March 3 - 8: CME Group Trade Against A Pro Trading Challenge 2019

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March 3 - 8: CME Group Trade Against A Pro Trading Challenge 2019

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CME Group Trade Against a Pro Trading Challenge

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March 3rd - 8th 2019

First of all, I will get straight to the dirt. March 3rd Sunday evening to March 8th Friday afternoon...there was a futures trading competition. This was my first futures trading competition and I only enter the competition after persistent requests by three other Advance WRB Analysis Tutorial Chapters 4 - 12 clients that I've grown to trust the past 5 years...two I've personally have met and consider them to be personal friends.

Image My competition user name was Matoskah Akecheta...Indigenous American spiritual name given to me by my father and grandmother...both are Lakota, Sioux.

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Image Matoskah Akecheta (wrbtrader) CME Group Futures Trading Challenge Final Result @

Image Matoskah Akecheta (wrbtrader) CME Group Futures Trading Challenge Final Ranking 144th (top 10%) of 1680 competing traders @

All of my trades in the CME Group trading competition were profitable !!!

Image Matoskah Akecheta (wrbtrader) CME Group Futures Trading Challenge Final Trade Log @ (verification image of profitable trades / every trade / no losing trades)

Final profits: $13,537.50 and no trades on the last trading day as shown in the Daily P&L while only trading 2 1/2 days of the 5 trading day competition. Every trade correlated with the WRB Analysis Free Study Guide, Advance Tutorial Chapter 4 education content with trade signals from the Volatility Trading Report (VTR) trade signal strategies.

The few days I traded during the 5-day trading challenge...those days of trading represent how I normally traded. Unfortunately, the final two days of competition that I missed...those missed trading days were the most volatile trading days with big directional price movement that I could have exploited for big profits.

The CME Group marketed the competition as "trade against a Pro" trader named Mr. Bobby Iaccino of Path Trading Partners...a professional trader. I first heard about Mr. Iaccino back in 2002 from a close family friend that lives in Chicago. Also, I've seen Mr. Iaccino on many different financial news networks: CNBC, CNBC Asia, Bloomberg Television and radio, CNN, CNN International, CNN Moneyline, Fox Business News, First Business (Canada) and Phoenix TV (China).

Simply, with the persistent requests by clients of the Advance WRB Analysis Tutorial Chapters and my own curiousity about Bobby Iaccino along with the fact I will be trading against other traders (their trade methods) from around the world...WRB Analysis against other trade methods...I just had to participate in the trading competition even though I knew the timing for me was very bad (explained lower).

Ok, I'll get into the trade results of Bobby Iaccino considering the CME Group used him as bait on a hook to lure in other traders (mostly retail) into the competition. Bobby Iaccino is successful trader but finish in the competition with a ranking of Crude Oil CL futures and Nasdaq Emini NQ futures...losing -$3398.75 but at one seem like he had one particular day of no trades on the same day that I had no trades. Most likely he had other business obligations that prevented him from trading one of the days in the trading competition because he was in the red (losses) for awhile without gaining/losing another penny.

I will now discuss my final trading ranking...a 144th out of 1680 traders...profits of $13537.50 via 14 trades. The other three known Advance WRB Analysis Tutorial Chapters users and I finish in the top 10%. The other three traders performance was much better than mine but only because they traded every day of the trading competition whereas I only traded 2 1/2 days. I did not trade the first day (the biggest profitable trading day for most on the leaderboard), the 1/2 day I missed was another big price movement trading day and I didn't trade the last day of the competiton due to personal reasons involving my kids spring break...they were on a vacation from school. In fact, the best ranking I reached was 94th but dropped down to 144th on the last trading day because of "no trades" while I concentrated on my real money trades that had priority over a simulation trading competition. Simply, I missed the last trading day in the competition even though it was just a 1/2 trading session.
I did not enter the competition to compete against Mr. Bob Iaccino. I entered the competition to compete against the other three Advance WRB Analysis Tutorial Chapters 4 - 12 clients and to have WRB Analysis compete against other trade methods used by retail/professional traders in the competition as an additional measurement about the merits of WRB Analysis. Too bad the CME Group didn't make it a requirement in the registration that the traders had to disclose the name of their trade method...viewable by anyone that's registered so that they can compare the performance of their trade method against the trade method of others beyond the trader against trader. Traders would have seen 4 traders using the Advance WRB Analysis Tutorial Chapters...ranked in the top 10% (top 168) traders out of 1680 competitors if the CME Group had allowed traders to provide a name of their trade methodology including two in the top 10% using the Volatility Trading Report (VTR).


