That didn't go well but still having both shorts only change is I hedged my ES with December contract, reason for this is they might try to run out stops above 2100 and any overnight weakness I will get out of YM short.
Edit: LOL, while typing this they were running stops....
That is a dangerous belief. I see stuff like that usually said by people in "rooms" or rookies that don't really know any better (the same people that blame HFT's).
I'm just urging a bit of caution in the way you are thinking about the market.
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If you find you are getting run over counter trend trading (I assume you are, since you say your stops almost always get hit), incorporate foot print charts as soon as possible. Footprints will show you where momentum is running into resistance (absorption), it will make your entries a lot better if you can see the order flow.
Have a look at how I use footprints to catch reversals in my journal, Trades on August 14th and August 17th both show how absorption are potential reversal points.
@PeakGrowth Thanks for the message and advice. Yes, I am aware of GOM footprint. I use TOS for charting and data because it's free of charge for me but they don't have footprint charts maybe in future they will have. Almost everytime they will run my stops, maybe I need to get foot print charts even I have to pay for the data.
Gotta pay to play - if you want this to be more than just a hobby, you need to invest in the tools. 90 bucks a month is nothing if you're treating it as a business.
For an even cheaper option, go with DTN IQ feed, futures.io (formerly BMT) elite members get a pretty good discount on it.
Nobody is running your stops, you are too insignificant (no offence intended). There are only 3 reasons why you are getting your stops hit
1. You are getting entries in the middle of momentum and you are getting run over before momentum exhausts itself
2. You are placing your stops too tight and getting stopped out in the noise
3. You are placing your stops at obvious places (a few ticks below a low, etc) where other retail stops are and your stops are getting run along with every other guy who put their stops there.
In all 3 cases, it's not the markets fault or someone deliberately running your particular stops. Whether your stops get hit for the right reason (your hypothesis is wrong) is entirely up to how you place them and nothing to do with someone else or the market running them. You are solely responsible for why you get stopped out.
You can solve all 3 problems by fixing how you place stops
1. Don't step in front of momentum
2. Use a wider stop
3. Place a stop further away from an obvious stop point so you don't get gamed
Hope that helps.
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Good Research on Definition of Lucky and Unlucky. Worth to read and re-read and re-read whenever we feel we are Unlucky...............
Why some people have all the Luck ?
By Professor Richard Wiseman, University of Hertfordshire.
Why do some people get all the luck while others never get the breaks they deserve?
A psychologist says he has discovered the answer.
Ten years ago, I set out to examine luck. I wanted to know why some people are always in the right place at the right time, while others consistently experience ill fortune. I placed advertisements in national newspapers asking for people who felt consistently lucky or unlucky to contact me.
Hundreds of extraordinary men & women volunteered for my research & over the years, I have interviewed them, monitored their lives & had them take part in experiments.
The results reveal that although these people have almost no insight into the causes of their luck, their thoughts & behaviour are responsible for much of their good & bad fortune. Take the case of seemingly chance opportunities. Lucky people consistently encounter such opportunities, whereas unlucky people do not.
I carried out a simple experiment to discover whether this was due to differences in their ability to spot such opportunities. I gave both lucky and unlucky people a newspaper, and asked them to look through it & tell me how many photographs were inside. I had secretly placed a large message halfway through the newspaper saying : "Tell the experimenter you have seen this and win $50."
This message took up half of the page & was written in type that was more than two inches high. It was staring everyone straight in the face, but the unlucky people tended to miss it & the lucky people tended to spot it.
Unlucky people are generally more tense than lucky people, and this anxiety disrupts their ability to notice the unexpected. As a result, they miss opportunities because they are too focused on looking for something else. They go to parties'; intent on finding their perfect partner & so miss opportunities to make good friends. They look through newspapers determined to find certain types of job advertisements & miss other types of jobs.
Lucky people are more relaxed & open, and therefore see what is there rather than just what they are looking for. My research eventually revealed that lucky people generate good fortune via four principles. They are skilled at creating & noticing chance opportunities, make lucky decisions by listening to their intuition, create self-fulfilling prophesies via positive expectations, and adopt a resilient attitude that transforms bad luck into good.
Towards the end of the work, I wondered whether these principles could be used to create good luck. I asked a group of volunteers to spend a month carrying out exercises designed to help them think & behave like a lucky person. Dramatic results ! These exercises helped them spot chance opportunities, listen to their intuition, expect to be lucky, and be more resilient to bad luck. One month later, the volunteers returned & described what had happened. The results were dramatic : 80% of people were now happier, more satisfied with their lives & perhaps most important of all, luckier.
The lucky people had become even luckier & the unlucky had become lucky. Finally, I had found the elusive "luck factor".
Here are Professor Wiseman's four top tips for becoming lucky:
1) Listen to your gut instincts - they are normally right
2) Be open to new experiences and breaking Ur normal routine
3) Spend a few moments each day remembering things that went well
4) Visualize Urself being lucky before an important meeting or telephone call.
Have a Lucky day and work for it... "
The happiest people in the world are not those who have no problems, but those who learn to live with things that are less than perfect."
" There is a great difference between "worry" & "concern",
A worried person only sees the problem & a concerned person solves the problem..!
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