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Another machine / service driven day so far. Right now working to resolve why Kinetick feed not matching CME. Tech Support at Kinetick could not understand why I would not let them into my machine even though we were both showing the same "WRONG" number for volume when compared to what the CME is reporting. I have asked for a supervisor to call just wonder where I will be going from here.

Just may be enough to cancel paying for this "premium unfiltered tick feed."
You may say I am a bit ticked off over the whole situation.
Time to check with Interactive Brokers to see what their feed may cost.



There is no reason that the volume should be off as reported by Kinetick by 53,007 contracts or more as the CME is up to 10 mins delayed (as informed by TD Ameritrade support when they gave me the webpage link.)
Yes on the phone the Kinetick rep also had the same volume number.

Hard enough working to learn how to trade the market.

Well it is another day and I am above ground, so it is a good day overall.

Oh if anyone wants the CME data link here it is:
https://www.cmegroup.com/trading/equity-index/us-index/e-mini-sandp500.html

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IQFeed (Kinetick) is more or less the best data feed available for retail traders. You might try @Robert Carrillo even though he works for IQFeed and not Kinetick, to help find what is going on.

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6/11/2014 Seeing this again



Kinetick is looking into the issue.

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Okay I think I figured out why I am not getting the same or even close to same numbers as CME for Volume using Kinetick. I don't know how this happened, but I am fairly certain that Kinetick is out of synch with CME for what they are calling "New Day." Not sure if this happened when CME changed their hours last year, but I did notice that my Market Analyzer Daily Volume was no longer resetting to ZERO for daily volume right after Pit Close at 16:15 EST. I thought nothing of it till now, obviously it is later in the day and I suspect midnight EST, but have not checked. Since this is happening regularly it is reasonable to see that the first part of Globex volume is not showing up daily in volume for ES.

I've sent my observation on into Kinetick and we will see what the answer is.

Well back to working on figuring out and learning from my many mistakes in the ES market.
Today my new programmed strategy was a perfect MARKET LOSER, many overfills, and just plain awful trading; but I am getting to see how things affect NT7.

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Wow totally wrong what I thought about the VOLume and time to start new day.
Could have sworn that it used to start at the end of the trading day fresh but noticing even my CME website is continuing past Pit Close for today's volume. OOPS
As I say "It isn't the first time I'm wrong, nor will it be the last." Oh well back to the drawing board.
Definitely a learning day.


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Getting closer. Still losing money hand over fist programmed trading. Thank goodness I have the good sense now to do this losing of money in SIM. Today would have been a profitable day had there not been coding errors on my part. I felt good being able to find the error and fix it. Getting the programming bug I guess. Have a long way to go though.




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Finally a winning day
Need to string a lot more of these together and then get back into trading my cash account.
OOPS just realized on my trade I accidentally hid the fact that I traded SIM today. That was not intentional.
Sorry.... Another SIM trade day here, but a winner, and need more before turning the cash button on again.



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Two winning days in a row. I am beside myself.
WOW ... Now if I can just keep this up.
SIM still of course.


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Guess I liked my one tick loss so much I had to put it in my journal twice.
Didn't remember doing it twice.
Realizing programmed trading is where I need to be spending my time learning as it will help me both in understanding the dynamics of the market but with trading discipline as well. Computers will do just what you tell them. The trick is telling them what to do. I still have LOADS TO LEARN.
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Today uneventful go nowhere day. Was tired from the day before driving back and forth to LA.
Also attending and swearing in my youngest daughter into the US Navy as an Ensign yesterday.
Decided to try just leaving my computer on automatic, brave as I am SIM trading, but would do the same thing when I get to the point of being confident with my computer and taking on the risk of my computer burping or finding a spot where I have again messed up the code.

Like I said go nowhere day, and that is exactly what my strategy did. Because there was no true breakout up or down I ended up SOH for the entire day courtesy of my computer strategy, and that was the right thing to do.



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Didn't post end of week results from last week. Well here they are. Gotta love NT7 it keeps track of all this stuff.
Last week was very lucky for programmed trading. Still need filters and better entries though. Already proved that from today's results Monday 23 Jun 2016, but that said the loss was not that bad compared to what I have done without programmed trading before.

