E-mini Rookie Trading Journal

Discussion in 'Journals' started by bronks, May 30, 2002.

  1. It is with great trepidation that I start this thread. But, since there is no running daily E-mini log ( ala Hitman), this might be interesting. Maybe someone will be able to garner a nice informational nugget here and there and maybe I will get a few in return. My only hope is that my postings will not affect my trading too much. 'cause as we all know, everything influences trading. Here goes.

    I have just completed my first 5 days of trading the NQ E-mini. I am a complete newbie when it comes trading futures of any kind period. I'm starting with an acct. of $5000.00 USD and trading one contract. Results:


    Started THURSDAY Last week

    FUTURES TRADES
    ---------------------------------------------------------------------------

    Trade Time Exchange Description Qty Trade Price Set
    Price Gain/Loss *
    ----------------- --------- ----------- ----- -----------
    ----------- ----------- -
    02-05-23 15:48:17 GLOBEX NQ JUN02 1 1281.0000
    1289.5000 170.00
    02-05-23 15:51:41 GLOBEX NQ JUN02 -1 1288.0000
    1289.5000 -30.00
    =====
    ===========
    0
    140.00


    ===========
    USD
    Total: 140.00


    CASH TRANSACTIONS
    ------------------------------------------------------------------------

    Entry Date Effective Date Description
    Amount
    ----------- -------------- -----------------------------------------
    ------------
    23-MAY-2002 24-MAY-2002 CASH RECEIPTS / ELECTRIC FUNDS TRANSFER
    USD 5000.00

    ============
    USD Total:
    5000.00


    FUTURES GAIN/LOSS SUMMARY
    ----------------------------------------------------------------

    Gain/Loss From Futures Trades
    140.00


    ============
    USD Total:
    140.00


    ==============================================

    ACCOUNT STATUS
    ---------------------------------------------------------------------------

    USD
    Starting cash balance 0.00
    Settled: 0.00
    Cash deposits/withdrawals 5000.00
    Total Futures Gain/Loss 140.00
    Total Commissions -4.80
    ==============
    ==============
    ==> Ending cash balance 5135.20
    Settled: 5135.20
     
  2. FUTURES TRADES
    ---------------------------------------------------------------------------

    Trade Time Exchange Description Qty Trade Price Set
    Price Gain/Loss *
    ----------------- --------- ----------- ----- -----------
    ----------- ----------- -
    02-05-24 10:24:19 GLOBEX NQ JUN02 -1 1260.0000
    1257.5000 50.00
    02-05-24 10:40:12 GLOBEX NQ JUN02 1 1262.0000
    1257.5000 -90.00
    02-05-24 10:43:17 GLOBEX NQ JUN02 -1 1260.5000
    1257.5000 60.00
    02-05-24 10:48:08 GLOBEX NQ JUN02 1 1255.0000
    1257.5000 50.00
    02-05-24 11:55:43 GLOBEX NQ JUN02 -1 1257.0000
    1257.5000 -10.00
    02-05-24 12:03:11 GLOBEX NQ JUN02 1 1254.5000
    1257.5000 60.00
    02-05-24 13:19:47 GLOBEX NQ JUN02 -1 1260.5000
    1257.5000 60.00
    02-05-24 14:35:56 GLOBEX NQ JUN02 1 1252.5000
    1257.5000 100.00
    02-05-24 15:36:58 GLOBEX NQ JUN02 -1 1264.0000
    1257.5000 130.00
    02-05-24 15:42:10 GLOBEX NQ JUN02 1 1261.5000
    1257.5000 -80.00
    =====
    ===========
    0
    330.00


    ===========
    USD
    Total: 330.00


    FUTURES GAIN/LOSS SUMMARY
    ----------------------------------------------------------------

    Gain/Loss From Futures Trades
    330.00


    ============
    USD Total:
    330.00


    ==========================================================================================

    ACCOUNT STATUS
    ---------------------------------------------------------------------------

    USD
    Starting cash balance 5135.20
    Settled: 5135.20
    Cash deposits/withdrawals 0.00
    Total Futures Gain/Loss 330.00
    Total Commissions -24.00
    ==============
    ==============
    ==> Ending cash balance 5441.20
    Settled: 5441.20
     
