I watched lesson 1 of Jigsaw's order flow course and today I was looking for reversals described in this video (in forms of absorption, buyers/sellers fading away and rolls). I am seeing more and more things, but also getting more and more anxious to start sim trading / doing more than just watching those numbers. Have to keep reminding myself that I'm in it for the long run.
Also found out that my current limit is about 3 hours (including short break for a walk), after that my brain just stops registering and I drift away.
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I watched the first part of second video of Jigsaw's course titled "Practical Application of Order Flow" and felt good pre market open. But after the open it was tough, with the higher than usual volatility I did not understand what was happening :/
A lazy day today, I didn't do much, observed ES for just about an hour. But before the market open I watched the second part of "Practical Application of Order Flow" and set up my machine to record the live session, so I have recording of the first two hours of ES. I plan to watch it tomorrow morning.
Today I recorder first two hours of ES session and later watched it with stopping, rewinding and even playing some more intense moments frame-by-frame. It took over 4 hours to go through the 2, but it was interesting. The sudden moves, when big money comes in or when the high/low gets broken and stops hit in slow motion explains a lot.
It is a bit strange to write a journal like that, where there is practically nothing to report except every day saying: "I looked at ES order flow for a couple hours and I think I am seeing things", but there is a chance it keeps me motivated and focused more And when I am a successful 50 lot trader it is gonna be fun to have a chronicle of how I started
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Friday was super hectic, ES starts moving more and more like CL, with sometimes just double digits prints being enough to move the market. Over weekend I rewatched some parts of the day and it was better, but I am now quite sure I prefer slower markets. Maybe it was also caused by the rollover? I will give ES two more days and if it does not slow down the pace I will try to move the treasuries.
Watched lesson 4 of Jigsaw's course "Day Trading Without Charts" and tried it out in sim. Was a train wreck :/ I have recordings, so I'll review it later and decided if I should go back to just watching the market or keep trying the sim.
In the second half of December volatility on the ES got insane and (after some e-mail exchange with Peter) I decided to take a break until 2015 and this is why the journal suddenly shot down. I spent some time re-watching the Jigsaw Course videos and reviewing my notes, but generally I took it easy. Then unfortunately, after the New Year's Eve party, I caught a cold that later transformed into sinusitis and middle ear infection :[ It took me couple weeks to get back to health.
I had quite a break (almost a month). I decided to start getting back on track with John Grady's No BS Day Trading Basic Course. It was a great decision. The style and clarity of its teachings suited me very well.
Peter's teachings (Jigsaw Course) are really nice too, but they are designed to speak to a broader audience (Peter is the provider of a platform that can be used by many systems, anything that uses order flow). John's materials show his specific approach, which I liked more. So to anyone thinking about getting into scalping / order flow I heavily recommend to get his Basic Course, at $70 it is a steal. John is also very helpful, he have answered all my questions and I have sent him quite a few in couple e-mails.
So.. because of the volatility, and because it is the instrument that No BS Day Trading teaches about, I switched to treasuries. I have spent the last week (19th-23rd of January) watching the Jigsaw DOM of treasuries from 7.20am to about 10am (sometimes live, sometimes recording with BB Flashback and watching later). I somehow didn't get back to journaling immediately, but after a very fruitful week I decided to show up =) I will not be reporting every day, but once a week I will post a summary of how am I doing.
So how am I doing? As I said fruitful =) I am understanding more and more. Most of the time when some exceptional volume shows up at a given price, I get an idea of what's going on (if not immediately, than after rewatching the recording). Sometimes it's not even in hindsight, but right away
One small problem is that I tend to lose focus every 15 minutes or so. I assume the problem is that I am not doing anything except watching numbers and imagining ideas behind them (from time to time even the screensaver kicks in, if I don't move the mouse to clear the columns in Jigsaw). So I think I might do the "just watching" for another week and than in February I will start to sim trade.
So onto the last week of Phase 1 (see the first post ;P).
Last edited by grasiu; January 27th, 2015 at 04:49 PM.
So I have spent one more week just watching the DOMs and adjusting the setup so I can place orders comfortably. On Friday I did some sim-trading, but with light attitude (entering at semi-random, just to see how it goes). All got set and ready.
Today was the first day of the actual sim-trading and it was going okay, until I misplaced an order (sold when wanted to buy) and after that I lost a bit concentration, did one more emotionally influenced trade and decided to call it a day. In all I did 9 trades in a little more than 2 hours.
For this week I will be doing just this - tracking just how much I trade (prolly fighting the initial tendency to overtrade), without focusing on the actual results of the trades. I want to just get the feel for it. I will start tracking expectancy, total PnL, etc, next week.
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