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Introduce yourself here!

  #5981 (permalink)
Elite Member
Silver Spring, Maryland, USA
Trading Experience: Beginner
Platform: TradeStation
Favorite Futures: Stocks
Posts: 3 since Jun 2015
Thanks: 8 given, 7 received

Hello Big Mike & Team BMT from a determined newbie.... trader.. I have a full time job (and a half!), but have been determined since I started trading equities last fall to develop a trading lifestyle/asset classes that's compatible with my limited time, even more limited resources I can afford to put at risk, and my fondness for leveraging automation to safely accomplish as much as I can. All in the hope of trading my way to financial independence one day!

After tinkering with TS 9.5 for a while, I finally loaded it into a VPS last week, and my experimentation with sim trading has really taken off since then. Having developed a reliable and fast platform infrastructure, I intend to spend as much time as I can over the next couple of weeks of vacation studying and testing various forex strategies. Once I've identified a few with which I'm comfortable, I intend to implement them using microlots, and then turn my attention to other trading vehicles such as futures and options -- again, only insofar as I'm able to commit time and resources, which could be some distance off in the future.

In the meantime, I'm committed to becoming as efficient and profitable as I can in the forex space. Happy to help other newbies in whatever way I can -- and accept help and tips from all on on this terrific forum. Thanks for setting this up Big Mike, and particularly for synching up with Tapatalk -- that rocks!


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  #5982 (permalink)
Normal Wizard
Sydney, NSW, Australia
Trading Experience: Intermediate
Platform: NinjaTrader with Jigsaw DOM
Favorite Futures: CL, 6E, ES, Piano
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Posts: 241 since Nov 2014
Thanks: 206 given, 225 received

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Hi, after many emails from Mike start posting, I would like to introduce myself. I am a part time trader with about 5 years of intermittent trading. Sometimes good, other times not. I used to be a programmer for Merrill Lynch before 9/11, and I sat near many traders over the years there. It helped understand the markets generally, but retail trading is a very different animal.

I have a full time job and wanted to trade for extra income. Not so easy. I have already burned thru half of my initial $15k acct. I tried one system, but lost quite a bit of money. Then I wrote many strategies, which all made money in Sim, but lost when live trading. When I trade manually with a few indicators, I usually do well. However, this requires my full and undivided attention. When I tried doing it while at work, lost money.

So I am at a cross road: do I quit my day job that pays ok, but I dislike much of the time, or do I keep searching for an automated system that I can keep and eye on at work?

I want to thank the many people on this forum for much good advice-some do which I have taken and some of which I should have taken but did not and regretted it. Best advice I got was learn to trade and avoid systems.

I also want to thank Mike for this forum and his insistence that all readers become contributors.

Imo no difference between "retail" trading and "professional" trading. It's all about having edge. I would recommend first trading only on sim, see if you can stay consistently profitable for a long period of time. I would also recommend doing one of topsteptraders combines, they are a scouting team if you pass the combine (sim trading with risk parameters + profit objective) you can earn a funded account from their equity partners, if you are profitable on sim. Sim trading and live are different games, because the psychology is different. With sim there is no pressure. If I place a gun to your head and say, you have to make money, then ur trading will suck. There are no shortcuts to trading, you have to keep practicing and keep learning from mistakes. If you are keen on automated trading you have the benefit of backtesting, backtest your strategy over a very long period of time with market conditions and see how it performs before going live.

Understanding yourself is just as important as understanding markets.
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  #5983 (permalink)
Trading Apprentice
Trading Experience: None
Platform: MT4
Favorite Futures: FX
Posts: 1 since Jun 2015
Thanks: 0 given, 0 received


Happy to be here, been trading FX for about 10 years now and still learning!

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  #5984 (permalink)
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Brooklyn NY/USA
Trading Experience: Intermediate
Platform: NinjaTrader
Favorite Futures: Futures
Posts: 20 since Jun 2015
Thanks: 2 given, 18 received

Howdy everyone,

I've been buying & selling stocks for ~5yrs but never achieved any sort of consistent success. I got into penny's during the MJ boom and came out the other side worse for wear ;/ For the last 12 months I've been head down, bum up trying to learn as much as possible. I've settled on the E-mini futures market and have been developing automated strategies on NinjaTrader for the last month. I've managed to get them into a profitable state during back testing, but I'm still looking to improve my risk management before putting them into a live environment.

I've come across this forum several times in search results during my journey so I'm glad to finally sign up and become a member of what looks like a fantastic community. I've already picked up a great nugget from one of the earlier posts in this thread about TopStepTrader.


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Trading Apprentice
oakland, CA
Trading Experience: Beginner
Platform: etrade
Favorite Futures: stocks
Posts: 1 since Jul 2015
Thanks: 0 given, 0 received

New here

Hello everyone. New trader. I've traded for years casually, and am really interested in understanding how to take predicted risks and assess the market more accurately. Looking forward to meeting like minded traders.

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  #5986 (permalink)
Trading Apprentice
Istanbul, Turkey
Trading Experience: Beginner
Platform: MetaTrader
Favorite Futures: FX, Equities
Posts: 2 since Jul 2015
Thanks: 0 given, 1 received

New trader, interested in statistics applied trading methodologies...

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  #5987 (permalink)
Trading Apprentice
Boston + Massachusetts/United States
Trading Experience: Beginner
Platform: ThinkorSwim
Favorite Futures: Futures
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Posts: 5 since May 2015
Thanks: 15 given, 1 received

Trading Odyssey

Hello Everyone I'm Roland and I'm a tradaholic. Its been...screw it, im trading as we speak. Thats right, I said it.

All jokes aside, Big Mike, thank you for setting up this wonderful trading haven. I'm so freakin happy I found it. More about me is in my bio for those interested.

Special shout out to all that posted in the "DATA FEED" section you guys rock, and to everyone else on here who shares their great ideas and experiences. namaste

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  #5988 (permalink)
Trading Apprentice
Rennes / Ille et Vilaine / Brittany / France
Trading Experience: Intermediate
Platform: NT
Favorite Futures: ES
Posts: 1 since Jul 2015
Thanks: 1 given, 0 received

Intro to New Trader BZH35

Hello fellow traders,

Although I have traded, I stepped away for a while to rethink what I wanted, and now it seems I want to move towards a pure trading style. This means trading the ES with a strategy based on Support/Resistance, which seems to be the way to go for something like this. Until then I will restart after the summer with stocks under 5 dollars, which has been a staple of mine for a bit, but I took a lot of my capital out of the account, traveled and all that. So I have to make it up again!

Looking forward to learning here, thanks & happy trading.


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  #5989 (permalink)
Trading Apprentice
Trading Experience: Intermediate
Platform: NT
Favorite Futures: Forex
Posts: 1 since Jun 2015
Thanks: 1 given, 0 received

Hello Everyone,

I have been work on a financial Market for a long time as a proprietary account trader, fund mannager and sales trader. Now I just got back home and I am very impressed with Ninjatrader platform. I would like to know a little about C# to do some automated strategies. I love trade, technology but Iím not a programmer. I hope to be a contributor as well as learner at this forum.

Thanks and good luck for all

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  #5990 (permalink)
Elite Member
New York, New York, United States
Trading Experience: Beginner
Platform: TOS
Favorite Futures: Options
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Posts: 53 since Jul 2015
Thanks: 13 given, 7 received

I am new here and have built up what I consider enough knowledge to now start my own series of backtests.
I aspire to trade fulltime.

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