Day Trading Tips, FAQ & More
"Consistency in Profits Through Price Action"
Day Trading 101 – The Basics
Day Trading 102 – How-To Guides
Day Trading 103 – How We Trade
Day Trading 101 – The Basics
This is what we call "overkill"
Day trading can mean many things, but Day Trade to Win focuses on teaching traders how to use their own computers to successfully trade popular futures and currencies. Most of our clients trade from home or small business environments. Day trading requires you to have a reasonably fast computer (preferably a Windows computer purchased within the last two years), a reliable, fast Internet connection, a day trading software platform, data feed access, and an account with a brokerage. Later on, you can get fancy and purchase multiple monitors if you want to keep your eyes on multiple markets. For now, you should know how to use the trading software and interpret the markets to understand risk vs. reward. That's where we come in, with our day trading courses, software, and coaching programs.
Day Trading and Risk
If you are new to trading and assume instant riches are easy to achieve without any risk, think again. Yes, you can make money. Yes, you can also lose money. These are facts regardless of all the marketing hype and internet ads you’ve probably come across. The idea that risk does not exist when trading any type of markets is just wrong. Internet marketers are savvy and would lead you to believe otherwise, but markets are, by nature, unpredictable. As an educational company, DayTradeToWin focuses on providing education to traders. This education includes information on understanding the risks of trading. Software and programs that provide guarantees, claim low risk, or 100% accuracy should be avoided. At DayTradeToWin, our approach is based on commonsense methods and rules used to increase opportunities to become successful. When trading, there can be severe financial consequences that need to be seriously considered. We recommend taking time to first learn about the markets and your trading methods in a live, simulated environment. Be sure to read the materials, watch the videos, ask questions, and attend the training. Although there are differences between a practice environment and real-money trading, you will still be better prepared. You will never be able to avoid risk. However, by practicing, you can learn to avoid silly mistakes. If you are a beginner trader, you will experience a learning curve. There are many outcomes and situations outside of your control. Prior to trading with real money, always consult with a licensed broker to ensure a clear understanding of fees, margins, risk, and reward.
Trading the markets with real money is not for the faint of heart. If you do not understand the risks, ask questions. Educate yourself on the risks. Call or email a licensed broker and find out how commodity futures, currencies/forex, stocks, options, etc. operate. DayTradeToWin focuses on empowering you, the individual, on how trading the markets is possible, including the risks that may occur. Part of the education is also encouraging you, an individual trader, to speak with a licensed representative of your choice regarding the appropriateness of investing/trading any particular investment or trading strategy.
The study of price movement as it plots on day trading charts in the form of bars, candles, etc. When used correctly, price action can be a reliable trading method for predicting future movement. All of our day trading methods are based on price action, as it is objective and the only truly accurate indicator of market activity.
A place to trade futures contracts with your trading platform. In the case of Day Trade to Win, we refer to online futures markets trading by using platforms such as NinjaTrader. The E-Mini is considered a futures market, as traders buy and sell the market according to the speculative value of E-Mini futures contracts. Other examples of futures markets include soybeans, crude oil and treasury bonds.
Often used in place of the word "market," an instrument is a tradeable asset involved in a financial exchange. There are two types of instruments – cash and derivatives. With cash instruments, value is determined directly by the markets. Cash instruments also include securities. Derivatives are based on underlying indexes (also called indices), interest rates, or assets. As a quick reference, stocks and bonds are generally defined as securities and equity and Forex (currency futures) as derivatives.
You can trade these markets as futures
Generally speaking, a futures contract is a binding agreement to exchange an asset between a buyer and seller at present with a transfer occurring in the future. A future-based exchange ensures both parties do not default and put up the initial amount of cash or asset value. In the case of the E-Mini, one contract is one-fifth the size of the standard S&P 500 futures contract. E-Mini traders do not exchange physical goods, but instead place speculative buy and sell orders. Futures contracts are settled on a daily basis, meaning the day's trades are credited or deducted each trading day. In most cases, futures markets are mirrored by their cash market counterparts where the related physical commodity is bought or sold. Events related to the climate, war, politics debts, territories and technological discoveries affect futures contracts.
