Today’s Lesson: No FOMO
Seasoned traders spend time on the review process. They compare their results (behavior) to their plan. This is an excellent way to improve incrementally and get more disciplined.
There is a “downside” you’ll need to handle, though. Since you can’t take every good trade every day and night you’ll find in your review process that you MISS LOTS of great trades. It gets worse when you happen to be in a drawdown and you’re seeing the losers on your statement and the winners absent.
How do you feel about that? You may develop Fear Of Missing Out (FOMO). And that will likely lead to overtrading and at the least, loss of confidence.
Here is a simple reframing trick that should set you straight. Instead of focusing on all the winning trades you missed, start counting the losing trades you didn’t take. Aren’t those really “winners”?
For Wed 211020 (Plenty can change by the open, be aware.)
Today’s Lesson: Sizing your trade.
Sizing is NOT determined subjectively. If you follow that path your performance will suffer (if you survive at all). The quantity of shares or contracts you trade is determined by 3 things:
Most traders use a fixed percentage risk formula. Very simple math. You agree that you’ll never risk more than a certain small percentage of your trading account on any one trade. A common “maximum” is 2%. Beginners usually start with 0.5% and grow the percentage as you improve.
The main reason this works so well is this: if you’re doing well and growing your account you will be increasing your risk and likely reward, which makes sense. If you’re struggling or in a drawdown you’ll be decreasing your risk, which makes even MORE sense.
Now here’s the rub… you will have losing streaks and that fixed percentage formula can suddenly...
Today’s Lesson: Watch a video recording.
If you missed our Saturday morning trade review session, LookBack (5), the recording is available here. You’ll not only learn how to document and review your trades but see firsthand the trade-by-trade performance of The Daily Market Forecast trading room from last week. Enjoy!
For Mon 211018 (Plenty can change by the open, be aware.)
Globex Review: Price has been drifting modestly down through congested levels. The early buy failed and the early morning short did as well.
Day Session Analysis: World sentiment is bearish. Stats suggest some dip-buying. Willing to trade either direction for now but mindful that a firm move down is very possible. Monday (both sessions combined) garnered 27% of all the gains over the past 5 years in dollars. Reversals and Breakouts are about even. Trading ES/CL/GC using BB Rev with filters (download the new Edge). Looking for credit spread candidates both ITM and OTM.
S&P 500 Futures CPL:...
Today’s Lesson: “All in” or “scale in”?
The highest risk moment of any trade is the entry. That’s the only time you can immediately lose money. “Order filled… order filled!” just that quick. As the trade progresses in either direction you have time to adjust your risk if your rules allow. The risk gets smaller every minute from your entry.
Knowing this you would think that scaling in, buying more as price goes in your direction, would be the wise choice. “Dip your toe in” to start, at that highest risk moment, and press your bet as it works in your direction. Makes good sense.
The opposite choice, entering full position size all at once, has more risk but also more flexibility in exiting. For example, if you knew an asset had movement of X points almost 70% of the time from your entry, wouldn’t you want to grab that quick scalp?
Not a good way to make money overall but not bad as a component of your exit rules....
Today’s Lesson: Keep an open mind.
I read an article from Bloomberg the other day: “Five Traders Tell Us How to Survive a World of Disrupted Markets.” There were plenty of differences between them including chosen asset class, style, strategy, all the typical things.
There was one huge commonality, though. They all stressed keeping an open mind. Be willing to change. Markets change. Technologies change. Laws change.
Change is not always easy, though. We can get into a comfort zone and not want to leave. But we must if we’re going to grow our trading skills.
Here’s an example of why it’s so important. Sixteen months ago, I launched The Daily Market Forecast. We started trading the S&P futures using one strategy with a fixed rule set.
We’re fortunate to have many very skilled traders in our room. Everyone is encouraged to share ideas, successes, failures, anything that might help us improve. We call it Team Trading.
Because of that...
Today’s Lesson: Reframing
This is critical for your success at anything. Do you think about the positive outcome or the negative outcome? It makes a difference. You have a choice.
Looking at yesterday’s long suggestion on the chart above you’ll see…
What were you thinking?
“This strategy STINKS, the stops are too tight!”
“This strategy is AMAZING, we picked the bottom of the market!”
Reframing is the act of taking a negative situation and finding good in it. You change your thoughts about it, which changes your beliefs and your emotions, your actions and ultimately your RESULTS. Really.
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Today’s Lesson: Lethal Biases.
Have you ever looked at your trade result and said to yourself “If I had a bigger stop it would have been a winner” or “If I don’t use a stop I’ll see more winners because this market just swings back and forth"?
What you’re experiencing is hindsight bias. It is our tendency to look back at an unpredictable event and think it was easily predictable. It is also called the ‘knew-it-all-along’ effect.
Yesterday’s short suggestion stopped out for a 5.75-point loss. Eventually, it went all the way to the next level for a 22.25-win. However, the adverse move was huge at 19.25 points against. This may be a bit exaggerated to alert you to hindsight bias but it happened yesterday and that’s what we’re reviewing.
It's not uncommon to feel this bias. When you combine it with small sample size the pair become lethal. You see something unpredictable happen a few times and now you think...
Today’s Lesson: Documentation & Review are key.
Rather than wax-on about today’s subject I’ll point you to a Zoom recording from Saturday on this subject. Lots of lessons were shared in a new format I’m testing… reviewing all the prior week trades from our trading room. Go to https://www.thedailymarketforecast.com/video-lessons.
For Mon 211011 (Plenty can change by the open, be aware.)
Globex Review: Missed filling a fabulous 35+ point short by one tick. The opposing level was suggested for exits only saving two losers.
Day Session Analysis: Sentiment is mildly BULLISH elsewhere. We are down. Stats are mixed so taking trades in either direction mindful that the holiday range may be tighter than forecast. Monday (both sessions combined) garnered 27% of all the gains over the past 5 years in dollars. Reversals and Breakouts are about even. Trading ES/CL/GC using BB Rev with filters (download the new Edge). Thinking credit spreads might be...
Today’s Lesson: Prepare yourself more.
There are countless ways to beat the market. Your first challenge is finding a method that is in harmony with your personality, time commitment, finances, and goals. Once you find that, trading should be easy, right? Nope.
The second (and more difficult) challenge you’ll face is yourself. Impulsivity, impatience, need to be “right”, etc. There are countless ways to beat yourself, too!
One trick I’ve found very useful is mental preparation. Instead of getting up, brushing my teeth, downing a coffee and looking for trades, I’ve developed a morning routine that leaves me energized and focused. Mental preparation increases your confidence as well. Confident traders are good traders.
Find your own routine but to give you some ideas, here’s mine:
For Thu 211007 (Plenty can change by the open, be aware.)
Globex Review: Thursday blues may be back. Two takeable trades, one loser and one small winner (which was the start of a great move up, but shaken out by our stop )
Day Session Analysis: Sentiment is BULLISH. Stats suggest SHORTS will perform SLIGHTLY better. Looking for quality trades in either direction. Thursday (both sessions combined) garnered ONLY 4% of all the gains over the past 5 years in dollars. Breakouts (95%) crush Reversals (5%). Consider not trading Volume Profile. Trading ES/CL/GC using BB Rev with MORE new filters (download the new Edge). VERY cautious about credit spreads.
S&P 500 Futures CPL: 4309/4315. We’re trading ABOVE the CPL (short edge below, long edge above) and ABOVE the equilibrium 4328.75/4330.75 (open below = short edge, open above = long edge).
The World Index: (+100/-100) SOARS from -92 to +83 with all major world markets very bullish (remember our contrarian alert yesterday?) Today:...