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  1. Futures (MES) algo trading journal Tuesday 10/19/21. Strong momentum over night and a deep pullback triggering the algo to enter a long trade before the open. The price slowly dropped than a pop, but not strong enough. The price dipped down again and I was stopped out. Then over the next 45 minutes the price did eventually reach my target. I hope everyone had a good day. Rob c
  2. Futures (MES) algo trading journal Monday 10/18/21. Over the weekend I programmed in dynamic profit targets and 2 weekends ago I programmed dynamic stop losses. Thus the algo is better prepared for volatility. There was strong momentum all day but I programmed the algo to be overly choosy. So it waited a few hours and after a second wave of strength and a pullback the algo went long. What was great is the algo on Friday would have not taken profit and I would have been stopped out at BE. But today, with the new programming, the the algo was looking to take a profit at the bottom of the level (I have the algo draw in Dodger blue). Rob C
  3. Futures (MES) algo trading journal Friday 10/15/21. The algo only took one trade on Friday. There was steady momentum from the PM in to the open. Then 30-60min after the open a deep pullback occurred and the algo went long to be stopped out quickly. The price did reverse and move higher a couple of minutes later. Looks like a good trade it just didn't work out. So for the week: 5 winners, 2 losers and 3 BEs. Now that the weekend started this where I do all my work. Review trades, run back testing, determine new parameters, run 2 new ideas I have for the this algo and work on new algos. Have a good weekend. Rob C
  4. Hi Yardley, I use Ninjatrader who is very good with Futures. Once I start looking to automate stock trades I will check IBKR/TWS and their algo apps. If Ninjatrader has a better algo app I will switch stock trading to Ninjatrader. If IB is better I may switch to Futures trading with IB. But likely they both will have their niche. Ninjatrader uses C#, but you don't need to know C# to program your algo. When I was going to start to learn IBs algo/API I was going to start here: https://tradersacademy.online/category/trading-topics/trader-workstation-tws
  5. Futures (MES) algo trading journal Thursday 10/14/21. It would have been nice if my algo took a long position and road the whole day out, but the trade management is not setup yet for that option. Maybe when I trade at 3 contracts I may let 1 ride. There was lots of strength in PM and a pullback right at the open. So the algo went long at the open. There was a little bit of consolidation but then the price moved up to my target. But then the algo sat out most of the day only liking a really strong pullback late in the day and went long again. Then it took over an hour to reach my target, so thank goodness I wasn't looking. See you tomorrow. Rob C
  6. Futures (MES) algo trading journal Wednesday 10/13/21. Its funny how emotionally detached you are when trading by algo. I would have grown 50 grey hairs if I was trading live today. Instead it's like reading the newspaper. I thought wow that looked exciting and I ended the day a little green. The market dropped quickly with a beautiful pullback and the algo went short. It took a few minutes before the target was reached, but then the price kept dropping beyond my target. Then another pullback and the algo went short again. The price dropped and just missed my target and rose back and stopped out at BE. Then the market showed strength with a nice pullback and the algo went long. The price just barely missed my target then fell back to stop out at BE. Then quickly turned around and went much higher without me. Then a final pullback and the algo went long again. Then dropped just to stop me out by 2 ticks before turning up to reach my target. That would have been crazy trading it live. Versus mildly entertaining looking at it after the market closed. See you tomorrow. Rob C
  7. Hi Yardley, thanks for the note. The stop loss is now dynamic and calculated by a multiple of the 200 SMA ATR. The multiple will change based on the current market conditions (I run that data on the weekends). For yesterday it was about 5 to 6 points stop. I find the ATR very useful for Futures, ETFs and large cap stocks that do not have news.
