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  1. For me - I use limit orders to open positions (buy or short) and market orders to close them (sell or cover). Really, if you're selling a position, you want to close your position at the best price available without delay. The nightmare scenario is to be short a stock that suddenly belts up and you're stuck trying to use limit orders that won't fill.
  2. Yes but outside regular market hours you'll need to use a limit order, market orders won't work. Is that the problem you're having?
  3. Ah sorry it was BearBullCMEG2018
  4. I used the BearBullTraders2018 promo code (I think that's right), and that gets you 0.50 per trade up to 1,000 shares? And then something like 0.004 per share over 1,000? Works a treat and it's a game changer paying 1/6th the fees I was before!
  5. Me too, and that we never post P/L screenshots on social media! Be quietly successful is my aim.
  6. This is so important! I mean the thing is, he might not blow up his account, and good luck to him. I hope he continues to make huge % gains. The issue is you've decided that penny stocks aren't for you, so you're not even really talking about the same thing. If he told you he was making $thousands running a pizza restaurant, you wouldn't immediately go and try and open your own pizza restaurant, right? Thus it is with trading. Penny stocks and the mid-cap, mid-price stocks ($20-$100) that seem to generally be favoured by BBT are very different things. I agree that getting the membership here has been superb (I think I've already made back the lifetime membership fee on BBT low commission CMEG trades anyway!), it's changed how I approach trading. In general this is how the traders journey looks to me: 1. I want to make more money. People make money in the stock market. I wonder if I could do that? 2. Oh shit, look at this on YouTube, these guys make $20,000 a day in 30 minutes trading the stock market! I'll do that! Lambos for Xmas! 3. Shit, I made some money! This is easy! 4. ...Hang on a minute, I lost a bit. Huh. Those guys on YouTube didn't lose any. What's that all about? 5. Ok, this is really hard. Let me go back to a Simulator. 6. This is going to take a really long time to figure out, isn't it. Turns out those guys on YouTube have been doing this for years already! They didn't mention that, they just made it look really easy! ...and after this point, traders divide into two camps. The first camp who wanted some quick and easy money decides it's not worth the hassle, and they lose interest. The second camp accepts this is going to take years to figure out, and that they might continue to lose some money on the way, but commit to finding the persistence and the patience to learn about it. I've always said in life, whatever you're trying to do - hit a golf ball, speak Vietnamese, trade the stock market - anything is possible, but only if you have persistence and patience. Failure is part of the journey, and you'll need persistence to continue to try despite that failure, and the patience to learn from your mistakes. I've hit thousands of golf balls into lakes, but I learned from my mistakes and can now get round our local 9-hole course in pretty good shape. I once accidentally asked my Vietnamese wife's father if he'd like to take a shower with me (I meant to ask for a toothpick, which in Vietnamese is tăm, but instead got the tone wrong, and asked for a tắm - a shower), but I learned from my mistake! And so I hope it will be with trading. I'm going to screw up many times yet, but when I do I will try to learn from them. With persistence and patience I'll succeed, and not only will my golf scorecard look excellent and I won't have bits of pork between my teeth, but I'll have a very healthy side income to boot!
  7. I've been taking a look around it the last few weeks but not finding much use for it so far, seems less useful for day trading anyway and more for intermediate positions. Mostly people trying to pump their own positions and telling everyone else how smart they are. Brian's swing trade email is a lot more use!
  8. I'm sort of in a similar situation, trading in Vietnam and with the market opening at 9.30pm local time and needing to be up for work before 6am every day and therefore needing to get to bed, I really don't want to trade beyond the first 40 minutes. At the same time this rather suits me! Similar to above, I like the pace of the open, you'll find several set ups for certain strategies in the first 40 mins. My trading journey: I began to paper trade low float penny stocks back in July 2020. I wasn't very good at it! They are very volatile. I moved to mid-caps in November and took out a BBT lifetime membership. This has been much better, mid-caps are just slightly less volatile and a little more reliable. My big issue now is discipline, and learning to wait for a set up before trading. I am making progress. I've tried to trade 1 minute ORBs, and have had mixed results. I don't agree you should be watching 6 x time frames per stock, especially not in the first 30 mins of the market. On. DAS Trader I use a 6-ticker watchlist of 1 minute charts built with the help of Carlos and Brian (Brian especially since he'll be trading the open), and then I've got a main tab where I place trades which uses a 1 min, a 5 min and a daily. But yes, 1 min ORBs are difficult to trade. It's partly the mentality - you're so keen to find this setup, you've got to make decisions so fast, and often you'll end up getting a really crappy entry chasing a stock that looks like an ORB but is already extended. Andrew is superb at it - and with practice and experience, they will become easier to trade. But for now I've stepped back from 1 minute ORBs. Recently I've had more success trading reversals (and 4 green days last week, a first for me!). I've noticed most days at least one of the stocks on my watch list will flush at the open and sell off strongly for 2 to 5 minutes, first as profit taking creates selling pressure and then as shorts step in looking for their own ORBreakdowns. I don't need loads of time frames to see this happen - 1 minute charts work fine. What goes down must come up: these stocks become extended and find a bottom. Shorts cover, longs step in, and you hit a reversal. If you can find a way to keep stops tight you'll get excellent R:R. Another strategy I trade is a VWAP break, usually long biased. It works best on stocks green for the day, but which sold off on the open. It also works well for stocks where you missed your reversal entry. They'll come back to VWAP, and often pause at VWAP as people begin to sell positions. One of two things happen here: either it rejects VWAP and sells off again, in which case I don't enter. Or it holds VWAP and continues on up, in which case you can get an entry with a good tight stop just back below VWAP. I hope this is useful! Good luck and stay in touch, sounds like we're in similar boats!
