Nov Shameless Self Promoting Guru Journal

Discussion in 'Journals' started by Brandonf, Nov 1, 2002.

  1. Thanks for posting your journal. I appreciate the time you have taken to share your trades with us.

    For me such posts are the main attraction/benefit of Elite Trader.

    I hope you find the time for some further 'Shameless Self Promoting' next month!
    #141     Nov 25, 2002
  2. Brandon, I fully agree with the above quote. Thanks for posting here.
    #142     Nov 25, 2002
  3. BCE


    Hi, Brandonf
    Just wondering what ever happened to your "News You Can Use" thread and if you ever did a transcript for your ET chat session on this. I'm relatively new here and was just rooting around and came upon your thread which seems to have ended for the most part in July. Is this thread replacing it? I'm interested in your thoughts on trading off of news and also trading the opening gaps. Thanks. :)
    PS Enjoy your vacation.
    #143     Nov 25, 2002
  4. Brandonf

    Brandonf ET Sponsor

    Looks like this will be it. There was nothing at the open that turned me on, so I'm 90% certain that November is over for me. End result is 9.05% after commissions. Overall I think that is pretty good especially when considering I fought the market all month, and I did not capitalize on a single trend day. I just picked my spots, and that was that. Next month I will start another journal after I have worked out a sponsorship with Baron.

    #144     Nov 26, 2002
  5. Brandonf

    Brandonf ET Sponsor

    I still play on news the same way. Its a very good strategy, but the thread ran its course. I like to start one that shows something, but once the relevent info is there, then I tend to not continue it.

    #145     Nov 26, 2002
  6. Sorry to hear you get those darn migraine headaches. My wife
    gets them every once in awhile so I know what they are all
    about. She mostly keeps them away by drinking Pepsi. Must be
    the caffeine or something...

    #146     Nov 27, 2002
  7. Brandonf

    Brandonf ET Sponsor

    Did one last trade for the month. I had not planned on doing anything today, but this mornings large gap convinced me to stick around and see if there would be any continuation to the upside as the statistics suggest there would be. After the econ numbers the market rested nicely just under yesterdays highs. A breakout above 1127.5 in the NQ would set up a trap, which is the most powerful setup I track. The high of the basing action was 1126. Took long positions from 1127. Generally speaking the traps will take off fairly quickly, so I was not expecting to run into the situation I have now, that being Im in a trade that looks great..but I have to leave (thus close it)

    Nov 27th.

    NQ (Long) on trap setup 1127. Out 1132.5 Gain of 5.5 points.

    Gain after commissions (Commissions $6 per round turn) $104.

    Daily return (assuming 10K margin per contract): 1.04%

    Monthly return (after commissions): $1008 per contract traded.

    I trade one contract per $10,000 in my account. This is what I feel is a prudent number for most people, though I think you can go as much as 1 per $5000 if you are more aggressive. In anycase, I have now hit my goal of 10% per month with a return of 10.1%.

    One of my biggest pet peeves in life is that there are a number of people who are led to believe three things, each of which are false and lead to heavy losses. First, they are lead to believe that you should trade a number of times a day. I think it is evident from my journal that while I am pretty much of a scalper, it is not required to trade tens of times a day. This leads to your transaction costs eating you up. Once you become efficient it is about the size of your quality trades, not the quantity of trades taken. Second, you don't need to make 20 points a day to make a living in the market. Many people have told me they make 20 points or more (per contract) per day, yet not a single one of these people have been willing to produce anything that proves this to be the case. Never the less, many new traders look at the charts, and in retrospect it seems very easy to pull 20 points out each day. They strive for a goal which is not going to be hit, and in the process make all kinds of other mistakes that ultimatly hurt them badly. Third has to do with margin. Trading 1 contract for every $10,000 in your account, you can not get hurt too badly, and you are still able to nicely take advantage of the margin. I have seen too many people go with brokers who let them trade intraday for $1000 or less and blow up in a day or less. Leverage is great, but its a two edged sword, and the edge that can get you is the sharpest one. Misuse of margin is one of the most dangerous mistakes I have seen people make. Unfortunatly, most people won't believe this until they experience it themselves. But that doesnt make it untrue anyway. A goal of 10% per month is attainable as I have shown here provided you are patient, wait for your opportunities, take them when they come, and are disciplined in all aspects of your plan. A gain of 10% per month adds up to 120% per year,

    #147     Nov 27, 2002
  8. Magna

    Magna Administrator

    Good points about margin, etc. And if you take into account the power of compounding, a "mere" 10% per month adds up to almost 214% per year, nothing to sneeze at....
    #148     Nov 30, 2002
  9. nitro


    is there an e-mini contest going on that I don't know about?

    #149     Feb 27, 2003