Why would you want to trade futures in the afternoon when the morning is said to have the best opportunities? Because still more opportunities exist in the afternoon. Perhaps you were busy in the morning or sought to recover from a couple of trades that didn’t go so well. Revenge trading or any type of emotionally driven trading is discouraged. Rather, sticking to objective rules ensures that one can more easily measure the success of an approach over a given period.
The ABC Method was designed for afternoon trading. Multiple entry opportunities can be found in the afternoon before market close. However, some days there are simply no signals. Trending days tend to trigger ABC entry opportunities. That’s because the ABC is a breakout method. If price exceeds the prior period’s high and low via two closing candles, then expect a signal in the new period. That means only periods B and C yield entry opportunities. period A merely establishes the high and low for a possible entry in period B.
It’s important to remember the first two periods are 2.5 hours in duration. The A period begins at market open, 9:30 a.m. If this sounds like too much work, you may consider the ATO 2 method which includes the ABC Indicator. Another option is the 8-Week Mentorship Program. With the latter, all courses and software are included with Lifetime licenses.
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Finding a day trading course or indicator that can trade the E-mini S&P 500 ES, Euro, Nasdaq, Dow, and Micro E-mini S&P 500 is not so easy. Day trading websites are a dime a dozen and it seems that many of these websites are put to together in an amateur way. No disrespect intended – it is just that the way the pages are designed and the information is presented, sometimes it’s difficult to assess what you’re getting. The way DayTradeToWin approaches day trading is with simplicity in mind, and that includes the main DayTradeToWin.com website. There, you can get a sense that four trading methods are basically offered: Atlas Line, Trade Scalper, ATO 2, and 8-Week Mentorship.
The focus of the video above is of DayTradeToWin’s Atlas Line. As you can see, there are a few aspects to the indicator that are important: the dashed line, the main Long and Short signals, the bounce Long and Short signals, and long and short Pullback (P) and Strength (s) signals. How interesting it is to see how all of these signals work together to form one complete strategy! The approach is aided by the free ATR (Average True Range) which serves to provide the profit target and stop loss amounts.
Is it possible to consistently win in the markets? That’s the goal of every trader. It’s best to take trading one day at a time rather than overwhelm yourself with what-ifs. By all means, measure cumulative wins and losses over a good period of time: two weeks, one month, three months, six months, etc. and see how successful you’ve been. Sure, you could have an amazing month next month, but if the performance is not so good, do you want to keep trading? Does it make financial sense? Sure, past performance does not indicate future results, and the way that phrase is commonly worded, the meaning can go either way.
Clear, objective thinking and following the rules of the method will be the best way to assess the viability of that method. Does it work better than other systems you’ve used? Those that you’ve developed? Did you at least make back your money that you spent on the system? Did you learn one or more things? Even with losses, day trading can teach us a lot about ourselves – how well prepared we are, how we perform under pressure, what it’s like to potentially make money or have such potential in a relatively short period of time, to reach heights, to reach lows, and pull ourselves up with renewed insight.
Here’s the latest DayTradeToWin video in which many trading signals are reviewed. First, we start with the Atlas Line trading software. As demonstrated about 2:00 into the video, the signal did not work out. That’s just a part of trading. Sometimes, additional signals the same day will set you back on the path to profit. Other times, you’ll hope to make profit the next day or thereafter. The idea is to have consistent wins over a specific period of time, which could be 30 days or longer.
If you had the ATO 2 and the Atlas Line or the Trade Scalper and Atlas Line, you could say to yourself, “I am only going to take signals from either system (or both systems) when both signals agree on the anticipated direction and the signals occur around the same time.” If you do just that, as demonstrated in the video, there can be great results. However, such results cannot be guaranteed – “can” means “possibly,” which is not as definite as “will.” The market will do what the market wants to do. Again, it’s a matter of cumulative wins outsizing cumulative losses per period of observation.
Adding a third method to the chart to get a third opinion can also be helpful. That’s what happens here when the Trade Scalper is added. Notice how there are multiple Short signals for all three systems that “follow” the price movement down? That was a great area of opportunity for winners. The following Strength (S) and Pullback (P) signals represent additional opportunities from the Atlas Line, however, some of those signals did not work out. Do you notice any additional signals from the ATO 2 or Atlas Line around that time? No. Well, that’s exactly demonstrating why it’s important to use multiple systems!
So, like the thumbnail of the video says, how does one trade rule-based strategies? By following the rules. Are you going to be taught all the rules in this video for the trading system(s) shown? No, of course not. That’s because you have to purchase the trading system in order to learn the rules. This is merely a demonstration with emphasis that it’s important to follow rules rather than going off-course, using your imagination, guessing, or stretching recommendations.
