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Mumbai India
 
 
Posts: 2 since Jul 2009
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Hi everyone!

Like Big Mike and most day traders, I too blew up my account a couple times and lost enough money to make most grown men weep. It has taken me 13 years to regroup and I am yet to start trading with common sense and with control of my emotions.

I think the way BM is sharing his personal downs and ups of trading, I have come to the right place to learn from those whoe have 'been there, done that' AND at the same time have the humility and generosity to share their learnings.

I chose the user name to reflect my belief in self-knowledge and self-discipline.

I would share more as time goes and I have soemthing useful to contribute.

Thanks, Big Mike for creating this community.

May God bless you!

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San Francisco, CA
 
Experience: Intermediate
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Trading: ES
 
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Hi,
I'm a little late in posting this intro, but I'm happy to find this forum. Thanks to BM for hard work & commitment to this forum & blog. Thanks also to all others who have shared their experiences, charts, & code. My eventual goal is to trade is to trade for a living, I know with the help of the community, I might just have a fighting chance...

Thanks All

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Aurora, IL
 
Experience: Intermediate
Platform: NinjaTrader
Broker: Mirus Futures/Zen-Fire
Trading: CL,NQ,GC
 
Posts: 1 since Dec 2009
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Hi All,

I'm a 56 year old retired guy from the mid west U.S. I've been at this (day trading futures) since the mid 90's, have not achieved consistent success yet, but I've learned enough to realize that my success depends on me being focused on executing trades according to a trading plan that I can trust- which I am in the process of refining, and careful money management. I hope to be able to make meaningful contributions here, but first I have to study what has already been offered by all of you. Thanks to Mike for providing this meeting place for us to exchange ideas and encouragement, and thanks to all of you who have already contributed.

Good trading to all, and happy holidays (for me, that's Merry Christmas)
Earle

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Hong Kong
 
 
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Hi All,

I have been trading for the last 5 years. It has not always been smooth sailing as I have
encountered some serious losses in Futures and Options before. I am now focusing solely
on stocks and I am pleased with the results I have been seeing for the last year or so. I
am very happy to join this forum and I hope that I will learn many new tactics and strategies
from you all!

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I am 45 years old and live in Northern Virginia. I own couple of small businesses that are successful enough to allow me to spend time to become a full time trader.

I have tried many different technical indicators and systems with in-consistant results. I have finally come to the conclusion thanks to Bike Mike and this forum that indicators are not the solution. I have to understand price action and demand and supply.

I am trying to learn reading price action by following Al Brooks methods. I have read his book twice and joined his trading room. I am trying to write a trading plan based on some of his setups and also using the cumulative tick index. I think if I can understand the cumulative tick index and establish a market bias, I can then use the setups from Al Brooks book and create a trading plan.

I also use Gomi commulative tick indicator on the instruments that I trade. I use Gomi CD to determine demand and supply on the charts.

Thank you Big Mike for creating this forum. From what I have seen there is a lot of good people contributing to this forum and it has become one of the premier trading communities on the web.

I hope that we all can become consistant in our trading.

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Italy
 
 
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Hello Big Mike and to everyone on the community.
I beg you pardon for my english (I am not english speaking) but first because I am a very very very beginner so it will be very probably you find simple and "stupid" posts.
I am not so active on the forum because of I am learning... so I am searching as much material as possible to do that. In the nation where I live there is not much to find out or forums so I decide to surf the web and fortunatelly find yours I think is very professional.
Hoping to write somithing more interessant for averybody,
have a nice day.
Thanks Pippotto

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milan, italy
 
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hi mike and forum members,

fantastic website. myself, background in financial mathematics. was a professional quantitative analyst with some trading groups. traded lots of equities, predominantly using standard multi factor models. joined the more technical bandwagon a few years ago. tend to trade on a daily basis using fully automated models. build most of my systems in matlab, but love NT as a quick method to test ideas.

looking forward to contributing to the forum.

quasar

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toronto, on
 
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Hi Mike,

Thanks for this forum. I have some programming experience and hopefully one day I will be able to contribute in a meaningful way.

CD

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Greetings,

Great forum, thank you Mike. Been trading 10 yrs+...

Dave

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Netherlands
 
Experience: Intermediate
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Hi all
I have a request can anyone know some books or tips how to learn ninja script i know a little easy languages but c++ is a compleet riddle for me
regards Alias

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Czech Republic
 
 
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He Mike and All,
I am form Czech Republic and this forum I discovered for happy chance.
I am totally beginner in line of this bussines. But I will make progress.
Thanks for this formum.
Carol

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Hi Guys

Iv'e been trading the futures markets (sim & live) for about 10 months now, particularly the ES.

Went live for about 3 months but that wasn't working out so i'm back on sim.

I'm just trading the Russell now & using infinity brokers which I find to be fantastic.

The dome is really simple to use & your assigned broker gets back to you immediately when contacted.

I'm hoping to go live again sometime in January. One thing is for certain...this is one hell of a journey. The ups & downs are incredible!!

Congratulations Mike on this forum. Trading can certainly be lonely at times, (particularly here in Australia where we trade during the night shift), however forums such as this certainly keep the flame alit.

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Czech Republic
 
Experience: Intermediate
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Hi all,

I've been trading FDAX sim & live for about 3 years. I use mainly VSA and Wyckoff principles. Hopefully we can become better traders together.

Hinode

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I have a request can anyone know some books or tips how to learn ninja script i know a little easy languages but c++ is a compleet riddle for me
regards Alias

Best way to learn C# (pronounced C Sharp) for Ninja is to download some indicators you understand relatively well, then open the source and examine it one line at a time. There is no better way.

