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Not predicting. Just something I see recently.

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My win percentage in forex is around 80%. My win percentage last month in CL was below 40%.

As I start to trade differently in forex, using scaling as an additional edge, and then attempt to mimic that at CL... my mind will not allow me to feel the same. As of today.

I have tried a lot of ways, and am realizing that is why the need to "crawl you way". And going back to crawling is painful and humbling to me. Not a feeling that is easy to relax into. But, that is what I am making my core trade exercise; relaxing back into crawling. Or just, live. Survive.

The rules of survival are different. There is an unusual set of priorities when contrasted against a purist definition of "civilized society". And finding a place in that, with the practical need to keep one foot in both worlds, is balance.

Very similar to anyway. Right now, as I sit with better posture than in years, I can take a deep breath and enjoy feeling the subtleties of the muscles that maintain balance. I do not even have to think about it, they just do it on their own. Autopilot. But, autopilot means writing something that worked in the past. Until a robot can survive in the wild, humans are just, faster. Period.

But, humans have "thought", "ego", "emotion", and even deeper, necessities. Computers do not understand any feeling of being obligated to do anything.

 
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I wrote a much longer explanation to my friend and mentor. I am becoming a completely different person. I want different things, I really want nothing.

I would choose experience over stuff today,

where before it was imagined the same, but lived the opposite, out of necessity.

My avatar changes as I write this, I did not realize at first that it also changes past posts. I would be cool for me to be able to see where the shifts took place. But because of that I document that I am on scalpels. Prior was 3 dragons. Prior was 3 dragons way out of focus. In there somewhere in that mix, just me, in front of my trade desk.

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My win percentage in forex is around 80%. My win percentage last month in CL was below 40%

Do you think if CL was sold in fractional contracts similarly to small lot sizes in forex, where you had the ability to fully scale in or out, that it would help your CL trading? (assuming that the fractional contracts had the same liquidity but proportional commission etc.)

And if you had that ability with CL would you still trade Forex?

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Do you think if CL was sold in fractional contracts similarly to small lot sizes in forex, where you had the ability to fully scale in or out, that it would help your CL trading? (assuming that the fractional contracts had the same liquidity but proportional commission etc.)

And if you had that ability with CL would you still trade Forex?

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I bought the absolute RTH bottom within a few ticks today, then washed dishes, fed the animals, rearranged wiring, and then sold the absolute RTH top within a few ticks... made maybe 15 ticks each time, and then was done for the day.

The middle, who knows.

And did so with zero scaling. It is more, the learning to scale had negative effects on my CL trading.


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Meaning, I trade differently when scaling is motivated by dollar size. And, I trade differently when it is not.

I CAN trade the larger, in a different way, but, I CANNOT trade the smaller the same. "Spread" requires a different approach, but because of the smaller size, the timing becomes less important. In larger leverage as it relates to your equity, timing become more and more important. And the hardest timing is not the entry, but the exit. Being able to drop when told, hold when told. Not caring between the two outcomes.

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I bought the absolute RTH bottom within a few ticks today, then washed dishes, fed the animals, rearranged wiring, and then sold the absolute RTH top within a few ticks... made maybe 15 ticks each time, and then was done for the day.

The middle, who knows.

And did so with zero scaling. It is more, the learning to scale had negative effects on my CL trading.


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this looks like a Renko chart to me. any particular reason that you chose this over ranged bars?

 
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this looks like a Renko chart to me. any particular reason that you chose this over ranged bars?


Renko is cleaner visually, and I am attempting to follow some advice from a great trader. So far, in CL I am getting my ass kicked trying to work the market differently than I did in the past. My entries that day were dead on, and I knew not to go short until the place to go short, but holding in between, and scaling correctly, for whatever reason those abilities escape me in CL so far this year.

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"What you are teaching me has started to become painful to me. In weight lifting, muscle conditioning basically, that is where growth can begin (pain). Trading is mind muscle memory, as I feel to digest the core of what you tell me. But, that way of thinking is... nevermind. Never Mind. Always Instinct. AI = Artificial Intelligence"

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So far, in CL I am getting my ass kicked trying to work the market differently than I did in the past.

Sounds like the system you had in the past may be the better way to go......no?

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renko is good for entry and exit with heiken ashi..


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