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Gadfly
Groningen
 
 
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Hello

A new forum member has arrived.

My name in Erwin, 27 and living in the Netherlands.

I have been trading for a couple of months now at the start it did'nt go to well,but now I'm making progress, altough slowly.

I have been reading trough the trading journals and I wanted to start one myself and that is why I have registered here one the forum. I hope this journal will help me to become a better trader.

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pilsener
MAdrid SPAIN
 
 
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Hi everyone

I am newbie, i need more experience to improve my trades.

thansk for your forum Mike

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jeex
Amsterdam
 
 
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Hi all,

I'm from Holland. Not new in forex, but new at Big Mikes. Hope to meet new people, improve my English a bit and learn about a new toy i just downloaded for trial: NinjaTrader.

Have been working and programming with MetaTrader4 and cTrader/cAlgo - i've been a software developer for years. My favorite platform is jForex, but that is only offered by Dukascopy and i prefer a broker outside of the EU (reason: taxes).

About me: analyst and modeller since 1983. Analysed just about everything: from administration systems to surgeon behaviour and more. Recently analysed the choices of some pro traders in order to semi-automatize their work. So: what they can do, i must do better ;-)

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kiwiflyer
Napier, New Zealand
 
 
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Hi Mike,

Recently re-entered share market - now I have time and a bit of cash to play with.

Focus is NZX. "Strategy" is currently a bit thin (but working).
Interested in developing a more systematic approach based on data feeds, technical analysis etc
Martin

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 skepsi 
Liberec, Czech Republic
 
Experience: Intermediate
Platform: Sierra Chart
Broker: Dorman/CTS
Trading: ES
 
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Hi,

I'm from Czech republic.
Actuallly I try to learn work with sierra charts a numbers bars. So far pretty brainstorming

Honour to be part of Big Mike's

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HammerForce9
Denver, Colorado USA
 
 
Posts: 1 since Jan 2015
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Out of Denver. In my mid 20's I played around with trading stocks. I was one of the chosen few who assumed they would 'just get it' (as opposed to most who show humbled restraint and patiently learned), even though I wore my most powerful power suit and yelled a lot, I still lost more or less everything I put in.

Now I'm here to be patient and learn exactly what I'm getting into first.

After mucking about staring dumbly at the academy's and training courses, it seemed quite apparent that these guys made their money off of 'teaching' others rather than trading. The saying, of course, is if you can't do, teach, and if you can't teach, teach gym. And in the playground of Day Trading, there are a lot of folk running around with whistles around their necks.

That's why I'm here.

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nychw82
Brooklyn, NY
 
 
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Glad to be aboard. After considering several trading forums, it seems like this one has the most supportive and informative membership. I've dabbled with trading unsuccessfully about a year ago, and I've been studying trading for the past 2.5 years so I'm ready to jump back in carefully. Unfortunately I can't really find anyone in my immediate circle to discuss trading at length so I'm hoping to be able to do that with the community here.

Cheers!

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newbielearning
Singapore
 
 
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Hi I am from Singapore, a newbie at Options trading. Signing up to learn from the rest of you

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rocktrader
coimbatore, TN, India
 
 
Posts: 27 since Mar 2014
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Hey guys,

Am from India, have been engaging with markets for past 3 years and gone through all the typical trader stories, hope, euphoria and nightmares. Still am struggling with my emotional self discipline but am slowly improving in this area too.

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TradeMax
Sao Paulo, SP/Brazil
 
 
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Hi I am from Sao Paulo, Brazil, a investor at Forex trading. Soon I will move to Malaga and I want to meet people outside internet, so let's try to meet each other in real world too.

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 Basso1001 
Arnhem
 
Experience: Intermediate
Platform: Ninjatrader
Broker: Ninjabrokerage
Trading: CL, NQ, FDAX, TF
 
Posts: 11 since Jan 2015
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Im daytrading for a living and sometimes it works sometimes it works a little less. So im learning along the way.

I heard about the forum from a friend and registered......

