Today’s Lesson: Get a night job. The futures markets are open 23 hours a day. You probably knew that. What you might NOT know is that the Globex session (from 18:00 to 9:30 ET) trades differently than the day session (9:30 to 16:15 ET). It trades BETTER (just much slower, but you’ll be sleeping anyway so who cares?).
Here’s 5 compelling reasons why you should take on this “night job…”
If you’re thinking “I don’t have the time to analyze...
Today’s Lesson: Persistence. Let’s use yesterday’s review chart from our trading team’s day session (above). This is a lesson that you’ll get more from if you VISUALIZE being there as we go along. Write down your honest answers.
Today’s Lesson: Should you trade multiple strategies?
Given enough money diversification becomes mandatory. You’ve never heard of a hedge fund that ran “one” strategy. But what about those of us with relatively smaller trading accounts? There are pros and cons.
Today’s Lesson: Get in early. Trading is usually counter-intuitive. What you think should work, doesn’t.
Consider the entry on the trade above. The suggested short was 4436.50 with a stop 5.75 points above. Price moved against by only 1 point.
Some traders may not want to risk 5.75 points. The “accepted” solution I’ve heard too many times is this: move your entry deeper into the price level. Wrong.
Hard evidence from over 9000 trade setups says you don’t want to miss those quick price turns. For our Volume Profile strategy, price penetrates the level by a maximum of 1 point 31% of the time before it continues in your desired direction. Think about it. If you’re not entering early you’re giving up 31% of your winning/breakeven trades! It’s way better to move your STOP in from the other side. Morning Edition: This will be updated today (Sunday if today is Friday) at 17:30 for the Globex session.
For Mon 210927 (Plenty can change by...
Today’s Lesson: You need to think ahead so you don’t miss great opportunities. We’ll use a review of yesterday’s team trading session as an example of why this is so (chart above).
Newer traders unaccustomed to the ups and downs of trading results might pass on the breakout, then watch it soar for the rest of the day and get frustrated. “Damn… I’m always picking the wrong trade!”
Going into the short trade you should know what you’re going to do NEXT if it fails and triggers the breakout. The...
Today’s Lesson: How to choose your trading asset.
More and more futures contracts are being released in micro size. This is great news. Not just for beginners or those with a modest account, but everyone. Why? Because now you can live “test” your trading strategies on different assets that you might not have traded prior.
Diversification is good. You should do it. The question becomes WHICH other contracts should you trade. Here’s a quick look at filtering for candidates:
Today’s Lesson: How to exit with a profit. I’ve interviewed dozens of superb traders on this topic and the answers often conflicted. Understood. Everyone has their own style. Finding your style will take time, trial, and error.
If you prefer to have a few big winners and plenty of smaller losers then this trade was likely a loser, maybe a trail-stop breakeven or small winner at best.
If you prefer more winners, you likely took some money out of this trade and had a modest winner. But where?
One approach our team uses is based on hard evidence. We’ve documented thousands of trades and know with near certainty the probabilities of movement. For the S&P futures, we know that 2 points will be achieved 60% of the time and 4 points 40% of the time.
Given a 7.75-point run, two targets banked 6 points and any remaining contracts gave a little back or exited at breakeven, depending on your stop movement philosophy.
When applying this approach you obviously must adjust...
Monday’s Free Edition Results: The suggested buy @ 4344.75 ran for 26.50 points.
Today’s Lesson: When does the well run dry? In other words, how many times should you take the same trade?
Yesterday’s buy level was very strong. You earned 20+ points per contract in about 20 minutes on the first touch. Assuming you had a sensible exit strategy and didn’t give back the gain, you had a 2nd opportunity to enter. That ran for 15 points. Then a 3rd opportunity. 13.25 points.
This well had plenty of water in it. You could keep drinking. The real issue is what was the quality of the water?
That first touch was crystal clear ice-cold water. Very satisfying. Subsequent touches were good but not as clear and cold.
Now, if you knew that over thousands of trades subsequent touches were less effective, would you bother to take them? Would you risk your winnings on a LOWER probability setup?
The trading team here knows it’s way better to move on to the next HIGH...
For Mon 210920 (Plenty can change by the open, be aware.)
Globex Review: The melt-down accelerates worldwide. I’ve noticed over the years that reversals are tougher to trade in a fast-moving market (either direction). Breakouts are better however the wiggle room may need to be wider. Three tradeable setups last night, two small winners that cover the loser.
Day Session Analysis: Sentiment is VERY BEARISH. FOMC coming. Melt-down accelerates. All this equals fear and risk-off. STATS say buy-the-dip will come (when is a guess). 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 new filters. VERY cautious with SPXW credit spreads due to expected wide range. Leaning toward ITM spreads for now.
S&P 500 Futures CPL: 4420.50/4427.50. We’re trading BELOW the CPL (short edge below, long edge above) and BELOW the equilibrium 4429/4431 (open below = short...
For Fri 210917 (Plenty can change by the open, be aware.)
Globex Review: No takeable trades.
Day Session Analysis: Sentiment is mixed. The “melt-up” environment has become “melt-down.” Stats are mixed. Looking to take trades in either direction and letting shorts run further. Friday (both sessions combined garnered 25% of all the gains over the past 5 years in dollars. Reversals (78%) crush Breakouts (22%). Trading ES/CL/GC using BB Rev with new filters. VERY cautious with SPXW credit spreads due to Quad Witching.
S&P 500 Futures CPL: 4463/4469.25. We’re trading BELOW the CPL (short edge below, long edge above) and BELOW the equilibrium 4457/4457.25 (open below = short edge, open above = long edge).
The World Index: (+100/-100) rises from -14 to +7. Improving? Not so fast. Asia rebounded from several days of selling, the western world sold off some. Mixed sentiment (no edge).
Catalysts: Consumer Sentiment @ 10:00. Quad Witching (volatility...