There are so many ways begin day trading. Just looking at the video recommendations when writing this present soptions regarding the mental game of trading as a whole, how to research trading, how to use relative volume to predict home run trades, and various steps to perform a specific strategy. Are any of these methods going to be valuable? Possibly, in terms of some self-understanding. However, the nature of such things is that sometimes a paid method is a paid method for a reason – it’s exclusive because it’s worthwhile. If someone can make money selling it and trading at the same time, why not? However, a lot of paid courses are junk. Many in the industry say this – rather than teaching exact rules, the course will show you demonstration after demonstration, providing little in the way of rules.
Rest assured, DayTradeToWin has all of the rules clearly defined. If you’re not successful, it’s just because the market isn’t aligning itself with the rules. This can be a good thing, as there is no need to blame the self. That’s the great thing about objective trading – no need to have emotions take charge. If you did everything correctly and it works or it doesn’t, you did everything correctly in either case.
The main purpose of the video above is to go over multiple Atlas Line signals. If you see a number of winning signals, that may provide a positive impression the method works consistently. It will be up to you to apply the rules that you learn. There are no guarantees in trading, only probabilities, and estimating on those probabilities is a most curious and risky endeavor! We wish you well. However, trading using a specific stop loss and profit target ruleset is one way to control risk.
If you, ahead of time, configure many stop losses and profit targets within NinjaTrader’s ATM Strategy area, then you can select the most appropriate given current circumstances. These stop losses and profit targets are not set in stone – you can modify them on the fly once your initial order has been filled. The easiest way to do this is by enabling NinjaTrader’s chart trader feature then dragging and dropping the profit target and stop loss to their desired values. Are there any caveats? Yes, doing so places you in the “back of the line,” so to speak. Your profit target or stop loss may not get hit when expected, so be careful.
With the DayTradeToWin trading methods, the ATR (Average True Range) is always used to determine the profit target and stop with the exception of some chart types where their use doesn’t make sense (i.e. range charts). The ATR is configured with a period value of four. Why four? Because that means the last four bars are used to determine the value. If greater than four, the calculation is based on older data. If the value is less than four, less data is used that may only give a picture of recent activity, which may be really dramatic or slow (thus limiting potentials).
It seems like more and more people are turning to day trading in hopes to find prosperity in their lives. While there are no guarantees in this line of activity, there are certainly lessons to be learned. Those lessons, in of themselves, can be highly valuable in getting to know yourself. These lessons may relate to how you handle loss, how you prepare to quickly execute decisions, how wisely you handle success and retain that success, and how you can manage your attention, finances, commitment, and energy in the long-term.
DayTradeToWin often aims to help beginner traders get started on such a path. Instead of relying on complex methodologies, DayTradeToWin focuses on recognizing candle patterns and then applying rules to place and manage trades. Of course, the first step in day trading is understanding basic concepts and trading software. Basic concepts include definition of trading words. Glossaries exist for such things, though context can explain much. There are many helpful videos for how to learn NinjaTrader. DayTradeToWin has produced a couple that stand out from pretty much all others out there.
Now, what is this “Easy Trading Strategy for Beginners” discussed in the video? It’s the Trade Scalper from DayTradeToWin. Yes, the Trade Scalper is not considered a complicated trading system. That’s because the rules are relatively simple once you are taught them and know what to look for. The software further simplifies the identification of opportunities via Long and Short signals of two types: Long and Short (regular) and DW Long and DW short (double-wick).
When scalping, you must be quick. This is why it’s important to spend time configuring ATM Strategies before trading with real money. You want to get a feel for how the trading method “handles” and account for common profit target goals and stop loss risk values. An ATM Strategy will let you preconfigure these values and select the most appropriate one for the current market conditions.
There’s a common expression for those who trade GME stock: “to the moon!” Well, the ride to the moon can be a bumpy one. One of the causes for turbulence is manipulation.
Manipulation is when human traders or their software/systems intentionally interfere with market activity to gain an advantage. And if you’ve been following the GME drama over these recent months, there have been all sorts of back and forth accusations from the big guys and the regular folks.
If you do some digging on YouTube, you can readily find hedge fund-types admitting to manipulation and how they do it. In some cases they say they do it because there are no rules against it. Indeed, there are exploited loopholes. But what can you do as an individual trader or investor?
John Paul from DayTradeToWin advises learning how to recognize certain manipulation patterns and stay out of the market when they occur. You can also potentially capitalize on these opportunities if you have the right techniques, namely, the Roadmap software.
Throughout the new video, he shares his Roadmap software and explains how its zones and signals serve to keep a trader informed. When price approaches a zone, it’s time to pay attention. We can expect price to bounce off of go through it. In some cases, a Long or Short signal is produced. At that point, you can place a trade according to the rules. Where are the rules taught? How do you get the Roadmap? At this point in time, the only way is to enroll in the full eight week trading bootcamp known as Mentorship.
One of the reasons why manipulation is effective is because it lures in everyday traders with false indications. By pumping and dumping large sums, a big firm can control the market somewhat. If other systems are “in” on these schemes and can see the ripples generated by another firm, what’s to stop a trading algorithm from dumping millions of dollars more in the market, exacerbating the manipulation? This could happen in a very short period of time. How would regulation stop this? You could drive yourself crazy thinking about how to beat high frequency trading algorithms. However, you’re a human trader. These systems are trading at the micro or millisecond level right at the exchange. They have computation and physics at their disposal. They have the best and brightest from top universities molding neural networks to maximize profits.