Best Bas

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hannele
Brisbane Qld Australia
 
 
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My story ...... blew up small fortune but learned to trade (in a fashion) eventually, and continue to learn everyday.

cheers

hannele

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GATHAS
La Jolla, California
 
 
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hi everyone, trading forex PT, looking forward to make it FT in 2015
learning new things everyday, hope to learn even more on this forum

happier trading new year everyone!!!

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sinoid
+39/Italy
 
 
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Hi all,
nice discovering of this place.
User of N7 i hope to find support from all of you.
See soon
Ciao

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 anicita 
Fulda, Hessen, Germany
 
Experience: Beginner
Platform: NinjaTrader, Qtrader
Trading: 6E
 
Posts: 2 since Jan 2015
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Hi Everybody

I am a part-time future trader, and i am so glad to join this community. I would like to thank you for sharing all this great posts ,indicators, and trading advices.

Regards

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 TheNewGuy 
Sharm El Sheik/Egypt
 
 
Posts: 10 since Jan 2015

Hi Mike thanks for creating this site...

I am new to trading and hope to make it my source of income one day despite the odds. I have never traded before but I have dabbled in the stock market with my ira. I will have a decent amount of capital to start trading with around $20k.

Right now I am not in the hurry to loose my money so I have been researching different trading systems and markets to find what I think would be a good fit for me to start. I had settled on using Ninja trader and the DTS system but I felt the pricing was too expensive. I wasn't sure if would live up to its promises.

I am going to go the through the free information here on this site and will probably sign up for the elite membership as well.

I want to find something that appeals to me and stick with it until I master it. I can get distracted easily and I know this can be fatal to my success as a trader. Right now I have the advantage of being fresh and coach-able with no bad habits when it comes to trading.

My goal is to make a decent living trading and travel abroad while doing it. I think Top Step Trader maybe a good way to do this with risking my capital.

I have looked at DTS, Newbie Trader, TheDayTradingAcademy, Jigsaw Trading, Investors Underground, Boomerang Day Trader

Being an internet marketer I am cynical and can recognize marketing hype when I see it.


Ultimately I know that there are a million ways to trade, and there is no one way that is better than another. Its just what works best for you. Its the same with martial arts.

Having a trading plan (sticking to it) and good risk management seems part of the of the keys to success.

Right now my main concern is to build a solid foundation on understanding the market, why and how it moves. Peter Davies shed some light on that in his free materials at Jigsaw trading.


If anyone has any recommendations for a solid system for a beginner to start on I would welcome any suggestions. As for now I will be going through the valuable free information here. The $100 is a paltry sum to be a lifetime member here and shows Mike is serious about helping people, thanks again Big Mike.

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seeh
Ljubljana Slovenia
 
 
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Hi to everyone,

I'm from Slovenia and interested in E-mini S&P 500 Futures. I am new to trading so I came here to hopefully learn a lot from you guys.

Regards

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SteveV
Phoenix Arizona/USA
 
 
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This looks like a great place to interact with active traders. I've been trading stock and index options on TOS for almost 2 years now and find it to be fascinating - guess I'm hooked. I am an intermediate trader and I am still making too many mistakes - I am close to breaking even. When I do that I will have achieved my first trading milestone!

I hope to get involved and learn and help where I can.

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 Erock 
Calgary Alberta/Canada
 
Experience: Beginner
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Glad to join such an amazing community of traders. I've been sim'ing for about a year and a half now and finally got my live account all set up. Really looking forward to making my first live trade.

I've only been on here for a few short weeks and already I have learned so much from people's threads, posts, and webinars. Really looking forward to continue to learn from everyone

Cheers to a prosperous 2015!

-Erock

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rgmp
Red Deer Canada
 
 
Posts: 1 since Dec 2014
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Hi, I've been trading off and on for 30 years, mostly Mutual funds, etf, stocks. Just started exploring options, and day trading SP500 Emini futures. Having some fun getting accounts set up in Canada for Futures Trading!

Currently trying to develop an income stream to avoid having to go back to the mind crushing bleed you dry corporate world.

