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October 12th trade on AMD. Took 2 trades on AMD both were green. One trade was before 5 minutes and the other was right after I got stopped out at break even on the first trade. Ended the week with 4 out of 4 green days with only having one day of true over trading. 

Win Rate% - 68% (slight decrease from last week but tolerable)

Average Win Ratio is above a 2:1 (Slight increase from last week)

Net Equity curve is Horizontal which is good considering I am trading 100 share sizes. 

Gross Equity curve is upward

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October 15th did not trade as I did not get enough sleep the night before and had to leave early for work

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October 16th, trade on CGC. I did not have time to make a video but I have included the screen shot of the trade. I did not execute my entry well as I lock my montage in the pre-market and forgot to unlock it. By the time I got it unlocked, the stock already moved down. To make matters worse, when I did enter I made a hot key mistake and went long instead of short. I quickly got out of the bad trade and re-entered with the correct hotkey.  I was able to adjust my profit taking plan quickly and took profit at the previous day close and just below the moving average on the 5 minute chart. Overall not a bad trade.

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Nice recovering from a hotkey mistake. Sometimes that can throw you off your game, you kept cool and stuck with the plan. 

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6 hours ago, Carlos M. said:

Nice recovering from a hotkey mistake. Sometimes that can throw you off your game, you kept cool and stuck with the plan. 

Thanks Carlos M. I agree hotkey mistakes and ruin your day. I now have added unlocking my montages to my daily checklist before the market opens. I would think this would seems natural to not forget but I have done it a couple of times the last two months.

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Mike.. I went over your first videos and I'm very impressed the way you trade. Clean trades, one entry, quick exits.. Pretty consistent.

Just keep going. I think you are doing a great job. I hope you have all these good habits while trading live. Good luck.

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October 17 trade on AMD. I beginning to realize AMD and I are really good buddies. Got a late entry but my profit taking was where I wanted it to be. If I had been patience, If I had not hit my goal for the day I could also have taken a 15 Min ORBD on AMD. I noticed while I was doing my re-cap. Couple more weeks until I go live. 

 

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Oct 18 trades on AA. Today was a rough day, as I took three trades, two of them without a Trade, Risk, or Profit Taking plan. I made my daily goal off the first trade, so if I was live I would have executed the last two trades in sim. However, this is a perfect example of the market rewarding bad behavior have I broke almost all my rules prior to entering the trade. 

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October 19 trade on EBAY. I did a quick trade within the first five minutes on Ebay. That one trade made my daily goal, so if I was live I would have been done for the day and transferred to Sim. But since I am already in a simulator, I made the mental note that from this point forward all the trades would only be conducted in simulator and would not count towards any of my statistics. I did not make a video today as I cannot fit the recap in the 2 minute time limit, so I am just going to type it today. By the end of the day I had 4 trades, 2 positive, 2 negative because I let 1 of those go past my breakeven.

Trade 1 - Strategy - I was short biased as Ebay had a bad earnings report and it was having trouble popping above VWAP in the pre-market. I had a plan that if the stock sold off in the first minute that I would go short to 29.00  with a stop loss at VWAP if the the risk reward ratio was at least a 2:1. I entered and covered at 28.89 after a quick drop and then got out as the stock began to pull back towards my original profit target. 

Trade 2 - Strategy - 5 Minute ORBD. I set my profit target at 28.61 with a stop loss at VWAP. This trade I did not execute my profit taking plan well, as I let the stock go past my breakeven point once I had taken my first out. I was messing around with the level 2 display being in the ladder view instead of the normal view I use. I like the visual of the ladder view as it was easy to identify what direction the price action was moving; however, I did not like how I was unable to clearly identify when the stock was at my breakeven price. This caused the stock to move past my break even point, so I decided to just use my original stop loss as an exit as it was only .05 away. I exited the trade when it hit VWAP.

Trade 3 - Strategy - did not have one as I started to let the candles dictate instead of analyzing the information the candles were presenting. Although I did not make money on this trade, this was probably the best trade of the day from a psychology development perspective. I entered at the 29.02 support level believing that the stock would go down toward my profit target from the previous trade at 28.61. I was saying to myself, "I know this stock is going to hit that profit target", thanks to the book "Trading in the Zone" I know when I start saying those words, I need to look for reasons why I am wrong. So I took my eyes off the 1 minute chart and started looking at the 5 minute and 15 minute chart. I quickly noticed on the five minute chart that the stock was making higher, higher, lows. When I saw this I said I need to get out and look for a profit target to the long side. I exited and quickly executed trade 4 to the long side.

Trade 4 - Strategy - Modified VWAP Reversal - I set an entry at the high of the second candle as the third candle did not make a new high. I set a stop at the low of the current candle as I was still a little short biased, and I set the profit target at the moving average at 29.58. I took profit at the resistance level of 29.46, a second out when the stock broke the 50 SMA on the 1 minute, and I exited when the stock hit my profit target.

