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What is yours?

I decide based on what type of market I think it is and what the RR is. After the initial entry I drag them around based on structure. Minimum is 1.5x1, but I may scalp inside a trade at 1x1. Just curious after reading your post. Biggest this week is 53 ticks. Largest loser per contract was 14 ticks. I close a lot of trades too, without hitting either end.

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tues 7/23/13
CL
-4
-10 long NY open
-14 short NY open - reversed my prior trade, but the prior move seconds before had already hit bear targets, to the TICK, I had it drawn out, but expected another push lower. CL didn't and rose.
*made a mistake imo. Was NY market open...sentiment pushed price down for a fake(to targets) and I bought after targets were hit, then price rose. I was disappointed in self, but immediately identified what occurred and will stick to my buy low sell high, or sell high to buy low. BLSH, SHBL

Thurs
CL
-10
+21, decent trade, no scales. Trade would have worked well with scales.

fri 7/25/13
CL
no trades, weekly bears targets imo were met, so didn't even look at the chart


CL for the week I am looking at it going down for mon... the longs off 104.50-103.70 then rise to 105.90-106.50 or so.

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Continuing with a focus on my mental work this week(again).
Trading only off bull or bear zones. Buy Low - Sell High(blsh), or Sell High - Buy Low(shbl).

Working the mental edge through multiple facets, mostly process goals.
Meditation. (breathing focus to control biorhythm and autonomic nervous system)
Doing things promptly and timely outside of trading(avoiding procrastination)
Guided meditation (using trading parameters)
Exercise.

Adywans Empire Strikes Back - Raising the X-Wing - YouTube
I like how Yoda in this scene says
"do or do not"
For myself as a trader what I gain from what he is referring to is the process and continued use of mental self discipline. To expect to be disciplined within trading I must continually be disciplined in my personal life outside of trading. As in not being excessive or compulsive - this will enhance my self control, curb overtrading, compulsive trades, improper leverage.

So I take each day with a focus on being in self control, equating to self discipline. If I say I will do x, y, and z I will do x, y, and z. This may seem antithesis, but I mean I will make every efforts to make x, y, z as in many things are out of control, but those things that I can control I will do. process goals.

In the above clip he also says
"unlearn what you have learned"
This one is deep and has many levels, the obvious and the subtle aor even relative.
Essentially not all things that one believes to hold merit may hold merit.


Introspective observation for the prior week.
Last Tuesday I felt some internal compulsiveness when price hit my target drawn from sunday. I reconnected with that feeling and observed it. Through the week I continued to work my system and mental workouts.

This week I will add to my personal written logged journal my own market perceptions and observations. As in "they head faked down, to go long." "Z day" "projected targets hit" "targets failed to be hit by London close, no follow up buying" etc


News -
No Friday for me. NFP and Unemployment

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Sun/Mon
CL
ASIA short.
lots of confluence, it ended running +50 in Asia, but I exited.

104.69 short(with swing high of 104.72)
+25

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MON
CL
London
-3
-7
+1(was +16 then turned)
BE(breakeven)
BE
had a limit short at 104.45, it turned at .43, dropped to 02.

Next target for bears is 103.80 imo.
I need to wait for a better pullback for another short.
I'm waiting till NY OPEN.

For me to take a long it will have to be right around market open with a very minimal SL and scale immediately to let the rest BE. I think the long is going to be Tuesday, the way PA generally plays out it may take a few more 4hr bars.

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Mon
CL (DEMO)
+10 (5/10/4) moved SL up below short term candles
+20 (5/10/20) failed top, into a ma, desc TL, short term EDIT-this was move of session. short from top tick 105.23 dropped to 104.05

I need multiple demos for NT. 1 for trades in my current system and another for tinkering.
My quota for the day is +20 to +25
At that time, in this point of my trading experience and way I trade I am done Live.

NQ(DEMO2)
-4 ticks
+12

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There are times that you just know you have an edge. Trade those live if you feel right. But never assume one is any better than another, treat every trade that truly feels correct the same for longevity. There are other times you want to experiment, and that is necessary to keep moving forward. But keep that action out of your wallet.

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Took most of last week off due to news.

1 trade...
-12. Was a continuation of the days move, but it had touched already touched that support, respected it for a few ticks earlier, then on the next time blew through it. Must've been where more than a few people had their SL. Later price achieved my targets. LoL.
This was a finesse trade, and usually I go light on size.

Monday 8/4/13
CL
5/10/20
4/8/20
-12/-12/-12 continuation trade after lunch, visual SL was too far, should have went lower in size and kept SL where price dictates it as the trade actually worked out.
5/-2/20 continuation trade after Lunch, attempt for prior aor new highs.
5/10/0 double top, with 3/5min lower high

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Took most of last week off due to news.

1 trade...
-12. Was a continuation of the days move, but it had touched already touched that support, respected it for a few ticks earlier, then on the next time blew through it. Must've been where more than a few people had their SL. Later price achieved my targets. LoL.
This was a finesse trade, and usually I go light on size.

Monday 8/4/13
CL
5/10/20
4/8/20
-12/-12/-12 continuation trade after lunch, visual SL was too far, should have went lower in size and kept SL where price dictates it as the trade actually worked out.
5/-2/20 continuation trade after Lunch, attempt for prior aor new highs.
5/10/0 double top, with 3/5min lower high


After lunch was too late today. The trade was at the break of IB, anywhere between 9:20-10:30am EST

And double top is good, but not there and then if you are looking for much continuation. I hit that myself for a few ticks, but not really for that. I test myself. You want to catch that type of pattern early. What about the double bottom between 9-9:15?

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After lunch was too late today. The trade was at the break of IB, anywhere between 9:20-10:30am EST

And double top is good, but not there and then if you are looking for much continuation. I hit that myself for a few ticks, but not really for that. I test myself. You want to catch that type of pattern early. What about the double bottom between 9-9:15?

^noted.
What is IB? inside bar ? on what time frame? 30min?
I took the 9am move down and exited for scalp, but missed the o912 trade.
I also took the 1007 bar.

*can you point me in the easiest direction to post pics or screenshots?

8/7/13 still DEMOing
+1 sigh, LONG. price spiked 20 ticks or so for me, but then pulled back and got BreakEven(BE), overestimating target due to being Tuesday and trying to get a larger move
-13 went in small as it was not ideal time. price actually went my way, missed my target by a few ticks. walked from cpu and had atm set. This one went +15 or so. Both of these trades would have been scaled if size and time of day were in effect. But I went small and time was not good.
8/16/1 London Open 3am
5/10/5 London attempted continuation for LL. It hit my 20 tick atm t3, but I was trying for a target around 105.95
5/10/18
-12/-12/-12
-5 tried s/r long at 106.50
-5 tried s/r long, minimal confirmation at 106.30
GC -5/-5/-4 tried short on 5min lower high and time, but on 4hr support, got wicked, quickly and 5min LH.
CL -5/-10/-10
CL -10/-10/-12 106.30 again.
*CL -12/-12/-12 after lunch inside bar break- got stopped out trade went for me, in a few more minutes. need to back test this one. Not a trade in my LIVE arsenal.
CL 5/-5/20
CL 5/10/20 covering

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