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Totally not trading related, but did take up my day as you have to fix the big things fast.
Why I like YouTube so much. Spring to my garage door broke this morning. After watching a few videos, and two trips to Home Depot I now have four new springs on my garage door. It's the little things in life.

Trading a few small losses. Still need to catch the minute moves faster in this chop trade environment.



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Done for the day. Happy with my results. Still not knocking it all the way out of the park but after all I have a lot to learn and a whole lifetime to get there.
Feel good about morning trade. Still need chop or filter for my trades. Basing entry off just Keltner Channel is not going to cut it. Well not totally just off Keltner Channel I also have time filter on my strategy.
Did an indicator quick for a member that wanted to color bars based on time. I have not tried a 30 second time based chart with NT7, but I know my code will run on it for him. Gave me all sorts of ideas for future coding.
Still loving FastStoneCapture for my image manipulations.
Will also add on templates for what I am using to piece together my journal and keep track of my trading day. Still loads to do there as well too.





Forgot a picture for indicator... Not much of one, but I am still learning.

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Still getting loads of practice in. Great stuff.
Slaughtered today, but better slaughtered in SIM than in real cash account.
When I get it to the point where consistently gaining will then switch back to cash.





OOPS almost forgot to show todays bloodbath. Yes I forgot to switch from points to currency. Oh well.

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Just parking my strategy here for a bit. It both draws Keltner channel and trades in the morning hours. Still loads of work to be done on it, but I am switching machines; plus this is a great forum to park my work at. So all that said if you download my strategy, beware it is not consistently making money by any stretch of the imagination.

Now the Dot for VOL that works no problems.

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Trading on my main trading machine today.
Computer and trading program issues are getting solved faster and with less hassle.
Finally starting to calm down.
Only took over a year in SIM to do it for me. Well mostly in SIM.
Still have yet to hit my stride, but I can feel coming it right around the corner,
Well that or a big train.

Also no end of the week analysis as I have not learned how to merge my NT7 data between two platforms yet for my SIM account. Yes with live account I could just log in and get it from my broker. Plus I like the way that NT7 handles analysis.



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On working vacation in CT. When GF is at work so am I either at her place on my laptop and portable USB powered second display or reading up on NT7 on my Toshiba Tablet.
Did not stay to record EOD chart, also Shut down strategy which lost my actual trade plots, so when I put the strategy back on NT7 puts the trades in different locations than real prices were.
Red Eye from San Diego to Detroit Sunday, and then Detroit to CT on Monday.



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Hot on the east coast compared to San Diego....
Well I see that futures.io (formerly BMT) has been down, but now I can't upload my daily journal.
No worries as I know few read it and at this point until I start getting to the positive side on my trades it is basically rubbish; but one thing is for sure I'm not faking it.

Will try back later. Big Mike sorry that your site was down due to hardware problems. Luckily I didn't try to log in at that time. Will try to upload my .JPG files later so that I have todays journal recorded. In the meantime I changed the title and dated them so that I won't have to worry about writing over them tomorrow as I use the same name ever day.

Big Mike thanks again for such a great site. I really wish I found this and paid attention to it when you first started up, because I must confess I think I did run across it in my search of great places, but was not until I landed on and started digging around that I realized just what a gold mine you have here.

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I could have sworn I had posted this yesterday. Plus it looks like I am missing some posts. I'm betting that it is my error as 99.9% of the time it is.
Will work on getting the rest off my computer when I get home.
No printer on vacation. Just digital records so my charts will be a bit messed up when I print them out as I have found that my strategy on UniRenko will place trades differently in reconstruct than in real time... Interesting.
Man I have so much to learn. Lately I am wondering which is my best area to spend my time.
TY all... Enough rambling. Another day is about to begin.



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Hi all. Back from vacation. Still in SIM as not "winning" as Charlie Sheen would say yet. Lost on my first and only trade of the day 2.75 points. Interesting thing is that I am learning and will try something new tomorrow and that is closing and reentering trades to lock in profits. With luck and proper timing I just may able to make it work.