E-Mini S&P 500
The E-Mini is a futures market (instrument symbol is ES) traded on the CME. The E-Mini trades in .25 tick increments. Each tick of .25 is worth $12.50. One point is equal to four ticks and worth $50.00. The speed, liquidity and structure of this market are reasons for its popularity among floor and online traders. It closely tracks the S&P 500 index, the premier benchmark of the stock market. With ease, you can get in (long or short) and get out whenever you want, at the price you want. The E-Mini pit session (also called the day session) is traded weekdays from 9:30 a.m. to 5:15 p.m. US/Eastern. From 5:15 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., CME Globex closes and the E-Mini cannot be traded. Trading resumes for the overnight session at 6:00 p.m. and continues through the regular trading day that begins at 9:30 a.m. We recommend trading the morning / pit session (that begins at 9:30 a.m.) because it offers consistent levels of tradeable volatility. The contract specifications as defined by the CME can be found here.
Forex / Foreign Exchange / FX
At Day Trade to Win, we aren't fans of Forex because of the you vs. the world" structure and lack of regulation. Without a central hub for regulating the foreign exchange currency market, financial centers around the world allow Forex traders to buy, sell, exchange and speculate on currencies. These traders consist of individual investors, commercial companies, banks and brokers. For these reasons, Forex is considered the world's largest financial market and is also the most liquid. Trillions of dollars are exchanged every day. Currency pairs (ex. EUR/USD) are the market / instrument equivalents in trading platforms. In Forex, you are trading the value of one currency vs. that of another. In fact, exchange rates are based on the Forex market. These pairs, referenced to determine value represent the value of one currency as compared to the other. Speculators buy currencies they expect to increase in value and sell those that are expected to decrease. Monetary policy, politics, interest rates, and imports and exports all influence currency values. Compared to the E-Mini, the Forex markets operate under longer hours, but its traders are subject to the "bullying" of brokers and traders with large accounts.
CME floor traders at work
CME / Chicago Mercantile Exchange
Also called the "Merc," the CME has existed as an exchange in one form or another since 1898 (known at that time as the Chicago Butter and Egg Board). In 2008, the CME merged with the New York Mercantile Exchange (NYMEX) and COMEX. The CME now encompasses NYMEX, COMEX, and CBOT (Chicago Board of Trade). Today, a wide range of financial instruments are traded on the CME: interest rates, equities, currencies, and commodities. The CME is the largest futures exchange in the world. The CME is traded in open outcry format and electronically through the CME Globex platform. Eighty percent of the total exchange volume occurs electronically on CME Globex. See the full list of trading hours
and holiday hours.
LIFFE Exchange / (Euronext.liffe)
LIFFE (London International Financial Futures Exchange), pronounced "life," is a futures exchange based in London. LIFFE has been a part of NYSE Euronext since 2007. Like the CME, its traders use open outcry trading pits, using a variety of hand signals to communicate desired contract prices and quantities. Its most popular derivatives include the FTSE markets. The LIFFE Exchange operates at the US/Eastern equivalent of 3:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. The LIFFE influences markets related to the Euro and is therefore worthy of attention.
Floor Trading / Open Outcry Trading
The traders who trade in person on the "floor" (also called a pit) of an exchange using hand signals to communicate buy and sell orders. In the U.S., this system is used in the CME and NYMEX (New York Mercantile Exchange). Floor trading has become less common as compared to electronic execution, due to the accuracy of electronic orders placed by automated systems and online traders. John Paul learned many of his price action trading methods directly from Floor Traders, adapting the techniques to the online trading format.
These are the traders who use a trading platform like NinjaTrader, TradeStation, eSignal, etc. and trade from a home or small-business setting. These trades are generally managing each trade and have individual brokerage accounts of a relatively small size (under $60,000 on average). At Day Trade to Win, retail traders are who we teach primarily, as we feel anyone can improve from our methods, from beginners to those with years of experience.
