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  1. There are a couple of podcasts that interview successful guys, and you can listen to those to see if any of those interviews inspire you to focus your research one way or the other.
  2. That's exactly right. There are no chart patterns really, it's just your brain trying to find order in the chaos. Order flow will create certain similarities that show up in the charts, but they never develop in the exact same way, so in my opinion it's a waste of time. You know what moves the market? Orders coming in, orders going out, that's it! I would focus on that. When you have aggressive buyers who are stuck in a bad position, and aggressive sellers who are in a good position, that is fuel for a move down. I would focus your research on those aspects of the market. After that you will probably be able to put that information into a chart that uses that information and gives you an edge. My .02 of course!
  3. I agree. Technical analysis and candlestick patterns aren’t really going to help you IMO. There are a number of guys recently who have proven they are profitable with verified 1099’s, and they all trade order flow by waiting for volume and delta imbalances and then trading against the guys who are “stuck”
  4. I'm sorry to bust in on this thread, but JEH your PM inbox is full
  5. This I think is very valuable. What turned my trading around was learning how to spot reversals, waiting for the reversal to be confirmed FIRST (via a HH, break of opposing trendline, price closing above the most recent volume "node", whatever you use.), and then buy / sell the first pullback. Every time I get antsy or over confident, I start thinking "The signs of the reversal are here, I should just buy the low so I can get a better fill" That's when the final stop run kicks in and takes my a$$ out. Overall, I'm probably only catching 30-50% of every trend, but it's a consistent catch. Maybe this approach might help you?
  6. Unfortunately it sounds like you are in a crippling situation. I've attempted trading for a living and couldn't do it. Mentally I couldn't take the stress, and this was trading 1 lots on the ES! Now I only trade for 2 hours a day in the morning, and then I go off to my day job. I'm in much better shape mentally and financially. My daily goal is 150 bucks a day on the ES, and after that I switch to SIM and trade huge lot sizes as a "game" of sorts to blow off steam. I've accepted that this may be my trading reality for years to come, and because of that I do a lot better than ever before. Good luck to you if you decide to continue to pursue trading as a full time career, but I myself couldn't deal with it, even with a win rate in the 70% range and a solid plan. Take care!
  7. Same here. I trade to compliment my income, but it is not my sole source. I've contemplated upping size and trying full time, but it makes me nervous. Keeping the 9-5 helps me stay relaxed while trading.
  8. Yeah I totally see its place. The thing is, by the time my trading improved to where I expected to get those 2 ticks, I was actually averaging 8-12 ticks per trade. At that point I figured it would be worth it to hang on to the extra car.
  9. This was the same conclusion I came to when trying this strategy for myself. I found that my R:R overall was much better if I didn't scale out of the trade so early. I found that all the scale out did was add a little "mental" capital because I had locked in a tiny bit of profit. However, once I realized that if I had kept the second contract on for the full target I would have made way more $$$, the stats convinced me to stop. Also, if you feel that good about those 2 ticks, why not toss a 20 lot on and take 18 off at +2? Again, I'm a huge fan of DH, and I think he kills his strategy day in and day out, but the scaling didn't work for me. I'm big on the -23% target though!
  10. HELL YEAH! I remember watching his YM trading videos and thinking "this is IT"
  11. I recognize this strategy EDIT: I used to do the same exact thing, but I stopped with the scaling out because statistically it didn't work for me. I will occasionally peel off some at +4 on the ES, but only if I'm not feeling confident for whatever reason. -23% targets are sound and are good places to take profit.
  12. You are totally right. I'm not out to slam anyone, it just seems like there's an easier way to make 50 bucks in a plummeting downtrend besides averaging down and taking profit at the peak of a pullback.
  13. It looks absolutely laughable when you put it on a chart like that. Different strokes for different folks though I guess!
  14. This is a great thread! My biggest light bulb moment was when it was recommended to me that I try and see price movement as a series of support levels / resistance levels "flipping", as opposed to just viewing price as swing highs and swing lows. After embracing this mantra and staring at naked charts for months afterward, things really turned around for me. I also noticed that my setups worked best at specific times of the day, so that cut the amount of time I spent watching the charts down considerably. This actually helped me, because it allowed me to focus more efficiently during the time that I was actually watching. I also have to echo that time played a huge role as well. For me, it took about 18 months of pain and frustration before things clicked more often than they didn't.
  15. His entries are great, and he tends to focus on the winners more than the losers, but what trader wouldn't? Whether or not you believe that EL is for real, he has also posted results of some people that took his training, and they were also showing very promising win rates and performance. This is exactly why so often people that do well in this industry avoid these forums. One day the boredom or the loneliness or whatever gives them the urge to share. Eventually the thread they create turns into a collection of attacks on their methodology or their whether or not they are for real, and the people that believe in their system begin communicating with the original poster via IM. Seeing the futility of the open forum, a private room is created for the people who actually want to try and learn something, and when the open forum gets wind of it they cry foul. If you have a winning system, I guarantee you could post nearly 100% of your methodology with a blotter of your daily results, and you would get more shit for it than praise. It must be ingrained in human nature. My opinion, of course
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