Overall today I was happy with my trading. I met my daily goal and was in the green 4 of 4 trading days. I was also positive after commissions 4 of 4 days this week. I consider commissions & ECN fees as a learning price and do not count them when I consider whether I was green or red for the day. (Did not trade Monday)

Monthly stats

Win Rate% - 71% (3% increase from last week)

Average Win Ratio is below a 2:1 (1 dollar off a 2:1 ratio)

Net Equity curve is upward (increase from Horizontal) 

Gross Equity curve is upward (Same as last week)

Current planned transition from primarily Simulator to Live trading is November 5, 2019.

 

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On 10/19/2018 at 9:49 PM, Mike B said:

October 19 trade on EBAY. I did a quick trade within the first five minutes on Ebay. That one trade made my daily goal, so if I was live I would have been done for the day and transferred to Sim. But since I am already in a simulator, I made the mental note that from this point forward all the trades would only be conducted in simulator and would not count towards any of my statistics. I did not make a video today as I cannot fit the recap in the 2 minute time limit, so I am just going to type it today. By the end of the day I had 4 trades, 2 positive, 2 negative because I let 1 of those go past my breakeven.

Trade 1 - Strategy - I was short biased as Ebay had a bad earnings report and it was having trouble popping above VWAP in the pre-market. I had a plan that if the stock sold off in the first minute that I would go short to 29.00  with a stop loss at VWAP if the the risk reward ratio was at least a 2:1. I entered and covered at 28.89 after a quick drop and then got out as the stock began to pull back towards my original profit target. 

Trade 2 - Strategy - 5 Minute ORBD. I set my profit target at 28.61 with a stop loss at VWAP. This trade I did not execute my profit taking plan well, as I let the stock go past my breakeven point once I had taken my first out. I was messing around with the level 2 display being in the ladder view instead of the normal view I use. I like the visual of the ladder view as it was easy to identify what direction the price action was moving; however, I did not like how I was unable to clearly identify when the stock was at my breakeven price. This caused the stock to move past my break even point, so I decided to just use my original stop loss as an exit as it was only .05 away. I exited the trade when it hit VWAP.

Trade 3 - Strategy - did not have one as I started to let the candles dictate instead of analyzing the information the candles were presenting. Although I did not make money on this trade, this was probably the best trade of the day from a psychology development perspective. I entered at the 29.02 support level believing that the stock would go down toward my profit target from the previous trade at 28.61. I was saying to myself, "I know this stock is going to hit that profit target", thanks to the book "Trading in the Zone" I know when I start saying those words, I need to look for reasons why I am wrong. So I took my eyes off the 1 minute chart and started looking at the 5 minute and 15 minute chart. I quickly noticed on the five minute chart that the stock was making higher, higher, lows. When I saw this I said I need to get out and look for a profit target to the long side. I exited and quickly executed trade 4 to the long side.

Trade 4 - Strategy - Modified VWAP Reversal - I set an entry at the high of the second candle as the third candle did not make a new high. I set a stop at the low of the current candle as I was still a little short biased, and I set the profit target at the moving average at 29.58. I took profit at the resistance level of 29.46, a second out when the stock broke the 50 SMA on the 1 minute, and I exited when the stock hit my profit target.

Overall today I was happy with my trading. I met my daily goal and was in the green 4 of 4 trading days. I was also positive after commissions 4 of 4 days this week. I consider commissions & ECN fees as a learning price and do not count them when I consider whether I was green or red for the day. (Did not trade Monday)

Monthly stats

Win Rate% - 71% (3% increase from last week)

Average Win Ratio is below a 2:1 (1 dollar off a 2:1 ratio)

Net Equity curve is upward (increase from Horizontal) 

Gross Equity curve is upward (Same as last week)

Current planned transition from primarily Simulator to Live trading is November 5, 2019.

 

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What a great job! Love those recaps, keep the good work up!

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October 22 trade on my buddy AMD. I did something I have not done before and that is enter a trade in the minute before the pre-market. I had a great If-Then statement for both a long a short depending on which way the AMD opened. Then about 30 seconds before the market opened, the stock popped above my entry point with high volume, Time & Sales chart started moving extremely fast and the Ask heavily outnumbered the Bids. I hesitated a little as I was unsure about entering prior to the open but I had a good trade plan and it was so close to open I went long above my planned entry but set a stop loss that if the stock moved against me that I was out and ready to take it to the short side. 

Hit my daily goal for the day and started watching charts for an hour till work. 