One of the Advance WRB Analysis Tutorial Chapters users made it onto the top 9 leaderboard...very impressive. As for myself, I did not have a losing trade via the Volatility Trading Report (VTR) trade signal strategies that's merged with the WRB Analysis Free Study Guide or the Advance WRB Analysis Tutorial Chapters.

Yet, I was outperformed by the other users of the Advance WRB Analysis Tutorial Chapters and overall a good trading performance by members of TheStrategyLab that competed in the trading competition.


I'll repeat the above sentence just in case you missed it. A trader of the Advance WRB Analysis Tutorial Chapters 4 - 12 made it on the "leaderboard" of the final results. As for my own trade performance (rank 144th)...not as good as the performance of other Advance WRB Analysis users...all of my trades were profitable in the trade competition. Yet, I will disclose that I did have two very problematic trades that would have resulted as losing trades had I used my normal trade management and I didn't trade both the daytime trading session and the nighttime trading session...the latter I saw a few times before going to bed amongst the traders on the leaderboard.

Further, the other 3 traders that used the Advance WRB Analysis Tutorial Chapters 4 - 12 had an average win rate of 75% with larger profits than mine while trading the exact same position size although we didn't trade the same trading instruments. I only traded Emini ES futures and Brent Oil BZ futures....the latter only because I saw a few on the leaderboard also trading Brent Oil BZ futures along with the fact the Oil futures are part of my key market inter/intramarket analysis. Yet, the next trading day they were no longer on the leaderboard but overall they had a better final ranking result than me.

In fact, started late on the first day of competiton and by the time I made my first trade...the top 9 traders on the leaderboard were already in the profit by +20k to 40k...they obviously caught most of the big price movement on the first day of the trading competition and many on the leaderboard the first day of the competition...they remained on the leaderboard because of their big profits from that first day of the trading competition. Further, the tournament begin Sunday evening and I notice the profits increasing on the leaderboard in the overnight trading session. These were either hard core simulator traders or traders in Europe...while it was night here in North America (I was asleep).

I'm not going to reveal the identities of the other Advance WRB Analysis clients but I did post above my tournament trading generic stats although I wished the CME Group would have posted traditional trading statistics of the traders performance for those into the quantitative data for review. As stated, the user name I used in the competition was Matoskah Native American Indian name (nickname) given to me by my father and grandmother (Lakota, Sioux).

Disadvantages for me in the Competition:

I didn't trade every day of the simulation trading account in comparison to many on the leaderboard that did in fact trade every day of the trading competition.

In addition, I was trying to trade my real money trading account during the times I traded in the CME Group simulation trading competition. Trying to use two completely different broker trade execution platforms was extremently mind tasking for me. Also, the double screen confirmation in the CME Group simulation platform is poorly actually cost me about 4 points in my biggest winner because I didn't know it had a double confirmation screen. Thus, when I executed the trade in the first confirmation...I went back to my other trade execution platform to monitor a real money trade that was having problems...not knowing the trade at the CME Group website had not executed...there was a 2nd screen that popped up that needed me to just click the OK button to execute the trade.

Also, I didn't trade the overnight trading session while others on the leaderboard did trade. In fact, it was where they made the most profits.

Finally, I had personal schedule spring break activities with the kids. Thus, lots of family distractions. I concluded on the 2nd day of the competition that my real money profits will exceed the prize awards of those top 3 traders in the CME Group Simulation Competition.

Advantages for me in the Competition:

I'm a profitable real money trader and I used my broker platform charts to help a little in the CME Group Trading Competition because the charts at the CME was not suitable for my inter/intra market analysis chart configurations.

More importantly, I was really only competing against the other three Advance WRB Analysis clients in the competition and competing against the trade methods of the other 1680 competitors in the competition. The goals I had were 1) high percentage of profitable trades 2) final ranking in the top 10%. I achieved my goals although the timing of the tournament was not ideal for me (kids were on spring break...I had already planned vacation activities with them) but I manage well everything that was going on during the week of trading competition.

Real money trades in my own trading, simulation trades in the trading competition and the kids spring break vacation. That was a big confidence booster for me because I have been struggling with multi-tasks since my illness/hospitalization in the fall of 2016.

The trade execution platform by the CME Group was web-based...a step down from my real money broker trade execution platform. Simply, I adjusted fast to the broker platform used by the CME Group for the trading competition.

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