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  • Posted on 26. October 2016
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  • Posted on 20. September 2016
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Added  3 links for ETFs, Earning Calendar, and FDA approval calendar.

  • Posted on 23. August 2016
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It does take some time to learn the basics, but it’s really not that bad and can be done gradually. Once you learn the basics, the next part is finding what “SETUP” and “TIME OF DAY” work best and come up with a system to generate income.
Here are the first steps I would take before starting to trade ES Futures

1) Register for a paper account with TD –

2) Go to – become familiar with the terms.

3) Watch all of these videos to see how to trade futures using Market Profile and Market Internals

  1. ShadowTrader Uncovered | The Basics of Market Profile Part 1
  1. ShadowTrader Uncovered | The Basics of Market Profile Part 2 (The Value Area)
  1. ShadowTrader Uncovered | The Basics of Market Profile Part 3
  1. ShadowTrader Uncovered | The Basics of Market Profile Part 4 (Overnight Inventory)
  1. ShadowTrader Uncovered | Market Profile Basics Part 5 (Gap Rules)
  1. ShadowTrader | Using Futures Volume to Predict Turns in the Market
  1. ShadowTrader Uncovered – Market Profile Reference Points Explained
  1. ShadowTrader | Virgin Points of Control

Now you are ready for the GOOD STUFF

  1. How to Trade with Market Profile and Market Internals Webinar
  2. ST Uncovered 1.24.14 – Top 10 Futures Daytrading Setups (part 1)
  3. ST Uncovered 1.27.14 – Top 10 Futures Daytrading Setups (part 2)
  4. ShadowTrader Uncovered – 12.30.13 James Dalton on Market Structure

Daily routine

1)    Wake up and look at the overnight action from 6:00 PM est until the market opens at 9:30 AM, everyday you draw a new purple line “the settle” or “close” and you see if the market is trading above or below it. Is the inventory “the people trading” the futures “NET LONG” buying above the purple dashed line, or “NET SHORT” trading below the purple dashed line.

2)       Go to twitter, the first person up and posts is Scott Redler

He posts a short  video every morning  “The Morning Call Express” which you can find on the T3 Channel    –

3)    Around 9:00 AM, Peter will post on his blog about the overnight session and give his take on the potential outcomes to be expected, he is usually 90% right.

4)   During the day I follow Rob Smith at he is very active on his tweets especially on the SPY which helps since it is so highly correlated with the ES.

If there is information on the global markets and current events then I go to Chris Ciovacco at, he is always very active on Twitter throughout the day.

Both have their own daily and weekly videos that I subscribe to

Rob’s is 

Chris’s is

5)   If you open an account with TD, it doesn’t have to be funded, just opened you can log on your computer to the ThinkorSwim Platform or use the mobile app, and there is someone commenting and trading with us, in the ShadowTrader chat room, the show is called Squak Box, it is from 9:30 AM to 11:30 AM, 1:30 PM – 2:30 PM, 2:30 PM to 3:00 PM is the ShadowTrader uncovered show which is on the Tastytrade network, it use to be an hour, it sucks it’s only 30 minutes now…          then 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM. So they are there the entire day except for 2 hours for lunch.
Basically you learn the basics which aren’t hard and it gives you SUCH AN ADVANTAGE over most retail investors.

Here is an example of how profitable just 1 contract can be over the course of a week. Over time you the goal is to grow the account size over $30,000 and ideally trade 5-6 contracts. That makes it possible to generate over $2500 a week by targeting a swing trade of 10.25 points a week, or 2 swing trades of 5.25 in a  week. The daily range in the ES is usually over 10 points so this is a high probability and reasonable setup.

Week 3 September 2016 Swing Trades

Trade Journal – You can copy this and use as a template to begin to track your progress.

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Moved Investing and Trading Resources post from to Trading Cental.  This is where I’ve been collecting links to resources that traders and investors can use.  Moving it allows the team to continue to improve it, and puts it in a clearly better home.  I’ll update to link the old post in case the old post comes up on a Google search.

Created a Sites sidebar menu to provide easy navigation to useful sites, such as Erik’s Universe and Shadow Trader.  When we create a domain for this site, we can ask Shadow Trader to cross link back to us.  Cross-polination of sites is one way to improve site visibility, accessibility via easier navigation, and improved search rankings.

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  • Posted on 23. July 2016
  • Written by Erik
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Here is a collection of valuable resources for Investors and Traders.


CME FedWatch – Current interest rate change expectations, calculated via 30 day fed fund futures pricing.

Forex Economic Calendar – Schedule of global economic releases, including ratings of impact.

Investing.comEconomic calendar, market data and charts, news, analysis and calculators.

SEC Edgar – SEC filings.

AgWeb – Agriculture information for the futures trader.

LBMA – Current spot price of gold.  They set it via an auction process.

VIX Central – Quick current and historical view on volatility.

Best Times To Trade Futures – Blog post with global open/close in EST.

Benzinga – Market news, analysis and pre-market preparation resources. – Trading Ideas

US Debt Clock – A reminder of what’s holding the market up, and likely to one day bring it down.

ICI – Investment Company Institute has economic data on things such as quarterly retirement assets, as well as news and other resources.

S&P 500 PE Ratio – Historical chart and data. – Trading platform ideal for options.  Created by owners of

Trading EconomicsUS GDP growth rate and other indicators.  An economic calendar.


/ES Profile


James Dalton

The First Hour of Trade: How Important Is It?


A Complete Guide to Technical Trading Tactics

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This link shows Earning Calender and earnings from past 4 Qs


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  • Posted on 22. July 2016
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