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Introduce yourself here!
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Introduce yourself here!

  #2371 (permalink)
Market Wizard
Toronto, Canada
Futures Experience: Advanced
Platform: NT
Broker/Data: TD Ameritrade, Dorman/Zenfire
Favorite Futures: CL,ES
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TrendTraderBH View Post
This is a great forum as now I'm seeing other folks introduction and not feeling so alone in my quest. I'm considering investing a significant sum of $ in additional education and this forum has been helpful to decide to do so or not.

Congratrulations on a good choice. I bought a couple books, and have sat in on (formerly BMT)s webinars after becoming an elite member. One of my better puchases, as it has literally saved me thousands. The ROI has been oustanding. There is no need to pay for any "education".


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  #2372 (permalink)
Elite Member
Futures Experience: Intermediate
Platform: NT
Favorite Futures: futures
Posts: 1 since Nov 2011
Thanks: 0 given, 0 received


Hi, my name is Omar and I just joined 2 weeks ago. I have struggled for a very long time and I am still struggling. I hope that I will be able to contribute to the forum in a meaningful way. Thank you to all who already do. It is the willingness of those to help that can make all the difference in the world. I hope to be able to "pay it forward" soon. Thank you.

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  #2373 (permalink)
Trading Apprentice
Italy Monaco
Futures Experience: Intermediate
Platform: E*Trade
Favorite Futures: Stocks
Posts: 2 since Dec 2011
Thanks: 0 given, 1 received

Ciao=Hello everyone

I haven’t had a lot time to peruse around this site but will do it in due course, because as I can see there is a lot to digest and I am a slow reader. lol

Before I go any further about myself I would like to know if there is anyone here that trade shares/stocks?
I see a lot threads on Forex, futures etc…. but I don’t see any stocks talking.

So at this point I am either in the wrong place or in the right place to learn how to trade forex/future…

Well done BM you got an awesome Trading site

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  #2374 (permalink)
Elite Member
Detroit, Michigan
Futures Experience: Beginner
Platform: Ninja Trader
Favorite Futures: Futures
Posts: 291 since Nov 2011
Thanks: 250 given, 280 received


Just want to put out someone who has been very helpful to me and other beginners. His name is Gary Savage and he has probably the best subscription service for the beginner and it very cheap. Along with the service comes a couple blogs and he is very helpful to the beginner trader. Mostly focuses on stocks.

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Trading Apprentice
Vancouver, Canada
Futures Experience: Beginner
Platform: NinjaTrader
Favorite Futures: ES
Posts: 1 since Aug 2011
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Greetings from Vancouver, BC, Canada

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Greetings gang,

Blew my account once, closed the account as a revenge. Now, slowly getting back to it. Lessons learned in 6 months:
1. Keep an XLS spreadsheet with top 10 sins, rate them in order of popularity for my trading style, with the ultimate goal of eliminating them eventually. (below is my top10)
2. Keep only to one area (don't trade forex futures and ES futures). My poison will be ES (S&P emini futures).
3. I like a couple websites, including emini-academy DOT com, emini-watch DOT com.
4. I don't think Ninja Trader is a robust enough platform for real-time trading. I wish TradeStation supported Canadian accounts. I will try TD ThinkOrSwim platform for trading.

Looking forward to exchanging useful ideas.

Kudos !


OK, here's my top 10 sins:
1 Played without a stop (many examples. E.g. in risky hit'n'run technique - could not get out the trade in time - 1st loss: 7 pts, 2nd loss: 3 pts)
2 Turned a winning trade into a losing trade (While playing against the main trend, I timed the entry right, by focusing on the retracement. However, forgot to add a profit target at 23% retracement)
3 Placed profit target at an exact spot. Next time, make it a little away from the target (to ensure a fill)
4 After getting a good profit, played again too soon, thinking I figured it out.
5 Jumped into big trend, after the fact (without waiting for retracement)
6 Played with a bigger stop, compared to profit target (P/L ratio should always be larger than 1)
7 Made a revenge trade (wanted to be a hero to save the large loss earlier in the week)
8 Did not watch the odds turning against me (did not watch the move live, after getting into the trade) - whatever the reason I am in a trade, should be the same reason I am out of that trade
9 Did not start the timer for 5 minutes (per profitable trade) - That's my decision, if you can't take a profit in 5 minutes, there's something wrong. Start considering going out of the trade with minimal damage.
10 When the trade starts turning against me very obviously, I did not move my stop to minimize the damage.

