is index futures (e.g NQ, ES, TF etc) more difficult during the cash session? I find it particularly difficult to navigate around all the chop. premarket and even in after hrs trading is a breeze! Is it just me, or anyone else has had the same experience?
There is no chop. You are just trading too small of a time frame, ie scalping, making it near impossible on yourself to be consistently profitable. This has been discussed before in great length on many threads.
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It depends what you're trying to do, and how (like so many similar questions), I think.
I've been watching NQ fairly closely, about four days a week, both in and out of Nasdaq RTH, for the last couple of months, and to me it seems the opposite: mostly inside Nasdaq RTH trading hours will be the times that I'll be trading it, myself.
There are days with less clear/substantial direction than other days, of course - as is true of any market. But "chop" is really very subjective, and timeframe-dependent.
What size of time/tick/volume bars are you looking at?
I have only 2-3 months exerience of watching NQ (particularly) and ES (less so), but my initial impressions are very different from yours ...
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