The summer of will go down in the history of my trading career as a summer to remember! My 3 months of trading was highlighted in this Huffington Post interview. I instead try to do this several times a week. I started June with a simple goal to not to trade anything other than A-quality setups, and to take 2X the average size on those setups. That meant increasing my average position size from shares to 5k shares. As a result, I traded less overall, taking only 88 total trades.
During these months, I was also trading in real-time in our day trading chat room so our students were able to watch over my shoulder as I tripled my account size in 12 weeks.
Until you learn the rules, you can never achieve consistent success. The first concept every trader must master in order to achieve success is risk management. Every single trade carries risk. This requires a quick risk assessment. When you have a poor profit-loss ratio, it becomes almost impossible to make a living as a trader. Out of the thousands of stocks you could trade on any given day, what is the best strategy for finding stocks with home run potential?
Either burn the haystack or use a magnet. One of the biggest discoveries I made as a beginner trader was the fact that almost every single day there are stocks that make big moves, and they all have several common denominators: The good news is that I can use my Trade Ideas stock scanners to find stocks that meet these criteria. The only thing I need to manually check is the breaking news catalyst. The third concept every trader needs to master is the ability to find entries in real-time.
Once I find a stock that fits into my criteria as having home run potential, I look for my entry. I prefer to buy bull flag breakouts, flat top breakouts, and moving average pullbacks. The requirements of these trades is typically that the price is close to the 9ema on the 5min chart. In the context of a bull flag or a flat top breakout, I buy the first candle to make a new high with my stop at the low of the previous 5min candle.
This strategy is what I used to make a living as a day trader. I do this for two reasons. The first reason is because I believe in transparency. I have winners and losers, and you get to see them all.
The second reason is to show skeptics that the strategies are real, the trades are real, and the gains are real. These students have learned my strategies and are trading side-by-side with me in our day trading chat room. Managing Risk The first concept every trader must master in order to achieve success is risk management.
Trading the Best Chart Patterns The third concept every trader needs to master is the ability to find entries in real-time.More...