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    Andrew would like to have a big meetup in Vancouver, maybe at the new office for drinks and socializing on December 3rd. 6-8 PM drinks and light appetizers at BBT/PCT office 8 PM-2 AM EDM Music and more drinks and more socializing *everyone welcome Later, in the evening, Andrew would like to attend an EDM event organized by some of the famous artists of Vancouver, for a night of music and dancing and more socializing. Andrew is highly encouraging BBT members are joining for both events, with friends and family, and even non members are welcome. Andrew will cover appetizers and drinks for meetup, but tickets for EDM event can be purchased here. Please sign up ASAP and I guarantee you a night of EDM music with BBT and some of the fastest growing artists of Vancouver, would be worth your time. Andrew would like to support the event, so your ticket purchase helps the artist and organizers of the events. PLEASE CONFIRM ATTENDANCE TO BBT MEETUP HERE.
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    Correct for both......Demo and news is an additional. I get my news from TraderView. I do not know anyone who uses the DAS news feed. Other traders use FinViz news service and BBT provides Benzinga via BBT website/chat session.
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    Hey man, I'm looking for a trading partner as well. I'm 29 from Etobicoke and looking to share some trade ideas, I use two strategies as well the 5 minute ORB and Moving Average Trend Trade. Feel free to msg me back on my page and we'll connect.
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    Hi Everyone, I am embarking on one of the exercises that Mike B has done and documented based on the writings of Mark Douglas. My goals during this exercise are the following. Goals: No micromanaging, or reflexive trading. Pre-determine entries and exits. 20 trade sample size with a defined edge. 3-4 sets of trade sample with journaling. R = $35 Daily R goals 2.5 R Max daily R loss 3R Edge Defined I wanted to develop my own edge based on my strength and weakness. From my journaling, and self assessment, my strength and weakness are listed below. Strength: High Risk Tolerance Good read of price action and Candle stick analysis Consistent Big R days. 7-20 R days. Weakness: Undisciplined Risk management FOMO, when using smaller time frames Big risky addons Big Volatility in profits and loss Micromanaging during the trade Strategy: 30 MIn ORB. Based on my experience and observation, using a longer time frame allows me to stay more in the pocket of a trade, using a bigger and well defined stops, and exits. First trade can be conducted at the open, if a well defined price range established. Else, the first trade will be conducted after the first 30 mins of ORB. Criteria for Entry: Once the price is at the top or the bottom of the range, we can take a long or short, pending on the strength and volume of the candles. For considerations for long or short, we will look at the overall trend on the daily, weekly, Pre-mkt high/low, and previous days open/close and the pivot points. Once I am ready for an entry, I will observe the 1/5 min candles, and find the lowest volume candle. The candles that follows the low volume, must have more then 1.5 x higher then the lowest volume candle, and it must move in the direction of the long or short. Long can be from the bottom of the range, or breaking out at the top. If the price is breaking at the top of the range, wait for a pull back, and a rising volume for the 2nd breakout point for entry. If the price is at the bottom of the range, and playing for long, wait for the first bullish candle with volume. One strong indicator that may show a sign of reverse is the spin top candle. Preferably, with a small to medium body, and long wicks. Price pivots on the 5 min is useful on price change. Most important, price range established by the 30 min ORB is very important. **Short plays will be just the opposite from above. ====================== Stock Watchlist ==================== Float - High or Medium float. > 50 Mil. Catalyst - n/a but big news is always considered. Price Spread = < .03 Volume = Higher then the normal Volume. Exchange = Nasdaq ===================== Trade management ===================== If the entry is within the 30 min range, the target exit will be the high or low of that range, pending on the long/short strategy. Stop is placed using the Kyle's dynamic hotkey with a fixed $ size equal to 1R($35). 1st partial 50% = > 1R #b/e stop placed 2nd Partial 50% = 1/2 ATR or other technical levels. #b/e stop placed Trail stop placed at 20ma of the 5 min candle implemented after 2nd partial. .25 R invested. B/E stop is removed. Share Size: Pending on Kyle's hot key. It is fixed dollar amount, and the size is dependent on the stock price. Add ons. If the price is moving in the right direction, using the ABCD setup, add on 1R, if the price has not exceeded the daily ATR and the price is supported with Volume. If the price moves without volume, use caution. Possible trap setup.
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    U could try adding a horizontal line automatically to the location u clicked. I saw this somewhere, did not use it myself but script/code would look like this: AlertName=Above/Greater;AlertType=LastPrice;AlertOperator=>=;PopupWindow=Yes;Speak=Yes;AutoDelete=Yes;AddAlert; ConfigTrendLine horzline dotline:8f3e24:1:ffffff:8f3e24 ;HorizontalLine ; U can change the configuration of the horizontal line to ur own preference. Example of how to get the colors to ur preference can be found with Kyles Tool here: WEB UTILITY: DAS Hotkey Line Style Configuration tool. - DAS Trader Pro Tips and Tricks - Bear Bull Traders Forums
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    I could help. Roughly how many are going? Le Monde or tigerlily both on George street would be good venues. Could be busy though and may have to book in advance
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    Hey Everyone, as you know Andrew is traveling, if anyone is interested in meeting up Friday, October 8 for some drinks and talk trading? Date: October 8th Time: 6:00pm Venue: https://www.smithsbarandgrill.co.uk/ @ Paddington area
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    Guys, Andrew will be there 7 pm
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    Please see original post updated with venue.
