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Introduce yourself here!

  #1891 (permalink)
Trading for Fun
Bay Area, CA
Futures Experience: Intermediate
Platform: Think or Swim
Favorite Futures: YM, ES, 6E Futures, Weekly Vertical Spreads
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Posts: 136 since Jun 2010
Thanks: 5 given, 64 received

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Nice to hear you are consistently profitable after 7 years Alli. I've been going on 3 years and still struggling. Is your system purely mechanical rules, and no discretionary elements? I also use TOS. I'm wondering if you use TOS to do your daytrading on futures? /KC and /SB look interesting to daytrade with their price action behavior. Thanks.

Hey Cloudy... I replied to your post in the Traders Hideout forum...

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  #1892 (permalink)
Trading Apprentice
Futures Experience: Beginner
Platform: NJ
Favorite Futures: futures
Posts: 1 since Jul 2011
Thanks: 0 given, 0 received

sincere thanks

I am really new to forex trading so far with little success and working on final goal of trading futures. Quite often, confussed with so many indicators choose from and really scaptical that which one would prove good.

I am really thankful to BM and many members for sharing their wealth in terms of knowledge, expertise in creating indicators and helping others.

I never thought of something like BM exists.

I hope that I will share my experience with success after using some indicators I am gonna use in near future.

Sincere thanks again.

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  #1893 (permalink)
Trading Apprentice
New York
Futures Experience: None
Platform: MultiCharts
Favorite Futures: undecided
Posts: 1 since Jul 2011
Thanks: 0 given, 0 received

New to the scene

Hi all,

Installed MultiCharts and have MBTrading demo account. Plan to cut my teeth on SPY, first a paper and then a $25,000 funded account to permit day trading. Big Mike, your videos sold me on your site, and the June 2011 Al Brooks webinar sold me on first learning his method. Next focused activity is to analyze the 5min - 20EMA bar-by-bar using MultiChart playback of historical ESU1 / SPY.

Hope I'm not disappointed with my trade performance and financial results. I'm pretty methodical and tenacious by nature, and dedicated now to learning to successfully trade. My original interest was in trade automation, and Mike both you and Al have convinced me that I should first learn discretionary trading.

Further background is that I have a few degrees, worked for large enterprises, and have successfully launched my own business. Looking forward to the journey...

Best Regards to all,

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  #1894 (permalink)
Elite Member
Pekin, Illinois
Futures Experience: Intermediate
Platform: NinjaTrader
Broker/Data: Interactive Brokers
Favorite Futures: ES, NQ, ZB
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Posts: 3 since Jul 2011
Thanks: 1 given, 1 received

Glad to be here

Hi to all.

I'm new to Big Mikes and a new day trader. I'm so new that I really don't have a style yet. I have been investing in equities for over 15 years, but this is my first shot at making a living trading. I currently live in central Illinois and have two associate traders shown in my profile picture.

When I started day trading, I purchased a couple of Top Dog courses and right now I generally follow their methodology. I also listen to Day Trading Radio because I find it entertaining.

Before this, I made a living as a software and network architect, so I can find my way around inside a computer or code. I've modified a couple of Indicators inside of Ninja Trader.

I purchased Ninja Trader after looking at several brokers trading platforms. I am also using IB. Yeah, it has problems, but overall it seems the best combo and most flexible option. Right now, I have a big problem with IB. I have two IB accounts and the IB API sticks on one of the accounts when you trade.

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  #1895 (permalink)
Trading for Fun
Little Rock, Arkansas
Futures Experience: None
Platform: MarketDelta
Favorite Futures: Options
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Posts: 198 since Jul 2011
Thanks: 106 given, 105 received

Hi everyone!

New to the boards here, absolutely love the forums and the great discussions and sense of camaraderie here.

I will (as time permits) be sharing insights and strategies that have helped me to remain a consistent trader for the past few years.

If I had to describe my trading style it would be "Divergence Trading."

Look forward to sharing and learning along with everyone at this amazing game we call trading.

Happy profits to all

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  #1896 (permalink)
Trading Apprentice
Bristol, UK
Futures Experience: Beginner
Platform: None
Favorite Futures: Stocks
Posts: 8 since Jul 2011
Thanks: 4 given, 0 received

Hi from Jack (new member)

I am a new member and relatively experienced in trading but only as a personal interest.

I am considering moving into business as a day-trader on a part-time basis mainly considering equities and ETFs.