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@Big Mike OOPS sorry I should have posted in time synch discussion sorry, maybe you can move this there.
Here's a new one for some of you, of course the old salts probably know all this.
When your computer that is synched up daily shows a different time than your clocks in your house the computer may not be always right. Here is my story.

First: We always expect a slight time delay with broadcasts in chat rooms, but I was getting a two minute delay after getting off vacation. Normally this means nothing to me, however I was also getting delays in my paid for metrics from Kinetic.

Before emailing support I decided to try to check the accuracy of my clock and ran across the following website.
NIST Internet Time Service

Checking the site that I use to synch my computer (Kinetick Support last time I called) I found that the site I use ,time-nw.nist.gov ,was listed as all services very busy.

I switched to a site that was listed as "all services available." After doing so my computer clock lost the two minutes that it had gained while I was on vacation in July.

Moral of the story, my computer is not always right, sometimes my good old fashion clocks are.

Hope this helps if anyone else out there is having computer time issues.
Also this makes me think about all those computers out there that may be time driven for trading. Wonder just how many of them may be affected.

Oh almost forgot a picture so you can see what I am talking about. (Yellow or Red switch to another site for synching.)
Diagram just for illustration as you need to go online to check current status

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Looking forward to the day when I don't feel distracted, have focus, and am finally in more winners.


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OOPS put down Friday as well....
Just one of those days I guess.
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HEY WHAT AM I BEATING MYSELF UP FOR???
Okay don't answer that.

We didn't have good volume for the entire day.
By the end of the day I just wasn't ready to catch the move.
That is what it all boiled down to today.



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This is a TAD distracting.
I don't know if I should be concerned or flattered.
Thanks @Big Mike for having security on your site.
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Wow I forgot to post Friday...
Maybe it is because I am trying to forget Friday...
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This is a TAD distracting.
I don't know if I should be concerned or flattered.
Thanks @Big Mike for having security on your site.
Good thing I stopped using "Password" for my password.

I looked into the IP address and found a couple of user accounts that don't meet our requirements. I've banned them. I've also banned the IP address to prevent further use of the site.

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Maybe I should have titled this my RED ROAD... Oh well one day at a time.


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Still not having a sound system in place. Much of it is like the fry pan on the stove, it is hot, but I'm learning to reach for the oven mitts first.



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Summer is almost officially over with. Time for me to get more in gear and serious about what I am doing here. Have the daily routine down slightly, still needs improvement. Now time to get better and more consistent overall.




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Thought I'd Add my TOS 30 min Line on Close Chart. Interesting that today was basically a downward trend since open when you take a rough look at it and use the thirties as a measure of the move in the market. I generally prefer having three point touch for trend. Also the lower trendline was a WAG taken after two point touch drawn early after open.

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And if anyone is interested in a "clear Liquid Drink" I made this one with Jello, ice and Country Time Lemonade mix. Yummy. When you are on a clear liquid diet for a few days you get a little creative.

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Back from Colonoscopy... Three years till the next one. If anyone reading this is over 50 and has not had there's yet; I am the poster child for getting them. In 2007 at the age of 50 my first colonoscopy saved my life literally.

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A little trouble with the roll. Also being 9/11 my head isn't quite into trading totally today.
Still in SIM as have yet to produce a reasonable return, but I am getting there.
Amazing what a difference lowering stress and getting more sleep makes.



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Still throwing mud at the wall until it starts sticking.
Some stuck this week, however I violated my trading rules too many times.
And yes I know that both not having rules or not following rules you have are both
certain recipes for disaster down the road.



And here is a summary of all my trades for the week.

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What Journaling means to me:

1. It is a way to check in on myself.
2. It is a way to keep myself honest.
3. With a Big Mike Journal you can either be great, lie, or stand naked in front of the world telling all.

Thank you Big Mike for the little nudge you gave me a while back suggesting that I start a journal. Thank you all to the ones that from time to time give thanks. I have to get on more threads and thank others as there are so many other great contributors on this BBS.

It truly is amazing what the little Thank You from others can mean after a days trading when you look at your last post prior to your daily entry.

Funny thing is I am doing a better job now keeping up with my Big Mike's Journal than I am with my own personal daily journal.

