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Rick
Miami, Florida, USA
 
 
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Thanks Mike for invinting me. Hope to learn to trade the ES.

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Paradise, USA
 
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Hello Mike,

Thank you for the forum...I will try to learn to socialize with other traders. As we all know, trading is a solo event.

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Chicago, Illinois
 
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Ive been trading the 6E and have been able to keep my account balance at a good level but I am only able to make up my losses. I look forward to learning more!

If you've only been trading live for six months and you're able to keep your head above water, you're doing pretty well in my opinion.

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 firecan 
sevilla
 
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Hello Mike,

I'm glad to be here.

Congratulations, wonderful job!

Salvador.

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 EuroMark 
The Netherlands
 
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Before I say anything I would like to thank Big Mike for this wonderful website. I am glad to have found a website where traders don't keep their idea's hidden.

Thanks everyone...

Mark

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 EuroMark 
The Netherlands
 
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Hi Big Mike,

Thank you very much for all your work with this forum. I have been using NT for about 4 years, and had heard from many friends and associates about this forum. Moving at my usual pace, I eventually got here. I saw the note reminding me I had been a member for awhile and had not posted, so now here is my joiner.

I made my first commodities trade in 1975. I first started trading with a computer for charting in 1990, starting day trading and specializing in the S&P's. 2008 was my best year ever in the EMinis. I switched to daytrading the Euro futures late in 2009, as the changes in volatility and daily range have greatly favored the opportunities in the Euro vs the Eminis. Never looking back, I believe we are most fortunate to have such a great daytrading vehicle as the Euro futures, and the current accessibility of internet based trading.

NT is a very convenient and flexible application to trade actively. And developers and facilitators featured here certainly contribute to making it a great boon for us all.

Thanks again,

Jake



Hi Jake,

I am sure I am not the only one to be impressed by your long time experience. Would you like to share some of your trading idea's/strategies with some of your fellow traders in here?
By the way, how did you do with the internet burst? I know I lost everything back then, and lost a BIG chunk in 2008 trying to pick the bottom. But I am still trading and doing ok if I flat all positions end of day.

Greeting Mark

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I look forward to you sharing your experiences and discussing your trades.

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Hello. Here's a semi-brief trading bio...

In 1997, I started trading equities and options on equities in my spare time. I read a bunch of books on fundamental and technical analysis. Like anyone throwing darts from 1997 to 1999, I made a decent ROI, but not spectacular.

In 2000, I lost everything -- maybe $75k. I was very disappointed and embarrassed because trading was something I really wanted to be good at and clearly I wasn't. So I stopped trading. Over the past 10 years, I've continued to read, learn and "dabble" -- mostly with options on equities. I've gone to some classes on system development (Van Tharp) and on options (with the OptionNerd). I've kept bets small but really haven't outperformed the market.

Until this year. This year, I decided two things: (1) I'd give the options a rest and see if I could "win" using simpler instruments and (2) I'd start putting what I'd learned over the last 10 years a little more "on the line". In other words, I'd really re-start trading on a regular basis for the first time in 10+ years.

So, since May of this year I've been trading a basket of futures. I've done great -- from my start in May until now, I'm up about 90%. I'm excited by the performance but at the same time I'm also pretty scared -- I was doing pretty well in 1999 and then it all fell apart. Its taken me a long time to re-build my trading stake and I don't want to lose it again. I'm not sure if I'm that much better than I was in 1999, or if I've just gotten lucky for the last 6 months, or I've just hit a short-term set of market conditions that have worked well for how I trade (discretionary trend / breakout trader). This last one is probably my biggest fear.

I'd like to quit my day job and trade full-time over the next couple of years if I can maintain my performance -- a big if.

I currently use ThinkOrSwim to trade and also started using TradingDiary Pro to track trades and identify trends in my performance. I've been thinking about trying Market System Analyzer and would love to know if anyone has used it and whether they find it useful for position sizing analysis.

Look forward to participating in the forums.

Regards,
Dave

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Hi Big Mike & All,
Very nice site, I'm glad I've found it.
About me: I've started round 4 years ago with stocks and after about 1 year with CFDs and Knock-Outs. I've also played a bit with options, spent some money on options books and lost a bit on some trades, till I've read Cottle's "Options trading - The hidden Reality" and I've had the revelation that options are not for me.
Didn't blow any account because I was very lucky (I can tell you some brilliant trades I did which could have easily accomplished that). And I've quit long time ago to blame somebody else (mainly PPT and GS) for my losing trades.
I've read plenty of trading books and I do have plenty in queue to read, altough there are very few which really worth the time & money - from my trading style point of view Brooks and Duddella raised very high standards but anyway I like to read books and you can never know where you can find some nice ideas.
About 6 weeks ago I've decided to start trading futures so I've opened a sim account for NT+Zen. I plan to scalp the FDAX (tried also ES but it's simply not fitting to me). Paper trading was a good experience, it clearly helped me to find some problems with my trading strategy, but the real stuff is with real money so in about 2 weeks I plan to go live with AMP/NT+Zen (if somebody knows a better option for FDAX please let me know).
Look forward to learning from this community and helping out where I can.
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Owings mills Maryland USA
 
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Hello to Big Mike and everyone in this fantastic forum,

About me, I work 9-5 and have pager for offhour support, I'm into trading the last 2 years, have burnt / learnt myself a lot, and is still learning whenever I find time. The reason why I trade though have a 9-5 job is that, I don't want to be a job dependant all the time and for some reason if I'm out of my job, then I have something else to support my family. I'm mostly dealing with commodity futures recently, as I have all kind of restrictions with my employer for trading stocks, etfs funds etc, and commodity futures are the only things which is allowed. Again as 9-5 I can't trade during day and I'm not interested in position trading. I trade the PM 7-10 and AM 6-8, so I miss all actions, but I get returns which is not bad at all.

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 faxedreceipts 
TN
 
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Hi everyone!

Like most day traders, I blew up my account a couple times and lost enough money to make most grown men weep. After I regrouped I started trading with common sense and with control of my emotions.

Later, I decided I wanted a forum to share my ideas as well as learn from others. I created my blog on April 17th, 2009 in order to meet this goal, as well as hold myself accountable for my trades and actions. I wanted a way to be able to lookback and ensure I was following my own advice.

The blog introduced me to a lot of fellow traders, some struggling, some doing exceptionally well. Talking with them everyday has really helped my trading and given me a lot of new ideas as well. In turn, I hope that I have provided them something useful that helps in their trading.

Since the blog did very well I decided to create this forum, and it was born June 11th, 2009. The forum was designed with the specific goal of having a small community of traders focused on making money. There are other sites out there but I never really felt at home with many of them, their userbase is too focused on proving someone wrong instead of trying to help.

You can find some more information about me in my profile.

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Good hunting!

