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Chip's 2012

I'm reviving my thread in the public forum. My goal for 2012 is

ATTENTION TO MY THOUGHTS AND BEHAVIORS
With the help of trading bots and managing my behaviors, this is my new journal.

I'll be analyzing my trades in relation to my thoughts and behaviors. I hope others will also benefit from my trials.
2 categories:
Day trade
Swing trade
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Let's begin...
Overall, a good week mentally. One big mistake. No damage.

---TUESDAY ---
>>DAYTRADES: YM bot - Trading bot entered short and I closed the position manually at BE while the bot closed at +$200 in sim.
REASON I closed: 1 hour before session end, unfilled gap, horizontal profile development likely to remain horizontal. Did not warrant the risk of a full stop out.
>>SWING: Overnight - holding YG 1 car long based off daily and weekly levels.

---WED ---
>>DAYTRADES: Slow day. Had to remind myself not to trade, why I'm here. Boredom got the best of me and went long QM above the VPOC looking for a retest of the value area high. I miscalculated the time of day, big mistake. Price continue to the value area low at the correct time of day. Doubled up there and balanced out of the position at the VPOC. $0
LESSON: mistakes like these lead to trouble.
>>SWING: Overnight - holding YG 1 car long

---THU ---
>>DAYTRADE: RB bot trade short - I closed the position manually at BE. The bot took a full stop loss.
REASON: Bullish development on weekly, daily, and hourly charts. The short entry was near a VPOC with horizontal development. flattened before I left to Dr. appointment.

>>SWING: holding
1. YG 1 car long - my own trade
2. YI 1 car long - bot trade

---FRI ---
>>DAYTRADE: bot short (-$500)
my own trades:
RB long = $0,
QM short $0,
RB short ($-400). Mismanaged this, had the chance to close the position early, but waited.
QM long +$100

>>SWING: holding YG and YI

Making NO errors is what establishes the certainty of victory...
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WEEK 2

---MON ---
>>DAYTRADE:
1. RB bot long, (-$550)
2. S long my own trades +$400 (see pix)
1st, 2nd, 3rd entries/exits good. 4th trade I started to lose it. 5th trade I didn't follow my plan. Closed BE on a winning trade.
3. QM long my own trade +$300
>>SWING: still holding YG and YI long

---TUE ---
Out of town

>>SWING: bot closed the YI position +$1,100.
Still holding YG long.
Bot entered a new long position YI.


---WED ---
>>DAYTRADE:
1. RB bot short +$980 ($80 slippage on the exit occured)
2. S long - my own trade. 2 contracts retraced against me and my internet crashed. I ran into starbucks 30 minutes later and had to wait in line too. I hate technical problems. This caused me to panick. My heart rate increased and judgement becomes cloudy. Luck was on my side so able to flatten at breakeven. This technical issue affected me. It could have ended up disastrous. This was a fortunate trade.

>>SWING: still holding YG and YI long



---THU ---
>>DAYTRADE: I worke up too early and my head was not on straight.
1. Missed a profitable bot long (had it turned off) and caught myself doing revenge garbage. Damage (-$1900)
2. QM long (-$100) - my own trade
3. QM short +$500 - my own trade
3. bot long HG +$780
>>SWING:
1. Closed YG +$2000 - my own trade
2. still holding YI long



---FRI ---
>>DAYTRADE:
1. I fell apart emotionally this week. Poor results. Time to return to sim. I had personal events that affected me and my trading. It starts out subtle and turns into a possible landslide. Today's damage (-$700). This weekend I need to reflect on my trading business and rules of engagement.

>>SWING:
1. entered bot long YG holding overnight
2. still holding bot YI long


*VERY INTERESTING TO NOTE THE SOYBEAN TRADES FROM MONDAY. AND HOW THE TRADES REVEAL MY EMOTIONAL STABILITY THROUGHOUT THE TRADING SESSION. Trading begins with a solid structural foundation and order execution - risk is well controlled here, But later on with obscure judgement and order execution - risk control becomes weak. I'll be thinking about this harder. Have a great weekend.

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---MON ---
>>DAYTRADE:
1. Bot long RB. I manually closed because of insufficient volume on holiday. +$100
2. Long GC. My own trade +$650
>>SWING: hold YI & YG

---TUE ---
>>DAYTRADE:
1. Long GC. My own trade +$550
2. Long QM. My own trade +$100
3. Long RB. My own trade (-$100)
3. Bot long RB. (-$700)
>>SWING: hold YI & YG

---WED ---
>>DAYTRADE:
1. Bot long RB (-$500)
2. Bot short RB +$550
3. long QM (-$200)
>>SWING: hold YI & YG

---THU ---
>>DAYTRADE:
My own trades were off track. (-2,000)
>>SWING:
Closed YG +500 - my own decision
Hold YI

---FRI ---
>>DAYTRADE:
1. Bot short RB +$750
2. QM my own trade +$300
3. GC my own trade +$600
>>SWING:
Bot trade: closed YI +$1150

Emotionally bad on Thursday. I need to be stronger to walk away with minimal damage. My natural instinct to fight harder when I'm down, this works against me in trading. There was no devil on my shoulder like last week. I was able to start fresh the next day. Have a great weekend.