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 elixir 
Austin, TX
 
Experience: Advanced
Platform: TradeStation, Think or Swim, NinjaTrader
Broker: DTN
Trading: options and stocks
 
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Been here off and on. Decided to introduce myself.

I am into technical analysis, stock selection ideas, and so far the best edge and leading indicator I have found is the use of median lines, or pitchforks.

I also aim to improve my skill in Timing, Money Management, and Emotional Control.

Right now, I independently trade stocks and options.

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Dennis189
Rotterdam / Netherlands
 
 
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Hi everyone,

I am not new to trading but never posted here before.
3 years of experience and still working and lurking..
Hopefully 2015 will be a lot better.

Good luck to all!

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cielakman
Huntington Beach, CA, USA
 
 
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Hello everyone. Recently got into futures trading for the past few months and I am looking on expanding my knowledge. I recently also got an account with Ninjatrader so still getting to know this platform. Thanks all!

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microsat
houston texas/us
 
 
Posts: 25 since Dec 2014
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I am a new trader. still learning. Hope to make friends here. thanks.

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mktwrestler
Miami FL
 
 
Posts: 2 since Jan 2015
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Hello Big Mike, Hello Traders,

I have been studying to become a trader my whole life and I did not even know it This is a community that I hope to continue to build with and help continue to build. With prior experience in equities, I am new to futures and currently learning and practicing only one simple clean method based on 555 tic charts using keltner chnls paired with extra smooth ema's for entry and exit points. At times fib ext where needed for retracements and targets.

I trade mainly the ES right now and will not change until I master (in my own opinion) the ES even though the temptation is always around.

Like Big Mike, I also believe the following:
I will not add any new indicators, methods, nor oscillators or such to my trading because keeping your charts clear and focus on structure is where I believe the strength in ones consistent trading patterns lie. I will develop myself to consistency by learning from everyone here and helping those that I can help along the way.
Thank you all for the future support and the resources you provide to the community!

Mkt Wrestler: BigTuna

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eminibeckeda
Dallas, TX/USA
 
 
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Tried my hand at trading ES contract in 2009 after taking a course on the internet. Did okay at first but got a bored with it and started inventing my own rules....or no rules at all....just seeing what would happen. Did this for about 3 months and shut it down and started trading leveraged ETF's and have been ever since. Thinking of re-opening a future account and getting back into it. Dave

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 vinod 
Chennai/TamilNadu/India
 
 
Posts: 21 since Dec 2014

Hi to all,

Its me VINOD. RPS from India.Chennai..

Note : unsure: B4 Intro..My ID Banned by Admin..due to Self Promo..Honestly no intention to promo anything..)

wanna learn more, how to adopt this unique set up on Indian Future Market.

Regards,

VINOD.RPS

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acolyte
Flushing + NY/USA
 
 
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Hello,

I go by "DJ" in my everyday life.
I am a university freshman, studying business management and planning to focus on quantitative finance.

I began trading in the second half of my senior year of high school. I started slow, reading books by Graham on value investing. That was until I met a trader who was enjoying more than moderate success (at such a young age, he was a junior in the same high school).
Because of my exposure to him and his experience, I ditched the investing literature and immediately purchased a good money's worth of trading literature. I started off of John Carter's "Mastering the Trade: 2nd Edition" and then I moved onto the "Trading Price Action" Trilogy by Al Brooks. I was cutting class, skipping entire days of school, neglecting my social life, and performing major reorganization of priorities all to study, learn, adapt and evolve into the trader that I wanted to be.

My strategy at this point has become purely whatever price action knowledge I have gathered from Al Brooks.
I was originally a day trader, focusing on the 5m and 1h timeframes but because of time constraints that university life has placed on me I am now a swing trader on the 1d and 1w timeframes. My preferred instrument is the stock option although I would like to learn commodities and other derivatives.

I hope to consume and incorporate as much knowledge as I can from this forum.