Each platform has pros and cons
This term describes the software used by day traders. Online traders have many choices for platforms, each offering a unique feature list. We primarily use NinjaTrader as our platform of choice. Other popular trading platforms include TradeStation, eSignal, OEC, Multicharts, MetaStock, MetaTrader and thinkorswim. Platform differs in terms of brokerage and data feed support, whether they are web-based or run on your machine, and feature robustness (automation, backtesting, technical analysis, etc.). Most platforms offer trial periods, where you can test the software. Remember, less expensive does not always mean better. Read the fine print, check the hidden costs, upgrade fees and quality of customer support.
In terms of E-Mini trading, a maintenance margin is dollar value required to existing in one's brokerage account in order to meet requirements and losing trades. Brokerages that are specific to E-Mini trading may offer margins as low as $500, however having at least double the minimum value is recommended. Most brokerages require margins from $1000 to $3000 for E-Mini trading. The margin value also determines how many contracts one can trade. Margin values vary across brokerages. If a trading account's capital falls below the margin value, the number of contracts traded must be reduced (until the capital is replenished). Ideally, we recommend opening an account of $5,000 with a brokerage to withstand the learning process of E-Mini trading. For overnight trading, expect a brokerage's required margin amount to increase.
Scheduled economic reports, prominent political figures, and big-headline world events can cause massive price fluctuations in the markets. The best resource for staying on top of scheduled events is the Bloomberg economic calendar.
Watch for the events marked with a red star and "Ben Bernanke Speaks" events as these cause volatile activity. Even better, you can download a news indicator for NinjaTrader.
We advise staying out of the markets until volatile activity subsides. You can learn an exact setup for trading the news on the videos page.
Candles / Candlesticks / Bars
On day trading charts, these are visual representations of price as it fluctuated over a given time frame. Each candle includes an opening price and a closing price. In the charts that appear on Day Trade to Win, green candles represent a price that closed higher than the price at which it opened. Conversely, red candles represent a price that closed lower than the price at which it opened below the previous candle. Dojis are candles in which price opening and closing prices are virtually equal. Most of our day trading methods are based on observing candlestick patterns in real-time in relation to the ATR in order to determine how to trade. We often rely on NinjaTrader's bar timer (included as an indicator by default), a countdown timer that lets us know when the current bar will close and when the next bar will post. You can download a bar timer for TradeStation here
Yikes! What a mess – not price action
Indicators are software tools that appear on your day trading charts. Indicators usually included with trading platforms. Some trading platforms offer third-party indicator support. Indicators can perform a variety of functions, from providing exact entries (ex. – the Atlas Line®
) to drawing Fibonacci patterns, graphical representations of volume and other market data, and even taking trades automatically. Generally speaking, indicators are known to lag behind real-time market conditions, as they are based on past performance history. Also, some indicators need to be reconfigured weekly, monthly or other regular basis, as market conditions change over time. Indicators can often be interpreted many different ways. Such speculation, adaptation and delays are often sources of frustration for traders. We teach price action trading, free of these downfalls, for clear, objective trading rules.
Average True Range (ATR)
A common tool / indicator available on many charting platforms, the ATR provides a visual depiction of price movement within a specified time period or candle range. At Day Trade to Win, we use the ATR to assess a market's volatility in real-time. Using this value, we can determine how to manage each trade in order to minimize risk. Learn how to use the ATR by watching the video.
. In addition, you can learn how to use the ATR across multiple markets by watching this video.
Data feeds allow you to place trades and provide your trading platform with real-time and/or historical market data. This data is usually price data in the form of ticks, time intervals or measurements such as volume. Fast data feeds are the obvious choice, along with accurate historical data. The data feed's physical distance from the exchange also impacts execution speed. This is why many feeds advertise close proximity to the CME. For backtesting trading methods, historical data that goes back several years is recommended. For fast execution and accurate historical data, we recommend the CQG feed provided by Global Futures
or the Rithmic feed provided by Optimus Futures.
