Started Funded trader prep on Tuesday and managed to get a trade on each day for $250 total to get me halfway to the profit target.
I've got 10 trading days minimum to make the $500 so just trading 1 contract and taking it easy. My strategy tends to on average only give one entry a day across YM/NQ/ES/CL. I have also missed a few entries as I'm avoiding entering less than an hour before news events that I need to be flat for.
It's nice to see CL getting back up to the $50 area as I found it really hard to trade in the $20s mainly because at $30 for example there are only 3000 ticks, compared to NQ/YM that have 16,000+ ticks.
Here's my FTP so far:
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Nice log, thank you for sharing.
Reading your log, I understand to a point what you are doing and how you arrived at some of your conclusions. Going break even as soon as reasonably able. Scratching trades. 123. Thrusts.
I like your image of the scientific theory.
Though I do have contention with a few of your comments.
1. roughly a billion dollar hedge fund can't use eminis. ES is a highly liquid market, if I understand your trading correctly your stops are approximately 8ticks, 1:1. With that 8 tick stop in a reversal you've can enter multiple blocks of 25-50lots. I'm guessing 300 lots. Without swaying the market during rth. This is all non scientific observation based. So even if your max size is 100lots. That adds up quick.
2. "I came to the conclusion that I'd probably need to be looking for entry points where price was likely to immediately reverse to allow tiny stops, but would also move with enough momentum to allow me to cut my risk to break even asap without the issue of chop, and still catching large moves. (I ruled out trading breakouts due to likely slippage and difficulty of back testing accurately over a huge sample size, whereas reversal/retracement points in back testing and practice are more likely to be accurate and not affected by volatility induced slippage)
Now I know what I'm looking for is what most other traders don't see, easy right...."
re- I think most traders ARE looking for this.
3."being profitable isn't what drives me, being right drives me, "
re- It may be semantics but for myself selecting trades with high odds of being favorable to my entry, exit and management is my goal. As in it can be a perfect set up but you can still lose money. Isn't poker the same as trading, play the high probability hands and wager accordingly? I've met a lot of perfectionist who get trapped in being right, without some of the other characteristics you have they'd get killed in trading due to wanting to be right and often they are highly educated valuing being smart. After entry isn't it better to be robotic in your management? imo it is some what related to your post on quantifying.
I'm looking forward to your further postings and progress. Please share more.
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I just don't get many entry signals with the trading plan I'm using for TST as it mainly enters on trending days. When funded and with a good cushion I will loosen up my criteria to avoid missing value on ranging days.