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Hi Everyone,

I have been trading full time for the last 9 years. Before that I traded for about 5 years during the day while holding down my day job.
Some history . . . . Like most traders at the beginning I made all the mistakes one could make and had many losing streaks. I thought knowing more was the answer to my problems so I then read about 60 of the most popular trading books. After that I knew a bunch but now couldn't pull the trigger to get into a trade as my head was swimming with too many trading concepts. So then I went to trading room after trading room looking for a mentor, a guru. Even though I picked up good information here and there I still had a negatively trending equity curve. I was adding more and more psychological damage to my mind set by the month. Sound familiar?
I decided to take some time off and get a new perspective. After a good break I decided all I really needed was one good way to trade. Most importantly I felt I needed a method, an edge that fit my personality. Since I like action and trading the hottest stocks of the day, I designed my method to capitalize on momentum price action stocks. I was able to turn it around at this point. The key for me was fitting my trading focus on my personality and keeping it simple.
I now predominantly trade the momo stocks of the day and the ES.
I'm looking forward to learn and participate in this forum.

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lexinton, sc
 
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Hello everyone, I have been seriously day trading the emini S&P for about one year. Mostly trying to improve and use what I have learned studying charts and journals. Can’t say that I have been successful yet, i.e. can’t retire yet, but it is fun trying. At this point in my trading, I am focused on fine-tuning my indicators and methods/rules. My biggest challenge is waiting for a “full house” setup, tendency to get impatient and try playing a weak countertrend trade. My current goal is to consistently make one point a day, thought it would be easy, but at the end of the week or month, ughh. I found this forum to be the most helpful and have learned a great deal, (I spent months messing with all the indicators running on my screen, so much so I could hardly see the price chart), and now see the price action is where it is at. I am currently using the ECO2new and TSSSupertrend indicators, (thanks for those!), lots of trendlines and breakout timezones that I am trying to automate via writing a ninjatrader strategy using above mentioned indicators as confirmation filters.

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lexinton, sc
 
Experience: Intermediate
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Hello, i downloaded the sample strategies from ninjatrader support website, about 6 of them, imported and ran them to see what they did, then edited them to disect the code. i found most of the code snippets i could use/modify that way...
hope that helps

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Vancouver BC Canada
 
Experience: Beginner
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Trading: futures,forex,equities,options
 
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Hello everyone, I've been trading off and on for about 6 years. I started at a trading firm called SwiftTrade (intraday scalping on the Nasdaq with their money). It was the most exciting "job" that I ever had ( I never thought that I would look forward to Mondays and hate Fridays). But I was never really getting ahead (every month I was just barely net positive). So then I went on my own and learned Options.Since the strategy I was using in Options didn't require my daily attention, I decided to try and learn automated programming through NinjaTrader as well. I thought I had found the Holly Grail with my Options strategy because it was profitable for so long. But then last March I lost all of my gains for the last few years as well as a chunk of my capital. I took a break for a while and now am back again. This time I am still looking into automation but also into just doing simple short term strategies using Forex and Futures(because of my time zone I do not like getting up at 5:00am any more). So that's my story in a nut shell.


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Des Moines, IA
 
Experience: Beginner
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Broker: Amp Futures/Zen-Fire
Trading: ES
 
Posts: 3 since Dec 2009
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Hello,
My name is Dan and I’m new to the site and new to day trading. I’ve spent several days reading many threads and excited to get started with all the great advice that I’ve read.
I’m also interested in knowing which system might be the best solution for a complete newbie. I’ve gone over the HG and Big Mikes systems and feel that I understand and could start with either of them just wanted some expert opinions?
My plans are to record and use market replay in the evenings for a very long time prior to entering the market for real (if I feel safe).
Thanks to all of you for sharing your experience,
Dan

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nn
 
Experience: Intermediate
Platform: ninja
Broker: IB
Trading: forex, futures
 
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Hello,

I have been a longterm trend follower (futures) for the last 3 yrs. Started to trade intraday (equities/ETF's) October 2008 as well, the volatility deemed it necesssary.
I have been using NinjaTrader since that time. Also, I preferred to use automated
strategies but it seems that my intraday strategies equity curve has followed the VIX.

Recently I have been venturing into FOREX, I ran across TRO. This gentleman seems
to have a nice following. His methods seem to be based on statistics= Good
The screenshots he posts are nice, but I have yet to see one statement of performance.
=Suspect. Anyone here use his methods?

Anyway, Merry Christmas to all
LJ

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LJ,



Please use the TRO thread to discuss TRO's method so this Introductory thread stays on-topic.

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Hi Everyone,

My name is Scott and I am new to this forum. I Decided to take control of my stock investing away from my broker in the spring of 2009. I started with swing trading and studying technical analysis. I did OK (broke even) but never really liked the time it took to generate profit.
Then I stumbled onto day trading, something I didn't think I wanted to pursue. I learned about level 2 quotes, support and resistance and direct access trading. Mostly I learned how professional traders trade. What attracted me to day trading is the ability to generate a daily income. I have settled on scalping the e-mini futures market. I like the volatility, profit potential and being able to focus on one product.
I have been in a training course for 3 months now trading on sim and am planning on live trading by the end of January 2010. I found this forum while searching for specific indicators for Ninja Trader. This forum and site are very well done. I look forward to learning and sharing all of the great info on this site.

Thanks, Mike for what you have created.

Merry Christmas everyone.

Scott

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sarasota fl
 
 
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what course?

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Sacramento, Ca
 
 
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Secrets of traders

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sarasota fl
 
 
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Ah Larry an interesting trader, you will find alot to add in Mike's. Just network if you can. Good trading

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India
 
 
Posts: 8 since Dec 2009
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Hello All,

I am from India and a trader for the last 6 years. Use chart patterns and Market profile. There is an excellent thread on Harmonic Patterns by George here, and that thread brought me here through google.

Merry Christmas to All

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Hi all,

Merry Xmas to all the community. Here you have another seeker of consistency (preferibly black numbers :-) in the markets.