You can also get a free NinjaTrader demo with either feed (follow the instructions on these web pages and related emails).
Paper Trading / Simulated Trading
Trading platforms like NinjaTrader offer a way to learn and experiment with trading by using a simulated account. Using a free, live data feed and a simulated account, you can get an experience that is very close to real, live trading.
Live trading using NinjaTrader
Because of its simplicity, versatility and speed, NinjaTrader is our recommended trading platform. NinjaTrader supports stocks, futures, and forex and is used for advanced charting, market analytics, trading system development, and trade simulation. This is all offered for free – you only have to pay for NinjaTrader when you're ready to go live. Pricing for NinjaTrader starts from $50 per month and hundreds of brokerages worldwide are supported (many of these brokers will also provide you a complimentary data feed). NinjaTrader also conducts weekly webinars where you can learn how to use the software along with the video library.
Register for a NinjaTrader demo with a free, live data feed.
This term refers to managing the placement of orders, profit targets, stop losses, contract amount, etc. in real-time or as provided by a system. Trade management is incredibly important, as it ultimately dictates the profit and loss of each trade. At Day Trade to Win, we let the volatility of the markets tell us how much to risk.
The Day Trade to Win definition is the ability to enter a trade before and in front of all other traders waiting to be filled at the specific price in order to ensure a fill. Execution is processed on a first-come, first-served basis. In some of our methods, we look to receive fills one tick "in front" of the normally desired value. Since we are not brokers, our version of front running is based on a reasonable expectation of where price is headed based on our trading methods. Our definition differs from the textbook version that states front running is the questionable practice of a broker executing order for his or her own account based on advance knowledge of pending customer orders, thus resulting in an unfair advantage.
NYSE data center tries to keep up
Day trading futures is a zero-sum game. At the end of the day, the number of buy and sell orders must be equivalent. However, high frequency trading systems, automated systems and groups of traders work to influence how the markets are traded for their own benefit. Several of our commercially available methods take advantage of this artificial movement, specifically the Floor Trader Secrets Manual (X-5 Trade). By understanding that manipulation exists, the movement of price becomes less random. In fact, due to manipulation, exact trading setups occur regularly. Learn to identify these setups through our courses and you're on your way to becoming a better trader.
Twice each trading day at 10:30 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. London time, five members of The London Gold Market Fixing Ltd meet via telephone conference to decide the price of gold. These decisions are meant to settle contracts in the London bullion market; however, the implications reach further. The result is a benchmark of gold value used by the world's financial institutions, markets, mining companies and jewelry retailers. The five members never release official data regarding how fixes are reached. Is it surprising that markets are manipulated with things out of your control? As a trader, you should be aware of it – not everything is fair and balanced. If you're using indicators, you'll likely be a victim of this type of "fixing" due to a strict, algorithmic approach. Instead, by using price action, you can achieve better results. Our Power Price Action and Atlas Line methods are perfect for identifying trade opportunities in the highly speculative Gold Futures (GC) market.
Day Trading 102 – How-To Guides
Get Your Charts in Sync
When trading, it's extremely important to make sure your Windows time is accurate. Discrepancies between Windows time and the time provided by your trading platform / data feed may result in inaccurate charts, and potentially, missed trades. We recommend a free program called Karen's Time Sync.
Using the Auto Sync feature, KTS will automatically synchronize your computer clock with ultra-precise, official time servers in your time zone.
Using the time sync program is easy:
1. Select a server in your time zone and click Sync Now. Optionally, you may check Automatically sync my clock...
2. You should then see a report at the bottom indicating the success of the sync. If an error occurs or a connection cannot be established, find a new server in your area and try again.