Mike

Thanks Mike for a fantastic forum. My skill sets for trading are very primitive and caveman like. I've attended Monkinars and just joined this site. This site has the best and most useful information. Trading with price and not relying on indicators has been a revelation. Mike, your videos showing price action really opened my blind eyes. I've been guilty of trying to over complicate my trading with all of the ridiculous indicators. Instead, they are in the background and it's interesting to see that when you apply the price action technique, the indicators have so much less value because you start to intuitively see the bigger picture within the chart. The indicators seem to set and unset while the intuitive trading takes place and a bigger chunk of the trade was taken today. The technique helped me to trade with the trend instead of trying to be a daredevil and trade counter trend. That is so simple but effective. Anyway, I don't trade the futures but someday may graduate to that level. My first goal is to become a consistent profitable trader with equities/etfs.

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My name is Lars and I am here to help you conquer the most difficult and yet rewarding profession among humans and earth bound animals. I am at your service for free. Don't hesitate to contact me at any time, especially if it is an emergency.

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 mojojojo77 
BayArea, CA
 
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Wow! This is a fabulous forum. I've perused many trading forums and it's hard to believe this gem is not quite 18 months old! I actually joined about 6 months ago and was slow to start as I hadn't been using NinjaTrader for a while. Recently I've linked a sim MB Trading account with Ninja so I started doing a bit more reading and studying the wealth of information on this site. I began trading the YM about 4 years ago, as often as I could, but have been focused more recently on the ES. Tried a host of "gurus" and endless searches for the "perfect" indicator and just seemed to be spinning in circles. I've calmed down and developed some patience, and while trading futures I initially lost, I was extremely conservative (with the exception of a couple of "frustration" days where I just "lost it" psychologically, coincident with my worst intraday losses!), and have been slowly eeking out gains over the past few months. I've realized the pursuit of "trading well" supercedes the idea of trading for money, i.e., trade well and the money will follow. Anyway, I very much appreciate the availability of this forum and for all the generous individuals who have previously donated their time. I hope I can make a contribution as well.

Thank you.

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Hi everyone!
I'm new to the forum and quite new to the day-trading business.
Will probably take some time until I will be able to answer questions, but mean while will try to find here useful information and maybe ask some questions.
Cheers,
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 katerina 
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Hi!

Thanks to Mike and the other contributing members of this great forum. I find it really interesting and informative. I am interested in finance and trading and hope to learn as much as i can and contribute too.
Glad to be a member. Thank you again!

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 bobbakerr 
Riverdale, Idaho, USA
 
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Platform: Optimus Futures + MultiCharts + TradeStation
Broker: Optimus Futures, Rithmic Data, TradeStation
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I have to agree with the above posters. This is truly a great forum. Thanks to Big Mike and everyone.

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Welcome aboard Jake. What is your favorite setup in trading the Euro? Breakout? Crossover? O/S, O/B? Just curious about your style. Thanks

Hi. I always start the day with recognition of levels and price action on the 4 hour and 8 hour chart. Then I translate that to the current 30 minute chart structure and direction. I then key off the 5 minute and short time frame tick charts for tight entries fading extremes. Depending on the time of day and behavior at levels, I either trade the turns when the momentum of the direction has exhausted, or I will look for an extreme of a counter trend period of trading. I am trading for a daily goal, emphasizing high accuracy and small profit exits, to make a conservative profit target every day.

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Hi. I always start the day with recognition of levels and price action on the 4 hour and 8 hour chart. Then I translate that to the current 30 minute chart structure and direction. I then key off the 5 minute and short time frame tick charts for tight entries fading extremes. Depending on the time of day and behavior at levels, I either trade the turns when the momentum of the direction has exhausted, or I will look for an extreme of a counter trend period of trading. I am trading for a daily goal, emphasizing high accuracy and small profit exits, to make a conservative profit target every day.

Hi jake,

Sounds like a good plan. What are your daily profit goals?

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I really like what I see here so far and hope I can contribute. Of course so far the best I can do is how "not to trade". I've been trading/learning forex for about 3 years now, 2 1/2 of those with real funds. Have not made consistent profits yet. I will succeed though, I have to!

Here is my first helpful tip, which by the way, any successful trader will tell you is suicide in this world

One of the reasons I have not done well is that I have a very short attention span. I would actually spend weeks, or even months reading, studying charts, and tweaking a method, only to turn around and bag it after just a couple losses.

I have been doing better in that I have gone from consistently losing to now breaking even. Next step is going the other way and actually profit.

Anyways; since I tend to sound like I'm speaking in riddles, the tip was to find/create a method that looks like it has decent potential, study it, demo it, and then use it long enough to give it a chance before you move on to something else.

I have a fairly busy schedule but will try my best to give Big Mikes forum here a shot. I like the philosophy.

missca

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missca
Rockville, Maryland, United States
 
 
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I should mention that I chose beginner as my status simply because although I have been trading for 3 years, I really don't know what separates a beginner from intermediate. I'll upgrade when I start making consistent profits.

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I write my own trading systems and tools in C++. I have been trading since 1984.
I am mostly a trend follower; however I venture off and use martingale systems.
Martingale systems are cool in that they have explosive behavior. Trend following systems
are cool in that they do not have explosive behavior.

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BayArea, CA
 
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I should mention that I chose beginner as my status simply because although I have been trading for 3 years, I really don't know what separates a beginner from intermediate. I'll upgrade when I start making consistent profits.

missca,

You make a very good point. I was reading a chapter from some trading book or magazine article a while back regarding the 'Evolution of a Trader' and I recall the author mentioning: when the beginning trader stops endlessly pursuing the 'holy grail' indicator(s), trades with a specific set of rules, journals all trades, devolops good discipline, etc..., they have now progressed to the next stage/level. I don't recall that stage making consistent profits though... = )

While the market makes me feel like a beginner often enough, I posted my status as an intermediate as I have gone through the initial 'colossal blunders' phase of trading (at least blunders that seemed damaging enough for me!) and am consistent with the brief description depicted above. I can't say I'm trading for a living yet (I wish!), though I have produced some very small but confidence building gains over the past few months in futures.

One of the biggest differences for me though has been journaling. Also, going back and finding trades I made a year ago and seeing how badly my entry was or that I might have stayed in the trade a bit longer. That was an eye opener. Though I still make mistakes often enough, reviewing those old trades and visualizing some of the poorest trading decisions I've made, I become more aware of my trading and with good discipline won't be susceptible to repeat those mistakes.

Anyway, so that's why I felt like intermediate was appropriate for me.

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I should mention that I chose beginner as my status simply because although I have been trading for 3 years, I really don't know what separates a beginner from intermediate. I'll upgrade when I start making consistent profits.



@missca, it's a self-appointed title. If you feel you are beyond a Beginner, then the next step is Intermediate. If you are beyond that -- Advanced. Beyond that -- Master.

The classification was put in place just to help people identify with the members when they post. Just like someone can glance at your profile and see you are trading FX using MT4, that way they know if you ask a question it is likely referring to that and not, for instance, equities with MultiCharts.