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Trading Apprentice
new york
Futures Experience: Intermediate
Platform: NT
Favorite Futures: ES
Posts: 1 since Nov 2010
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Hi there guys

Big Mike thanks for setting up such a great resource... the forums and idea exchanges are invaluable!!

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  #2377 (permalink)
Elite Member
desert CA
Futures Experience: Intermediate
Platform: NT7, TOS
Broker/Data: AMP/wCQG, TDA
Favorite Futures: CL,YM
Posts: 2,018 since Jul 2011
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2) Any good websites/threads/books for learning NinjaScript or C#?

Microsoft Press has good intro books on C# as they made it originally to compete with JAVA and segue into their .NET and ASP.NET frameworks. An intro example book is "C# step by step"

C# is easier than learning regular C and C++ in that the Microsoft .NET framework provides a plethora of method calls that beginners don't have to write themselves and C# has a simpler syntax overall.

The Ninjatrader help file has a few follow along tutorials. Also Big Mike has a couple of nice webinars on creating strategies and using the optimizer.

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Elite Member
Tokyo, Japan
Futures Experience: Intermediate
Platform: NinjaTrader, Metatrader and MultiCharts
Favorite Futures: forex, stocks
Posts: 1 since Dec 2010
Thanks: 0 given, 0 received

Nice to meet you!

Hi all.
My name is Joao Paulo, Brazilian, living in Japan for already 12 years!
I am a forex trader, well, developing trader, since 4 years. Of course, blew out some accounts and spent about US$40K with trainings, books, systems, coaching programs and all the s*!t out there. Finally, found my way during last year and this year, with price action and VSA(volume spread analysis).
I am a member of this forum from exact 363 days but... never posted nothing! Sorry for that!!
I would like to contribute, to help other fellow traders that are struggling, want to exchange ideas, insights and anything that allows us to grow together.
Financial markets are a wonderful means to wealth creation so, there is no reason we cannot get our piece of this pie. It is there for anyone with the will to learn and work wisely.

So, that's my goal here: to be helpful.

Joao Paulo(call me JP)

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  #2379 (permalink)
Elite Member
Prague/Czech republic
Futures Experience: Beginner
Platform: NinjaTrader
Broker/Data: Mirus Futures/Zen-Fire
Favorite Futures: TF
Posts: 5 since Nov 2011
Thanks: 1 given, 4 received

Hello everyone, this is my first post at forum. I´m interested in trading for 2 years. I started with stocks, but very quickly switched to futures. In the beginnings I traded "classic" agricultural futures like corn, meats, softs etc. I was not very successful. Then came a little break. I decided to focus on eminis markets and only one market at all. It brings some first success - 1st month of profit with my own system. But I was not ready in psychology of myself and did not test my system well. So second break came. Now I am papertrading and trying to do work in my own psychology and have some real statistics of my trading. I hope and wish that in 2012 I will go consistently live.

Good trading for everyone.

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  #2380 (permalink)
Membership Temporarily Revoked
Futures Experience: Advanced
Platform: Amibroker
Favorite Futures: 6E futures or EURUSD spot forex
Posts: 1 since Dec 2011
Thanks: 0 given, 0 received

Trading without secrets

Hi everyone,

I supose this is the right place to introduce myself. So here it is:
I`m trading for about 10 years now and what I have always wanted when I was at the beginning of this trader career was someone to show me how he/she is able to constantly win in this "game" without asking thousands of dollars for it and of course to be able to prove itself as a good trader with some long time records, I have yet came across such a trader be it because of the outrageous (for me at least) amounts of money that some were asking be it because of lack of proof from others who claimed to be good traders but did not get my trust so I took the hard way of learning on my own skin. Now why am I here is because among all coaches, trade rooms, courses or what whatever other things you will find about trading, there is room for some transparency in this business so I decided to open a website, a traderoom, where anyone will be 100% sure about wanting to join or not. The idea is to have all trading results transparent for anyone to check before deciding if its worth or not and the single way of doing it trustfully enough for anyone is to have a third party "partner" where trades and performance of the trader can be checked. I found Zulutrade being a very good third party option and so I`ve just started a system there and opened a traderoom. Of course for the moment everything is less than one month old so its kind of useless to make any (empty) claims but I think anyone will consider my initiative fair and I plan to share the link to my new website on this forum (of course if moderators allow) but that only much later...I dont want to be considered spam advertiser and the history of my strategy is too short for the moment and I hate empty claims.

Thank you for reading this.

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