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ES day trader bbdsan's journal

  #111 (permalink)
Trading for Fun
Sacramento, CA
 
Futures Experience: Intermediate
Platform: NinjaTrader
Favorite Futures: ES
 
Posts: 148 since Feb 2015
Thanks: 24 given, 74 received

I traded on replay and live data simultaneously today. The replay trading was legitimate because I didn't speed it up. I made a little money and called it a "day".

7/17/2014 +$138.22, 11 wins, 3 losses
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However, I didn't do so hot with the live data.

7/16/2015 -$301.22, 6 wins, 5 losses
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I'm still in the black as far as my $3000 goal goes. But I backed up a little today.

-bbdsan

 
  #112 (permalink)
Trading for Fun
Sacramento, CA
 
Futures Experience: Intermediate
Platform: NinjaTrader
Favorite Futures: ES
 
Posts: 148 since Feb 2015
Thanks: 24 given, 74 received

There have been many days where I was up early in the session but I didn't quit. Then I proceeded to give back my profits and end up with a losing day. So many times I've thought, "Dammit! I should have just called it a day."

Well, today I've turned over a new leaf in that respect. I am up on the day and I'm done. I'm taking the rest of the day off so I can get a positive start to my weekend.

7/17/2015 +$166.38, 5 wins, 1 loss
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I hope everyone has a great weekend. I know I will! I'm going white water rafting for the first time this Sunday.

-bbdsan

 
  #113 (permalink)
Trading for Fun
Sacramento, CA
 
Futures Experience: Intermediate
Platform: NinjaTrader
Favorite Futures: ES
 
Posts: 148 since Feb 2015
Thanks: 24 given, 74 received


Completed another day on replay, normal speed. Really nice day, very readable PA. Pretty straight forward really, 5 easy scalps and 1 trade that I closed at +1 tick because I was anxious about it.

7/18/2014 +$241.38, 6 wins
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-bbdsan

 
  #114 (permalink)
Trading for Fun
Sacramento, CA
 
Futures Experience: Intermediate
Platform: NinjaTrader
Favorite Futures: ES
 
Posts: 148 since Feb 2015
Thanks: 24 given, 74 received

I got a late start today and got fooled in one spot. I saw a couple really bearish bars and I thought prices would head back down into the range. My mistake was getting short when there hadn't yet been a break of the up-channel and there wasn't a confirmed trend heading down. Not only did I get short when I shouldn't have, but I missed a really nice trap where I should have been getting long. I had a downward bias in mind so I was looking for prices to go down. I never thought to look for a good trap to go long. I managed to get one more (double) long trade before prices reversed though, so I was able to break even on the day, plus a few bucks.

7/20/2015 +$7.40, 3 wins, 2 losses
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-bbdsan

 
  #115 (permalink)
Trading for Fun
Sacramento, CA
 
Futures Experience: Intermediate
Platform: NinjaTrader
Favorite Futures: ES
 
Posts: 148 since Feb 2015
Thanks: 24 given, 74 received

I was doing very well today until right in the middle of the day. I had just closed a successful short scalp and then there was a bar that broke higher than the previous bar, then broke lower. It was a textbook failed 2nd entry long in a down trend so I went short. Well, it went down a tick then shot straight up for about 9 bars. I should have closed it at -8 but I got stubborn. It was the first break of the major channel so I hung on thinking prices would top out and drop back down to retest the low. Eventually they did, but I got out for a 15-tick loss before they had the chance. While I was still holding that losing short, it seemed like prices were topping out so I shorted an extra contract, just for an extra 4-tick scalp. I was able to close that 2nd short contract at +4, then continued to hold on to my big loser short position. Prices seemed to find support at the EMA on the next couple bars, so I closed the original short for a 15-tick loss.

At that point I was basically even on the day (up a dollar or two). I got 3 more small trades in and quit.

Today was tricky, for sure. At least, I had a hard time with it. But I do feel like I'm improving, slowly. It helps to post another win today, even though it could have been a lot better. I'm still getting closer to my goal.