Rgds from Spain,

el oso

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colorado springs, colorado
 
 
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great blog site Mike, I hope to learn alot. I am a member of the US army for several years and have a goal of becoming wealthy in three years. I believe the information contained here can help.

thanks again,

P

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Metropolis, IL
 
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Hello,
Thanks to all for a great site and to all that share indicators, information, and indicators.
Merry Christmas,
Bobm318

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New York, NY
 
 
Posts: 142 since Dec 2009
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Hey All,

I wanted to thank Big Mike et al for some great indicators I've found on this site. I've been able to combine one or two with indicators I've found elsewhere and will be happy to share those results, should I be smart enough to find the proper forum in which to do so.

Blz17 (if he is who I think he is) will probably tell you not to hold your breath on that one

Dave

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Denver
 
Experience: Intermediate
Platform: TOS, TDA StrategyDesk
Broker: TD Ameritrade
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Hello everyone. It's nice to join you here.
I found this forum doing a web search for Demark indicators. Thanks to cbratton for posting those, BTW.
A little about myself. I live and work in Chicago as a systems administrator.
I got started in trading as a hobby in October of 2007, right before things really fell apart in the market. I've never done sim trading. My approach, rather, was to start an account with just enough real capital that I could afford lose it all and still be ok. I left my nest egg in a managed mutual funds while I learned what I was doing. (I have since moved my funds into an IRA and manage my own account)
I started out, like many others here, by reading all I could, watching financial television, listening to webcasts and educational material provided by my broker, and various other places on the web.
I didn't know what kind of trader I was at first, so I tried to learn several different approaches. I now know that I'm a trend-following trader, and primarily follow the teachings of Dr. Charles Schapp. As such, ADX/DMI is my primary indicator. I mainly trade stocks, and some options. Recently, I've been also studying counter-trend indicators, such as Demark's TD Sequential and Elliot Wave analysis. My intention is not to use them to bet against the trend, but to have additional indication of when trends are getting exhausted, particularly in the broader market.
The biggest lessons I've learned so far include trusting my own research, rather than being biased by TV commentary; keeping initial positions small based on volatility; never averaging down; always using stops; never moving stops; and always using stops (twice intentionally).

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Hello Fellow Traders,
Glad to find this forum, I found it while searching for information on Market Replay data. It appears that a good amount of data is available for testing along with a lot of discussion.

I am trading futures (CL, NG & GC primarily) and have been trading them for a little while now. My focus has been on day trading them with a trend following strategy using MA's and S/R. I'm looking to use Ninja Trader to hone my skills by replaying some of the tick data, hopefully by the use of the replay I can learn to eliminate some of the false signals in spotting new trends.

Best regards,
Bryan

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Glad to join this forum. I am trading full time on Forex. Recently switched my charting package to Ninjatrader and loves it especially the NT7.

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Elverum, Norway
 
Experience: Intermediate
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Hello

I'm happy to find this forum.
I have traded stocks a couple of years at the Oslo stock exanghe with a couple of automated strategies that I made my self in Tradestation 2000i.
The last year and a half I have focused on e-mini futures and are trying to make and code a good strategy or two for the e-mini NQ and YM futures in the Ninja trader.

I hope to get some new ideas and input to my work here and to be able to give somehing back too.

Regards
Stian

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Hello Big Mike and fellow traders,

Firstly, I am very happy to have found this site. It looks like what I've been looking for all this time. So, thanks Big Mike.

I also fall into the 'been there, done that' category of traders who has lost two accounts and looking to get back in after a long hiatus! In this time, I managed to focus all my learning into one simple strategy and have been paper trading it for the past 3 months or so with some good results.

The best advice I've gotten so far has been to try and put my trading strategy to paper in such a way that I can give it to someone with very limited knowledge of trading and they should be able to tell what the entry and exits and money management rules are. It has been the best advice I have received to date. Hope it can help some of you guys too

Cheers,
--Tom

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I've been trading futures for a couple of year now. Recently moved to trading the ES full time now with Ninjatrader. Enjoying the site thus far!

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Experience: Intermediate
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Mike,
I'm in the same boat you are sailing, gone through 2 accounts. Now being very discipline with my trading where in return has become profitable. Look forward to teaching each other some techniques.

David

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Good work on developing this site, Mike. Looking forward to sharing and learning some too.

A

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Hi,

Just wanted to introduce myself.
I'm from Portugal and I'm pretty new to this trading stuff.
I have been doing some research on strategies, backtesting, paper simulation (real and market replay) for the past year and I'm getting near to go live.

I use Ninja Trader as my platform and I love it's flexibility but I hate it's instability!!!

If you need anything else that I can help just let me know.

Regards,
Adriano

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WA
 
 
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Hi Mike and felow Members,

Thanks for letting me join your group. I am in Aussieland. I have been trading live for the past 6 months unsuccessfully. Before that I was trading in sim with some success and thought it would be possible to make some money some of the time.
I am a TI member and have not had success with their trading style
I work most of the day and and was convinced that trading 2 hours per day according to TI would be enough to make money. Little di I know which 2 hours it could be as I was only able to trade the first 2 at the market opening due to work the next day. I have tried several styles and indicators after that and have not been successful so far. I have lost all of the money in my trading account. I am about to give up. I was searching the internet about new trading styles and came upon yours.

I hope to learn something new from you and your members.

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hello, i am a intermediate in trading .
i found your forum very interesting.
i am sorry for the errors in my phrases, i don't write english very well.
i.am from france.
see you
philip

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Hi Mike,

Glad to join this fourm.

I'm from Cadiz, Spain and watching your blog for a couple of weeks.
I'm trading for a couple of years with stocks and currently with futures. I'm interested in trading the future market, especially ES, NQ and YM.

Hope to learn the things to live.

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Manitou Springs, Colorado
 
 
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I graduated college with a degree in English and no idea what to do with it. I tried some trading on a whim, and have been working at it full-time for the last year now. So far my trading has simply used price / value with fairly basic charting. Over the Christmas slow times I've been learning NT, and trying to start out the year with some new perspective. Over the last year I managed to eek out a profit after some rough starts, and hoping that a focus on more detail and firmer strategies can help this year be solidly profitable.