Best,
DJ

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tradelgm
ann arbor , michingan/ United States
 
 
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Hi everyone,

Me... I'm a wife and daughter of a 3rd grader. I've been interested in day trading for about 5 years and just pulled the trigger. (New Years Rez). I Opened up an account w Ninjatrader brokerage. I am interested in the emini markets, and I sim-traded for a couple weeks and did really well. I started live trading last monday and was up and down a couple hundred bucks and finished down $212 yesterday. I am not looking to get rich, I would just like to make some additional household income. I'm reading a ton of material and watching youtube vids. I am a sponge for info right now. As a beginning trader I'm aware that I am vulnerable to lots of stuff and I am just trying to avoid as many mistakes as possible. I want to weed out as many bad decisions as I can. LOL! Here is what I've been looking into.

1. What are the best book/books/videos/articles to understanding Charts? (support, resistance, best indicators)?
2. I would like to sit in on a great live trade room. Which ones are legit and best? (currently doing a couple free trials w Rios tradelab and viewmytrades.com)

I appreciate any help I can get from you guys that have been doing this for a while. What advice would you give to yourself if you could go back? haha.

Thanks and God Bless,
Laura

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ITradeDaily
Dallas
 
 
Posts: 1 since Jan 2015
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Hi Everyone,

My name is Alex. I'm an active futures trader. Before futures I used to trade forex, however I found that the E-Mini S&P500 more appealing and profitable for me when it comes to trading intraday. I joined the forum to because one should never stop learning and sharing.

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NMadson
San Francisco, CA US
 
 
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I bought my first stock over 50 years ago, but only have become a serious trader when I began nearing retirement a few years ago. I've explored a variety of trading strategies, but now that I actually am retired I'm shifting more towards income investing.

I currently live in San Francisco but am moving to sunnier Palm Springs.

N Madson

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 Bullberry 
Bluffdale, UT
 
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Hi everyone,

Me... I'm a wife and daughter of a 3rd grader. I've been interested in day trading for about 5 years and just pulled the trigger. (New Years Rez). I Opened up an account w Ninjatrader brokerage. I am interested in the emini markets, and I sim-traded for a couple weeks and did really well. I started live trading last monday and was up and down a couple hundred bucks and finished down $212 yesterday. I am not looking to get rich, I would just like to make some additional household income. I'm reading a ton of material and watching youtube vids. I am a sponge for info right now. As a beginning trader I'm aware that I am vulnerable to lots of stuff and I am just trying to avoid as many mistakes as possible. I want to weed out as many bad decisions as I can. LOL! Here is what I've been looking into.

1. What are the best book/books/videos/articles to understanding Charts? (support, resistance, best indicators)?
2. I would like to sit in on a great live trade room. Which ones are legit and best? (currently doing a couple free trials w Rios tradelab and viewmytrades.com)

I appreciate any help I can get from you guys that have been doing this for a while. What advice would you give to yourself if you could go back? haha.

Thanks and God Bless,
Laura

Hi Laura,

I would suggest watching the webinars on this site, with (IMO) particular attention to Al Brooks, FT 71, Linda Bradford Raschke, and of course, Big Mike.

Regarding psychology: Dr.Brett Steenbarger & Denise Shull.

Best of luck to you.

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Sparta, TN/USA
 
 
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Hello all. I am brand new to this. I just started buying dividend stocks for long term investment last November and wanted to learn how to start making money now in the market. Not just building a long term portfolio. I asked for more information from a commercial on CNBC and was introduced to the emini and buying and selling futures contracts. The education offered was around $1,000/mo or $5,000 for a year. That seemed very expensive and a big amount to overcome every month. I have been watching you tube videos for the past 3 days and trying to learn as much as I can about indicators and even the basics. I haven't signed up as an Elite member yet, but I am considering it. Still trying to consider if this is something that I have time to devote learning enough to do it. I am a Realtor that does ok but interested in a way to make additional income.
Thank you for having a place to ask questions. It seems that all of the youtube videos are trying to sell a system of charts and indicators.
Thank you,
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newman
New York, NJ
 
 
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Hi Everyone,

I was trying to approach markets for about 10 years now, started with forex part time then moved to futures, anyway was not serious about it until now. Hope to become a part of traders community, learn to trade and make it my career.

