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@hailchaser2  I may have missed it earlier in the thread, but have you posted a link to your onenote trade journal?  I stumbled across your thread and really like how you have yours organized and if you are willing to share it I would appreciate being able to use it.

Thanks!

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On 9/14/2020 at 7:08 AM, Wayne Ferguson said:

@hailchaser2  I may have missed it earlier in the thread, but have you posted a link to your onenote trade journal?  I stumbled across your thread and really like how you have yours organized and if you are willing to share it I would appreciate being able to use it.

Thanks!

I am a novice at OneNote, so I don't know how to share my template from there. I would be happy to share it if you tell me how, lol.

Attached are a couple of screen shots of  my 1MinOrbDown TradeBook setup.

 

It's basically two different "table" inserts, both 1 row, 2 columns

Top table is for pictures of my trades that I screen shot every day.

Second table is my criteria, trade entries and exits, then Psychology and what I could have done better

 

Screen Shot of Template

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Screen Shot of full page, IDK why its so blurry on this. It won't look like that in your OneNote.

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Sorry all, I'm finding it difficult to find the time to post here since starting PCT BootCamp. Had to test hotkeys and make charts in DaS Demo for PCT. Now I am Journaling in Chartlog, Tradervue, My Playbook in OneNote, and compiling my "Official" PCT TradeBook. Maybe once I get the hang of ChartLog I can get back to consistently posting here.

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+1.0 R today 3/4.

 

MSFT 1st try bailed early, 2nd trade was good, third trade was good, but SPY started dropping and killed momentum. 

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DKNG ok trade, nothing special, had the 200SMA that kept it from dropping like I wanted.

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Tomorrow is the last day of “practice” for PCT BootCamp. 
 

My plan is to only risk either $50 or $100 this week, not sure which one yet. I don’t want to dig a big hole because of emotional trading. I won’t know how this “competition” effects my psychology until it starts Wednesday.

 

 


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3/4 +0.75R

Trying to streamline my journaling. So I'm going to just screenshot my OneNote and post it here.

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These are pretty blurry. Maybe I'll try something different tomorrow

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Also, tomorrow is the first real day of the PCT BootCamp Tryout. Wish me luck!!!!!


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2/2 +1.0R

First day of PCT, I am happy with my start. This weeks goal is to trade small and get used to the pressure of the competition.

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The last two days in PCT BootCamp have been a blur of Open not working out. Then spendind the rest of the day trading BullShit setups trying to "get back" the money lost.....which we all now almost never works out. 

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I took time this weekend to make some adjustments for my trading after the Open, I didn't have written TradeBook or plans. I made playbooks for Parabolic Pullbacks and Mountain Passes, I also made a DaS layout that was just for observing my 6 stocks on watchlist. There is no montage to trade or anything else, just 6 1 minute charts. This will keep me from entering trades that don't meet the criteria of my ne TradeBooks. It worked very well today. I also recorded some affirmations this weekend that I have been meaning to do since Crede's last success webinar. The app I used is called I Am That I Am. 

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I am back.....I couldn't find the time to post here while I was in the Peak Capital Bootcamp. It finished mid December and I have not traded since then. I did not do well enough to earn a spot with the firm, but the experience did a lot to help my trading progress. When I get some extra time I will post some of what I have developed during the BootCamp.  

 

The disappointing part is I could not stay away from trades outside of my TradeBook. I don't know if it is something that will continue to hinder my progress, or if it was just the pressure of trying to make a certain amount before the deadline. 

 

This graph shows a graph with all trades, then I removed all "No Setup" trades to show my TradeBook setups only. I have 4 TradeBooks that I feel good with right now. 1MinOrbs, 5MinOrbs, MountainPass, and ParabolicPullback.

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Here is a tag breakdown of my different strategies P&L

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5MinOrbUp

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5MinOrbDown

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MountainPass

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ParabolicPullback

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Up until around December, I only traded $25 and $35 risk per trade. 

 

My final two months of trading before the BootCamp in my live CMEG account I was break even on my trading, but fees and commissions dwindled the funds away.  I was only risking $10 per trade, so if I hade entry, exit, and 5partials, that's -0.35R in commissions.  I have now reloaded my CMEG account and will be back live once the funds hit my account. I will be risking 25$ per trade, and I will consider raising to $35 once I gain 1k in equity.  Very excited about 2021. 

 


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WOW at the difference between All Trades and Tradebook Only trades.  I'd love to hear your thoughts/see what you developed during the PCT Bootcamp, I'm doing it on this next go around coming up.  As for your not being able to stay away from trades outside of your Tradebook - how long had you been trading before you did the Bootcamp?  I'm coming up on 2 years trading and for some reason I don't understand, I've found this calm and have started only letting myself trade "my trades" (playbook in my head, I don't have a real one...yet).  Depending on how long you've been trading, I'm thinking the change finally comes along when you've lost enough money and get sick of telling yourself every night "tomorrow I'm GOING to do it this way!"

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@NikkiB I dabbled in day trading in 2019, then in February of 2020 I traded every day, but most of the days I just traded the first 45 minutes. So I had a solid 7 1/2 months before the BootCamp. But I can’t even consider the first 3-4 months in my “live” account as trading. I didn’t have an edge. So I guess I was still pretty green entering the BootCamp.

 

The advice I would give anyone entering the next BootCamp. Leverage your coach/team leader, communicate with them on developing your rules, and TradeBook. And do it early in the BootCamp. Also have Ardi change your daily max loss to 3-4 times your risk per trade. I asked a few times at the beginning to lower my daily max loss, but was told we weren’t allowed. Then in the end another trader told me Ardi did change his daily max for him.

Don’t focus on the number you need to reach, it puts added pressure on you to be profitable. Just trade well and it will show in your equity curve.


Treat your TradeBook and daily review and journal like a science project. 

They are supposed to focus more on the mentoring this second time, so take advantage of it.

Another thing I struggled with was journaling in Chartlog. I tried to just add that to my normal journaling routine. That was way too much. I was basically trying to journal in 3 different programs, I used OneNote and TraderVue before the BootCamp.
so adding the third journaling aspect made me rush through my journaling to get stuff entered, I didn’t really “absorb” my daily performance like I usually do with my normal routine.

I would suggest just focusing on using chartlog for your review and journal. I believe if I had dropped the other stuff and just used Chartlog, it would have saved me some time and relieved some stress.
 

Start writing down your edge/TradeBook now, get a head start on the BootCamp Process. 
 

Feel free to ask any other questions, I’d be happy to give you my thoughts.


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@hailchaser2 Thanks for the input and info.  I started using ChartLog when I switched to IB/DAS about 4 months ago, so hopefully I at least have that hurdle covered.  Good luck going live again and post updates on how it's going for you! 🙂

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