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Rob C

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  1. The added psychology seminars have been very good. For most traders they are great for fine tuning their mental game. But there may be other traders like me that fine tuning may not be enough, I needed a complete overhaul.... In cases like me a Life Coach is also beneficial. No need to hire a Life Coach but using their methodology was very helpful for me. Besides mindfulnesss (which is being covered well on BBT) their other methods are: Affirmations Removal of internal negative talk Gratitude Asking for what you want correctly Accountability Mastermind groups Letters to past influential people Goal setting So just suggesting that a seminar with a life coach may useful to some of the BBT members.
  2. The Complete Swing Trading Course (Updated 2020) by Wealthy Education
  3. Thursday 04/16/2020 I had a well-being score of 6.5/10 this morning. Another day I didn't feel myself and felt no discipline. I guess last Wednesday was not a fluke. I need some time off. It has been a month now with the "Shelter-in-place" and my work has evolved into 7 days a week. I have been recently lax with my meditation and other self coaching activities, so I will strengthen those first. I will force myself to take 2 days off a week from work. I will not open my platform tomorrow. If I open my platform next week it will be SIM only. If I don't see any improvement I may be in SIM for the rest of the month. I don't usually journal my SIM trades on line so you won't be seeing much of me in the near future. Good luck to everyone. Trade safe. Stay safe.
  4. DAS doesn't directly run on Mac. but there are traders that trade on their Mac so there is a way to run it. I am not a Mac user so I am unsure. I thought one trader mentioned something called Bootcamp can be used.
  5. I did actually purchase Trade Ideas my first year and did not find it useful. All I needed from Trade Ideas was already set up with the BBT scanners. So once I had the chatroom open, I just used their scanners.
  6. Are you using a simulator yet? The DAS sim would be my first recommendation. I have been day trading on my laptop for 2 years now and I haven't grown out of it yet. I do have the laptop running two external monitors. The community recommends the DAS platform with Interactive Brokers or CMEG for day trading. Check the links on the BBT site for recommendations: https://bearbulltraders.com/simulators/ https://bearbulltraders.com/software-brokers/
  7. If the BBT education center doesn't have enough have you looked at Udemy for a day trading course? I took a swing trading course on Udemy which was pretty good.
  8. You can find most of it in the education center. Especially courses 2 through 5. https://bearbulltraders.com/education-center/
  9. Wednesday 04/15/2020 I had a well-being score of 6.5/10 this morning. I took 1 live trade with AMD. My watchlist: BAC, APA, DAL, TSLA, CCL, and AMD. No obvious setup from PM. AMD and BAC were heading lower into the open so I was keeping an eye on both of them. I almost took a 1min ORBD on AMD when it broke the LOPM and again at the break of the 1min candle body. But couldn’t figure SPY out so held off. Then AMD reversed and made an 1min engulfing. But there were a few MAs and VWAP above the price. I went long on the break of VWAP but with half shares because there was a strong PM level at $54. When it broke $54 I added heavily so I was 1.5X normal share size on the trade. My target was the 200MA-5min and my stop was the 50MA-1min. The price did actually reach my target. I did take quite a few partials but using smaller % size each partial than I usually do. What did I do good today? Watch the SPY chart well without losing focus on my trade. What I am grateful from today? Finishing my day before the markets got really choppy.
  10. Great exit. I bailed too early on this trade.
  11. Tuesday 04/14/2020 I had a well-being score of 7.5/10 this morning. I took 3 live trades with CCL. My watchlist: RCL, JPM, DAL, ROKU, CCL, and AMD. I liked the 1min indecision candle with good volume at the open for CCL. But I wasn’t sure the direction until about 3.5min after the open where it was holding VWAP as resistance. Plus I really like having the 200MA-1min in front of my trades in the first 4 minutes. It acts like a magnet. So I went short with a $12 target and VWAP as my stop. Yep the 200MA-1min was a good magnet and I got a partial in, but that was it. Then I stopped out at VWAP. I was thinking about a flip but I couldn’t tell if it was intellectual decision or revenge so I didn’t. I took a couple of SIM trades with DAL but with poor discipline and got chopped up, then I noticed CCL setting up again. I thought I missed the entry but then I heard Andrew took the trade long. But I waited to see if I could get a decent entry. About a minute later the price dropped and bounced off the $12.50 price which was respected in PM and went long. My target was the HOTD with VWAP as the stop. I got two quick partials in and auto stop out at B/E. Then I saw CCL setting up again if it could just break the HOPM. I went long again when it bounced off the 9MA-1min. But now my stop was far away (still VWAP) so my share size was half of what it was before. Then after a minute I heard Andrew said he was getting out of the trade which caused some stress since I was staying in the trade. But with my large stop I was fine staying in. About a minute later the price started to move up and made my day. What did I do good today? Traded late in the morning for me, where I found my winner. What I am grateful from today? Third times the charm.