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    Hey Abiel, I would be up for that. I live in Glasgow so it would be good to catch up with some local BBT members. David
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    Hi everyone, I'm a bit late to the party but I've only recently begun trying to meet other traders. My names Andrew and I'm an economics undergraduate working and living in London, and I've been trading on the DAS simulator for the past 4 months and watching the chat room for about 6, after naively trying to make it big on etoro, and then reading Andrew's book and realising that I really needed to devote myself to getting an education on day trading before I lost all my money. I've almost exclusively been trading and trying to master the ABCD pattern on the simulator on mid cap NYSE stocks ($10+) in the first 90mins of trading hours, but I've been having mixed results. I've also been logging my trades to keep track of my progress and try to identify whats working and what I could be doing better. I was wondering if perhaps there was a group chat I could join, or anyone looking for a trading buddy to share advice on trades with. Also since it's been a while since this topic was made, I'd be interested to hear how all your trading has been going for the past 6 months. Andrew
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    you can switch the latest DAS to the new config screen as explained in this video
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    This table does not apply to all traders, but for those that have a strategy that is very buying power intensive. It takes in consideration that IBKR and other brokers actually limit us to 25% margin in several volatile tickers, so this table is actually conservative on what could possibly be done with consistency. I made this table to clearly display what the ideal scenario is for someone who has a successful strategy that is reliant on the upper limit of their buying power available. Several of my win days are larger than my goal amount ( x3 ) and some are SIGNIFICANTLY bigger than my goal amount ( x10 ), so I decided to simplify this table and go with a "If I never lost a single day at bare minimum goal amount" approach. With a starting balance of $25,000, 0.05% risk per trade, 5R goal amount, and big winners every so often, you would still have to wait probably at least 2 1/2 years before living off of this income was easily achievable. (assuming you want to continue to build the account while living off of the income) At first the numbers seem way too conservative, but then all of a sudden they seem unbelievable. Year $ Gain Risk Bump @ +10% Intervals Goal Amount 5R Risk Per Trade 0.05% Total Trading Days Years Months Days $15,263 $25,000 $63 $13 40 0 1 28 $27,500 $69 $14 80 0 3 25 $30,250 $76 $15 120 0 5 23 $33,275 $83 $17 160 0 7 21 $36,603 $92 $18 200 0 9 19 $40,263 $101 $20 240 0 11 16 $27,039 $44,289 $111 $22 280 1 1 9 $48,718 $122 $24 320 1 3 7 $53,590 $134 $27 360 1 5 4 $58,949 $147 $29 400 1 6 32 $64,844 $162 $32 440 1 8 30 $71,328 $178 $36 480 1 10 27 $47,901 $78,461 $196 $39 520 2 0 20 $86,307 $216 $43 560 2 2 18 $94,937 $237 $47 600 2 4 16 $104,431 $261 $52 640 2 6 13 $114,874 $287 $57 680 2 8 11 $126,362 $316 $63 720 2 10 9 $84,860 $138,998 $347 $69 760 3 0 1 $152,898 $382 $76 800 3 1 29 $168,187 $420 $84 840 3 3 27 $185,006 $463 $93 880 3 5 25 $203,507 $509 $102 920 3 7 22 $223,858 $560 $112 960 3 9 20 $246,243 $616 $123 1000 3 11 18 $165,367 $270,868 $677 $135 1040 4 1 10 $297,954 $745 $149 1080 4 3 8 $327,750 $819 $164 1120 4 5 6 $360,525 $901 $180 1160 4 7 4 $396,577 $991 $198 1200 4 8 31 $436,235 $1,091 $218 1240 4 10 29 $292,958 $479,859 $1,200 $240 1280 5 0 22 $527,844 $1,320 $264 1320 5 2 19 $580,629 $1,452 $290 1360 5 4 17 $638,692 $1,597 $319 1400 5 6 15 $702,561 $1,756 $351 1440 5 8 12 $772,817 $1,932 $386 1480 5 10 10 $518,994 $850,099 $2,125 $425 1520 6 0 3 $935,109 $2,338 $468 1560 6 1 31 $1,028,619 $2,572 $514 1600 6 3 28 $1,131,481 $2,829 $566 1640 6 5 26 $1,244,630 $3,112 $622 1680 6 7 24 $1,369,092 $3,423 $685 1720 6 9 21 $1,506,002 $3,765 $753 1760 6 11 19 $1,011,372 $1,656,602 $4,142 $828 1800 7 1 12 $1,822,262 $4,556 $911 1840 7 3 10 $2,004,488 $5,011 $1,002 1880 7 5 7 $2,204,937 $5,512 $1,102 1920 7 7 5 $2,425,431 $6,064 $1,213 1960 7 8 33 $2,667,974 $6,670 $1,334 2000 7 10 30 $2,264,355 $2,934,771 $7,337 $1,467 2040 8 0 23 $3,228,248 $8,071 $1,614 2080 8 2 21 $3,551,073 $8,878 $1,776 2120 8 4 18 $3,906,181 $9,765 $1,953 2160 8 6 16 $4,296,799 $10,742 $2,148 2200 8 8 14 $4,726,479 $11,816 $2,363 2240 8 10 12 $5,199,126 $12,998 $2,600 2280 9 0 4 With a 3k account this last year I was able to make 34k (Totaling 37k), paid off my debt, and then made another 6.5k from only 8k starting balance in the last 3 months. I'm only 'flexing' these numbers because there isn't very much announced success on here to the point that it can be discouraging. I wasn't profitable for 3 years, and before I started making money I literally lost all of my money and money that wasn't mine. If you are someone reading this that doesn't have very much money, I would really encourage you to find good investments rather than day trading, while you learn to trade. Learn to do the conservative routes like selling covered calls and selling puts so you can get the confidence under your belt and build your equity. Slow is smooth, smooth is fast. Eventually you will stumble upon opportunities that are obvious rather than forcing trades because you won't have the stress of 'making it' as a day trader. Those opportunities will build your account and give you peace of mind while you chip away at this skill. All that being said, this table is actually achievable. Stay the course my friends. Bailey Nevener
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    I never thought of this situation that each trade to consider individual trade even though it's same stock. I just updated and tried in SIM, It's working for me.. Long StopPrice=Price-0;DefShare=BP*0.925;Price=Ask-Price+0.00;SShare=5/Price;Share=DefShare-SShare;DefShare=DefShare+SShare;SShare=Share;Sshare=DefShare-SShare;Share=0.5*SShare;TogSShare;ROUTE=SMRTL;Price= Ask+0.05;TIF=DAY+;BUY=Send;DefShare=200;TriggerOrder=RT:STOP STOPTYPE:MARKET PX:StopPrice-0.05 ACT:SELL STOPPRICE:StopPrice QTY:Share TIF:DAY+ Short StopPrice=Price+0;DefShare=BP*0.925;Price=Price-Bid+0.00;SShare=5/Price;Share=DefShare-SShare;DefShare=DefShare+SShare;SShare=Share;Sshare=DefShare-SShare;Share=0.5*SShare;TogSShare;ROUTE=MARKET;Price=Bid-0.01;TIF=DAY;SELL=Send;DefShare=50;TriggerOrder=RT:STOP STOPTYPE:MARKET PX:StopPrice+0.05 ACT:BUY STOPPRICE:StopPrice QTY:Share TIF:DAY+ For safety always try in SIM first. Best of luck....
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    ANOTHER UPDATE --- SOLVED MY PLATFORM DELAY ISSUE. WORKS GREAT!!!! So my issue with a few seconds delay between any order is finally fixed. In short, I installed the platform again on a completely different folder per recommendation from DAS. So I no longer have my platform freeze after every order or every time a pending order gets filled. It's a breath of fresh air....finally. Long story...my problem with seconds of delay freezing up my platform was feeling like it was getting worse....like 5 seconds where I can't do anything on my platform every time I place an order or when one gets filled. Finally I was playing around in SIM and Trade Replay and noticed the same thing happened, which is odd since it's just SIM and as far as I know, does NOT need any communication with TD. I had contacted DAS several times and tried all the usual things: updating platform, uninstall/reinstall, even changed my internet service provider for faster connection. Now that I made the connection of the delay happening in Trade Replay (I just recently signed up for replay), I knew it had to be my platform. I contacted DAS and they told me to reinstall in another folder and thankfully it now works as I hoped.
