Why you need small profits?
Its for emotional capital. If you keep trading to go for home runs your emotional capital will run low. Getting big wins is hard and if you keep getting chopped up you will probably miss the trade you should of taken to get the home run because your emotional capital was low and you were sick of losing.
I consistently take 3 ticks in the bonds market and keeps me in the game. They stack up every day and keep my business open the next day.
A home run for me is like 6 + ticks. They happen when traders are puking and exiting losing positions and a lot of new money is coming in too.
They keep me in the game in a major way. If you trade 10 of these a month they def stack up right? What about if you get 15 of these a month? 6 tick Rallies are common in my market so they happen often. But you need the emotional capital to trade them. How do you keep your emotional captial in check? By taking small profits when you can.
Finding the balance between home runs and small profits will come with experience.
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Just curious, How do you manage where you exit? Do you find it advantageous to trail your stop order and leave no limit order to allow opportunity for price to run? I still work on this aspect as a trader and wonder how others prefer go about it. Thanks
I use a scale out method where my first target would be considered a base hit.
Then I hold onto it to see if I can maximize my gains (homerun). A homerun for me
ranges anywhere from 2-6R my initial target.
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Could you elaborate more on how you manage the home run? For instance, what are you looking for to get out of the home runner? Do you hold onto price to the next level you've identified in advance despite exhaustion or do you use some discretion to keep what you've made? Or, do you use some sort of time exit like exiting at the end of the day regardless of all of the above?
Exiting is a skill you become good by doing it. I had a lot of trouble for many months but getting consistent with taking profits. Im just letting you know this first because i know the feeling of not knowing when to exit when your not consistent yet.
How i exit
How i exit is the same as how i enter. Im looking for size and traders coming in behind me pushing the market my direction.
If i enter a buy trader and i have traders coming in like 200, 100, 50, 50, ,200, 50, 20, 40, 100 contracts on the buy and all the sudden i see 2000 buy orders not move the market up i cover and take what i can. 2000 contracts should move the market based on the last hour of activty. This is just one simple scenario.
There is really no hard and fast rule to profit taking, its more art then science when your a discretionary trader.
Only hard rule is to follow the size and understand its not how size reacts to price but how price reacts to size.
One of the Prop Traders that gave me this advice i thought well f*$@) this is gona be hard. He was right. Its seriously and art. A Skill. You get better by doing it. Most my profits are 3 ticks and i get a 6 tick probably 50% of the days during this current market.
My losing trades are -1 to -2 ticks sometimes 3 ticks. 3 tick losers dont happen often. But again im looking for size.
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