TY again All.

p.s. If at looking at my journal someone thinks I am doing right just from the bottom line today; well I can say that today was mostly a bad day trading and I really traded poorly. Had it been a cash money trading day my account size would have had to been well over 50 K for the number of contracts I had on at the lows. I was stubborn and while it may work once ultimately it will end in failure.



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Well Keeping it honest. Just fear of success or what, who knows.
Today was an exercise in stubbornness. Have to get all under control.
I'd say that this is not the way I'd do it with real money, but truth is already have and that is why still SIM.
When I consistently make money SIM then I'll go back to cash, not before.



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This week was a train wreck that ended up being a scratch week, yet lots was learned.
TY to Ratfink and Big Mike. Always nice to see that others online. Working toward trading discipline.
Feel that when it makes sense I just may have a chance here.



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Nice job journaling @bd92154.

I want to let you and all your readers know that in October futures.io (formerly BMT) has a Trading Journal contest w/prizes. The contest runs October 1 to October 31, and the three best journals (as decided by futures.io (formerly BMT) members) will receive a 150K combine from TopstepTrader.

The contest thread is here:



That thread will be open for posting starting Wednesday, October 1. As the author of your journal, you need to make a post in that thread linking to your journal, and then ask users to press the "Thanks" button on that post if they want to vote for your journal to win the contest.

Members can vote for as many different journals as they want. Votes are cast in the Contest thread only, and only on the first post made by the author of the journal that contains a link to their journal. This is done so I can easily count the "Thanks Received" by author/journal, and award the three prizes.

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KEY To Not Getting Distracted:
1. Limit ZUMA Web to one game a day! Period (Not trading day, Day day)
2. Journal
3. If you don't feel like trading don't
4. Take frequent breaks. (Yes sounds counter to what trying to do but when at machine we have to focus on being there. If I try to sit at my trading computer for the entire session I find that I have spaced the entire day at the end of the day.)
5. Now here is the toughest. Start making MONEY Trading.

Thanks again Big Mike for all that you do for all of us. I will accept your challenge this year to produce a serious trade journal. I had to look around and find out what in the world a 150K trade combine is, well not sure if I am too keen on that one; but truth is I need all the help that I can get. Feel like I am at the crest of the wave and just about ready to break through.




Hmmm: Titles to posts within a thread. Here and I thought it just may end up creating a new thread. Isn't trading and computers great. You can push all the buttons to see what they do. Then if you do it with your live trading program find out you have entered a trade by accident.... Enough ranting for today.

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Just finished reading the rules again and what the "prize" is for the journaling contest and...


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Here is some information provided by @TopstepTrader on the 150K combine, of which (3) will be given away during this contest.

The $150K Trading Combine is a real-time evaluation of your trading ability. In the $150K Combine, TopstepTrader watches your trading performance live on our data feed. If it meets the objective of the Combine (adhere to the Combine Rules and meet the Profit Target), you are eligible for a funded trading account where you can earn real money.

Trading Combine:

● A $400 value
● Evaluated over any 10 trading days within 30 calendar days
Daily Loss Limit= $3,000, Max Drawdown= $4,500, Profit Target= $9,000
● According to your Net P&L, be profitable in each product traded and 6/10 trading days (all Rules may be found here: https://www.topsteptrader.com/combine_rules)
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NinjaTrader, CTS T4, MultiCharts, eSignal, SierraChart, MarketDelta Trader, Volfix.net, Trade Navigator, and R|Trader Pro are available for use

Funded Account:

● Ability to trade up to 15 contracts
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For more details please visit https://www.topsteptrader.com/combine or contact support@topsteptrader.com or 888.407.1611

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You know Big Mike. Funny thing about this contest is that it seems as scary the thought of winning this journaling contest as not winning. Well just like a 12 step program, I intend to take this all one day at a time. Thanks for such a great site.

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Weird... Uploaded Pic missing. Hope I didn't do something wrong.

Will try again as this was the pic I wanted for my entry into journaling contest. And it showed at first now it doesn't.

Hmmm Kind of like my backup trading laptop. By the way if you have only one user account and your account gets corrupted on Windows you are SOL. Moral of the story put a dummy account that you don't use, but can log onto on all your Windows machines.
So frustrating that I can boot in safe mode, but not with normal windows on my other machine.

