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  #81 (permalink)
Hawaii at the beach
 
Experience: Beginner
Platform: Nt8, MotiveWave, TOS
Broker: S5
Trading: ES, ZB fine alcohol and muscle cars
 
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I think it depends on your personality and how you deal with the day to day. If you have the personality who can focus and follow through with a plan then what you said applies. However, in my case I suffer from distraction and always wanting to make it better and general lack of focus when executing a plan. Several years ago if you were to give me a plan I would have not been able to follow it. However, using mindfulness I have been able to identify what gets me off track and keep it under control. As such my trading has improved.

There is a test out there called HBDI. You can Google it. It identifies your brain dominance. I am dominant Yellow / Blue with some Green and Red. Which means, I am able to see the big picture (Yellow), I am able to anlayze the problem and come up with t a better solution (Blue), however I am unable to consistently execute the solution/plan because of my lack Green. As a side note this is improving. On the plus side I dont get very upset about problems because I lack red. This would explain why I am still trading. Edit: I think people who are Blue/Green dominant would have a distinct advantage in trading.

Curious as to where you think you fit.

Robert



I've been trying to locate a FREE HBDI test.
I found a test that was similar noting I was left hemisphere dominant. But I'd like to take the actual test free.

I have taken the BriggsMeyers on several occasions in the past and if I recall correctly I seem to be
INTJ
though I do exhibit some
INTP

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  #82 (permalink)
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The gf of 15+ yrs says I am
INTJ...

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  #83 (permalink)
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Experience: Beginner
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Had some decent trades this week in sim on CL.
(BUT,) I am going to go back to trading ES. CL and ES are different animals, and making daily bread on ES fits my style better. Homeruns are for suckers and those with enough size to leave a few runners. The ES market moves a little slower, set ups take longer and small players and institutions can't manipulate the markets as easy. Retail flushes happen less, are slower to materialize and it's easier to see if the breaks are a flush or real buyers/sellers. CL is more like a Sexy but Crazy girlfriend. Sometimes you get the ride of your life, others she'll try to gouge and stab you. Example, yesterday was up +23 in CL, walked over to the kitchen to grab a cup of water, got my SL hit for +4. Yes, it's also management, but wow, turned for 45sec and sucker punched.

My transition with S5 finally finished. Hoping to get some feedback using their analyzer after 20-25 sim trades or so. I got another analyzer from a prop firm, but am going to hold off on it for now. Did a little chart viewing and set up on TOS as a back up chart package. I've actually minimized the charts I needed to monitor so I want to see how that goes this week on NT to free it up and reduce freezing.
I never liked the idea of OPM, but minimum personal risk and good splits makes more sense now. Working to get funded by years end. Lots of leg work for now in back testing, screen time and journaling.

EDIT-
More base hits for daily bread in ES for my style


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  #84 (permalink)
Hawaii at the beach
 
Experience: Beginner
Platform: Nt8, MotiveWave, TOS
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Trading: ES, ZB fine alcohol and muscle cars
 
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Sunday plan
25 ES trades backtesting - notes, train eye and reaction
set up ES ATM on Ninjatrader for my daily bread trades
watch more TRADERVUE trade journal videos on uploading and tips

other things for this week
figure how to quickly share a screenshot on skype using snagit, i prefer not to use another software like gyazoo
get my friend to help me set up my tos charts and other nuances on tos


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  #85 (permalink)
Hawaii at the beach
 
Experience: Beginner
Platform: Nt8, MotiveWave, TOS
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Trading: ES, ZB fine alcohol and muscle cars
 
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Lots of back testing done reading the tape this weekend. A potential issue I forsee is I am doing back testing at speed on replay. 1-8x speed. As the numbers fly by I can read them, but they will actually be slower, which even though I am back testing at times I can feel some boredom watching just the numbers. I will have to build my focus up on this. I am going to figure out how I can read the tape and take a minute or two off the tape. I think it is achievable as my homework levels will give context.

I have worked back to a scalping method on the ES. It is not price action based, but number based on tape reading. In the past I've scalped the ES for a year straight profitably. I dropped it due to relationship issues and trading... my trading day begins at 145am Hawaii time. Conflicts.