My friend and I do a little programming to organize data but mainly use a spreadsheet for analysis and look at online charts from Yahoo or Bloomberg.

I use Yahoo (free) at present but wish to consider other data feeds for the business as I think Yahoo might be for personal use only.

Like others, I see the global economy as quite unsettled at present and prefer a more settled market.

Thank you for allowing me to join the forum.

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  #1897 (permalink)
Trading Apprentice
Futures Experience: Beginner
Platform: TradeStation
Favorite Futures: forex
Posts: 1 since Jul 2011
Thanks: 1 given, 0 received



I am a new member, i am a begginer.... im glad to be here ini this forum

thank you

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  #1898 (permalink)
Elite Member
Lake Luzerne NY USA
Futures Experience: Beginner
Platform: tos
Favorite Futures: CL,YI,ES
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Posts: 7 since Jul 2011
Thanks: 13 given, 1 received

An Old-Time Newbie

Hi everyone -

I'm almost 80, bet most of you can't say that. Some experience in stocks and options. Can't sit around and watch the world go by so I decided 6 months ago to learn how to day-trade futures. After several books and subscriptions began to use my Thinkorswim trading account for futures - probably bad idea. Did great with CL and YI while they were goin' up, have done poorly ever since.

Lack of technical strength, emotion and impatience seems real issue. Bet noone else ever had those problems. Gonna' change to NT and learn that for the next few weeks. Anybody have any ideas on the technical education angle?

Good luck to all - glad to make your acquaintance.

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  #1899 (permalink)
Trading Apprentice
Hereford UK
Futures Experience: Advanced
Platform: IGindex
Favorite Futures: stocks
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Posts: 9 since Jul 2011
Thanks: 4 given, 9 received

Into year 14 of trading for a living (UK)

Hi all,
New to this forum. Quit paid employment Xmas 1997. Been trading for a living ever since. Better than any proper job I ever had!

Having found that I don't need to be sat at the screen day in day out, I trade actively for 4 months each year (the colder darker months, Nov/Dec/Jan/Feb) and only intermittently during the other 8 months when life takes priority. I trade small/medium UK stocks only - though I'm here in anticipation of the expected Nasdaq ipo for Smith Electric Vehicles (this year sometime supposedly). I own stock in Tanfield Group, the UK engineering company that holds a 32.2% stake in Smith - and am hoping the pre-ipo hype, if/when it kicks in - will bump up the Tanfield stock price. If I do buy into Smith when available, I might look at other US stocks. Goldman Sachs reportedly expect the ipo to be around $500m-$1000m in size.

Prior to doing this for a living, I traded on and off for several years whilst studying various trading tutorials (free online ones).

Nowadays I do almost all my trading via leveraged spreadbets, rather than buying/selling actual stocks.

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  #1900 (permalink)
Elite Member
Queensland, Australia
Futures Experience: Intermediate
Platform: JForex, MT4
Broker/Data: Dukascopy
Favorite Futures: Forex
Posts: 1 since Jul 2011
Thanks: 0 given, 0 received

Hi Mike and fellow traders

Found this site via google. Can't remember what I was looking for but instantly liked the vibe here.

Been around the block a few times trading wise. Started out many (many!) moons ago investing stocks and options. This was before the 1987 crash and so that was my first big wipe out! This was in the days of when you had to phone your broker. Stuck with it and managed to come back and make some good profits over the years. These were positions I'd be holding for weeks or months.

As soon as the internet took off I started using online brokers but still sticking with longer term trades. About 9 years ago I was reading about day trading and looked into it as it's always been a dream to trade for a living. It's been a bit of a rollacoaster ride since.

Around 6 years ago I also became interested in forex and the attraction of 24/5 trading and greater liquidity etc. Blew a few accounts early on there!

I'm a software developer and have a small business and in the next few years I'm selling up and my aim to is to trade full time. Not too sure how that will work out but keeping an open mind at the moment.

Although I'm probably making small profits overall at the moment (scalping forex spot) I do occasional have a brain freeze and make some stupid decisions. Usually sticking with a losing trade when I should be scratching it.

Also being a programmer by trade I love experimenting with automated trading. Had a few short successes there in the past but haven't got any live projects at the moment.

I'm not much of an indicator fan. Preferring price action and fundamentals, trend lines, S/R and that sort of stuff. Don't trade the news though.

Even though I've been messing with trading for many years I don't consider myself an expert. I think I still have a lot to learn.

That's me in a nutshell really - not that I'd consider myself a nut! Looking forward to joining in...


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