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Indextrader, have you considered going to a higher time frame tick chart like 1597 (pretty good one for me) and taking less trades but pay more than the smaller frame stuff.

In addition to that, the higher frames weed out a lot of the noise/garbage. You would have less trades which reduces stress and so forth as well as paying you enough just off 1 or 2 trades...not to mention not having all those fees and comissions to pay......

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Indextrader, have you considered going to a higher time frame tick chart like 1597 (pretty good one for me) and taking less trades but pay more than the smaller frame stuff.

In addition to that, the higher frames weed out a lot of the noise/garbage. You would have less trades which reduces stress and so forth as well as paying you enough just off 1 or 2 trades...not to mention not having all those fees and comissions to pay......

You're spot on. If I can't control the over-trading, that's exactly what I'll do... go to a higher timeframe. I've also looked a little bit into the renko charts. They filter out a great deal of noise.

Day's like today happen though as a descretionary trader. I don't lose my confidence. I'll only drastically change things if my results get out of ordinary... drawdowns unlike normal, etc.

As for now my track record for the year is something to be proud of... both P/L and drawdowns.

Have you ever looked at the renko charts?

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You're spot on. If I can't control the over-trading, that's exactly what I'll do... go to a higher timeframe. I've also looked a little bit into the renko charts. They filter out a great deal of noise.

Day's like today happen though as a descretionary trader. I don't lose my confidence. I'll only drastically change things if my results get out of ordinary... drawdowns unlike normal, etc.

As for now my track record for the year is something to be proud of... both P/L and drawdowns.

Have you ever looked at the renko charts?

Yeah, I've looked at renko and they just don't do anything for me but then I only can use conventional ones with Tradestation. Rjays hybrids look pretty good, if I used Ninja I would definitely try those out.

I use ticks and Kase bars which are great ....The ticks are a 2000 and a 1597, I don't use anything smaller than that for TF

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I had some serious overtrading today.



Ended up loading up on a big trade and getting back to breakeven ($) for the day. Still negative ticks though.

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I'm new around here so please forgive my ignorance but I was wondering, how are you computing the ticks you report?

I don't understand how you can have negative ticks and positive P/L. Are you only counting ticks gained / lost per trade, not per contract?

Why do you choose to report your stats this way?

Also, what other statistics do you keep for your performance and why do you find these valuable?

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I'm new around here so please forgive my ignorance but I was wondering, how are you computing the ticks you report?

I don't understand how you can have negative ticks and positive P/L. Are you only counting ticks gained / lost per trade, not per contract?

Why do you choose to report your stats this way?

Also, what other statistics do you keep for your performance and why do you find these valuable?

Ticks computation:

If I buy 2 contracts at 100.00, sell 1 at 100.10 and the other at 100.00. That is +5 ticks for my calculations. Half the trade made 10 ticks and half the trade made zero ticks. That is 5 ticks on the trade.

For me, it's the most true way to calculate my performance. If, such as in the above example, I could have earned 10 ticks on the trade, but I only earned 10 ticks on HALF my position. That's not earning 10 ticks for THE WHOLE TRADE.

How could I have negative ticks and positive P/L?
Long 1 contract on a trade and I lose -10 ticks and $-100.
Next trade, long 25 contracts and earn +5 ticks and +$125.
Net for the day:
-5 ticks, +$25.

Other stats I keep... please watch my video where I walk through my entire stats sheet. It's on my indextrader7 youtube channel. If you have any questions as to what I cover there, or why I have something, please don't hesitate to ask.

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Ticks computation:

If I buy 2 contracts at 100.00, sell 1 at 100.10 and the other at 100.00. That is +5 ticks for my calculations. Half the trade made 10 ticks and half the trade made zero ticks. That is 5 ticks on the trade.

For me, it's the most true way to calculate my performance. If, such as in the above example, I could have earned 10 ticks on the trade, but I only earned 10 ticks on HALF my position. That's not earning 10 ticks for THE WHOLE TRADE.

How could I have negative ticks and positive P/L?
Long 1 contract on a trade and I lose -10 ticks and $-100.
Next trade, long 25 contracts and earn +5 ticks and +$125.
Net for the day:
-5 ticks, +$25.

Other stats I keep... please watch my video where I walk through my entire stats sheet. It's on my indextrader7 youtube channel. If you have any questions as to what I cover there, or why I have something, please don't hesitate to ask.


Glad to see someone else who keeps their own stats. I still do them on spreadsheets which is a step up... I used to do everything with a pencil and paper ... ok, I'm old and decrepit... so sue me


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It could be worse... https://futures.io/traders-hideout/19689-outage-live-position-ninja-yikes-what-do.html

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