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Happy to have landed here, looks like a good active community of positive minded traders.

I have traded a bit in the past and luckily read enough (in other places) about newcomers to Forex blowing out their accounts to have avoided that experience, but I am keen and have the time to take this more seriously now.

I'm analytical and very patient with good discipline but not much courage. I have a maths/physics/engineering/IT background so it is probably not surprising that I am most comfortable taking a chartist approach to trading; modelling/backtesting is something I will be spending a lot of time doing.

First off though I need to reassess current platforms and data providers, which is how a came to this, futures.io (formerly BMT)'s, site.

BTW, I chose my user name because I also enjoy horse racing and gliding, not that I carry over anything of that into trading though!

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missca,
This thread is for introductions so I don't want to belabor the point. But thought I'd mention something.
Your experience is very common unfortunately. I suffered/suffer from the same affliction. Something that worked for me as well as many others as evidenced by the journals on this forum is to start a thread here and log your trades daily. I started that a while back on a new approach and I've stayed with it much longer than I've ever done before. People are very supportive and helpful. They also will give gentle nudges when you stray off track.

I look forward to seeing your thread if you start one.

Mike Winfrey


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I really like what I see here so far and hope I can contribute. Of course so far the best I can do is how "not to trade". I've been trading/learning forex for about 3 years now, 2 1/2 of those with real funds. Have not made consistent profits yet. I will succeed though, I have to!

Here is my first helpful tip, which by the way, any successful trader will tell you is suicide in this world

One of the reasons I have not done well is that I have a very short attention span. I would actually spend weeks, or even months reading, studying charts, and tweaking a method, only to turn around and bag it after just a couple losses.

I have been doing better in that I have gone from consistently losing to now breaking even. Next step is going the other way and actually profit.

Anyways; since I tend to sound like I'm speaking in riddles, the tip was to find/create a method that looks like it has decent potential, study it, demo it, and then use it long enough to give it a chance before you move on to something else.

I have a fairly busy schedule but will try my best to give Big Mikes forum here a shot. I like the philosophy.

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Hi Mike and everybody,

I have been a forex student since 4 years ago. I have lost a total
of USD700.00 so far but the rate of losing is slowing down.

So far, I can see this forex thing more clearly, at least for my own needs. They are

1. Identifying a trend,
2. Identifying an entry point
3. Identifying possible stop-loss and take-profit point,
4. Money management.

I am not successful yet, but I am confident enough, I will make it to a full time trader,
and my target is by Jan 2012.

I am joining this forum with the hope of learning from the success and failures of every member,
and hopefully I can fine-tune my trading skills. It is like developing myself into a world class footballer.

Nicholasi

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Hi there everybody, I been trading options for the last two years, essentially churning my account, some good trades, many bad ones. I am fascinated by the markets and have recently developed an indicator that is so far quite promising, more on that as I post.

I chose the name PositiveDeviant as I think it describes me down to a T.

The Seven Characteristics of Positive Deviants are:
1. Passion

2. High Moral or Social Purpose

3. Seeing Holes vs. the Net

4. Moving Towards, Not Away

5. Rapid Cognition

6. Checking the Edges

7. Low Regard for Social Convention

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I live in the north of England and have been forex trading for about 6 months. I usually follow trend lines and so far have had a great deal of success by keeping a very close watch on stops. Will now dig deeper into this site and hope to learn loads more. I must also say that a certain person in London has been a major tutor and would be lost without him

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 Ducman 
The Netherlands
 
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Hello Mike and all others,

Started trading about 10 years ago just before the big internet bubble. At that time the ALEX online broker made it possble for the average Dutch person to trade. The rocket went up fast but came back to the ground even harder. Lost my first lot of money. Did nothing else than reading books, follow courses and do sim trading through this crisis.

Came back into the real game beginning 2005. With some good India and China funds in my portfolio and some option trading I got my virtual profit up to the sealing again. Lost the most of it again during the Bank crisis. Started future trading in 2009 developing my on strategy for entering and exiting manually. Work perfectly during simulation, less perfect in real trading.

Conclusion after 10 years of trading: I'm just human, you can make trading plans and promise to stick with it. Reality proves that you end up not doing the things you promise and loose money again. I have accepted this now and want to get rid off the human factor in trading. That's why I started exploring again and learned what a great program NT is.

I hope to learn a lot from you all in creating an automated system. In return I can provide insight in 10 years of up and down trading success.

Ducman

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Hi, I am glad to be here, I started trading live in 2008, after a couple of paper trading years doing options spreads.
After 2 months of going live, I guess the market gave me a blow your account welcome with the crash. I was closing my regular business back then because things were in the red for a year, so I looked at trading for my way of generating an income but I did not know what I was up for.
So without a business to generate, and a blown account, with all the normal expenses, things started to look a little dark. My capital was very limited, so I started to look at other markets I could generate with limited capital. So I found Forex, and that did not last very long for me to stop doing, with the spreads the broker charged, since its unregulated.
I then found the futures market, this I liked, but it did not work out the way I hopped it would and my account only got smaller, a few courses and $ later, I realized the problem, might not be the strategy, but in my head. I have learned, range bar trading strategies, tick bars, fibs, forks, CCI's, you name it, but the emotions, are the hardest thing to control, for me at least.
I live in a country (Guatemala) where we are competing with Irak for the most amount of violence on a day by day basis and I look at trading as a way of being free to chose were I want to live, so I do not have to be fiscally attached here. I have a reduced amount of capital and hope to be able to make it to that 5% and be financially independent. My wife and I love our country, but things here are just out of hand and only look worse, so this a way of life she supports in order for us to be able to live elsewhere and be able to generate a living.

Good to be here and hope to learn a lot..
Best to all
ChapinTrader

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 eDanny 
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Good luck to you buddy, you have a good goal.

Dan

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 Jester 
Manassas, VA, USA
 
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Hi Everyone,

This is going to be the first of what I hope will be many posts on this forum. I have been a member of a few forums in the past and yet they never really felt like a place where I wanted to share my ideas. They all seem to have some things in common, shooting down people with ideas, ridiculing new folks for asking beginner question, tweaking systems to a point of not being able to recognize a system any longer and in general just being nasty.

I admire Mike for what he has started here and I believe this could be a good place for me to continue to grow as a trader and help others along the way.


This is going to be a lengthy one so I hope you will hang in there. It’s hard to get to know someone form a post on a forum but I hope this will help and maybe also lend a little hope to those traders still finding their way.

I don’t actually know where to start but I think in order for this to make sense to some and to have value for others a story of my background may be appropriate.

"Far better it is to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs even though checkered by failure, than to rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy nor suffer much because they live in the gray twilight that knows neither victory nor defeat." --Theodore Roosevelt

Read that quote again slowly and really understand its meaning. As you read through this post then finally reach the end it will tie in nicely.

Until recently I had been struggling with trading for years like many before me and what I am sure will be many after me.