3. Once you find a server that works, jump over to the Settings tab and configure KTS to launch when Windows starts
4. We also recommended checking Sync My Clock When This Program is Automatically Launched
and also checking Then Exit This Program
Contract Rollover How-To Guide
Always trade the latest contract
With CME futures contracts, contract rollover day is always the first or second Thursday or Friday of the expiring contract month. These expiration months are March, June, September and December. Your day trading platform may automatically warn you of the rollover. Why is it important that you roll over the contract? Well, you can't trade an expired contract. Also, follow the volume and liquidity.
Here's how to roll over a contract to the new contract session in NinjaTrader:
1. Navigate to NinjaTrader's Control Center > Tools > Instrument Manager
2. Find the expired contract in the left panel and select it > click the right arrow button (>) to remove the expired contract
3. Find the new contract for your market / instrument of choice in the right panel and select it > click the left arrow button (<) to add the new contract to the instruments list
4. In your charts, remember to change to the new contract.
This applies to CME markets like the ES, 6A, 6E, etc. Note that NinjaTrader behaves inconsistently when changing to the new contracts – the ES automatically jumps to the correct (new) contract period, but for currency futures, you will manually have to manually select the period.
Read the official rollover statement from the CME
In some platforms, deciding what symbol to use for contract rollover can be confusing.
Here's an example of how some trading platforms construct the extended ES symbol:
Take the E-Mini abbreviation…
And then add the contract contract month…
H=Mar, M=June, U=Sep, Z=Dec
And then add the date for 2012…
And put it all together…
Holiday Trading Tips
Expect erratic trading near holidays
On a regular basis, it's a good idea to refer to the CME Holiday Calendar
to be aware of upcoming holidays. Usually, CME Futures do not trade on U.S. bank holidays.
Keep these points in mind on trading days that surround holidays:
Traders who act as the underlying force behind the big moves are on vacation. Therefore, the remaining traders fight like mice pulling cheese, causing the market to move erratically. This erraticism is further influenced by press releases, quarterly profit statements and expectations.
Expect half days and days before holidays to also behave erratically or hardly move.
FOMC (Federal Open Market Committee) meeting days and those surrounding the meeting days, the volume becomes thin and price trades in small channels.
Use your trading platform's ATR (Average True Range) software to determine your targets and stops for each trade. Trade within what the market can produce at the given moment based on an ATR setting of calculating based on the last four bars. Consider holding back if the ATR is slow at 1 points or chaotic at 5+ points.
Around the big (spending) holidays like Christmas, many traders will get out or get in large positions in anticipation of tax regulation. This creates uneven spikes in the market.
Seasonally, expect markets to trend long-term towards the end of the year. Take this into consideration, especially with long-term positions. However, during months at the end of the year, expect daily profits to be less as compared to other months. Therefore, your lower monthly profit target should also be less.
Remember that there's more to life than trading! Spend much needed time with your family on Holidays. If the trading day just isn't working in your favor, spend it with those whose company you enjoy.
NinjaTrader's Market Replay
Replay the day's price activity
With NinjaTrader 7, it's possible to replay market activity for nearly any given day. After downloading a given day's replay data, NinjaTrader uses the data (either minute or tick) to plot price at the exact values at the exact time as recorded. More specifically, you can see price plot on your charts and DOMs as though the day (or night) is unfolding in real-time. Orders can be place and success can be tracked using the Replay101 account (similar to Sim101 account). Replay101 is NinjaTrader's designated Market Replay account. Unlike previous versions of NinjaTrader that require the user to record the data locally for replay, NinjaTrader 7 lets users download history for free on a per request basis.
Why should you use NinjaTrader's Market Replay?
To practice placing trade in simulated, real-time conditions
To back-test a strategy to see its effectiveness when trading live
To bypass the need for a live data feed (although live trading with a free demo account is always recommended)
Few other day trading platforms offer such a feature
When your schedule doesn't allow for real-time paper trading, this is the next best thing
Don't wait until tomorrow to practice under live trading conditions!
