Wednesday, August 20, 2008

I'd Rather Be Here









picture 1: Maui

Picture 2: El Nido Palwan Philippines

picture 3: Kakula Island

picture 4: Aruba.

Been trading for three years without any real break. I need it. Need to get away and ENJOY LIFE!! Watching the travel channel today and fighting the market the past 2 weeks is making me think, it might be time.

Sunday, August 10, 2008

Position Sizing: Finding Your MAX Pain

Position Sizing(P.S.) is a very important part in trading survival. Improper P.S. can lead to overtrading, taking tiny profits while letting losing trades run against you and turn into huge losses. In short, if not done well enough to fit your level of comfort it will lead to EMOTIONAL TRADING. Which is the single most biggest enemy to a trader.

In my opinion, P.S. is where trading becomes an art. Every trader has their own level of comfort and pain. If i am managing a portfolio worth $100,000 and i take a $5000 loss on a trade, then i will get emotional and start to notice changes in my behavior in front of my computer screen. I will start to curse, sweat from my forehead a little, pace around the room or start to desperately scan thru my stocks to find the next trade that's gonna 'get me out' of this loss. lol! Never 'gets us out' does it??!!
If anything, that loss will likely get bigger.

Position sizing is about treating every SINGLE trade on it's own merit and you MUST have a MAX pain stop loss in mind before that trade is executed(and always have a profit target). Having said that, my max pain loss is different then yours. EVERYBODY's MAX PAIN IS DIFFERENT!!!! Also, my max pain stop loss is different when i am in a winning streak(my max pain stop loss tends to increase after a nice winning streak) and vice versa in a losing streak(i tend to be very chicken and cut losses very quickly when i am trading like shit).
TRADING IS AN ART! Not a science in my opinion.

The key is to figure out a number, a stop loss figure, that once it gets hit, you'll admit you are wrong, sell the position and move on to the next trade without affecting your emotional state of mind. If you feel emotional after that loss, then you have likely crossed your MAX LOSS PAIN you are now trading on desperation to recoup that loss and you are trading to get even rather then focusing on nailing the next trade and placing that ONE TRADE that's making your mouth water.

During winning streaks where my mind is at ease, i am seeing moves in "3D" and i am executing trades when i am in "the zone" and i am moving from one winning trade to another with flawless execution then i will tend to get very aggressive with my position sizing as the market is likely VIBING WITH MY STYLE (I am trading in my comfort zone) and i can put up to half my account in a DAY TRADE. My comfort zone is a momentum market, a runaway market which is setting up Holy Grail Setups, Wedges/Flags patterns and volume is rampant and stocks are closing on their highs/lows on heavy volume.

I like to think of myself as a disciplined trader: when i am not vibing with the market and i am making bad market calls or choosing poor stock selection to maximize the current market's behavior then i will stop trading all together. When i do place the trade, i will test out tiny positions to see if i am "seeing em right." If not, then i will go on trading probation and hibernate until the tides turn back in my favor.

Personally, my MAX PAIN on any position is $2000. I rarely put more than $200,000 in a stock idea. I usually average between $100,000 to $150,000 on any single day trade, AVERAGE $125,000. So MAX LOSS of $2000 and an average of $125,000 in a single trade, you do the math. I can eat a $2000 loss and move on in a non-emotional state of mind to hunt down the next winning trade.
Obviously i am shooting to be down as little as possible. This is where THE IMPATIENT TRADER in me comes in. I know that winning trades work almost right away. A trade that is fighting me early on or is not moving within 10 minutes after my entry will likely NOT WORK and TURN INTO A LOSER! I repeat, your style and your max pain will be different! I CANNOT STRESS THAT ENOUGH. You need to find your comfort zone.

I am mostly a day trader but i do Overnight Holds on some trades. Depending on my confidence level, the size of this trade will vary greatly. Can go from 500 shares to 10,000 shares. This Is Where Trading IS an ART. Getting a feel for your trading will require you to TRADE and finding out what kind of trader you are, what is your MAX PAIN, what kind of market condition will make your mouth water. Trade only when you are thinking rationally, not emotionally.

Good luck.

Stocks To Watch Next Week



Jason Levitt Explains 'Wedges'

I get tons of questions about wedges. This is one of my favorite patterns to trade. Check out this video. wedges.

Thursday, August 7, 2008

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Very Interesting Setups In The Oil Patch






Inspiration to these charts courtesy of Blue Dog and Baby T.

Thanks guys for bringing these charts to my attention, they sure look playable here.

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Crude Getting Drilled, Airlines FLYING!



I Am Getting Sloppy

July was a tremendous month for me. I booked over $70,000 in profits. And i am so proud of this record. All these years of hard work and getting my teeth knocked in finally starting to pay off this year in a major way. I am hoping that i keep my focus and discipline for the rest of the year and every year from here on out. I have taught a lot of folks about the market but mostly i have learned.
However, i feel like lately either August isn't vibing with my style or i am starting to trade in a 'payback' cycle after the awesome 'payout' cycle of July. I am making sloppy trades and i am over trading. While i am having a decent week and i did put some good trades today and some shitty ones.
So i will be trading much less and putting fewer but smart strategic trades until the tides shifts back in my favor.

Know yourself and trade smartly.

Peaceful trading.

Sunday, August 3, 2008

COT: Commitment Of Traders Report: Follow The Smart Money??

The COT Report:
The latest Commitments of Traders report from the CFTC shows that Commercial Hedgers bought 5,651 S&P 500 futures contracts last week to bring their net long position to 3,657 contracts. Large traders were net long 23,860 contracts, with Small Traders net short the remaining -27,517, the so-called "weak hands". For the Nasdaq 100 futures, Commercials sold 494 contracts last week to bring their net long position to 3,333 contracts. Small Traders were net short -271 contracts in the Nasdaq. Commercial action in Dow futures saw the smart money sell 200 contracts to bring their net long position to 3,576 contracts.
Commercial Hedgers were better buyers in the S&P's last week, while Small Traders were better sellers a short term bullish sign. Commercials remain net long in all three index futures, and that has been an intermediate term bullish sign historically.

Bo Yoder Newsletter

http://hardrightedge.com/dor.htm

Saturday, August 2, 2008

Anatomy Of A Bear Market



Awesome chart analysis by a trader friend. enjoy.

Friday, August 1, 2008

SPY Wedge Update

BATMAN: DARK KNIGHT: GO WATCH IT!!!!





Heath Ledger is amazing as the joker! Oscar winning performance!

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