In 1999 I was bitten by the trading bug when I saw a commercial for Larry Williams and his trading course on commodities and the Commitment of Traders reports. Couple that with his book “How I Made One Million Dollars Trading Commodities Last Year” and I was hooked for sure. Like so many others, I was looking for a way that would allow me to make a better life for my family. I mssed around with it and tried to learn some things but just couldn’t quite grasp what was being presented.

I am in the military and have supported multiple deplyments. After returning from my last deployment in 2005 I knew there must be a way for me to learn this trading stuff and finally provide for a better life for my family. I was neck deep in trying to make sense of it all with books, email course and anything I could get my hands on to learn how to trade. I was even a member of the original StrategyBuilderFX Forum back in the very early days before forex forums became so popular.

I read some things and learned some things and traded demo for what seemed like forever. Trying different methods that I read about and incorporating the newest latest and greatest indicators on my charts. I even tried using EA’s at one point but that failed miserably. I knew I was close but just couldn’t seem to put the pieces together, even after blowing 2 small accounts.

Sometime in late 2006, I came across A thread on a forum that talked about Price Action. I read through it the first time thinking hmmm, there seems to be something here. It just seemed like good common sense. Looking for price action setups, trading off of areas of prior support or resistance was pure genius my mind. Why hadn’t I thought about this before why, why, why, have I wasted so much time doing other things? So I started immediately putting to use what I was learning. At first it was with mixed results, and then I was getting what seemed to be better. Then I started with a streak of losses that freaked me out a bit, cluing me in to the fact that I needed some more help.

I read through many of the threads and watched a number of videos. I practiced what I was seeing but still with mixed results. Then like what happens to most of us, life got in the way. My job placed huge demands on me causing me to have to work extra hours and perform extensive international travel. Not to mention my obligations to the military. But I continued to try and learn, never letting go of the dream of one day being a profitable trader and having my income solely derived from the markets.

Then in 2008 my wife and I split up. In the end the life we had together was hard on her due to my Job and Military requirements. Leaving her at home to take care of our son, and deal with the events life would occasionally throw at us while I was off doing what needed to be done was more than she could bare.

My desire to become a profitable trader was unwavering! Now more than ever I wanted to change my life for the better so I can provide whatever my son would need. I read more books, Pring on Price, Trading is a Business by Joe Ross, and I took another trading course that was based around a trend following method. But I wasn’t quite breaking that barrier of profitability.

In late 2009 I was still struggling even though I had learned so many things not only about the market and price action, but also about myself. What kind of trader I am, what my risk tolerances are, how to control my emotions while in the market. Everything I had done up to this point has been valuable in teaching me something, even if it didn’t work out.

A friend of mine who trades for a living said one thing that for some reason hit me like it never hit me before. He said in his message “Look for good bars in good places”. He attached an image of a chart with a Fib drawn on swing high and a swing low showing a Bearish pin bar at the 61.8 retracement. It was like the brightest light bulb you could ever have imagined turned on in my head.

I scoured charts looking for these same types of setups and trying to identify valid entries and how I would have managed that trade. Then I came across a Todd Mitchell’s course which contained more info on price action. So I looked into it and eventually made the decision to purchase it. There was real quality information in that course and it was worth the price. Todd’s course finally put me over the fence on the side of profitability. Now I am not saying nor will I ever say that I am an expert, but I have definitely turned the page and started on a new chapter in my book on becoming a full time trader.

So for you folks out there who are still struggling with getting to the point of profitability, my message to you is to never give up! It took me 10 years to get where I am now. Ask yourself the question “If it took you 5 or 10 years to build a business that got you to a point where you could trade for a living would you put the time in to learn it?” I did and you’re damn right it’s worth it!

I use and believe in the following quote completely. So much so that it had become my mantra when starting my journey to become a successful trader;
“Many of life's failures are experienced by people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.” -- Thomas Edison

So I hope to see you folks around in the forum. I will do my best to post as often as I can.

Cheers,
Jester

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 newlifemkt 
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That is a very worthy and responsible Goal. Good Luck to you. May God bless your understanding of the markets.

Champions are made by risking more than others think is safe,
Dreaming more than others think is practical,
and expecting more than others think is possible.
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I applaud your determination and Resilience. "...more than education, more than experience, more than training, an individuals level of resilience will determine who succeeds and who fails."
Harvard Business Review, 2002.



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 firecan 
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Hello from Seville, I also am interested in systems Trend and Martingales, I'm doing a script for NT but I have no knowledge of C # only I simply cut and paste from other scripts, sometimes works, sometimes not. I hope to share ideas. Greetings.

Hola desde Sevilla, yo también estoy interesado en los sistemas de tendencia y Martingalas, estoy haciendo un script para el NT, pero no tengo conocimiento de C # sólo que simplemente cortar y pegar de otras secuencias de comandos, a veces funciona, otras no. Espero poder compartir ideas. Saludos.

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I'm new to trading and this form very much looking forward to learning and hopefully one day I can shear.. Thanks for being hear..!

all the Best.

Rockos

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 trader1099 
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Hello Mike,

I have been trying to learn the business of trading for several years without much success. Gain some .. lose some, with the losses ahead for now.
Hope to learn enough to keep my head above water before I am no longer able to do so.
I am always searching for anything that will help improve my trading.

Thank you for creating this forum.

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 Avanti 
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Hi Traders,

I have been playing around with automated systems for a while and explored programming strategies in NJ starting out with one of the great NJ programming introductory videos by Mike (this is how I came across this site and forum, thanks Mike, great job!).

I have probably been too cautious so far, only using demo accounts to find a system consistently profitable when back testing on the major Forex pairs before going "live". Haven't been successful so far though and realized I probably need to tackle the entire enterprise from a different angle. I have been using three line break (TLB) as the basic indicator and wrote my own code for it in NJ. Then added a bunch of other indicators to the strategy including MACD, slow stochastics, standard and extreme bollinger bands, ATR and some others, but no strategy has so far generated reliable results.

I'm sure others have been going down similar paths before and may have found like it looks I will that consistently profitable fully automated training is either extremely hard or not even possible. By "consistently profitable" I mean overall coming out at a plus after each full month of continuous automated trading on e.g. 10 minute bars.

I am here to learn about other's people's experiences and share my own and hopefully end up with a useful approach.

Avanti

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josh892
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Hi Everyone, I'm Josh. I've started following the markets since the recent crarshes have convinced me that "Buy and hold" is no longer a valid investment strategy. In college, our finance professors said that this was the best and only way to save for retirement. My mutual funds lost a lot of money in the market crash and I now believe that there are huge asset bubbles in many markets and an active trading strategy is the only way to conserve and generate wealth.

I am interested in several types of instruments: forex and futures seem to be where the most profit can be made as brokerage fees are high in stock trading and you can't make leverage purchases. I am very hesitant about which broker to use.

