Keeping a Futures Trading Journal, Economic Reports & Levels 8.28.2014
Posted By:- Ilan Levy-Mayer Vice President, Cannon Trading Futures Blog
For 2014 I would like to wish all of you discipline and patience in your trading!
The EXTREMELY low volume today ( as well as last few days…) made me go look in my trading journal where sure enough I wrote down that the week before Labor Day is usually lower volume and a good time to take some days off….( too bad I did not schedule some vacation time LOL)
The point of the story is that keeping a trading journal has MANY ADVANTAGES….and I highly recommend it.
I keep notes on the following:
- different methods I test
- Market behavior during different economic reports
- Things I did well, mental state of mind
- Mistakes I have made, the reasons I did and how I can try to avoid these mistakes
- Different indicators, chart settings, ideas I read about
- Different codes I created for my charts
- Much more…
Many times the journal will help me put closure on a bad day but more so it helps keep track of work I have done so I don’t have to do it again.
Try it. It is not easy, especially after bad days….it takes time, energy and consistency – just like trading. I keep mine on a word doc so I can easily access it ( plus my hand writing is terrible). Hope this tip helps and wishing you good trading!
PS: About low volatility and volume, its a cycle and times of much higher volume and volatility are proably very near….
GOOD TRADING !
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Futures Trading Levels
|Contract Sept. 2014||SP500||Nasdaq100||Dow Jones||Mini Russell||Dollar Index|
|Contract||December Gold||Dec. Silver||Oct. Crude Oil||September Bonds||Sept. Euro|
|Resistance 3||1294.7||19.7||95.15||142 6/32||1.3279|
|Resistance 2||1291.5||19.6||94.69||141 23/32||1.3246|
|Resistance 1||1287.4||19.6||94.27||141 14/32||1.3220|
|Support 1||1280.1||19.4||93.39||140 22/32||1.3161|
|Support 2||1276.9||19.3||92.93||140 7/32||1.3128|
|Support 3||1272.8||19.2||92.51||139 30/32||1.3102|
|Contract||Dec Corn||Dec. Wheat||Nov. Beans||Dec. SoyMeal||Dec. bean Oil|
|ThuAug 28||All Day||EUR||German Prelim CPI m/m||0.0%||0.3%|
|Â 3:00am||EUR||Spanish Flash CPI y/y||-0.2%||-0.3%|
|3:55am||EUR||German Unemployment Change||-6K||-12K|
|4:00am||EUR||M3 Money Supply y/y||1.5%||1.5%|
|EUR||Private Loans y/y||-1.5%||-1.7%|
|EUR||Italian Retail Sales m/m||-0.2%||-0.7%|
|Tentative||EUR||Italian 10-y Bond Auction||2.60|1.5|
|6:00am||GBP||CBI Realized Sales||27||21|
|8:30am||USD||Prelim GDP q/q||3.9%||4.0%|
|USD||Prelim GDP Price Index q/q||2.0%||2.0%|
|10:00am||USD||Pending Home Sales m/m||0.6%||-1.1%|
|10:30am||USD||Natural Gas Storage||79B||88B|
|7:05pm||GBP||GfK Consumer Confidence||-1||-2|
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