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  1. 3 points
    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: https://drive.google.com/open?id=1TJy7jRHhdMYGyyfKbbYd3M7j6bqxgeoy ^^ Recommend latest DAS version of 5.4.3.0. Requires DAS version 5.2.0.34 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
  2. 3 points
    Hola compañeros hispanohablantes ! @Abiel me comentó que sería buena idea enlazar aquí el video que hice para explicaros cómo uso las teclas rápidas en TWS con chart-trader, que es la herramienta de trading directa en el gráfico que provee la aplicación. Es bastante más potente que DAS y me pareció interesante compartirlo. TWS es una herramienta muy potente a mi parecer, que sólo se queda atrás en DAS para el scalping. Espero os guste ! Saludos, Pablo PS: @Andrew Aziz @Thor if you consider that this video might help others, we might try to translate it into English too
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    When you hit the button to take your partial you can add this to the end of it to set a stop at break even. This is a 25% partial with stop at break even: CXL ALLSYMB;ROUTE=SMRTL;Price=Ask+0.02;Share=Pos*.25;TIF=DAY+;BUY=Send;TriggerOrder=RT:STOP STOPTYPE:MARKET StopPrice:AvgCost ACT:BUY QTY:POS TIF:DAY+
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    A lot of members in our chat is looking to find a program to record their trades. I've been using Das recording for a while now. I wanna share with you guys a tutorial video how to do it step by step. If you have any questions or need help feel free to ask.
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    I have created a combined Playbook and Trade Planner that may be of use for some fellow members. I use it myself as a kind of cheat sheet to refer to prior to entering a trade. The idea was to store setups / strategies with picture examples in a single file that can reveal that example with the click of a button. An example of a cheat sheet is shown in the picture. In addition to the pictures of setups I have also defined some indicators / rules for each setup which refresh with the setup selection. I define the indicators on the "Strategy_definition" sheet and add pictures in the (hidden) columns on the "Plan" sheet. When a strategy is selected in cell D8 and the button is clicked, it refreshes the table of indicators and unhides a cheat sheet example picture for that setup / strategy. It is a bit slow to refresh. In addition I have added a trade planner table. I enter my intended STOP and entry price and the intended trade direction (Long / Short) and it refreshes the R:R table which provides me with the price levels that would need to be met to deliver a 2R trade and beyond. I like to compare these price levels to support / resistance levels I have marked on the stock and other technical levels and moving averages to assess the potential roadblocks at various prices. In addition I may throw in a rough trade management plan on a simplified level with Partials planned out. I include some other useful info like RVOL, the direction of the overall market etc whilst planning the trade. As a pretty new trader still in SIM I have found this has helped me to be more disciplined / patient. It also helps journal later as it gives an idea of what I was expecting before entering a trade. I just copy a new "Plan" sheet for every new trade and have one file for the trading day with several sheets. The setups I have included are my interpretation of setups mainly from the moderators success webinars. On that basis, take it as a disclaimer to check that you agree with my interpretation and test in SIM if you plan on using this. The file is an excel document and can be accessed via the Google drive link below. It needs to have macros enabled in order for the button to unhide the cheat sheet pictures to work. I have left some blank fields to allow a longer list of setups to be included. Any feedback, tips or suggestions for improvement are most welcome. https://drive.google.com/file/d/1PoAgvlTZ5AwVDkcu3ciEhTafGCprnGip/view?usp=sharing
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    Hey everyone! I thought it'd be fun to make a video a day about 1 or 2 trades I take (or don't take) that I feel have a lot of substance, this is less a journal and more a challenge for myself to articulate my thought process and to solidify concepts I'm still working through. Just a little backstory on myself...At the time of writing this post I am 6 months in to trading sim, I'm 30 years old, I'm an Air Force veteran, and currently a student at UC Berkeley! I read Andrews book once about a year and a half ago, and again about 7 months ago and decided to give trading a go! It's been really fun and also very challenging! Okay ... lets go! June 3rd 2020 $MGM - Hidden Orders / Over Extension June 4th 2020 $AAL - 2 min orb, stop placement, ascending triangle, extension, sick ABCD!!
