I joined the forum last night. I'm based south of Gothenburg on the West coast of Sweden. I started as a futures broker in 1987, have worked in a variety of fields outside the financial services industry for the past 15 years. Last spring I decided to get back to trading full time. I've spent the past year developing a model with consistent results. That process is nearing completion and I'm planning to go live at the beginning of September trading Dax, Brent, gold and copper on 130 tick charts. Ultimately I also want to trade FX.
I'm excited about joining the forum and look forward to exchanging ideas with other traders.
See ya soon.
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I live in Sydney, Australia. I have been learning to trade for about five years now. Only started trading real money about a year ago and did quite well initially. Then somehow things went pear shaped and I did my dough big time.
I use Ninjatrader, and developed a fully automated strategy that worked very well in sim, but seems to not work so well in real money. I was averaging about ten percent per week profit in sim, and doing nearly as well with real money when I first started. That only lasted a few months though, then I had a horror week when I lost fifty percent of my capital. The next week I lost another ten percent. Then I went back to sim to try to work out what went wrong, and I have to say I really don't understand it. I can optimise my system to produce great results for the previous two weeks, but then when I trade it live (in sim) it goes down the gurgler. Feels like backtesting is a waste of time as results don't seem to translate into real performance.
I trade the fdax on a 144 tick chart, one contract (can't afford any more than that...) and yes I do check how the system is going every morning (in my time zone the fdax trades from 4:30pm to 6am). So why didn't I cut my losses in that horror week? Because my trading plan is to let the system trade all week without interference. It had lost and come good in the past, so I figured I should stick to my plan and not panic. Turns out I should have panicked. I'll have to put that into my trading plan so I'll know next time...
Interested in all aspects of trading, and looking forward to reading more about other traders' experiences. Maybe I can learn something that will get me back on the path to success.
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Good morning everyone. I randomly stumbled on this wonderful site and I appreciate its content and philosophy that supports it. Forgive my bad English, I am a novice trader Italian but I'm sure that with your help will soon be able to get good results. Thank you all for your attention
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I have been trading eminis, gold and crude for seven years now. Added crude and gold last year which I trade the most now days. I still consider myself learning the art of trading, and have blown my share of accounts over the past six years. I am just begining to make sense of it all, and by that I mean getting control of my mind, and its emotions during trading. I guess I have been like most new traders getting the cart before the horse. I now realize that until self control and understanding of one's own emotions the rest of it is meaningless. Start with mastering yourself then take on the many ideas of how to trade. Find out what works only after doing the work on yourself first.
I hope to continue learning to trade and learning from all the great traders on these forums. Best wishes to all.
Hi Ian, I feel your pain. I would stop auto trading immediately. Maybe trade something you can trade yourself, and forget backtesting and auto trading. The drawdowns will wipe you out. Find a good method and work on that only.
Problem with auto trading and backtesting is you will find yourself constantly trying to optimize your system to current conditions. It just doesn't work.
I'm new to the forum been mostly demo trading for past 18 months. I mostly look at trading EU and GU on 5m charts using Fibs at swing lows and swing highs on the 1h TF. Looking to see what else I can learn here and start trading live using micro lots to make the process more real nothing like using real money to sharpen the wits.
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