Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Wed. 3/25 TBD

12:40pm CDT - TBD... 1 contract, swing trade.  Target, for now 2680 (~$1200). No stop.

Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Tues. 3/24 -4.6%

3:05pm CDT - Made a tick on first and last trades, rest of curve was straight down. Grrrrr...
Net breakdown (contracts traded):
MES -$212(5), QM -$386(7)
RESULTS FOR DAY
Contracts:12
Net $P/L: -598
Wins: 2
Losses: 8
Win%:20
Avg$Win: 9
Avg$Loss: -77

Monday, March 23, 2020

Mon. 3/23 -1.1%

3:15pm CDT - MES stands for Messy ES today. At least my broker should have been happy.
Net breakdown (contracts traded):
MES -$286(29), QM +$139(7)
RESULTS FOR DAY
Contracts:36
Net $P/L: -147
Wins: 13
Losses: 11
Win%:54
Avg$Win: 52
Avg$Loss: -75

Friday, March 20, 2020

Fri. 3/20 +2.0%

2:20pm CDT - Who knew that avoiding pandemics was going to be a good reason to trade from home when I made that decision years ago?  Stay safe everyone.  IL begins "shelter in place" mode tomorrow I hear.
Net breakdown (contracts traded):
MES +$59(10), QM +$205(6)
RESULTS FOR DAY
Contracts:16
Net $P/L: 264
Wins: 8
Losses: 5
Win%:62
Avg$Win: 60
Avg$Loss: -43

Thursday, March 19, 2020

Thurs. 3/19 +1.2%

3:30pm CDT - Dipping my toe back in the shark-infested waters...
Net breakdown (contracts traded):
MES -$147(27), QM +$305(6)
RESULTS FOR DAY
Contracts:33
Net $P/L: 157
Wins: 14
Losses: 14
Win%:50
Avg$Win: 66
Avg$Loss: -55

Thursday, March 12, 2020

Thurs. 3/12 -11.8%

2:20pm CDT - A few "off plan" trades but the reality is I just couldn't deal with the extreme volatility today. Rollover day likely didn't help smooth out price jumps either.  Some time off needed. Have some ideas to test to make my method more systematic.  MTD down ~$900.  YTD down a bit less. Back soon...
RESULTS FOR DAY
ES Contracts:21
Net $P/L: -1709
Wins: 9
Losses: 12
Win%:43
Avg$Win: 117
Avg$Loss: -230

Wednesday, March 11, 2020

Wed. 3/11 +3.5%

3:10pm CDT - The HFT bots are getting a workout these days. It's so hard to get any position to advance a nice chunk of change without a huge stop loss, nerves of steel and some luck (at least for me).  Price on ES is really bouncing all over the place, ripping up and down the DOM.  I keep reminding myself it's okay to sit on your hands.
RESULTS FOR DAY
ES Contracts:10
Net $P/L: 485
Wins: 6
Losses: 4
Win%:60
Avg$Win: 176
Avg$Loss: -143

Tuesday, March 10, 2020

Tues. 3/10 +4.2%

2:40pm CDT -
RESULTS FOR DAY
ES Contracts:8
Net $P/L: 565
Wins: 6
Losses: 2
Win%:75
Avg$Win: 131
Avg$Loss: -109

Monday, March 9, 2020

Mon. 3/09 -11.5%

4:00pm CDT - Trading tests you in so many different ways.  Last night was the biggest brain fart I've had in ages.  Didn't even have computer on until an hour after open when I saw Crude down 20%, the charts of course, and read the news.  I really couldn't see it going lower than it did and two 30-min hammer candles and a slight break to upside got me long a miny (QM) with plans to hold at least overnight or a day or two to capture some of the gap close which will happen at some point.  I set a safety stop well below the opening action pretty positive there's no chance it would hit. A swing trader I am not!  As much as it hurts, I feel for all the traders and funds that totally got blown up. I actually had thoughts about going long last week for a longer term position. smh

ES trading was 2 and done.  Back to even on year but hope to make up loss in days/weeks ahead. 
Net breakdown (contracts traded):
CL -$2203(1), ES +$469(2)
RESULTS FOR DAY
Contracts:3
Net $P/L: -1734
Wins: 2
Losses: 1
Win%:67
Avg$Win: 235
Avg$Loss: -2203

