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Market Wizard
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Short Break Didn't Help

I am not trading smart today. Too greedy! Tried a quick scalp on ES for +10. That was mistake one. I should have gone for +8 since it was a counter-trend scalp. Mistake number 2 was when price hit +9 I didn't move my stop to +5, instead I moved it to -6 from -10. I am self-destructing today. Going for lunch and another break. I will try one more trade after lunch. If I lose there I am done for the day.

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Market Wizard
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Missed Beautiful Break Out Trade

I was cleaning up my charts and switching to Simulation Mode before leaving and I noticed that I missed this beautiful Fake Out Break Out Trade on Crude.

Crude (CL)

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Back from Lunch


Boy oh boy was this pretty. They don't get much more perfect than this. Missed 2 great trades on Crude. Resistance and major divergence at the top, trend line break and measured moves. WOW! Just beautiful. I probably would have blown it but it is nice to look at. Let's see if I can get a nice setup.

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Look at this on CL

I didn't have the guts to enter on the last 2 waves after all my mess ups today. I am hoping to have one more little scalp to try and minimize the damage today. Nice looking chart:

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Oh Well

Its to close to the end of the day to put on one last trade. I would only have 10 minutes to get in and out (that was when I started typing this - I had to go answer the front door).

Overall, I am really disappointed in myself today. Not in sync with the market. Not recognizing really good setups that I love. Making some real dumb mistakes like not switching back to my Combine account from sim when I return to the computer. The end result of that one was a +16 tick trade with 2 contracts being recorded in my sim account and not my Combine. Things kind of went down hill from there. Almost forgot letting fear keep me from entering trades with good setups and poor stop management. I have a lot to work on!

So once again I will have to fight to get all my little green boxes back to be eligible for funding from the Combine. I am definitely going to have to focus (with a good night's rest) to recoup and meet the Combine objectives. The one good thing about today is that I believe I kept my losses right about $500 which is under my Personal Daily Loss Limit.

I will post my Combine Trade Report later.


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From your posts over the course of the day it seems like you were looking at trading as if it was about taking trades and seeing if they work out or not rather than analyzing the market and evaluate whether they're opportunities at all or not.

Don't know if that's true but your posts seemed to me as if they had another... tone today.

Dunno if that helps or not.

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From your posts over the course of the day it seems like you were looking at trading as if it was about taking trades and seeing if they work out or not rather than analyzing the market and evaluate whether they're opportunities at all or not.

Don't know if that's true but your posts seemed to me as if they had another... tone today.

Dunno if that helps or not.

Regards
ST

Appreciate it. When I have so little sleep and sick I don't function well, my rules go out the window and I don't follow my plan. My wife says, "You know better, what were you doing, why didn't you stop trading." She's right! (as always).

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Combine Trade Report

Here is my Combine Report for the day:

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Trade in Progress on CL

New session, new trade.

I wanted to be here at 5:00pm (CST) anticipating this move but was unable to be here. Missed the ideal entry but still not to bad. I have a super small stop with a great risk to reward ratio (1:4 for T1 and 1:7 for T2).

I entered this trade because it is in my target zone for potential reversal from today's move, the strong trend line was broken, price closed above the 3rd red bar back, then price pulled back to my Bolt Entry Zone. I also have the 3 peaks (valleys) that often signal an end to a move before a deep retracement.

I wasn't here when price entered my Bolt Entry Zone so I put an order at the top of the target area from today's move in case it pulled back and it did. I am in with a 4 tick stop, 16 ticks to T1 with 3 contracts and 1 contract at the fib target (+30 ticks).

What I expect to happen is for price to retest PHOD setting a new swing high, then pullback and continue upward towards the fib target. I do expect this move to take hours to complete because of time of day so I am going to just let it ride unless I get stopped out. There is still a good chance of being stopped out until the current price bar closes above 45.29. Price may want to return to retest the figure or move even lower.

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Combine Trade Report for 1/27/15


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