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Started:June 10th, 2009 (07:43 PM) by Big Mike Views / Replies:518,472 / 6,997
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Introduce yourself here!

Old February 20th, 2013, 12:09 AM   #3761 (permalink)
Elite Member
wa/ usa
Futures Experience: Intermediate
Platform: schwab, metatrader, OEC,T4,TDameritrade
Favorite Futures: CL ES 6C 6E
Posts: 254 since Oct 2012
Thanks: 197 given, 436 received


Just joined as elite after I saw some of the good stuff Mike is trying to do.

About 10 years experience in equities-6 as a day trader and 2 years as futures trader. Eventually aim to trade futures solely once volatility picks up a bit. Use candlesticks, volume profile etc

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Old February 20th, 2013, 03:30 AM   #3762 (permalink)
Trading Apprentice
Futures Experience: Beginner
Platform: Tradestation
Favorite Futures: soft commodity futures
Posts: 5 since Feb 2013
Thanks: 1 given, 0 received

first thread

Hi everyone, I have been searching for a forum like this for me to ask questions and share and discuss thoughts and ideas. It seems like I found one looking at some of the topics adn the community member base. I have a financial degree and I am a physical commodity trader and occasional forex trader - I have worked as an analyst in the FOREX department of a bank, so it became a hobby. Along my carreer path it happens that I find my self in the midst of physical commodity trading and would also like get in the "electronic" trading and put to a test my technical and also fundamental skills. However, what am I concerned with is the contract sizes to engage in the trading, although I have found few "minisized contracts their size is still quite large and the choice is limited. Even though I read few articles about pros and cons I was not able to find a broker who attracts these beggining brokers (or an exchange as a matter of fact) who would have a solution for the small speculators and begginers by either having micro-sized contracts in their portfolio or have micro accounts for these traders - just like you have in the forex markets - this would be a great way that would also eliminate problems of liquidity and slippage, since the broker would use a liquidity of standard contracts traded in the market for these small traders. Can somebody please give me ideas on how to solve this problem? Demo is not a solution, until real money is traded it is not a practice.

Thank you for your time and help,
Best Tomas

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Old February 20th, 2013, 04:31 AM   #3763 (permalink)
Trading Apprentice
Sydney NSW Australia
Futures Experience: Intermediate
Platform: Tradestation and MT4
Favorite Futures: Forex
Posts: 1 since Feb 2013
Thanks: 3 given, 0 received

Hello all

I came across this website by accident while searching for information on a forex indicator.

I was impressed by the inclusive approach taken by its participants.

I have been trading ( on and off) Forex these past few years. I am now looking to really accelerate the process and take the hobby to the profession.

I am an Aussie, and look forward to giving and receiving ideas and suggestions

Regards all


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Old February 20th, 2013, 07:53 AM   #3764 (permalink)
Trading Apprentice
Futures Experience: Beginner
Platform: Tradestation
Favorite Futures: soft commodity futures
Posts: 5 since Feb 2013
Thanks: 1 given, 0 received

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Hello, I am new to NinjaTrader. I thank Big Mike for setting up this place.

Hi, What do you trade on ninja trader? I came across this platform when I did my research, and also considering to join.

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Old February 20th, 2013, 01:35 PM   #3765 (permalink)
Futures Experience: Intermediate
Platform: NT, ToS, my own
Broker/Data: NinjaTrader/Continuum
Favorite Futures: ES
Posts: 51 since Jan 2013
Thanks: 934 given, 88 received

New member

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What happens to the S&P 500 when a new President takes office?

Hi, I've earned a living trading the ES for a couple of years, then quit when QE1 happened and went back to my day job. Still interested in trading, mostly futures. I mostly use my own trading software, plus NinjaTrader recently.

Thanks, Big Mike, for creating this site.

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Old February 21st, 2013, 09:03 AM   #3766 (permalink)
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Orford NH/USA
Futures Experience: Intermediate
Platform: NinjaTrader
Favorite Futures: ES
Posts: 1 since Dec 2012
Thanks: 5 given, 0 received


I signed up a while back, but don't think I did the introduction.
I algorithmically traded for a few years in the last millenium, then set it aside
to develop electrophysiology monitoring equipment and then
video games. Eventually got a PhD in CS to satisfy my interest in
AI and learning theory. Thought I'd get back into developing trading algos for my
own accounts before I get too long in the tooth.

Using NT7 which has it's quirks - but is a technology approaching magic- compared
to my old software environment.

Mike is providing a great service to the community here.
Thanks! And good luck to all.

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Old February 21st, 2013, 05:58 PM   #3767 (permalink)
Trading Apprentice
Chicago, IL/USA
Futures Experience: Advanced
Platform: RJOVantage
Favorite Futures: futures
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Posts: 15 since Feb 2013
Thanks: 1 given, 6 received

Greetings from Chicago!

Hello everyone---

This forum looks like a real find! Very cool!

I started trading stocks in college but when a friend became a commodities broker I was introduced to futures and I've never looked back! I like the role of fundamentals in futures; I use technicals primarily when I'm in a trade to determine when to get out. I like to follow the recommendations of select professionals I have been able to meet here in Chicago down at the Board of Trade.

I lost my job in 2010 and work for myself from home. Trading is a significant percentage of my income now so I devote time to research every day. I'm always a little stressed until I'm in a winning trade!


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Old February 21st, 2013, 07:55 PM   #3768 (permalink)
Elite Member
syracuse NY USA
Futures Experience: Intermediate
Platform: optionsxpress, thinkorswim
Favorite Futures: stocks/options
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Posts: 1 since Feb 2013
Thanks: 3 given, 0 received


Hi everyone,

just getting back into trading...I am hoping to be able to help others as well as meet new people to improve my own trading skills.

A little history ...have attended a few seminars such as wade cook...better trades etc and am really looking forward to finally being able to connect the missing pieces I need to make consistent cashflow in the market....

I like short to intermedite term trading over all...In and out taking little many times.

I will share more as I go and look forward to meeting people with the same interests.


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Old February 22nd, 2013, 03:52 PM   #3769 (permalink)
Elite Member
Cape Town, South Africa
Futures Experience: Intermediate
Platform: Metastock
Favorite Futures: Index futures
Posts: 41 since Aug 2012
Thanks: 41 given, 6 received

I am keen to learn much more about various trading strategies.

I am new to NT and want learn more about this platform

Thank you

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Old February 22nd, 2013, 04:38 PM   #3770 (permalink)
Trading Apprentice
London United Kingdom
Futures Experience: Advanced
Platform: Wave 59
Favorite Futures: Forex
Posts: 2 since Feb 2013
Thanks: 0 given, 0 received

HI I'm Astrowave

I combine Astro and technical analysis. Telling others this often brings the response of a lot of Astro questions. Since my family has paid dearly for my absence from them with me studying and running studies, I do not reveal what I do in that regard. What I am willing to share with you about it is that when the solar wind blows strongly investors have a tendency to sell.

I find that by combining technical analysis with Astro I can produce superior results. I am very interested in knowing ahead of time the time and price of reversal points and using that information to benifit my family.

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