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Swing Trading Futures

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Trading for Profit
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Covered long in YM at 14,476 with a profit as I do not want to hold over the weekend.

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  #182 (permalink)
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Long in YM at 14,467. Wedge pattern in YM + same in ES but with a breakout + ES at upward TL (good entry point for long). Assumption: YM follows and we will see a breakout soon.

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  #183 (permalink)
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Covered YM long pos. at 14,642 with a profit.

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  #184 (permalink)
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Short ES at 1573.50. Still overall bearish (see earlier comments). Looks like a downward trend line is being established here.

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  #185 (permalink)
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Out of ES short at 1581 with a loss.

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If someone is following this thread, he or she will have noticed that I have somewhat changed my trading style recently.

Whereas I began this thread as a "swing trading" journal and held positions for a few days to several weeks (the latter would be better characterized as "position trading"), I recently started to look at price movements taking between a few hours to 2-3 days and tried to benefit from these instead of holding positions for longer periods.

When I looked at my trades I've realized that my entries and exits were pretty poor. So I've started to try to figure out how to improve these. However, during this process I came to the conclusion, why not try to benefit from these shorter-term moves altogether (now you see, what a journal can be good for... ... assuming that my trading will be more successful in the future than in the last few months ). This might deserve the label "swing trading" also more than my former trading style.

Another change is that I now try to focus on one instrument only, whereas earlier I've looked for opportunities in various instruments. Although I think that there are opportunities in other futures markets as well, for me, equity index futures are the "easiest" when it comes to assessing potential movements within the next 1-3 days. Hence, I will focus on these for the time being.

The last trades in this regard were with the e-mini Dow, but I will start to trade ES as well (... and maybe focus on it completely).

Another change is that I post my account size, in order to provide some more information for anyone who is interested.

My current account size is 18,150$ but I plan to cash out a bit and reduce it to between 10,000$ and 12,000$, which is sufficient to trade 1 ES contract, in my opinion, at least for my holding periods / "typical" stops.

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Summary of my last trade:

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Short ES from 1576.75. Break of upward trend line and failed breakout of short downward trend line.

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Covered short with a loss and flipped to long at 1581.25.

Looks like my short scenario is not working out. Price seems to obey the previously established upward trend.

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Covered short with a loss...

Trade summary

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