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Tomorrow if there is this much will have to go to two pages.
This is barely readable sorry. Just a tough day today and yesterday.





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Thought I'd share some of my tools for journaling.
I have good tools, just have to learn how to use my brain more effectively.

For journaling I use Open Office to manage my spreadsheet.

I also use "FastStone Capture" for Image and video. You can get a 30 day trial version of it at FastStone Image Viewer, Screen Capture, Photo Resizer ... ... A bit of a program junkie here and this is the best one I have found for doing the job fast with very little overhead on your machine. It is a whole $19.95 for a lifetime license and IMHO worth every penny.

If you get fancy and start capturing videos with FastStone Capture you will have to convert them to a format that works on BigMikesTrading if you want them embedded in your journal. Zamzar - video converter, audio converter, image converter, eBook converter is not a bad site for conversions, and there also is a shareware video converter called WiseVideoConverter that I have been using the free version of for a few weeks now. The free version will convert up to 30 minutes of video. You can download it from Cnet.com. I am not sure if it is still supported, but it does work here is the download link... wise video converter downloads - Free software downloads and software reviews - CNET Download.com.

Okay if anyone is interested I am attaching my templates that I use also. In the upper left you can put your broker data so as to have it handy should you need to call. I zipped both the Excel and OpenOffice files together. There are two template files and two filled in files from today so you can see how I use them if you are interested.

Well have a great day and thanks to everyone for the help.

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Hi All,

Just a lot going on. My backup computer will not boot. Saying that my User Profile is corrupt; I didn't even try to bribe the profile or anything. Moral of the story if you have a Windows machine make sure you have at least two User Profiles that have Administrator Privileges.

Well this has been distracting me all week, and I am realizing just how much today.
Rather than trading after my first two trades I decided to spend time watching the market while not trading and working on fixing this )&(*&)(&*()& Windows backup computer of mine.

My Windows 7 Home edition won't even let me make a new User Profile now. Running CCleaner to see if that may catch something that will fix my problem. Funny the problem happens right after windows did an update recently.

Will add my journal shortly.

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Closed the week positive and will be doing a summary of that in another post later this weekend. Continued SIM trading and the week closed out with a profit of $452.20.... I'LL TAKE IT. Just have had a tough time hitting the side of a barn lately. Many distractions, all personal that are in the way of my progress. My biggest stumbling block is the six inches between my ears. Okay on with my journaling.




Really getting so I like this journaling contest. Winning is secondary to learning how. This definitely is causing me to really concentrate on all those things I say that I am going to do when I get the time. Well the time for me is now and I have to get going on all of them. I look at others that do such a good job of commenting on each one of their trades that a thing that I let slip on busy days. I have noticed that it is guaranteed almost 100% that days that I do poorly are days that I have started trading before completing my morning checksheet. (Attached my journal template a few posts back if you want to use it.)


Time to go air my brain a bit... Check in with you all later. Thanks again.

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Okay not much of a weekly summary, but it is good enough to work for now.

Have to be off to bed soon.
Monday coming in less than 40 mins.

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All that extra sleep and I still did crappy ... Oh well Three more trading days. Thursday off for medical appointment.


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Another fun day of trading. Still loads to learn here. Still not reading the tea leaves properly. Working on it.



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@Big Mike.

Didn't know the best place to post this so I figured here is as good as any.
Okay I decided that I'd share the links that I copied from the journaling contest so far.
It should be complete, feel free to update me if I missed anyone as of 7 October that is.

If you download this zip file you should be able to extract it into an empty directory and have links to each of the entries in the contest.


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@Big Mike.

Didn't know the best place to post this so I figured here is as good as any.
Okay I decided that I'd share the links that I copied from the journaling contest so far.
It should be complete, feel free to update me if I missed anyone as of 7 October that is.

If you download this zip file you should be able to extract it into an empty directory and have links to each of the entries in the contest.


Why not in the journal contest thread itself?

I was going to try to put together some statistics if I have time. But this contest ends a few minutes before I am on a plane to start my 3 week vacation, so it's cutting it close.