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    Wednesday - September 09, 2020 Index Futures Watch /ES is beginning to show potential for bottoming, as we have moved outside our VA Low around 3380 and are gapping slightly above yesterday's low, which was near the low of the session. We expect some movement back into the VA Range, with 3500 as our V POC and high-end target for a bounce. 10D 30M Chart /NQ extended further below the VA Low 11555 and saw a potential low of 10935 on yesterday's AM session. Out short term target for a bounce is the VA Low, which coincides with recent lower highs before yesterday's selloff. We're seeing a larger gap up in the current PM session, which may lead to a larger move higher. 10D 30M Chart /RTY looks overall similar to /NQ, with more volume placed at V POC 1565 and less 'peaks' of volume near the VA High/Low. Short-term target is VA Low 1535 and 1550 recent lower highs. 10D 30M Chart Premarket Review at 9:00 ET Interesting Markets: Natural Gas up 3%, strong off the PM lows at 2.34 and possible trend continuation. Crude Oil up 1.7% finding some support around 36 and sitting at 37.5, may be a small bounce attempt on a larger selloff. Volatility and $VIX down 3.5% roughly, market bounce and possible reduction in downside hedging may lead to volatility reduction throughout the session. Dollar Index appears to have found a V bottom support around 91.75, starting to clear recent lower highs, but dollar weakness can lead to market strength. Premarket Sectors at 9:15 ET Things to Watch: $OSTK (Strong Tech and 'Risk On' Day can lead to more volatile names moving 'faster' than others). $SPCE (Good volume and Gap Up, trying to get over yesterday's high and BIG Engulfing pattern last two days). $AAPL, $TSLA, and mostly Tech Sector for larger bounces.
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    Hi everyone, I am new to BBT community, however I have listened to Carlos and Norm on YouTube on an off for a while now. I am currently a Project Manager managing the development and support of software applications used on the Healthcare side of the DoD. I have been in this role for 20 years now. Before that I worked for Hewlett Packard on the medical side (Which most didn't know existed). I worked for HP in the support and sales side for a little over 18 years. As you can see I am a little older, at the age of 58. I am originally from Canada, love hockey, both playing and coaching and I now live in NC with my wife. I started learning about trading a couple years ago through Warrior Trading. I took Rosses courses, went through my time on the simulator and thought I had it figured out. I have gone back and forth with live trading and the simulator several times attempting to figure out my strategy. I came to realize that what I thought was a strategy wasn't and I have not done well. I joined BBT 2 weeks ago and just listening to all the moderators and going through the courses, I have learned so much about what to look for and why and where and how to set my stop. I have made a big effort in spending more time looking at charts and looking at patterns. I have come to realize that low float stocks are not for me and trading in the open isn't for me either. Wish I learned that before. So enough of that, but I can say that I am excited with what I have learned and looking forward to making some small wins and becoming a much better trader with the help or the team. Thank you
  9. 2 points
    5-Minute Opening Range Breakout (ORB) 5_MIN_ORB.pdf High of Day Break / Low of Day Break HOD_LOD_Breaks.pdf VWAP Reversal VWAP_Reversal.pdf Mountain Pass Mountain_Pass.pdf 1-Minute Opening Range Breakout (ORB) 1_MIN_ORB.pdf Rising Devil Rising_Devil.pdf Falling Angel Falling_Angel.pdf Parabolic Reversal Parabolic_Reversal.pdf
  10. 2 points
    I'd love a webinar dedicated to the journey of our mods. It could be structured as: 1.Backstory of how they got into trading 2.Their path from SIM to Live, 3. The grueling first year 4. The intermediary phase where they became more profitable 5. All the unique pitfalls they faced along the way 6. Where they currently are at now. It doesn't have to be a webinar, but could even be a dedicated spotlight section on the website, interviewee/sleek editing style. I think it's interesting to see how far people have come, and in their stories there are always nuggets of truth that help other traders along the way. Sorry for calling you out mods! But you guys rock and love to learn from you guys.
