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Friday, April 7, 2017

-2.5RR + 3RR NET of -1.25RR

Trade 5. Shorted the 50% level as it had confluence with the double top area. One lot of course. To close to my max risk for the day to chance any more lots than that. But I got 30 ticks from it to offset the rest of the day. The previous losers were all multiple lots which explains why -2.5RR +3RR does not equal +.5RR!!!

Trade 1:
Reason for trade: I was afraid it would be hours before I saw a good set up based on the fact i missed all the actual early set ups.

Rule 1: At support or Resistance? Yes   [  ]  No [ x ]
Rule 2: At 3rd or 4th Trend Line Touch? Yes  [  ]   No [x  ]
Rule 3: At 20EMA or 50SMA? Yes [   ]  No [ x ]
Context: Trend Yes [x  ]  No [  ]

Trade Results: Winner [x  ] Loser  [  ]  BE [  ] +.5RR
Emotions In Trade: FOMO


Trade 2:
Reason for trade: Counter trend set up. Reasonable risk. All CT trades are single lots. No exceptions.

Rule 1: At support or Resistance? Yes   [  ]  No [  x]
Rule 2: At 3rd or 4th Trend Line Touch? Yes  [  ]   No [ x ]
Rule 3: At 20EMA or 50SMA? Yes [ x  ]  No [  ]
Context: Trend? Yes [  ]  No [  n]

Trade Results: Winner [  ] Loser  [  ] BE [ x ] 0RR
Emotions in trade: Calm. No fear. Just exection. Moved to BE very quickly as I always do in CT situations. I don’t care if they work or not, just execute and let it play out.


Trade 3:
Reason for trade: At resistance,

Rule 1: At support or Resistance? Yes   [x  ]  No [  x]
Rule 2: At 3rd or 4th Trend Line Touch? Yes  [  ]   No [ x ]
Rule 3: At 20EMA or 50SMA? Yes [x  ]  No [  ]

Trade Results: Winner [  ] Loser  [x  ] BE [  ] -1.5RR
Emotions in Trade: Impatient. I want it to work right away….Its getting late...seems like things should be moving faster and yet I know perfectly well this is normal behavior. Let it go, breathe deeply and just be patient. The bars where I am not in a trade seem to move fast and purposeful. And the bars where I am in a trade seem to move slowly and random. Its my monkey brain playing tricks on me.

I forgot to take a picture.

Trade 4:
Reason for trade: At resistance,

Rule 1: At support or Resistance? Yes   [x  ]  No [  ]
Rule 2: At 3rd or 4th Trend Line Touch? Yes  [ x ]   No [  ]
Rule 3: At 20EMA or 50SMA? Yes [x  ]  No [  ]

Trade Results: Winner [  ] Loser  [  x] BE [  ] -1RR
Emotions in Trade: I was waiting on this trade from earlier. I had the -1RR loser while I was waiting. I suppose the last trade was boredom and FOMO again. Odd how these things keep popping up. I think I’ve been having them the last few weeks but not journalling during the trade blinded me to this fact. This trade may turn out to be a loser but if I had been patient enough to wait for it, the previous loser would not have happened and I would only be down 1RR instead of -2.5RR


PnL Tracking:


Closing Thoughts:
A 100% fail today….here is something I know for certain. After a large move (relatively speaking) there is always some back and forth. I know this and when I see the move overnight, I get frustrated because I know my trading hours might be full of head fakes, chop and counter trend movement. None of which is conducive to productive trading. Such was the case today. I knew it when I sat down in front of the screens that it might be a tough day. After the Syrian spike yesterday evening, it was a long move down as I suspected it might be. I was just hoping it wouldn’t do it all while I was sleeping and it did.

I’m very annoyed with myself in not having the patience to sit on my hands while all this was going on. The pressure to put up profit numbers every day intensified yesterday and as I noted in my post last night, that increases the likelihood that losers will occur.

Today is the first day where I might have been mostly aware of my emotions and thought processes before, during and after a trade. While trade 2, the counter trend trade was the only one that really worked, (trade 1 did work for a while) I executed it correctly. I closed it out at the first sign of it not working which is what you are supposed to do on counter trend trades.

I am not deterred however. Monday I will be back at it with steely determination and with any luck, a slightly higher degree of patience.

EDIT: It seems like ever time I DON"T trade with a limit order, it would have worked. And every time I DO trade with a limit order, it fails. Anyone else have this experience?

EDIT 2: I have to remember even a one lot trade that takes 20 minutes to pay $100 is still $300 an hour. Sheesh....grow a pair and be grateful for the small winners. Even those are better than working for the California minimum wage.


  1. I'm glad Sandy decided to write the above - the same thoughts came to mind and I struggled with whether or not I should give advice for many reasons.

    I really can't elocute the message any better than the above, except to add that I too found myself in a very similar position and it did me more harm than good.

  2. Thanks for this....all things I will consider over the weekend. I have nothing to do this weekend so time spent thinking about this and perhaps adding a second/third instrument might be in order.

    I'm slowly beginning to welcome the pain at various moments for as you have noted, breakthroughs come from the pain....if we allow ourselves to experience it and embrace it for what it is.....a teaching mechanism for our good instead of trying to avoid it at all costs.

  3. i actually have found the condition with the limit orders to be true for myself.

    let me know if I've misunderstood the context but it's very rare that i use limit orders at this point. i guess i just want to be in the market instantly and would rather see the trade come to fruition or loss at that point. there are times when i do purposely position myself a couple of handles out but that's more of a feel thing regarding price volatility.

    good luck tomorrow.



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