  8. Futures (MES) algo trading journal Tuesday 10/12/21. A good day. We had lots of strength in the PM with consistent higher highs. There was a strong pullback right at the open and the algo went long and very quickly reached profit target. Then there was 6 hours of chop which thank goodness the algo was trading and not me. The algo stayed out of the chop until a few minutes from the close there was serious weakness and consolidation then a big pullback all the indicators and filters were green and the algo went short. Just a few minutes later, after the close the target was reached. I hope everyone had a solid day today. Rob C
  9. Futures (MES) algo trading journal Monday 10/11/21 I ran the backtesting this weekend which showed plenty of data that I should move up my profit target, so I did. As luck would have it if I kept the same target I would have had a winner today. But the data was overwhelming that I should increase it so I will let the statistics run their course. As usual this was an ABCD waiting for a deeper pullback, when that happen the algo went short. The trade moved in my favor enough to pull the target to BE, which is where the stop occurred. Rob C
  10. Futures (MES) algo trading journal Friday 10/08/21 Today was a really good example of the advantage of human versus algo trading. My algo saw just enough downward momentum and a pullback to trigger a short trade. But it does not look for erratic behavior. See that half of the downward price action is from 1 bar. Also note there was a double bottom. So a human would not have taken this trade. Hopefully I will program in these red lights when my skills are good enough. But I definitely do not want to complain. I had a great week. 7R with only one setup and it was all algo trading. That was much better than I expected. Once I saw more erratic behavior (see right side of chart) I called it a week. Now starts the real work will I evaluate my trades, reoptimize and fine tune my algo on the weekend. Have a good weekend! Rob C
  11. Futures (MES) algo trading journal Thursday 10/07/21. I turned from SIM to live trading about an hour before the open this morning. We had good momentum in PM and a strong pullback to the 25% Keltner band (thin green lines). The algo went long and the price kept dropping and almost hit my stop. Then we had strong price movement at the open and my target was hit quickly. A few minutes later we had another pullback and again another ABCD setup and the algo went long again. Though the price didn't do much the volume was strong so it was going to move one way or the other. The price finally moved in the direction of the momentum and my target was reached. As usual I took a peek how things were going, though I really need to be more hands off or what is the point to run algos. I saw I was 10 points up and called it a day and switched the algo to real-time SIM mode. I hope everyone has a green day. Rob C
  12. Futures (MES) algo trading journal Wednesday 10/06/21. 7 trades in one day, I think that's a record for me. I even shut down the algo before the close, I had enough. It is still going to take awhile where I can turn my algos on and walkaway and not look until after closing. So I am still only running one algo setup. The algo looks for strength/weakness then a deep pullback then enter the trade. Essentially an ABCD for Futures. Today I had 3 winners, 3 losers and a BE. All the trades looked good except trade 3. The setup was fine but the algo did not take the trade (which would have been a winner). Instead it waited a few minutes and entered when all the signals were not there and it was a loser. I need to spend some time tonight to figure out what went wrong. I need to get all theses personality quirks out before I start increasing the risk. I hope everyone is having a good day. Rob C
  13. Futures (MES) algo trading journal Tuesday 10/05/21. Felt lucky today, this could have easily been 3 stop outs. Strong upward momentum after the open and a strong pullback after an hour. When it seemed to have settled the algo went long. The price quickly dropped after that but held my stop (barely) and then price moved quickly higher to my profit target. The price moved higher with strength and another pullback to halfway to the Keltner band. The algo went long and the price did move higher but not enough to move my stop up. Then the price dropped to my stop. Price surged higher again and another pullback. I have not added a double top filter yet in the code so without knowing the risk the algo triggered a buy order. The price dropped and almost stopped me out again, but instead the price rose to my profit target. Rob C
  14. Futures (MES) algo trading journal Monday 10/04/21. Wow big day. I am not suppose to look at how my algos are performing midday, but I am new to this and can't help myself. So when I looked and saw the algo trading had 3 winners already for the day I switched the algos to SIM and called it a day. It looks like not much to worry about because as of now the algos have been staying out of the chop and stopped trading anyway. So checking recent data (checked over the weekend) determined to disqualify the shallow pullback trade I was running last week and give the green light for the deeper puallback short algo (which was the algo to give the 3 winners today). Each of the 3 trades had the same setup. Strong downward momentum enough to break the lower Keltner band then a pullback to halfway to the upper Keltner band. Then the algo has few filters that are thrown at the chart which the price action passed each time and the algo triggered a short. I know it looks like I am covering way to early, but I checked the data again this weekend and back testing keeps saying that's where to take profit. If everything still goes well I will increase to 2 contracts and then I can take partial profit at my current profit target and possibly place a trailing stop to my second contract. I hope everyone had a good day. Rob C
  15. Futures (MES) algo trading journal Friday 10/01/21. The MES showed strength and the deeper pull-back algo kicked in on a pull-back to the half way point of the Keltner bands and went long. There was some rise in price and just missed my target by 1 tick and fell back to get stopped at BE (with some slippage). We then got an even deeper pullback after the stop out and the algo triggered another trade entry. This time the price moved quickly to my target. Just like yesterday my target looks well too small. I even ran the back test again last night and the data showed that the target was correct. But I need to think and test this more over the weekend. It looks like I am leaving too much money on the table. So my first week of exclusively algo trading is finished and I am green for the week. It was a bit stressful when Friday, Monday and Tuesday morning I was only getting stop outs (4 in a row). I was doubting myself and not believing the 6 months of back-test data. But then 3 wins occurred and the results of the last 6 days of trading are what is expected with these systems. For the last 6 days: 3 wins 2 losses 4 BE Have a good weekend Rob C
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