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  #91 (permalink)
grappling dummy
Hawaii at the beach
 
Futures Experience: Beginner
Platform: Nt8, MotiveWave, TOS
Broker/Data: S5
Favorite Futures: ES, ZB fine alcohol and muscle cars
 
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Posts: 476 since Apr 2013
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Trading is going reasonably well. Small profits, small losses and trying to recognize the scratch when needed.

What I am really liking is integrating my automated journal using Tradervue. Not to sound like a shell, but it is pretty awesome for tracking as I am using that 3rd party auto input. Basically I take my entry, if it seems there is time get an entry screenshot, and then when I exit I take a exit screenshot. Then I go to my images, decide if I want to draw or mark them. At that point I input my wording into my journal where it automatically inputted it then I talk about my entry, exit, logic, etc. Then I just simply drag my images onto the journal and am done.

I am using the Silver membership, but note there is a FREE version that you get 100 trades per month.

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Hawaii at the beach
 
Futures Experience: Beginner
Platform: Nt8, MotiveWave, TOS
Broker/Data: S5
Favorite Futures: ES, ZB fine alcohol and muscle cars
 
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Posts: 476 since Apr 2013
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This week
timing is getting better
anticipating is getting better

Next week
Set my ALERTs more frequently.
Recognize what market Stage the market I am in is currently in and trying to get to
Using multiple legs on sim trades if market looks to trend
Look at cL again but use ALERTS and only trade using homework levels and read market with 30min framework
Preplan levels and note any patterns draw them on larger time charts
Anticipate Tape better

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  #93 (permalink)
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Hawaii at the beach
 
Futures Experience: Beginner
Platform: Nt8, MotiveWave, TOS
Broker/Data: S5
Favorite Futures: ES, ZB fine alcohol and muscle cars
 
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Posts: 476 since Apr 2013
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Fought the trend in the ES today, but I survived and switched my bias. Picked the direction in cL looking for longs but got stopped out break even.

cL
-10 sim
+25 turned to a scratch, bah sim

ES
+5 long sim Low of day...dang
-1 short scratched them as tide changed against me Live
-1 short Live
-6 short Live error in entry, and slow to acknowledge trend resumption Live
+17 long Live, bah it ran a lot more but end of rotation

Getting the pulse back. Working on my fibs more and flow. I'm ok with performance today, except entry error...somehow it didn't set my ATM, thus lost 1to2ticks more than I wanted to. I was somewhat pleased I didn't try to short the whole day and be unwilling to change bias, as days like today would set me back a week or so of profits in the past. Pleased on killing dead trades with finesse.

I squeezed out a 8to9 tick profit. With 4contracts and scales it would've been enough to live on.

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Futures Experience: Beginner
Platform: Nt8, MotiveWave, TOS
Broker/Data: S5
Favorite Futures: ES, ZB fine alcohol and muscle cars
 
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Posts: 476 since Apr 2013
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Trading is more consistent these past few months.
Trading both retail fx and futures.
Averaging about 150-220 futures ticks a week.
Fx retail varies. 30 to 350 pips.
This week was a good, win:cost ratio was good. 8:10.
+540gross total pips/ticks to -22(-16,-3/-3).

Skills I'm working on improving
Let certain winners run to the next session.
Recogqqnize and act to exit if in on the tide change of other side gaining(reducing loss size).

I may try for the Topstep combine again, but I am already trying out for another prop firm. Working to stay consistent. Week after week. Sometimes its 3weeks up consistently then a bad day/week. I will account part of the bad/day week to overtrading. Possibly trading the trees vs the forest. Too micro.

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Futures Experience: Beginner
Platform: Nt8, MotiveWave, TOS
Broker/Data: S5
Favorite Futures: ES, ZB fine alcohol and muscle cars
 
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Posts: 476 since Apr 2013
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ES trading is going well this week. Nice equity curve. I am decently consistent week after week with the ES if I cherry pick. I will continue to cherry pick and be vigilant to scratch trades when needed.


My cL trades still have to be kept on demo ONLY. It's a wild bucking bronco. Up a bunch, down a bunch. It often overshoots and undershoots. A couple of big spoofers can screw the market a certain amount as well. My exits on CL are better than my entries.
Scratching trades has to be in split seconds due to a number of things which I think algos play a part.


