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Started:June 10th, 2009 (07:43 PM) by Big Mike Views / Replies:518,424 / 6,997
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Introduce yourself here!

Old December 15th, 2014, 06:34 PM   #5451 (permalink)
Trading Apprentice
Boston, Massachusetts/United States
Futures Experience: Intermediate
Platform: NinjaTrader, Infinity AT
Favorite Futures: TF
Posts: 1 since Dec 2014
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New member introduction

Hello all,

I have just joined this Forum after doing simulated option trading for about 10 years, and simulated futures trading for 1 year. A number of years ago I traded futures live for a very short time (after sim trading then for about 1 year) and didn't like the fact that my win/loss ratio ended up on the loss side, meaning I was not profitable. However I had strict risk control. I have done long-term investing for 25 years. I have now started with live trading in options and recently started practicing my futures trading again in a sim account. I would like to move to live trading of the TF future in the not-too-distant future.

I am currently trading mostly put credit-spreads in options and am using a couple of subscription services for picks, but so far have not been very happy with the results I'm getting with these paid-for picks. I would prefer eventually to rely on myself for the instruments I use to place the credit spread on.

I am thoroughly trained in technical analysis and understand chart-reading. I am retired and have the time to trade during the day. I have subscribed to a couple of mentorships in the past, and have had a lot of trading education. I've been extremely cautious about going live, since I don't have the confidence I need to trust my decisions. Perhaps this forum will help me make a breakthrough.

Thank you,

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Old December 16th, 2014, 01:11 AM   #5452 (permalink)
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Rio de Janeiro, RJ / Brasil
Futures Experience: Intermediate
Platform: NinjaTrader
Broker/Data: Ninja Trader / Ninja Trader Continuum, Kinetick
Favorite Futures: WIN
Posts: 1 since Aug 2014
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Glad to be here

Hello everyone,

I've been trading for about ten years, but never full time. I've had good and bad moments, but, looking back, it seems to me that I could build a much better approach.

My goal is to develop an automated, hopefully profitable, trading system so I can live from that, no longer depend on a full time job and become free(r) to choose how to live my life.

The forum seems to be a great learning environment, I have already learned a lot, hope I can be of some help too. Thanks a lot Mike.

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Old December 16th, 2014, 06:44 AM   #5453 (permalink)
Trading Apprentice
Amsterdam, Netherlands
Futures Experience: Beginner
Platform: NT
Favorite Futures: ES
Posts: 1 since Dec 2014
Thanks: 2 given, 0 received

Hi all,

My name is Alex, I'm fairly new to trading and have been doing some simulated trading in the past. I've joined BigMike's forum to learn!


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Old December 16th, 2014, 04:56 PM   #5454 (permalink)
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Zaragoza / Spain
Futures Experience: Intermediate
Platform: Ninjatrader
Favorite Futures: ES
Posts: 1 since Oct 2011
Thanks: 1 given, 0 received

Thanks to the forum

I registered in forum some time ago to learn and share experiences from each other.

I like algo trading, but it needs full dedication.

Due to time constraints, I have not been able to learn and trade as much as I wish.

Thanks to all users that are making this forum great source of knowledge


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Old December 17th, 2014, 05:57 AM   #5455 (permalink)
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Arcata, Ca.
Futures Experience: None
Platform: OptionsHouse
Favorite Futures: futures
Posts: 6 since Dec 2014
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Hello all, my name is Brian, I live in Humboldt California, I'm 29 years old, I love to travel and that's the main reason I'm here. I was always curious about trading on the markets but never actually did it. About a month ago, I was at the community pool and was talking to another swimmer, he reccomended me a book called Live on the Margin. It's a fun book about some guys who trade high volatility futures as a means of obtaining travel funds while travelling. I'm about a quarter through the book and it's to the point were I want to familiarize myself with the mechanics of trading before I keep reading.

