Here is what I want to add to my plan explicitly after doing 22 days of Combine trading:
- Rule X: accept that most days will be slow and churning, plan to be mildly positive for these days, don't push too hard when opportunities are not excellent, get smaller winners and be happy with them, use 5 cars positions
- Rule Z: when opportunity of a grand scale presents itself on any day and all lines up and looks good, forget about being timid, go jugular with 10-15 cars and ride it well
I accept these slow churning days as a new norm and embrace them. I will capitalize on great setups and opportunities and consider them being a main driver to my profit target.
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Just to say thanks again for posting all your thoughts and ideas. Your openness and coolness is inspiring to me and has spurred me on to start preparing to do a combine.
Today I completed, ready for a period of sim trading, an Excel spread sheet to capture the NinjaTrader Export Grid.
From this, my formulas can instantly derive most of the TST Combine metrics, so I can measure my performance in my own environment before trying on a new platform.
I aim to start it next week, just as you accelerate toward the end of your Combine.
Keep up your good work. You are now ready for whatever comes and will take what the market offers with gratitude and that's such a great attitude you have developed.
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It's most likely a web design oversight on TST's end, maybe failing to align the # of digits of every column in the fields of the table whether it's manual html or some other web scripting platform but ultimately I can't quite see how it's thematically related to this excellent journal of trading the combine.
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Got lucky today. There was one genuine trading opportunity at 2:30 AM, although I was awaken for several hours by this time, I did not switch on T4 due to early hours and did not see it until after. Later gold moved down but again no any setups for me. When market keeps moving with no pullbacks I can't get it, as I need a zone of stop placement for the surge of order flow. Eventually we got a reversal or large pullback and I got my entry on a long side. It made a nice double top and was coinciding with small earlier pull back during the down move. I put two orders, 5 cars each with targets 12 and 30 ticks. The lucky component came from the news release that moved price quickly to my trigger zone and a surge of order flow took out my first target fast and I closed a second position at +24 ticks on a small. 30 ticks wouldn't be achieved. Then it made a larger pullback down before moving higher. I got used to these imminent pull back and thus placing smaller targets to get filled on a first blip.
I placed few test trades too, to check the how they get filled. I am considering an option to trade with almost non existent stop losses, like 1-2 ticks, on a premise that my best trades almost never have any drawdown or stall - move fast to the profit, so an option to get a fast stop out on a less than great trade can be a legitimate one. We shall see further. I used to trade euro order flow real money with something like half to one million euros positions at some point on forex exchange (lmax) with 2 pip stop loss and it was working fine until euro volatility died out about two years ago.
Anyway, I am up +1700 usd on the day. About 3500 to go. Testing 6e ranging strategy as a possible complimentary option for slow days.
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Give me few hours of hard labor with Paint (can't afford Photoshop) to produce another nice report!
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