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FIO Journal Challenge - February 2017 (over $1,100 in prizes)

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Chicago, Illinois
Trading Experience: Beginner
Platform: ThinkorSwim
Favorite Futures: ES, CL, GC, ZB, YM, NQ
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Posts: 131 since Jan 2017
Thanks: 63 given, 125 received

Hey Guys-

Here is my ES Journal. I am currently still in school so my Journal is not extremely active but I post in it at least once a day. Thought I'd throw it in here for you guys to take a look!

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Snellville, GA
Trading Experience: Beginner
Platform: TOS, NinjaTrader
Broker/Data: TDAmeritrade
Favorite Futures: Lev ETFs, Equities
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Posts: 20 since Nov 2013
Thanks: 16 given, 38 received

Joining Journal Challenge

Just started the journal:

- small NinjaTrader Brokerage account,
- NT 8, Free Edition (argh, no ATM or Alerts; only Basic Order Entry)
- starting with NQ and ES; may add a currency
- will be adding CL, sooner the better

Objective: Prove futures trading ability, improve consistency.

Please ask questions and provide feedback.

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Posts: 79 since Dec 2013
Thanks: 428 given, 150 received

ES VolumeLadder Trading


Link to my journal:

Thank's in advance for your vote on the contest, hoping to be on the winner's list

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jakarta, java
Trading Experience: Beginner
Platform: esignal, jigsaw
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ES within elliot waves

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Trading Experience: Advanced
Platform: IB and free NT
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Favorite Futures: ES
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Red Rooster

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The journal is on estimation trading for the ES RTH session

The journal will be for ES with a goal of 25 pts per week.
I will track against $25,000 starting position.

Good luck to all!

Keep your mind in the future, in the now.
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would i also be able to pick someone else if Im able to pass my ftp?

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Lewiston Idaho
Trading Experience: Intermediate
Platform: NinjatTrader
Favorite Futures: ES
Posts: 48 since Mar 2015
Thanks: 8 given, 59 received

Profitpilgrim's Blend of CT Scalps & Trend Trailing (free ATMs)

Current Stats:
Cum Net Closed P&L = $2220 in first 4 days of $150K sim trading which started Feb 3.
Symbols traded = ES, NQ, YM

I debated whether or not to enter this journal contest for a $150K Combine since I was in the process of upscaling and refining the four downloadable ATM strategies that I've uploaded here for those who wish to test my strategies. These ATMs thus far have performed so well that I'm hoping they prove valuable enough to others to secure enough thanks to apply them to a real $150 TST Combine.

The great advantage of a $150k Topstep Combine is that it's large enough to make a living without violating reasonable risk parameters and can survive an occasional outlier on a bad day without killing the Combine. Ironically I passed my first Combine ($50k) in 11 days then disqualified in Funded Trader Prep having early pulled down more than $900 on a FOMC meeting day from which I had not fully recovered by the 10th day so was disqualified by that now-suspended rule that the account must be profitable in 10 days. Subsequent efforts at 30k to 50k Combines have failed to recover from bad day drawdowns, forcing me to either forfeit the strategic advantage of trading multiple contracts or over-leverage with multiple contracts while trading dangerously close to disqualifying TST loss limits. A $150K account allows the advantage of reasonable risk using multi-contract strategies without so easily threatening $150 Combine loss limits.

Why did I name this journal "Profitpilgrim's Blend of CT Scalps & Trend Trailing?" ES especially is known for its scalp-worthy 2 point (7 or 8 tick) reversions, meaning it returns to fill pockets and backfill toward previous micro support or resistance levels it has breached. It is also a highly liquid market with many standing orders at each price level, giving it a smoother flow. The NQ ATM strategies differ from the ES versions because the ES, unlike NQ & YM doesn't have a thin book through which to plunge and trigger a stop when countertrend scalping S/R level.

