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I day trade Stocks and Futures, specifically the mini/micro indices, and Forex. I trade part-time with the goal of transitioning into a full time trader. I aim for $200 per day with low risk. I do also swing trade on occasions using the micros. I use squawk news, trend lines, channels and VSA for my trading decisions. I have studied and followed Dr. Gary Dayton and Feibel Trading for both VSA and market structure. I trade with IB and Oanda. I trade small so I can lose small


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Daily Trades 6-28-2019


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I tried a trade on the micro Russell today. It was very small ( 5 lots) and for few ticks. I just wanted to see how it moves. It seems to have a good range and may try it again next week. The trade above was an upthrust set up.

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Here are my ES trades. I did not take any MES since I was not planning on holding anything over the weekend. Again, it was not easy trading today and there few very good set up the I missed since I was very cautious.

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I am still holding my Forex trades and did add one additional pair, CADJPY-Long.

It was an okay day but I am looking forward to putting the tariff news out of the way in order to focus on the charts. No news trading today, since there was not much to trade off. I was up $102 total for the day and very small on Forex ( FX trades are very small lots).

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Daily Trades 7-1-2019

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Here are my FX trades. I got stopped out of CHFJPY with -60 PIPs and holding the other three with mixed results. The CHFJPY was up nicely at the Sunday open, but it did not reach target ( 2/1 RR). I am very small on FX and trying it on the VSA 60 minute charts.

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I had missed the first set up ( on top). It was right at the open and I hesitated for few seconds, which all it takes during the open. That set up had a re-test and established trend line, which could have easily gave me 2 points. I also canceled a sell at 80.75. I did take a long few bars after that on an OS Channel/Vol, on a bullish day ( at that time). That trade was good for +2.75 points.

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The second trade was easy to take as well. A wide Spread, closing at the lows, easily breaking major weekly support on volume. The market was moving fast and I was in/out at market for +1.25. Also, daily support was right below me.

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I also tried small size spread trade; (buy) MNQ (sell) MYM as the pair gets "out of norm." These trades tend to take a while, but risk is lower than an outright. The trade started to go my way toward the end of the day and I bailed for small profit since it was EOD and goal ( of $200/day) was made.

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Over all good and low stress day with very low draw. No mistakes today.


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Daily Trades 7-1-2019 Fx

I think it maybe easier to keep a separate FX log. Here is what is going on with my Forex trades so far.

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Trend line for CADJPY seems to be holding so far. There is nothing to do but wait on this long.

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There seems to be long term support for EURJPY here that might hold. I also noticed a cluster of closes, which is bullish here. Any close below and the stop (dash line below) will be hit for sure.

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I have not idea what to think of AUDNZD, buyers seem weak, but nothing very clear. No change to stop, for now.


No new positions for now.
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Daily Trades 7-2-2019 FX

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I am stopped out two FX trades EURJPY and AUDNZD. Both with about 40 PIP stop. Again, very small lots of $1000. Total loss is around $9. I usually trade (scalp) FX of non-event news, with better results. I am still holding CADJPY at -20 PIPs. I will not add anymore FX positions this week due to upcoming holidays. Also, may go back to FX news trading only.

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Here are my daily trades:

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This was an Overbought (OB) channel, test of Prior close, as well as an upthrust of the pre-market. Plus it had decent resistance at 69-70 close by. It was good for two points +$96 ( $100-commissions).

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The second was a Pair ( NQ/YM) trade that yielded $50.

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I could not take anything else after that as price action was hard ( for me) to read/trade. Plus I had other work obligations that needed my attention. I Ended up the day with +$145, which is very good for a day like today. It looks like the rest of the week maybe be the same.

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Daily Trades 7-3-2019

I did not trade the ES today and if I did I would been short biased and would have gotten killed. But in hindsight ( if I may add I have been very profitable in hindsight; not a losing day yet! ) and if I had traded the bars with NO bias, here few possibilities.

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Setup # 1: A close above two resistance, the bottom channel and the other green trend line. Bar closing at the highs with okay volume. Risk would been a bit high, but could been tighten quickly.



Setup #2: A retest of support and channel again. This trade would been take at the wide spread bar, closing at the highs with high volume.



Again two trades that I watched move nicely without me. The good news is that I did manage to take one YM/NQ spread trade for +$50. I may start increasing size on these trades, or move up to the mini contract. Here is the trade ( capture of the open and close of the spread) below:

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Happy 4th to all my US friends .

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Daily Trades 7-5-2019 FX

I am still holding my long CADJPY at around 30+ PIPs. It was very close to a stop last week, but did make it back up. The channel seems to be holding well so far, but sellers are also clearly present. I will move my stop later ( as we break into new highs) to lock in some profits.

No new FX trades until next week.

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Daily Trades 7-5-2019


Here are my day trades today.



Three trades, first was the ES on the break of the employment report. Even though it make a one point, it was an impulsive and stupid trade. I do trade off the news, but usually it is breaking news/unannounced, never major planned events. I just got lucky! After that trade, I become very cautious and decided more ES trades for today. If I were trading the ES, there was on great set up below, with risk close by at 2969. My guess is that it will test the long term TL ( there as I post this) before dropping again.

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The other two trades were spread trades. Below is the chart for both set ups. The blue vertical line is the initial entry ( 3 Micro lots) and purple is when I ( not always) add one additional lot. Yellow line is the exit ( usually at $50-80). Each trade made about $50 and very little risk.

I am up $154 for the day, which is very good since I did break my rules and made a mistake.

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Have a great weekend,
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