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Introduce yourself here!

  #6631 (permalink)
Elite Member
Los Angeles, CA
Futures Experience: None
Platform: NT7, TS, TOS
Favorite Futures: Emini ES NQ CL GC FX
Posts: 14 since Apr 2016
Thanks: 14 given, 4 received

Goal to leverage the community's experience

Hi everyone!

I'm a newbie and have choses futures due to the restrictive nature of the equities market with their Pattern Day Trade rule. I would like to be bias neutral (Bull or Bear or Bracket) and trade with the flow of the market. Anyhow I am happy to have found you all and am diving head first by becoming an ELITE member from the git go. I need to learn everything from scratch so tips are welcomed. So I have no bad habits in regards to futures and am a clean slate. I like the saying "when the student is ready the teacher will appear". And low and behold I found One thing I do know for certain is managing risk is paramount. I appreciate any guidance in the form of if I could do it all over again I would do this instead of that! My goal is to become a futures trading robot; patience, emotionless, and precise. Trading the plan.



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  #6632 (permalink)
Elite Member
Los Angeles, California, U.S.A.
Futures Experience: Intermediate
Platform: NinjaTrader
Favorite Futures: Emini ES, TF, NQ, YM, Crude CL, Gold GC
Posts: 1 since Apr 2016
Thanks: 0 given, 0 received

Plan>execute>fail>grow>plan again>>>

In the quest to learn if there will ever be financial rewards from day trading and scalping The E Minis, Forex and Commodities, I'm, at the minimum, happy enough to realize, that, thus far, the cost in both time and money is worth the mental, psychological and emotional benefits.
The quest to achieve this potential financial end game is stimulating and socially positive and there is no way in this hell on earth I'll let this monster take what I have.
The endeavor improves upon any understanding and purposefulness of that which is or is not true, fair, honest, deceptive, real and compassionate.
At the end of all my BS I truly am after the money- and the market don't care.

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  #6633 (permalink)
Salt Lake City, Utah
Futures Experience: Beginner
Platform: Jigsaw, NinjaTrader8
Favorite Futures: ZB
Posts: 445 since Apr 2016
Thanks: 15 given, 369 received

I'm between jobs right now after doing computer programming with one of the big wall street firms for 5 years. I've always been really into markets, and I'm using the down time to try scalping with some demo accounts. I'm mostly just looking for some experienced traders to watch and chat with. Feel free to message me, and point me in the right direction.

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  #6634 (permalink)
Elite Member
Sydney NSW Australia
Futures Experience: Beginner
Platform: Sierra Charts, Bookmap
Favorite Futures: ZB 6B GC
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Posts: 2 since Mar 2016
Thanks: 12 given, 0 received


Hi Big Mike and all,

I am new to futures but have been trading forex for a while - I am excited to be continuing my education here and really becoming an effective profitable trader.

Thanks Big Mike for offering this great website and bringing all these traders together to facilitate sharing and encouragement


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  #6635 (permalink)
Elite Member
New York NY
Futures Experience: Master
Platform: Interactive Brokers, ToS
Favorite Futures: ES, RUT, VX, USDJPY
Posts: 1 since Apr 2016
Thanks: 0 given, 0 received


Hi All -

I've been trading my PA for the last 5 years, and have worked in the capital markets for 7 years now. I work in CRE finance, both CMBS and balance sheet levered lending. CRE is pretty bland, or at least the debt side is in my opinion, regardless of how heavily structured the product I may be working with. To me, the functioning (perhaps non-functioning more appropriate these days imo) of the broader capital markets is much more interesting, so that's where I spend the majority of my time and effort. The additional context just has the added benefit of making me better at my job.

Anyways... I am a ZHer but not at all like most of those you may see in the peanut gallery there... I mainly follow the site for their re-analysis of sell-side research / buy-side investor letters, unconventional analysis of econ data, etc... and the odd insightful pieces from 3rd parties. Love Jeff Snider of Alhambra's work - read him every day. I believe the shift in eurodollar system / funding dynamics is the key to understanding what's up with markets these days, and I find he's the best at breaking down some very nuanced relationships.