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uk
 
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Hi Mike and all, just joined up, after spending way to cash on the next best thing i came to the conclusion its best to talk to trader in stead of vendors.. so i am here to stay and if i can will help as well,, i have been tradig for 9 years and been getting by..JUST!! .

anyay look forward to speaking to you all soon

regards


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Hello Everyone,

I'm excited about joining your forum. I am a futures day trader and plan to be an active poster.

Good Trading,
sandie

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Hi Mike and felow Members,

Thanks for letting me join your group. I am in Aussieland. I have been trading live for the past 6 months unsuccessfully. Before that I was trading in sim with some success and thought it would be possible to make some money some of the time.
I am a TI member and have not had success with their trading style
I work most of the day and and was convinced that trading 2 hours per day according to TI would be enough to make money. Little di I know which 2 hours it could be as I was only able to trade the first 2 at the market opening due to work the next day. I have tried several styles and indicators after that and have not been successful so far. I have lost all of the money in my trading account. I am about to give up. I was searching the internet about new trading styles and came upon yours.

I hope to learn something new from you and your members.

Hi Gambler67

Glad that you're with the Big Mike Family! Welcome aboard!

I am possibly too green to give you any advice. After months of research and learning full-time, I realize having a written Trading Plan (incl profit target, stoploss and timeline etc) and Daily Game Plan are critical to one's trading venture. I highly recommend your reading some great books on that + learning how to be a well-disciplined and focussed trader.

I do have some e-Books. You can provide me with an email account that can accommodate at least 9MB enclosure(s) and I will email them over.

Happy & Successful Trading!

Beth

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Kalispell, MT
 
Experience: Intermediate
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Hi All,
Glad to be on board as a vip! Worth every penny I'm sure.
I've blown up a few times, never made anything I could hold on to; the wife wants me to stop, and I'm sure I've learned enough to earn a good living.
Anyone heard this before?
Thanks for having me.
Mtntrader

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Hi Beth,

Thanks for your mail. I dont know if my current email add. can accomodate 9MB.

The trading plan does not seem to be a problem. I think the problem is that the markets have already moved during premarket and by the time, I start during the market hours, the market becomes too violent, and takes out my stops. I have even increased my stops, but have instead increased my losses.

Do you have any startegies or methods that seem to work? Until know only TI and the brokers have made made any money.

Thanking you. Have a Happy and Prosperous New year.

Kind regards,

Mahesh

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Hello Traders,
I am a retired carpenter. I spent the greater part of my life swinging a hammer and raising a family. Around 10 years ago I decided to learn how to trade so that I would have some income when I got too old to do construction work.
Since then, I have traded many small accounts with many FCMs. I made some money, lost some money, and pretty much broke even over the years. I never really had enough money to trade, and "let it ride".

To make a long story short, I am currently a CTA (Commodity Trading Advisor), registered with the CFTC and member of the NFA. I will put my 2 cents worth into your forum to help the new guys. Please keep in mind that my time is limited, and I need to be very careful about what I say.

I got to this site because I was doing a google search about Fibonacci Patterns, which fascinates me. I have a couple of websites which may be helpful ( I am not selling anything). There is no such thing as "trading secrets". All the info is out there, its just hard to find, especially if you dont know what your looking for.

I am just a regular type guy that works hard on whatever I am working on. And that is the secret Holy Grail. Just work hard and figure it out. You can do it.

My websites are:
fxOPTIONguy.com
lvc1.com
(the system would not allow me to provide links)

Well, good luck to all, and if anyone has any info on Fibo-patterns, lay it on me. Please dont clutter up my business email.
thanks,
Dana

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Hi to All:

Good to be at this forum.

As others here, I am on a similar path.
My trading has evolved in a positive direction
especially since starting to practice good
money management.

Much more room for growth though.

terrance

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Eu
 
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Hi Big Mike,

Thank you! Nice to be here and be a part of this comunity. You've done an amazing job!I did traded stock and this last yeat I try to trade futures itraday.
Not so muct time for trading but I'm lerning a lot from the forum.

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Hi Mike

I like your forum.

I have been studying the Elliot wave and Fibonatti and Now I am busy studying the Harmonic technique, (butterfly and Gartley pattern. I have been studying and simulating for 3 years now.

Profittrader

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Hi !

My name is Nacho. I started trading about 6 months ago, and as usual it was not a very beginning . After some time I started to control my reactions also and now I'm making some money but still wanting to learn more all the time.
I'm trading now in Metatrader and with some programs but looking forward to migrate to Ninja to add to strategies Volume.

Hope to hear from you all.
Best regards!

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Welcome I too started with TI and it did not help me to trade as much as I would have liked. They have few what i call universal set ups that can be used only if you learn to use Price action. Do not give up trading go back to sim every thing learned at TI will become clearer. [lol that took me way too long] I suggest to start with the price action and volume threads. A careful study of these will provide the keys to the kingdom. A good mentor will show you how to use them quicker. Ask the people here before you check something out. The nice thing about TI is now you know what you do not need any more of. My guess is that just about every method/ course has been taken by some one in this forum.

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I dont know what you mean with TI ... can you clarify it please?
I started with metatrader ...

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Sorry the response was intended for another. I must have pressed the wrong reply

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Cambridge, Ontario
 
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Hi Beth,

Thanks for your mail. I dont know if my current email add. can accomodate 9MB.

The trading plan does not seem to be a problem. I think the problem is that the markets have already moved during premarket and by the time, I start during the market hours, the market becomes too violent, and takes out my stops. I have even increased my stops, but have instead increased my losses.

Do you have any startegies or methods that seem to work? Until know only TI and the brokers have made made any money.

Thanking you. Have a Happy and Prosperous New year.

Kind regards,

Mahesh

Hi Mahesh

Thanks for your best wishes. Yours will be a Healthy & Successful one too!