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    Who Am I?: My name is John and I am the newest member of Bear Bull Trader's Leadership Team. My favorite trade is the High-of-Day Break. In fact, they make up over 90% of my trades. Purpose: To share my High-of-Day break trades and discuss the reasoning for my entries, partials, and exits. Note: Check out my original presentation on High-of-Day break trading. I made it before joining the BBT Team (attachment in this post) Insights_From_A_Newly_Successful_Trader.pdf
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    Yes Brandon, at the end is trader preference and style, for example Andrew just uses hotkeys and Thor just hot buttons.
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    2020-9-28 <SIM> Back in action for me. I have been off the keyboard for a while trying to focus on my new job. Game plan was to trade back in SIM today after experiencing a few loss days live with small Rs. Re-motivated to focus back on trading after a great San Diego Meetup yesterday with some local traders and @Mike B ! Didn't like how I was setup today. TRADE 1 $DKNG 2 Min ORB -1.35 R Went short on DKNG. Missed the 1 Minute ORB and went for 2. Got stopped out. Maybe a chase ? Tough start to the day... TRADE 2 $AAL VWAP Reversal +0.09R Poor risk vs. reward trade. Went long for VWAP reversal, took partial then out at break even. TRADE 3 & 4 $CCL TRADE 3 15 MIN ORB -1R Went short with a huge downtrend on $CCL. Hindsight 20/20 I could have used a confirmation candle on a shorter time frame... TRADE 4 $CCL Continuation Went short again on $CCL thinking the downtrend would continue... Not a clean entry against any resistance levels. Definitely jumped the gun on this one... Afterthoughts: -3.2R Good to be in SIM ! Good to be back to getting up early and trading the open. Need to shake some of the rust off and re-focus. Will review the new video of 1 Min ORB. Back to fight another day !
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    Hello, I'm Milo I just moved to NYC from Los Angeles CA, I'm originally from Finland though. I'm in my late 30s and I work part time in customer service, I have also worked in a few small budget movie productions as an assistant. I read the two books of day trading by Andrew, and it made think that I should at least try it and see if I'm good at it. I'm completely new to day trading, I have never traded before except few times with those free trading simulator websites (if you count that as trading). I just opened the DAS simulator account and going to do paper trading for 3-6 months. Hopefully after that I can do live trades.
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    I just went live risking small size and was trading from 6:00-800, then 9:30 - 11:30, then I'd try and catch the close. However after doing that just for a few days I realized it's not worth it, at least for me. The parabolic reversal strategy depends on a stock getting OVER extended which requires a lot of effort in the form of volume. So I really feel it's best to trade them the first 1 to 2 hours the market is open...then go live your life I was profitable in SIM doing that, it's been a little rocky since going live but I expected that, it's why I risk small size. I post video recaps everyday if you're at all interested. Hope all is well!
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    Are there any plans for a “Going Live” workshop with Interactive Brokers / CMEG? Covering some items like: What to expect when transitioning to a live account DAS Platform changes to make Hotkey routing changes, etc. Notes on commissions and account types (Cash vs. Margin, Tiered vs. Fixed) Anything else relevant to what a new trader might need to know. I know there is already a video on commissions, but I was thinking of a more comprehensive video on the changes when switching over to a live account with IBKR/CMEG Maybe a Checklist of changes or summary to bring it all together for members transitioning to a live account from the SIM.
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    Thanks Abiel! Works great! You're a genius dude!
