I sim-traded 2 amazing systems (created by The Wizard of the Holy Grail thread) in January. All trading mornings were green.
I was quite aggressive trying to monitor 2 instruments (ES and YM) for the first 2 weeks. Then realized it's too challenging for a newbie (me) to focus on 8 charts! I switched gear and only sim-traded YM for the last week of January. I made $1,110.00 and often traded only an hour in the morning (mostly 2-3 contracts per trade and had a few runners).
It's a big boost to me and I started doing real trades last week ("thinking" February would be a great start for my Successful trading profession). The first 2 mornings were green and started Wednesday I turned to be a different trader. "Completely out-of-control" fit me like a T! I still cannot figure out why. In short, I ignored the trend and signals. Let a trade go south south south and was extremely lost!
I now can understand how one could easily blow up an account within minutes. Good news for me: My Futures account is still intact and with some bruises of course.
After some inner searching, I've decided to resume sim-trading this coming week. I will only trade with the trend and follow the system rules (incl an exit strategy) diligently. I will also adjust the charts to 6-tick ones (from 4) until I am more competent in managing my trades.
You will laugh at me: I have all the trading rules posted on the trading monitors (nicely displayed with our favorite photos). Yet I chose to ignore them and the great indicators in front of me last week (esp Thursday and Friday). No more stupidity!
I will share my log in this thread. Thanks to Big Mike for this opportunity!
Happy & Successful Trading everyone!
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- Initial target of 6 ticks
- Second/Last target for the potential runner: The Wizard's Den set-up will keep me in a trade longer. Exit trade when there's a warning (from one or more of the indicators) + more cautious when it's close to a major Support/Resistance level
Money Management (StopLoss):
- Initial MM: 1 tick above or below the blue or red ADX dot (on the Scalping system) - very often less than 15 ticks
- Adjust it when the trade is working
- Will not let a winner become a loser (it's my goal anyway)
Trading Hours: Between 9:30 am and 11:30 am
(Best Trading Hours: 9:43 am | 10:14 am | 10:32 am | 11:00 am | 11:34 am)
~ Good Trading is About Trading Right!! ~
Happy & Successful Trading!
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I was wondering how you are determining the trend? Is it based on the chart time frame you are trading or a higher time frame?
This is an amazing business and its down right scary how it brings out all our demons and wacky behavior. I was going to post my rules on my monitors too. One of the things I'm going to post on my monitor is a card that says "follow your rules".
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My 8 Feb 2010 (Mon) Trade Log (Sim $245 after commission)
My trillion thanks for your kind encouragement and guidance.
Enclosed are my sim trade results with a crispy recap.
I was quite aggressive at the beginning, ie trying to trade with both 4- and 6-tick charts (ie 4 charts for 2 systems). Good that I realized this oversight and focussed on 2 within minutes.
The Scalp set-up is the main system I'm using for some quick trades. The Trend set-up helps me identify the overall trend + let the 2nd contract run. Neutral (on red/blue background) and white dots = undecided/choppy market and I will wait patiently.
I'm happy with today's sim-trading. To trade live, I will trade when the market opens and not before 9:30 am.
Happy & Successful Trading!
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