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    I have a solid strategy for trading reversals that I use every day on TNA and TQQQ with consistent success. I laid it out in a forum post here Ive backtested this strategy manually on excel, with the worst possible fills on buys and sells and it always works out as long as you trade every signal. I've also started taking short positions on the exact reverse of this strategy, which also works, and have since moved to using a 2m chart as opposed to a 1m chart so that it produces less signals but stronger trends. I would like to do some more refined backtesting with Stop losses based on the ichimoku indicator (breach of the tenkan or kijun moving averages and well as exits based on an overbought RSI using a script so I can increase position sizes with confidence
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    Hi Thomas, welcome to BBT. Wish you all the best in your future trading journey.
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    Updated: 8/8/2019 @ 12:44pm (PST) Finally out of the alpha stage and releasing this to the community, I've been using it with success. Because I had to do some musical chairs with memory I made a configuration utility as the script itself is very ugly. This is more of a BETA release for this, so if anyone wants to try this out in SIM and let me know if you have any issues with the configuration sheet or the hotkeys themselves. It's based on the work started by @fjmocke here: https://forums.bearbulltraders.com/topic/469-das-calculate-shares-based-on-account-risk/ . What it is: It's a hotkey command script that can be used to dynamically alter the share total based on: Available Buying Power (capital) Stop Location (Risk) % Account Risk OR Fixed Dollar Amount The script includes purchase power protection and won't send an order that you can not afford, it does this by calculating two factors: A - Shares You Can Afford B - Shares at Risk Parameter (e.g. $25,000 account equity, 1% risk = $250 risk, $250 * a stop distance of .10 = 2500 shares) min{A,B} = 0.5(A + B - | A - B | ) But, why male models? I just told you. /Zoolander reference You'd use this to calculate your share total based on what you're willing to risk. So instead of blindly throwing 500 shares at every setup, you can dynamically alter risked amount based on the per-trade setup. I use it on my StreamDeck (will also release the icon packs soon) with modifiers of 100%, 75%, 50%, and 25%. 100% is the A-Plus setups I see, those I have HIGH confidence in. Alternatively, if a stock has a large spread or is low-float, I may only use the 25% modifier key for those. Instructions for Configuration: Go to this link: V2.1: DOWNLOAD ^^ Recommend latest DAS version of Requires DAS version or above (current BETA branch as of 11/19/2018) for the physical stop portion to work. If you don't use the physical stop, you don't have to worry about it. NOTE: Thoroughly test in SIM to make sure it's doing what you expect it to do. Choose: Download the ZIP file and unzip to where you want. On "Setup & Instructions" configure your settings. Account Leverage (default for DAS is 4), this is the margin your broker gives you. Some off-shores give 6. It needs to match what is configured in DAS for proper calculations. Max Account Risk %. This is the maximum percent of equity you're willing to risk on every trade (default is 1%). You can always risk lower (more on that later). % of Total Buying Power. If you don't want to calculate based on the total buying power of 100%, you can set this to a lower percentage (example: 100,000 buying power with 60% here equals $60,000 maximum position size) Route. LIMIT, MARKET, SMRTL. Default is LIMIT. Order Bid/Ask Offset. This is the offset you use when you send the price for order, e.g. "Ask + 0.05" (meaning fill me up to 5 cents above ask) Time in Force. Default: Day+ Default Shares. This is the amount of shares you want to set as the DEFAULT SHARES for all trades (e.g. when you click a Symbol and it loads, this is the share total). You can see why this is here in the technical breakdown section below. Minimum Stop Buffer. This is an offset to the stop distance. If you set this to 0.05, it'll add 5 cents to the stop distance calculation (so if your stop distance is 0.05, it'll be calculated on 0.10). Switch to the "Hotkeys" tab. Choose your preferred style. % Risk of Equity (Dynamic) or Fixed Price (e.g. $150 risk). %Equity Risk: Use the drop down to select what you want the value to be % equity. NOTE: This is a modifier AFTER your account risk maximum %. So if you have 1% account risk, and set this to 50%, your effective account risk is 0.005 --> 0.5%. $ Fixed: Use the drop down to select what you want the value to be for dollar risk. Select "long" or "short" to flip the script's direction. Click the cell that contains the start of the command (E column) and Ctrl + C (copy). Paste it into DAS. It should look like a sample command below. Instructions for Usage: First, you must have "Double Click to Trade" turned on in Chart, Right-Click --> Configure --> Settings --> Double-click to trade. Double click the chart where you want to set a mental stop (it does not place a stop order, you can always put one in after). Hit your configured hotkey. Sample Scripts: LONG: DefShare=BP*0.98; Share=DefShare*0.25* Price * 0.01; Price = Ask - Price + 0.02;SShare = Share / Price; Share = DefShare - SShare; DefShare = DefShare + SShare; SShare = Share; SShare = DefShare - SShare; Share = 0.5 * SShare; TogSShare; ROUTE =LIMIT; Price = Ask + 0.05; TIF=DAY+; BUY=Send; DefShare = 500; SHORT: DefShare=BP*0.98; Share=DefShare*0.25* Price * 0.01; Price = Price - Bid + 0.02;SShare = Share / Price; Share = DefShare - SShare; DefShare = DefShare + SShare; SShare = Share; SShare = DefShare - SShare; Share = 0.5 * SShare; TogSShare; ROUTE =LIMIT; Price = Bid - 0.05; TIF=DAY+; SELL=Send; DefShare = 500; Technical Breakdown: DAS has basic scripting. Montage commands have access to very few read/write variables, basic operations, and only operators of addition, subtraction, division, and multiplication. To do this calculation we need additional operators (min function, and absolute function) and more memory for storage of variables. This command gets around these limitations by using user-writeable areas of memory in the program. Since DAS is written in the C++ language (from what I can tell), it's strict on what can be done in these existing memory locations. The hotkey uses the following items (plus the usual Price -- FLOAT): (Assumptions on Datatypes) DefShare -- INT (Used as a temporary variable for storage) SShare -- Unsigned INT (Behaves like an Unsigned INT in certain situations. Used as a temporary variable for storage) Share -- INT (Used as a temporary variable for storage) With the 3 INT variables, objects are moved around in memory so that we can calculate and compare with our variable limitation (be much easier if we could assign our own). To facilitate the ABS() function, we use a trick --> When a negative value is placed into an Unsigned INT it loses it's sign (thus, it becomes a POSITIVE value in memory). A more detailed technical breakdown (step by step) is located in the Configuration spreadsheet up above. Future Enhancements: If need be, I can make a step-by-step video of this entire process. I have a version that uses an AutoHotKey macro to drop a line at the stop location, I can upload that as well if people want it. ^^ Update, I discontinued this as it was too cumbersome. You had to have two sets of hotkeys for each command. I may someday revisit it if I can build out a configuration tool for it. TLDR: It does the math for