What are your opinions about this, pick only one instrument type or several? Are there good brokers with which you can trade both futures and forex? How did you guys pick your brokerage firm?

I have been using the free charts end-of-day charts at ProRealTime.com as this lets me look at all types of instruments on one platform and I like the automatically drawn support and resistance levels. I have opened demo accounts with a few forex brokers so far.

I'm still thinking about what my trading strategy will be and trying to find the best way.
Is there a survey anywhere on here about what tools people use, for example indicators (which ones?), trend lines, etc?

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Rodrigo
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Hello fellow traders. I have tried CFD a few years ago, was doing OK after gaining technical education and the Market changed and my account suffered. I realized I wasn't really ready. So after nearly a year without trading, and continuing my education I entered the world of Forex. A lot of reading, a lot of Demo trading I am trading a small capital with a Micro account. No losing too much, no wining too much. I am trying to get my consistency on the right track.
A fellow trader mentioned this site, and I found a lot of good info.
I started to concentrate on the GPBJPY pair only, and it seems to be less stressful this way. Entering after retracement for swing trading. Sometimes I feel like I am getting there, but I know it will take time.
I hope one day to be more helpful to other traders, because I like the idea of giving something back.
At the moment I am persevering and hope to bring better results in the future. Cheers

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 rcabri 
Switzerland
 
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Just that you know I began my trading career in 1986 I was a broker with series 3 and series 7 working for EFHutton in NY. Than I went back to Switzerland after a couple of years I worked with Shearson and then after I began to learn to trade it was the time of Computrac(1989) etc.. etc.
Now after 3 years of sabbatical I am back to trading and I will began trading the e-mini sp i have ninja trader with fin-alg for market profile.
The profile is the only think that i did not use and now I am very eager tolearn but I look a lot at multitimeframes on my 6 screens
I am living in Lugano the south part of Switzerland.

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felixtjung
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Just like everybody, I started trading forex 2 years ago and blew up my account. Since then, I started my mad holy grail journey. Soon after I understood the meaning of that journey and get out from it, I begin to trade profitably until now. Nowadays, I'm soloing the market, mainly, stock and futures. I'm looking forward to see everyone.

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wown
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Hello futures.io (formerly BMT)-

I stumbled upon this forum as I was searching for code for ninjatrader. Glad I came here - I have tons of questions and hopefully I can find many answers here.

About me:
I have been trading for about 2 years. I started off with a tiny account trading only stocks and now I mostly trade Options. I have lost in total ~25% over the last couple of years but around 80% of that 25% is attributed to commissions and maybe 5-6 trades. In any case, I have learned those lessons and thankfully never blown up my account completely.

Recently I came upon tom demark indicators and have been using those to swing trade options. I have been fairly successful with those indicators and I decide to mechanize the indicators and create a market scanner/automatic trader using those indicators. I initially started programming in excel using macros but quickly found that excel cannot fill my needs. So I tried ninjatrader and have been very happy with it since.

However, my programming knowledge is very limited. Most of what I know, I learned from google using trial and error and somehow my haphazard code works Using the charts and market analyzer in ninjatrader, I have created a market scanner that searches the market for securities hitting critical points on the DeMark indicators.

I then tried trading all of these stocks as they were hitting the critical points, but with a full time job and all it was very hard to keep on top of everything. So at the moment I have stopped trading as I devote my (very limited) free time to developing an automatic trader.

You can read more about my code and my trades at stockjockz.blogspot.com (Although unfortunately, lately I have not had time to update the blog). Meanwhile, I hope I can get some of the more technical questions answered as well as get some guidance from you guys while I try to develop my trading system.

Thanks,
Wown

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Drdre
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Glad to join and Thanks Mike for the forum.

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MarcelvR
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Hi there!

I'm new to all of this trading stuff, so i'm spending a lot of time at reading al of your interesting posts. So much to learn..... Great forum!

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Thanks to Big Mike for making this site available -- I've learned a lot so far without the BS and posturing from other sites.

I've been trading since 1990 when I opened an account with Shearson Lehman Bros. (chosen from the phone book at random). My first trades were buying Bank of New England and Wang Labs. Despite decisions like that, I haven't blown out an account (yet). I've been trading online since 1997 (National Discount Brokers, later TDA). These days I mainly daytrade TF, CL, ZC, and DX, and swingtrade options on SPY, IWM, and GOOG.

My biggest development area is learning to take the setups I see, instead of waiting waiting waiting for confirmation too long and missing the moves. "Ok, it's up 13 ticks -- I guess I was right!" I also tend to not follow the plan, and exit too early instead of letting the trade run. The good news is that I exit quickly when I'm wrong.

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 fitro 
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Hi

I've been trading stocks and CFDs for about fifteen years and am now expanding into futures and FX. I am trying to get an understanding of NinjaTrader and leard how to program. I am pleased to join the group on the journey to expanding knowledge and profit.

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 gtotrader 
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Hi Mike and all traders alike..

My name is Mike and I live in Oregon, started trading equities and options in the late 90's part time, then work took me away from trading... but its always been percolating in the back of my mind. Jump forword to now and I am a disabled vet with more time than money..So I am sim trading futures now working on my game plan... So here is to all us people trying to make a buck in ths crazy world of trading!


Thanks, Mike

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How do you download the indicators for think or swim - found a download for range bars that i want to download.

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what up traders,

I'm a stock/options/futures daytrader in nyc, that recently discovered and joined the forum. I look forward to chatting and reading more informative threads.

G.

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Hello,
New to futures.io (formerly BMT)F. I am officially at overload. New to trading- 1 year- fully registered stockbroker, have full capital behind me. Sat in front of my computers for 2 months. I have so many indicators going off in my mind, struggled with the mental aspects, built what I believe is a killer indicator, that works well.
I can pull the trigger on as many trades as I want...but I just have not done it. Anyone else go through this phase and any suggestions to help press me in to the kind of trader I expect I will become. Any feedback is appreciated.

Thanks
J

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 Malvolio 
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Hello,
New to futures.io (formerly BMT)F. I am officially at overload. New to trading- 1 year- fully registered stockbroker, have full capital behind me. Sat in front of my computers for 2 months. I have so many indicators going off in my mind, struggled with the mental aspects, built what I believe is a killer indicator, that works well.
I can pull the trigger on as many trades as I want...but I just have not done it. Anyone else go through this phase and any suggestions to help press me in to the kind of trader I expect I will become. Any feedback is appreciated.

Thanks
J

Hi J,

I passed trough this as well. I think erveryone does. Now I´m trading without any indicator (using only price action and volume). The most important thing in trading is your mental status and your risk management.
By this way I can recommend you this book: Vadym Graifer, Christopher Schumacher, "Techniques of Tape Reading"It helped me a lot like other books, which are in german unfortunately.

Good luck

Malvolio

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 Adamus 
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Hi Everybody,

I'm glad to be able to dive in here - after over 1000 messages on the "Introduce yourself" thread, I figure futures.io (formerly BMT)F isn't so small anymore like Big Mike says in the introduction. That's pretty strong growth for just over 18 months.

