Hi ETers, As some of you guys might already know, daytrading has been a long long long journey for me. I've been doing it on/off since 2001. In between, I had jobs/career and stopped trading for years and years on end. But since 2015 I have gone back into doing it actively with pretty bad results. I was all over the map. I was doing futures, stocks, options, intraday, swing, long term etc. I was all over the place and the results reflected that. Huge up and down days/months. For me, that was not what real trading with an edge is about. In August 2019, I buckled down and just focused on futures and intraday(for 99.99%). I just focused on my edge and clearly defined what those edges are. Now the results are excellent. So this journal reflects this one IB account where I just trade futures and just intraday. Now, it's the end of August, I can report my monthly stats. I know it's a smaller account though much bigger than required by PDT. You do the math. ========== Stats: ========== MTD: 38% for the month. % of days positive: 72% % of weeks positive: 75% 65% of that monthly gains is purely for futures and intraday only trades. That's what I'm so proud of! In the past, I would do all kinds of crazy trades without any consistency. I have one long term stock trade that I've been holding for weeks. It has been going up and up and up. That's my only position trade. But I don't even count that in my gain because I have a separate column for intraday gains. That's the number I look at like a hawk. Basically 65% of 38% is 25% on PURELY intraday trades(closed out all trades at EOD) I'm up 25% for the month. I have more up days than down days. In the past, I would be all over the map. UP HUGE then DOWN HUGE. Like a roller coaster. With hindsight, I think it was more akin to gambling then trading with a consistent edge. Moreso, the down days are small(except for that one bad GC trade since then I have manged my downside better). Every week I have been positive except for that one week with the huge negative GC trade. More importantly I have analyzed my trades and realized why that was happening. I was able to capitalize on my mistake today in GC and made money. Had I been trading like before I would have lost again huge on GC. This is a relief to learn from our mistakes. I have a job and family and other things to take care of. Therefore, I don't really have time to post charts of trades. This journal is really for me to keep myself honest. What I will post is my daily or at worst weekly stats. I'm more interested in consistency and controlling downside. If I happen to catch a big day then great. But consistency is the key. Once I have then then it's just a matter of scaling. In September and onward, do you guys prefer I post my gains/loses in terms of percentage or $? I think most daytraders thinks in terms of dollars. If so then I can post that and it can help motivate others. I'm still learning and improving everyday. I don't have all the answers! I'm no guru. Just working on my road to consistency.