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---MON ---
>>DAYTRADE:
1. GC +100, my own trade
2. GC -300. accidental trade. my chart was on the wrong time frame. I don't know how that happened. A time frame that I never use for day trading. ???
>>SWING: bot long US

---TUE ---
>>DAYTRADE:
1. Bot short RB (-$500)
2. Long QM my own trade +$100
>>SWING: hold US

---WED ---
>>DAYTRADE:
1. Bot long RB (-550) - After reviewing the historic patterns, I'm turning this aggressive bot off.
This is not the season for it.
2. Long RB -my own trade +$700
3. bot long YI +1,050
>>SWING:
1. Bot long S
2. hold US


---THU ---
>>DAYTRADE:
1. Bad day for me. Got carried away with my own trades. (-$1,600).
2. bot long HG (-300)
>>SWING: hold US, S

---FRI ---
>>DAYTRADE:
1. bot long YI +500
2. long GC, my own trade +650
3. QM my own trade +300
>>SWING: hold US, S

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---MON ---
>>DAYTRADE:
1. CL my own trade +300
2. GC my own trade +150
2. bot EMD (-500)
>>SWING:
1. manually closed US bot trade +3,000
2. Stopped out of Bot S (-900) $80 slippage on exit

---TUE ---
>>DAYTRADE: good psychologically following my trading plan at key levels, and remaining patiently focused on higher time frames
CL my own trade +700
QM my own trade +500
GC my own trade +500
>>SWING: 0

---WED ---
>>DAYTRADE: I screwed up from the start. I even said "what the heck am I doing?". Came back and took some losses following my plan. Lost faith in it just in time to miss the biggest move of the day. Multiple trades in GC and CL.
1. GC (-600)
2. CL (-600)
3. bot RB long (-1,800) {bot b}
>>SWING: 0

---THU ---
>>DAYTRADE:
1. my own trade GC +150
2. my own trade QM -500
3. my own trades CL -850
>>SWING: long QM, long RB my own trades

---FRI ---
>>DAYTRADE:
1. GC my own trade +180
2. QM my own trade -150
3. HO my won trad +200
4. bot long RB +450
>>SWING:
RB +1,500
QM +200
QM long my own trade


JANUARY - live trades, trading bot and my own
Profit factor 1.31
Avg Profit per trade $39
Max consecutive losses 9
Maxx DD $3,300
*Recurrent emotional breakdown is lowering performance results.
*Count consecutive losses as they DO reveal my mental fitness
*After a loss, refer back to the higher time frame. Stay focused on that higher time frame.

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---MON ---
>>DAYTRADE: 0
>>SWING:
1. Bot long YI
2. Bot long US
3. Bot long RB
4. Closed QM +100 my own trade

---TUE ---
>>DAYTRADE:
1. QM my own trade (-100)
2. QM my own trade
>>SWING: Bot long YI, US, RB, and S

---WED ---
>>DAYTRADE:
1. QM my own trades +400
2. bot long HG (-650)
>>SWING:
1. Manually closed YI +200
2. Hold RB, US, S

---THU ---
This week is about self control. Good until till today.
>>DAYTRADE: Self control is definately the most toughest and challenging part of trading for a living and the difference between a broke trader and a comfortable one.
1. YI my own trades (-900), fighting the tape all day. Started with a bad entry and kept making it worse. The wrong way signs showed up everywhere I turned. Really easy to spot as every trade goes straight to red. Market turns on a dime second my order is filled. Obvious pattern yet I'm still learning how to manage myself.
>>SWING:
1. Bot trade hit Stop Loss on US (-1,750)
2. Bot S hit Stop Loss (-700)
3. Hold RB


---FRI ---
>>DAYTRADE:
1. GC my own trade -700
>>SWING:
1. bot long YM
2. bot long US
3. bot long S
4. Hold RB


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Its already another week. The weeks seem to go by faster.
---MON ---
>>DAYTRADE:
1. YI my own (-200)
2. GC my own +300
>>SWING:
1. Rolling RB contract. Front month +4,000.
2. Hold YM, US, S

---TUE ---
>>DAYTRADE:
1. CL my own trades (-600)
2. QM my own trade (-300)
Disappointed with myself after today.
>>SWING:
1. Manually closed US long +450
2. QM long my own trade
3. Hold YM, S

---WED ---
>>DAYTRADE:
1. YI my own trade (-800)
2. CL +500
>>SWING:
1. Closed QM my own trade +1000
2. Long YI my own trade
3. Rolled S, +2000 front month
4. Long US my own trade
5. Hold RB, YM


---THU ---
>>DAYTRADE: 0 trades
>>SWING:
1. Stop loss US -950
2. bot long YG
3. Hold RB, YM, YI, S


---FRI ---
>>DAYTRADE: 0 trades. Iím proud of myself, 2 days in a row.
>>SWING:
1. Long YG my own trade
Hold RB, YM, YI, S

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---MON ---
>>DAYTRADE: Holiday, 0 trades.
>>SWING: Holding

---TUE ---
>>DAYTRADE: Bot long HG +600
>>SWING: Hold YM, YI, YG, S

---WED ---
>>DAYTRADE:
1. CL long my own trade +100
2. GC long my own trade +350
3. QM bot long +250
>>SWING:
1. Hold YM, YI, YG, S
2. Long RB my own trade

---THU ---
>>DAYTRADE:
1. GC my own trade +100
>>SWING:
1. Closed YI +1,800
2. Closed RB +1,300
3. Hold YM, YG, S


---FRI ---
>>DAYTRADE:
1. GC my own trades +250
>>SWING:
1. Hold YM, YG, S

This was a good week emotionally. I held it together. No trades or creative settups. The result is a green week.


Here's a few gold scalps trading the value area low in the direction of the current uptrend.
And a swing trade in mini silver.

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