7/21/2015 +$66.74, 10 wins, 3 losses
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-bbdsan

 
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Trading for Fun
Sacramento, CA
 
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Platform: NinjaTrader
Favorite Futures: ES
 
Posts: 148 since Feb 2015
Thanks: 24 given, 74 received

I had a fairly good start today but I got whipsawed like crazy after that. I put a lot of notes directly in the chart today, and it's late, so I'm just going to post my charts.

7/22/2015 -$116.88, 11 wins, 7 losses
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-bbdsan

 
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Trading for Fun
Sacramento, CA
 
Futures Experience: Intermediate
Platform: NinjaTrader
Favorite Futures: ES
 
Posts: 148 since Feb 2015
Thanks: 24 given, 74 received

Also, I finished a day on replay, normal speed. I quit after 4 wins.

7/21/2014 +$185.92, 4 wins
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I'm currently at +$1015.05, about a third of the way to my goal.

-bbdsan

 
  #118 (permalink)
Trading for Fun
Sacramento, CA
 
Futures Experience: Intermediate
Platform: NinjaTrader
Favorite Futures: ES
 
Posts: 148 since Feb 2015
Thanks: 24 given, 74 received

Today was a battle, fighting with my own demons. I came out on top but I'd say I got pretty lucky.

I was already up about $135 but when prices broke below 2100 I started trying to pick a bottom and catch a bounce. I tried 3 times total and finally succeeded on the 3rd try. I expect that win/loss ratio is about normal for that kind of BS trading and of course will be a losing proposition with my stop and target parameters. So needless to say, I need to nip that behavior in the bud ASAP. Not sure how many times I have to make that mistake before I really stop doing it. Hopefully this was the last time.

Anyway, with the 3rd attempt being a double size trade (2 contracts) which I let run just a little extra, I was able to recoup most of the previous two losses. Then I got two more winning trades in before noon and called it a day.

7/23/2015 +$139.80, 7 wins, 3 losses
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Trading for Fun
Sacramento, CA
 
Futures Experience: Intermediate
Platform: NinjaTrader
Favorite Futures: ES
 
Posts: 148 since Feb 2015
Thanks: 24 given, 74 received

I completed another day on replay. Pretty straight forward day. I missed a couple trades but at least I didn't make any mistakes. I also got nervous about my last trade and closed it for just 1 tick.

7/22/2014 +$148.42, 4 wins
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Favorite Futures: ES
 
Posts: 148 since Feb 2015
Thanks: 24 given, 74 received


Another good, straightforward day trading live data today in my demo account. Early on I got a couple wins so I decided to go back to bed at about 8 am. I haven't been getting enough sleep lately, and being a Friday I didn't have any interest in trading the typically super slow Friday PA. I also didn't want to turn my winning day into a losing day, right before the weekend.

Thankfully I was able to set the laptop down and actually get some much needed sleep. It was after 11:30 before I finally woke up. Then I was having some trouble with my laptop so it was almost noon by the time I got my platform started back up. Wow, what a selloff!!! This was not the typical Friday exercise in watching paint dry. Even though I try not to trade after 12:00 this was a special exception because prices were really moving.

Now, I've experienced first hand being "late to the party" on a day like this. I sit there all day and let the good trades go by. Then when I finally decide to take a trade with the trend, that's precisely when the market reverses. This time I was ready. I waited for a clear 2nd entry and got short. But I watched it like a hawk and at the first sign of a trap I reversed. I didn't care too much about losing 2 ticks and it was the right move because my long ended up working out. It was a little sketchy for a minute or two but it DID go the full 4 ticks. I bailed at +3 but oh well. At least I made up for the 2 tick loss and I was reading the PA right. Within a bar or two there was that last little push up where prices broke above the previous bar by a tick, then broke out the bottom. The close on that bar wasn't fantastic but on a day like today where the downward bias is so strong, you don't really need that picture perfect close. I went short and got a quick easy scalp.

My trading is humming along nicely recently and I'm getting closer to my goal. I'm up $1448.17 trading single contracts. I continue to learn every day and just keep getting better at reading the PA. I'm feeling more and more confident and soon I'll be ready to take another plunge into real money trading.

7/24/2015 +$144.90, 4 wins, 1 loss
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I hope everyone has a great weekend!

-bbdsan


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