I was going to make this thread a Poll but there are just too many variables to sufficiently list the options. Also, I would like responses to my question to only relate to electronic exchange contracts such as the ES, YM and NQ. First, let me say that my trading is mostly scalps with actual entry signals taken off 1 or 2 min charts. My trades usually last ten to 30 minutes or sometimes longer on intra-day position trades on trend days. I think there are many on this forum that look for the same types of trades as I and probably face the same delema I do each time we try to put on a trade. For instance, today was a profitable day for me but could have been much more so had I been able to enter some trades that I missed for the reasons below. I think we could use some help/suggestions on the problems I outline from those here who have struggled with this and found a good compromise or solution. I think THE most difficult aspect of trading for me is deciding the best entry/order method to use to put on a trade. After I receive or am obviously about to receive a trade signal, I usually wait for the market to show me with price action that it is turning my direction before attempting to enter a trade. Lately I always enter with a limit order at the then present bid or ask or maybe one or two ticks better depending on my thoughts of the price action. But by doing this, too often I either miss a very good trade because the market moved too fast for my order to be filled or I was trying to get a tick or two better than the market would give. OR or I enter too early only to see the market continue moving against me only reach my stop which is usually 1.25 to 2 ES points. Or I chase the market a few ticks only to see it come back to my original desired entry price and sometimes get my now closer stop. Also, chasing causes me to either put my stop at an undesirable place or widen it further than I would like which hurts the risk/reward ratio when I am wrong. With that being said, what have you found to be the BEST way to put on your trades to try to avoid the above problems as much as possible? I've listed a few questions below that might help you frame your response in a way that pertains to my situation. 1) What time frame do you find best to determine actual order entry if not on a 1 or 2 min chart? 2) Do you enter with a RESTING LIMIT ORDER away from market prior to any trade signal? 3) Do you enter with a MARKET ORDER when your signal is triggered regardless if the price has moved far from the open of the signal bar or moved away from the signal bar close too quickly? 4) Do you enter with a LIMIT ORDER at the current market offer when buying or bid when selling? If the market moves away from your limit price before you're filled do you move your limit or just cancel the order and give up on the trade if the market moves away after so much time? 5) Do you enter with a LIMIT ORDER at a price that would give you an acceptable risk from where you would want to place your stop? And, if the market moves away from your limit price before you're filled do you move your limit or just cancel the order and give up on the trade if the market moves away after so much time? 6) Do you enter with a STOP or STOP LIMIT order waiting for the market to begin to move in your direction before committing to the trade? If so when do you determine you should give up on the trade if not filled? 7) If you answered 'yes' to question (6) above do you use a fixed initial STOP or do you use a wider stop than a couple ES points or based on some other logical area? Of the above examples, which do you find works best for you? Or, please elaborate on any other successful trade entry method you wish to share. There are some great traders here on ET and I would appreciate their comments. Thanks to all in advance for your thoughts on this matter!