Trader: FastTrader Instruments: ES and NQ Indicators: Moving Averages; Bollinger Bands; S/R Levels; learning CCI Method: Primarily, I watch 5 time-frames on the instrument I'm trading which includes 100Tickbar, 1 min, 3-min, 10 min, and 30/60 min. I always have the 10 min. and 30/60 min. charts up for ES and NQ on my screens. During the day, I watch the relationship between the instruments and try to identify the leader. The leader could change throughout the day. I also tend to trade the instrument providing me the best value at that time. For example, if ES is down 10 pts; and NQ is down 15 pts, and I get a Long signal, I will tend to trade the instrument that over-reacted on the down-side, and has more up-side potential, which in this case would be the ES. This may be not be the best way to go, and some may argue that by doing this I am, in effect, trading the weaker instrument, but this has been working out alright so far and provides a lower-risk entry. If you have any thoughts on this, feel free to reply. If you find a certain negative behavior or pattern in my trading, again, please reply. Strategy: I take short-term trades in the direction of the larger trend. I watch the 100 Tickbar chart and enter in the direction of the 3 min, but entry is fine-tuned based on the Tickbar chart and the 1 min. chart. I use a 1.5-2 pt stop-loss on ES and 3-4 pt stop loss on NQ. Trading Experience: I opened my first stock trading account in January, 2003 but didn't have the time to touch it til March 2003. At which point, I purchased a software that I'd prefer not to mention here. Anyways, this magic software didn't work for me and in May, 2003 I turned to traditional technical analysis using candlesticks and charts. I started trading stocks regularly at the beginning of June, 2003 and have been doing so since then, so I have a SOLID 4 months experience in the markets But, I have traded stocks, options, and futures in this time. I started focusing on index futures at the end of August, and now only trade futures. Software: eSignal for equities/futures, and TCNet for Stocks only. Will be cancelling TCNet soon. Broker: Interactive Brokers. Internet Connection: High-speed cable Hardware Setup: Dell PIII 700 Mhz with 768 MB RAM. Triple 19" Samsung 191T LCDs. APC battery backup on trading machine. Seperate battery backup on Cable modem and router. Current Situation: I've been in the Information Technology business for the past 6 years, and it is what I do full-time. I trade part-time. I actively trade the first 1-1.5 hrs of market open, and then trade about 30 minutes in the afternoon from 2-2:30 PM EST. Since I trade short-term, I can be in and out of trades very quickly, and my current schedule works alright for now. At times, I have to exit a profitable trades early and I miss several good entries due to my schedule, but that's life. The goal of posting my journal here is mainly to improve my discipline. Plus, it will force me to go back and look over my trades every evening. All the trades that are posted here, are the same ones posted in the #FuturesTrades mIRC chat room in real-time. Also want to clarify that ALL trades posted in my Journal are Real $ trades. At times I make paper-trades, which are posted in #FuturesTrades and marked as "paper", but I will not include those in my journal. If you're interested in joining me in the #FuturesTrades mIRC room, PM NihabaAshi for access. Trades are sorted by Eastern Time.