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Old May 26th, 2013, 03:16 AM   #4031 (permalink)
Trading Apprentice
Dallas, Tx
Futures Experience: Beginner
Platform: ProRealTime
Favorite Futures: Stocks/Forex
Posts: 1 since May 2013
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Courtney Smith student, or how I learned to love trading

I am new to trading as of Jan 2013. Trading seemed like pure gambling, and I only knew that I didn't know enough to play the game. After many years of catching up on rudimentary financial education like the Rich Dad series, some MSMs with decent leadership training, and a brief foray into RE investing, we attended another weekend seminar (MMI) and were introduced to several types of training. We signed me up for tax sales and my husband for a stock trading class.
After he returned, I tried to catch up from his notes and the online videos we now had access to-- and ended up blowing past what he had been able to cover. I was shocked to find it making sense and being interesting in a way I had never thought, and using methods that fit my personality well. (such as only trading at end-of-day with stop orders)
I began trading a (very) small account of our real money in parallel with a $10k sim account on investopedia. I have so far managed to preserve about 90% of starting capital (in both accounts) and most of my losses have been from trading commissions. I have recently trained with CS on futures & forex trading and have been attending webinars on options strategies in an effort to become a fully well-rounded trader, but am most drawn to forex for now.
I am currently most interested in the psychology of trading, in the day-to-day reality of trading for a living, and in how to most effectively grow a small amount of starting capital. My purpose & trading goal is to become self-supporting by end-of-year 2015 so we can travel the world & my husband (classically trained violist) can leave the managerial day-job to pursue his musical dreams playing 7-string electric violin with a christian symphonic metal band. (now auditioning!) \m/
I appreciate what (formerly BMT)F claims to stand for and look forward to everything I can learn and can share with the community.

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Old May 26th, 2013, 05:33 AM   #4032 (permalink)
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Futures Experience: Beginner
Platform: NinjaTrader, Metastock
Broker/Data: Interactive Brokers
Favorite Futures: Stocks, ETFs, ES
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Posts: 5 since May 2013
Thanks: 22 given, 1 received


Hi to all,

first I want to thank Mike and all contributors for this great forum!

I am learning to trade US Stocks and ETFs mostly on daily chart.

Shorter timeframes I think are to fast for me. I am still carrying losses forward from 2008 when I had some mutual funds and watched them go down. I listened to my (bad) fund advisers and thought: What goes down will go up again. Some time. Okay - some time can be long. ;-) Now I learned that there is a thing called stop loss that definitely helps avoiding losses. And a few others things about risk management which I further want to improve. Due to last years positive development in stock markets I am now breakeven as well and I think it is time now to make some profit now ;-)

So I want to improve my skills and also maybe go into shorter timeframes.

I am using no indictors anymore just the naked chart with support and resistance. But I like the Ichimoku as it is very condensed and shows stock prices in a balanced way.

This should do it for now. Kind regards and a happy day to everybody!

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Old May 27th, 2013, 03:20 PM   #4033 (permalink)
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Phoenix Arizona
Futures Experience: Beginner
Platform: Ensign Charts
Favorite Futures: ES
Posts: 29 since May 2013
Thanks: 104 given, 21 received


Hello all, I am interested in trading the ES. Working full time makes that somewhat difficult.

I have tried several different services with varying degrees of success. It is hard to know what you dont know when you get started. I was with OFA for a time, learned a lot. Their chat room was a great experience, with really nice friendly people. Just was not able to get over the hump. I was also in the IOAMT chat room with somewhat the same experience.

Not currently trading live, just watching and trying to learn what I can.


PS thanks to Big Mike for the forum.

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Old May 27th, 2013, 06:45 PM   #4034 (permalink)
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Asbury Park, NJ USA
Futures Experience: None
Platform: DT Pro
Favorite Futures: ES
Posts: 1 since May 2013
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My introduction

Hi All,
I discovered this site in my search for knowledge. I am just starting out developing trading plan - looking at which broker and platform that will suit me best (am initially going to sim trade DT Pro); want to initially day trade one of the emini futures (leaning towards ES or 6E); develop entry strategies (what to use...1, 2, 3 setups, breakouts, channels, S&R, pivots, fibonacci levels, ma's, momentum indicators, volume, etc); and how to manage trade.
I hope to learn from your experience and thank you for your contributions.

