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Bert's Trade Journal

I decided I am going to start posting my trade journal here.

Its not pretty. I over traded, racking up commissions. I closed the few winners I had too early. On the positive side, I am using stops now with more discipline.

6:58:08 TRD BOT +1 /CLK5 @47.97 -1.46 -2.25
6:59:33 TRD SOLD -1 /CLK5 @47.92 -1.46 -2.25 -50
7:01:44 TRD BOT +1 /ZBM5 @164'05 -0.66 -2.25
7:25:09 TRD SOLD -1 /ZBM5 @164'02 -0.66 -2.25 -93.75
7:28:53 TRD SOLD -1 /CLK5 @48.27 -1.46 -2.25
7:32:59 TRD BOT +1 /CLK5 @48.17 -1.46 -2.25 100
7:49:55 TRD BOT +1 /ZBM5 @164'00 -0.66 -2.25
7:55:01 TRD SOLD -1 /ZBM5 @164'02 -0.66 -2.25 62.5
8:19:06 TRD SOLD -1 /CLK5 @48.38 -1.46 -2.25
8:20:16 TRD BOT +1 /CLK5 @48.44 -1.46 -2.25 -60
8:23:53 TRD SOLD -1 /CLK5 @48.52 -1.46 -2.25
8:27:54 TRD BOT +1 /CLK5 @48.58 -1.46 -2.25 -60
8:40:45 TRD BOT +1 /ZBM5 @163'31 -0.66 -2.25
8:43:53 TRD SOLD -1 /ZBM5 @164'00 -0.66 -2.25 31.25
9:00:48 TRD BOT +1 /CLK5 @48.17 -1.46 -2.25
9:01:03 TRD SOLD -1 /CLK5 @48.11 -1.46 -2.25 -60
9:05:54 TRD BOT +1 /CLK5 @48.32 -1.46 -2.25
9:08:40 TRD SOLD -1 /CLK5 @48.36 -1.46 -2.25 40
9:12:06 TRD SOLD -1 /NGK5 @2.655 -1.46 -2.25
9:25:17 TRD SOLD -1 /NGK5 @2.671 -1.46 -2.25
9:38:03 TRD BOT +1 /NGK5 @2.659 -1.46 -2.25 -40
9:50:32 TRD BOT +1 /NGK5 @2.649 -1.46 -2.25 220
10:38:08 TRD BOT +1 /CLK5 @48.01 -1.46 -2.25
10:39:28 TRD SOLD -1 /CLK5 @48.02 -1.46 -2.25 10
12:32:47 TRD SOLD -1 /ESM5 @2076.00 -1.17 -2.25
13:07:25 TRD SOLD -1 /ESM5 @2078.00 -1.17 -2.25
13:33:26 TRD BOT +1 /ESM5 @2079.50 -1.17 -2.25 -175
13:35:34 TRD BOT +1 /ESM5 @2080.00 -1.17 -2.25 -100
13:36:29 TRD BOT +1 /CLK5 @48.09 -1.46 -2.25
13:41:08 TRD SOLD -1 /CLK5 @48.00 -1.46 -2.25 -90
13:47:07 TRD BOT +1 /CLK5 @47.92 -1.46 -2.25
13:47:44 TRD SOLD -1 /CLK5 @47.83 -1.46 -2.25 -90
13:51:48 TRD BOT +1 /CLK5 @47.79 -1.46 -2.25
13:53:21 TRD SOLD -1 /CLK5 @47.65 -1.46 -2.25 -140
13:57:21 TRD BOT +1 /CLK5 @47.65 -1.46 -2.25
14:08:16 TRD tAndroid SOLD -1 /CLK5 @47.90 -1.46 -2.25 250
14:46:09 TRD SOLD -1 /CLK5 @48.62 -1.46 -2.25
15:45:03 TRD SOLD -1 /CLK5 @48.54 -1.46 -2.25
15:57:28 TRD BOT +1 /CLK5 @48.58 -1.46 -2.25 40
16:11:07 TRD SOLD -1 /CLK5 @48.60 -1.46 -2.25
TOTAL ($52.44) ($90.00) ($205.00)