Someone online was telling me politely to use a laser focus on trading one way one vehicle. It's funny they may have been thinking they were guiding me to their style of trading, but in actuality it may have clarified that I trade my way which is profitable. I was also trading this other market small for swing trading. With the ES I trade a more liquid market that is easy to fill and slippage is small. My news awareness can be less and not 24/7, I don't have to worry about all 3 markets sessions (news)ASIA, LONDON, NY. I can trade 1 lot to 50 lots in the ES market without worrying about the float. Imo the same cannot necessarily be said about certain other markets. An example of don't fix what's not broke. In respect to that person they have a very high win/loss ratio over a documented near 1000 trades. So I'm going to stick with trading the ES. I've been profitable with it in the past over medium term periods. The CL I will dabble with the demo, as 1 winner can wipe out 3-12 scratches in it. I will likely only trade the most obvious of trades in it.

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Futures Experience: Beginner
Platform: Nt8, MotiveWave, TOS
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Favorite Futures: ES, ZB fine alcohol and muscle cars
 
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Posts: 476 since Apr 2013
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I've been running NT8beta which is very stable. I have tried to crash it multiple times. It seems very solid in comparison to my older profile stuff that was jammed into nt7.

Trading has been going reasonably well. A mix of consistent pre planning and hypos, NT8, bookmap and willingness to exit a bad trade.

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Futures Experience: Beginner
Platform: Nt8, MotiveWave, TOS
Broker/Data: S5
Favorite Futures: ES, ZB fine alcohol and muscle cars
 
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Posts: 476 since Apr 2013
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I noted GaryD has voluntarily banned himself.
Weird. Like or dislike I find it weird. Maybe he found himself spending too much time in here. Vs trading or living life. I did appreciate his posts at times and attempts to help. I wish him well.


Anyways, I found his post 55 similar to conclusions I have found.

"There is a reason for every move. When the reason is over get out. Sometimes it will be wrong to get out. Sometimes it will be right. But once you hit your reason for getting in get out. What happens after does not matter, no matter how good it might have been. "Next" mentality. "


The primary difference in my thinking is sometimes it will be "wrong" to get out.
My use of words and framing switch out wrong to not ideal.
When a trade is done, a perfect trade has a signal to enter that I recognized and took in an efficient manner and has a signal to exit that I took ideally as well. After that walk. Be ok with it.

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Futures Experience: Beginner
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Getting better over time. More and more consistent on decent trade plans, execution there of and recognizing a change.
About +300ticks last 6 trading days, one losing day -4ticks, initially read it wrong, took some losses, but climbed back to small loss or BE to some. Just chipping away at it.
Thank God nt8 is so stable, it's made my trading so much easier.

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Futures Experience: Beginner
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Broker/Data: S5
Favorite Futures: ES, ZB fine alcohol and muscle cars
 
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Looking to do a 100k or 150k combine soon. Likely middle or the end of march.
I will be put of town for a week, then need a week or so of getting in tune again. Another issue is I just downloaded the recent nt7 and nt8beta updayes. Hopefully they don't make my charts screwy. I will be trading es. The new contract is another issue.

If doing the 150k I plan to start small to build a sizeable cushion of profit. In my other combines (2) I blew my account up by taking too much size early. I will likely start 2to3 contracts till I have some cushion. Atleast $750 to $1k in cushion. Then I will try to keep a runner. I think I will go a max size of 7 lots. Which is way under the 15 lot max.

I'm hopeful.

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Looking to do a 100k or 150k combine soon. Likely middle or the end of march.
I will be put of town for a week, then need a week or so of getting in tune again. Another issue is I just downloaded the recent nt7 and nt8beta updayes. Hopefully they don't make my charts screwy. I will be trading es. The new contract is another issue.

If doing the 150k I plan to start small to build a sizeable cushion of profit. In my other combines (2) I blew my account up by taking too much size early. I will likely start 2to3 contracts till I have some cushion. Atleast $750 to $1k in cushion. Then I will try to keep a runner. I think I will go a max size of 7 lots. Which is way under the 15 lot max.

I'm hopeful.


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Thank God nt8 is so stable, it's made my trading so much easier.

Good luck with the new Combine.

About NT8, do you like it better than 7, and can you say what it is that you like more about it?

I am wondering if it's worth learning it yet....

Bob.

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