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Little trade from late last night just to be in the market.

Head still feeling like it's about to explode, but staying positive for some trading tomorrow and Friday.

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For the small story Iím from Paris but now I live in Montreal.

Discretionary trading is a word that most people use in the following sense: I do not have a very very clear system so I will rely on my feeling to take a trade.

If you rely on your feeling to take a trade 2 things will happen: you will fell like genius when it works or like a shit when it fails. Your mood will always be up and down (as your wallet). At the end you will leave this game emotionally exhausted and sometime financially exhausted as well.

My suggestion is: translate all your decisions in very clear language (like a programming language). Example if A happens I do B. At least you need 5 rules long entry, long exit, short entry, short exit and a money management one. If you are not able to translate the way you trade in 5 simple explicit and inflexible rules it means that you are relying on your feelings to trade and bad things will happens. With rules markets will test them of course but they will not test you (I use to think the following: it is my rules but they are not me and if they are not good enough nothing prevent me from designing new ones). You have to protect yourself from that kind of personal test if you want to survive both emotionally and economically.

(PS Iíve been a Pro for 10 years and trading is a very special kind of job, in a regular job if youíre not doing good the worst think that could happens is that you will be fire (and in most cases you wonít be fire but you wonít have any promotions). But in trading not only you are going to be fire but you will pay for that and on the top of that people will think that you are an idiot.)

Read or read again Market Wizards you may find interesting points of view.

Thank you for taking the time to share your thoughts with me @Okina.


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"If you rely on your feeling to take a trade 2 things will happen: you will fell like genius when it works or like a shit when it fails. Your mood will always be up and down (as your wallet). At the end you will leave this game emotionally exhausted and sometime financially exhausted as well."

Gosh, I've been there and done that before! Each session feeling amazing or awful depending on how I did. I'm thankful for being past that stage of my trading now.


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My suggestion is: translate all your decisions in very clear language (like a programming language). Example if A happens I do B. At least you need 5 rules long entry, long exit, short entry, short exit and a money management one. If you are not able to translate the way you trade in 5 simple explicit and inflexible rules it means that you are relying on your feelings to trade and bad things will happens. With rules markets will test them of course but they will not test you (I use to think the following: it is my rules but they are not me and if they are not good enough nothing prevent me from designing new ones). You have to protect yourself from that kind of personal test if you want to survive both emotionally and economically.

I will address this point in future posts here in the journal. I do have a pretty clear cut methodology, but I am sometimes failing to trust it. I will work on this and share it here in the journal.


Thank you again for posting here @Okina, please feel free to share anything and everything that comes to mind in future posts.

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Little by little, making it happen.

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Little late night warm up for trading tomorrow.

No trades yesterday, will be trading the day session tomorrow.

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Picked up a tiny CL trade before bed.

Can't keep trading for ticks though if I want to be successful.

Next few sessions I really will try and focus on increasing winning trade duration and size.

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Too tired to stay up any longer. I really need to fix my sleep schedule.

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Late, late start.

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Extracting a little value out of the tight range over the past 20-30 mins.

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Grinding it out.

I need to be trading for points though instead of ticks.

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Some late night black liquid gold trading.

Feels like CL (CLX15) should test the leg start around 40.00, but it almost seems "too obvious".

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