What else... I'm very anti-central planning, very pro-Hayek / sound money, etc. Have to thank my buddy Steve for introducing me to Austrian theory - only Wharton grad I know that came out believing in Austrian theory vs what faculty was jamming down their throats. I'm sure my views are going to be radically different from many others here - but wish everyone the best regardless.

Safe trading -

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Trading Apprentice
San Jose, CA
Futures Experience: Beginner
Platform: thinkorswim
Broker/Data: TD Ameritrade
Favorite Futures: Options
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Posts: 1 since Apr 2016
Thanks: 4 given, 0 received


Hi Big Mike and all,

I've been trading (Options) since 2015. My trading was up and down, going nowhere. I know I need to study a lot more in order to archive a better trading skill. I'm so excited to join Futures family. Hope that I will be able to acquire more experiences from the family and will contribute mine to the forum.

Thank you.

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Trading Apprentice
TulsaOklahoma/Unisted states
Futures Experience: Intermediate
Platform: TOS
Favorite Futures: Credit Spreads
Posts: 1 since Apr 2016
Thanks: 0 given, 0 received

Nice to be here

My name is Jim and I too blew up my account trading the Emin Contracts. I had a system but once I was out of it, I would trade what I thought I saw. Guess didn't work. I have been trading options for several years and I have been having a lot of success with selling credit spreads.

I use the TOS platform and I am a decent ThinkSrcipt programmer. I have coded in C# and Visual Basic in my past IT career. I would be happy to pass on any knowledge that I have. I look forward to learning great things!!!

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  #6638 (permalink)
Trading Apprentice
Sydney, Australia.
Futures Experience: None
Platform: none yet
Favorite Futures: Crude
Posts: 1 since Apr 2016
Thanks: 0 given, 0 received

New to trading but keen to lern.


Glad to have found this forum, looks like it contains a wealth of information that I'm desperately in need of. Im looking forward to experiencing this new challenge and also learning from the more experienced among you.

Aussie Matt.

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  #6639 (permalink)
Elite Member
London UK
Futures Experience: Intermediate
Platform: NinjaTrader, Tradestation
Broker/Data: Ninja Trader, FXCM, XM
Favorite Futures: Currency Futures, TF
Posts: 6 since Apr 2016
Thanks: 15 given, 4 received

Hello from London

Hi Mike, thanks for setting this up. Looks like you guys have had some fun. I have done a little trading over the years, mainly busy running my own businesses. I am a serial entreprenuer and I work with others and help them through information and digital marketing.

I have had staff, offices, marketing costs and sales conversions - I am an expert at those and the main advantage of trading as I see it - is to have none of those - that and my family - is the big why.

I have made the big switch and liquidated my house and my business so everything is liquid. My plan is to become a full time trader and command the compound interest equation.

I have been running paper trades and small cash trades and winning and losing, and losing is one heck of a way to learn - no big deal - I want to lose, I want to feel the pain, I want to find new ways to lose, while not losing the way I was. I know I am talking about losing a lot, I just appreciate this is not going to be an overnight success - and the amount I am losing is inconsequential, we are talking a few hundred over a few months.

I have had some great wins too. I am basically looking at the Ninjatrading platform, although I really like tradestation too. One, other, or both? I am not sure I need to focus too much on the platform, when I really want to spend more time working the charts by actually trading.

I am looking for support from people who know what they are doing and who actually do it themselves, that way I will find my way.

Good to meet ya.

Laters guys.


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  #6640 (permalink)
Trading Apprentice
Futures Experience: Intermediate
Platform: MetaTrader
Favorite Futures: Forex
Posts: 1 since Oct 2014
Thanks: 1 given, 0 received

Hi ^_^

Hi Everyone

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