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Better day, not great


Had a few botched orders that I really screwed up. Stopped out of a crude short. Shorted again, and stopped out again. Finally committed to a short, then accidentally closed it messing around with a conditional one cancels other order. Gave up on crude short, shorted Wheat. Added to Wheat short this morning. Stopped out for small gain. Shorted again above my previous stop, only one contract. Held it all day for a nice gain. Scalped crude ok, but missed a few big short gains for hesitating; too nervous. Also screwed up an order; entered 2 buys, one was supposed to close. THe second buy order was a mistake and instead of closing it out immediately, I held it hoping it would come back for break even. 2 o'clock wanted to short crude, it was upper level of trend and I hesitated, thought it might breakout. Cancelled several sells in the $48.60 range and it is now down to $47.20. Don't hesitate. Exit mistakes ASAP.


DATE TIME TYPE DESCRIPTION FEES COMMISSIONS AMOUNT
3/30/2015 16:11:07 TRD SOLD -1 /CLK5 @48.60 -1.46 -2.25
3/30/2015 16:39:00 TRD BOT +1 /CLK5 @48.69 -1.46 -2.25 -90
3/30/2015 16:39:00 TRD BOT +1 /CLK5 @48.69 -1.46 -2.25 -150
3/30/2015 18:42:41 TRD tAndroid SOLD -1 /CLK5 @48.59 -1.46 -2.25
3/30/2015 19:33:31 TRD BOT +1 /CLK5 @48.61 -1.46 -2.25 -20
3/30/2015 19:38:53 TRD SOLD -1 /CLK5 @48.64 -1.46 -2.25
3/30/2015 19:49:58 TRD tAndroid BOT +1 /CLK5 @48.56 -1.46 -2.25 80
3/30/2015 20:08:19 TRD SOLD -1 /ZWK5 @530.50 -1.96 -2.25
3/31/2015 7:55:41 TRD tAndroid SOLD -1 /ZWK5 @525.50 -1.96 -2.25
3/31/2015 9:44:14 TRD tAndroid BOT +1 /ZWK5 @527.50 -1.96 -2.25 150
3/31/2015 9:44:14 TRD tAndroid BOT +1 /ZWK5 @527.50 -1.96 -2.25 -100
3/31/2015 10:24:12 TRD tAndroid SOLD -1 /CLK5 @48.50 -1.46 -2.25
3/31/2015 10:25:23 TRD tAndroid BOT +1 /CLK5 @48.40 -1.46 -2.25 100
3/31/2015 10:35:53 TRD tAndroid SOLD -1 /CLK5 @48.63 -1.46 -2.25
3/31/2015 10:37:39 TRD tAndroid BOT +1 /CLK5 @48.60 -1.46 -2.25 30
3/31/2015 10:37:48 TRD tAndroid BOT +1 /CLK5 @48.58 -1.46 -2.25
3/31/2015 10:40:41 TRD tAndroid SOLD -1 /CLK5 @48.44 -1.46 -2.25 -140
3/31/2015 10:49:04 TRD tAndroid SOLD -1 /ZWK5 @528.00 -1.96 -2.25
3/31/2015 10:57:31 TRD tAndroid BOT +1 /CLK5 @48.10 -1.46 -2.25
3/31/2015 11:49:09 TRD tAndroid SOLD -1 /CLK5 @48.35 -1.46 -2.25 250
3/31/2015 13:12:07 TRD tAndroid BOT +1 /ZWK5 @511.75 -1.96 -2.25 812.5
TOTAL ($84.64) ($135.00) $717.50

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Train Wreck

Got hit by crude . No stop, didn't want to get taken out. Bad move, got run over. Shorted at $48.13 and $49.33. Closed one at $49.10. Took a walk. Shorted again at $49.73, and it immediately gapped up to $49.83 within two seconds. Sat tight as it shot up to $50.45, not adding to a loser. Took losses at $49.96. Scalped a few ticks afterwards trying to make some change. Watching it trade down to $49.55 after cash close burns me.