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Long day. Tired. Mom in for surgery, me in for eye exam tomorrow. Was actually able to settle down with the market a little later in the day. We shall see where I end up the week on Friday. Analyzing each trade at days end and keeping a running tab on the weeks trades has been a fun chore. Realizing that best to start the weekend analysis on Monday. Since I am going over my trades all I am doing is every day exporting the NT7 grid to exel (actually use Open Office) then using my templates to journal my trades. Laborious and will work toward figuring out a better way to quantify. Love the way others have the language and abbreviations down

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Hope all is well with your mom.

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Today was a non trading day: As expected when I got back from my eye exam I still was having trouble seeing due to those darn drops and getting my eyes poked.



TWO DAY OBSERVATION:
I wonder how many people will say that today is like a mirror image of yesterday. I am posting below my 6 min. confirmation chart. To me the pattern looks a bit like a perfect head and shoulders forming the head to an even larger head and shoulders. Plus, amazing if it doesn't also look a bit like a simple bell shaped curve. Of course I am ignoring the volume distributions, if those were also in line and in reverse I'd be really freaked out. Just adding the chart and thought you might like to see it.



Charting Note: (Oh by the way I use gray instead of red because red is a very emotional color. I got this trick from listening to Denise Shull over the years. Her book is a bit tough sledding, but she does have method to what she teaches about traders psychology.)

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@alejo, @beeper, @BenG, @bobwest @BoltTrader, @calitrader, @daddy, @Diamond5, @eclipsemf, @futurestrader, @GFIs1, @iqgod, @Itchymoku, @jackbravo, @jitasb, @nestor2022, @ofatrader, @PandaWarrior @pipandrun, @RichJamo, @rleplae, @Ruth, @semoa, @Traderwolf @tradethetick, @tturner86, @UmBillyCord @Underexposed @worldwary, @xelaar @Zxeses

Because I'm getting to know you all and I don't want to clog up the competition log any more than I already have here is something new you may want to try.

First from @Big Mike


And here is the change I made to my signature block. Of course we are all going to do it differently that or flat out copy, imitation is the most sincere form of flattery. Thanks again @iqgod for the idea.

My new signature block text: (limited to one picture icon and five lines, now allowing link from inside futures.io (formerly BMT).)
Best wishes, From Bill D. in Sunny San Diego Oh one more thing: Please click the link in this signature and hit the thanks button on the post as there is a journaling contest that I would like to win: Also please check out my journal if you have not already.

Well that is my news all, thanks again for all your journals.

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@alejo, @beeper, @BenG, @bobwest @BoltTrader, @calitrader, @daddy, @Diamond5, @eclipsemf, @futurestrader, @GFIs1, @iqgod, @Itchymoku, @jackbravo, @jitasb, @nestor2022, @ofatrader, @PandaWarrior @pipandrun, @RichJamo, @rleplae, @Ruth, @semoa, @Traderwolf @tradethetick, @tturner86, @UmBillyCord @Underexposed @worldwary, @xelaar @Zxeses

Because I'm getting to know you all and I don't want to clog up the competition log any more than I already have here is something new you may want to try.

First from @Big Mike


And here is the change I made to my signature block. Of course we are all going to do it differently that or flat out copy, imitation is the most sincere form of flattery. Thanks again @iqgod for the idea.

My new signature block text: (limited to one picture icon and five lines, now allowing link from inside futures.io (formerly BMT).)
Best wishes, From Bill D. in Sunny San Diego Oh one more thing: Please click the link in this signature and hit the thanks button on the post as there is a journaling contest that I would like to win: Also please check out my journal if you have not already.

Well that is my news all, thanks again for all your journals.

And thanks for yours as well.

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Read about a problem with vertical stacking of data from an indicator on a chart for NT7 for a fellow trader today. I asked for the chart and here it is. I'm putting this in my journal because there I can upload files. @Big Mike it sure would be nice to private message files, but maybe this is why, as now I am going to share my answer with everyone on futures.io (formerly BMT). Well I'm learning more and more about this site daily. TY




Well it definitely is not a Z order problem, but a C# coding problem, and something you probably already know that.

