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  1. Thanks for the replies. Yes, I have a method I have finally stuck with. I've tried several variations, and finally settled on a combination of renko chart, slow stochastic, bollinger bands, and candlestick patterns. I did backtest the strategy using last years data, and it does seem to work. I have a set target of 3 points on every transaction. That is my goal; and my stop loss is equal to my target price. I am not sure if this a dumb move, again I am a new at this, and I am aware that my risk to reward ratio is even. But my strategy involves getting in and out of trades pretty quickly. So, yes, my first priority is to have winnning trades and a successful strategy. I was just caught a little off guard by the little amount of activity this month has had, for some reason I thought it would be blazing. That is what has given me some pause. Well, that and the nerve to actually place a trade.
  2. Hi, I've been paper trading the e-mini s and p for a few months now, and I was going to start trading live at the beginning of 2012, but I noticed that volatility has decreased tremendously since the start of the year. I was going to start off by trading 1 contract, however, there is not enough volatility for any type of profit. So, my question is, do some of you traders adjust the amount of contracts you trade to reflect the conditions of the mini s and p, or do you wait for conditions to improve to start trading?
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