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Given your mean-reverting strategy maybe something reasonably volatile with similar characteristics as euro but more session-based in its activity will be better. Maybe NQ or YM? Too bad TF is not permitted, nor DAX. If you take a small combine again, 5 dollars per tick might give extra flexibility to risk management, as compared to 12.5 dollars per tick in euro..

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Given your mean-reverting strategy maybe something reasonably volatile with similar characteristics as euro but more session-based in its activity will be better. Maybe NQ or YM? Too bad TF is not permitted, nor DAX. If you take a small combine again, 5 dollars per tick might give extra flexibility to risk management, as compared to 12.5 dollars per tick in euro..

That's spooky...we trade very differently, yet we think alike. I was thinking about YM, actually, if I can;t get the Euro to work...

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Improving My Performance, and Making Changes, For The Next Combine


Improving My Performance, and Making Changes, For The Next Combine


After breaking even in the first Combine, I have decided that I need some enhancement to my original strategies.

Why?

Reason #1:

If you go back to the thread beginning, you'll see I figured that I had less than a 50% chance of passing the Combine (I would be low on Net Profit, most likely). So, I need to enhance/modify/eliminate/add to my existing strategies to give myself a better chance to pass. I have more time to create a strategy, which I did not have before, so I should be able to.


Reason #2:

Since the Live Trader Prep rules might be different than the Combine rules, I want to, if possible, trade the same systems for all phases. There is no sense in me passing the Combine with my strategies, only to fail the Live Trader Prep due to some different rules (like trailing stops, or max consecutive losses, etc.)


Sometime next week, I plan on hopefully talking to John Hoagland, Director of Scouting for TST, about the Live Trader Prep. So, here is my plan:


1. Talk to TST about Live Trader Prep rules

2. Apply LTP rules to my existing strategies

3. Determine whether or not my existing strategies should stay or go

4. Add other strategies as needed to pass both Combine and LTP


The goal for next week will be to finish the first 3 steps, and start working on the 4th one.


Overall goal is to start Combine #2 on June 14 or 17.

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@kevinkdog
The YM naturally correlates with the ES. I have often traded the YM OPPOSITE the direction of my ES trades. The YM nicely consolidates and holds levels clearly seen while the ES jutters around before it determines its direction. When I see this and take an ES BUY trade for example, I will place a YM SELL trade 1-2 ticks below its consolidation area to "hedge" my ES position, in case I was wrong in the ES trade.

Does the combine allow you to trade that way--I should think it would or should. After all, that is a method of trading. By the way, why doesn't TopStep allow the TF to be traded in a Combine?

Ken "COTtrader"


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That's spooky...we trade very differently, yet we think alike. I was thinking about YM, actually, if I can;t get the Euro to work...


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@kevinkdog
The YM naturally correlates with the ES. I have often traded the YM OPPOSITE the direction of my ES trades. The YM nicely consolidates and holds levels clearly seen while the ES jutters around before it determines its direction. When I see this and take an ES BUY trade for example, I will place a YM SELL trade 1-2 ticks below its consolidation area to "hedge" my ES position, in case I was wrong in the ES trade.

Does the combine allow you to trade that way--I should think it would or should. After all, that is a method of trading. By the way, why doesn't TopStep allow the TF to be traded in a Combine?

Ken "COTtrader"

I'm sure that method is acceptable. My guess with TF is with data fees and ICE. ICE probably wanted TST to pay real time data fees. Note no ICE product is permissible.

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If I could summarize my Combine experience, and what I learned, in one word, what do you think it would be?


Come to the TopStep webinar I am presenting on Friday at 1 PM EDT, and find out.

I guarantee that if you adhere to this one word, your trading will improve, probably dramatically. I think it is the key between winning and losing traders...

Details on the webinar to follow...

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If I could summarize my Combine experience, and what I learned, in one word, what do you think it would be?


Come to the TopStep webinar I am presenting on Friday at 1 PM EDT, and find out.

I guarantee that if you adhere to this one word, your trading will improve, probably dramatically. I think it is the key between winning and losing traders...

Details on the webinar to follow...

wow that is a heck of a tagline. going to have to check it out now

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Awesome stuff. Will be in.

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Is there a link to your webinar ?

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Is there a link to your webinar ?


I will post info when I get it from TopStepTrader. The webinar will be in their Squawk Radio room.

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