  12. Monday 04/13/2020 I had a well-being score of 7.5/10 this morning. I took 1 live trade with DAL. My watchlist: MU, MGM, DAL, TSLA, CCL, and BA. Well I took a 5 day vacation. I didn’t feel myself lately. My discipline was really waning. I usually don’t take enough time off from trading, but at least my family’s vacation will force me to stop trading a couple times a year. Due to the pendemic the vacation was cancelled of course. So I went awhile without a break. Plus, the additional stress that of course will be added at this time, I needed a break. I was actually prepared to trade last Wednesday, but I didn’t feel myself. I didn’t even have a plan at the open. I always have a plan. I knew something was up and shortly after the open I turn off my platform and walked away for 5 days. DAL had an interesting PM. The last five 1min candles before the open all touched the 24.95 price without breaking it. SPY was also dropping as we went into the open. The plan was to go short if the price broke the 24.95 and 200MA-1min. DAL opened with strong volume. And quickly dropped below the two levels. I shorted with PDC as my target and the 24.95 as my stop. The price dropped and I took two quick partials. Then I set my autostop at B/E and was quickly stopped out. Another minute later it looked like DAL was setting up even more for a short and SPY was really dropping. So I shorted again. I know I take terrible partials, but today was ridiculous. I will chalk this up for being my first day back. But I caught a 10R move, so I usually get about half in profit. Today I got 1.4R profit from a 10R move. What did I do good today? Good use levels and watching SPY What I am grateful from today? Taking a short. I have been taking so many longs lately I am getting a bias.
  13. Tuesday 04/07/2020 I had a well-being score of 7/10 this morning. I took 1 live trade with CCL. My watchlist: AMD, MGM, DAL, AAPL, CCL, and BA. In PM CCL was bouncing between levels 12.23 and 12.41 for 25 minutes after 20 cent pop. I went long when the price bounced from 12.23. There was also a reasonable size ask above the 12.41 level. I have a 10c minimum stop rule for PM and first 30 minutes after the open. I don’t even have a hot key with a stop smaller than 10c. So my stop was larger than what the chart said I would need, but this gives me some buffer if I have to ride this into the open. My final target was $13. I was hoping to get at least one partial before the open. Though price slowly rised it never reached my price to take a partial. The price did increase enough that the 50MA-1min was above my stop to help it for support. The price open with good volume and I took a partial at the high of PM. Just as I did Andrew announced he entered the CCL trade making me feel I took my first partial too early. Then it took me 3 partials to take profit at 12.60. The spread was fine, but the price was just so spikey. My big partials were my first and 5th. Then all out when it broke HOPM. What did I do good today? Good use levels and taking smaller partial size. What I am grateful from today? Stressful trade but held on.
  14. Monday 04/06/2020 I had a well-being score of 7/10 this morning. I took 1 live trade with CCL. My watchlist: AMD, MGM, DAL, ZM, CCL, and BA. I usually don’t look for PM trades until 15 minutes before the open. But CCL was trading in a tight range with a sharp 8.85 reistance level and a more convoluted support level about 8.78. There was a reasonable size ask at 8.88 which would help the price break the 8.85 level. I took a long and then made a hot key mistake with setting my stop and took a loss. But I immediately re-entered. I was a bit stressed about taking a trade so early so I decided to set my stop and walk away for a few minutes. When I returned CCL had popped and started to head back down. I sold half my shares immediately. At that point I am done for the day. I spent the next few minutes trying to squeeze out a little more profit. I took a couple of SIM trades at the open, but nothing to speak of. What did I do good today? Good use of L2. I knew myself well enough that I should walk away from the screen, since I was jumpy and when I saw there was a well defined stop. What I am grateful from today? CCL pop was very lucky I am quite aware of that.
  15. Friday 04/03/2020 I had a well-being score of 7/10 this morning. I took 2 live trades with APA and AMD. My watchlist: AMD, APA, DAL, TWTR, CCL, and BA. I liked APA in the PM and was respected a 5.40 price level. When a large ask appeared above that price I went long with half share size. My stop was VWAP. The price slowly moved up nearing the open and the plan was to add to my position when it broke above 5.46 daily level. But it popped to quickly to add at the open. I was able to take two partials before S/O at B/E. AMD opened with so-so volume and an indecision candle. The second min candle was a nice hammer. So with SPY moving higher I went long at the break of PDC. $45 target with 200MA-1min as my stop. The price was wild and unpredictable and I took two partials to reduce risk. The price finally popped a little and I got one good partial in before S/O at B/E. What did I do good today? Stopped trading when it seemed the market was too wild this morning. What I am grateful from today? Luckily to be green today. It was very wild price action, I could have easily been red today.
