Welcome to my blog. A lot has changed since I started this thing. I'm now trading live after about a year of paper trading and studying. Originally I had planned on starting part time and slowly growing my account but life has a funny way of changing your plans. I found myself at a crossroads of sorts and quickly realized that I was being given a once in a lifetime opportunity to pursue my goals. I took the leap and I'm not looking back. Follow me here and see the triumphs and the losses.

Updated (08-10-16)

I tend to look for momentum trades that I can hold for anywhere from a few hours to a few days. I usually take positions of $5k to $10k in size to allow larger gains on smaller percentages (it's easier to hit a 1% to 5% gain vs a 10% to 20%+ gainer) and I like to use a trailing stop.

This blog is a way for me to log my progress and to aid me in learning, I hope that you find it useful. Financial freedom isn't given, it is earned. So plant the seeds of education and grow your pennies!

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

It's Okay To Be a Dummy I'm Only Paper Trading

One of the fascinating things about trading is that it isn't a one-size-fits-all type of thing. Some people are better at shorting, longs, day trades, scalps, swings, etc. I'm still finding my home and style within trading and thus far I like the idea of shorting pumps like Tim Sykes because it appears much more reliable than looking for stocks that are going to explode in one secession. But finding shares to short can be an issue, especially with paper trading and trading through TD Ameritrade, because they aren't the best broker for shorting.

The other style I find my self gravitating towards is multi-day swings. I like the idea that you can maximize profits over the course of a few days, you aren't as much at the mercy of the PTD, and if done right the stress level can be quite low.

That said, I have a lot to learn with swings. Last week I tested out a few multi-day swing trades to expand and experiment with trading styles. I've learned that I really need to learn how to find my tickers and ensure that the setups are optimal so that I can enter and exit in the best prices.

Some of the trades are doing better than the others and I've noticed that those with the most struggle to go green are the ones where I entered after a huge run like $NADL and $SDRL vs the more gradual incline like $SKY and $RADA.

All though I closed $RADA today with a pretty nasty loss after I had a crossover on the MACD and it looked like it wasn't going to climb higher in price. I may be proven wrong and it continues higher because the MACD lines are still about the zero line, but we will see.

 $SKY on the other hand has turned into a very nice gainer with 28.06% gains at the EOD today, and if I can perfect my entry and setups the pattern shows that had I entered earlier when the stock first started its move I'd have a gainer of roughly 44.11%!!!

So bottom line is that I'm still learning and I'm going to continue to work on improving my trades both day trades and swings... and if I make a dummy mistake that's okay because I'm paper trading and that allows me to learn from my mistakes without killing my trading capital.

I hope that you find these posts useful and maybe learn from my mistakes as well.

Update on swing trades:

$AVP -8.75%, short with a target of $3 to $3.50.
$GRPN +0.74%, short with a target of $3 to $3.20.
$NADL -20.50%, long goal of 10-20%.
$RJET -1.50%, long, looking to exit as soon as ticker is traded again.
$SDRL -9.85%, long goal of 10-20%.
$SKY +28.06%, long goal of 10-20%
$VCEL -3.35%, long goal of 10-20%

Overall total on investment: -4.15%

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