I also messed around with YNDX as it was a SSR stock with CMEG. I wanted to test if I could get in and out of the trade in simulator. I was unable to use my hotkeys to enter short; however, if I used the Montage hotkey buttons I was able to get filled. Once filled I was able to use my hotkeys to scale out. When I go live I going to test with 1 share to see how it goes. Small price to pay for piece of mind.

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October 23rd 5 Min ORBD trade on CAT. Trade went well but the bid-ask spread caused me some issues on taking profit. Overall I was happy with it and learned a valuable lesson when there is a large bid-ask spread don't take profit based on the candle you have watch what the Bid/Ask price says depending on the direction you are going.

Hit my daily goal for the day and then watched the charts for another hour.

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October 24th trades on AMD and T. Could not upload a video today. 

 

Trade 1 - S&R on pre-market resistance level - I had a long and short plan for the open. If the stock broke 25.19 I would go long, but if it broke the 25.01 then I would go short. It broke 25.01 and I hit my hotkey but got a bad fill almost .10 lower which threw me off. During the pullback it went to my planned entry and because I was out of whack, as soon as it dropped back to my entry I got out. AMD can be a choppy stock so I did not want to take a chance. I took a little loss on the trade. I then moved on to T

Trade 2 - 5 Min ORBD - (No chart picture) - I noticed a consolidation around 31.66 and decided to go short if it broke 31.60 to a profit target of 31.21. I set my stop just above VWAP. I had a good risk to reward ratio; however, I got in a little early and should have waited until the close of the 5 min candle. I got in with about 15 secs left. I took my first profit at 31.43, second out was at 31.30 (not a good out), and I exited at my profit target.

Trade 3 - 5 Min ORB - While in the T Trade I saw a consolidation on the 1 minute chart with a pull back to a Resistance level. I decided to go short. I took my first out at the next support level and decided to take my second out and exit around the profit target as I began seeing a lot ask start to populate and felt the buyers were starting to gain control. It did pull back and I would have gotten stopped out at my first profit target; however, it did eventually hit my profit target of 24.10.

Daily goal was met, but I had more trades than I would have liked.

Tomorrow should be an interesting day for AMD after it earnings report this evening.

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October 25th Trades on TWTR & AMD. Today was a day where the Market rewarded me for terrible behavior. I regressed back to zooming into the 1 minute chart and not pulling back to look at the 5 min or 15 minute charts. My plan going into today was to trade TWTR at a 15 min ORB; however, I gave into impulse and traded TWTR 3 times before 15 minutes. The fourth trade on TWTR was the actual 15 minute ORBU I had planned to take but I was so chopped up with TWTR already I called it a day after taking my first profit only to see it run to my profit target. 

Met Daily goal but did not give myself a passing grade for fundamentals.

Trade 1 - TWTR - Jump the gun prior to 5 minute mark. I had no trade plan and had FOMO. The only good thing was I had a stop and utilized it, even though it was not based on any technical level.

Trade 2 - TWTR - Again Jump the gun prior to 5 minute mark since I just had a loss. I again had no trade plan and had FOMO. The only good thing was I had a stop at the 9 EMA and utilized it.

Trade 3 - TWTR - Why not lets try three times in a row to enter a trade based on FOMO and think I am going to have good results. Good thing I realized this and said I out, regroup, and figure out a trade plan.

Trade 4 - TWTR - Hey what do you know I developed a 15 min ORBU trade plan, set my stop loss at VWAP, Profit Target at 33.20, and entry once it broke 31.70. Everything was good but I did not execute my trade plan because I saw another pullback on the 1 minute chart and instead of holding to my stop I just got out with a little profit. And of course the stock goes to my profit target. Bad trade all around.

Trade 5 - AMD - I figured since TWTR was not working out with FOMO strategy, why not try it with AMD, it is bound to work in my favor. I entered on a 1 minute consolidation without looking to the 5 minute chart. I entered and quickly realized how stupid of an entry that was. I made the decision that was lost money and developed somewhat of a trading plan. I set an entry of 19.13, Stop of 18.86, and exit at 19.60. I entered and of course for some reason I did not enter just 100 shares, I also had a duplicate order of an additional 200 shares. At this point I just closed my eyes and took a deep breath and said if this were live what would you do. In the past I would have said oh well this trade don't count, but I didn't this time around. So once I decided that once the stock popped above my entry point I would clear out the extra shares and get back to where I was comfortable. If I hit my stop before that than I would stop out. Luckily it went in my direction and I took my first out to get me back to my normal share size. I took some off at my normal 1st out, half at near my profit target, and exited just above my profit target. 

Overall today was not a good trading day even though I hit my daily goal.

4 more sim days till I go Live.

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October 26th I did not trade as I hit max shares traded on Thursday and I have a rule that if I hit max Shares than I do not trade for the rest of the week. I only look at the charts. When I go live this rule will evolve into trading sim for the rest of the week.

 

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