you so you can risk a known amount (% or $) based on your per-trade risk position (stop distance). And yes, I'm a bit of a tech nerd. Also, longest post .. ever. Would not read again, 0/5 stars. --- KNOWN ISSUES: %Account Risk gets smaller and smaller when subsequent open positions Reason: No Equity variable, we reverse calculate equity using Buying Power. On subsequent positions, the % (e.g. 1%) calculation will be based on the available buying power and NOT the account equity. Workaround: Precalculate the %risk and use it for the $risk versions. So 1% of $25,000 equity equals $250. SSR rejection on LONG position when scaling out; rejection message (e.g. "Short marketable limit order disable due to SSR!") if using the automatic STOP trigger. Reason: DAS calculates that the position will drop below the open stop order position and reject as this can cause the position to "flip" if it was triggered. Workaround: Have a hotkey to clear the open orders (CXL ALLSYMB), clear it, scale the position (e.g. 25%). Either replace the stop or switch to a mental stop. Alternatively, you can add "CXL ALLSYMB;" to the front of the scale-out hotkeys. You just have to be cognizant to replace the stop order. Equated position size if very small (e.g. 4 or 5 shares when expected is hundreds). Reason: Wrong side was used for the order. E.g. a long hotkey is used when trying to go short. -or- Stop Distance was calculated to be a negative value (clicked too close to current price). Workaround: Be cognizant of the hotkeys used and the stop distance clicked. Clicking too close (a really tight stop) can be very dangerous if you do it inadvertently. TriggerOrder for automatic STOP placement not being sent (no stop order placed). Reason: Montage is not set to a style that doesn't allow TriggerOrder input. Styles not compatible are: Default [DAS's, if you changed it], Basic, OCO, Option, Full Fix: Use a style that is compatible, they are: Stop Order, Detail, Trigger -- I recommended using the "Stop Order" montage style. To change this, right click the montage area around where you'd enter a price and select Style --> Your Choice. --- UPDATES: 10/17/2018 - Added v.1.1 link, you'd need to use the new version to change anything. - General cleanup of the script. Added instructions for the IB issue (discussed in this thread) - NEW FEATURE: Added a new section to the Hotkeys sheet, it will now create a set up for Dynamic Scale-In hotkey commands. You'd use these by setting a scale value (say you want an additional 50% of your current position size). The hotkey will calculate the maximum share you can afford (how much you can afford at the moment) and the scale value, choosing to take the least amount. So if your current position is 1500 shares (@ $50.00) and you want to scale in at 50% your current position, it'd check if you can afford an additional 750 shares, if you can't, it'll buy the maximum you can afford. For this example, you can't afford it (if Buying Power is 100k), so it'd buy roughly $25k worth (500 shares). - CLEANUP: Cleaned up the $Dollar Risk version and removed unnecessary steps. Don't really need to replace yours if they exist, but worth noting. 10/30/2018 - Added @Michael P's suggested fixes for Excel. Configuration tool should now work in both Sheets and Excel. - NOTICE: This was a configuration tool change, no changes were made to the hotkey scripts, so no need to change any existing hotkeys. 11/19/2018 - Shortened some of the commands so we don't hit any hotkey character limit, makes them less readable, but shorter. Couldn't get them low enough to fit the montage buttons though (although removing the portions for the buying power rejection protection would likely do it). - Added a section for SELL/COVER buttons for people who just need to create those. E.g. "Sell 25% position" or "Sell 33% position". - Added @Robert H's stop suggestion. New fields on the setup page for enabling physical stops. If enabled, it'll place a MARKET or LIMIT (settings included) trigger order to go into the market once the initial order is fulfilled, these are placed at the location you double-clicked on the chart. 11/20/2018 - Added a stop-order setting to set an additional buffer for the stop price (for those that want to include or exclude the double-clicked price). - Added conditional formatting to subdue the stop settings that aren't required if you disable sending a physical stop into the market. 12/10/2018 - Added a known issues section to this post and the spreadsheet (for when a new version goes up). 12/12/2018 - Updated known issues section to include the "Montage Style" issue for TriggerOrders. 12/13/2018 - Updated to new version 1.46. Fixed a bug in the Trigger Order script which could cause it to not be interpreted by DAS's command parser on certain user settings. - Added "modifier" extra hotkeys. See instructions next to these on how to use them. - - - Set Stop to Breakeven - Long or Short - Stop Limit or Stop Market (cancels any pending orders for SYMB) - - - Set Stop to Breakeven - Bidirectional - Stop Market (cancels any pending orders for SYMB) - - - Stop - Update Price - Long or Short - Stop Limit or Stop Market (cancels pending orders, double click chart where you want stop before firing hotkey) - - - Stop - Update Price - Bidirectional - Stop Market (cancels pending orders, double click chart where you want stop before firing hotkey) - - - Stop - Update Position - Long or Short - Stop Limit or Stop Market - Replace (requires you double-click the original stop in the Orders window) - - - Stop - Update Position - Bidirectional - Stop Market Orders Only - Replace (requires you double-click the original stop in the Orders window). 8/8/2019 - New version 2.0, download the .zip file and unzip it. - Fixed an issue with some hotkey configurations that may have caused them to be inaccurate in vary rare situations. Recommend recreating your hotkeys in this new version, just to be sure. - Added Profit Target hotkeys. - Added % Scale-In Hotkeys - Added $ Risk Scale-In Hotkeys - Added Short-SSR to Long/Short dropdown for SSR hotkeys (DAS Simulator) - Added Range Order hotkeys - Added Y-Margin Scale Increase hotkey, Y-Margin Decrease, and Y-Margin Reset - Added new sheet "Example - Equity%" and "Example - $Risk" to give a more workflow outlook on what is happening. - Included a ScaleOut worksheet to manually simulate what different scale percentages / scenarios look like (instructions will be in the video). ALSO: Video is done and rendering, I think it comes in at 45minutes with 3.4gigs (4k), so it'll need to be optimized before I upload it to YouTube. Will try to do it today and will update this when done. 9/10/2019 - New version 2.1 released. Just general clean up (UI) and bug fixes. - FIXED: Issue with the Scale-In $Risk hotkeys. - FIXED: Issue with the Stop Update Price long and short hotkeys> ^^ If you use either of those, please regenerate them and replace in your DAS to avoid issues. UPDATES: The majority of this side project is completed and besides a few requests I have in with DAS developers to optimize a few things, out of any major bugs or improved scripting features, I'd say this is about done. I'll provide any edge-case support as need, but I want to move on to other BBT-community projects. So what do I have cookin' for you guys, gals, and cat? You'll see a glimpse in the video of an early prototype (buggy! I programmed that in a few hours, so bugs are expected) of a DAS calculator side program. The newer version (need to finish the UI) will incorporate a lot more in ways of tools for you, including automatically calculating changes without a hotkey intervention. It also allows you to mass-process