Here's how to use Market Replay:
1. If you are currently connected to a data feed, disconnect from it.
2. Download the latest Replay Data through NinjaTrader's Control Center:
File > Utilities > Download Replay Data
Choose the market you want data for
Choose the date you want data for
Check both L1 and L2 boxes
3. In the bottom right corner of the Control Center, you will see that the Replay Data is downloading. This will take a few minutes. Before continuing to the next step, please wait until the downloading status disappears.
4. Go to File > Connect > Click Market Replay Connection.
Open a chart and a DOM if you don't have them available. Make sure that the replay connection is selected in the chart and DOM. You should also see the Replay player. With this tool, you can pause market activity, fast forward and play. Drag the slider to advance to a specified time frame.
5. Trade like you're using a real account.
Keep in mind, the data on the DOM won't contain every increment / decrement in the Buy and Sell columns as experienced during the day's live trading. The packaged history is optimized in terms of file size and usability
If you run into problems missing historical data in Market Replay mode, you may both download and view the historical data that you have saved on your local computer by going to the NinjaTrader Control Center > Tools > Historical Data Manager > Edit tab. As long as you have data for the days you are requesting in the Edit tab, then you will see that data when you are using the Market Replay.
NinjaTrader's ATM Strategy
Automated targets and stops
How many times have you had price hit your profit target without a fill? Probably over and over again on the same trade, right? And to make matters worse, price then runs away from you, so you've lost out on the trade entirely. Yes, it happens to everyone. It's not just bad luck.
Trading is a zero-sum game. Unless price trades through your profit target limit price, you may not get filled. All electronic markets have a "first come, first served" rule. Your profit target is waiting in line with all the others placed before it. Now, let's take a look at how we can use NinjaTrader's automation to achieve better fill results. We'll accomplish this through the ATM Strategy panel.
The ATM Strategy area can be access through the lower part of the Dynamic / Static SuperDOM. The SuperDOM is also referred to as the "price ladder." You probably trade with a SuperDOM already, but if not, you can open one via NinjaTrader's Control Panel > File > New > Static (or Dynamic) SuperDOM. The ATM Strategy feature's main purpose is to preconfigure profit targets and stops for your trades. There are quite a few options available to configure, including multiple profit targets, different templates to save and load, even alternate stop strategies. For now, we'll focus on the basics.
With the "first come, first served" rule, speed is important. The faster we place our limit orders for profit taking, the better positioned we are to be filled once the price is tagged. In a roundabout way, we are cheating a little by beating others to the punch. As an example, I have two methods I use to scalp the markets – Price Action Scalping and The Trade Scalper. Each method risks 6 ticks for a stop and 3 ticks for a profit on average. Once I enter into a trade by hitting the market button or entering on a limit order, I need to place my target and stop immediately. If I spend precious seconds fiddling with placing the stop and profit manually, how many other orders have possible been placed ahead of mine? As you can see, automating this process is vital for timely execution. Templates can be created ahead of time for scalping (3 tick profit target with a 6 tick stop), or for any other strategy. To create a template, right click on the DOM in the bottom right empty grey area. A menu should pop up. Since the E-Mini S&P (ES) has been slow lately, my primary template is 8 ticks profit and 16 ticks stop. I can easily adjust up or down once the order is placed if I need to increase or decrease the ticks. I recommend having multiple templates for different markets and different methods accordingly.
Improve Your Fill Rate with Limit Orders
Limit orders save the day
As a trader, it is important to understand some advanced tactics that can make or break a trade. One method I advocate using is front running. The way I use this term is a bit different from its standard meaning. You will be surprised at how it can improve your bottom line for both entries and exits in any market.
The standard definition of front running describes how brokers and insiders positioned themselves unfairly using information from the traders they represent. Before the regulatory agencies starting cracking down, front running was a widespread "pump and dump" scheme.
As individual retail traders, we front run trades by placing the profit target one tick "in front" of our goal. This greatly improves the chance of getting filled. Seems simple? Yes, it is. Surprisingly, many traders never front run trades using this method.