I first traded back in 1992, then again in 1998, and now this time since June but with a lot more preparation beforehand.

I'm a Java programmer originally so using NinjaTrader and .NET for me is crossing over to the Dark Side. So far I've managed to handle NinjaTrader 7 beta and a whole heap of bugs, but now it's gone General Release, I'm optimistic there'll be more stability.

Looking forward to being involved here.

Til later.

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Hi everyone,

I am interested in trading psychology, and will post more posts as I become use to using this forum.

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I've been up, i've been down. After trading full time for the last 3.5 years, im almost back to where I was when I started(capitulated 2 days from the bottom), and I'm to the point to where I have to make a change in my performance or get a real job. Right now I'm thinking that futures might be the answer I'm looking for.(leverage, pre and post market trading, higher liquidity) The second answer is I want to automate some of my trading because I'm unable to make trades quick enough when the market really gets moving and I end up paying up too much for the stock. I mainly trade equities off a 3 or 9 min chart, using multiple trend analysis for determining the trend, and triggers off of price&volume. I'm currently using IBKR with quotetracker and considering changing brokers and software. Thanks Big Mike for your site...

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 tradersam 
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My name is Sam. I have been trying to learn how to trade the ES.
It has been a costly learning journey so far. I started learning the markets and technical analysis since 2 years.
I have been focusing on ES since 1 year now. Blown my account 3 times so far. I am simulating now....but simulation seems boring and I generally do good in simulation but do not last 1 week in Live markets.

I have run out of ideas at the moment....but will start in earnest again in Jan 2011.

Sam

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My name is Sam. I have been trying to learn how to trade the ES.
It has been a costly learning journey so far. I started learning the markets and technical analysis since 2 years.
I have been focusing on ES since 1 year now. Blown my account 3 times so far. I am simulating now....but simulation seems boring and I generally do good in simulation but do not last 1 week in Live markets.

I have run out of ideas at the moment....but will start in earnest again in Jan 2011.

Sam

sounds familiar...however what makes you think this time will be any different than the last time or the time before that or the time before that? You need to ask yourself that question and actually spend some time answering it before you commit another dime to live trading. When you answer that question, you'll be more prepared to go live.

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Hi All,

New member here, just signed up. I found big mike trading when I was researching tradestation and multicharts as I'm wanting to get into more mechanical type trading and backtesting.

At the moment I trade forex part time on a discretionary basis using price action and support/resistance mostly. Prior to forex I traded asx equities.

Happy trading.

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 ting 
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I have been lurking on Big Mike's for a while now and am confident that what I find here will improve my trading and hopefully I will reach a stage that I can give back by making some good contributions.

Cheers

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carpediem
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Hi,

I've been trading shares, ETFs, Forex and Options full time for over a year.

I started to develop trading systems half year ago and hopefully can contribute to the forum in the future.

Good luck with trading!

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 tradersam 
phx AZ US
 
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sounds familiar...however what makes you think this time will be any different than the last time or the time before that or the time before that? You need to ask yourself that question and actually spend some time answering it before you commit another dime to live trading. When you answer that question, you'll be more prepared to go live.

Mike Winfrey

Hi Mike,
Thanks for this wonderful site.
I feel I need to pay attention to the mental side. On this site I learned about the Sedona Method and NPL. I am dedicating myself to study and understand my emotions before comitting myself to the market again ( and ofcourse save some money too to refund my account).

I am repeating to myself that I am not trading the market but other traders.

On the technical analysis side, I feel I have some issues:
1. I am good to make decisions on the long side but not so on the short side.
2. I was working with a senior trader some time back. We took the same long entry. We expected it to be a
big move. However it was not and turned out to be a scalp. When the market reversed, the Sr. Trader immediately went short ar S/R. I am not currently able to change my bias that fast. I am trying to get this skill in my armour.
3. I have improved a lot over time regarding letting my profits run. There is more practise needed here too.
4. I am also moving my stops ( by max 2 ticks) in effort to give the market wriggle room. I am now trying to let the idea sink in that the market must support my hypothesis immediately otherwise I need to scratch the trade ie do not let the market prove me wrong. But be more proactive.
5. I am trying to imbibe ideas from 'Trading in the Zone'.
6. I am not adding indicators or changing strategies but seem to move my charts around all the time( in effort to optimize screen Real Estate). My biggest failures came when I moved my charts. I think it takes time for the mind to get used to seeing information in a certain manner. This is a bad habit I am unable to overcome. It is always one last change or follow a different market like Nasdaq or DOW or Russel etc.

Hopefully next time in the markets I will not be held back because of the above mentioned flaws.

Sam

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 vladyz 
Venice, FL / USA
 
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My name is Sam. I have been trying to learn how to trade the ES.
It has been a costly learning journey so far. I started learning the markets and technical analysis since 2 years.
I have been focusing on ES since 1 year now. Blown my account 3 times so far. I am simulating now....but simulation seems boring and I generally do good in simulation but do not last 1 week in Live markets.

I have run out of ideas at the moment....but will start in earnest again in Jan 2011.

Sam

As Al Brooks is saying in his book 'Reading Price Charts Bar by Bar', 'Trading is very boring but also is very profitable.' (When one knows what he's doing, of course.) It may help to get this book and study it until you understand everything he's trying to tell there. The reading is tough and it may take you a few years to internalize its ideas. This lengthy learning process is unthinkable without paper trading the real market such as offered e.g. by NinjaTrader unless one has an unlimited money supply (a la Mr. Bernanke). After having lost tons of money during many years of haphazard trading I finally wised up to taking the trading business for what it really is - a most complex and therefore very difficult to learn game in town.

Good luck.

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wolfwk
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Hi Mike,

thank you for the welcome. I am living in Germany and I am trading since 10 years, at first stocks, then options and futures and now only ES. In my first years of trading I lost a lot of money. In 2007 I reached my break even. In 2008 and 2009 I had a break on account of my job. Now I'm back again. For many years I used TradeStation 2000i. I developed some indicators using Easy Language. I tested Multicharts, NinjaTrader and SierraCharts. While I was looking for a new trading software, I stumbled upon this forum. I received a lot of information I was looking for. I am pleased to join the community to expand knowledge and skills. On the other hand I would like to share my moderate trading skills with you in return.

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wolfwk

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 sirdudeness 
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Thanks Mike for the website. I find that forums are the best for finding solutions to problems, especially like minded people. I trade Auction Market Theory w/ Volume Profile setups.

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Really nice job guys. Like the forums and all the free stuff in here. I have some experience in trading, I hope I can do my part to help this community to grow, however I am alway looking for places where I can learn and improve my knowledge

Happy Trading everyone!

