I guess I'm a "glass-half-full" kinda guy because even though I basically scratched on my trades today, I don't feel like it was a waste. I was able to stick to my trailing stops and managed my risk to end the day with a small loss of $4 and a small position in $STEM still in play, which frees up my 3rd day trade under the PDT rule. It should line up for me to trade either Thursday or Friday depending on where we are staying in Leavenworth.
My first gap and go trade was in $DUST which was gapping nicely into the open and started to run as soon as the bell rang. I quickly placed an entry at $5.77 and set my trailing stop. Unfortunately it had other plans and whimpered out on me triggering my stop at $5.69 for a loss of $136. I also placed a position in $SCYX with an entry of $2.98. My trailing stop was triggered a while into the trade at $3.02 for a little gain of $132... bringing my daily p/l to -$4.
I was going to call it a day but decided to try and capture some momentum in $STEM which was running nicely. I placed a small 200 share entry at $1.98 with a .20 trailing stop. I almost got hit near the EOD but hung in there to become a overnight swing... which I'm happy with because even if it closes with a loss tomorrow it won't count as a day trade.
Thanks for checking in and reading the post. I hope that this is helpful in some way or motivational.
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.
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!
Monday, August 22, 2016
Wednesday, August 17, 2016
Day three of live trading was almost a red day for me. I went with the "gap and go" plays like last time and found that $STEM was showing potential for another run... it had a huge run the prior day. I had a nice entry of $1.79 and saw my position quickly run to $2.00. I thought it would run more so I set a loose trailing stop even though I was sitting on about $800 in gains. Of course the stock market gremlins had other plans and it faded on me and zapped my gains into about a $280 loss.
I almost placed a trade with $THLD which seemed to be a sympathy play on $STEM but ended up with a momentum trade in $CYCC shortly before a HOD breakout. My entry was $7.73 with the HOD breakout at $7.79. I ran with a trailing stop and locked in $350 profit on a dip. Left about a $1 on the table but I wasn't willing to set a stop that was too loose.
I could have had a $1k day... but there is no point in beating myself up. Losses and trades flipping on you are part of the game. $STEM could have just as easily continued to run and my loose stop could have kept me in longer and allowed me to capture more of the move. I managed my risk, stuck to my stops, ended the day green... not to mention I had the opportunity to trade with a view :)
Next trading day will be Monday the 22nd providing I'm not camping.
Friday, August 12, 2016
I went into the trading day looking for gap-n-go setups to ride momentum. I found $GBR moving nicely and decided to get in when there was a breakout at the $4.31 level on the one minute chart. I was filled at $4.55 and set a $0.20 trailing stop hoping that I was giving it enough breathing room to take advantage of the volatility. Unfortunately the spread got me and I was stopped out pretty quick at $4.72 for a 3.74% gain and $374 in profits.
The stock continued its uptrend and I decided to jump back in at another breakout on the one minute chart at $5.10 with a fill at $5.12 and set a trailing stop at $0.25 for a little more room thinking that it would allow for more gains to get snagged. I was eventually stopped out at $5.39 for a 5.27% gain and $432 in profits.
In total, I had 2 trades in 40 minutes and a daily P/L of $752.38 which makes up for the losses from day 1.
Wednesday, August 10, 2016
Its been a long journey just to get to the base of my staircase to financial freedom. I've paper traded and studied for over a year and I finally feel that I am ready to move forward.
This isn't some part time hobby or something I'm doing just for fun. This is my future, this is fulltime, and I will be living off of my profits and dealing with my losses.
It won't be an easy journey. My first "live" trading day proves that. My first trade in $HIIQ went red on me because I ended up getting in a little too late and had the position fade on me for a loss of $400... roughly -4% on the position. But it wasn't a sloppy loss, I cut my losses fairly quickly and managed my risk well. Red days will happen, that is just part of trading. My second trade is an overnight swing in $MWW that gapped 20% on earnings and buyout news. I entered after it appeared to be holding its gains and I'm looking to catch a second day runner.
Remember folks, financial freedom comes to those who plant the seeds of education and grow their pennies.