When it comes to manipulation, it’s better to go with what works. And according to DayTradeToWin’s John Paul, that’s the Roadmap and the other methods taught in the eight-week trading school.
“Is this a good trade? Should I enter here? Should I exit here? Am I risking too much or too little?”
These are questions you shouldn’t be asking yourself after you’ve been trading for some time. It’s normal to have these questions when you’re starting out, trying to figure out if you’re using your trading software correctly and applying a technique properly.
But if you are just guessing your way through trading or “hunch trading” as some may call it, well, that can be a problem long-term. So, what’s the solution? Learn from someone who has been a successful trader for years. Hopefully, that person is willing and able to relay all techniques and understanding. Not everyone is a good teacher. Some very rich traders are poor teachers. And of course, some great teachers are poor traders! This is why there may be just a handful of people with the right knowledge and educational ability to teach you how to day trade.
John Paul from DayTradeToWin is such a teacher. He has been teaching people how to day trade for many years. In fact, he didn’t even consider becoming a teacher. He was selling one or two trading methods online, then one of his clients asked him basically, “Hey, do you have anything else you could teach me?” And unbeknownst to John Paul at the time, this became the start of what is now the 8-Week Mentorship Program. Interesting how things in life happen like that, huh?
If you’ve never heard of the Mentorship Program, the above video will run through a number of the methods that are taught. Remember, it’s eight weeks in duration. Class is twice a week. You get all courses and software with Lifetime licenses. Classes are recording so you can watch them later online. It’s the complete package; a treasure trove of trading knowledge being shared with you by a trading expert who can actually teach! Note that John Paul is currently only available for the Individual, on-on-one version of Mentorship. There is another very qualified instructor who teaches the Group class.
Market conditions don’t always allow for $100+ per trade. The 2020 Election and whatever else impacts the markets has increased the volatility. Does that mean you should abandon rationality to make some big money? Of course not. In fact, we’ve been saying for a while now that it’s best to use a 1-Minute chart instead of a 5-Minute chart as well as continue use of the ATR (Average True Range) to determine tradeability.
The recent January Effect video shows there are many great long trades. But what about those inevitable intraday price drops? What do you do with those? As seen in this video, the Atlas Line and Trade Scalper day trading signal systems have been effective in finding winning opportunities…
The real-time trade was worth +2.25 points. That’s nine ticks at $12.50 each, thus $112.50 with one contract. That may not seem like much, but if you have multiple winning moves per day and can afford to trade multiple contracts, there may be enough profit for you with commission covered. Let that be no indication of guaranteed performance. We have to state everything is hypothetical to comply with regulations.
NinjaTrader was designed with the intention of replicating conditions as closely as possible to live trading. In fact, when sim trading, you won’t be filled every time – just like in live trading. When practicing, you may want to limit the simulator account to less than the original amount of $100,000. Maybe drop that to something more reasonable like $5,000. This way, you can use the Trade Performance tool to get a sense of how it goes with the Sim101 account over a period of time. If that works for you consistently enough, consider trading with a live account and start off slow and carefully.
In this video, the Atlas Line gives two winning signals. The first signal is a Short winner. The second is a Long winner. The market is the E-mini S&P 500. The Atlas Line is installed as an indicator into the NinjaTrader 8 platform. Once applied to the chart, it will automatically provide signals based on how price moves around and through the plotted line (dashed pink line in the video). When two candles close above, that causes a Long signal. When two candles close below, that causes a Short signal. Since you know the basis of the signals, you can prepare yourself for placing a trade ahead of time. This is made easier with a 5-Minute chart, as the market moves slow enough for most people to prepare a trade.
Do you focus on previous highs and lows or guess when trends start and stop? That’s a mistake. As demonstrated, if you thought the market was going to continue down, you could have been stopped out by the reversal. This is where the Atlas Line is useful: the line itself maintains its direction all day. In effect, you can gauge the overall “bias” of the market: whether you should be prioritizing long (buy) or short (sell) trades. The automated signals are icing on the cake.
Whether you purchase the 6-Month or Lifetime Atlas Line, the signals will be the same. Remember that your 6-Month won’t count towards your Lifetime, so keep in mind that purchase a Lifetime license may be a better value unless you decide to roll into the eight-week Mentorship Program. In that case, your purchase may count towards Mentorship.
We should mention the Atlas Line can be used across many market types: the YM, CL, NQ, etc. The requirement is that the market needs to trade overnight and be reasonably volatile. Therefore, stocks won’t work. However, you can trade currencies (aka forex) just fine. NinjaTrader is free to use with futures and forex data available. You only have to purchase or lease the platform when you’re ready to trade with real money. Click here so we can help you get set up with NinjaTrader.