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Introduce yourself here!

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Trading Apprentice
United States
Futures Experience: Intermediate
Platform: Tradestation, Think or Swim , Oanda
Favorite Futures: ES
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Posts: 7 since Jul 2012
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After 17 years in the market I can say my experience is that for an "active" trader 2% to 5% is way to high "More Activity Should = Smaller Trade Size" especially for new traders. For me its more like 0.2% to 0.5% and my daily loss limit is 1% and I consider that a truly bad day. On the upside I may stop at 1% but its very rare I will continue to trade with a 2% profit in the bag and never beyond 3%

Dean - TraderDynamix

most new guys without a mentor have no risk management strategy, my figure is high to be more clear I was thinking of a small retail futures trader with less than 50K, which is alot of what is out there, risk no more than X%, .50%, 1% just have a plan. I hear what you are saying. I will look around here and see if there is a thread on position sizing.

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Trading Apprentice
Napa, CA
Futures Experience: Beginner
Platform: StreetSmart Edge
Favorite Futures: stocks, etfs
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Posts: 1 since Jul 2012
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I'm new....

I have been active in the market for 18 years, but have made some good "opportunity trades" here and there and want to learn more. I last traded QQQ and made a small profit. I don't keep a trading position overnight, and have been setting stops. I am cautious and have a lot to learn about trading. That is why I joined this forum.

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Trading Apprentice
Kuala Lumpur
Futures Experience: Intermediate
Platform: Multi
Favorite Futures: ES, KC, EUR/USD
Posts: 1 since Jul 2012
Thanks: 1 given, 0 received

Pretty much 2 years studying how to trade. Looked into forex then thought i was missing info so switched to futures.
Nothing fancy yet, here and there a winner then a loser. I guess it's break-even not factoring in trading costs.

This forum seems to be civil and well organized and might offer a basis for exchanging ideas, thoughts etc.

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Trading Apprentice
Saginaw Michigan United States
Futures Experience: Beginner
Platform: NinjaTrader
Favorite Futures: Stocks, Mutal Funds and Futures
Posts: 1 since Jul 2012
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Hi All. My handle hear is jgentle and I am "new" to trading. Not that I am green but I haven't done anything in nearly 12 years so I am starting from scratch. Since I am so new I will most likely lurk for a period of time and ask a few questions if I can't source them from the search function. Developing a good EOD paper trading strategy is the short term goal. Others will follow as time allows. I wold like to begin trading in earnest by the 1st of the eyar. We'll see. :-)

Thanx for having me and for this sight. I'm looking forward to being a productive member of this community.


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Elite Member
Grand Forks ND
Futures Experience: Beginner
Platform: TOS, Ninja Trader
Favorite Futures: Options, Futures
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Posts: 27 since Apr 2012
Thanks: 10 given, 24 received

Just wanted to say Hi to all here at (formerly BMT). Just getting started on this journey, lots to learn.

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Elite Member
Cape Town, South Africa
Futures Experience: Beginner
Platform: Sierra
Broker/Data: Transact
Favorite Futures: ES,6E
Posts: 3 since Jan 2011
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Hello from Cape Town, SA

Hi All,

I have been a member of (formerly BMT) for a while, but have not been very active until now.

I am not yet trading live. I work full time, and only can get to trade in the evenings which equates to 2pm - 4pm EST with no new trades after 3:15pm (I am located in Cape Town, South Africa)

I have been trading SIM in the evenings as I have become more confident and comfortable with my methodology. These limited hours do provide a challenge as there are significantly fewer opportunites, but nevertheless have been able to average 1 and sometimes 2 trades per day on the ES.

My methodology is based on order flow, market profile and cumulative delta. I have received great value from the (formerly BMT) webinar series, particularly those by FulcrumTrader and FT71.

Thank you Mike, and to all for sharing.


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Trading Apprentice
adelaide south australia
Futures Experience: Advanced
Platform: meta trader
Favorite Futures: forex
Posts: 8 since Jul 2012
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introduction from BRIJON45

i started trading ver 35 years ago first trading shares i borrowed 35k for a tax write off and bought at novembers low high yield paying currencys in the top 100 for negative gearing .

1 was lucky in one year trading with only a graph paper and the news paper i bought and sold and return on investment was 40%

after 3 years i made more money trading than i was earning as a manager for an international steel company

i quit and started trading full time shares later CFDS THEN THE FOREX


TRADING now as a hobby to stave off alzeheimers and helping others learn some of what ive learned over the years

also im still learning from others there simple is no right or wrong way to trade only what works for you

95 % of trading is attitude and your belief in your method of trading

i hope i can give on here and recieve back from all of you your wisdom and insight to trading for a living

thank you from Brian

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Elite Member
Las Vegas, NV
Futures Experience: Master
Platform: NinjaTrader
Favorite Futures: ES & NQ
Posts: 12 since Feb 2012
Thanks: 18 given, 6 received

Hi All,
I've been in the trading game for about 5 years now. I started with Forex and now trade the CL. I've been very inconsistent over those years. My emotions are what get me into trouble - I have pinpointed it to the fact that I hate being wrong. Just admitting that was a huge step forward for me and I haven't looked back - and coupled with meditating things look great.

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Elite Member
Austin Texas
Futures Experience: Advanced
Platform: NinjaTrader and TradeStation
Favorite Futures: ES
Posts: 2 since Jul 2012
Thanks: 1 given, 1 received

Success Came AFTER losing about $120,000...Whew!

Hi to All!

I started trading in 2005...full time right off the bat!

I was excited about joining an industry that was tough to succeed at...and then, BAM...BAM...BAM... 6 months later...$120,000 lost and lots of crying...I got spanked hard... I came within $852 of blowing out my account...

I kept studying and trying to learn as much as I could...and then, things turned around for me. I virtually never left my chair in my office for about 13 months...studying and watching the markets about 18 hours a day...month-after-month.

Here it is more than 7 years later...I count myself as being very, very fortunate...I am one of the few, who made it over to the other side. This is all I do for a living and it is still very much fun...I sincerely believe that this is the best business to be the entire world.

If you are new to trading, stick with it...the rewards are AWESOME when you make it to the other side... being a profitable trader.

You also get to continually learn and study as time goes is a beautiful lifestyle.

Hang around with other positive people who are traders...forget the rest. You don't need negative people in your life.

All the best to you,

Nate Brooks
Austin, TX

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Trading Apprentice
Provo, UT 84032
Futures Experience: Beginner
Platform: NinjaTrader
Favorite Futures: TF & ES
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Posts: 1 since Jul 2012
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New Trader

Hi everyone,

I've been trading since 2007 off and on. I still consider myself a beginner. I've gone live twice and blown my account up sort of. Lost more than I wanted but stopped the bleeding and took a month off as I worked thru psychological issues. I'm not looking for the holy grail. But am hoping to find that consistent disciplined approach will bring profits enough to live off of and work from home. I enjoy following and learning about the market/world economies.

I use NinjaTrader and love it! I'm learning to code and am not very good at it. Really just want to backtest certain ideas to give me more confidence in the probabilities of certain trade setups. I want to be a discretionary trader but be supported by backtesting. I'm hoping to learn how to be a better coder and understand how to better backtest strategies in NT.

Good luck to everyone, always appreciate any feed back or help. I'll spend some good time reading thru these threads.

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