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    This is how mine looks StopPrice=Price+0;DefShare=BP*0.97;Price=Price-Ask+0;SShare=40/Price;Share=DefShare-SShare;DefShare=DefShare+SShare;SShare=Share;Sshare=DefShare-SShare;Share=0.5*SShare;TogSShare;ROUTE=LIMIT;Price=Ask;TIF=DAY+;SELL=Send;DefShare=0;TriggerOrder=RT:STOP STOPTYPE:MARKET PX:StopPrice+0.3 ACT:BUY STOPPRICE:StopPrice QTY:Pos TIF:DAY+;
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    - Recap - Just 1 trade today, a lot of watching - Recap and potential plays -
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    OTC!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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    hey everyone, My name is Jesse and i live in vancouver canada. i have been swing trading and theta based options strategies for the last year or so with good success and now im looking for something more active like day trading. hopefully after a couple hundred hours or so i can transition into a live account. I have been working as a paramedic in vancouver for the last 8 years but i have recently quit so ive got lots of time to read and learn about day trading!
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    What up Kev! The top T&S only shows orders greater than, or equal to 2000. The bottom T&S shows all orders strictly less than 2000. Here are the settings... top bottom The top gets ride of a lot of the white noise, for example I took a trade on $NKLA yesterday when I felt the bulls were gonna rally, and here is what the tape looked like after it broke $29.00 (from the bottom) The top T&S tells me if the bigger players are interested in the move, and the bottom one gives confirmation by the rate at with which orders are being processed. So if price is pressed up against some key level, lets say $29, and some large orders starting going through the ask at 29$ , and my bottom T&S lights up green, it's pretty fair to assume we're gonna break that level with a lot of momentum.
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    Took some time off, got away from screens for a little while to reboot - had a much needed break!!! Finally getting back into it. Will take the rest of September to make some key adjustments to my trading (theoretical at this point) but looking forward to a fresh start in October!
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    David - please join the AZ Club, Abiel fixed it and now the link's reactivated. Thanks, Upendr
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    See chart and table attached comparing CMEG standard rates for small/medium/large trading volumes versus BBT discounted rates. I wanted to see how good the BBT discount was compared to CMEG standard rates and fees for an Active Trader account. And also see how this changes with respect to number of shares traded. Turns out the BBT discount is pretty substantial. (Thank you @Andrew Aziz) Especially if you're a low volume trader. For example, compare $5/trade VS $1.55/trade at 200 share trade size. That is, assuming my data is correct... Please let me know if you see any errors here. Fee structures are from 7-12-19. CMEG fee structure varies based on monthly share volume. I call them "small" (<350k shares traded per month), "medium" (350k-1M), and "large" (>1M). References: CMEG Active Trader Account Pricing CMEG ECN, SEC, and FINRA Fees CMEG-BBT Promotional Rates CMEG Standard Rates - "Small" Active Account (<350k shares monthly volume) Commission Rate: $3.95 up to 1000 shares/trade or $0.007 for trades > 1000 shares. ECN Fee = ~$0.004/share (rough estimate) CMEG Standard Rates - "Medium" Active Account (350k-1M shares monthly volume) Commission Rate: $2.95 up to 1000 shares/trade or $0.005 for trades > 1000 shares. ECN Fee = Same as small CMEG Standard Rates - "Large" Active Account (350k-1M shares monthly volume) Commission Rate: $1.95 up to 1000 shares/trade or $0.0035 for trades > 1000 shares. ECN Fee = Same as small CMEG-BBT Promotional Rates (when using SMART LAMP route) Commission Rate: $0.004/share ECN Fee = $0.0025/share SEC and FINRA Fees (same for all account types) SEC Fee = Stock Price * # Shares * 0.0000231 FINRA Fee = # Shares * 0.000119 ($5.95 max)
  28. 1 point
    8/19 -0.7R I'm really forcing things to try and get back over $500 before I'm locked out.....it's probably a terrible idea. I should just go back to SIM and start practicing for the Peak Capital Bootcamp.