In my journal I'll share more detail about how my published ATM strategies exploit entries and exits at support or resistance levels using multiple contracts to aggressively scalp the initial reversion, while using trailing stops on 1 or 2 remaining contracts to exploit any subsequent trend. If one scalps the reversions skillfully the overall trade is profitable enough that the remaining trailing contracts can afford to be stopped when a larger trend is not forthcoming. On trending days those wide stop trailers can survive the psychological ploys of bankster's bandit bots and profitably capture the day's trend, offsetting countertrend scalping losses on trending day's, which plague aggressive countertrend scalpers. When filtered with market breadth, orderflow, MFI, key market structure levels and intermarket corroboration, this blend of quick countertrend scalps combined with 1 or 2 wide-trailing contracts left to ride an intraday trend is designed to well-enough minimize losing CT trades to enjoy strong net profits. Sometimes several trend trailing contracts accumulate from more than one successful trading campaign. The choice of whether to deploy a Trend or CTrend strategy is regulated by the current direction of a 5 min chart. While all four strategies leave 1 or 2 trailers, the countertrend versions manage stops more conservatively.

Four separate ATM's (ES Trend, ES CTrend, NQ Trend, NQ CTrend) each with triple stop strategies associated with its name, have been uploaded for use with ES and NQ (YM can also be traded with the NQ strategies as they both have higher volatility than ES.) Follow my journal discussion on how to discretionarily preempt the strategies without being drawn into the hypnotic reality-distortion that occurs during normal price fluctuation, which induces a negative emotional load that builds up as price repeatedly pulls back against the direction of the trade.

Download the 4 attached ATM strategies below with 11 of their necessary 12 similarly named stop strategies (3 each). The last (NQ CTrend 3rd Stop) wouldn't fit here so you'll find it on my first journal posting HERE.

Prosper with discipline and calm cheer!
(Thanks for the Thanks)

Attached Files
Register to download File Type: xml 5 ES Trend.xml (5.1 KB, 28 views)
Register to download File Type: xml 5 ES CTrend.xml (5.1 KB, 12 views)
Register to download File Type: xml 10 NQ Trend.xml (5.1 KB, 13 views)
Register to download File Type: xml 10 NQ Counter T.xml (5.1 KB, 11 views)
Register to download File Type: xml 5 ES Trend 1st Stop.xml (476 Bytes, 11 views)
Register to download File Type: xml 5 ES Trend 2nd Stop.xml (476 Bytes, 10 views)
Register to download File Type: xml 5 ES Trend 3rd Stop.xml (655 Bytes, 11 views)
Register to download File Type: xml 5 ES CTrend 1st Stop.xml (477 Bytes, 11 views)
Register to download File Type: xml 5 ES CTrend 2nd Stop.xml (477 Bytes, 10 views)
Register to download File Type: xml 5 ES CTrend 3rd Stop.xml (654 Bytes, 10 views)
Register to download File Type: xml 10 NQ Trend 1st Stop.xml (477 Bytes, 13 views)
Register to download File Type: xml 10 NQ Trend 2nd Stop.xml (478 Bytes, 11 views)
Register to download File Type: xml 10 NQ Trend 3rd Stop.xml (657 Bytes, 11 views)
Register to download File Type: xml 10 NQ CTrend 1st Stop.xml (478 Bytes, 11 views)
Register to download File Type: xml 10 NQ CTrend 2nd Stop.xml (479 Bytes, 12 views)

Last edited by profitpilgrim; February 9th, 2017 at 02:25 AM.
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Cologne, Germany
Trading Experience: Intermediate
Platform: Sierra Chart
Broker/Data: Infinity Futures, SierraChart RT Data Feed
Favorite Futures: Mini-DAX, CL, 6E
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Journaling here on has been extremely rewarding in terms of precision and continuity. Being in contact with a community relieves the loneliness of the trader - and journaling is big fun.
I have read a lot of praise for TopStepTrader - so: here I am for the FIO Journal Challenge - hopefully not too late for participating.

Please feel invited visiting my journal at

and please find an overview - kind of a table of contents - of the thread here >.

Hope to see you,


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burlington, vt
Trading Experience: Advanced
Platform: Sierra
Favorite Futures: NQ
Posts: 191 since Aug 2015
Thanks: 77 given, 379 received

Didn't realize these contests existed

Started journaling public (always did so privately) after watching Big Mike's old-ish webinar about himself. Felt I went through similar experiences with the personal journey, and felt it's a good idea to keep myself a bit more accountable, as it's easy to cheat when things are private.

If any questions, feel free to ask me on my Journal.


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San Pedro Sula
Trading Experience: Advanced
Platform: ninja trader7
Favorite Futures: Nasdaq Futures
Posts: 93 since Apr 2011
Thanks: 51 given, 253 received

Please move my journal to elite journals

Hey Bigmike please move my journal to the elite journals please .
Will apreciate your help!!

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