trade log .csv files you may have exported and compile it into Excel or .CSV for import into other programs. Configuration is drag/drop friendly, so rearranging your columns is as easy as click and holding. I'm also going to shift my attention to finishing my ORB-strategy research. Right now, my datapool encompasses 15000 news article, gaplists for 2011-2019, and 1second data for stocks in that range. It's a data store of roughly 80 gigs. The idea is to test for hidden signals we may not see that can indicate a potential direction of an ORB strategy (if no rare outside influence occurs, like a terrorist attack) by leveraging a consortium of machine learning algorithms to give us a higher probability of success for each day. Depending how the research works out, the end product would likely be a probability predictor for each day. I'll share the research results with the community and may incorporate some other tests as well. VIDEO: Ok, so I may have gone down an editing rabbit hole and that took longer than expected. The videos are up, came in quite long so I chunked it down. Sorry it's a tad scattered and not one-linear cohesive unit, but I tried to mark it up as best as possible. Part 1 - Config / Math - https://youtu.be/YrRrydwGyRY Part 2 - Setup, Quick Examples, Tips - https://youtu.be/pXLlWF7T6hw Part 3 - Sim Trade Example - https://youtu.be/SO9UhJh4dTc Bonus 1 - Scale/Price Excel Calc - https://youtu.be/KTr_iJ2p0TU Bonus Tips - https://youtu.be/sNHXFMoia7A
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    Thank you for helping me on Thor’s hot keys I really appreciate it Kjh
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    Got a response from IBKR to an email I sent. The FAQ is accurate, you cannot open an account if you are a resident of NWT, Yukon or Nunavut. So now I need to think on this. I'm planning on moving in 2022 so could wait until then. But that would be like 18 months in SIM (at least I'm not losing money?) It seems the other broker/platforms I've looked at are more expensive, slower execution/data, or not as robust platforms. After spending around 11 months in SIM already, I'm tempted to just wait it out now that I'm familiar with DAS and have built my strategies around it's tools and knowledge from this community. I've been looking at Questrade, TD Direct, even QTrade and Wealthsimple Trade. I tend to go for longer moves rather than scalping and was going to look at Medved for Questrade as an option although I understand I'd need L2 data from somewhere else. But all these options feel jury-rigged. Any thoughts on all this are welcome.
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    hi troyn1080, it works on all time frames 1min 2min same stock was a 3BP on 15min too 5min stop loss goes to the 2nd candle low (for longs) or 2nd candle body low depending on the pullback size. It can go to the low for the entering candle as usually if that candle changes color you are done.If it has too big wick you use the body. If it is too narrow use the wick. The most important for the 3bar plays are the entry rules. It has to be trend continuation, the first candle needs to be breaking out of a range or through MAs with huge volume and the next bar needs to be a significant lower volume and the break will just hit and run. It is best if they are combined with an ORB or ABCD on different time frames so you get more people in going with your direction
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    The Money Zone is where 70% of the volume was traded on a given day. It can use it with das trader. Its in the study config/volume by price/config button and check the show volume area box. to use it go to the previous day and mark the value area high, value area low. you can then use the marked area to judge the type trading day for the upcoming session. in this example NIO is opening above vale and above yesterdays range. this signals bullish strength and should have you looking to take a long position if your bias is confirmed. This can also use this with a longer time frame. when we go back 5 days and see NIO has been consolidating. Mark the Money Zone area for this expanded timeframe and you can see after 3 days NIO dropped below the lower value area and quickly bought back up to the top of the value area. the next day NIO sold off in the morning and was quickly bought back up to close above value . This is signaling a possible rejection of value and a possible move to new value ahead. another confirmation of strength in this move is the pivot point relationship. it is an inside value relationship with a narrow pivot range further confirming the possibility of searching for new value. as we can see it didn't even stop to test the value area high before looking for higher value area.
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    Futures (MES) algo trading journal 8/30/21 Monday. I don't see any where in the forums to post/discuss algo trading so I will just drop my algo trades in my day trading journals. Well I took some time off from trading and then decided to restart algo only trading. I usually don't post my SIM trades, but this is my 1st real-time algo trading even though it is in SIM. This is just a classic shallow pullback to the 20SMA. I spent several weeks trying to be profitable with this setup in SIM and gave up. Out of curiosity I created an algo trade for it and ran 4 months of data. No surprise it not profitable. But still curious I tried to optimize the parameters and to my surprise, after optimization, the setup was quite profitable (PF=2.2) with a 50% success rate. Since I would not try algo trading live on the ES (too expensive until more confident) I reran the backtest for the MES (Micro ES). To my surprise the setup was again not profitable. That was a shock since the MES and ES follow each other so closely. I spent a few more hours optimizing for the MES and attained a PF of 1.6 but more trades were triggered on the MES so actually more profitable. Below is the MES today. Sorry about the small arrows, that is what the Ninjatrader SW uses. The 1st trade was triggered at 2am and reached target at 7am. Minutes later a second trade was triggered and reached target quite quickly. Surprisingly a 3rd trade was triggered and is still active at the time of writing. The setup is simply: Take only long trades (back tests says short trades are not profitable with this setup) The price needs to break the Keltner upper band that was optimized for the MES. Surprisingly the ES needed a different band (both are blue). The price drops below the 20SMA (but not too far). Then the price breaks back above the 20SMA. But we need some time the price holds so we know it still won't drop. Then go long and set up target and stop. I still need to program in the trade management. Right now its just a target and stop. But I have time. The ES/MES 9/21/21 contract will end soon. I don't like trading during the rollover period so I probably won't go live until October. I added the Strategy back test data at the bottom. I set R=$30 and essentially the setup makes 11R a month. I need to find two more setups like that!! I hope everyone is having a good day. Rob C
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    I have found this too. For trading I find video tutorials much easier to understand than books, or better yet practicing it yourself! Trading reminds me of learning to drive, its a practical thing and you can read all the guides you want. Actually doing it is what counts. Trading is more mindset than anything. It takes nerves of steel to actually execute a strategy and hold to it, without getting greedy or panicking when things go south.