Jonathan

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Hello,
New to futures.io (formerly BMT)F. I am officially at overload. New to trading- 1 year- fully registered stockbroker, have full capital behind me. Sat in front of my computers for 2 months. I have so many indicators going off in my mind, struggled with the mental aspects, built what I believe is a killer indicator, that works well.
I can pull the trigger on as many trades as I want...but I just have not done it. Anyone else go through this phase and any suggestions to help press me in to the kind of trader I expect I will become. Any feedback is appreciated.

Thanks
J

1. Write a trading plan- have specific rules of when you trade (eliminate some indicators?)
2. Pull the trigger on demo account
3. When you can follow your plan consistently and pull the trigger (and you are consistently profitable) then go live

I have been demo trading for almost a year and am finally to the point where I can do the above. Good luck!

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Have used E*Trade, Schwab, OptionsXPress, TradeStation, Ninja. Currently using TS trading Futures contracts with an automated system built by John Clayburg called universal. Works pretty good. I let it enter the trade and then I manage it. Tried the Simple Automatic System for one month and liked it pretty well. But the owner insulted me so I dropped.
Looking forward to learning what you guys like and dislike.
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 chelinj 
Clearwater
 
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Thanks Mike,
Glad to be here... I am a sim trader, hoping to start live trading as soon as I can find indicators that work at least 60-70% of the time. I've traded Stocks and Options in the past and lately interested in the futures market.
I use the NT platform and just recently upgraded to v7. Some cool features there, especially on charting.
I hope to learn from all and will contribute in whatever way I can.
Thanks!!

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Thanks Mike,
Glad to be here... I am a sim trader, hoping to start live trading as soon as I can find indicators that work at least 60-70% of the time.

Sorry but that would be called "the holy grail", and you won't ever find it. Focus on the psychology and money management section of the forum, and read all the journals --- stay away from indicators where at all possible, and you should do great!

Mike

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Hi everyone! Good hunting!
Mike

Спасибо....
Круто у вас здесь....
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Rheinland-Pfalz,Germany
 
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my name is Rainer.
I am a Trader since around 10 years (or more dont really remember ) and doing this fulltime for around 4 years.
Actually I am using eSignal as Data Source and Charts, but preparing to change to NT7. Main reason for changing charting program is that eSignal does not support other scripting than EFS. It is not that I dont like JavaScript. No JS is ok for little formulas. But it is not so much good for larger extensions, because it needs to be interpreted at runtime each time it is loaded. So it can become slow. In addition the V10.xx is very old application that does not make use of modern hardware and operating systems. Basically it is good for a museum today. Maybe that V11 will become better. But actually it does not have implemented other than EFS script.
So I started with NT7 now which supports .NET and C# for extensions.
While looking around for informations about NT7, I found this forum and already VERY USEFUL Information - Thanks to the Thread "NinjaTrader and VS2010 for Dummies"
So it is a good start right now.
Best to All,
Rainer

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 MWinfrey 
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Thanks Mike,
Glad to be here... I am a sim trader, hoping to start live trading as soon as I can find indicators that work at least 60-70% of the time. I've traded Stocks and Options in the past and lately interested in the futures market.
I use the NT platform and just recently upgraded to v7. Some cool features there, especially on charting.
I hope to learn from all and will contribute in whatever way I can.
Thanks!!

Welcome and good luck on your journey finding indicators that work at least 60-70 percent of the time. Indicators in and of themselves don't work that well. If they did I believe this forum would be full of reports of those 70% indicators . My pretty extensive but unscientific study shows that indicators work more like 30-40% of the time. With some tweaking and curve fitting you can get them to work at a higher success rate but then they stop working after a while. However, you're in a great place to learn how to trade.

You might want to take a look at .

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Hello all,

After many years of mixed to poor results as a discretionary trader, I recently started to test a few mechanical systems, some developed by me and a few by vendors. I find this subject of automation fascinating and believe it is the wave of the future for retail traders given the advances in technology and software and the hurdle of harnessing human emotions.

The challenge, however, is the same regardless of the approach. Namely, to find a consistent edge that can pass the test of time.

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paulg
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Glad to join.
I've traded: ES, NQ, ZB, ZN, 6E, FGBL.

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Greetings!

I've been trading for over 15 years, primarily equities both short and long term. Early this year I started day trading as well. It's been an interesting experience and I hope to learn from others as well as share my experiences.

I use MultiCharts as my software platform and Interactive Brokers for trading.

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 watrader 
Stuttgart, Germany
 
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My name is Walter and I am a active trader for about 5 years. Since 2008 I am trading for living.
I was with eSignal as my preferred trading platform since 2002. My preferred instruments were and are
ES Mini, Russel Mini, DAX, EUR.

In past months I was looking for a modern charting platform which supports 64bit OS with a reliable data feed.
eSignal was not bad for me but the software is - from my perspective - not up to date. The upcoming version might eliminate some of the obstacles the older version had.

I am impressed by NT 7 so far and decided to give it a try. Btw. I was pointed to this forum and must say that the first impression is fantastic. It is always helpful to have a community which honestly helps each other to achieve the results one try to achieve.

My thank goes to Big Mike for this opportunity.

See you in this forum
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HI Walter,
nice to see you here.

Rainer


NOTE: this community has a disadvantage: THERE IS SO MUCH VALUABLE INFORMATION HERE, that you cannot stop reading....

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 gibips 
Peterborough, ON
 
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I have been trading for several years, but more seriously in the last two. more out necessity thanks to the economic downturn.

I day trade futures and longer term with options. I have found that I can predictably nail an entry, but fail at timing the exit properly, either by holding on too long and watching profits evaporate, chickening out and exiting, or trailing stops too tight. Reading posts from other members is helping me take the emotion out of my trading. Hard thing to do.

Thanks to Big Mike for this forum.

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 Raceman 
Virginia, usa
 
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Hey, I am new to trading although been in the market with investing for many years. I am looking to learn from the experts here, share my experiences, and eventually give back when appropriate. I have enjoyed lurking and it is now time to become active!

Good trading to all.
Raceman

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hidai
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Hi everyone.

Very happy to join this forum. have been in trading and financial industry for about 4 years. I hope to share my knowledge and to get some out of you guys,

See you soon,

Hidai

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 kignkenny 
LA, CA, USA
 
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Mike,

I really appreciate the effort you have made here. I find your site rich with info and very well maintained.
For my part, after developing software for traders for many years, finally decided to turn pro a while ago, and having gone through all the heartaches and ups and downs, finally figured out what it takes to be a good trader:
Patience and Detachment.

Hope I can contribute to the site when the time comes.

Kenny

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Hi all, just joined today and looking forward to chatting to you all and learning some new stuff, Mike forum looks great and full of info so will be searching the threads over the coming days.
I have been trading 8 years now, trade ES mainly and had a hard time at first but things are a lot clearer now, I took many market Profile courses and studied Order Flow and that has made a big differance on my results, but still a long way to go.

anyway just wanted to say Hi.