  9. With these 8am spikes, I don't think it's possible to buy and sell at the low and high, shares aren't available for trading at these prices from what I know. The spikes on your chart are just recording the transactions. If you watch the L2 you won't suddenly see shares available -50c and +50c, for example. Otherwise you could set some very nice limit orders right before 8am and get heavily discounted stocks!
  10. A key to this will also be keeping stops really tight. You need almost instant resolution to remain in the trade, as is the case with scalps. Once a trade starts tickling around break even it becomes a coin flip and it's really not worth waiting around to see what happens. Holding a large size, the second you see your p/l dip into the red you'll need to cut the trade to protect against a sudden flush. However, I do agree with you on the principle of banking profits! I'm just starting out still, trading small size (so like 50 share positions, aiming at $15 profit per trade). I've started to bank profits earlier, having seen so many trades push into the green only to fall back.
  11. Nice to 'meet' you Paul! Let me know if you're ever around VN. I was in Singapore for a conference a few years back. Wonderful place, on my list of potential future destinations to move to, once we're in a post-pandemic world...!
  12. Hello! My name is Adam. I'm a 37 year old British expat from Liverpool, England, but now living and working in Hanoi, Vietnam where I've been for seven years. I'm a school teacher by trade (heading up the international department of a bilingual school here in Hanoi). I became a father six months ago and have just started my Education Doctorate, so I'm on several journeys right now I guess! I began to practice day trading about four months ago. I was initially introduced to stocks and shares during the Covid lockdown in February when a friend recommended I read a book called Millionaire Teacher by Andrew Hallam. This book is about investing directed at expat teachers around the world. It is very good, and it got me into making some ETF investments as I begin to plan for my eventual retirement. I was excited to begin to purchase stocks! But as exciting as it was, I couldn't help but want more out of my trading investments than the passive average 8% a year ETFs offered. Thus, I began to find out more about day trading and having read Andrew Aziz's books (among others, but Andrew's books were the first and remain the best I've read) and after immersing myself in hours of video tutorials on YouTube, I began to paper trade back in July of this year. To begin with I traded low float penny stocks, trying to use momentum scalping strategies and copying the styles of some of the very successful YouTube guys who do astonishingly well (I'm sure I don't need to name names!), but I have to say I found it supremely difficult to master. I've honestly had four months of mostly making losses, and some days, making big losses in my paper trading account. I also then tried to go live too soon in September and swiftly blew $1,000 cash in my new CMEG account. Suitably chastened, I very sensibly came back to paper trading, resolved now to continue to paper trade until I am able to consistently make profit. Through October I continued to make losses day trading penny stocks despite my best efforts, and began to grow a little despondent. I finally hit a crossroads a few weeks ago where I knew I had to either invest in an education and begin to really work at this, or else pack it in altogether and spend my time tending to my golf swing (which also sucks). Well, the first one won! I decided it's time to get serious. As of Monday last week I am now a BBT lifetime member. Let the journey begin! Why BBT, and not any of the other trading communities? Well, two reasons. First is the focus here on a different category of stock. I didn't want to momentum trade penny stocks anymore: they're just too volatile for me, they move desperately quickly and I found I wasn't able to make decisions quick enough. I like BBT's focus on slightly more expensive, higher-float stocks. These feel more stable to me, and I think will be a better fit for my trading style. The second reason is the informed and intelligent approach I see BBT's leading traders take. This feels like a more sober approach to trading, which is what I'm looking for. I have a great deal to learn. I became so frustrated the last four months not because I was making consistent losses, but because I never felt like I knew what my strategy was. I often found myself entering trades without really knowing why I was entering them. It's weird to be aware this is happening and yet to continue to do it! There is hope! Yesterday (Friday 6 November) I actually made what I'd consider to be the best trade I've ever made (clearing a low bar, admittedly, but bear with me!). Having read here about opening range breakouts, and then watching Andrew's videos and reading the playbook materials, I watched $NIO at the open last night. The fourth one-minute candle broke out of the opening range at 9.34am. I went long and made a nice win. This wasn't my best ever trade because I won or because I made some money (I've made more on other trades in the past), but because I felt like I had a plan. I knew what I was looking for. When I saw it I stepped in and placed my trade, scaled in, partialled out. It wasn't perfect: I came out too early, missing out on a continuation, but just having a reason for placing the trade in the first place was huge for me (I was thrilled when I woke up this morning to see Thor's own review where he placed the exact same trade! I feel like I finally did something right) The ORB is going to be a critical strategy for me to master. Here in Vietnam we are exactly 12 hours ahead of US ET, so when the market opens at 9.30am and you guys are all sipping coffee and rubbing sleep from your eyes, it's 9.30pm here and I've just finished washing the dishes after dinner! Working my job as I do I really can't trade much past 10pm local time (10am ET) so there is a golden window of 30 minutes when I need to do my trading. It could be argued then that if any one strategy should be my bread and butter, it should be the ORB. I was thoroughly proud of myself last night for that trade! So, the plan from here is to paper trade until at least the new year, if not longer. I'm in no rush. I have a great job and I'm very well paid already. I don't need the money. I'd like this to become a very profitable little sideline which can continue to fund my longer term investments, and maybe also pay for the odd round of golf in between. I love being a teacher (you don't start a doctorate in something without loving what you do) and I can't imagine ever fully being out of teaching, but perhaps being able to retire early would be nice one day! Either way, I'm in no rush, and I'll take as long as it takes to learn how to do this, and to do it well. Apologies for going on at such length! It's smashing to meet you all, and here's to whatever's about to come. All the best, Adam
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