Let me share a little bit on what I am currently doing (after months of learning and research):

1. Trading Plan

I have specific instruments that I will trade with the maximum exposure + profit targets, stop loss and timeline. For example,

i) Credit Spreads/Iron Condors, eg SPX, CME and RUT - maximum exposure $5,000, expected profit target $250-$500, stop loss (when the delta exceeds 0.25) .. ..

ii) Naked Put, eg UNG, AZONE and MFA (Important that I am prepared to own the stocks if assigned.)

iii) Equity Stocks - maximum exposure $2,000, expected profit target 5-10%, stop loss 5-10%, timeline max 1 month

iv) Futures, eg ES and YM - maximum 3 trades per day, expected profit target $100-$150/day, maximum weekly loss $200 (if hit, sim trade only)

2. Daily Game Plan

i) Monitor the current position and consider new trades for items i)-iii) above

ii) Daytrade Futures based on the main trading system (currently I sim trade only)

Note: I have written notes/tips on my Futures trading systems (I have more than one as I am testing them before deciding on the most appropriate one).

To trade successfully on a consistent basis, there're lots to learn. Increasing your SL constantly is not the answer because risk-reward ratio is one of the important factors to justify a trade. For example, I am using an intial 6-tick SL for a 4-tick target of ES (1.5:1). Once I am in a trade and it's not working within 3 minutes or I get a warning, I will try to get out breakeven or give 1-2 ticks to the market. I will do my best not to have my SL get hit. In other words, my risk-reward ratio is very low and within my comfort zone.

After reading your response, I am not sure if you have a trading system that is proven to be 70-75% profitable most of the time? For example, based on what rules or signals will you enter into a trade (when, what, who, why and how). If the market you pick is too volatile for you, you may reconsider a different market. Fear is detrimental to one's psyche when trading.

I remember there're threads in the Big Mike Trading Forum that will fill the gaps. Please go through them.

Happy & Successful Trading!

Beth

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The forum can accept very large attachments in posts so they can be shared with all members. Please create a new thread or upload non-commercial books to the File Sharing section under Educational.

Mike

Thanks Mike for your suggestion. There're 2 e-Books that my friend shared with me (he got them from his publishing friend). I will check with him if it's okay to post them under Educational.

There're books I am a little reluctant to upload though do not mind emailing them separately ..

Happy New Year!

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Experience: Intermediate
Platform: NinjaTrader, MBTDesktop
Broker: Manduca/Rithmic, MBTrading.com, e-futures
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Hello!

I am programmer by job.
Sim traded successfully couple of months and started Day trading YM, TF, ES from July '09. Blew up account 3 times.

Found this forum in internet search and looks promising for any new trader in the arena.

Thank You Mike for starting this forum.

Regards.

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nashville,TN
 
 
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Hi,
I too have blown up a couple accounts over the past several years trying to learn to consistently make a living at this crooked game. I ran across this site and decided to see if tehre was any info here that would help me get back on track. I am not sure if I can contribute very much, but I will try. I am a Engineer by trade and can program in easy language and C# if someone needs help.
thanks

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Experience: Intermediate
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Trading: TF, NG, CL
 
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Happy New Year all! Have been trading for about 3 years - mostly ES - struggled and spent a lot of money learning and trading. Realize it is all about applying what I know, refining into what really works for myself and my own individual style. It has been a tough road and I still love it. This year would like to expand into trading other markets. In that last few months have discovered range bars which are great. This is a terrific forum and it is incredible to discover traders helping each other. It is such a tough road and paved with a lot of bumpy spots and many
potholes. Thanks Mike.

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St. John's, Newfoundland
 
Experience: Beginner
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Broker: IB
Trading: Stocks
 
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I am a novice trader with nothing to brag about; not even tales of losses in the markets. I have limited time in front of the computer and a lot of interruptions. I am aaspiring to be a steady trader and I am looking to see if day trading is for me.

I am afraid my contributions will be scant for now as I am looking around to "catch" information. I have found, though, that a lot of information exists out there but no body really teaches one good method, the excuse being "depends on your personality" or "depends on your risk tolerance". Is there really no objective method to trade given all the data available???

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Prague, CZ
 
 
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Hi, I'm old-new guy in daytrading from CZ. First time I started with daytrading in early 2008 and I immediatelly stopped as I've lost 8% of my account in approximatelly 30 minutes (no such drawdown in backtests). Then due to 2-3 FTE spent for my job I've suspended trading (some activities were made on vacation, but it is limited). Now I've adjusted my work to part-time and doing activities to start day trading again. (I've started approximately 2 months ago).

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I found that for me to trade successfully I have to know the Elliot wave and the Fibonatti and the Harmonic Pattern. I am working night and day at getting my arms around all of this. The other thing which I found important is to work on my subconciousmind to help me stick with my rules and strategy. I want to share mp3 Self Hypnosis materials specifically develop to support traders. Can anyone give me guidance as to how I can post it.

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Experience: Beginner
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Hi Mike and Everyone else

I live in the UK
I have been reaserching and Learning about Trading for 2 1/2 years traded live for 6 months last year, had the sense to stop and not completly blow out my account had made every wrong move in the book. Found this site last week and seems a very genuine bunch of people (which I reckon is Rare in trading circles). I settled on trading the ES and ZB but am unsure if the ZF is better? Am still looking to settle on a trading method and any help or pointers would be welcome.

Cheers Chris

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Berlin, Germany
 
 
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Hi, my name is Henrik,
and i trade with NT 6.5 and 7 beta and IB.
Last time I traded only FX, but now I want to trade (german) stocks.
Have a nice day!

