What did you do different compare to when you were papertrading?
There is value in papertrading, you can eliminated a system that does not make money BUT even if you make money with simulated trading it is no way a sure thing you will make money trading real ca$h Why? fear and greed and lack of confidence in your system especially after 12 losers in a row even I would be affected.
It is very easy to see what you should have done after the facts but in the heat of the moment when you have no idea where the market is going after too many losing trades it just gets messier and messier.
Maybe the stop-loss was too close?
Maybe the stop-loss was too far?
Maybe you moved the stop-loss away?
Maybe you did not place a stop-loss?
Maybe you added to a loser? More than once?
Maybe you anticipated the signal?
Maybe you took the signal once it was really really sure but by that time the market did turn?
Maybe when you were practicing you were just erasing you bad trades to forget about them and concentrate on the winners?
Maybe you were not at your best(physically, emotionally)?
Maybe in simulation you were trading trending days and with cash they were choppy?
my recommendation: set a daily goal, achieve it and stop for the day. It could be as low as 1 point.
trade no more than 2 contracts: it is fun to take profit on the first one and let the other one run with a close stop.
but first of all tell me more about you trading with real cash:
what did you do?
How did you feel?
What was your confidence level after each and every trade?
C'mon let it out!
Last edited by bloopoop; June 11th, 2013 at 02:47 AM.