  3. FUTURES TRADES
    ---------------------------------------------------------------------------

    Trade Time Exchange Description Qty Trade Price Set
    Price Gain/Loss *
    ----------------- --------- ----------- ----- -----------
    ----------- ----------- -
    02-05-28 11:13:56 GLOBEX NQ JUN02 1 1231.5000
    1252.5000 420.00
    02-05-28 11:30:50 GLOBEX NQ JUN02 -1 1234.0000
    1252.5000 -370.00
    02-05-28 11:48:36 GLOBEX NQ JUN02 -1 1235.5000
    1252.5000 -340.00
    02-05-28 11:52:36 GLOBEX NQ JUN02 1 1234.5000
    1252.5000 360.00
    02-05-28 13:17:56 GLOBEX NQ JUN02 1 1236.0000
    1252.5000 330.00
    02-05-28 13:30:17 GLOBEX NQ JUN02 -1 1239.0000
    1252.5000 -270.00
    02-05-28 14:20:56 GLOBEX NQ JUN02 -1 1247.5000
    1252.5000 -100.00
    02-05-28 14:22:21 GLOBEX NQ JUN02 1 1246.5000
    1252.5000 120.00
    02-05-28 14:44:09 GLOBEX NQ JUN02 -1 1241.0000
    1252.5000 -230.00
    02-05-28 14:49:36 GLOBEX NQ JUN02 1 1238.0000
    1252.5000 290.00
    02-05-28 14:54:57 GLOBEX NQ JUN02 -1 1237.5000
    1252.5000 -300.00
    02-05-28 15:12:10 GLOBEX NQ JUN02 1 1241.5000
    1252.5000 220.00
    02-05-28 15:22:57 GLOBEX NQ JUN02 -1 1243.5000
    1252.5000 -180.00
    02-05-28 15:45:52 GLOBEX NQ JUN02 1 1250.0000
    1252.5000 50.00
    =====
    ===========
    0
    0.00


    ===========
    USD
    Total: 0.00


    ==============================================

    ACCOUNT STATUS
    ---------------------------------------------------------------------------

    USD
    Starting cash balance 5441.20
    Settled: 5441.20
    Cash deposits/withdrawals 0.00
    Total Futures Gain/Loss 0.00
    Total Commissions -33.60
    ==============
    ==============
    ==> Ending cash balance 5407.60
    Settled: 5407.60
     
  4. FUTURES TRADES
    ---------------------------------------------------------------------------

    Trade Time Exchange Description Qty Trade Price Set
    Price Gain/Loss *
    ----------------- --------- ----------- ----- -----------
    ----------- ----------- -
    02-05-29 11:51:03 GLOBEX NQ JUN02 1 1230.0000
    1218.5000 -230.00
    02-05-29 11:54:34 GLOBEX NQ JUN02 -1 1232.5000
    1218.5000 280.00
    02-05-29 12:41:00 GLOBEX NQ JUN02 -1 1228.0000
    1218.5000 190.00
    02-05-29 12:45:19 GLOBEX NQ JUN02 1 1229.0000
    1218.5000 -210.00
    02-05-29 12:52:23 GLOBEX NQ JUN02 -1 1227.5000
    1218.5000 180.00
    02-05-29 13:01:30 GLOBEX NQ JUN02 1 1226.5000
    1218.5000 -160.00
    02-05-29 13:03:51 GLOBEX NQ JUN02 -1 1225.0000
    1218.5000 130.00
    02-05-29 13:05:15 GLOBEX NQ JUN02 1 1223.5000
    1218.5000 -100.00
    02-05-29 13:11:58 GLOBEX NQ JUN02 1 1225.5000
    1218.5000 -140.00
    02-05-29 13:12:43 GLOBEX NQ JUN02 -1 1227.0000
    1218.5000 170.00
    02-05-29 13:22:34 GLOBEX NQ JUN02 -1 1224.5000
    1218.5000 120.00
    02-05-29 13:34:42 GLOBEX NQ JUN02 1 1223.0000
    1218.5000 -90.00
    02-05-29 14:16:50 GLOBEX NQ JUN02 1 1230.5000
    1218.5000 -240.00
    02-05-29 14:18:00 GLOBEX NQ JUN02 -1 1232.0000
    1218.5000 270.00
    02-05-29 14:21:21 GLOBEX NQ JUN02 1 1230.5000
    1218.5000 -240.00
    02-05-29 14:26:22 GLOBEX NQ JUN02 -1 1233.0000
    1218.5000 290.00
    =====
    ===========
    0
    220.00


    ===========
    USD
    Total: 220.00


    FUTURES GAIN/LOSS SUMMARY
    ----------------------------------------------------------------

    Gain/Loss From Futures Trades
    220.00


    ============
    USD Total:
    220.00


    ==============================================

    ACCOUNT STATUS
    ---------------------------------------------------------------------------

    USD
    Starting cash balance 5407.60
    Settled: 5407.60
    Cash deposits/withdrawals 0.00
    Total Futures Gain/Loss 220.00
    Total Commissions -38.40
    ==============
    ==============
    ==> Ending cash balance 5589.20
    Settled: 5589.20
     
