Ok, maybe someone can offer some insight on today to see if I need to go back to the drawing board or if today was just a rough water to navigate... I am pretty successful with day trading stocks. In fact, I'm not sure why I am drawn to index futures given the disparity between my performance with equities and eminis. I have spent months diligently studying the threads regarding emini strategy, primarily the PA threads from Stealth, Anekdoten, and others. I spent lots and lots of time in paper trade on ES (I use IB and NT) with satisfactory results to warrant live trading. Welp, today kicked my butt, -$1.8k with a variety 1, 2 and 3 contract stepping strategies. It seemed to me there was lots of chop and volatility, and after I was seeing my stops get hit so often, I should have probably decided today wasn't my day and stuck with stocks and write a couple options instead. Every trade I was on the wrong side of. I was flipping coins just to see if it was bad logic. I've really come to the conclusion either: This was not a easy session in total Sim is so different from live that it does nothing but familiarize you with the software Eminis are gamed to high hell by the strong hands (at least in certain situations) and I need to worry about locating the flow of smart money and worry about nothing else. Every setup I took seemed like it was nothing by headfake or a shake, as it contradicted the SPX and buying pressures. So was today just a tricky day on ES or did I just screw the pooch by chance, or is real time sim basically preparation to get railed in the live trade? I was trading totally without motion, in fact I am not phased one bit by the loss, win some, lose some, hopefully just win more. I'm going back to equities exclusively until I find out what went wrong.