Is It Possible To Make Money Day Trading? My numbers July 2012 – July 2013

I have previously written some articles about the possibility of making money day trading:

  1. My Numbers 2002-May 2012
  2. Automated Trading
  3. Tuco Trading

From mid-2011 until mid-2012 I was going through a tough time trading. I hardly made any money. At the same time, I was moving to a foreign country and I had a lot of stress.

In June 2012 I did a lot of research and started different strategies. Since then I have made steady progress and been profitable all months. I’m not making nearly as much as I did in previous years, but right now I manage to make a decent living out of this.

  • I traded 244 days
  • 182 profitable days (75%)
  • All months profitable
  • Worst day: 4 254 USD in losses on 29th of May 2013
  • Best day: 3493 USD on 7th May 2013
  • I ended the last 5 days of June 2013 with all losses (new record)

I was not trading on two of the most profitable days (theoretically).

By writing this blog I have come in contact with a Latvian programmer (and trader) and we’ll start trading together in August.

Hopefully, we can automate absolutely all trading, at least he has been working with a trading program for the last two months. We’ll start with three different strategies when he’s done. If this program is successful, it has paid back all the work I have put into this blog!

As of now, I’m only trading mean reversion strategies.



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    • Hi, this is mainly prop, but also an account at Interactive Brokers. So return on capital makes no sense. I have a pure swingtrading account as well, I write about that later.

  • Congratulations on your results. That’s an impressive profit curve. How many trades did you make over the 244 days?

  • Would I be correct that for the 2012/2013 year (244 days) you made an average of about $7.50 per trade?

    Take care

      • I was looking at your equity chart above which shows you equity at trade 241 to be around 95K. That is how I got to the 7.50. But I could be reading your chart incorrectly.
        Nevertheless, most people would be surprised about their own trading results if they would do a similar calculation on their own account.