  5. FUTURES TRADES
    ---------------------------------------------------------------------------

    Trade Time Exchange Description Qty Trade Price Set
    Price Gain/Loss *
    ----------------- --------- ----------- ----- -----------
    ----------- ----------- -
    02-05-30 10:47:39 GLOBEX NQ JUN02 -1 1230.0000
    1230.0000 0.00
    02-05-30 10:48:33 GLOBEX NQ JUN02 1 1231.0000
    1230.0000 -20.00
    02-05-30 10:53:52 GLOBEX NQ JUN02 -1 1226.5000
    1230.0000 -70.00
    02-05-30 10:57:23 GLOBEX NQ JUN02 1 1227.5000
    1230.0000 50.00
    02-05-30 11:00:17 GLOBEX NQ JUN02 1 1229.0000
    1230.0000 20.00
    02-05-30 11:02:03 GLOBEX NQ JUN02 -1 1230.5000
    1230.0000 10.00
    02-05-30 11:04:53 GLOBEX NQ JUN02 -1 1229.5000
    1230.0000 -10.00
    02-05-30 11:09:22 GLOBEX NQ JUN02 1 1227.5000
    1230.0000 50.00
    02-05-30 11:20:48 GLOBEX NQ JUN02 -1 1225.0000
    1230.0000 -100.00
    02-05-30 11:23:05 GLOBEX NQ JUN02 1 1226.0000
    1230.0000 80.00
    02-05-30 11:24:02 GLOBEX NQ JUN02 1 1227.0000
    1230.0000 60.00
    02-05-30 11:25:27 GLOBEX NQ JUN02 -1 1225.0000
    1230.0000 -100.00
    02-05-30 11:39:06 GLOBEX NQ JUN02 1 1221.5000
    1230.0000 170.00
    02-05-30 11:44:53 GLOBEX NQ JUN02 -1 1219.5000
    1230.0000 -210.00
    02-05-30 11:56:13 GLOBEX NQ JUN02 1 1218.0000
    1230.0000 240.00
    02-05-30 12:09:04 GLOBEX NQ JUN02 -1 1213.5000
    1230.0000 -330.00
    02-05-30 12:48:01 GLOBEX NQ JUN02 -1 1210.0000
    1230.0000 -400.00
    02-05-30 12:48:57 GLOBEX NQ JUN02 1 1211.5000
    1230.0000 370.00
    02-05-30 14:55:41 GLOBEX NQ JUN02 1 1224.5000
    1230.0000 110.00
    02-05-30 15:02:39 GLOBEX NQ JUN02 -1 1227.0000
    1230.0000 -60.00
    =====
    ===========
    0
    -140.00


    ===========
    USD
    Total: -140.00


    FUTURES GAIN/LOSS SUMMARY
    ----------------------------------------------------------------

    Gain/Loss From Futures Trades
    -140.00


    ============
    USD Total:
    -140.00


    ==============================================

    ACCOUNT STATUS
    ---------------------------------------------------------------------------

    USD
    Starting cash balance 5589.20
    Settled: 5589.20
    Cash deposits/withdrawals 0.00
    Total Futures Gain/Loss -140.00
    Total Commissions -48.00
    ==============
    ==============
    ==> Ending cash balance 5401.20
    Settled: 5401.20
     
  6. I will post all trades. The good, the bad, and the ugly. Maybe a little commentary with it.

    As far as the first 5 days, I think a lot of it was beginners luck. I'm only thankful to start off positive. That really helped (maybe).

    Today, unfortunately, I couldn't get any kind of rhythm going from the outset. I felt like I was two steps behind all day. And it really pissed me off that I was shaken out on a lot of potentially good trades. The one time I did open my stop up, I ended up getting stopped out. Rats. Tomorrow's another day. cliche but true.

    Feel free to voice opinions. I have very thick skin so fire at will.

    bronks
     
  7. 8% gain in 1 week, very good start, I noticed that your # of trades has increased steadily, is that due to different trading hours each day or just that your becoming more comfortable.?

    Try not to let your success go to your head as drawdowns will come. Early success can be good and bad, bad if you start to feel you own/rule the markets it can make you take on more risk than a 5k account should.

    Keep up the good work

    Net
     
  8. NetProfit-- My time zone requires me to wake very early in the morning (3:30 am). I woke up late the first couple days. And I was definitely chasing today.
     
  9. janko

    janko

    hey bronks, way to go man, keep it up. And if its not too much trouble please keep these journals going, i too am thinking about going over to the futures side and your journal will definitely help me in setting my expectations. so by all means, please continue. Thank you much.:)
     
  10. machine

    machine

    Nice job, bronks! I remember myself 3 yars ago starting as well as you.
    But than came the payday!
    Don't get to cocky, friend, I beg you.
     
    #10     May 30, 2002