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Old May 28th, 2013, 01:00 AM   #4035 (permalink)
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Liverpool, UK
Futures Experience: Intermediate
Platform: NinjaTrader
Favorite Futures: Stocks, ES
Posts: 68 since May 2013
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Futures Edge on FIO

How much money do you need to trade futures successfully?

Hello traders,

I knew about the forum while I was searching for a place to learn about trading. I'm new to trading, back in 2008 I bought some gold which I sold in 2011 and I made some good money, then I decided I need to do some "active trading".

I continued my journey by entering stock market, so I went for "buy and hold", which was also effective somehow.

I didn't know by that time about day trading, the concept of day trading attracted me, but I'm still learning.

I'm not planning to trade in a real money till I feel I'm ready.

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Old May 28th, 2013, 04:57 AM   #4036 (permalink)
Trading Apprentice
kauai, HI
Futures Experience: None
Platform: NT
Favorite Futures: es
Posts: 11 since Apr 2013
Thanks: 3 given, 3 received


i'm jim,

i use ninja trader cuz it's free. an IB cuz it's cheap.

i like to trade the ES mostly but i'm open to any non-equity, maybe some SPY.

i don't like FX,

i still get mad at myself when i trade bad. i make the same stupid mistakes over and over, for some reason i can't help myself.

i'm finally profitable, but not by much most weeks.

i hate writing code, thats the real reason i joined to try and short cut some of the NinjaScripts i need to write.

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Old May 28th, 2013, 06:07 PM   #4037 (permalink)
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Futures Experience: Advanced
Platform: SierraChart
Favorite Futures: Futures
Posts: 16 since May 2013
Thanks: 6 given, 7 received

Go to be here

Hi everyone,

I really appreciate to joint a traders helping traders forum ... thanks (formerly BMT) and all the members.

I'm a price action trader on futures since a long time now and daytrading is my passion.

Important rules for me is to be humble with mister market and not listen to my ego ...

As learning curve never ends in daytrading, I'm here to read/learn and share if I can help ...


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Old May 29th, 2013, 12:34 AM   #4038 (permalink)
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okuokoko, okpe delta state Nigeria
Futures Experience: Beginner
Platform: meta trader
Favorite Futures: forex
Posts: 1 since May 2013
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Hi, everyone, its good be here and to join this forum. Am looking forward to seriously learning and sharing knowledge.
Thank you all.

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Old May 29th, 2013, 12:55 AM   #4039 (permalink)
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Miami FL/United States
Futures Experience: Advanced
Platform: NinjaTrader
Favorite Futures: ES, TF
Posts: 2 since May 2013
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First I would like to thank Mike and all contributors for this great forum.

Hello everyone.

Been trading for many years, lost a lot of money at first and when I lost my business and started to really learn and focus on trading that is when I started to make back my losses. I trade the S&P and the Russell with a system that I developed and have been very successful with it. I'm now trying to automated my system in NT so that I don't have to sit in front of my monitors all day.
My passion is the markets and I travel and trade from all over the world. I'm planning a trip from Alaska to the tip of Argentina on my bike and will need to have my system automated by then, so that I can just log in tha review my trades and make any adjustments needed from wherever i am. That is how I found out about this forum, trying to learn how to program my system. Great to be here and happy birthday coming up to Big Mike's trading forum.

Great trading and persevere.
The RoadTrader

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Old May 30th, 2013, 07:54 AM   #4040 (permalink)
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Beijing, China
Futures Experience: None
Platform: no
Favorite Futures: Stocks
Posts: 1 since May 2013
Thanks: 1 given, 0 received

Quant Researcher

Hi all, I'm a quant research beginner from China. I start my research as an intern in a hedge fund.
I think I would benefit a lot from the discussion here, and I'll be glad to share my research experience with you here.

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