In this thread I hope to give traders some ideas and concepts I use trading the instruments mentioned in the thread title. As much as possible I would like to keep on topic. Questions are welcome. I really don't want to get into sparring around and wish to avoid doing so, if possible. As much as I enjoy doing it. Of course, it will be hindsight charts but the concepts apply to trading live. It is my opinion that concepts can be best studied from static charts. I can’t really show anything from non-existent charts. All I can say is study the charts and practice the concepts maybe on a SIM first. Perhaps you will find the ideas and concepts useful. I day trade using a variety of tactics and techniques depending on the Price Action context for the each day, as Price Action unfolds. Instead of trying to keep the strategies and tactics in sections I will just show charts as I trade them as the day progresses and perhaps mark them up and make comments. I won’t get into showing or proving that trades are actually taken and producing statements...and such other account proofs. None of that is necessary to teach the concepts. Such proofs only prove my mettle as a trader and usually one thing leads to another and often not everyone can be satisfied and the thread heads down the road of arguing about proofs. And I often come across as arrogant or bragging instead of meek and humble and that seems to bother traders. I will say I don’t personally think the market cares or knows about my ego. The market is what it is and I do not believe it is purposely trying to teach me a lesson and humble me. It cannot, and does not, distinguish between a meek and humble trader and a braggart that is arrogant and full of himself. To extract profits from the market the only thing that matters is my skill set to do so. The tools, concepts, tactics and techniques I employ and my abilities to employ them correctly, along with my psychological mettle, are what matters and these are the things that are the deciding factors as to whether I am profitable, or not. I do not believe in luck or fate. I believe each of us makes our own way and we leave our own mark. I believe I am responsible personally for ALL my wins and losses. I cannot and will not blame others..the economy..the Fed...or institutions..including the HFT’s or any other trading programs. The way I see it IT is strictly MY responsibility to figure out “how” to extract profit from the markets in ALL situations and contexts. When trades are shown on a chart that I post and were taken by me live as price action unfolds, either on a SIM, or one of my real money account, I may, or may not, indicate which to be the case. Some trades will be done on a Live SIM and some will be done with real money. I will not divulge which. SIM is necessary because I will purposely do wrong things on some days to cause losses. Traders often (at least in my personal case learn more from failures than from successes.) I am not going to use real money and lose it purpose just to teach a concept. I think you can understand that. However, if I use an old static chart from my computer to illustrate a point then I will try to state so, if I remember. Not that it should really matter. Anyway, all are welcome. If you don’t like the above this may not be a thread for you to follow. So, think about it. Please take the time to do so. Trading has never been easy. It takes study..time ..and practice to learn how. I think I placed my first trade in 1989 or 1990 so I have learned a few things. Much of what I have learned I have learned from others but the hard part was getting it to work for me in a way that fits my personality and adapting what I learned and making it fit into how I love to trade. To be upfront I am a scalper. I love trading that way. By scalping I mean 1 to 8 points in the instruments mentioned in the title of this thread. I do not mean 1 or 2 ticks. However, at times I will BE or grab 1 or 2 ticks if I think my premise for entering a trade is now wrong, or I judged wrongly, and I figure it best to just get out. By day trading I mean to be flat by end of the regular trading hours. Occasionally I may make some trades in the night session but most will take place in RTH. I am a bit of a maverick. I do not follow most of the standard rules that trading educators have lassoed us traders with. I have just found most of them do not work in the real world of trading even though they sound good, look good and seem logical. So please don’t be shocked if I break many of the rules. Enough said. Time to get started. A hearty welcome to all!