OPTION ONE: There is a way to show your data so that you can have it available though, using the NT7 DATA Box.
When you open your indicators you have the option of showing which ones are displayed in the data box. The problem and strength to this option is that your data box shows only where your cursor is. Although there probably is a way to force it to read only the far right edge of your chart I have not gotten to that level yet.
Darn I just remembered for some reason we can't include files in replies.



OPTION TWO: If you are lucky the programmer who wrote the code for your indicators will have an option for placement on the screen. In my TopDogCounter I have three options for Label placement. Hopefully your indicator code has that option.


OPTION THREE: Not one I'd like to explore as I am even a worse coder than I am NT7 user is to get in and open the code provide the author of your codes has written them so that they can be modified.
Not sure but ITextFixed may be what you are looking for or not, but you can get to info by going to the NT7 Control Center Press Help> Help (This will open an online help window so be sure internet is on.) Click the plus sign to bottom left to open help for NinjaScript. Click the plus sign left of Language Reference. And one more for Drawing. I think the code will have something like
// Draws a text object
ITextFixed textFixed = DrawTextFixed("tag1", "Text to draw", TextPosition.BottomLeft);
Now one more thing since you want to use this indicator it look like three different times and in three different locations well you can either make three different indicators from the original or fix the original so that you can have the option to load in three different areas.



I hope this helps some.
If I was more of a wiz at this stuff or had more time, I'd look into it more for you.

p.s. One more option contact the author and see if they will change the code for you if it is not working.



Hope this helps. I know it can be frustrating when things don't work the way you want them to.

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Read about a problem with vertical stacking of data from an indicator on a chart for NT7 for a fellow trader today. I asked for the chart and here it is. I'm putting this in my journal because there I can upload files. @Big Mike it sure would be nice to private message files, but maybe this is why, as now I am going to share my answer with everyone on futures.io (formerly BMT). Well I'm learning more and more about this site daily. TY




Well it definitely is not a Z order problem, but a C# coding problem, and something you probably already know that.

Hi Bill,

I read this too (can't find the original post now, though.) The reason he didn't get much response, other than that it may be a z-order problem, is that, without a chart picture, it was basically impossible to tell what the issue was. Now that we have a chart, it looks like he has loaded MASlopeMulti several times to give him several MA's, and the text displays overlap because they are all set to the same thing: "Slope box number 1." If you give the MA's different slope box numbers, they don't post the slope on top of each other.

Here's what I mean:



Just as a matter of info, the best place for him to have posted his question (with a chart ) would have been in the @perryg method thread. (This indicator is part of the @perryg method. @Erez is the programmer):



I wanted to put this reply in the original thread where he made his post, but I couldn't find it now.... If you will post the link to the original post, or just his username, I will follow through. (Actually, I would just go there and post a link to this post, so if you do that, it will take care of things.)

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Hi Bill,

I read this too (can't find the original post now, though.) The reason he didn't get much response, other than that it may be a z-order problem, is that, without a chart picture, it was basically impossible to tell what the issue was. Now that we have a chart, it looks like he has loaded MASlopeMulti several times to give him several MA's, and the text displays overlap because they are all set to the same thing: "Slope box number 1." If you give the MA's different slope box numbers, they don't post the slope on top of each other.

Here's what I mean:



Just as a matter of info, the best place for him to have posted his question (with a chart ) would have been in the @perryg method thread. (This indicator is part of the @perryg method. @Erez is the programmer):



I wanted to put this reply in the original thread where he made his post, but I couldn't find it now.... If you will post the link to the original post, or just his username, I will follow through. (Actually, I would just go there and post a link to this post, so if you do that, it will take care of things.)

Bob.

The solution is correct. You must place different slope box numbers in each indicator and then they will not stack on top of each other.

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One of my top rules is that I do my best not to trade distracted. Any machine software or hardware failure is a distraction to me. So after my fifth crash of TOS early AM, just after open, decided to call TDAmeritrade and fix the problem. As this is the second time I have lost trading time for a similar issue I decided to journal the fix so as to remember next time. Hmmm just realized maybe we should start a thread of TOS quick fixes for the novice.