  29. 1 point
    I traded $TSLA for the $1K breakout. I haven't traded it since the b/o phase. Thank you for following my journal. Here are my current open Swing positions: $GDXJ $GDX $SLV $SRNE (5% trailing stop loss - in place) $SQ $GRWG $FSLY $SBUX $WDAY - (up 25% - will be trimming today) $ALK Closed positions: $WORK (entered below $29 - sold above $32) $WGO Looking to start swing positions in the following: $WKHS $APPS $YETI
  30. 1 point
    Thanks, Gar! Happy to have you as part of our community. I look forward to seeing you in the chat room!
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  32. 1 point
    cool some more swing traders here. just exploring the forum a little. thanks for your insights, I have been swing trading for a couple of years too and Im new to day trading. what are your current holdings and whats your invest ratio? would be great to share some ideas once in a while. Now that I focus on day trading especially at the open, I feel like I'm getting destracted seeing at the market from a swing trader perspective and also missed some trades I actually prepared to enter, such as FSLR and WDC. my newest positons are: CCL (to me the cruiser with best chart, sector could benefit from rotation and the ABT news about quick corona test) ALK (same reasoning as above) ISRG (took the 70x breakout, it has beeen consolitdating sideways on high level for quite long and is due for a move higher if you compare to other strong stocks) WORK (could be a delayed mover, many digital plays are on incredible heights and WORK is still down, was strong before bad earnings) TSLA short. (very risky, my entry is around 2220, entered on thursay and thought I'm gonna get stopped out but friday candle looks weaker and showed relative weakness. I may double my positon if it makes a new low on daily on monday. if sellers step in it can also drop quickly as they lock in big gains) I also shorted MES and MNQ futures as hedge but already closed for a loss. market is too strong and looks higher. I always feel like buying the top up here for quite some time already but it still just moves higher will be following you journal here.
  33. 1 point
    IMHO try this for a stock and see if u get a better pic 1. Add a T&S widow between chart and montague 2) On chart, config it to show BID/ASK and remove LAST PRICE so its not too much being displayed. 1 min chart only. This will also give u feel of spread easier IMHO. 3) When watching tape focus ur eyes on topline T&S while ur peripheral vision is on chart to left of T&S and montague on the right. Try i c if u get a better feel.....LAST PRICE will be in TS
  34. 1 point
    Hi folks, here is a copy of the playbook template I discussed in the Feb 14 recap. The file is obviously a sample meant for each individual trader to complete with their own strategies, patterns, and setups. https://drive.google.com/a/bearbulltraders.com/file/d/1bmu3XzT_KtzTfya2Fo7Uqc7DZG_N7q-B/view?usp=sharing Please download a local copy as .xlsx
  35. 1 point
    How you partial out largely depends on your strategy. For example, partially out aggressively makes more sense with a smaller time frame strategy such as an ORB. However if you enter off of a double top or double bottom, it may make more sense to plan on a possible day trend. Here’s an approach I have adopted that you may find useful: Determine how time sensitive the trade is, and look for a break of higher highs and higher lows trend on the lowest time frame that makes sense. If there is an area of major resistance, like 200 SMA / 50 SMA. Take a preemptive partial at that level when it hits. It might make sense for these partials to be a different percentage of your remaining position than the break of trend partials. I would think of the chart as various channels of trend, and take profits either when that channel breaks or when it hits that’s resistance point. This will give you the ability to maximize profit while reducing that downside risk.
