Welcome to The Discovery Trading Group

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Nov 292011

We are a group of professional traders founded by principals of a quantitative research firm which develops strategy and periodicity diverse programs and risk modeling tools. Our own internal process involves using this webspace as a collective resource for sharing both discretionary thoughts during intraday sessions and as a sort of virtual think tank for our ongoing quant research. A big part of that research has consistently shown that the ‘Holy Grail’ of the purely mechanical, single market intraday trading strategy that produces near linear returns without significant ongoing adaptation DOES NOT exist. As such we have found that for most traders pursuing single market intraday strategies, an adaptive, risk management focused discretionary approach is likely to bear the most fruit. Ironic, given that rigid, purely mechanical systems are what the vast majority of retail traders (including us at one time) seem to be in relentless pursuit of. 

In the spring of 2010 we created a private, member only forum behind the blog devoted to our ongoing discussions related to discretionary analysis of market structure, price action and order flow to like minded retail traders as a sort of experiment. Since we have always found the format in which we use this space privately to flesh out ideas to be so beneficial, we wondered if it might be even more fruitful to increase the sheer numbers of those participating in this process and with that, DTG as it exists today was born. By any measure, the experiment has been almost unfathomably successful for us in terms of it’s role in keeping us sharp in whatever discretionary or quantitative work we happen to be engaged in at the time. Sharing our experiences and interacting with the greater numbers continues to spark new ideas for all of us, making our little experiment a huge win on all fronts in our book. For information about the type of trading that is the foundation for what most members are focused on here, follow this link:

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07/12/2018 ES Trade Plan Worksheet

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Jul 122018

The ES is rebounding overnight on little overnight geo-political news after the additional $200B in US tariffs against China sparked yesterday’s selloff.  Trump is on a four stop European tour.  He was at NATO in Brussels yesterday and will be in London today.  He’ll have tea with the Queen and will meet with PM Theresa May who is struggling to hold her job after cabinet resignations of key Brexit advisors.  Any Trump tweet could influence the US markets.  To round off Trumps schedule, he’ll golf at two Trump golf courses in Scotland Sat & Sun before heading to Helsinki to meet Putin on Mon.  The economic calendar focus is CPI and Claims @ 8:30am EST.  Volatility should be constrained on the upside unless the ES clears 2800, in which case, the bulls may get something going.  No Size bias as overnight Size volume was mixed.


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07/11/2018 ES Trade Plan Worksheet

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Jul 112018

The White House published a new list of $200B in tariffs on Chinese goods after the US stock market close yesterday.  The initial reaction in the futures was sharply bearish were the ES remains into this morning.  Robert Lightizer, the US Trade Representative, issued a statement “For over a year, the Trump administration has patiently urged China to stop its unfair practices, open its markets, and engage in true market competition.  Rather than address our legitimate concerns, China has begun to retaliate against US products…  There is no justification for such action.”  China’s Commerce Ministry responded the US tariffs are “bad for China, the US and the rest of the world” and promised to retaliate.  The economic calendar includes PPI @ 8:30am EST, Wholesale Trade @ 10:00am EST, and Oil @ 10:30am EST.  The Fed’s Bostic speaks @ 12:30pm EST.  Volatility should be higher today as US markets absorb the latest round in the global trade war.  Size took interest in the new round of the trade wars.  Volume was heavy overnight and remains bearish into the US session open.


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