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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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.
Last edited by Itchymoku; February 17th, 2015 at 01:54 PM.
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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.
@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.
Last edited by Itchymoku; February 23rd, 2015 at 11:28 PM.
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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%.