  36. 1 point
    Hi Stefan, TWS learning curve is long and I don't think you will have all set for tomorrow to start simulation. Please see these forum posts and links https://guides.interactivebrokers.com/cp/cp.htm#am/settings/marketdatasubscriptions.htm
  37. 1 point
    I was getting burnt while taking the conventional ORBs at the open. It affected my pshychology when my first trade of the morning fails, even when I think the setup was perfect. For e.g, A beautiful strong 1min open candle on $TIGR below, with no wicks, I went Long and got stopped out. If my first trade fails then it becomes a catchup to overcome the losses and then achieve the daily goal, and my pshychology gets messedup. I found some ways to narrow the ORB setup down to a level which offers high accuracy and would like to share this strategy "Pullback ORB with Breakout Entry"|. I have tried this out for the last couple of months and it has worked very well so far. The reason for this setup: I wanted a high accuracy setup at the open. I don't like overtrading, I prefer one and done, if possible. I am time constrained during the day. I can trade only at the open for 30-40 mins. And I am not good at Trading reversals. About the setup: This Pullback ORB-Breakout Entry works very well with @WilliamH Harmonious Charts. Step 1: At the premarket, find a Harmonious setup, where the price action is above (or below) all the MAs on multiple timeframes 1, 2, 5, 15, 30, 60min and Daily (most of them, if not all). I prefer when the Harmonious chart is also ATH/ATL (All time High or Alltime Low) Step 2. Pullback candle: At the open, Watch the 1min chart for the first 2 mins. Check if the 2nd candle is a Pullback Candle. Then it is an Alert. E.g Below. Step 3: Breakout Entry: Wait for the 3rd candle to break the previous 2 candles high (only bodies, no wicks) and take an entry. E.g Below. Step 4. Profit Targets: This is usually high RR setups, some times as high as 3-4 RR and a good candidate for riding till close. Step 5. This pattern/Setup works as good when it occurs on 2min or 5min timeframes too. If step 2 doesn't occur on 1 min chart, switch to 2min chart and watch for the pullback candle on 2nd 2min candle. Continue Steps 2-4. If it doesn't occur on 2 min, switch to 5min chart and continue steps 2-4. P.S: Harmonious charts - Sometimes you may find higher timeframes as Harmonious and smaller timeframes not harmonious, Wait for the open to see if the price action becomes Harmonious on these smaller timeframes too. Contrary to other setups, this setup works well when it appears on smaller timeframes. Eventhough it may appear on 15 or 30 mins, the setup may not provide high RRs. These are not rare setups, they occur almost everyday on common stocks like $FB, $AMD, $MU, $UBER, $TSLA etc., At the open, I watch 6-7 stocks for this setup and switch from 1min to 2min and then to 5min. Please let me know if there are any questions.
  38. 1 point
    Only nerds partial at 1:1 <.< ... >.> 0.0 *drops mic*
  39. 1 point
    Hello, Thank you all for the positive comments! I've made a few more sheets in the same style for three more strategies. Here they are: 1-Minute Opening Range Breakout (ORB) 1_MIN_ORB.pdf Rising Devil Rising_Devil.pdf Falling Angel Falling_Angel.pdf I personally have taken very few Rising Devil and Falling Angel trades, but they are strategies I want to practice. So bare that in mind and use these sheets as supplementary, "at a glance" information, to the content provided on the BBT website and YouTube. Here are the videos I grabbed the examples for the Rising Devil and Falling Angel strategies from: Meir Rising Devil Recap: https://youtu.be/uhgZ7ohqExI Thor Falling Angel Recap: https://youtu.be/Q1oCiT1hOug
  40. 1 point
    This is my favorite setup of them all. I have the same LG 43 Inch monitor and you got that right monitor to fit flush perfectly. You’ve inspired me to do the same. Plenty of great ideas from you all!
  41. 1 point
    This is a good topic and we can put something together on this. We will put a rush on getting this done.
  42. 1 point
    You bet, the rules of trading are a 'click' type learning curve, you either get it 100% or are completely lost, but we all get there.
  43. 1 point
    I shared my thoughts on the classic ABCD/Flag strategy. This pattern presents itself in virtually every move, across multiple timeframes. The formation consists of: 1. Run-up/sell-off 2. Profit taking/consolidation 3. Continuation Let me know your thoughts!
