Just a little over 3 weeks ago on October 6th was when I first started trading the Diamond Setups system via my SIM account. And as October comes to an end today, Renato closed out the month in spectacular fashion, gaining over 20 points in the ES. Very well, then what about my performance?
Monday, October 31
Total gross profits: $25.00
Total trades: 15
Contracts per trade: 2
NOTES: I ended the month of October on a whimper. After a gap down
open, the ES had a relatively flat morning, with some minor sign of life
early afternoon. Then the final jungle hour punished the bulls with a
20 point decline. I'm usually capitalizing on those final hour moves.
But this turned out to be a day when I was "right" often, but either
lost money or the train left without me, usually due to careless
errors. Today was also the day that I stopped scaling out as a test,
and exited my entire position at the first target, usually +2.00 or
Playing catch up
I missed some of the morning session when there were
some good setups, and some people in the room had booked 6-8+ points before
lunch. Unfortunately, I was playing catch up in the morning after my
late start, and that lead to some sloppy trades, which then lead to
more, which then lead to more... Feeling a bit under the weather should also be a sign that I need to take extreme caution. The markets have no mercy for the weak minded!
Due to my schedule, there will be more days in the future when I will be starting an hour after the market opens. So I'll need to be better prepared for playing catch-up and not let it impact my performance. Once I was out of sync with Renato's
call, it was a mental challenge trying to restore balance. I thought I was going to be back on track since I nearly
caught the sharp move down in the final hour based on Renato's call, but a careless error on
my part botched those plans.
Totals: October 2011
Total gross profits: $3512.50
Total trades: 142
Contracts per trade: 2
What happened over the past week?
After evaluating my equity curve for the entire month, it's clear
that my P&L has flatted out over the past week, while the system
continued to generate steady profits.
In hindsight, I believe it's
relatively clear what has happened. After having a great start over the
first few weeks, I thought I knew how to trade this system and began
trying to "make it my own." The alerts that Renato provides, which I
initially traded with discipline, became less important.
Other examples include: I wanted to become a rapid fire
scalper, but also hold a runner for a those big wins. I wanted to trade
aggressively, but yet in a conservative way. I wanted
to incorporate some of my biases and methods from the past, but yet
still trade the new system as is. I wanted to tighten the
stops even more, but that's not a part of the rules of the system. And so on.
Lack of discipline, chasing success, overconfidence, lack of a focused
strategy, you name it. And all long, the system continues to chug
along, banking $'s.
So what do I do now?
I signed up with Diamond Setups to learn the system, but I recently strayed off
the optimal path. I'm very fortunate that the system has enough margin
for error so that the damage to me was basically lost opportunities -- I
essentially had a breakeven week. It's now time to get back on track
and continue to pay attention to Renato's calls, and continue to test and analyze the best trade management strategy for 2 contracts.
We're now down to the final 2 months of the year. It's time to raise the bar and start November on a great note!