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  1. Thanks, Alastair. I don't disagree with your comments here. That is true. Honestly, what I truly want to hear by my original post is, if some experience day traders can confirm for me ( with their experience ) about my thoughts ( guess ) - that is, tape reading is only helpful for trading small float stocks but not suitable for the large float ones ( to be more specific, float shares > 500 million shares, daily volume > 1 - 2 million shares per day ).
  2. Thanks a lot, Alastair, for this information. But, again, for those small float stocks, ( e.g. with daily trading volume of 100K - 500K shares per day ) I have no doubt that tape reading is very helpful to determine the entrance and place stop loss, find trading opportunity, etc. I understand some of the information from tape reading is not available from the candlestick charts. They provide more detailed, fine information. However, the question is, for a large float stock, such as AMD, NVDA, etc, the spreads and slippages are so small, if you watch the level 2 book data, they are so "thickly" traded, with very good liquidity. and again, the data is moving so fast and hard for human eyes to catch them. I am just wondering if it still makes any sense using tape reading when trading these big stocks.
  3. Thanks, Alastair But, what ( or who ) is " SMB " , sorry?
  4. Good morning: A question for those experienced day traders. It is said that tape reading is important for day trading - time & sale and level 2 order book data. Because it gives more details for trading. But my question is, when day trade a large float stock, such as AMD ( Advanced Micro Devices, Inc.), which has high daily volume ( AMD has 70 - 90 Million shares traded per day ), very small spread on NBBO ( usually 1 or 2 cents ) and therefore very small slippages, do you still use tape reading - I mean do you still watch the level 2 and time & sales data when doing the trading. Does tape reading still make any sense for these large float stocks at all. One more thing to add is, you know, the data in the level 2 and time & sale windows is moving so fast for a stock like AMD, and therefore hard to catch and keep track of. thank you.
  5. Thank you, Angela and Peter. Will review the comments and I may have further questions. Appreciated.
  6. Good day, In Andrew's two books about day trading ( the beginner's and the advanced techniques one ), about 8-10 strategies are mentioned. A question is, ( which is not mentioned in the books ), what are the expected and / or realistic win rates for these strategies? I mean if Andrew himself performs the trades with the strategies designed in the books, what win rates can be achieved? By win rate, I mean, lets say, if you take 100 trades with a given strategy ( a set up ) , if you have 50 win trades, then the win rate would be 50%. As a buyer of these two books, will appreciate the answer to the above question.
  7. Thanks, Peter for your reply.
  8. Good day, In Andrew's book - " How to day trade for a living", on page 114-115, he wrote: " I personally prefer IB as my broker and DAS Trader as trading platform. My broker offers their own platform called TWS, which I do not recommend for day trading. " What are the reasons behind the author's discouragement to use TWS for day trading? It seems that TWS charges a way lower data package fees for level 2 data and there is no monthly fee for using the platform. For a small trading account, honestly fees and expenses do make differences. Will appreciate the clarifications in this respect. Thanks
  9. Good day, A question about the moving averages that experience day traders normally use on their 60 minute, 30 minute, and 15 minutes charts. ( I am talking about stock trading only ) 1) first of all, do you actually use 60 minute, 30 minute, and 15 minutes charts or not when you day trade ( during the trading hours )? I know many people use 5 minutes and 1 minute chart no question. 2) what moving average ( SMA or EMA or else ) do you use on 60, 30, 15 minutes charts? I know typically people use EMA 200, EMA 20, EMA 9 on short time frame ( 5 minutes and 1 minute). Thanks
  10. Thanks again, Angela. Very valuable comments. What is HOD? I agree there are many factors that need to be considered to make trades. Day trading is not an easy job.
  11. Angela, I would like to attach a more detailed screenshot for your ( and perhaps other traders ) review and further comments. It shows my entry point and stop loss ( if I was trading AMD that day ). The strategy I would use in this 5 minute chart is ( if I was trading the stock that day ) - when I see the stock received confirmed support at the VWAP, I will enter at the following ( the next ) 5 minute candle stick just a bit after its opening, and place the stop loss just a few cents below the body of the previous candle, ( the candle that confirmed the support of VWAP ). This stop loss is also below and close to the VWAP, as often suggested in Andrew's book. However, in this chart, because the candle stick that I would enter the trade had so long downward wick that penetrated the VWAP deeply, I think if I was in the trade that day, I must have been stopped out. Thanks
  12. Good day, In Andrew's book, we understand that, when using a VWAP strategy, normally day traders should set the stop loss at somewhere very close to the VWAP ( at the opposite side of VWAP ). But, look at the attached screenshot - AMD's 5 minute chart on Feb 03 2022. Look at the very good, profitable trend in the early morning before 8:30 am ( circled area on the chart ). what is the best entry point and timing when facing this trend? I think many people may want to enter at the 2nd or 3rd candlestick, to get a good stop loss ( close to VWAP ). But, how to avoid get stopped out at the third candlestick (look at the very long wick penetrating the VWAP )? thanks
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