Trading part-time (successfully), with a full-time job is looking like a pipe dream. Even with proper analysis and market reads, the execution aspect suffers due to being at work. I'd like to continue watching the market and take trades, but only IF they present themselves and I'm in the proper state (emotionally and otherwise) that would allow for effective trade management. At this point, I see my full-time job and other obligations as major road-blocks to trading success, so it may be necessary to clear up the road-blocks before I can make some positive headway in trading. I also have a business (IT consulting), and have to deliver a project this month which will require 50 hours during the evenings/weekends so I'm not sure if I'll be able to dedicate much time to trading education this month.
In other news, I'm looking into moving my account to Velocity Futures, since they're offering the X Trader platform for free, $4.73 all-inclusive round-turn commission and $500 intraday margin on the ES, all with no minimum volume requirements. I don't ever plan on using max leverage (45-lot) with them, but it's just nice to have those low margin requirements.
Took a long scalp at 902.75 late in the day. I quickly realized I was "bottom picking", and one of my goals is to avoid bottom picking so I quickly moved my stop to break-even. Ended up exiting at 903.25 for +2 ticks. I wasn't around my PC long enough to manage any other trade setup throughout the day.
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Market Structure/Balance (5-min)