Here's an example:
Let's say you are long the market and you have a profit target of 1400 on the E-Mini S&P. There may be 5,000 other traders waiting for the same price to enter on limit at 1400. This could create a problem because orders are processed on a first come, first served basis. If you wanted that exact price (1400 limit), yes, you could achieve it, but not unless 1400 was penetrated to 1400.25! This is why trading can be a rough game, but it doesn't have to be. When front running in this example, you would move the target to 1399.75 (effectively in front of 1400).
When you should front run trades?
Watch how the market reacts when approaching the price you want. In the chart below using the ATO method, 1400.75 was attempted multiple times starting at 10:20. When the market tries (unsuccessfully) to continue a trend or move showing multiple, consecutive failures, that's an indication to move your target back by one tick to ensure a fill. You can use the same scenario for entries, which would have guaranteed an ATO entry in this same example. Always look for bar effect as proof. This tip will allow you to exit or enter a trade when the writing is on the wall. Also, front running is not always necessary – it works great for slow markets.
Time Zone Conversion for Day Trading
Time zones can be confusing
Ever been in a position where you needed to calculate what your time zone is in another part of the world? At Day Trade To Win, we do this all the time for our customers. Some of our software requires an adjustment to the market open time, depending on where the user is in the world. Knowing how to convert time zone also has countless other benefits.
In the left area of the conversion box, type in the original time. In most cases, this local time default setting is fine. On the right, don't worry about the top time box. Type in the destination time zone below and the conversion will happen automatically. For trading purposes, you may need to convert the time into military. Click the small 24h link on the bottom right of the conversion box and voila!
If you want to perform more advanced conversions, this is the place to go. There are a host of time related applications: a world clock, date to date calculator, stopwatch, and much more.
If you've never used WolframAlpha, it's use is much like a search engine, only it can perform advanced mathematical calculations. Google around for the many uses of WolframAlpha if you're ever bored. In our case, simply typing in "time difference between Florida and Hong Kong" presents all the information we need. WolframAlpha is very good at interpreting what you're asking.
Using Manual Calculation
The easiest way to manually calculate the difference in time between two locations is to find both locations' current UTC time. As Wikipedia states, UTC (Coordinated Universal Time) is the primary time standard by which the world regulates clocks and time. Here's a quick reference
This requires a bit of investigate work (i.e. – Google), but once you have the correct values, you can perform mental math resembling the following diagram:
Simply count the number of hours between each UTC time zone.
Time Zones in NinjaTrader
If for some reason you'd ever want to configure a chart in a time zone other than your own (set by the computer clock), you can do so using NinjaTrader's Session Manager
Day Trading 103 – How We Trade
In your courses, how many points per day are you looking to get?
This depends on the particular course. Our scalping courses focus on smaller profits whereas the ATO looks to capitalize on the first big move of the day. For E-Mini trading, we generally focus on a goal of 1 to 4 points depending on the day's price action. You may of course trade as much as you want, according to your own risk capital. We recommend letting the market tell you how to manage your trades (as indicated by the ATR and other methods).
What are your stops (stop losses)?
Again, each method uses different stops. Generally speaking, we advocate three stop strategies: Catastropic, Time-Based and Prove-It. Catastropic provides a final safety net in the case of a large, unexpected fluctation in price. Time-Based is a rule that tells you to exit the trade if you're not filled within a given time frame. Prove-It uses market conditions to tell you when to exit a trade. When trading, we believe fewer, more accurate trades are better than many trades. Each time you enter, the greater the risk and broker fees. Also, our stops use values that are realistic. If you're stops are too small, they're hit too often. Conversely, large stops expose your account to greater risk.
How accurate are your methods?
Our methods have been backtested and shown to be over 80% accurate. With this said, each time you place a trade, you are at risk because financial markets always involve a degree of unpredictability. You should only trade with money that is unessential to your lifestyle. On a regular basis, we post our results for the Atlas Line®
and Power Price Action.
The trades on the results page
show the first trades of the day, based on the rules as they are taught. They do not incorporate any of our filtering methods, as taught in the Private Mentorship Program.