Essentiall, I'm going to start with this tactic as I want to test these opportunities on my next adventure. Thanks to anyone who helps me with my goals.

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Old December 17th, 2014, 10:29 PM   #5456 (permalink)
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Detroit, MI/United States
Futures Experience: Intermediate
Platform: Stage 5
Favorite Futures: ES
Posts: 3 since Dec 2014
Thanks: 0 given, 1 received

Hello Everyone,

A little about me and why I am here. My real name is Rich and from Michigan. I am 45 years old and retired in January of 2014. However after I found out I was 6 months short of full medical benefits I was lucky enough to pick up another career in January as well. My plans were to retire and Day Trade Full Time but that changed when I received the news. I had good success in trading the E-mini Futures back in the 90's but Divorce forced me to stop, cash out and pay obligations. When I retired this year I figured it would be time to pick up where I left off years ago and boy I was shocked on how that market changed. (Glad I didnt plan on doing this full time so fast). I got started in Feb of 2014 and had great success through Spring and Summer. However, when Sept rolled in, my trading account rolled out. I have struggled Sept, Oct, Nov. December I have put forth a plan, talking to other traders, watching hours of videos and learning the charting tools in and out. I realized that my thought of being a full time trader was a little premature but I think if I keep with it, surround myself with successful traders and learn as much as I can I believe I can still full fill that dream in the next 3 years. Which brings me here!!!!

Hopefully I can meet some good people on here an learn from them.

Hope to talk with some of you soon,


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Old December 17th, 2014, 11:22 PM   #5457 (permalink)
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Calgary, Canada
Futures Experience: Advanced
Platform: NinjaTrader
Favorite Futures: Forex, Futures
Posts: 11 since Dec 2014
Thanks: 3 given, 7 received

New member introduction

Hi Everyone,
I am an industrial engineer in the oil and gas industry by day, and I am into trading at night.

Traded stocks for many years. More recently focusing on futures and forex. I was determined to not wind up one of these traders who blew up their account a couple of times before reaching success or giving up. So I spent years in the paper trading world doing analysis and testing algorithms before going live. I had a couple of false starts as I was ramping up my live trading, but controlled the losses to only a few percent before realizing the errors in the algorithms. Live trading has now been ramping up smoothly over the past few months. I do automated trading with NinjaTrader and Interactive Brokers, with a dose of discretion for activating the algorithms.

Trading can be a lonely endeavor, so I'm joining the community to share experience and knowledge with other others.

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Old December 19th, 2014, 02:18 AM   #5458 (permalink)
Trading Apprentice
London United Kingdom
Futures Experience: Beginner
Platform: NinjaTrader
Favorite Futures: ES
Posts: 12 since Dec 2014
Thanks: 1 given, 2 received

Thanks for the great site, Big Mike.
I'm new to all this, but I've read a ton of books and gotten information from many websites. I'm about to start running some replays of the ES on Ninja to see how I get on, then I'll dip my toe in during 2015 - a new start. Hope to learn much from this forum.


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Old December 19th, 2014, 06:32 AM   #5459 (permalink)
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Zagreb, Croatia
Futures Experience: Intermediate
Platform: TradeStation, NinjaTrader
Favorite Futures: Futures, FX
Posts: 14 since Jan 2012
Thanks: 0 given, 0 received

Hello everyone... new to the forum and mostly to fill some time while waiting for a setup. Probably will post some of my entries for daytrades (either ES, FDAX or some interesting forex pair that I have at the moment) or join discussion whatever the topic might be.

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Old December 19th, 2014, 11:42 AM   #5460 (permalink)
Trading Apprentice
Futures Experience: Intermediate
Platform: sierra chart
Favorite Futures: futures
Posts: 1 since Dec 2014
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Hello I trade since 2ans on work with the market a lot profile and the footprint. My results(profits) are mitigated. I have for the impréssion that I miss something. I espere to find answer on this blog which looks me trés interesting.
See you soon

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