First of all, Happy New Year!
A great year starts from a plan. Here is my resolution for year 2007, well , a brief one.
I have given some thoughts for my trading in 2007. Now , everything back to zero. I have gained a little bit experience from the past 6 months of day trading. I need to move on with improvements.
I need to draft out a plan before I continue involving in this business for the coming year. I would list out some points here since it is pretty lengthy and personal, I am not so comfortable to dump in all the details on the web.
I would continue day trading E-min Futures. At least for the first quarter of 2007, I will only trade E-mini Nasdaq (NQ). Since it offers the lowest dollar risk. I will stop paper trading, instead, I will forward trade my strategy in NQ. I have reviewd my past dummy trades and reading back charts after charts. My current system works much better in NQ than any other index futures. And another key reason is I am comfortable with the risk taken in NQ futures. Yes, the return per tic is small ($5), and the movement is slower. But what’s wrong with that? The objective here is achieve consistency and keep making good trades. I am a table tennis player, so I don’t wanna force myself to play Tennis before I have the strength and technique to swing the tennis racket now.
Second option is to trade YM (mini-sized Dow) futures. The reason I did not trade YM in the later part of 2006 is due to the instability of eCBOT. I am setting up a second trading account to hedge YM by trading ES should eCBOT is down again. Anyway, YM is still my second choice now.
I know I am not comfortable with E-mini Russell (ER2) and E-mini S&P (ES) trading now. As the risk and volatility are still kinda exceed my tolerance. I tend to chicken out or hesitate to enter a position.
Some key points for my futures trading for the first quarter of 2007
- Master one setup before trying others. Making high accuracy trade. It is definitely OK without making any trade if there is no setup found.
- Make sure I know the Exit point before entering a trade.
- Maxium risk per trade (R) is 0.8%
- Losing days are ok. My target is to be profitable every week.
- Continue studying ES and backtesting my strategy.
- Continue studying different futures trading strategies.
- Continue posting my trades, weekly review, and postmortem on the blog.
I have been lagging in swing trading for the past few months. Since I am trading from Asia and having a day job, I can only swing trade stocks in Singapore market, and day trade American market in the evening time. Relatively, swing trading requires lesser maintainance. In addition, trading in Singapore market (SGD based) requires smaller capital due to currency difference and It helps to balance out my overall portforlio with different currency holding.
I have some experience in Metastocks programming. So I will do some scannings and studies every evening.
Some key points for my Swing trading for the year 2007
- Master one setup before trying another. Making high accuracy trade.
- Maximum risk of 1.5% of trading capital
- I will limit myself to maximum 2 swing trades per week.
- Losing trades are OK. My target is to be profitable every month
- Continue studying different swing trading strategies.
- Continue posting my trades, monthly review, and postmortem on the blog.
I believe by integrating Swing trading and Day Trading into my overall business plan will improve my overall performance. Sometimes, opportunity appears in different time frames and styles of trading. In addition, I avoid making day trading as the only source of income, this will help to reduce to pressure of forcing myself to trade everyday.
I am not trading for pastime. My intention is to make it as my full time career at some point of time. With the limited capital of mine, I will start slow and grow it gradually. I am not setting a big profit target for 2007, instead I am looking forward to grow myself as a consistent profitable trader.
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