Friday, March 6, 2020

Fri. 3/06 +2.0%

3:00pm CST - Whatever I'm doing, I hope I can continue in weeks ahead when the market will presumably get back to "normal".  I do have a system here, in case you think I'm just winging it. LOL-  But still some discretion, particularly with trade management.  For the week, net +$1530
RESULTS FOR DAY
ES Contracts:8
Net $P/L: 290
Wins: 6
Losses: 2
Win%:75
Avg$Win: 76
Avg$Loss: -84

Thursday, March 5, 2020

Thurs. 3/05 +2.5%

1:45pm CST -
RESULTS FOR DAY
ES Contracts:7
Net $P/L: 355
Wins: 5
Losses: 2
Win%:71
Avg$Win: 132
Avg$Loss: -153

Wednesday, March 4, 2020

Wed. 3/04 +1.7%, FCMs, Blogger Stats

3:30pm CST - Why do I bother with CL?!
Net breakdown (contracts traded):
ES +$414(13), CL -$178(2)
RESULTS FOR DAY
Contracts:15
Net $P/L: 236
Wins: 10
Losses: 5
Win%:67
Avg$Win: 91
Avg$Loss: -135

In other news, ever wonder how many client funds your FCM has? I check this on occasion. My FCM Gain is being bought by FCStone.

Finally, I'm always amazed the rare times I actually look at this data, that so many people bother to visit this blog. I've been at it 11 years next month.

Tuesday, March 3, 2020

Tues. 3/03 +3.0%

3:35pm CST - Very volatile day again with surprise Fed rate cut.  I eeked out a few nibbles.  164 ES point range but I'm content with getting ~5% of that!  Endless potential but was too chicken not to move stop to lock in a small profit as soon as I had chance.  I think every one got hit of course. Holding a runner required more than I wanted to risk in these spastic conditions.
RESULTS FOR DAY
ES Contracts:8
Net $P/L: 415
Wins: 6
Losses: 2
Win%:75
Avg$Win: 99
Avg$Loss: -90

Monday, March 2, 2020

Mon. 3/02 +1.7%

3:30pm CST - Could have quit after the first trade for a better result...
Net breakdown (contracts traded):
ES +$466(12), CL -$232(3)
RESULTS FOR DAY
Contracts:15
Net $P/L: 235
Wins: 9
Losses: 6
Win%:60
Avg$Win: 123
Avg$Loss: -146

Friday, February 28, 2020

February Trading Summary +5.6%

Net breakdown (contracts traded):
ES +$1697(76), CL -$971(23)
RESULTS FOR FEBRUARY
Contracts:99
Net $P/L:726
Wins:41
Losses:44
Win%:48
$Commissions:306
Avg$Win:180
Avg$Loss:-151

Past Monthly Trading Summaries - link on the right
Equity Curve - updated link on the right

Fri. 2/28 +3.3%

3:05pm CST - Another crazy day. ES was as wild intra-bar as I can remember. Spurts up and down many points in fractions of seconds. And over 5.4 million shares traded on ES today! That may be a record. Even the volume on closing minute today. For the week, net +$1697. And back to breakeven on the year...
RESULTS FOR DAY
ES Contracts:29
Net $P/L: 431
Wins: 15
Losses: 13
Win%:54
Avg$Win: 135
Avg$Loss: -122

Thursday, February 27, 2020

Thurs. 2/27 +0.4%

1:45pm CST - I could blame my crappy delayed data but that was just part of my problem today causing a 14% drawdown. At least I quit after getting back to even.  Another day of endless opportunity or risk of ruin.
RESULTS FOR DAY
ES Contracts:22
Net $P/L: 51
Wins: 6
Losses: 9
Win%:40
Avg$Win: 357
Avg$Loss: -232

In old news, Gain data still sucks! But at least the shareholders are likely happy today, who cares about the traders!? www.financemagnates.com/forex/brokers/intl-fcstone-to-acquire-gain-capital-in-all-cash-deal

Wednesday, February 26, 2020

Wed. 2/26 +1.6%

3:20pm CST - Another volatile day and went off plan a few times which is not good! Nearly quit but then caught a nice move to get back in the green. Really hard to have tight stops on days like this.
RESULTS FOR DAY
ES Contracts:14
Net $P/L: 208
Wins: 5
Losses: 8
Win%:38
Avg$Win: 194
Avg$Loss: -95