  16. First, it is great that you have been on the SIM for so long. It is a wise thing to do. I wish I stayed in SIM longer. When opening a live account it depends on the country you are from and if they have a PDT rule (Pattern Day Trading). Some countries have a $25000 minimum due to the rule. If you don't have the 25K capital then CMEG would be the broker that the BBT site recommends. I used them for a few months and they were adequate. If your country doesn't have the PDT rule or your capital is above the 25K needed then IB is the way to go. Great fills and great short list. I currently use Centerpoint which I can't recommend and will be switching to IB when the markets calm down a bit. There was some talk of Andrew working with Alliance for a BBT discount but I no longer see it recommended on the BBT site so I assume it fell through or members were not impressed.
  17. Thursday 04/02/2020 I had a well-being score of 7/10 this morning. I took 2 live trades with BA and LK. My watchlist: AMD, LK, DAL, WBA, CCL, and BA. Both my trades were entered in PM. BA looked good both on the 1min and 5min chart. The 5min had an engulfing and the 1min a small wedge. But I usually don’t do well taking a reversal. But SPY was strong at that moment and a reasonable size ask appeared in L2. So I went long. My target was PDC with my stop at the recent low (127.40). Trade went well. Too bad I took 1/3 share size. I reduce my shares in PM and when taking a reversal. The price popped soon after the open and went beyond my target. I finally exited when it lost the 50MA-1min LK was being investigated and dropped huge in PM. It seemed to be holding the 9/20MAs and slowly rising but I was nervous to take the trade. My finger sat on the buy button for about 20 seconds and then I heard Brian said he went long which confirmed I wasn’t crazy for thinking about it and went long as well. The volume was so high I didn’t call it a PM trade and went full shares. My stop was the bottom of the previous candle. I took lots of partials and finally got out because I didn’t want to go through another halt again. I can already call this the trade of the month. What did I do good today? Good use of SPY What I am grateful from today? LK
  18. Wednesday 04/01/2020 I had a well-being score of 7/10 this morning. I took 2 live trades with CCL and AMD. My watchlist: AMD, MGM, DAL, UBER, CCL, and BA. I actually didn’t like anything in the PM. I usually like something and have a plan on which stocks and where to enter, but not today. That created some anxiety. So I was watching AMD as default. At the open AMD dropped hard and made a sharp reversal. When the price reversed enough that I thought it wouldn’t double back I went long. My target was the HOPM (44.80) with a stop at the bottom of the wick. I took a quick 1st partial, then a second when SPY started heading lower. Then a few seconds later I got cold feet due to SPY and exited. Yes, the was still far away from my B/E which it never tested on the way to it’s big run. So I need to get better about that. I just hate when my stop gets slid right through and makes a winning trade into a losing one. CCL dropped the first minute and bounced on the LOPM. The price reversed back to VWAP and I shorted on the pullback. I was a bit nervous on theis trade but Andrew then called it a few seconds later which made me feel that the trade idea was OK. My target was the 11.70 level with a stop at the 200MA-1min. I did take an extra partial when I was losing faith but looking at it now there was of course no reason to. The price reached my target and I exited on a 1min candle engulfing. What did I do good today? Not feeling FOMO (too much) about the AMD early exit. Just something I need to work on. What I am grateful from today? Shorted a stock. I have definitely gotten to long bias. I need to work on that.
  19. Tuesday 03/31/2020 I had a well-being score of 6.5/10 this morning. I took 3 live trades with ABT and AMD. My watchlist: AMD, ABT, DAL, JNJ, CCL, and BA. Not happy with my discipline today. Definitely more luck than skill that made me green today. ABT had an interesting setup in PM. So I was watching to see if an L2 signal would appear. No signal occurred. Though volume was OK for PM, it wasn’t enough without a L2 signal. So I took an undiscipline trade mostly due to SPY being strong at the time. But the market was good to me and taught me a lesson by quickly stopping me out with a big slide on stop making a -1.5R loss. SPY was strong near the open. I took a very small entrance on AMD right before the open to see if there would be a pop. The price bounced around then dropped. Then I waited to see if it would drop to LOPM where I would buy more shares with a tight stop just below the LOPM. So I bought more shares and the price moved higher and created a hammer. SPY was moving higher and I added more shares. Now I had fill share size. And now I waited. Then over the next 5 minutes I took 3 partials all to reduce risk as I would lose more faith in the trade. When The price finally started moving I had only 25% of my shares left. I took more partials and exited but then decided to enter again into my position since I felt it would break the 200MA-1min. It did, I took 1 partial but then fell back below the 200MA where I exited at B/E. I made money but messy trading. What did I do good today? Stopped trading while still green. What I am grateful from today? Stopped trading while still green.
