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I was one and done today. I had a few things to do relatively early in the day today and so I just took my single trade, hung around a bit and skyped with a couple of friends and then took off for the day. Of course came back to see CL got drilled today but thats the choices we make.

Anyway, a friend really helped me understand some things about multiple time frames today. It was enlighting to say the least. I have attended webinars about MTF and I understand the theory pretty well but the application was always pretty nebulous to say the least in my mind. I am somewhat dense on certain types of concepts after all. But it has created another way for me to determine risk. Size bigger when trading with strong trends, trade smaller when trading against them if you have signals that contradict the higher time frame trends.

So now, I have daily homework. Classify the day as weak long, strong long, weak short, strong short. Size appropriately. Screen shot is an example of strong short. Time to load up.


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I was one and done today. I had a few things to do relatively early in the day today and so I just took my single trade, hung around a bit and skyped with a couple of friends and then took off for the day. Of course came back to see CL got drilled today but thats the choices we make.

Anyway, a friend really helped me understand some things about multiple time frames today. It was enlighting to say the least. I have attended webinars about MTF and I understand the theory pretty well but the application was always pretty nebulous to say the least in my mind. I am somewhat dense on certain types of concepts after all. But it has created another way for me to determine risk. Size bigger when trading with strong trends, trade smaller when trading against them if you have signals that contradict the higher time frame trends.

So now, I have daily homework. Classify the day as weak long, strong long, weak short, strong short. Size appropriately. Screen shot is an example of strong short. Time to load up.

Pardon me if I rip you a new one. But, do you want to be a trader, or do you just want to write about, how you would like to be trader? At least in the ES, days like today can define your year. You don't take them off - you take advantage of them. Traders' are opportunists, and when an opportunity presents itself, they take advantage of it. Do you really think that this "current form" of trading is going to be around forever? You can't take these markets for granted, and you can't take the current structure for granted. At some point , you have to stop rationalizing and making excuses, and grow some cajones and TRADE.

 
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Pardon me if I rip you a new one. But, do you want to be a trader, or do you just want to write about, how you would like to be trader? At least in the ES, days like today can define your year. You don't take them off - you take advantage of them. Traders' are opportunists, and when an opportunity presents itself, they take advantage of it. Do you really think that this "current form" of trading is going to be around forever? You can't take these markets for granted, and you can't take the current structure for granted. At some point , you have to stop rationalizing and making excuses, and grow some cajones and TRADE.

Perhaps took off for the day was not the correct terminology. I am a stay at home dad. This means during the summer my time is limited and some days much more limited than others. Today was one of those days. There was no choice. Getting a good trade in early was actually lucky. Had it been a slow morning, there would have been no trade at all.

Staying home while my wife works is a trade off we made two and half years ago. I agreed I would take on more of the house work and child care after trading hours in exchange for her supporting us while I learn trading. Its a sacrifice we are all making. These duties increase exponetially during the summer. My kid is a great kid but she's also an only child so she thinks dad is her playmate. I am teaching her that is not the case but I am still in charge of all the summer activities regardless of where they are at.

In addittion to this and due to my somewhat flexible schedule, I am the primary go to person for my retired father who just had quadruple bypass surgery. He is recovering well but still requires someone to help with certain activities he can no longer do. I engaged in this activity today as well.

I chose not to insert these details into todays post as I did not think they were important. I was wrong. Being able to make $1000 for about 15-20 minutes worth of "work" is the important thing here. It will enable me to do the rest of it.

Even now I am making this post during a live concert my wife is singing in while I am doing the back of house sound when I'd rather be focusing on the music. I just know I probably won't get a chance tomorrow.

So as a trader, I trade to live not live to trade. This means on days like today, I must be content with what I get. Will this change? Of course. In the past, I admit I have been less than ruthless on strong trend days. This is due almost entirely to my total lack of confidence to find entries, logical exits and marry the whole thing with sound money management and do it consistently.

When my schedule goes gets back to normal once my kid goes back to school, these days when they happen will result in much more aggressive trading. I have much more confidence in my ability to trade these days far more aggressively. I also think I've figured out to size for these days once they present themselves in context of my risk and money management parameters.

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Perhaps took off for the day was not the correct terminology. I am a stay at home dad. This means during the summer my time is limited and some days much more limited than others. Today was one of those days. There was no choice. Getting a good trade in early was actually lucky. Had it been a slow morning, there would have been no trade at all.

Staying home while my wife works is a trade off we made two and half years ago. I agreed I would take on more of the house work and child care after trading hours in exchange for her supporting us while I learn trading. Its a sacrifice we are all making. These duties increase exponetially during the summer. My kid is a great kid but she's also an only child so she thinks dad is her playmate. I am teaching her that is not the case but I am still in charge of all the summer activities regardless of where they are at.

In addittion to this and due to my somewhat flexible schedule, I am the primary go to person for my retired father who just had quadruple bypass surgery. He is recovering well but still requires someone to help with certain activities he can no longer do. I engaged in this activity today as well.

I chose not to insert these details into todays post as I did not think they were important. I was wrong. Being able to make $1000 for about 15-20 minutes worth of "work" is the important thing here. It will enable me to do the rest of it.

Even now I am making this post during a live concert my wife is singing in while I am doing the back of house sound when I'd rather be focusing on the music. I just know I probably won't get a chance tomorrow.

So as a trader, I trade to live not live to trade. This means on days like today, I must be content with what I get. Will this change? Of course. In the past, I admit I have been less than ruthless on strong trend days. This is due almost entirely to my total lack of confidence to find entries, logical exits and marry the whole thing with sound money management and do it consistently.