Traded ES ok, sold some verticals in SPX to offset. Small gains in ES dwarfed by losses in crude.

Time to quit? Probably crude.

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up for the day so far should I quit now?

Caught a nice overnight bid in CL, closed and shorted today. Also scalped ES nicely. I'm flat now except for a vertical spreads in SPX. It doesn't make up for the loss yesterday but feels good. I should quit now, go for a walk. Nat gas report in 20 minutes....I'm sticking around for that. Will set tight stops if I trade it.

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What is the definition of insane?

Doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result.

Shorted NG one car prior to report, while adjusting stop loss it blew WAY past me and never looked back. So I tried to short more, to try and break even sooner, instead of instantly reversing my position. This of course has happened before. I reversed my position and am now long May NG contracts for 2.709.

Praying for a blizzard this weekend.

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Came backa bit

Closed out NG longs for small gain, but overall pretty large loss on that contract for the day. Again over traded, lost my head with the stop and reverted to bad form.

The craziness in CL saved the day, somewhat, turned a big down day due to NG into a slight winner.

Should have walked away this morning...

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15 trades

Scalped ES and sold some verticals in SPX

Tried to scalp CL but got stopped out. Thought it would plunge below $53, got out of that quickly with no damage. Shorted QM after the close, crude is at the upper level of a well defined range.

Held NG overnight for a nice stress free gain.

4/7/2015 14:10 VERTICAL BUY 1 TO CLOSE SPX APR2 15 2075 CALL 16.75 6.55 LMT
SELL -1 TO CLOSE SPX APR2 15 2085 CALL 10.2 DEBIT
4/7/2015 9:42 VERTICAL SELL -1 TO OPEN SPX APR2 15 2090 CALL 8.2 4.35 LMT
BUY 1 TO OPEN SPX APR2 15 2100 CALL 3.85 CREDIT
4/7/2015 14:34 FUTURE SELL -1 TO OPEN /QMK5 15-May FUTURE 53.95 53.95 LMT
4/7/2015 14:12 FUTURE BUY 1 TO OPEN /ESM5 15-Jun FUTURE 2079.5 2079.5 LMT
4/7/2015 13:54 FUTURE BUY 1 TO CLOSE /CLK5 15-May FUTURE 53.04 53.04 LMT
4/7/2015 13:49 FUTURE SELL -1 TO OPEN /CLK5 15-May FUTURE 53.06 53.06 LMT
4/7/2015 12:13 FUTURE BUY 1 TO CLOSE /CLK5 15-May FUTURE 53.37 53.37 STP
4/7/2015 12:06 FUTURE SELL -1 TO OPEN /CLK5 15-May FUTURE 53.22 53.22 LMT
4/7/2015 10:45 FUTURE SELL -1 TO CLOSE /HGK5 15-May FUTURE 2.7745 2.7745 LMT
4/7/2015 10:42 FUTURE BUY 1 TO OPEN /HGK5 15-May FUTURE 2.7725 2.7725 LMT
4/7/2015 10:20 FUTURE SELL -1 TO CLOSE /ESM5 15-Jun FUTURE 2079 2079 LMT
4/7/2015 10:10 FUTURE BUY 1 TO OPEN /ESM5 15-Jun FUTURE 2075 2075 LMT
4/7/2015 9:57 FUTURE SELL -1 TO CLOSE /ESM5 15-Jun FUTURE 2077.5 2077.5 STP
4/7/2015 9:29 FUTURE BUY 1 TO OPEN /ESM5 15-Jun FUTURE 2075 2075 LMT
4/7/2015 2:15 FUTURE SELL -1 TO CLOSE /NGK5 15-May FUTURE 2.68 2.68 LMT

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Closed QM @53.70

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