  20. Hi Zen, welcome. What do you mean by "2 confirmations after breakout"? You mean two 1min candles above/below the breakout?
  21. Monday 03/30/2020 I had a well-being score of 6.5/10 this morning. I took 2 live trades with ABT and CCL. My watchlist: AMD, ABT, DAL, JNJ, CCL, and BA. ABT had an interesting PM. It had a catalyst and a level at 83.25 it touched (or nearly touched) 3 times near the open. Then at 9:26 the volume really increased with a bullish candle and then a hammer. The L2 looked weighted to the ask side. Then 2 min before the open T/S lit up green and I went long with small share size. The price popped and retraced. What the chart/L2 looked like when I took the trade: The price popped, but not high enough to take a partial. Then the price dropped to my stop (82.50) and bounced and made a hammer where I added. My target was the daily level at 84.73. The open had lots of volume but little movement at first. Then the priced moved higher and I got two partials. Then the price sat for almost 2 minutes while SPY was moving higher. Finally the price moved a little higher where I partailed again since I was losing faith. Then I tried to exit at the break of the 83.25 level, but wow what a slide that was. Right after the ABT trade I noticed CCL had a weak 1st minute then was bouncing between VWAP and the LOPM. If I could get a really good entry near VWAP I would short. I didn’t have to wait to long and actually got filled immediately. I had to only wait a minute for the drop to start. I took way to many partials. I got caught in the halt. Then I accidentally made a hot key mistake near the end when I was exiting, and added a few shares. What did I do good today? Good use of T/S. What I am grateful from today? It’s great starting the month (my trading months always start on a Monday) on a positive day.
  22. Oh, I didn't know Hailchaser was a profession, I thought it was just a cool name.
  23. Friday 03/27/2020 I had a well-being score of 7/10 this morning. I took 2 live trades with AMD My watchlist: AMD, TSLA, DAL, UBER, CCL, and BA. My main goal for today is simply to stay within my max loss. I succeeded but my discipline was definitely weaker today, being the last day of the month. AMD opened weak and pulled back and bounced from the 50MA-1min. On the 2nd minute candle we got another bounce from the 50MA-1min. I can’t get my video recording to work but I thought I saw a bearish L2 and SPY dropping. So I shorted when it rebroke the LOPM. The price reversed almost immediately and I was stopped out. I should have waited for a break higher above the 50MA-1min for verification (break of resistance and break of the wedge). But I didn’t and just flipped my position. The trade worked out but not good discipline. My target was the HOPM (47.10) with the LOPM (46.15) as my stop. The price did reach my target. What did I do good today? Didn’t lose all my profits for the month which I am known to do on the last day of the month (I end the months on Fridays). What I am grateful from today? I finished the month up >+20R. Second month in a row >+20R and fourth month in row positive.
  24. Thursday 03/26/2020 I had a well-being score of 7/10 this morning. I took 1 live trade with MU My watchlist: AMD, MU, DAL, F, CCL, and BA. My main goal for today and tomorrow is simply to stay within my max loss. Tomorrow is the end of the month (I always end my month on a Friday). I am above my 20R goal for the month and if I max loss today and tomorrow I will still be above 20R. There has been so many months, in the last 2 years, that I give all my profits for the month on the last two days. MU was already ~+5% in PM on good earnings. SPY has been powering higher during the PM and MU was respecting the $45 level in PM. MU opened weak Bounced off of a 44.40 level and had two large asks just above $45. I went long as it passed VWAP. HOPM (45.50) was my target with the bottom of the candle as my stop (with slippage). My first partial was just to reduce risk. Sadly I took a small second partial, since I thought it will break higher now since it broke the $45 level. Price then dropped below VWAP where I was S/O I then took a SIM trade on F and got chopped up really bad. What did I do good today? Took a partial to reduce risk when MU was acting wild. What I am grateful from today? Didn’t blow up my account. I am thinking of even just trading SIM tomorrow since I already reached my goal for the month.
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