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Futures Experience: Intermediate
Platform: OX and TOS
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Scanning - I use a group of about 25 stocks and etfs - I try to get them as uncorrelated as possible. I also look for high volume and stable, large percentage moves. High liquidity in weekly options.

Risk rules - the secret to success, along with backtesting!

I buy calls on instruments trending bullish, puts on those trending bearish using the same system, I only buy them 7 to 10 days out since my trade is expected to last only 2 - 4 days on average. I've found that a 54 delta works really well but backtesting using the 30 delta - tests show they are more volatile and the losers loose bigger - but the average monthly P&L is higher so we will see how it averages out - ask me a couple of months from now

I trade a technical system with specific rules for entry and exits - not based on profit or loss, nor do I pay attention to any news or earnings reports; if it isn't something I can consistently backtest its effects, it doesn't apply to my rules - this however works for my system and may or may not work for you.

I use a daily chart for entry & exits since my technicals are based on daily movements; I use a minute chart to get the best price on my options once it's time to actually enter or exit a position. I almost always use limit orders so I don't get a surprise on my fills - but lately I've had a couple of times when when my trade has hit its exit signal and its at the peak of a trading range - really has moved hard and fast and I want to exit quickly to capitalize on capturing as much of the move as possible so I have started using market orders to just testing the waters - I'm a little afraid of what kind of fill I would get with 200 contracts. - Maybe it won't be a big deal, only time will tell.

I'm totally with you on not selling calls - I don't want to worry about margin requirements or make things too complicated to manage. I frequently have 10 - 18 trades on at any given time and just managing those positions takes enough of my attention span. I believe that it is best to keep things as simple as possible. I find, after my partner and I review our trades at the end of the month, how easy it is to make mistakes on simple rules. We set our goals to execute our system as perfectly as possible since over time, it is a systematic approach that pays off for those of us who aren't blessed with the rare talent of intuition and trading by guts.

Good stuff....I'm currently building my for calls and one for puts. Build those watchlists on strong trends and take signals from only those until the trend 'runs out'. I'd rather build the lists and play those instead of scanning every day for new entries on different stocks. When that trend for that ticker is changing, or how I see it as changing, take if off the list and replace it with another clearer trend ticker.

Scanning off the daily as well and monitoring the shorter timeframe to try to pinpoint entry or get in earlier towards the close (last few hours) of the day.

The scan is technical as well aside from the volume patterns. I need to see good volume to get in.

Sounds like you are only trading weekly's? Only thing about earnings is that they are too unpredictable so I'll simply pass on those signals when the earnings are due in a few days and look at straddles instead.

I do need to study the delta some more but TOS is limited in that respect so more or less reviewing previous signals and how they played out based on my rules.

Timing is everything....along with risk rules of course

Have a good week and might stop back here soon....

Thanks for the input.

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