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Introduce yourself here!

  #6771 (permalink)
Cape Town South Africa
Trading Experience: Beginner
Platform: Swordfish
Favorite Futures: Financial Futures
Posts: 1 since Jul 2016
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Hello guys

I'm a trader from Cape Town, South Africa.
I started out with shares, then went into the gearing environment with share installments.
Could not generate an income fast enough. Went into warrants. What a dog!
Ended up with financial futures. Been trading that for past 3 years.

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  #6772 (permalink)
Kuala Lumpur Malaysia
Trading Experience: None
Platform: Not yet
Favorite Futures: Not yet
Posts: 1 since Jul 2016
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Hullo, I am ChanTH

I just just joined. Thanks for asking me to post.
While looking for an adviser to trade shares, I came across Open Trader. After enrolling, found out they teaching futures trading, not stock trading.
Like my stock trading, been loosing like mad, until recently Brexit made an opportunity to make some money. Now need to be consistent .

Maybe let me know: will I benefit from futures trading, which according to Optimus, it's more risky but more flexible.

Anybody please advise, should I get a refund and then subscribe to a good adviser, or learn futures trading as a better knowledge to trade stocks.

I am new in consistent trade wins buy any advice is appreciated.
Note: how do I open a trade stock account inUS? Current securities platform based in Singapore is expensive.
Please advise.

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  #6773 (permalink)
Kansas City, MO
Trading Experience: None
Platform: None Yet
Favorite Futures: Gold
Posts: 1 since Jul 2016
Thanks: 2 given, 0 received


Hello community! Glad to witness people who believe in... humans, so many forums are exactly what some described on this site. I grew up in poverty, read a book in high school called rich dad poor dad, I'm sure many of you have heard of it, not sure of your thoughts on it but it engaged my thinking in a new way.

Been trading stocks and not very well for the last 12 years on and off trying to learn my way around, had some good wins but seem to always offset by my losses or emotional moves that end up putting me back in the mud. So if I walk away with the same funds because my wins and losses then I'm definitely losing, haha.

Would like to further expand my knowledge and trade differently. My scale is small so we'll see what I can make work but I'm able to keep a pretty low standard of living to put away some small funds every month to experiment and learn.

Take care all! And thanks for having me!

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  #6774 (permalink)
Houston, TX
Trading Experience: Beginner
Platform: TradeStation
Favorite Futures: Index Futures
Posts: 1 since Jul 2016
Thanks: 0 given, 1 received

New futures trader

Hi everyone,

I am really new to trading. I've done some research and demoing on different instruments and styles. Finally, I started with trading index futures on TradeStation using trend following algorithms. Pretty decent backtest performance, but they do show substantial loss periods - overall though it is quite profitable; just a little choppy. I do want to learn how to catch trends and reversals myself based on fundamentals and technical analysis, so the losses aren't that substantial.

I do work full-time, hence went for an automated system. But, do wanna educate myself to become a full-time trader someday. Right now, I find myself not well prepared at all in my analysis, and the emotional effects are also felt when things go bad. So just want to learn from the collective experience on here to realize my goals. Thanks.

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San Francisco, CA
Trading Experience: Intermediate
Platform: NinjaTrader
Broker/Data: NinjaTrader Brokerage
Favorite Futures: /ES
Posts: 1 since Apr 2016
Thanks: 1 given, 1 received

Hey folks!

I've been trading options for the last 7 years and started trading futures about 2 years ago. I've been stalking this forum for about 6 months and thought it was time for me to introduce myself!

I work at a large tech company in California so I cannot trade much during the day; however, since I'm on the West coast, I'm able to trade early in the morning before work and the last hour of the day during lunch.

I'm currently using NT given its incredible extensibility and NT Brokerage via Dorman Trading has been solid so far. I'm a software engineer by trade and am very happy that NT decided to allow you to write native C# extensions rather than making up some sort of language abstraction like TOS did.

I'm still getting my bearings in the futures markets and am really enjoying the community here. Thanks again to Big Mike and the team for putting this whole thing together and keeping it going. The $100 elite membership was very well spent.

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  #6776 (permalink)
Louisville, KY
Trading Experience: None
Platform: NinjaTrader
Broker/Data: NinjaTrader Brokerage
Favorite Futures: ES S&P
Posts: 1 since Jul 2016
Thanks: 1 given, 1 received

New to Day Trading

Just a quick intro...My name is Jason. Very excited about learning about Day Trading. I have been doing tons of research and will continue research for a few more months probably before going 'Live' with trading.

I hear horror stories about people losing their investment with this stuff, which is concerning. But, they probably didn't do their homework either. I have always been drawn to this idea and lifestyle of work.

So, now time to take it more seriously. I am looking forward to building a network with most of you and I hope to learn a lot.


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Regina, Canada
Trading Experience: Intermediate
Platform: Sierra Chart, TradingView
Broker/Data: Optimus (AMP Futures), CQG, Rithmic
Favorite Futures: ES
Posts: 139 since Mar 2016
Thanks: 273 given, 128 received

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I hear horror stories about people losing their investment with this stuff, which is concerning. But, they probably didn't do their homework either. I have always been drawn to this idea and lifestyle of work.

That's a false assumption . Fact of the matter is that most people wanting to take this serious enough do their homework and lots. There's so much information (and garbage) out there for people seeking something that suits their personality and style. You can easily get lost and suffer from analysis paralysis. In the end it comes down to finding an edge that you feel comfortable with (through testing things), knowledge of your system's expectancy numbers, personal risk profile, capital available, trading a plan and most importantly sticking to that plan (and this is where psychology comes in).

Inability to handle personal psychology is the downfall for most accounts and good systems because nobody enjoys losing or feeling out of control. You can learn exactly how a profitable trader trades their method - but it won't do you any good if you don't fit the psychology for it. This is also why it's said that you should come up with your own method to this madness according to what fits your personality.

Trade in the present: what do you see developing today?
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Oberbayern, Germany
Trading Experience: Beginner
Platform: Sierra Chart
Broker/Data: Interactive Brokers
Favorite Futures: Where the action is
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Posts: 320 since Jul 2016
Thanks: 638 given, 1,133 received

Hi all,

I'm looking forward to being a member here. While I have a fairly extensive background in finance and trading, I have recently shifted my focus towards much shorter time-frames in an effort to improve consistency. Despite my many years of study and practical experience, I consider myself a fresh student, and am always eager to learn. I hope to do that here, and if I can help a few others along the way, all the better...

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  #6779 (permalink)
Niagara Falls New York
Trading Experience: Intermediate
Platform: NinjaTrader, Thinkorswim
Broker/Data: TD Ameritrade
Favorite Futures: ES
Posts: 1 since May 2016
Thanks: 0 given, 0 received

Hello Mike

I am primarily an equity and index options trader. I don't have a lot of experience in futures trading. I use futures primarily for short term hedging of my options positions. I am interested in trading futures more actively in different markets. And I look forward to learning much from you and other experienced traders here.

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  #6780 (permalink)
Rome - Italy
Trading Experience: Advanced
Platform: NinjaTrader
Favorite Futures: Bund, DAX, ES, Crude Oil, Gold, Cable, EURUSD
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Posts: 8 since Apr 2016
Thanks: 9 given, 3 received


Hi Guys,
I am new in this forum but I already found it very very interesting, usuful and full of great information/tools.
I am a beginner/intermediate trader and I hope to have the opportunity to grow with the forum and to give back something to the community.

Good luck


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