My conflicts are now resolved, and I am back to trading NY.

Scalping is not my end goal, but a daily bread type trade to get ticks and experience.
Good news on the back testing, my eye is getting better, my minimum scalp was achievable even with a tick on each side for slippage(unlikely). Many of the trades had more ticks in them for a scale when trading size. The scalping will work on range days and trend days. Balance and Imbalance.
Back tested on pure tape reading, no levels seriously drawn.

Planning to scalp this entire week
. Trying to get a baseline for my trade analyzer.
My hours of business are o800-1200NY. From o800-o920 watch market, take a break from o920-o950NY, then 1000-1200. I let the market fight it out ffrom o920-1000. Then I resume at 1000-1200NY. There are a few end of day trades I have an edge on, but I will have trouble getting to cpu then.
I have to figure out how to get back to my charts by 1300NY on 1or2 days of the week. My plan is to hopefully meet my daily tick goals by 1115NY. I usually have to take my kid to school by 1200NY.

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Silver Dragon View Post
I think it depends on your personality and how you deal with the day to day. If you have the personality who can focus and follow through with a plan then what you said applies. However, in my case I suffer from distraction and always wanting to make it better and general lack of focus when executing a plan. Several years ago if you were to give me a plan I would have not been able to follow it. However, using mindfulness I have been able to identify what gets me off track and keep it under control. As such my trading has improved.

There is a test out there called HBDI. You can Google it. It identifies your brain dominance. I am dominant Yellow / Blue with some Green and Red. Which means, I am able to see the big picture (Yellow), I am able to anlayze the problem and come up with t a better solution (Blue), however I am unable to consistently execute the solution/plan because of my lack Green. As a side note this is improving. On the plus side I dont get very upset about problems because I lack red. This would explain why I am still trading. Edit: I think people who are Blue/Green dominant would have a distinct advantage in trading.

Curious as to where you think you fit.

Robert



Have you done the Briggs Meyers test Silver Dragon?

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Have you done the Briggs Meyers test Silver Dragon?


I did many years ago, I am a INTP; The Architect. Havent changed much, although, the "I" might be a "E" now. I have come out of my shell from those days. I love to fix things and come up with solutions to unsolvable problems. Understanding why things happen is important to me although most other people dont care.. they just want it fixed. The job I have now is pretty much my dream job which is sitting around and thinking up solutions, implementing them and solving problems. I love my independence and freedom which is probably why I am drawn to trading. That and the market is the the most complex problem out there!

Robert

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  #88 (permalink)
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Scalping this week to build momentum in ES.
It is going reasonably well.
Finding the ES pulse again.
5 trades today, all scalps.
4of5 winners
1of5 scratched it. Good timing as market went against my position and I pulled BE before rest of market followed.

Of the 4winners, 3 were 4+ point swings(16+ticks). I scalped, but my scalp was to enter in general into multi point swings.
I am scalping to build my timing again. Not to pull money out. (Yet).


CL ran today, I did some mental trades, but I've moved markets and will now specialize in the ES.
Imo scalping ES and CL differ, as a few market makers can at times move CL to create a retail flush, while ES requires many more orders to sway it. This makes it more consistent in keeping risks low and calculable. It also means a scalper in cL if playing the noise will have difficulty at times with fills and gaining size. While an ES scalper has a better chance of scaling small to big because of the larger liquidity.

Started reading
The Hour Between Dog and Wolf:How risk taking transforms us, body and mind

This week will continue to be about Scalping and reading order flow at critical points (homework levels) and points of oppurtunity. Finding trapped traders - recognizing and acting efficiently. I call this in part a scalp as I should feel minimal heat (in my system).
Brushing it up with market replays of prior days at critical points, to visually build a mental library of how bulls and bears fight, recognizing the turn and pouncing. Minimal Heat.
Considering building another week or three scalping and continuing market replays. I need the practice. Got 5days off from the regular career.

