Daytrading Crypto Futures On Stormgain... 1st Loss + 4 Lessons Learnt on Days 3-4

in #crypto2 months ago (edited)


Yesterday was a long slog trying to trade my way into profit on the Stormgain demo-trading platform in an uncertain market.

By the time midnight struck I was still $15 in the red :( with one trade on CryptoIndex10 fluctuating below the break-even mark...

I kept the trade open, set a "take profit" target of $150, and - more riskily - protected the trade with the "auto invest" option, and went to bed...

I felt that the underlying market was still very bullish, and that the market would have to plummet massively for my open "auto invest" position to chew through all $52,000 worth of demo-money on my account! (Not sure I would have made this decision if the mula had been real!)

The Market Recovers! :)

Happily, this morning, CryptoIndex10 had recovered and I was $129 in the money! So I closed out the trade for an instant profit for today of $114.

Since then, whenever I have had opportunity to look at the markets, nothing has presented itself as a good trade. Hopefully, that is a sign of progress. I am not itching to make trades... the novelty of clicking the "Buy" or "Sell" button has worn off as I have learnt that quick and careless clicks often come with painful consequences!

"Knowing" it is not enough. You have to experience it and then digest the experience... Or at least, I do!

There were also some useful lessons to be learnt from yesterday’s experience.

Lesson 1: Platforms Can Suspend Trading

When Bitcoin was falling quickly, the position suddenly froze, so I guess Stormgain suspended trading.

Lesson 2: Set Aside Enough Time To Complete Short-Term Trades

Don't open scalping trades just before dinner time! LOL!

#3 Lesson 3: The risks and Benefits of the “Auto Increase” Feature. ##

What I have learnt about the “auto increase” option is that while it is highly risky if the market continues to go in the wrong direction, it can quickly turn a ghastly looking deficit into a healthy profit if the price begins to recover.

Lesson 4: Control Your Trading Itch!

As I mentioned, I have not taken out any fresh trades today as nothing lined up for me during the periods of the day when I was on the Stormgain site.

Demo Trading Results So Far

Approximate Daily results:

3rd Jan +$112 (3 + / 0 – trades)
4th Jan +$2,681 (7 + / 2 – trades)
5th Jan -$15 (7 + / 6 – trades)
6th Jan +$114 (1 + / 0 – trades)

Exact total profit so far = $2,907.55

Come along for the ride as I try to learn how to trade my way to a profit!

If you are an experienced trader, any advice would be welcome. Let me know where I’m going wrong, or post some tips in the comments below.

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P. S. For a more detailed report see

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Disclaimer: I am not a financial advisor and this is certainly not financial advice. Simply the musings of a rookie trader playing with pretend money…