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Introduce yourself here!
Started:June 10th, 2009 (07:43 PM) by Big Mike Views / Replies:518,753 / 6,998
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Introduce yourself here!

Old April 19th, 2015, 11:21 PM   #5801 (permalink)
Trading Apprentice
New York City + New York
Futures Experience: Intermediate
Platform: TradeStation
Favorite Futures: Forex
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An older newbie.

Greetings everyone.

I'm coming at this from a different direction. I spent many years in the financial information industry, designing quote systems, value added calculation systems, and risk management services, mostly for OTC fixed income, OTC foreign exchange , and financial and agricultural futures markets. My second career was in data mining, mostly of unstructured text and its connection to financial markets. I'm hoping my third career will be in individual trading.

My academic training was in Econometrics and international economics. My recent research interests have been in heuristic optimization systems and multivariate forecasting methods. My primary computing tools have been R. I'm currently struggling to adapt to the brave new world (for me) of object oriented programming in C# and C++. I hope to trade in spot FX and equities in the near term.

I look forward to participating in the forums.


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Old April 19th, 2015, 11:40 PM   #5802 (permalink)
Trading Apprentice
St. Paul Mn USA
Futures Experience: Advanced
Platform: Ninja Trader
Favorite Futures: OIL
Posts: 1 since Apr 2015
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Trading Crude at pit open

Using ideas from OilTradingRoom, my trading buddies and my own methodology.:

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Old April 20th, 2015, 12:57 AM   #5803 (permalink)
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Chicago, IL
Futures Experience: Advanced
Platform: Thinkorswim,TradeStation
Favorite Futures: Oil,Gold,SSilver,EUR/USD,ES,Corn
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Hi All!

Greetings to all!

I am a physicist by training working in prop trading shops as a quant for quite a couple of years, with some trading mixed intermittently (HFT when it was called automated program trading and commodity options) - I hope to develop more for thinkorswim options platform, some implied-realized spreads, forward volatility on earnings would be of interest, weekly options focus - hopefully (wish list) looking at some macro pairs sp-crude sp-yen, aud-gold cad-crude gold-silver (intraday), vix, leveraged ETFs, let's see - biotech space ... although as a platform for automated trading IB would be obvsly much better (and cheaper transactions) - one could implement some more sophisticated signals (not that they'd work better :-)) ...
Looking fwd to bounce ideas, best radupaul

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Old April 20th, 2015, 05:13 AM   #5804 (permalink)
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Yuba City, CA
Futures Experience: None
Platform: NinjaTrader
Favorite Futures: ES
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Posts: 2 since Apr 2015
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New Trader trying to learn the ropes.

Hi BM Forums,

Thank you for saving me hundreds from purchasing fake programs and education courses. I've been wandering these forums and it has help me navigate through the hardest part of trading... getting started from scratch. I want to learn to trade Futures ES mainly.

Just learned about candle sticks, OHLC. Trendiness, Moving Averages, Bollinger Bands, Fibonacci, all the boring stuff. Getting set up with an account and ready to blow through some trading accounts.



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Old April 20th, 2015, 07:20 AM   #5805 (permalink)
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Futures Experience: None
Platform: metatrader
Favorite Futures: gold
Posts: 1 since Apr 2015
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New to this Website!

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How much money do you need to trade futures successfully?

Hello Everyone,

I am new to this website. I want to know more about the futures market. Can anyone please help me about this.


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Old April 20th, 2015, 08:23 PM   #5806 (permalink)
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Futures Experience: Intermediate
Platform: tos
Favorite Futures: options
Posts: 1 since Apr 2015
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Hi everyone,

Just joined recently, figured my first post might as well be here. I'm in the Central Florida area.

Been trading on and off for a few years, the "off" portion is due to work scheduling and/or having money in other places like a few rentals. Now with the mobile technology vastly improved over the past few years, I can comfortably manage my trades anywhere, which was a big hangup previously. So I decided I needed to be more consistent in my trading efforts and have an account that I won't "touch" for other stuff, just keep adding to it (and hopefully building equity along the way too ).

Primary goals are short term option trading, I prefer mostly non-directional stuff, spread trading, etc. Seems to suit my personality.

Secondary goals as I build the account are some short-to-medium term equity trades on stocks or companies I like. I'm a big fan of selling puts to acquire stock.

Nice forum! Lots of information!

David C.

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Old April 21st, 2015, 08:09 PM   #5807 (permalink)
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Santa Cruz, California
Futures Experience: Beginner
Platform: NinjaTrader
Favorite Futures: ES
Posts: 19 since Apr 2015
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Getting Ready To Fly

Hello Fellow Traders - I am glad I found Big Mike's forum. The amount of information here is overwhelming as is technical analysis as it relates to day trading. I am as new as a baby eaglet getting ready to take to the wind of day trading. Which is about as predictable as knowing which way the wind is going to blow on any given day. I have time to learn. Doing sim trading now and plan to go live June 1st.

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Old April 21st, 2015, 10:27 PM   #5808 (permalink)
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Randolph, New Jersey
Futures Experience: Intermediate
Platform: Trade Station
Favorite Futures: futures
Posts: 2 since Apr 2015
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new to web site

I joined this site after listening to Kevin Davey and Adam Grimes on Youtube.
Both gentleman are awesome!

I have been trading futures and commodities successfully since the mid nineties. My methods are basically discretionary, chart reading and fundamentals on the daily/weekly.

I have been a software developer for 15 years (C#, java, android, Sql server, oracle etc). I think with my background I could also be successful building a trading system. Hopefully, I can learn from fellow trades and to share my experience.

I also am pretty decent coding Easy Language.

Thank you Big Mike!


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Old April 22nd, 2015, 10:08 AM   #5809 (permalink)
Trading Apprentice
Norfolk VA
Futures Experience: None
Platform: none
Favorite Futures: Stocks
Posts: 1 since Apr 2015
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Hello All

Hi everyone. I have never done any active trading (have the 401K, IRA in mutual funds) and decided I wanted to start learning. After doing some "google" searches, I came across this forum and decided it might be a good place to learn or get some basic advice.

In my searches also came across many of the "trading academies" for $5K plus for classes - anyone done those? or recommend one over the other?

Lot more reading to do on this site -

Look forward to learning and thank you in advance for any advice.

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Old April 22nd, 2015, 03:31 PM   #5810 (permalink)
Trading Apprentice
Portland Oregon
Futures Experience: Master
Platform: NinjaTrader
Favorite Futures: ES
Posts: 1 since Apr 2015
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I am pleased to have access to Big Mike's Trading forum as a resource.

I am a former proprietary desk head (Sanwa Bank London) and currently a resident trader living in Portland, Oregon trading futures on the CME.

Blowups? Nah.... LOLZ. oh yeah. I remember each of them like it was yesterday.
Nobody forgets that gut wrenching blanket covering depression that goes with the blowup.

Thank you for hosting the forum Big Mike.


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