjaTrader platform in your journal on a regular basis.

d) The author of a journal can enter his/her futures.io journal into the contest by posting a link to his/her journal in this thread. Only the author of the journal can do this. Please post the link to the journal ONE TIME, AND ONE TIME ONLY in this thread.

e) Members of futures.io will cast their votes for the best journals by using the "Thanks" button on the post that the journal author has made in this very thread. This is why it is very important the author of the journal make only one post, because only one post will be used to count the total number of "Thanks Received" in this thread, and that is how the winners will be decided. Members can vote for as many separate journals as they want by following the same procedure.

f) There will be three prizes awarded, based on the highest number of "Thanks Received" per the above. The (3) prizes are: (1st place) Lifetime license to NinjaTrader ($999 value), (2nd place) 1-year annual license ($600 value), (3rd place) 1-year annual license ($600 value).

Thank you to @NinjaTrader for sponsoring this event. You can visit their website here:
Trading Software & Brokerage | NinjaTrader

My goal with these contests is to encourage the journaling process, as I firmly believe the more you participate in the journal process, the better trader you will become.

If anyone has any questions, please let me know. This thread will remain closed to posts until September 1st (contest start date).

Mike

Due to time constraints, please do not PM me if your question can be resolved or answered on the forum.

Need help?
1) Stop changing things. No new indicators, charts, or methods. Be consistent with what is in front of you first.
2) Start a journal and post to it daily with the trades you made to show your strengths and weaknesses.
3) Set goals for yourself to reach daily. Make them about how you trade, not how much money you make.
4) Accept responsibility for your actions. Stop looking elsewhere to explain away poor performance.
5) Where to start as a trader? Watch this webinar and read this thread for hundreds of questions and answers.
6)
Help using the forum? Watch this video to learn general tips on using the site.

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The (3) prizes are:

(1st place) Lifetime license to NinjaTrader ($999 value),
(2nd place) 1-year annual license ($600 value),
(3rd place) 1-year annual license ($600 value).

Thank you to @NinjaTrader for sponsoring this event. Visit their website:
http://www.ninjatrader.com

Mike

Due to time constraints, please do not PM me if your question can be resolved or answered on the forum.

Need help?
1) Stop changing things. No new indicators, charts, or methods. Be consistent with what is in front of you first.
2) Start a journal and post to it daily with the trades you made to show your strengths and weaknesses.
3) Set goals for yourself to reach daily. Make them about how you trade, not how much money you make.
4) Accept responsibility for your actions. Stop looking elsewhere to explain away poor performance.
5) Where to start as a trader? Watch this webinar and read this thread for hundreds of questions and answers.
6)
Help using the forum? Watch this video to learn general tips on using the site.

If you want
to support our community, become an Elite Member.


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One week until we go live and this thread is opened up.

Mike

Due to time constraints, please do not PM me if your question can be resolved or answered on the forum.

Need help?
1) Stop changing things. No new indicators, charts, or methods. Be consistent with what is in front of you first.
2) Start a journal and post to it daily with the trades you made to show your strengths and weaknesses.
3) Set goals for yourself to reach daily. Make them about how you trade, not how much money you make.
4) Accept responsibility for your actions. Stop looking elsewhere to explain away poor performance.
5) Where to start as a trader? Watch this webinar and read this thread for hundreds of questions and answers.
6)
Help using the forum? Watch this video to learn general tips on using the site.

If you want
to support our community, become an Elite Member.

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On your marks, get set ...

Mike

Due to time constraints, please do not PM me if your question can be resolved or answered on the forum.

Need help?
1) Stop changing things. No new indicators, charts, or methods. Be consistent with what is in front of you first.
2) Start a journal and post to it daily with the trades you made to show your strengths and weaknesses.
3) Set goals for yourself to reach daily. Make them about how you trade, not how much money you make.
4) Accept responsibility for your actions. Stop looking elsewhere to explain away poor performance.
5) Where to start as a trader? Watch this webinar and read this thread for hundreds of questions and answers.
6)
Help using the forum? Watch this video to learn general tips on using the site.

If you want
to support our community, become an Elite Member.

