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Day Trading

Category Archives: Day Trading

Here is a subject that a lot of people don’t understand at all. Day Trading can be risky. So, it is something that you should stay away from unless and until you are absolutely sure about what you are doing.

There are a number of items about Day Trading such as the minimum mantaince requirementand more that need to be taken into consideration. With the blogs and write-ups listed in this section, you can learn a great deal about day trading.

We at Cannon Trading can help you understand the different concepts of trading and present you with the latest information on the same. Our team of professional and smart people can help you in your day trading transactions and more. In order to understand day trading more clearly, we advise that you go through all the write-ups listed in this category archive on Day Trading.

Day Trading Crude Oil Futures & Levels 4-18-2018

April 17th, 2018 Filed under Crude Oil, Day Trading, Future Trading News | Comment (0)


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Dear Traders,

With the energy numbers coming out tomorrow, which impact crude oil quite a bit, I thought it would be a good time to share this article I wrote once again:

Crude Oil Futures volatility offers a “different market personality” than stock index futures. Here is some of the things you need to know about day trading crude oil futures:
By: Ilan Levy-Mayer, Cannon Trading Commodities Broker & VP

Crude Oil is one of MY favorite futures market for day trading. Before I dive in and share with you how the volatility in crude oil fits my risk tolerance for day trading and provide a couple of chart examples, we should review some of the specifications of Crude Oil Futures.

Crude Oil Futures have monthly expiration. So each month we trade a different contract month, so one needs to know when is the first notice day and last trading day for crude oil futures in order to always make sure we are trading the proper month with the most liquidity and avoid any chance of getting into delivery situation.

Next is the contract size. Crude Oil futures are based on 1000 barrels. To be honest from a day trading perspective all I care is that each tick or 1 cent fluctuation is $10 against me or in my favor per contract. That means that a move from 92.94 to 92.74 = $200.

Another factor is trading hours. At the time I am sharing my thoughts with you, April 8th 2013, crude oil futures trade on the CME Globex platform and trade from 5 PM CDT until the next day at 4 PM CDT. That is 23 of straight trading hours. I definitely don’t recommend day trading this market 23 hours…but it is good to know the trading hours.

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Day Trading Mind Traps 3.07.2018

March 6th, 2018 Filed under Day Trading, Future Trading News | Comment (0)


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Trading 102: Day Trading Mind traps 

“One way our brain helps keep us safe is to protect us from an awareness of our weaknesses. The brain believes that it is better to be falsely confident than recognize the real risks. This protective mechanism tends to work against us in trading.” Kenneth Reid, Ph.D


The mind can play tricks on us. Intuitive Trading is an attempt to mind read the market, which makes us susceptible to whipsaws. Hindsight Bias causes traders to underestimate the difficulty of trading, while Competency Bias causes us to over-estimate our abilities. These are mental banana peels that set us up for a fall.


Intuitive trading is a natural response to excessive randomness and non-linearity in the market. But making informed guesses is not the same as formulating a rule-based pattern-recognition system that gives a trader a true edge. Without a rule-based plan, intuitive traders expend a great deal of energy mindreading the market, which will not improve your odds of success. In fact, professional traders make a good living exploiting the emotionally-driven behavior of intuitive amateurs.

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Insights from a Day Trader 2.27.2018

February 26th, 2018 Filed under Day Trading, Future Trading News | Comment (0)


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Trading 102: Insights from a Day Trader on preparing for the trading day, mental notes and much more – Written by a current, active day-trader

The following was shared with me by a client of ours, an international trader, who has been trading with us for a few years now. I was VERY IMPRESSED with the content and the thoughts behind this so I asked his permission to share this with our readers and he agreed. The content was originally written in another language and the translation below is intended to try and preserve some of the authenticity of the writing….

Focusing for the Trading Day

  1. I believe that you can earn and make a living from intraday trading on futures contracts. It is very difficult but achievable.
  2. Responsibility – I am absolutely responsible for being an intraday trader in general and for my trading activities in particular. This responsibility is comprehensive, expansive (also subjects that are not directly responsible for me – they are my responsibility !!!) and can not be divided.
  3. My trading plan is orderly and has a positive financial profit expectancy. I believe in her.
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Day Trading Stocks vs Futures 2.16.2017

February 15th, 2017 Filed under Day Trading, Future Trading News, Futures Trading | Comment (0)

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Day Trading Futures vs. Day Trading Stocks

No Downtick Rule

With Futures there are NO downtick and/or short sale rules as found in daytrading equities. No boxing of positions and no bullets. You can instantly short anytime at any price.

Tax Advantage

Commodities are taxed differently than securities. The net gain or loss from trading commodities is reported on schedule D (capital gains and losses); 60 % of the amount is taxed as a long-term capital gain and 40% is taxed as a short-term capital gain. Active Securities Traders have all gains taxed as short term vs. commodities traders who have the above treatment.

24 Hour Market Access

With Electronic Screen traded E-Mini Contracts you can access the market during regular equity trading hours, after hours and during the night. This makes trading news easier as many news events happen after 3:00 pm and late in the afternoons.

More Leverage

You can control more exposure with the same capital than in equities.

Lower Cost Commissions It costs an average of $5-$9 per ticket to actively trade equities, compared with futures where it is $1.26 to $2.00 per ticket – less than half the price. 

The Catch?

They can be more risky than equities.

Trading the E-Mini futures contracts can be more exciting and faster paced than traditional equity markets day trading. Your emotional swings can be more excessive with futures because they are so much more liquid than the equity markets that you may be used to trading. And you have more leverage to play with. These products are for professionals only. Please read carefully the risk disclosure forms on this site and all of the risk disclosure forms found in your account paperwork before considering trading futures. 

More Trading Education available here!

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Intra Day Turning Points 2.15.2017

February 14th, 2017 Filed under Day Trading, Future Trading News | Comment (0)

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Below you will see screen shots from our E-Futures Int’l software along with my diamond ALGO which can be displayed on the platform. 

The diamond ALGO tries to predict turning points in the market and comes with a few simple rules to provide trader with another tool/ approach in their trading arsenal. 

Crude Oil 18 Ticks Range Bar 

Crude oil 18 ticks range bar
Gold 18 Ticks Range Bar
Gold 18 Ticks Range Bar

About Range Bar Charts:

A Range Bar chart is constructed of bars that indicate price movement as a way to help expose trends and volatility. A bar is created each time the bar range (high to low) is equal to some value that you set in preferences.

Would you like to have access to my DIAMOND ALGO as shown above and be able to apply for any market and any time frame on your own PC ?   You can now have a three weeks free trial where I enable the ALGO along with few studies.

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Hypothetical performance results have many inherent limitations, some of which are described below.  No representation is being made that any account will or is likely to achieve profits or losses similar to those shown.  In fact, there are frequently sharp differences between hypothetical performance results and the actual results subsequently achieved by any particular trading program.

One of the limitations of hypothetical performance results is that they are generally prepared with the benefit of hindsight.  In addition, hypothetical trading does no involve financial risk, and no hypothetical trading record can completely account for the impact of financial risk in actual trading.  For example, the ability to withstand losses or to adhere to a particular trading program in spite of trading losses are material points which can also adversely affect actual trading results.  There are numerous other factors related to the markets in general or to the implementation of any specific trading program which cannot be fully accounted for in the preparation of hypothetical performance results and all of which can adversely affect actual trading results.

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