LibertyBelle

Accountability post 06/10/2020-06/23/2020 I watched all of the live webinars and newest video lessons the last two weeks. I finished watching three more DVD's: Short Stocking, Learn Level 2, and Timdicators. I have also started watching "Trading Tickers." I finished the audiobook, "Trading for a Living" by Alexander Elder. I started listening to the audiobook, "Fooling Some of the People All of the Time" by David Einhorn. Listening to the audiobooks while I workout has been a good learning strategy to save time. I started watching "Trader Checklist Volume 1" in my Tim Sykes VIP education portal. I printed out some checklists to practice with. I started practicing today. I didn't trade, but I watched what the stocks were doing and compared that with my plan. I transferred my trading account from TDAmeritrade to E*Trade. I got hammered with OTC commissions using TDAmeritrade, and I plan on trading them a lot more. When I transferred my account from TDAmeritrade, I didn't realize they were going to close it when I did that. I was planning on still using the ToS platform, so I had to reopen my account. I called E*Trade and asked for access to E*Trade Pro while I was waiting for my funds to settle. I watched Tim Lento's turtorial webinar on E*Trade Pro, and I set up my screens as close as I could get to what I had in ToS. I like the platform, but I like ToS better. I'll keep E*Trade Pro as a back up. I made some money playing options. I've been following Mark Croock's alerts. I also had my biggest loss playing options on $APT over the weekend. I am still in the green, but it really hurt.

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traderkhang22

Put $250 in my TDAmeritrade for the first time. Feel like jumping in a trade when I saw Tim's Alert but then I see the number 3 next to Day Trades left, plus if I get into random trades and build a bad habit, it's gonna make me pay later, so I better wait for the next morning since Dips buy Morning Panic is hot recently. Patience and keep learning.

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LibertyBelle

Accountability post 04/13/2020-04/28/2020 I watched and took notes on all 13 Challenge Orientation Videos in the student portal. I watched and took notes on 3 of the DVD's on profit.ly: "Penny Stocking Part Deux," "Penny Stocking Framework Part Deux," and "Spikability." I signed up for E*Trade, Interactive Brokers, and TDAmeritrade (to get access to Think or Swim paper trading). I already had a brokerage account with Charles Schwab, but I only have used that account for traveling since they don't charge ATM or foreign transaction fees on a high yeild investor checking account. I have never traded before. I will probably use E*Trade, and I have already moved my trading money into that account even though I don't plan on trading for real for at least a month. I signed up for the Stocks to Trade trial a few days ago, and I went through all of Tim Bohen's Getting Started lessons in STT University. I really like this stock scanner, but I am hesitant to subscribe. The fee is daunting to me since my only income at the moment is coming from unemployment. That might be something I can get when I start profiting. Meanwhile I'll have to learn a more affordable platform. I watched all three live webinars last week (Tim Lento, Tim Sykes, and Mark Croock). I watched Tim Lento's live webinar today, and I plan on catching Tim Grittani's webinar later this afternoon. I have reminders set for the webinars scheduled for tomorrow and Thursday as well. This week I have made it a point to open chat at market open, and I have been following the other traders in the room as they discuss their trades. I have been paper trading some of these trades to learn the mechanics. I have been making a lot of mistakes, but I'm learning from them and it's not a disaster since I'm trading with fake money. I've played with E*Trade, Think or Swim, and Stocks to Trade. Stocks to Trade has been the easiest one for me figure out, probably because of the tutorial I watched. I have been living and breathing the material these past two weeks, but I know I am only scratching the surface of things that I need to know to succeed at this endeavor. I understand the basics of trading and the stock market, but there is definitely a lot of room to build on top of that knowledge. I'm looking forward to the journey!

hpac912
hpac912 Jun 22, 1:29 PM

Hello LibertyBelle

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hpac912 Jun 22, 1:30 PM

I'm in the same place you are I haven't really started any accounts yet this is just my second week. I get the concept and my next step is to begin checking out the paper trading.

