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Market Wizard
Phoenix + AZ/USA
 
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Trade #5 on 10.8.14

I blew it. Was going for +10 ticks with 2 contracts but trade was taking too long to move so I closed at +4 ticks. Of course, it moved right after to retest PLOD.

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Market Wizard
Phoenix + AZ/USA
 
Futures Experience: Intermediate
Platform: NinjaTrader
Favorite Futures: CL
 
Posts: 505 since Jul 2014
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Combine Results for 10.8.14

I am going to quit trading the Combine on a positive note and switch to my live account. Here are the totals for today:

Product Traded: CL

Total # of Trades: 10
# of Winning Trades: 10
# of Losing Trades: 0
Percent Profitable: 100%

Gross Profit: $420.00
Gross Loss: $0.00
Commissions/Fees: $36.80
Net Profit: $383.20

Max Drawdown: $0.00
Average Winner: $38.32
Average Loser: $0.00

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Market Wizard
Phoenix + AZ/USA
 
Futures Experience: Intermediate
Platform: NinjaTrader
Favorite Futures: CL
 
Posts: 505 since Jul 2014
Thanks: 2,471 given, 822 received
Forum Reputation: Legendary

Trading with Little Sleep


Well, I am trading with about 3 1/2 hours sleep last night. Probably a mistake. I lowered my trading size back to 1 contract instead of 2 and my first two trades were losses. In the first one I used a market order instead of my usual limit order and as a result got in to early and was stopped out to the tick exactly as the trade proceeded to hit my target. In the second trade I went for +10 ticks everything was perfect except when price hit my target it didn't fill. I gave it some time but once I saw that price was reversing I moved stop to +1 and was stopped out. So far, with commissions and fees I am down $57.36. As per my rules, I am taking a break away from the charts with the 2 losses in a row. I attached a picture of my 2 median renko chart instead of the 3 min chart for you to look at.

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Time to go Back to Sleep

2 losses to the tick. I am not seeing things correctly. Time for a long break and go back and get some sleep. Its the smart move and in accordance with my plan. Down $184.72 with commissions.

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Market Wizard
Phoenix + AZ/USA
 
Futures Experience: Intermediate
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Favorite Futures: CL
 
Posts: 505 since Jul 2014
Thanks: 2,471 given, 822 received
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Follow Your Plan Silly

Well, I got up after a couple more hours of sleep. I should have stuck to my rules and accepted the loss for the day and traded my sim account but instead I thought I would look at it as a new day. Big mistake! Kept looking for the market to reverse instead of listening to the charts. Here is my final results for the day:

Product Traded: CL

Total # of Trades: 13
# of Winning Trades: 4
# of Losing Trades: 9
Percent Profitable: 31%

Gross Profit: $145.28
Gross Loss: $533.12
Commissions/Fees: $47.84
Net Profit: $387.84

Max Drawdown: $387.84
Average Winner: $36.32
Average Loser: $59.24

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Market Wizard
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No Trading Today

No trades today. I hope everyone has a great weekend and profitable trading next week. I will be heading out on a quick trip to Wyoming early Monday morning and hope to be back Thursday but most likely Friday. So no trading or journal entries next week.

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Trade #1 on 10.20.14

It's good to be back. I slept in this morning and got a late start. After doing my prep I saw an opportunity for a quick scalp of +5 ticks with 4 contracts. It worked out fine. However, I missed the second opportunity for +10 ticks while marking up my 1st trade on the chart and I just missed my third opportunity for +10 ticks while doing this entry. I am fine with missing both trades it is just nice to see the price action going as expected.

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Favorite Futures: CL
 
Posts: 505 since Jul 2014
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Another Missed Trade

I had my order to go short at 81.91 for +10 ticks. Price stopped at 81.89 and retraced so I didn't get filled. Right idea as it pulled back to 81.63. Oh well!

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Market Wizard
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Favorite Futures: CL
 
Posts: 505 since Jul 2014
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Blew It!

I knew price would reach PLOD but I tried for one more bounce at 82.04. In addition, to make things worse I widened my stop not expecting price to break 82.10 that quickly. However, I was stopped out at 82.16. Then on tilt I made a bad entry at 82.16 and once I saw that I had blown it, I moved my targets to +2 ticks where I was filled. Right now I am sitting at $200.00. My next planned entry was at 81.80 for +10 ticks and again it missed filling by 2 ticks. I didn't have the confidence to take the trade at 81.72 for +10 ticks but it would have filled and worked out. Never, ever widen stops - I know better!

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No Fill


Hit my next entry at 81.84 for +10 ticks but didn't fill.

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