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SoftSoap's NQ Journey

Futures Edge on FIO
Check out my journey as I go from SoftSoap to SoftGold (credit to @lemonsfor the journal name)

https://futures.io/trading-journals/40312-softsoap-s-nq-nasdaq-100-futures-contract-journey-softsoap-softgold.html

I started my journal a couple of days ago and it was honestly one of the best decisions I have made in my short trading career.
The biggest benefit I’ve gotten from it so far, is understanding that my biggest pitfall is in regards to psychology. With help from starting a journal here, I’ve started to make shifts from focusing on my trading execution and starting to prioritize what goes on in my head.

If you are having issues with trading psychology, I recommend you check my journal out as I will be focusing on this heavily!!!

Here’s some of what you can expect from my journal
  • Intraday
    • Psychology goals for the day
    • Trading plan and expectations
    • Snapshots of some of my entry / exit points along with a brief description
  • End of day
    • Summary of the day
    • Psychology goal summary of the day
    • 3 things I did well
    • 3 things I could’ve done better
  • End of week
    • Summary of the week
    • Psychology highlights and pitfalls I need to work on
    • P/L, expectancy, win%, other quick analyses
    • My best trade and the trade I will be sure to avoid in the future
  • End of month
    • Summary of the month
    • Psychology highlights and pitfalls I need to work on
    • P/L, expectancy, win%, other quick analyses
    • Risk of ruin analyses

So check out my journal as I get off the fence and into the path towards consistent profitability!


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Welcome to Trading Catwalk!

I must confess that Mr. SoftSoap really created standards for me of how to make journalling and posts! So hope he will forgive me that I took some of his structure as example and wrote my introduction note according his highly professional example!

I want to invite all to join my trading catwalk to consistentcy as profitable professional trader and check my journal called NQ Catwalk here https://futures.io/trading-journals/40302-nq-nasdaq-100-futures-contract-catwalk.html

Don't be fooled by the name, I trade not only NQ but ES and FX futures. This September I'm trying to pass through qualification round to prop MESCapital so my journal will be updated daily becuase I'm obliged to trade every day during 20 trading sessions. So what you can expect from my journal:

Trading plan and expectations
Snapshots of some of my entry / exit points along with a brief description of my setups
Psychology summary of the day
Answers on questions of FIO members.

I will be glad to answer and discuss any topics with memebers of the community!

Welcome to Trading Catwalk!

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The RTH is dark and full of terrors...

Vix at Zero is coming...

The ES remembers...

Come see how Jon Snow learns to trade, so that he'll know at least 2 things...

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Stream of Consciousness Trading Journal

As I prepare to embark with you on this journey, let me share the dream before the draft. My trials may reflect your own, and I write so that you can share in the rewards of my labor. I am no longer a beginner, yet I begin again and again.

I struggled to make it in trading. I came with the wrong thought: I can do whatever I want now. I had to pay for that thought. Trading remained difficult,but it was such an immersive activity which generated a state of deep concentration that has brought so much real freedom. Silent moments of truth are the ultimate treasures - states of flow, experiences of The Zone.

Real Life intervenes. Marriage. First child. Second child. Career. But I persisted with trading. I sat down at my desk early each morning and faced the realities of trading head on.

What caused the real breakthrough, what changed me, however was not the holy grail of a method but this: trading all the time. Don't let anybody tell you that you can't do it.

Create your own method. Make up something that will work for you! Keep breaking traditions, I beg you.

Read more at:

https://futures.io/trading-journals/40336-stream-income-small-capital-lots-willpower.html


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Posts: 25 since Aug 2016
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Accountability Journal

I am:
  • New to trading!
  • New to the futures.io community!
  • New to keeping a trading journal!

I invite you to follow my journey as I am just now leaving the starting block. I see trading as a marathon and not a sprint. As a result, I am determined to strive and endure all the way to the end.

Here is my link so you can participate in the race with me:

https://futures.io/trading-journals/40338-apprentice-s-journey.html


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Hi All,

I started my journal a couple of days ago. Trading is quite a passion for me and it took me 20 years to take the bull by the horns and start trading for myself. If I think back on it now though, it is probably the way it should have been as I think there were some very important lessons in life that I had to learn before trading would bring me the joy and happiness it currently does.

I would love to have you all along for the adventure and would really appreciate any input into my journey. As I said in my first journal post, my hope is that this journal adds just as must value to you the reader as it does to me.

You can read my journal at:
https://futures.io/elite-trading-journals/40299-popsicle-s-hop-skip-jump-down-trading-road.html

Cheers,
Popsicle

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