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Scaling into winners

This is the first time I have been considering scaling into winners.

Here is how it played out, with the day ending +$138 (+$119 post commissions)

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The first winner was closed at 80 and the other at 84.

Also I noted that I closed my sell too early, because countertrrend stuff makes me nervous.

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A Passing thought...

Good posts iq, but lately i have observed, your journal has completely turned into a collection of emotions & psychology. Its more about you & nothing about the markets at all. The trading journal now looks like a personal diary.

I guess a mutually beneficial journal would be one where we discuss about your insights of markets & your trading (not just the end results). Emphasis should be on the solution not the problem. And you have mostly blamed your psychology for bad trades, but as Brett points out in his blog, problem could also be Fluid Reasoning.

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Good posts iq, but lately i have observed, your journal has completely turned into a collection of emotions & psychology. Its more about you & nothing about the markets at all. The trading journal now looks like a personal diary.



I guess a mutually beneficial journal would be one where we discuss about your insights of markets & your trading (not just the end results). Emphasis should be on the solution not the problem. And you have mostly blamed your psychology for bad trades, but as Brett points out in his blog, problem could also be Fluid Reasoning.



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Journal what's important to you....I did much the same.....and as time had gone on, journaling is less and less about market specifics and more about mental and emotional preparations as well as edge development and maintenance.

This is a necessary part of the journey.

Don't let anyone distract you from the pursuit of what's important.

Brett's article is pertinent but take it for what's it worth and nothing more than what it's meant to be....an article detailing what we know to be true.....make decisions based on context and not on rigid rules.

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Good posts iq, but lately i have observed, your journal has completely turned into a collection of emotions & psychology. Its more about you & nothing about the markets at all. The trading journal now looks like a personal diary.

I guess a mutually beneficial journal would be one where we discuss about your insights of markets & your trading (not just the end results). Emphasis should be on the solution not the problem. And you have mostly blamed your psychology for bad trades, but as Brett points out in his blog, problem could also be Fluid Reasoning.

Regards,
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Journal what's important to you....I did much the same.....and as time had gone on, journaling is less and less about market specifics and more about mental and emotional preparations as well as edge development and maintenance.

This is a necessary part of the journey.

Don't let anyone distract you from the pursuit of what's important.

Brett's article is pertinent but take it for what's it worth and nothing more than what it's meant to be....an article detailing what we know to be true.....make decisions based on context and not on rigid rules.

@PandaWarrior is correct. You journal is meant to document issues that you need to change. If you have your method down, but have issues in your head. Continuing to journal about your method will not help. In the beginning you need to document as much as possible about how and why you are doing what you do as you trade.

Then after a while it is important to step back, assess yourself through your journal. Pick some areas to work on, and get to work. When you do that you start to turn ideas into actions. And that is how you make progress. When you start to focus on those items, you may focus on them more to ensure you are documenting what you need to evaluate.

I have changed the way I journal multiple times. The key is to keep it working for you. That may require you to post, or record different things at different times.

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Pinbar short trade

This is one of the trades that I learnt early in my trading career and it still gives fantastic results if you are careful about the location.

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The real problem with this method is that the stops are huge i.e. they reside beyond the pinbar extreme, which is quite a hefty stop.

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Block Break short

Bob Volman's classic Block Break:

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The exact moment of the break cannot really be always timed, but the stops can always be set tight.

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First Break Trade

Remember the basic principles:

A diagonal pullback in a freshly started trend, a bar that breaks above the last bar of this string of pullback bars near the EMA and viola you should be in!

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Sadly I chickened out on this long a tad early, but apply the principles and you have the 10-tick target easily within reach.

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Range Break

Observe how the sellers got squeezed slowly and steadily setting up this long for any observant scalper:

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Again, I've covered way too early!

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Second Break Long (Al Brooks' H2)

The trade premise is easy: Wait for the pullback to reach the EMA. If it is not a smooth diagonal pullback then do not take the First Break. Wait for price to breakout the second time and get in at that break.

This is the same as the H2 setup of Al Brooks.

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I was in early, the really correct place to enter it is just as the huge bar started to break the earlier tiny bull bar in the EMA.

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Range Breaks


A couple of range breaks. Easy to trade if patience is applied. Add patience to the mix and many trading strategies become viable and even profitable.

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