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    it is not a broker issue. it is the fact that your broker has less stocks shortable therefore you cannot put an order to sell for positions you have a stop loss order present as it would mean you submit a new order. the solution is to cancel previous order in the partialing hotkey - add CXL ALLSYMB; at the start of all your partial/exit scripts some broker require specific contract to be signed for low float penny stocks. also IB has it. you need to have some net worth too for those.
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    I just switched to DAS with TDA. I was with IB before. So far, I haven't noticed any major problems with fills. I have had a couple instances of bad slippage, but might have happened anyway regardless of the broker because I got stopped on a breakout. I am trading small size and doing lots of scalps, so the savings in commissions is definitely worth it. When I start increasing my trade size and profits, I will probably switch back to IB. In my first couple weeks, these are the differences I noticed: Need to change all my hotkeys to LIMIT and MARKET instead of SMRTL and SMRTM. No problem. Otherwise, it was really easy to switch from DAS IB to DAS TDA It seems TDA will not allow me to close my position or close part of my position if I have a stop in place. I don't like this because I like to partial and then edit my stop after. Keeping the old stop keeps the little order marker on my the chart showing me visually where my stop was and I can click on my order and just replace my share quantity without redoing the stop. This is not a huge issue, but it is more work for me. I think TDA might be trying to protect people from accidentally forgetting they have a stop order and then get filled the opposite direction without knowing. Personally, I like that IB gives you the freedom to do anything you want even if it might not make sense for most people. When I click to buy/sell, there is a delay in DAS showing my order in the platform...less than one second, but for those milliseconds I wonder if I was filled and what price I was filled. I think it's just the delay in the data showing the platform and not the actual price filled. So for example, if I was going long, I hit buy...the price keeps moving up and after a slight delay I see the trade triangle where I was filled and it is usually better than where the price is currently trading. The delay is a little annoying since I like quick scalps, but it looks like I get filled where I expected. TD free commissions does not apply to every ticker or instrument. Honestly, I haven't figured out which stocks have commission or not, maybe the OTC ones (?). I will research this later since I just got started here. There were also some names I can trade on IB, but not on DAS TD, like JUVAF. Again, I am not sure why (not short locate problem because I was long). Perhaps it was foreign - I don't know. Hope this helps!
  28. 1 point
    After listening to the Mastering Trading Psychology Audiobook by Andrew and Mike, I'm proud to say I've taken some very positive steps in my lifestyle choices. I got myself an Exercise Bike in February and have been doing a daily workout where I never really exercised at all (unless you count running around after 3 kids exercise). 3 Weeks ago, I was having beer almost daily, and from 2 weeks ago, now only having some at the weekend instead. And from today, I've cut out coffee during the week. Along with missing breakfast most mornings, I decided to kill 2 birds with 1 stone and make my own fruit smoothies - I get my breakfast, and my morning drink. Feel good about the changes I'm making and it's thanks to listening to that audiobook - Thanks Guys.
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    Hi everyone, I've gotten a ton of requests for my hotkey file and associated StreamDeck icons and I haven't been able to stay on top of all the google drive requests. So I've attached them to this post! Included in the zip file: -Short and long icons for trading sizes for 100 to 10,000 shares -Sell 1/4, 1/2, and ALL size icons -Cancel icons -A couple of custom icons -The Adobe Illustrator template file to make your own -And finally my hotkey file with a specific, logical hotkey defined for each share size in the set. Hope you enjoy! JH-STREAMDECK-ICONS.zip
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    Not sure if this is the right forum for this as I couldn't find one where it "fit" the criteria perfectly, so move it as needed. In the documents linked below is an example trading plan that I created many months ago from various sources, as well as my own thoughts. I've developed many business plans in a similar fashion and the way I get the most done is by typing up a list of questions, printing it out, and writing (or typing) thorough answers to those questions. You then wait a few days (reset your mind) and return, putting those answers into concise statements / paragraphs to form the basis of your overall business plan. For a trading plan, you may never do the second part (putting it into concise paragraphs), that's OK. The intended purpose of a plan (for business or trading) is to make you think and develop a vision for what you feel is success and how you intend to go about reaching your goal. Just like a business plan, you may deviate from it, you may go slower than you projected, and / or you may alter it along the way. It doesn't matter how you use it after you create it, it's just there to put you back on the tracks if you come off or serve as a reminder to the longer term goal if you're having a short term struggle. Some Tips: - I encourage you to really reflect on your answers, get granular with them, the more you get out of your head now is the more you'll be able to power through in the end. My last major business plan I wrote risk-aversion scenarios for coupe d'etat's (it was for the Middle East) and an assortment of what-if's related to the region - you won't need that here (although, maybe you have terrible in-laws and it's not out of the question), but it helps to think complex (possible) scenarios through as you'll be more prepared to react if it happens. - Set realistic goals. I took a few psychology courses on goal setting at university for my degree and they all seem to agree. Break the goal up into small obtainable steps and build momentum. So don't say "I want to be a billionaire in 5 years," reframe it as "In 5 years, I'd like to have my house paid off entirely, and I'm going to do it by ...". A goal too far out of reach or without structure is useless, even if there's a slim chance. The document has questions for the following sections: - Introduction --> Just a brief overview of what's intended. - Overall Goals & Strategy --> Questions regarding your intended trading goals and strategy. - Education / Evolution --> Questions about how you're going to gain knowledge and evolve to meet your goals. - Psychology --> Questions for how you plan to deal with the psychological aspects of trading. - Timeline --> Your intended timeline of milestones. How you plan to progress through it. - Future You Statements --> Prejourney Statement (message to yourself to be read after you've completed the journey, written in the future-sense like you're talking back at yourself.) - Time Statements --> Done at certain intervals, a quick journal of your progress so far. - After Completion Statements --> Area for you to reflect after this leg of the journey is over and you're about to start the next. Documents: Template File (with example data): https://drive.google.com/file/d/1hKLkaPc4pYXNIpjv26ud3pFLWbeBogvL/view?usp=sharing Template File (blank, just questions): https://drive.google.com/file/d/14VL_ZVk1gBgqpKNeYwiNJDYwfWfSF2gS/view?usp=sharing
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    I chatted with an IB representative who was very helpful. In short, it seems like there is nothing to worried about when it comes to the exchange rate. I don't think you have to convert everything to USD (or deposit in USD) either. Here is an example. If I have $1,000 CAD and $0 USD and I want to buy a $100 stock, then I am borrowing $100USD from IB. At this point, I have -$100 balance in USD. If I have a winning trade and now I sell the stock at $120, then I have a $20 profit. My USD account balance now will be $20. If I lose and sell the stock at $80, then now I have -$20 balance in USD. For -$20, I will have to pay some interest to IB or you can convert the amount from your CAD balance. As you can see, there is no place for the exchange rate to come in because I would be simply trading in borrowed USD, not CAD that is converted to USD. However, the exchange rate changes every day and when it comes to the total balance shown in USD it changes every day even if you don't trade at all. With the $1,000 CAD scenario, if the USD/CAD exchange rate is 0.8, then your balance in USD is $800, but if the rate drops to 0.78, then the balance will be $780. You would still have $1,000 Canadian. If the CAD value drops significantly, then the total value of your balance in USD drops significantly too and even if you win some trades (in USD), you may have less USD equivalent (as your base currency) at the end of the day than when you started trading in the morning. I think it is what happened to the OP. But I believe you would still have your original CAD balance in your account (plus the positive USD won in the trades).