We believe in objective, price action trading. Black and white – no hiding. Our results speak for themselves.
How much experience do I need?
We've improved the results of veteran traders and those who are just starting out. If you're a beginner, you should at least have an understanding of how to operate your trading software and basic trading terminology. You don't need a live trading account with a broker – you can paper trade our methods with a live, simulated data feed using NinjaTrader for free. Also, we are glad to help with the installation and configuration of your trading platform and course software.
Will you teach me everything I need to know to trade the E-Mini S&P?
Absolutely! We cover everything in our Private Mentorship Program.
This live training program is perfect for both beginners and professionals looking to enhance their knowledge and broaden their skill set with a unique and proven "flow chart" system of trading.
I saw your free news indicator for NinjaTrader but I use a different platform. Do you have a solution?
Yes, you can check out the Day Trade to Win News Calendar
. Upcoming news events that affect day trading are displayed in your web browser. On the top of the page, you'll see real-time headline news. Below, you'll be scrolled to the closest news event. The closest events are always highlighted. You should stay out of the markets when a High or Medium impact event is taking place. Fifteen minutes later, you're usually safe to go back in. Click the Help button on the Calendar page to find more tips.
How long is your Private Mentorship Program? How many hours is it per week?
Our Private Mentorship Program is eight weeks in duration. Individual and Group Mentorship are alike in that both normally have training twice a week for an hour each session. With Individual Mentorship, we will do our best to accommodate your schedule and time zone. Individual Mentorship can be tailored to fit more weekly classes or less depending on your schedule. Eight weeks allots students enough time to learn how to day trade and put into practice the many methods of price action taught. In addition, students are exposed to two months of daily market activity – perfect for observing market behavior and asking questions.
What does the Private Mentorship Program include?
Besides the eight weeks of live coaching and chart sharing, students receive training in all Day Trade to Win courses, including the Atlas Line®, ATO, Trade Scalper, Price Action Scalping, the X-5 Trade, the Blueprint Method, the Roadmap Trade, How to Filter Trades, How to Trade the News and much more. Instruction focuses on developing a full go-to plan, allowing you to change these price action strategies based on a market's current price action. To see a full list of what's offered, visit the Private Mentorship
page. After the eight weeks of training, former students are able to contact John Paul directly at any time with questions.
How much capital do I need to trade?
Some brokerages allow you to trade with as little as $500.00. However, for E-Mini trading, we recommend an account minimum of $5,000 if you want to achieve the same level of success that we do.
What are your methods based on? Do you use Market Profile, Fibbonaci indicators, market psychology or stochastics?
All of our methods are entirely based on price action methods John Paul has developed over years of trading professionally. Price action focuses on watching price as it plots on your charts and trading based on the patterns you observe. Each setup you learn to identify has exact trading rules, as does its management. Our methods are unique to Day Trade to Win, although professional floor traders use similar price action strategies. You won't find anything else out there that's close to what we offer.
How long have you traded the E-Mini successfully?
Day Trade to Win's various systems have been traded on average for about seven years (some traded privately until recently). John Paul's price action strategies have been traded by him for over 10 years.
What bonuses are included with my course?
Many of our courses include the Floor Trader Secrets Manual (FTSM) as a bonus. The FTSM is normally sold separately as it is a complete trading method with exact entry and exit rules. Some courses also include software versions that automate the method taught in the course. Visit the courses page
to see what's offered.
Do you offer any guarantees?
Yes, for some products. To be eligable for the 30 Day Money-Back Guarantee, you must have attended the live training session and contact us within 30 days after purchase and provide a log of all trades taken within the last 30 days that demonstrates losses exceeding the cost of your purchase. Money-back guarantees are only offered with specific products; certain restrictions apply. Please refer to each product page for details.
I looked at all of your courses and still can't decide what I need. What should I do?
Please contact us toll free at 888-607-0008 or [email protected]
We'll come up with a plan that works to meet your goals.