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This is my TST account going back to last friday the 9th. I lost a little over $500 that day. I'm still meeting all the objectives and working towards the $3000 profit target. This is a continuous combine, so I have as much time as it takes as long as I don't break a rule. With today's trading the account should be up to around 51,100 or so. Today was the 5th day traded.

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Today is my 6th day of trading for the combine. I took 3 trades, which I consider to be my maximum. 2 winners and one loser. The loser was in the ES. I really don't like trading the ES and I may discontinue with it. I lost 2 points on 2 contracts for -16 ticks or $200. In CL I had to winning trades, the first was +95 ticks on 2 contracts and the second was approx +35 tics on 2 contracts or $1300. The account picture is from yesterday and does not include today. After today's trading I'm about $900 away from the profit objective.

For the most part I am happy with how I am doing. I'm doing my best to not over trade and have been succeeding there. I don't believe I have forced anything and when I lost 3 in a row last week for a $500+ losing day i stopped. The max loss for the day is $1000, but I prefer to have a personal max of approx $500. I'm try to hold the trades and let them hit my targets, but I may pull the target in a bit if price is stalling. Trying to remain calm and not get emotional.

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I couldn't trade much today. I forced it a bit with two quick losses. One was for $310 and the other for $150 all in CL. I got myself together and took one more trade for $490 (about +25 tics on two contracts). Stopped with +$30 for the day prior to commissions. I think the fact that I knew couldn't trade much a forced things, but also did what I thought vs. what I was seeing. I've traded 7 days and need to trade a minimum of 10 before my combine can be reviewed. I hope to achieve profit target before day 10, but would like to continue to build on the account.

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Tuesday Jan 20, 2015

Did not trade yesterday due to MLK holiday. I was able to get one trade in CL today. Counter to the major trend, but with the current structure. Because it was counter to the major trend I didn't expect a large winner and purposely managed tight. Two contracts with one a +20ticks and +13 on the second. I'm about $500 away form the profit objective, but trying to maintain my focus on the process and not the $.

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Wednesday Jan 21

Today was one of those days where no matter what I did it seemed like it was the wrong decision. I took 3 trades in CL, 2 losers and one I cut lose for a couple ticks profit. I took one trade in the ES and cut it lose after 2 point loss. I ended the day down about $820.

The good: Cut my losers quick. It seems that if the trade doesn't work out fairly soon, or in other words, price follows through, then my decision was incorrect.

The Bad: I find I get very frustrated with losers very quickly which puts me in make-up mode. This leads to poor decisions.

Conclusion: I'm still in the combine. Didn't hit daily loss limit. Let go of the day and move on.

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Thursday Jan 22

Today was good and bad. I took a trade in CL for a total of 90 ticks with two contracts. Since I need to be positive in any instrument traded I traded the ES to try to get back to positive. I ended up self destructing with all the bad habits I've come to cherish about myself. Jumping in and out. Reversing. Revenge trading. Lost almost the entire profit from the CL trade.

I think the fix to the negative actions are more waiting. More patience to let the market resolve itself and then take a trade. Trying to force something in a 1.5 point range is asking for what I got today. Now I need to find the answer to more waiting and patience.

I'm still in the combine. It is a continuous combine. I'm 10 days in with about 1600 in profit, but need to get profitable with the ES to qualify.

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I am trading the same contracts as you and like you I was down in ES. It took me several days to get in back in the positive and I finally did it today. You can do it! Just to let you know it feels real good when you get "All Green" in the Combine again.

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Friday jan 23

Thursday was a screw up. The $900 I made in crude turned out to be in the SIM acct and not the TST acct, so Thursday was a losing day of about $900. Today was as well. I tried to recover from yesterday and hit my trailing account stop which was at $50,000. So I either need to restart again, or call it quits.

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Thursday was a screw up. The $900 I made in crude turned out to be in the SIM acct and not the TST acct, so Thursday was a losing day of about $900. Today was as well. I tried to recover from yesterday and hit my trailing account stop which was at $50,000. So I either need to restart again, or call it quits.

keep at it @David_R. user error is easy to fix. remember that its $100 to restart it, but that is separate from the monthly combine fee.

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keep at it @David_R. user error is easy to fix. remember that its $100 to restart it, but that is separate from the monthly combine fee.

I agree. Mistakes are going to be made. Getting better, which you have done, will stay with you, and you can start again with that ability in hand.

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