Stacey

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England
 
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Hi Everyone

My name is Adam, i have actaully been trading since 1994, I feel very old. I started my career at Goldman's in 1993, I then went to UBS. Since 2005 i have been trading my own account, i live out in the middle of nowhere which is great when it comes to concentrating on the markets.

I mainly trade Options (It was OTC Forex options i did at GS and UBS), but i also trade alot of CME Currency Futures for hedging.

I tend to give all my hard eraned cash back to the oil market although I have managed to avoid that for the last couple of years.

I avoid stocks and indices trading i would rather sweep the streets.

I joined futures.io (formerly BMT) to try and fill a cap in the market, there is a huge gulf in the market from ex-bank traders to new guys starting up. futures.io (formerly BMT) seems to have the most market worthy folks I have seen on here. Personally i dont want to hear about guys moaning how when they traded the pit this move would of lasted 70 pips , or newbie's asking which way round EURUSD is quoted. futures.io (formerly BMT) fits the bill and im very happy reading threads from some quality market traders.

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Hi everyone
I am about a year into trading and have already blown an account.
I hope to gain more discipline and experience from the senior members
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 laski 
Italy
 
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Hello,
I'm a full time trader from Italy,
I like very much this forum, al lot of ideas and inputs.
I hope to give something back to comunity.

Marco

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Mhangarta
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Hello,
I have been dabbling in trading for about 4years with small gains and then blowing out.
I am currently looking at trading futures in a small way and right now mainly trade stocks intra-day.
My hope is to gain some insights on what fits me and developing a workable strategy, and develop the ability to follow my plans - I have a habit of running stops way too close, by not planning trades adequately.
Like the look of the forum so far - came across it on a random search.

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My Name is Sean, and I have been trading on and off for a while but have to honest and say that I am looking for a direction to trade consistantly and profitably.
very apreciative of this forum and hope I can be part of the community.
thanks to all

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Hi everyone,

I have been trading for about 2 years now with ups and downs. I find the site very interesting and hope to learn something as well as contribute.

Rick

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Hi,

I’m from Flanders the Dutch speaking part of Belgium. My English is very basic. I'm just beginning with Velocity. I have 16 years of experience in trading stocks. In the next 3 months i will paper trade, mainly with E6.

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jermain
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Hello mike and everyone who is a part of this family, thank you for sharing and i will do the same also to
give us a chance is this buisness

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ArthurYak
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I too am looking for a modern graphics platform that supports 64-bit OS with a reliable channel of information.

I think that the NT 7 is suitable for this.

I express my gratitude to Big Mike for this opportunity to find their supporters.

I'll see you in this forum

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He @ all,

my name is Sebastian and i am addicted !!!

I am a full time student in machtronics (mixed electrical/mechanical and It- degree) since 4 years.

hope to have some good times here with you.


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 Ninja7 
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Hi All,

I stumbled across this forum when I was looking for NinjaTrader code (use it for back-testing). It looks like a great site. I've been trading off and on for a little under a year. My full time job is in electrical engineering (more on the software side of things these days) so my trading is definitely part time at this point.

Looking forward to what I can learn here and hopefully participating a bit as time permits (wife, kids, job can certainly take up a lot of one's time).

By the way, my alias has nothing to do with NinjaTrader. It's an old nickname from college.

Thanks,
Brian

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HI All,

i start my part-time trading life and found MC a very good tools for me to work on...giving i know nothing about programming. hope i can learn more about programming and start to explore ninjatrader.... happy to know you all who would like to share trading idea especially for asia market..

Rgds,
GM

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I was blocked out because I signed up early this year and didn't came back until now.

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 Gordon 
Rogue Valley Oregon
 
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Hello everyone I am new here and just starting to learn my way around, looking forward to the learning curve here.

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I am a Fire fighter, get sick of it now.
learning trading, now for 4 yrs, gone through the nearly every book stage, a few seminars got a pretty good idea what works ( simple works)

this where I at

38-STEPS TO BECOMING A
SUCCESSFUL TRADER

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1. We accumulate trading information - buying books, going to seminars and researching.
2. We begin to trade with our 'new' knowledge.
3. We consistently 'donate' and then realize we may need more knowledge or information.
4. We accumulate more information.
5. We switch the commodities we are currently following.
6. We go back into the market and trade with our 'updated' knowledge.
7. We get 'beat up' again and begin to lose some of our confidence. Fear starts setting in.
8. We start to listen to 'outside news' & other traders.
9. We go back into the market and continue to donate.
10. We switch commodities again.
11. We search for more trading information.
12. We go back into the market and continue to donate.
13. We get 'overconfident' & market humbles us.
14. We start to understand that trading success fully is going to take more time and more knowledge then we anticipated.
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Many Traders Will Give up at this Point as they Realize Work is Involved

15. We get serious and start concentrating on learning a 'real' methodology.
16. We trade our methodology with some success, but realize that something is missing.
17. We begin to understand the need for having rules to apply our methodology.
18. We take a sabbatical from trading to develop and research our trading rules.
19. We start trading again, this time with rules and find some success, but overall we still hesitate when it comes time to execute. We start trading again, this time with rules and find some success, but overall we still hesitate when it comes time to execute.
20. We add, subtract and modify rules as we see a need to be more proficient with our rules.
21. We go back into the market and continue to donate. We go back into the market and continue to donate.
22. We start to take responsibility for our trading results as we understand that our success is in us, not the trade methodology.
23. We continue to trade and become more proficient with our methodology and our rules.
24. As we trade we still have a tendency to violate our rules and our results are erratic.
25. We know we are close.
26. We go back and research our rules.
27. We build the confidence in our rules and go back into the market and trade.
28. Our trading results are getting better, but we are still hesitating in executing our rules.
29. We now see the importance of following our rules as we see the results of our trades when we don't follow them.
30. We begin to see that our lack of success is within us (a lack of discipline in following the rules because of some kind of fear) and we begin to work on knowing ourselves better.
31. We continue to trade and the market teaches us more and more about ourselves.
32. We master our methodology and trading rules.
33. We begin to consistently make money. We begin to consistently make money.
34. We get a little overconfident and the market humbles us.
35. We continue to learn our lessons.
36. We stop thinking and allow our rules to trade for us (trading becomes boring, but successful) and our trading account continues to grow as we increase our contract size.
37. We are making more money then we ever dreamed to be possible.
38. We go on with our lives and accomplish many of the goals we had always dreamed of.

This where I am at in Bold

CHISEL

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Hi
I'm here to learn and share my trading experience. I've also blown thru two accounts. I know this is a journey, but if you perservere and learn from your mistakes you can master the greatest business their is. Being able to master the market is a life long study that the rewards are awesome. I'm enjoying the journey. Look forward to reading and sharing trading war stories.

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Just started looking at this forum. It looks as though it might be useful, unlike so many sites on the web.
Thanks to All for your input to the forum. I hope I'll be able to contribute something at some point, when/if I get to the point where I have the illusion I know wtf I'm doing.

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