Feeling optimistic, but staying grounded.
Some parameters helping me are operating between o800to1200NY, walking if bored, tea to stay hydrated and awake (o200am here). I will try to get more sleep. Operating on 3hrs right now.

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Experience: Beginner
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I am at the point of cutting away most indicators,

But I am always on the lookout for things to enhance accountability and trackability


I like Tradervue. The downside of Tradervue is it takes time away from the screen, if I am inputting while my trade is live and if I wait little things may be missed. If I try to wait till days end, I miss much of what I was thinking from what I was seeing and my decision process at the time.

So on top of Tradervue, I purchased JournalLync from Indicatorwarehouse which automatically syncs/inputs my trades into Tradervue. I could do it at the end of the day, or during the live trade but those detract from my performance and attention on where it should be...the trade itself and the market.

I am going to continue to use Snagit. Take a screenshot after entry and save. Take a screenshot after exit(and save). After days end or in a lull I will paste screenshots with the Tradervue journal that was automatically synchronized. There are also several thought processes that go through my head when filtering and entering trades. I may use a handwritten journal with Shorthand or a word document with a list of various thought processes and sentences on a document which I could copy/paste into the journal, doing so would reduce time away from charts.

Here is the link to the Tradervue (third party) ADD-ON product
https://indicatorwarehouse.com/ninjatrader-indicator/ninjatrader-journal-lync-for-tradervue/


A video on Journaling...some of you may like it

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  #90 (permalink)
Hawaii at the beach
 
Experience: Beginner
Platform: Nt8, MotiveWave, TOS
Broker: S5
Trading: ES, ZB fine alcohol and muscle cars
 
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Posts: 535 since Apr 2013
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Week went fairly well
Lots done.

Got my online journal (semi)automated(Tradervue). Took a few bumps on thursday demoing some trades to make sure the journal worked and synchronized to my NT account. Got a stupid parking meter ticket while I ate at a cafe trying to fiddle online with synchronizing my journal(next time set my cell alarm on timer for parking meter, $15lunch turned into $50...aka 1point/1car in ES). Today I found how to seperate the trades taken in the same market instead of them being inputted as a group.

My account with Stage5 finally went through completely(transfers, waivers, etc.etc.). Took a few emails with those helpful people.


Finding the market pulse of the ES going well.
Ended friday decent
5 trades
4winners: 3true scalps, 1scalp(I treated as scalp but was homework level so had more tick, but I scalped)
1costofbusiness: (-3ticks) trader(input) error

Minimal Heat today as planned. Will be looking to scale out then In this week after in positive(mental drill only this coming week).

I did make 2 errors today, one was the -3ticks, I inputted entry on the wrong chart, which didn't have an atm and had to manually exit. I should have closed immediately, but trade was in profit with 1tick short of my scalp before it turned. I would likely have moved sL to break even if I had an atm on it, thus would've been +1 or at worse -2. The other error I entered earlier than necessary by 2 ticks, the trade worked out, but the trade required a 7tick sL when the better entry had a 4tick sL.
Overall many less Errors this week. Getting comfortable with my recent set up and programs.

Felt a bit disappointed on the CL run of 200ticks short at lunch Friday. AFK, happened at a planned level, had minimal risk.
But, I am ok with trades I miss at this point but most of all CL is on the backburner as far as trading. Will focus on my ES trades.

This weekend. Watch/listen to some things for psychological capitol. Take some notes, reexamine my self and system. Build some mental capitol. Read more of that book The hour between Dog and Wolf. Chill with the family. Be ready for monday.

Next week
Read and feel the ES pulse.
Keep Stops tight, try not to take the full SL if market goes against my position.
Scalp ES. Looking for 15-25trades. My criteria will be 70% winners. I want a sample base of 25 for this system. Next week I am starting the sample at 0.

Goals for the week

Do my Homework
Plan my Levels : set alarms
Trade my Levels
Practice stoicism: Control what I can control, Accept what I can't control
Write in my Log: market and personal observations
Keep accurate and review my online Trade journal
Slow to Enter. Quick to Exit. Hide behind the big boys. Look where to Add on winners(look only this week).

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