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Hello Mike, and everyone,
Sorry I did not post anything since I registered. No excuses!!!
I trade for few years now, started with Gann with the help of IDS in Uk (manchester), then I wanted to move to currencies and made a big desaster, but now everything is under control. I like to trade 1 min chart with the help of 5/15/1h/4h/ and daily. I mainly trade gbp/yen because on nice legs on 1 min. Euro is fine but short legs.
I would like to learn a bit more , like to take trades without indicators....I feel it's difficult but probably possible as it's possible to drive 100km/hour on snow....
I wish a very happy new year to all, with lots of pips.
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Thanks Beth,

I am just following the volume spike strategy with inside bars and am getting stopped out 80% of the time. Can't figure out where I am going wrong. In hindsight things seem to be working very well. Do you have any particular strategy which has a good success rate.

Thanks.

Regards.

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Thanks Beth,

I am just following the volume spike strategy with inside bars and am getting stopped out 80% of the time. Can't figure out where I am going wrong. In hindsight things seem to be working very well. Do you have any particular strategy which has a good success rate.

Thanks.

Regards.

You are most welcome Mahesh. I tested out 2 strategies (Divergence and SMAs crossover) before and not happy with the results. Guess my personal preference counts too, ie knowing what's going on and not counting on auto-trades.

I am not sure if Big Mike has a strategy thread. You may want to check it out and/or start a thread yourself. 80% SL seems high to me. However, if the remaining 20% recovers the losses + making more $$ within a specified timeframe (acceptable to you), it may still work.

Happy & Successful Trading!

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I just stumble onto this forum late last night and I would like to introduce myself. I have been trading about six years now. I started out trading full time by telling my wife I would quit my job and told my boss to fire me during my performance review. He thought I was crazy and he did obliged my wish. My first month I made $2000 and I was so proud of myself. Thinking back I was a FOOL to do so. I know trading would not be easy but I had no idea how hard it would be. I shoud have kept my job and learn slowly. Like most traders I have blown up my account and now starting over again. In my early days I trade food stock, then oil, and now settle on futures. I hope to learn from everyone here and will contribute with some of my trade setups. Thanks

Bud

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just trying to add a thing or two to my trading...always looking for new ideas.

Been trading the M5 on cable, fiber, yen, e/j, g/j. But mostly the fiber due to the low spread. Trade on pullbacks with trend using bollinger bands, 21 EMA, and 50 SMA. Works pretty well on the SPX, YM, and QM but been going with what I know and works. Keep up the good work.

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i lost quite frequently because i used to take a fundamental call for trading without looking at charts. now i just want to learn something about trading with technicals.

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i more often trade with moving averages of 34 ema high, 89 ema high for trend and 144 low for support and break-down along with ATR and zig zag

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Greetings Everyone!

I was very glad to stumble upon this site. There's so much information and lots of different points of view: great resource.

I'm new at "day trading". I've been online trading (tdameritrade) for over 10 years now and have been interesting in trading but never felt the tools were available to us "outsiders". Now, it seems there's a somewhat level playing ground.

I've heeded the tons of advice and did not quit my day job, have not borrowed money from friends/family to fund my account and have set realistic expections of "success" for my 1st active trading year: not to lose all my money in my account.

I've created a business plan and plotted out my major milestones/accomplishments for the 1st year (I'm a Project Manager by day). Now I'm trying to work out a trading system or strategy that works for me. I don't believe in relying heavily on indicators alone. I believe that price action and understanding what's going on between the bulls/bears should be a foundation for my trading. But hey..what do I know..it just makes sense to me. I've been using NT 6.5 w/ real-time data to do sim trading mainly during off hours and Sundays and have been averaging about $50 - $100 per session trading the ES (3 contracts 3-4 ticks gain and then out). My ultimate goal is to make about $300 per day by the end of my 1st year (Dec 2010). Not sure how realistic that is but that's what I'm shooting for.

I'm here in Seattle, Wa so anyone in the area shoot me a message if you want.

Here to successful trading in 2010!!

Terry B.

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I have been around for a while, trading. I focus on price, s&r, price patterns, momentum and use range bars.
I think mike (ctl-break?) traded with me a while back. I use indicators as an added confirmation, and so rely mostly on price and where it is, and how volume relates to it.

I have studied with a few good traders...and learned a few good methods. Currently I run my own trade room, and mentor struggling traders to help them get back to simple and off the roller coaster.

Don't have much to conmtribute, don't program, but I am availble, through this forum, to answer any questions.

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Mapleton, Utah
 
Experience: Beginner
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Trading: ES, 6E, TF, 6B
 
Posts: 10 since Jan 2010
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I'm new to the foum and am happy to be here and learn from everyone....thanks in advance for everyone's help!!!

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Zapopan Jalisco Mexico
 
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I am a UK based novice trader currently on holiday in Mexico to escape the endless British winter.

I started trading in 2005 initially learning Point & Figure charting with DWA in Virginia.

I then became seduced by the Dark Side and started trading options via Think Or Swim.
I had what can only be described as beginners luck. Using a combination of market analysis from DWA and IBD using Weekly and Daily charts I ran my account up 50% during 2007. However they say never confuse brains with a bull market and so I gave it all back in the heavy days of volatilty in 2008. I then realised I did not have a trading plan or money management in place and my chart reading skills needed to improve dramatically. I took a sabbatical in 2008 as my business suffered dramatic demand destruction in the recession of 08 and 09. In April 09 I took courses with Online Trading Academy in the UK and there formulated a trading plan and incorporated strict money management rules into my trading. I am now trading equities on a small scale to improve my trading skills.

I found futures.io (formerly BMT) indirectly via Brett Steenbarger. In his book Daily Trading Coach he speaks very highly of Ninja Trader and when I googled NT reviews up came futures.io (formerly BMT). I have read with great interest the threads on the pros and cons of NT and most recently I have read all the threads on the Al Brooks method and as a result have ordered his book and have downloaded the PDF's available on this site.

I am impressed by the courtsey and professionalism shown by the members of this forum and look forward to being a part of it in the months ahead. Too many forums are incredibly negative and at times quite vicious in their comments about each other and about trading in general. Indeed some people post so much I wonder if they actually have any time to trade at all! The way that the Al Brooks thread developed I found absolutely enagaging and I look forward to taking part in other such valuable efforts at mutual education in the future.

