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Introduce yourself here!

  #1241 (permalink)
Elite Member
Futures Experience: Advanced
Platform: ninja trader CQG Trader
Broker/Data: Kinetick, IB
Favorite Futures: DAX ES CL
Posts: 149 since Nov 2010
Thanks: 954 given, 120 received

Hi to everyone

Just that you know I began my trading career in 1986 I was a broker with series 3 and series 7 working for EFHutton in NY. Than I went back to Switzerland after a couple of years I worked with Shearson and then after I began to learn to trade it was the time of Computrac(1989) etc.. etc.
Now after 3 years of sabbatical I am back to trading and I will began trading the e-mini sp i have ninja trader with fin-alg for market profile.
The profile is the only think that i did not use and now I am very eager tolearn but I look a lot at multitimeframes on my 6 screens
I am living in Lugano the south part of Switzerland.

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  #1242 (permalink)
Futures Experience: Advanced
Platform: Self-made, Multicharts, AmiBroker
Favorite Futures: Stock, Futures, Forex
Posts: 32 since Nov 2010
Thanks: 7 given, 21 received

Just like everybody, I started trading forex 2 years ago and blew up my account. Since then, I started my mad holy grail journey. Soon after I understood the meaning of that journey and get out from it, I begin to trade profitably until now. Nowadays, I'm soloing the market, mainly, stock and futures. I'm looking forward to see everyone.

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  #1243 (permalink)
Just starting out...
Futures Experience: Beginner
Platform: NinjaTrader
Posts: 21 since Nov 2010
Thanks: 0 given, 17 received


Hello (formerly BMT)-

I stumbled upon this forum as I was searching for code for ninjatrader. Glad I came here - I have tons of questions and hopefully I can find many answers here.

About me:
I have been trading for about 2 years. I started off with a tiny account trading only stocks and now I mostly trade Options. I have lost in total ~25% over the last couple of years but around 80% of that 25% is attributed to commissions and maybe 5-6 trades. In any case, I have learned those lessons and thankfully never blown up my account completely.

Recently I came upon tom demark indicators and have been using those to swing trade options. I have been fairly successful with those indicators and I decide to mechanize the indicators and create a market scanner/automatic trader using those indicators. I initially started programming in excel using macros but quickly found that excel cannot fill my needs. So I tried ninjatrader and have been very happy with it since.

However, my programming knowledge is very limited. Most of what I know, I learned from google using trial and error and somehow my haphazard code works Using the charts and market analyzer in ninjatrader, I have created a market scanner that searches the market for securities hitting critical points on the DeMark indicators.

I then tried trading all of these stocks as they were hitting the critical points, but with a full time job and all it was very hard to keep on top of everything. So at the moment I have stopped trading as I devote my (very limited) free time to developing an automatic trader.

You can read more about my code and my trades at (Although unfortunately, lately I have not had time to update the blog). Meanwhile, I hope I can get some of the more technical questions answered as well as get some guidance from you guys while I try to develop my trading system.


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  #1244 (permalink)
Just starting out...
Futures Experience: Beginner
Platform: Meta Trader 4
Favorite Futures: forex
Posts: 7 since Nov 2010
Thanks: 0 given, 0 received


Glad to join and Thanks Mike for the forum.

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  #1245 (permalink)
Just starting out...
Zwijndrecht, the Netherlands
Futures Experience: None
Platform: Ninjatrader
Favorite Futures: Nasdaq Futures
Posts: 1 since Nov 2010
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Great forum!

Hi there!

I'm new to all of this trading stuff, so i'm spending a lot of time at reading al of your interesting posts. So much to learn..... Great forum!

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  #1246 (permalink)
Just starting out...
Asheville, NC
Futures Experience: Intermediate
Platform: ToS, NT
Broker/Data: ToS, Mirus, OptionsHouse
Favorite Futures: ZN, ZB, CL, ZS, 6E
Posts: 1 since Nov 2010
Thanks: 12 given, 0 received

Terrific site

Thanks to Big Mike for making this site available -- I've learned a lot so far without the BS and posturing from other sites.

I've been trading since 1990 when I opened an account with Shearson Lehman Bros. (chosen from the phone book at random). My first trades were buying Bank of New England and Wang Labs. Despite decisions like that, I haven't blown out an account (yet). I've been trading online since 1997 (National Discount Brokers, later TDA). These days I mainly daytrade TF, CL, ZC, and DX, and swingtrade options on SPY, IWM, and GOOG.

My biggest development area is learning to take the setups I see, instead of waiting waiting waiting for confirmation too long and missing the moves. "Ok, it's up 13 ticks -- I guess I was right!" I also tend to not follow the plan, and exit too early instead of letting the trade run. The good news is that I exit quickly when I'm wrong.

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  #1247 (permalink)
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Newcastle, NSW, Australia
Futures Experience: Intermediate
Platform: Amibroker
Favorite Futures: Stocks, Futures, Gold
Posts: 2 since Jul 2010
Thanks: 0 given, 0 received


I've been trading stocks and CFDs for about fifteen years and am now expanding into futures and FX. I am trying to get an understanding of NinjaTrader and leard how to program. I am pleased to join the group on the journey to expanding knowledge and profit.

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  #1248 (permalink)
Elite Member
Beaverton, Or
Futures Experience: Intermediate
Platform: Ninja Trader
Favorite Futures: Tf, GC, minis
Posts: 20 since Dec 2010
Thanks: 18 given, 10 received

Hi Mike and all traders alike..

My name is Mike and I live in Oregon, started trading equities and options in the late 90's part time, then work took me away from trading... but its always been percolating in the back of my mind. Jump forword to now and I am a disabled vet with more time than money..So I am sim trading futures now working on my game plan... So here is to all us people trying to make a buck in ths crazy world of trading!

Thanks, Mike

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  #1249 (permalink)
Just starting out...
Futures Experience: Intermediate
Platform: think or swim
Favorite Futures: stocks
Posts: 1 since Oct 2010
Thanks: 0 given, 0 received


How do you download the indicators for think or swim - found a download for range bars that i want to download.

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  #1250 (permalink)
Just starting out...
Brooklyn, NY
Futures Experience: None
Platform: NinjaTrader 7, IB
Favorite Futures: ES, futures, oil
Posts: 2 since Dec 2010
Thanks: 0 given, 0 received

what up traders,

I'm a stock/options/futures daytrader in nyc, that recently discovered and joined the forum. I look forward to chatting and reading more informative threads.


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