Tuesday, February 25, 2020

Tues. 2/25 +2.8%

1:35pm CST - Tough trading with the volatility but the opportunities were endless. I want that 3rd trade back!
RESULTS FOR DAY
ES Contracts:10
Net $P/L: 347
Wins: 7
Losses: 3
Win%:70
Avg$Win: 94
Avg$Loss: -103

Monday, February 24, 2020

Mon. 2/25 +5.5%

1:40pm CST - Just a gut trade at open as I thought we'd have a big bounce.
RESULTS FOR DAY
ES Contracts:1
Net $P/L: 659
Wins: 1
Losses: 0
Win%:100
Avg$Win: 659
Avg$Loss: 0

In other news, I continue to have Gain Futures data delay issues. Very frustrating that they can't seem to fix this (but do acknowledge problem and are "working on it").

Friday, February 14, 2020

Fri. 2/14 -3.0%

1:15pm CST - Time to bench another system. Back to drawing board.
RESULTS FOR DAY
CL Contracts:3
Net $P/L: -362
Wins: 0
Losses: 2
Win%:0
Avg$Win: 0
Avg$Loss: -181

Thursday, February 13, 2020

Thurs. 2/13 -4.4%

4:15pm CST - Not my day. Ignore fills in circle -they weren't meant to be.
RESULTS FOR DAY
CL Contracts:5
Net $P/L: -570
Wins: 1
Losses: 3
Win%:25
Avg$Win: 56
Avg$Loss: -209

Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Wed. 2/12 -1.1%

2:00pm CST -
RESULTS FOR DAY
CL Contracts:1
Net $P/L: -144
Wins: 0
Losses: 1
Win%:0
Avg$Win: 0
Avg$Loss: -144

Tuesday, February 11, 2020

Tues. 2/11 +1.7%

1:30pm CST - Shortchanged myself $120 by not letting it run to target. Otherwise a nice trade.
RESULTS FOR DAY
CL Contracts:1
Net $P/L: 216
Wins: 1
Losses: 0
Win%:100
Avg$Win: 216
Avg$Loss: 0

Monday, February 10, 2020

Mon 2/10 +2.8%

1:55pm CST - Yet another new system...
RESULTS FOR DAY
CL Contracts:1
Net $P/L: 346
Wins: 1
Losses: 0
Win%:100
Avg$Win: 346
Avg$Loss: 0

Monday, February 3, 2020

Mon. 2/03 -3.6%

2:00pm CST - Picked up right where I left off a week ago.  I need to develop a 100% rules-based system I guess, despite endless attempts to keep some discretion.  The market continues to laugh at me and my stops.
RESULTS FOR DAY
CL Contracts:12
Net $P/L: -457
Wins: 4
Losses: 5
Win%:44
Avg$Win: 80
Avg$Loss: -155

Friday, January 31, 2020

January Trading Summary -4.2%

Net breakdown (contracts traded):
NQ +$128(10), CL -$686(60)
RESULTS FOR JANUARY
Contracts:70
Net $P/L:-559
Wins:27
Losses:30
Win%:47
$Commissions:263
Avg$Win:102
Avg$Loss:-111

Friday, January 24, 2020

Fri. 1/24 -2.3%

1:40pm CST - Piss poor trading to give back yesterday's take. Likely no trading for rest of month for me.
RESULTS FOR DAY
CL Contracts:11
Net $P/L: -303
Wins: 3
Losses: 4
Win%:43
Avg$Win: 70
Avg$Loss: -128

Thursday, January 23, 2020

Thurs. 1/23 +2.3%

2:25pm CST - First failed 2-lot trade would have gotten back yesterday's losses and then some.
RESULTS FOR DAY
CL Contracts:5
Net $P/L: 300
Wins: 4
Losses: 0
Win%:100
Avg$Win: 75
Avg$Loss: 0

Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Wed. 1/22 -4.0%

2:05pm CST - Amazed at my luck sometimes, and not talking about the good kind!
RESULTS FOR DAY
CL Contracts:7
Net $P/L: -538
Wins: 1
Losses: 5
Win%:17
Avg$Win: 106
Avg$Loss: -129