After thinking over this weekend’s video and our experiment to begin tagging Jellie-related trading tweets with #jellietrades, I thought it would be helpful to frame the effort a bit by laying out some groundwork.
So here are my thoughts as we head into the week.
1. To supplement other reputable planning services or tweets – which primarily focus on planning at the beginning or end of the U.S. session – with evolving observations before they occur or as they begin to evolve.
2. To provide an outlet to strengthen trader awareness of the need to plan, anticipate, and effectively execute high probability opportunities.
3. To enhance a virtual trading community where past Jellie participants (who may have participated live or via the continuously-available webinars) can leverage off each other and take advantage of the mastermind principle, and where non-Jellie traders can observe and learn. Iron sharpens iron.
1. It’s Free. Yes, you often get what you pay for, yet by using some of the auto-streaming and filtering techniques available on platforms such as TweetDeck, you can create an effective virtual trading team by including or excluding specific individuals.
2. No chat room infrastructure required. Frankly, chat rooms in my view are to trading what DOS is to the PC … old school.
3. Avoids the “U.S. day session only” trader trap by allowing for 24 x 7 participation and observation. As many know, most of the cleanest trade set-ups and triggers now occur well outside of U.S. regular session hours.
4. Provides a sense of camaraderie in what can be a very lonely business for those trading alone.
5. Increase trader confidence when you see other similar-minded traders seeing what you see.
6. Help you get into the flow of the market if you’ve stepped away for a brief or extended time.
1. Posts should be limited to derivatives of the S&P 500, including ES futures and the Exchange Traded Funds such as SPY, SSO, and SPXU.
2. Posts should be primarily related to narrating to the anticipation of Jellie market patterns, technical observations, time of day, or trading set-ups. Note the bold use of “anticipation”. Acceptable comments could include: “3rd push on ES approaching”, “2095 was 3rd push on ES”, “watch for possible break from low 5 min ADX”, “looking for MATD 1st support 2088″, “Watching for F6 turn”, or posts with similar content or intent. Using our age-old hockey analogy, the idea is to provide a heads-up as to where the puck is going to be, versus where it is or has been.
3. Posting of trade entries, exits, and/or targets are completely optional and up to trader discretion. If you do post entries, please don’t post any exits unless you’ve previously narrated to the setup.
4. To minimize unnecessary noise, please don’t repost the same observation if someone else has already posted the same observation.
5. Please don’t post any fictional and/or after the fact genius posts, and feel free to filter out those who do.
6. Use Jellie acronyms and shorthand whenever possible.
7. If posting or following tagged items in any way decreases trader focus, productivity, or profitability, stop doing it. Case in point, if you have to choose between focusing and effectively managing a sequence vs. telling the world about it … duhhhh!
OK, so those are some initial thoughts. Clearly, we’re also looking to a bit of an honor system to self monitor and adjust should this evolve into more than just a crazy initial experiment. I’m keenly aware of the benefits, challenges, and pitfalls associated with any group trading dynamic in what is largely an individual sport, and – in this case – an open platform with the full spectrum of professional and not-so-much traders, so we’ll see where this lands based on your feedback.
It’s also probably a good time to remind ourselves of the risks associated with investing or trading, keeping in mind this effort is strictly social networking and not a service offered by me or my education business.
As to my own posting activity, please keep in mind I have multiple business efforts and time commitments over the course of the week, and those businesses – including my trading – come first as should be the case for all. As such, I may post and/or tag frequently or infrequently based on market conditions and other obligations.
Lastly, as with anything we’ve done over the past 15+ years, this is about traders helping other traders. If it works and helps, great. If not, no biggie and we move on.
Feel free to send any comments, suggestions, or feedback to me at firstname.lastname@example.org, and have a great week.