When my schedule goes gets back to normal once my kid goes back to school, these days when they happen will result in much more aggressive trading. I have much more confidence in my ability to trade these days far more aggressively. I also think I've figured out to size for these days once they present themselves in context of my risk and money management parameters.

Okay Brian,

You got me on the retired father with the quadruple bypass, although I do have a healthy 98 year mother. But, I do have 4 kids ( 2,5,12,14) and 2 nephews living with us for the Summer, and I do trade out of my house. I have to get the 2 yo and 4 yo dressed, fed, and take them to school/now camp, 3 days a week. By the time I am finished doing all of the above, trading becomes a veritable de-stressor.

Trading is something I can truly focus on and get lost in, and surprisingly, its something I have control of. Not that I can control the market mind you, but I can control how I trade it. I find that not only empowering, but relaxing. Of course, I am used to trading with 700 sweaty Neanderthals surrounding me, spitting in my face, hitting me in the back of the head, and calling me an asshole. So, a little distraction like a few kids is once again, a breath of fresh air.

The point is, my friend. Trading is about attitude and focus, so no matter what are the surroundings and the distractions, you must learn to tune in, and tune out, and you must do what is necessary to accomplish that goal. If it means you have to hire an au pair or nanny to watch your kid , so you can trade with full focus, then thats what you may need to do. Your trading profits from a fully focused effort should more than compensate.

 
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Okay Brian,

You got me on the retired father with the quadruple bypass, although I do have a healthy 98 year mother. But, I do have 4 kids ( 2,5,12,14) and 2 nephews living with us for the Summer, and I do trade out of my house. I have to get the 2 yo and 4 yo dressed, fed, and take them to school/now camp, 3 days a week. By the time I am finished doing all of the above, trading becomes a veritable de-stressor.

Trading is something I can truly focus on and get lost in, and surprisingly, its something I have control of. Not that I can control the market mind you, but I can control how I trade it. I find that not only empowering, but relaxing. Of course, I am used to trading with 700 sweaty Neanderthals surrounding me, spitting in my face, hitting me in the back of the head, and calling me an asshole. So, a little distraction like a few kids is once again, a breath of fresh air.

The point is, my friend. Trading is about attitude and focus, so no matter what are the surroundings and the distractions, you must learn to tune in, and tune out, and you must do what is necessary to accomplish that goal. If it means you have to hire an au pair or nanny to watch your kid , so you can trade with full focus, then thats what you may need to do. Your trading profits from a fully focused effort should more than compensate.

LOL.... I suppose a few kids is near zen like compared to being in the pits....most days I get 2-3 hours of focused trading before the noise starts. I start at 5:30AM my time which is 30M before the CL pit opens. The family's day usually starts seriously around 7:30 and the kiddo knows not to bug me until I say I am done or its time to leave the house. Most days she doesn't even peep at me until then. Today was an odd day in that everyone had to leave the house early. However, once 8:30-9AM rolls around, things start to heat up here in the house. For me, that's about the hour CL starts its sideways drift which means no great loss most days if I knock off then. I will often go eat breakfast or attend to other household duties during this time and come back around 10:30 or so to see if the last hour offers anything worth trading. My statistics indicate the time between 8:30-10:30 are my least profitable hours. In fact, those times are actually net losers. Not sure if that will remain true long term but over the last 45 days it has been.

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I'm trying to decide if its safe to post today.....is @tigertrader around?

Guess I'll just have to take that risk.

Today's 5M chart opened with the possibility of more selling. I got to the chart a tad late to catch the first signal so took a follow on trade. It went about 10-12 ticks my way, then reversed and stopped out.

Then I saw the support it stopped at. So promptly marked all visible S/R off higher time frames. Now I knew it would be either a strong short day or weak longs on the smaller time frames and counter trend on the larger ones.

I waited until the HTF resistance had been broken, then went long with the first signal. I think it might be a good thing to use conservative exits on weak longs. So took trades off at 1XR and had one come back against me for almost a full stop. Then waited another one out while it ground around and I got out with to little.

As my zero hour approached, I was pretty close to grinding out a minimum day and once the noise started in the house, I decided that was enough. End of week and I'm pretty much wiped out. Spending the rest of the day with my kid. She has some reading, some math and something else I am supposed to help her with today. Should be fun. Afterwords, we head to the library for a program and then off to Sonic Burger for a strawberry slushy. That should get me through to around 2PM. After that, who knows. Oh, and I think I am on schedule to install an window air conditioner for my dad. Depends on if it gets bought today or not. I hope it gets bought very late today so I can install it tomorrow morning when its cooler. Its supposed to be 110+ this afternoon.

Work space is more condensed from yesterday. I have a 30in HD monitor so figured I could get everything on it except the dom. I'll put those on the side monitor. Makes the trading chart a tad small but I think I can handle it.

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Spending the rest of the day with my kid. She has some reading, some math and something else I am supposed to help her with today. Should be fun. Afterwords, we head to the library for a program and then off to Sonic Burger for a strawberry slushy.


Just have to say strawberry slushy with a daughter beats trading any day

"The day I became a winning trader was the day it became boring. Daily losses no longer bother me and daily wins no longer excited me. Took years of pain and busting a few accounts before finally got my mind right. I survived the darkness within and now just chillax and let my black box do the work."
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Just have to say strawberry slushy with a daughter beats trading any day

Agreed....

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I'm trying to decide if its safe to post today.....is @tigertrader around?

Guess I'll just have to take that risk.
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LOL, don't worry i think he is on Holidays for the rest of the year with all the money he did yesterday.

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I'm wanting to know what is your signal? I posted a chart with some easy questions. I'm wanting to know why you triggered on some of these trades you have.

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