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kenmika1 trading journal

I am starting this journal for the same reasons as all of the others. I need to keep track of my trades and my emotional fluctuations during trading. I started with 23,000 about 8 months ago and my biggest draw down was to 17,787. I initially was just swing trading during work. I got laid off about 5 months 3 months ago or so and decided to mix swing trading with a few day trades. I use interactive brokers and now my account balance is 22,487 (almost back to even). I am at 22% return in the last the 30 days. My average daily return is near 1%. I need to get to 25000 so I can actively trade and not be limited to just 3 trades in a 5 day period. I current hold apple as my long term investment but I get in and out on dips and peaks. I have 200 shares of apple right now. I was doing really well until one day I decided to keep moving my stop and lost 1000 dollars on a single trade. I shorted PLNR and that was a mistake. I will post each trade with pl each day on here as well as my thoughts leading up to the trade and my execution on my plan. I think this will be a big help. I currently keep my trades in a diary, but letting the public see and comment on my actions can only help improve my success as a trader. Thank you all for this wonderful group.

Ken

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Looks like you are trading stocks.
I am looking forward to your journal.
Are you strictly day trading or do you hold overnight?
It is difficult with the PDT rule.

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Looks like you are trading stocks.
I am looking forward to your journal.
Are you strictly day trading or do you hold overnight?
It is difficult with the PDT rule.

I do only trade stocks. I generally hold AAPL or other more stable equities over night if trade is going the right direction for me. Since I can't freely day trade yet, I have to swing trade and throw in day trades every week. I don't hold my day trades over night because I have an entry and exit point that I have predetermined before the trade. So, by doing that, I will either get stopped out or take my profit the same day. Being confined to the PDT rule is kind of helpful because it forces me to wait for high probability setups and not push to hard to find a trade. I only get 3 day trades so I have to make them count! I am going to fund my account soon to avoid the PDT rule or perhaps profits will get me there. I only need 2500 more. I will post every trade.

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I'm looking forward to having another stock trader post trades.
I post in the traders hideout.
https://futures.io/stocks-etfs-trading/27643-deaddogs-swing-trading.html

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I will have to check out your posts. Am I posting in the wrong are here?

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I will have to check out your posts. Am I posting in the wrong are here?

Nope. I started in the wrong place but there was so little interest that I never bothered to change.

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Sunday night! Cant wait to market open

I am holding 200 shares of APPL at a cost basis of 113.29. I am a little concerned about it not holding 113 tomorrow. I believe it is overbought and might exit the trade if it drops below 113. I am hoping for another good day but hoping doesn't get you much in trading. I think 113ish is a good near term support level. The bad thing is, if I sell, I can't buy back until Wednesday due to interactive brokers stupid pattern day trading block. They won't let you buy anything once you have used your 3 trades. I hate that because I wouldn't mind selling early on and then buying back on a dip. I am going to call them tomorrow and see how long it will take to wire money to my account and have 25k in there so I can quit having my hands tied constantly. I will let you guys know how it goes tomorrow! Good luck to all.

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Nope. I started in the wrong place but there was so little interest that I never bothered to change.

Ok, thank you for the information. I would hate to make my first few posts in the wrong area. I attached some pictures of my trade for tomorrow and my account balance for reference. Goal is 25k by end of month. YOD is another one Im watching right now.

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Sold AAPL at 114.80 for 120 or .5% profit


I closed my Apple position today and 114.80 and made .5% profit just a few minutes ago. I was happy with the gains and was using the 5 second chart to play close attention to price action. After Asian stocks not doing so well I was a little gun shy and possibly pulled the trigger too soon, but I am happy to get out green and will look to re-enter on another dip. Here is my chart. Red triangle shows sale.

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