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Introduce yourself here!

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Just starting out...
Austin, Texas
Futures Experience: Beginner
Platform: TradeStation
Favorite Futures: stocks
Posts: 3 since Mar 2010
Thanks: 0 given, 0 received

Hey Mike,
I found this forum and have been lurking a little while and decided to join. I've been mostly a trader in stocks for many years. I've tried a lot of different instruments and strategies. Looking to collaborate, learn more. Specifically I want to learn how to succesfully day trade the eminis / maybe forex.

John C.

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Elite Member
atlanta ga
Futures Experience: Intermediate
Platform: ninja
Broker/Data: AMP/ZENFIRE
Favorite Futures: CL-GC-TF-DX
Posts: 24 since Mar 2010
Thanks: 3 given, 1 received

Same sad story here, lost lots of $$ and part of my emotional stability. LOL, 2 heart attacks and bypass surgery. ...... I like the TF-CL-GC. Starting to watch the FX futures as well.......I looking forward to dialoging with y'all

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Simi Valley, CA
Futures Experience: Intermediate
Platform: NinjaTrader 7
Broker/Data: AMP Futures
Favorite Futures: Oil, Gold
Posts: 10 since Jun 2009
Thanks: 4 given, 3 received

Hi Mike and All,

I joined this forum to get some help with the different ideas of how different people see and trade the markets. Everyone has their own understanding of the charts.

I had been a part-time trader for about 2.5 years while I was working. I have already blown away 2 LIVE accounts when I wasn't really ready (knowledgeable enough) to go LIVE. I like to trade the Russell, Soybeans and Euro markets. Recently I have also begun following Crude Oil. Overall,

I have not been very successful to date, mostly due to bad discipline but I'm working on trying to improve in that area.

I use mostly the following indicators :

1. Pivots
2. Moving Averages
3. CCI
4. Stochastic Momentum indicator

I am currently working in SIMULATION until I have the confidence to go LIVE on a daily basis and stay profitable. When I do trade, I seem to win some, lose some, but have not been good at staying on the plus side End-Of-Day consistently.

Hope I can contribute to this forum from time to time, and hope to get to know some more traders here.

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Northern California
Futures Experience: Intermediate
Platform: Ninja Trader
Broker/Data: Amp Futures/ Zen-Fire
Favorite Futures: YM and CL
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Posts: 2,119 since Jun 2009
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Hey Webby,

Welcome aboard !

I see that you use the cci in your trading. I've recently been doing some reasearch on the cci myself. I'm wondering if you would share your approach and set ups?

Thanks, Jeff

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Salt Lake City, UT
Futures Experience: Intermediate
Platform: NinjaTrader
Broker/Data: Dormans/Zen-fire
Favorite Futures: 6E ES YM
Posts: 233 since Mar 2010
Thanks: 46 given, 324 received

Hello all

My name is Terry and I am a futures addict.

I first got started day trading stocks, spending most of my effort looking for stocks that were “popping”. And I paid my tuition to the market gods.

Then I learned about the futures markets which pop every day.

I follow both the YM and ES, focusing more on the ES cause a consistent 4-5 tics on this beast is a great thing.

I wake every morning fired up to read and take advantage of what the market prints.

Self control, focus and following the game plan are key components to success.

I believe volume comes before price movement.

I believe order flow and order volume at the bid/ask are great indicators of things to come.

I believe correctly reading price action is a key component to success.

Watch for and run with the heard, getting out with only what I need.

Institutions take advantage of trapped traders, so you should too.

Consistently and repeatedly do what you do, then and only then add more contracts.

I am on the fence about indicators being the math-head, engineer by training that I am. But I will admit reading price action on a clean 5min chart with just the EMA20 is so easy - in hindsight It's amazing what just 10 seconds of hindsight does for clarity. Wait for the bar to close.

I use to believe I could create the mother of all differential equations to solve this problem. I have recently come to the conclusion there simply are far too many, ever changing unknowns to this problem. Keeping things simple, it's akin to writing an equation to predict the path a drip of water will follow on a sheet of glass, as the glass is randomly tipped around while being exposed to varying types of weather phenomenon ranging from a calm day to a category 5 hurricane.

I have come to the conclusion this simply cannot be done with today’s technology.

So I study price action – thanks Al Brooks, Malcolm Robinson, Lance Biggs, Joe Ross, Alan Farley, Edwards and McGee, J. Murphy, M. Pring, Jack Hershey, and numerous others works I have studied.

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 R.I.P. 1960-2010 
Futures Experience: Advanced
Platform: NinjaTrader7
Broker/Data: Mirus RCG/Zen-Fire
Favorite Futures: CL & 6e, looking at ES, ZB and AU again.
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My name is Terry and I am a futures addict.

I use to believe I could create the mother of all differential equations to solve this problem. I have recently come to the conclusion there simply are far too many, ever changing unknowns to this problem.

Great Intro & Discussion, Terry.

Your explanation is like the scene in Jurassic Park when Malcolm explains how a drop of water's path can not be determined.

That, to me is part of the path to success in trading, only the probability can be estimated. Like Mark Douglas says - you don't have to be Right (all the time) to make $$$.

R.I.P. Andy Zektzer (ZTR), 1960-2010.
Please visit this thread for more information.
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Galveston ,TX
Futures Experience: Intermediate
Platform: NT7
Broker/Data: Zaner
Favorite Futures: Futures
Posts: 386 since Mar 2010
Thanks: 364 given, 433 received


i've been trading for a few years now. i got started in equities, attempting swing-trades (altho i didn't know it was called that at the time). i switched gears a few years back after learning about scalping, NinjaTrader, and the futures markets (specifically the ES, NQ, ZN, and YM).

i've bought a few courses and made a couple attempts at consistently trading someone else's system manually. it's been a mixed-bag. altho i've had brief periods of profitability, i have discovered quite a talent for being able to lose money on any given day, in any market, regardless of whether it's trending or range-bound, if i really put my mind to it.

i'm currently working on an automated strategy and have enjoyed looking at some of the code in the downloads section. thanks to all who have shared their work! i've written a few custom indicators over in the ninja forums for people and may try my hand at a few requests over here as well.


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Elite Member
Futures Experience: None
Platform: NinjaTrader
Posts: 2 since Mar 2010
Thanks: 0 given, 0 received


Hi Mike and everyone,

I strarted trading futures 1 year from now, I trade only S&P emini,
I use NinjaTrader as my platform.
It is difficult to find new working setups but it's
what I'm searching usually everyday.
Tired to watch various charts at the same time and considering
that a single indicator or setup entry could be not valid I've started,
thinking what could confirm a useful one.
My favourite indicators are Footprint & Supertrend.
Hope this forum help me in someway.

Best regards,


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Manta, Ecuador
Futures Experience: Advanced
Platform: My own custom solution
Favorite Futures: E-mini ES S&P 500
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Posts: 46,336 since Jun 2009
Thanks: 29,450 given, 83,939 received

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Just starting out...
Honolulu, HI
Futures Experience: Intermediate
Platform: Market Delta, Ninja Trader
Posts: 1 since Mar 2010
Thanks: 0 given, 0 received

Big Mike,

Thanks for creating this forum. I've been reading many of the informative posts here and have been learning quite a bit from everyone. I'm looking to become more consistent with my trading and to get my emotions under control while trader. I hope to get to know many of you much better in the coming days.


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