  44. 1 point
    I was looking for the daily score card that Brett Steenbarger suggests but couldn't find anything to incorporate in my journal so I came up with my own custom journal. I borrowed a lot of what Robert has in his journal template and made an excel file that is formula driven when the trade log is exported and pasted into it. I copy the day tab that is currently labeled "04.25" and pull in my trade log from Das in there, then update the Summary sheet tab using the existing Hlookup formulas. Here's a copy of the file if anyone is interested. https://drive.google.com/open?id=1WcUmRE2lMy3jyf8UICQXdRXU1m7LUFgk
  45. 1 point
    Thanks Robert for the information. Very helpful. My 2 cents, For step 3, if you are using the Web platform for IB, then you can do the following. 1. Go to Orders & Trades 2. Enter a Symbol - Enter the Currency which you need to convert (in my case EUR -> USD, so I had to enter EUR.USD). 3. Click Sell order 4. Quantity - how much money you want to convert (for e.g 1000 EUR) 5. Order type -> Limit, Time-in-Force -> DAY 6. Submit Sell order. You get filled, when the price hits. You can go to Portfolio to check for confirmation.
  46. 1 point
    Found another way! This makes it easy to do if you would like to open the same montage in a different tab. Right click on the header of the Montage and click SAVE AS DEFAULT. Open a montage in a new tab, right click the header again and click LOAD DEFAULT. You will have loaded the montage from your original tab then you can duplicate as much as you want. This also works with charts!!!
  47. 1 point
    Since everybody has different levels of experience with the stock market, it is difficult to have a one-size-fits all objective list. I am going to try to cover all the areas that you should have a firm grasp of by the end of the 3-months. It is a rough outline of what I have learned after 4 months of paper/real trading. This post will be a work in progress, but here goes. ~IN PROGRESS~ Day Trading is probably the most deceiving profession on the planet. On the surface the concept seems very simple: buy low and sell high. Then why is it that 90% of traders fail at his endeavour? Surely they aren't trying to do the exact opposite of what is profitable. Even flipping a coin has better odds at 50%. Let's take a look under the hood to see what is required to be a successful trader. CLASSES There are four classes in total. Each one runs about 1 hour, except for class 4 which is almost 2 hours. It is recommended that you attend the classes multiple times to reinforce your knowledge, refresh the concepts, as well as stay updated on any new material. It is your responsibility to go over the slides and understand what is being taught. If you have any questions, please ask them during class, in the forums, or in the chat. The community is always here to lend a hand. You should also bookmark the Bear Bull Traders FAQ and DAS Trader Pro FAQ. Some members choose to read additional day trading books, as well as practice trading replayed market data. What you get out of the course is directly related to how much effort you put in. In a sense, the entire 3-months is more of a self-paced learning program than a structured course. There are no quizzes, no tests, no projects and no scoring. It is up to you to wake up every morning and spend time in the chair mastering the trade. Nobody will hold your hand, watch over your shoulder, or monitor your performance in any way. That is how day trading is in real life: absolute freedom to stake your fortune or self-destruct and implode. STOCK MARKET BASICS -Warren Buffet once said 'The stock market is a device for transferring money from the impatient to the patient.' This is true for long term investing and for day trading. Remember that for each transaction you see in the Time/Sales window, there is a buyer and seller. When a stock is down 20% on the day and you short it, somebody is on the other side of that transaction buying. You don't know their hand though. They could be covering their short from earlier, it could be institutions loading up for long term investment, somebody hedging an options contract, etc. Beginners often gloss over this point. Volume represents transactions being filled; a transaction always involves two parties. You are trading against other people, not the market itself. -Exchanges: NYSE, NASDAQ, AMEX -Market Makers -Pre-market and after-hours -High Frequency Trading (HFT), algorithms -Bid, Ask, Spreads -Short-selling. What does it mean. -Short inventory. Why are some stocks shortable and others