Hello all, I'm currently planning to tackle the TopStepTrader combine and wanted to get some advice from experienced ES traders on how to best put together my trading plan. I spent a lot of time breaking my head at trading FX intraday, but I found ES and CL to be a much better read for me personally. I'm definitely a short term trader, I like being active and being in cash by the end of the day. 5 minute charts seem to be my optimal zone, though I find tick charts very helpful around news time. Right now I'm pinning down my strategic approach, working on basic price action based technical themes (flags, reversal patterns, etc) and money management ideas. A couple of questions for those kind enough to answer: 1. I'm trying to get an idea of what a realistic intra-day range is for the ES and how many points I should expect to play for. It appears anything under 2 points is uneconomical unless you lease a seat and play a negative risk/reward game. Lately we've been seeing some big ranges but I've also seen days where the ES is just 3 points wide. What's the best way to identify those days and stay away from them? Any time of year where they happen more? Any time of year where the ES tends to be trendier? 2. I've seen some people say that 2-3 intraday setups is optimal. Others go on to do up to 9 trades a day or even more (I've heard of up to 20). I'm not counting those who are doing market maker type of stuff, of course. I'm just trying to get a realistic read on this so I'm not overtrading or on the other end, not pushing myself far enough. 3. Unlike the FX market, the ES market doesn't seem to do that much during Globex with a few exceptions. Those of you who trade Globex (we're excluding the 8:30 am news release times), I imagine the main technical themes are probably more range bound? 4. There are some ES traders who 'trade the open'. I notice that its hard for me to really understand what the heck is going on during that time and its always best to wait at least 15-30 minutes to get some price architecture going (many ES traders I've seen hide Globex once the market opens). I'm curious to see if there are people who dive in on the first bar and what ideas they work off of, and whether they hide the Globex when doing so or not. 5. Some people swear by DOM, others are fine with chart patterns. The problem is I simply have no idea how to read DOM and am wondering if its worth bothering at all given the learning curve. I know its a lot of questions but any and all advice is appreciated!