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Forum: Trading Journals April 23rd, 2013, 01:50 PM
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Posted By josh
I don't know if it has anything to do with the...

I don't know if it has anything to do with the fact that it's the sim server or not...?

My CTS data also crapped out:

http://screencast.com/t/cxV1t958XB

And after reloading:
...
Forum: Trading Journals April 16th, 2013, 11:50 PM
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Posted By josh
I could be wrong, but a 6 lot that fills against...

I could be wrong, but a 6 lot that fills against 6 1-lots is still probably counted as a single "trade" using a FIFO matching method.

Here's the difference--in Sierra, when you use attached orders...
Forum: Trading Journals April 9th, 2013, 09:28 AM
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Posted By josh
It's 1576 cash, so ballpark 1570 or so for the ES...

It's 1576 cash, so ballpark 1570 or so for the ES equivalent.
Forum: Trading Journals April 6th, 2013, 07:54 PM
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Posted By josh
Also simple, but very insightful--thanks for...

Also simple, but very insightful--thanks for putting it this way...



Perhaps a "single setup" is not required or the best idea for everyone (but certainly it may be for some). What's important...
Forum: Trading Journals April 6th, 2013, 07:42 PM
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Posted By josh
I think this is an incredibly insightful...

I think this is an incredibly insightful perspective, and I want to thank you for posting it.

Your post confirms basically what I see in myself--that when I compile stats, often I get lost in...
Forum: Trading Journals April 3rd, 2013, 02:13 PM
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Posted By josh
Merritt, I'm reading what you're writing here and...

Merritt, I'm reading what you're writing here and first of all I'd like to say that you have my 100% respect for your candor and honest attitude about how you feel. Too often we pretend we don't...
Forum: Trading Journals April 2nd, 2013, 09:52 PM
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Posted By josh
Merritt already commented on this, but just to be...

Merritt already commented on this, but just to be clear, PTP is the firm name I have used from day one, and the login info is not different.
Forum: Trading Journals April 2nd, 2013, 04:20 PM
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Posted By josh
Correct, but that's not an issue in the regular...

Correct, but that's not an issue in the regular combine phase. And you get to define what "adding to a loser" is, so it depends.
Forum: Trading Journals April 2nd, 2013, 04:15 PM
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Posted By josh
Don't worry about it, look at it like...

Don't worry about it, look at it like practice--think of how good you'd feel if you lost money today. It's irrelevant, you just got a head start on the emotions of the combine without any profit or...
Forum: Trading Journals April 2nd, 2013, 04:12 PM
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Posted By josh
No, sim mode should NOT be on. You should be...

No, sim mode should NOT be on. You should be connected to the SIM server in the account settings, but Trade->Trade Simulation Mode should be OFF. Has nothing to do with being a demo or not.

Sim...
Forum: Trading Journals April 2nd, 2013, 04:09 PM
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Posted By josh
Do you Trade->Trade Simulation mode turned on? ...

Do you Trade->Trade Simulation mode turned on?

Also, look under File->Data/Trade Service Settings, and be sure that "Account" matches your combine account information. If you change it,...
Forum: Trading Journals April 2nd, 2013, 12:06 AM
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Posted By josh
There is nothing for them to do on their end;...

There is nothing for them to do on their end; they may not even know who's using sierra and t4, though there's probably some way for them to tell.
Forum: Trading Journals April 1st, 2013, 09:56 AM
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Posted By josh
We all like you and respect you whether you...

We all like you and respect you whether you succeed in this particular thing or not. You are a good trader and have good instincts. We all need work on our trading, so in that respect you are no...
Forum: Trading Journals March 29th, 2013, 02:13 AM
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Posted By josh
Email support at TopstepTrader.com to get an...

Email support at TopstepTrader.com to get an official answer, but I think it's an end of day limit.

But MsFutures, you say it's been causing you to be overly careful, but that does not seem to be...
Forum: Trading Journals March 24th, 2013, 12:44 PM
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Posted By josh
Your comparison was well done and well received...

Your comparison was well done and well received (by me anyway), but the above quoted statement, which is a big IF, immediately rules out 90% of the population you might be addressing, as you have...
Forum: Trading Journals March 22nd, 2013, 08:15 PM
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Posted By josh
SteveH, no worries mate. I replied but instead...

SteveH, no worries mate. I replied but instead of cluttering Merritt's journal I put it in the TST thread:...
Forum: Trading Journals March 22nd, 2013, 07:00 PM
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Posted By josh
No, you do not have this right at all. Read:...

No, you do not have this right at all.

Read: Live Trading Room | Trading Program | Topstep Funded Trader (http://www.topsteptrader.com/fundedtrader)
Forum: Trading Journals March 20th, 2013, 11:37 AM
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Posted By josh
Welcome to Fed Day. Volatility should start...

Welcome to Fed Day. Volatility should start around 2pm ET and continue through the press conference into the close. Just balancing BS until then. I am practicing trading today still while doing...
Forum: Trading Journals March 19th, 2013, 03:09 PM
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Posted By josh
Merritt, since you are an excel addict, I thought...

Merritt, since you are an excel addict, I thought I would post this chart for you. It serves the same purpose as your S5T-inspired view, except a bit different perspective:
...
Forum: Trading Journals March 19th, 2013, 02:33 PM
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Posted By josh
lol! ES is a beast when it moves. And it traded...

lol! ES is a beast when it moves. And it traded more volume in those 15 minutes than crude has all day today. It was very weird for me when I went from seeing watching the crude tape to seeing the...
Forum: Trading Journals March 19th, 2013, 11:31 AM
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Posted By josh
I agree 100%, but I hope my point was clear that...

I agree 100%, but I hope my point was clear that keeping a running sum of this metric it does not really give you anything; it's the average that's important, which you do not show.

Here is how I...
Forum: Trading Journals March 19th, 2013, 09:35 AM
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Posted By josh
I love it! :) Just to be clear, your "points...

I love it! :)

Just to be clear, your "points per contract" view is not quite what it says it is--you are keeping a running total here of the average points made or loss per contract, per trade,...
Forum: Trading Journals March 14th, 2013, 08:37 AM
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Posted By josh
It does not matter what type of order you use,...

It does not matter what type of order you use, you pay the spread. If you use a limit to enter and exit, the market has to move 1 tick to fill you, so your 1 tick gain becomes a scratch. The spread...
Forum: Trading Journals March 9th, 2013, 03:57 PM
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Posted By josh
lancelottrader, I agree with you. I think that...

lancelottrader, I agree with you. I think that some simple stats can be very telling, for example, very large MAE vs. MFE is a warning sign, as is MAE vs. closed profit. And expectancy per trade,...
Forum: Trading Journals March 7th, 2013, 02:32 PM
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Posted By josh
Is this a prep for TST trade? If so, I'm sure...

Is this a prep for TST trade? If so, I'm sure you are aware you must close the position by 3:10pm CT; are you expecting 92 by that time today?
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