  33. 1 point
    Recently downloaded and am going through the process of starting to use Sierra charts. With this comes the massive learning curve. I did this for one reason and one only. SUB ONE MINUTE CHARTS. They get the tick feeds, so I don't get why they cant pass it onto us. Especially with their ever lauded Nasdaq co-location. This should be beyond capable for them. I need this data for how I want to trade. Yes I know to most even 1min charts are noise. If the power of this community can help William implement new hotkeys, I'm fairly certain we can get this done.
  34. 1 point
    Hi Zack This is a B/E stop market order: ALLSYMB;Route=Stop;Price=AvgCost;StopType=MARKET;STOPPRICE=AvgCost;StopPrice=Round2;Share=Pos;TIF=DAY+;Send=Reverse;ROUTE=SMRTL I guess you just need o change StopType to LIMIT ALLSYMB;Route=Stop;Price=AvgCost;StopType=MARKET;LIMIT=AvgCost;StopPrice=Round2;Share=Pos;TIF=DAY+;Send=Reverse;ROUTE=SMRTL Not sure if you can use Price=AvgCost+.05 maybe you can test this in the sim and let us know if it worked for you.
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    Good news, I fanally solved my problem. Since IB where busy with the Covid-19, it took me 3 weeks in total to make all arrangements and have my USD account working. First, I took out my CAD $ from my IB account. I've then opened a USD account over the Internet with my current Royal Bank of CANADA but it did not work. They could not make a USD transfer to a Canadian provider since it was going to convert my USD deposit to CAD and I could not link this account to IB. They had to transfer me to another department for USD account with RBC in USA. I then checked with Bank of Montreal where I have another account ond opened a USD account. Took me 2 minutes over the Internet. I then linked my account directly with IB. After the verification, I was able to make a deposit in US to my account. Now, everything is working perfectly, I don't loose even 1$ from my gains. Hope this topic could help someone.
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    This will place your stop loss to break even if you're long or short: CXL ALLSYMB;Route=Stop;Price=AvgCost;StopType=MARKET;STOPPRICE=AvgCost;StopPrice=Round2;Share=Pos;TIF=DAY+;Send=Reverse;
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    I think this is the issue. You don't want to change your account you just want to deposit USD into your Canadian IB account and then trade with that. I just opened a chat with them a few hours ago trying to figure out this issue for you. They stated that if you deposit USD there will be no currency conversions; you will trade US stocks with your USD.
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    Just wanted to come back and answer my own question on this, in case someone else needs it in the future. You can place alerts more quickly now by clicking on the chart. Steps: 1) Right click on a chart > Chart Area > Config Area. Check the box in the bottom-right that says "Enable placing alert on chart". 2) Next, you must create a hotkey (Setup > Hot Key > Add New Item). I have simple scripts for when price crosses above or below my alert price. I'll share them: Price crosses ABOVE alert price: AlertName=newalert;AlertType=LastPrice;AlertOperator=>=;AddAlert Price crosses BELOW alert price: AlertName=newalert;AlertType=LastPrice;AlertOperator=<=;AddAlert 3) Open the Alerts window (Tools > Alert & Trigger). This window NEEDS to be open for the hotkeys to work, so I now just have it permanently fixed in my Desktop layout. 4) Now, when you press your hotkey, an arrow with an "A" next to it will show up on the chart, and you simply click the price where you'd like the alert to be placed. (NOTE: The first time you click, you'll get an error message that says "Placing alert failed". Just click again and it will work. This is a bug and I've reported it to DAS already.
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    My full time job is as a User Experience designer. I study users to understand their needs, mental models, and design software that "fits" their brains. One of the key measurements I utilize to evaluate a design is cognitive load. Put simply, cognitive load is how much "brain effort" it takes to learn and understand something. Trading is a very high cognitive load activity. Learning to trade even more so. When I set out to learn trading I immediately looked for ways to eliminate as much "extra" thinking as possible. Hence the streamdeck. Memorizing hot-keys takes effort, and while I'm trying to juggle chart signals, make planning and position-size decisions, and execute good risk management I don't also want to be trying to remember which hot key I set to buy 500 shares. By using the stream deck I don't have to remember, because my hot keys are visual, right in front of my face. Next to my membership here, I'd say the Stream Deck is the best investment I've made in my trading.