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This is how I feel about the market today.
My Level II stack plus the whip saw action of the market has me on the sidelines.
I am not fast enough to anticipate the moves, plus stop loss for any entry to large at the moment. It is slowing slightly though. Just feels like more games and not getting all the data we pay for.


As you can see I'm a bit frustrated.

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General prior to Journal: After I was done journaling I realized today was yet another day where I did not finish my checksheet this morning. Okay 6a.m. PST is not early enough to get up, have breakfast, and prepare for trading on days like a huge gap down day like today. Problem is I truly do not like even getting up as early as 6 a.m., but will
have to start adjusting to 5:30 a.m. to see if that may work better for me. ARGE
Still working on journal. My head definitely was not in the game today and I sat on the sidelines; however I do applaud myself in knowing that it was the right place for me to be today.


Chart barely fits on one page because of lots of movement today and large volume. Crazy thing is if you went by the Level II you'd think hardly any contracts were being traded today.


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So much movement doesn't fit well on 8.5 x 11 paper and make any sense.
Whip Saw action for much of the day.

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6:53:47 AM ES 12-14 1875.75 1876 1876 722325 11.6458699853275 1.92893930619149
Ben said expected not much time in 70 - 80 area... To me looks like we just may stay here most of the morning... Still not trading well yet... Working on it though. STOPS both times were in place. Triggered stop on first order. Second small win to put back in positive. SCRATCH overall... Locals still short.

Didn't have the loins for buying 2 ticks above yesterday's HIGH. Expected stronger pull back. Just my Novice trading.
My Tape is looking flat which would indicate chop... GS has been selling and now after this tape market is popping. SP Locals are covering.



7:07:28 AM ES 12-14 1879.25 1879.5 1879.5 851360 11.6750366519941 1.94486477607738
Still thinking chop, although just broke above opening 15min range and locals have shifted out of shorts per BEN.

7:15:40 AM ES 12-14 1880.25 1880.5 1880.5 895112 11.6750366519941 1.42963595735884
Break time: First CASH trades done. [Had picture but it got lost on the sauce today.]
7:31:29 AM ES 12-14 1885.25 1885.5 1885.25 1010321 11.5915638189053 1.57054193346724
Ugg... Still learning. Now in the shouldda and chase mode. (Only thing I've learned chase mode don't work, so SOH, but taking notes.)

7:54:12 AM ES 12-14 1882 1882.25 1882.25 1134147 11.7136746240452 1.17941412828609
Closed my main NT7 Trading CHart by accident.... I have a safe workspace as standby just for the times when I do such a careless thing . If anyone knows of another quicker way to recover a chart that you have accidentally closed by hitting that X in the top right corner I'd like to know. At the moment what I have is a three step process. First I save my Time and Sales as the data will go away once I'm done. Then I open SAFE / Close Main Trading Workspace/ Save SAFE over my Main Trading workspace and then march on smartly. Without a lot of Market metrics that I now realize I put on my charts. Oh well. Time to watch for a while as we are just CHOP'n

8:05:19 AM ES 12-14 1883.25 1883.5 1883.5 1175061 11.7136746240452 1.09863823054117 Thin trade now. This is much better trading for my heart. Now I have to get so that I can see the forest from the weeds better. Switching gears is still tough. Locals now both sides. CHOP CHOP CHOP

9:32:07 AM ES 12-14 1887 1887.25 1887 1579897 11.5396080184171 0.994907505988975
Crystal Broken at the moment. Was thinking of Kamikaze trade at 1890 but was not sure of pull-back, also Dr. Burns recommends to go with the market for better gains. Right now I'm SOH as Not seeing direction.

10:00:10 AM ES 12-14 1884.75 1885 1884.75 1667941 11.6021080184171 1.29719697775052
Chat room for SP more of distraction than help after open: IMHO

10:44:24 AM ES 12-14 1881.5 1881.75 1881.75 1816305 11.5452673292212 1.03373306075669
Closing for now. Will come back with journal later... This was just something to try. Still nervous about getting out and playing in traffic here, although today is a perfect day for getting back into trading, IMHO A few platform issues, some of my doing, some of TDA's doing... Well Hope all are doing well... TTYL

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