LibertyBelle
LibertyBelle Jun 22, 2:35 PM

@hpac912 Hi! There's so much to learn. I have the basic concept too, but when I trade it flies out of my head. I think that's why Sykes emphasizes watching the videos over and over. I don't think I will really get it when I'm in the heat of the moment until the patterns become automatic. I have been struggling with the emotional side od trading the most lately. Watching "Trading Tickers" right now. So far it's my favorite DVD. Grittani organized his info very well.

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hpac912 Jun 22, 2:59 PM

Hi, I do understand what you mean about the emotional side of trading. I'm struggling in that area also. I will check out Trading Tickers. I'm about to check out Candlesticks by Steve Nielson. Grasping the terminology is challenging. It's learning a whole other language.

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PocketPAT

Over the past week, I've been really pulling back on trading to build, refine and confirm my trading strategy; with quite a few changes. I've dumped the 2nd/3rd Red Day Premarket Gap-Down and expanded the Reversal from Support/Resistance to now the Gap & Crap and Support Bounce. The Gap & Crap is (for me) a premarket gap-up that is resting at key resistance just before market open. Once the bell rings, it typically craps out down to key support. I'll short at the open and cover down at support. The Support Bounce is the opposite: premarket gap-down to key support, for a bounce after the opening bell. Buy the dip, sell the rip and move on. I'll also play the reversals for each setup, effectively turning two setups into four. After PDT, I'll still plan to trade two at-a-time, since these slow-movers are so easy to juggle. Over the past week, I've watched time and time again as these two setups provide numerous opportunities every single day. Perhaps that's due to the market consolidating, but my focus is still to master setups that I'll be able to continue using when the market stabilizes. I could keep the PMGD Short for the occasional perfect play, but that seems to have only been a great setup while the market was tanking. When everything stabilizes and we get a consistent pattern of consecutive green days to short after the First Red Day, perhaps I'll reintroduce the PMGD Short as a third solid setup. ----- As a matter of fact, I'll make that official now. Its truly a repeatable and highly profitable setup and so I'll bring it back when the time is right... I've also decided to completely eliminate sizing into plays. Instead, I've expanded on widening my stop-out on small size, to avoid not only being stopped out too early, but being stopped out altogether; as an ultra-wide stop is often far from the point for where a pattern would be broken. This gives mental clarity and focus for the price-action, since I'll never have to worry about being stopped out. I can simply cut the position when the pattern is broken. Using small but respectable size, with the ultra-wide stop, I'll replace sizing in on ideal price-action with DOUBLING my position ONLY IF the stock rips/blows or cracks through my sell/cover target. If it goes beyond my ideal exit point, it's proven itself as more than a single and would then be worthy of higher equity. I can now essentially focus on taking singles with respectable size, while still having the ultra-wide stop and maximum focus for every trade; with two highly effective setups to trade with. This also means that I can reintroduce TDAmeritrade for nine potential trades per week (ETrade, TDA, WeBull), which I very well may use with all the Gap & Craps and Support Bounces taking place nearly every day. I've also removed my Unrealized $ Profit/Loss (Tim Grittani-esque), replacing it with the Unrealized % P/L instead. I'd rather not remove it altogether, as I feel comfortable seeing the position moving (just to know that it's active on the platform). This has already proven to provide much more calmness during trading..... That's about it =) --- oh.... I've also reduced my max equity to just $100 per trade (yes, $100 max) until I confirm two weeks of consistent profits between these two setups. I was using $1000, but for the purposes of testing the strategy; there's no need to lose more equity than needed. My max loss going forward will be 10% (which I'll rarely hit with the ultra-wide stop beyond pattern breakage), so currently I am risking $10 per trade for which I would have to be TERRIBLY wrong to achieve. My typical stop by pattern breakage will be 4-6%, well before my max loss. I'll use the 10% rule forever, as I am COMPLETELY in love with the ultra-wide stop-out.

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