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    I believe the objective of all trading rules is to manage risk. As such, daily targets are important, but only insofar as it helps the trader manage their risk profile. I will state up front, however, that I very firmly believe that a daily targets should not be solely (nor primarily) profit based. On any successful trade, I think we can all agree that you would never completely exit a trade just because you’ve made “too much” money. However, smart trade management tells you that you should scale out of a successful trade to lock in profits and manage downside risk. You should also move your stop-loss point, as appropriate, to avoid profit slippage on any shares you still carry. And eventually, you will exit the trade when the technical indicators dictate…and not(!) based on our achieved P&L. Likewise, I think traders should set a daily target. Not to specifically tell you when to stop trading, but to set a risk parameter that will allow you to reduce downside risk. Personally, here’s how I do it. Before each trading day I set my daily trading target along with my max loss target for the day and my max loss per trade. For illustration, let’s assume those values are as follows: Daily profit target: $500 Max daily loss: $300 Max loss per trade: $100 Minimum per trade risk-to-reward ratio: 1:2 * *(note that this value rarely changes) This tells me that on this day, I cannot, at any point in time, have more than 3 more losing trades than I have winning trades or I will hit my max loss and have to stop trading. The daily max loss is unalterable once set. No exceptions. However, the daily profit target is a guideline only, and here’s the rules I use to manage my risk: 1. Throughout the day (approximately hourly) I self-assess on how tired I am. If at any point I determine I am too tired to be effective, I will force myself to stop trading no matter the time of day or what profit level I am at. This, of course, is much easier said than done. But, through years of practice I have gotten very good at self-regulation and am able to put down my tools and stop trading. 2. Equally, I will also assess how distracted I am. If at any point I determine I have become distracted from the markets for any reason (emails, family, the chatroom, YouTube(!), etc.) and am not “in the zone” for trading, I will take a forced break of a minimum of 10 minutes (up to 2 hours) depending on the situation and time of day. I will then re-assess whether I can, and am willing(!), to re-focus on the markets to make some successful trades. If not, my trading day is done. If I am good to go, I will look at my P&L. If I am over my daily target, then I will not re-enter the market. If I am red but not a max loss, I will stop trading. If I am green but below my target I will consider resuming trading. My reasoning for this is that if I allowed myself to get distracted once today, it’s more likely to happen again if I am over target and feeling comfortable than if I still need to hustle to hit my goal. If I am red and got distracted, then I am obviously not in the game and any continuation of my trading will very likely lead to me hitting max loss. 3. If I am over my target, but not more than 1 loss over (i.e. between $500-600), then I will reduce my trade size by 50% until: a) I have achieved a profit of more than $600 where I can return to full trade size if I like, b) my profit dips below $500 and I must stop trading, or c) I remain between $500-600 through 2 more trades when I will also require myself to stop trading as my trades are obviously not achieving their individual risk-to-reward targets. 4. If I am over my target of $500 but not yet at 2x my target (i.e. $1000 in this example), then I can continue to trade until either: a) I have 2 consecutive losses, or b) I come within 1 loss (i.e. $100) of my $500 initial target. In either case, I must stop trading immediately 5. If I have had an exceptional day and am more than 2x my target, then I allow myself to risk any amount over $1000, if I feel like it. However, note that based on my fixed daily rules, I must still NEVER exceed my maximum loss (risk) per trade of $100. If I slide under $1100 (i.e less that 1 loss away from 2x target), then I must stop trading immediately. The above rules cover most scenarios. I hope this wasn’t too convoluted. It makes perfect sense to me and because I have been applying them for so long I am able to assess the above rules in seconds throughout the day, almost automatically. However, I know they might seem complex, especially when seeing them for the first time. At the outset of this article, I mentioned that I believe targets should not solely be profit based. Embedded in the above rules are my personal ‘targets’ on effectiveness, focus, risk, and fun! Yes, fun! Rule 5 is completely fun based. I allow myself to play with any ‘extra’ money, if I so choose. If that day it feels more fun to keep the money than to trade it, I will. However, if it’ll be more fun to keep trading, I can…as long as I stick within my rules thus limiting my risk exposure. Also note that rules 1 and 2 are done hourly throughout the day, irrespective of my P&L. They precede any consideration for how profitable I am on the day. As a final note, I have the habit of not looking at my daily P&L unless absolutely necessary. I used to stare at it constantly and it led to some bad behaviours. So, now I keep it hidden so as not to distract me or affect my decision making on any given trade. (I do however, look at my P&L on any open trade). So, how do I know my P&L and apply my rules if I can’t see where I’m at? I’ve found that I generally have a pretty good feel for where I’m at. I know if I’ve had a good or a bad day. I’ll usually only check when I’ve either taken a distraction interrupt, if I believe I am near max loss (that one is usually easy), or if I’m not sure if I am just above or below break-even. If I’ve made it to lunch without those happening, then I’ll check before I get up for lunch and apply my rules as appropriate.
  41. 1 point
    Just watched this video.... "20 Habits of Highly Successful Traders"... but the guy really talks about 31 habits: 1.Wealthy traders are patient with winning trades and are enormously impatient with losing trades 2.They realize that making money is more important that being right 3.They look at charts as a picture of where traders are lining up to buy or sell 4.Before they enter any trade they know exactly where they will exit for either a gain or a loss 5.They approach trade number 5 with the same mindset they did on the trade 4 previous losing trades 6.They use "naked" charts and focus on zones 7.They realized a long time ago that being uncomfortable trading is OK 8.The markets are their workplace. They are a participant, not an on-looker. 9.They stopped trying to pick tops and bottoms. 10.They stopped thinking about the market being "cheap" or "expensive" 11.They are willing to change sides if the market tells them to do so 12.They trade aggressively when trading well and modestly when they are not 13.They realize the market will be open again tomorrow 14.They never add to a losing trade... EVER 15.Cash is the goal, but never the measure of success 16.They read about mobs and riots 17.They provide liquidity to the markets while watching price and volume 18.They have a way to gauge fear, greed and speed of the markets: Tick charts 233, 612 19.They practice reading the right side of the chart, not the left 20.Every wealthy trader has an "edge" they can explain to their mothers 21.Their position size is calculated exactly on risk tollerance 22.Profit targets are based on average range or something objective 23.One or two trades a month make their month 24.Confident decision makers in the face of imconplete information 25.A losing trade does not mean they are a loser 26.They buy higher highs and sell lower lows 27.Their business isn't trading, it's finding the right trades 28.They write down or record every trade, price, thoughts, news, attitude 29.Their conviction on an active trade remains unless something major changes 30.A winning trade does not result in taking on extra risk the next trade 31.They trade the reaction, not the news
  42. 1 point
    I opened an account with IB Canada (separate entity), and here is what I have been doing to trade US stocks: 1. Funded account in Canadian dollars (CAD) 2. Set base currency to USD in Account Management (only for display and reporting purposes) 3. Converted a small amount of CAD to USD to cover initial losses. This video tutorial was very helpful 4. Each day, my Buying Power in IB/DAS is converted from CAD to equivalent USD 5. I day trade only US stocks and close out all positions at end of day 6. I stay well below my BP--again, calculated in USD in DAS 7. Profits and losses are settled in USD automatically 8. Commissions are deducted from USD balance 9. USD balance increases/declines with profit/loss at the end of each day Note that the majority of my equity used for buying power and margin is still in CAD (+90%). When I am profitable, I plan on converting the USD gains to CAD on a monthly--maybe even weekly--basis. This way I am not exposed to long-term currency risk. Not sure if any of the above is helpful at all, but I've documented it here for future reference. Best of luck!
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    Hi, The post is not new but I want to share my experience with option trading. My first few option trades, I opened my positions and I hold until they expired. Then I started to close my positions after few days or weeks when the price moves according to my plan. I don't want hold my money for a long period. Now I am trading options within a day "Day trading Options" and definitely I picked stocks in play. I also do swing trade. If anyone wants to day trade options, I will say first start with swing trade, understand price movement and earn experience. Best of luck.
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