Regards

Bernard

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Great to be here everyone..

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NSW
 
 
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Oh and I'm Australian so don't hold that against me

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nj
 
Experience: Intermediate
Platform: ninjatrader
Broker: scottrade
Trading: es
 
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Hello , Im a semi- retired construction worker {Laid Off} from atlantic city.Ive been trading stocks for about 5 years with some sucess, but im really interseted in trading the e-mini s&p and the CL. Ive been studying the es for about 3 years but have yet to take the plunge.Im still building my account. Thanks all....................... REDRUM28

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NYC, NY
 
Experience: Beginner
Platform: NinjaTrader
Broker: Mirus/Zen-Fire
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Hello futures.io (formerly BMT) Community,
I have been 'lurking' for a long time, enjoying the threads without participating. Last night though, I had a revelation that I think will make any of my contributions helpful to at least someone out there. Now I have permission to speak:-).
I have a special thanks for Big Mike, for creating this space.
Also:
Sefstrat, for d9PA; HJay, for his VSR Indicator; and finally Jeff Castille, for the good idea of his that you can do well with very little; albeit, it would have taken me a lifetime to learn to code anything nearly as good as those indicators I just mentioned.

Finally to my revelation: Fear is its own enemy, and your best friend --- at the end we tire of it and shake it off like a bad habit.
If you can stick to a bad position because you are 'convinced you are right' and prove it to yourself that you were indeed wrong, you'll find at the end and hopefully with not too large of a loss that you survived.
If after this experience, really diving on the stress of this thing (the trade, your boss, your spouse; whatever you thought you would die without; you get the point) going against you. You will find that just as is with death, you will make it.

Sorry, I am starting to ramble here.

My point is:
"A good set of indicators that give you a good, historically grounded setup you can count on, will be right more often than you and the believes you may hold at any given time. Statistically you will have and edge". What is hard is to go through the hell of fear...

Thanks again Big Mike for this nice place.
Cazimi

(When mercury is Cazimi, although in great pain He sees best) or
The best light some times comes off 'Burning Bridges'

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Powell, WY
 
 
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Hello all. I have been playing around the edges of trading for about 3 years. I used live accounts on 2 occasions and got burned. Went back to sim. I am struggling for consistency. I have a lot of winners but am having a hard time accepting the losers. Need to learn to stick with trades for a longer period. I seem to abandon the good trades too soon and stick with the losers too long. Probably not much different than anyone else. Getting closer though and hope to pick up some pointers from you knowledgeable people on this forum.

I hope you all have a good year.

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Denver, CO
 
Experience: Beginner
Platform: NinjaTrader
Broker: NA
Trading: NA
 
Posts: 62 since Jan 2010
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Hello All,

I have dabbled in trading for many years. At one point I traded full time but couldn't really do better than break even. Emotions ruled my trading and I was constantly getting in my own way....

I am looking forward to getting to a point where I can trade again...I will most likely incorporate options in my new strategies (still working on the exact rules im going to use). Nothing too fancy but I think options will take away some of the negative emotional factors... as well as some profit factor..thats ok though, as long as I'm consistently profitable I'll be alright....I have mostly traded with TradeStation but have recently spent some time on NinjaTrader...I like them both don't know which platform I'll trade on yet...Maybe both..TS on one computer and NT on another computer both with seperate internet providers...you can never be too safe...

Thanks for this blog Mike. I really like what you share (indicators, info, blog, etc) i'll do my best to contribute where and when I can...

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  #485 (permalink)
Switzerland
 
Experience: Intermediate
Platform: NinjaTrader
Broker: I.B
Trading: CAC40 DAX futures
 
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Posts: 5 since Jan 2010
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Hi everyone,

I leave in Switzeland. I'm working in I.T but trading is a passion.

Sadly, I continue to loose money (mostly due to emotion) and I try to be more rational and discipline meself.

I programmed a lot of strategy but noone seems ok.

I knew this forum by pro-at where I am called Jean-Phi.

Thank you for Big Mike to offer this great web site !

Regards

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La Quinta CA USA
 
 
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Hello everyone. I just joined this forum and am anxious to share with and learn from everyone. I have been trading the es minis for about 2 years now with mixed results. I feel my greatest challenge is taking my trade setups without the fear. My backtesting of my setups shows a great deal of promise but when it comes time to pull the trigger, that's when I stumble. Looking forward to this forum.

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  #487 (permalink)
Southfield, MI
 
Experience: Beginner
Platform: NinjaTrader
Broker: IQ data Feed
Trading: GBP/USD
 
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Hello Everyone I have been looking at trading the markets for quite sometime 3 years but needed to see what software would fit me and I needed to obtain some knowledge in order to make a go of this. I have read so many books in the last 3 months but i think the light is starting to come on. I read Dr. Elder books trading for a living and Come into my trading room and it really has helped me develop a trading plan. I am currently test driving ninjatrader (Demo Trading)and I look the chart trader feature. I have IQ Datafeed as my data vendor. I am a CPA by profession so record keeping comes natural regarding my trades and profit/loss. Currently trading currencies and enjoying the learning experience. Does anyone know if I can obtain an auto Envelope channel indicator that auto fits to the price action of whatever currency pair I am trading.

Glad to be hear looking forward to learning a whole lot from this community.

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  #488 (permalink)
Osaka
 
Experience: Master
Platform: Ninja
Broker: IB
Trading: Stocks
 
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Posts: 109 since Jan 2010
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Hello - quick intro. Just joined the forum, found it when I was searching for NinjaTrader indicators. My real name isn't Mr Bean but if I could have 1 share of a stock for everytime someone told me I look like him I'd have a lot stock.

I live in Japan but I'm from down under , I recently started playing KOSPI options as they are very liquid , very low risk so great for low emotion trading to work on your trading method without getting in your own way, if you know what I mean. Cheers!