not -Short Sale Restriction (SSR) -Short interest, or Short Ratio -Share float -5-cent tick programs -Circuit Breaker Halts -News, earnings, and catalysts -Buyouts -Pattern Day Trade Rule >>> Make sure you understand the above prerequisites before proceeding any further. Investopedia is a great resource. CHARTS -Candle Sticks. How to read them. -Understanding Price Action. Bearish vs bullish candles. Indecision candles. -Higher highs and higher lows / Lower highs and lowers lows -1-minute vs 5-minute chart -Moving averages and how they are calculated in different timeframes -VWAP. Why it's an important intraday indicator >>> The above concepts are not tool-specific and apply to all trading platforms MECHANICAL ASPECTS -Knowing your tools (DAS) -Platform, Hotkeys, Scanners, Journaling -Order entry. Limit, market, marketable limit, stops -Level 2 -Calculating commissions and tickets >>> The goal is to familiarize yourself with DAS and be comfortable using it. For some this could take days. For others this requires weeks. TECHNICAL AND STRATEGIES -Finding Stocks in Play -Good vs. bad pre-market price action -Finding Support/Resistance Levels -Day trading Strategies. Master recognizing the patterns, entries, stops, targets. -ABCD / Reverse ABCD -Bull Flag Momentum / Bear Flag -Fallen Angel -VWAP False Break Out -VWAP Reversal -VWAP Trend Trade -Opening Range Breakup / Opening Range Breakdown -Red-to-Green / Green-to-Red -Moving Average Trend Trade -Top Reversal / Bottom Reversal -Time of Day: Open, Late Morning, Midday to Close >>> Everybody will pick this up at a different pace--learning to recognize different strategies, figuring out which one works best for you (at what time of day), etc. MANAGING YOUR ACCOUNT -Risk Management -Position Sizing -Money Management PRACTICE THE PROCESS OF EXECUTING A GOOD TRADE Putting on a trade is more than buying at point A and selling at point B. You need to combine everything you learned to get in and out of a single trade properly: 1) finding good stocks in play 2) identifying chop and staying away 3) identifying the strategy or setup 4) quickly calculating risk-to-reward 5) getting a good entry and avoid chasing/jumping the gun 6) managing the trade based on live price action and new information which the market is providing you 7) taking profit (often overlooked, yet it involves half of the entire trade) 8) you need to do all of the above while keeping your emotions in check and fighting your psychological demons >>> Over the 3-month period, you will repeat this process hundreds of times. This is where the bulk of your time will be spent. Learning to take good trades and improving on your mistakes. This is the only path to consistency. Don't waste time trading unrealistic sizes on low-float stocks because you won't learn a thing. >>>Some of your trades will turn out to be winners, some will turn out to be losers. Most likely you will have a few trades that blow up your practice account (but don't worry, you weren't taking things seriously and would never do it live, right?). GOING LIVE -Choosing a broker -Starting small and gradual position sizing -Returning to Simulator -Peer-to-peer support PSYCHOLOGY OF TRADING -Why do most traders fail here -I'm highly intelligent, analytical and very disciplined. Why this will ruin your trading. -I'm a good poker player. Good--you will be playing against yourself -Revenge -Overtrading -Fear of missing out (FOMO) -Fear of pulling the trigger -Trading scared -Averaging down -Turning a day trade into a swing trade ~IN PROGRESS~
  48. 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!
  49. 1 point
    Great setup, everyone! I custom-built my PC for gaming, picture/video editing, and engineering. Turns out it also kicks ass as a day trading station! ASUS Maximus VIII hero Alpha motherboard Intel i7 6700k 4.0 GHz processor Overclocked to 4.6 GHz EVGA GeForce GTX 1080 FTW Graphics Card 16GB Corsair Dominator Platinum DDR4 DRAM 3200MHz 2 x 256 gb SSD, 1TB HDD, 3TB HDD Blu-Ray drive Corsair H115i liquid CPU cooler EVGA 850W G2L PSU 3 x Corsair ML140 140mm LED fans 1 x Corsair ML120 120mm LED fan Corsair 760T full tower with 2 x front 140mm LED fans Corsair Strafe RGB keyboard Corsair M65 Pro RGB mouse LG 34" curved 21:9 ultrawide 3440x1440 monitor
  50. 1 point
    Great information!!! I Just when live this past week so this is a great information for me to also start doing my research on how to handle my taxes. Excellent post! Thank you for taking the time to put this together for us! Carlos M.
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