I also trade US stocks , made some decent $ during the last bull but lost it alll during the bear, now I'm tenaciously investing again. I know, I know, I missed the easy money!

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Osaka
 
Experience: Master
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Hello everyone. I just joined this forum and am anxious to share with and learn from everyone. I have been trading the es minis for about 2 years now with mixed results. I feel my greatest challenge is taking my trade setups without the fear. My backtesting of my setups shows a great deal of promise but when it comes time to pull the trigger, that's when I stumble. Looking forward to this forum.

I think this is a common problem, and if you are anything like me you will have a hard time pulling the trigger on ES because it has too much risk to it for your personal tolerance. You will end up getting out before your target is hit and you will take losses too quickly etc etc etc. You might want to try something with less risk such as SSO SPY QQQQ etc (assuming you are not triggering that stupid PDT rule. That's why I've started trading KOSPI options - about $1 per tick, very liquid.

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London
 
Experience: None
Platform: MC & Ninja mainly
 
Posts: 130 since Jan 2010
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Hi there,

I have been reading the blog for a while and thought I should sign up for the forums. I have traded for ....let me see.... probably 15+ years so have experienced most of the up's and downs that traders go through. My main home is over at 'TL' forums (not sure what the policy on mentioning other forums is so will leave it vague).

Anyway hope to make time to call in here once in a while.

Cheers.

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Manta, Ecuador
 
Experience: Advanced
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Trading: Emini Futures
 
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Hi there,

I have been reading the blog for a while and thought I should sign up for the forums. I have traded for ....let me see.... probably 15+ years so have experienced most of the up's and downs that traders go through. My main home is over at 'TL' forums (not sure what the policy on mentioning other forums is so will leave it vague).

Anyway hope to make time to call in here once in a while.

Cheers.



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London
 
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Mentioning TradersLaboratory is fine, we just ask that when possible put content on our site and link to that content instead of linking to off-site threads.

Our goal is to make this your new home

Looking forward to your posts.

Mike

Thanks for the welcome. When I joined the other place it was a pretty small community, not much bigger than here. It is still a quality hangout but I find it difficult to keep up at times. I rather like small tight knit communities so maybe your job is half done Nothing wrong with having a 'house in the country' anyway.

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Manchester, UK
 
Experience: Advanced
Platform: Ninja
Broker: Ninja Brokerage / CQG
Trading: ES, NQ & CL
 
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Posts: 4 since Sep 2009
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Hello everyone
It's great to find this community. I am a rookie trader aiming to learn as much as I can about trading so that I can eventually make a more flexible lifestyle choice. Lots of learning ahead and just wanted to say thank you all for a great informative site, with a special thanks to Big Mike, Sharky, The Wizard, Rjay, Cunparis Eric j, Jeff Castille, Cory, Silvester. I have learned so much from you guys!!!
Here's to successful trading!

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Ireland
 
Experience: Intermediate
Platform: ninjatrader
Broker: zenfire
Trading: futures, Forex
 
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Posts: 42 since Oct 2009
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Great Forum,

Everybody trying to help everyone else, such a help for new traders

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GA
 
Experience: Advanced
Platform: NinjaTrader, TradeStation
Broker: Mirus/Zen-Fire
Trading: FDAX
 
Posts: 2 since Jan 2010
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Hi,

I am a physics prof by day interested in trading by night; I like to combine the physicist approach to problem solving with the skills need for succesfull trading. I am working on coding some strategies for NinjaTrader, particularly a FDAX AutoTrader and a NewsAutoTrader.

I was wondering if anybody in BMF has experience (positive or negative!) trading major news announcements.

Thanks,

DrBen

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Gold Coast, Australia
 
Experience: Intermediate
Platform: NinjaTrader
Broker: Zen-Fire
Trading: CL, FDAX
 
Posts: 1 since Jun 2009
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Hi Mike and all,

I have been trading live for the pass 12 month taking profits and losses and now standing at about breakeven.

Thanks Big Mike for putting this awesome forum together, in the time I've been using the forum, it has helped my trading a great deal. I'm looking forward to the start of a successful year.

Cheer,
Jamie.

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Maryland
 
Experience: Beginner
Platform: NinjaTrader
Trading: Guitar :)
 
Posts: 15 since Jan 2010
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Hi Everyone,

Just joined this forum and thought the right way would be to introduce myself.

I am Tony. I work as a software programmer in Maryland. I have been interested in trading for quite sometime but never really gave it a try. This year i decided to give it a shot. Was searching some details about renko and stumbled onto this forum. Saw some good posts and decided to join.

Happy New Year

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Buenos Aires, Argentina
 
 
Posts: 5 since Jan 2010
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Hi everyone !

I am new at trading , currently I use ninjatrader to trade futures... Mainly 6E, CL ad GC.

I would like to know your thoughts about the most efficient relation between trading account size and average monthly profit....

I am still in the process of turning that income to anything bigger than zero....lol


Pablo, from Argentina

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  #499 (permalink)
Erie, PA
 
Experience: Intermediate
Platform: NinjaTrader
Broker: Mirus Futures/Zen-Fire
Trading: ES
 
Posts: 8 since Jan 2010
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Hi all,

Just found this forum. I have been trading stocks and mutual funds for almost 10 years and daytrading ES futures for a year. Unfortunately, I still trade like a beginner... I have subscribed to numerous services and paid for several training courses, I can't say that any have made me profitable.

I am now retired (electrical engineer) and have more time to develop profitable methods. My goal is develop a system for trading the ES that is profitable. I hope to gain ideas here.

Charlie

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Folsom, CA
 
 
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Hi everyone.

I heard about this forum from a friend. Read a few posts and like what I saw.

Looking forward to learning after throwing in the towel last year. It's something that I thought I could shake, but I'm back. I'm not so stressed and understand the psychological aspect of trading now.

I'm in Northern California, Folsom to be specific.

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