Best of luck to all.

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 engel532 
Caracas/Distrito Capital/Venezuela
 
Experience: Intermediate
Platform: NinjaTrader, Metatrader
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Greetings to all members of this great forum.
My name is Engel and hopefully bring something to my humble knowledge and helping others

many blessings to all and hope to see you over there

Engel

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 jeremy3s 
Lindstrom, MN USA
 
Experience: Beginner
Platform: Interactive Brokers
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Hi, my name is Jeremy. I took my first trade in 2003 and have been interested in and unprofitable with it ever since. I'm looking to learn and understand what it means to trade profitably. Looking forward to working with you all in developing understanding and profitability!

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 bikgup 
Sunnyvale CA
 
Experience: Intermediate
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Hi, I've been trading on and off since 10 years - mostly losing because of unidirectional thinking. This site and discussion are amazing and better than reading books. Looking forward to learn and share. Thank you.

Regards,
BG

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Hello Mike, The website is great and gives me a path to learn US markets and fellow traders strategies.

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tauatrader
Perth Australia
 
 
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Hi admin man,
I have been trading part time for ten years with little ongoing success. Blown up my account at least 3 times. I know beyond a shred of doubt that I will become a consitently profitable trader and have made huge moves towards this in the last 6 months of near full time trading - now day trading.

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Hi admin man,
I have been trading part time for ten years with little ongoing success. Blown up my account at least 3 times. I know beyond a shred of doubt that I will become a consitently profitable trader and have made huge moves towards this in the last 6 months of near full time trading - now day trading.

Welcome on board Tauatrader!

You can find many threads on futures.io (formerly BMT) how and why many of us burnt our accounts
Moreover, there are threads about the problem of undercapitalization or small account growing. Eg. TopStepTrader can be an option to overcome that.

Mentally.. for me Rich and his course at MindMuscles.com helped a lot. The online materials and exercises are very practical, in my opinion.

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pretoria south africa
 
 
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Hi admin man,
I have been trading part time for ten years with little ongoing success. Blown up my account at least 3 times. I know beyond a shred of doubt that I will become a consitently profitable trader and have made huge moves towards this in the last 6 months of near full time trading - now day trading.

Dear Member .
have been also trading part time for almost two years and have already blown up two accounts,and about to lose hope with trading .
any hint you can share how you managed to turned it around ?

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Budapest, Hungary
 
 
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Dear Member .
have been also trading part time for almost two years and have already blown up two accounts,and about to lose hope with trading .
any hint you can share how you managed to turned it around ?

Hi oom123,

In short..
  1. find a market that suits your time for trading (swing, daytrading)
  2. find a reputable educator with a method that suits your mentality and sought for action
  3. sharpen your discipline (there are books and trainers)
  4. trade on simulator until your results show consistent profits
  5. save or apply for funding (eg. TopStepTrader's Combine)

Ok, this looks easy but trading is a profession and must be learnt.

My two cents..

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Hi oom123,

In short..
  1. find a market that suits your time for trading (swing, daytrading)
  2. find a reputable educator with a method that suits your mentality and sought for action
  3. sharpen your discipline (there are books and trainers)
  4. trade on simulator until your results show consistent profits
  5. save or apply for funding (eg. TopStepTrader's Combine)

Ok, this looks easy but trading is a profession and must be learnt.

My two cents..

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Thank you very much .

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 phobian 
Columbia, Missouri
 
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Hello all,

Beginning level wanna-be trader lurking in the background...looking, learning, and absorbing what I can from as many sources as I can find. I have successfully managed not to blow out any accounts yet, but I also have lost "some" money...but gained a LOT of very interesting and useful education/information in the mean time. Still a great deal to understand, research, practice, discard, etc. I am not in a hurry to trade more, but it is something I am working towards in a "I would rather do this sooner than later" approach. Still, I also recognize many of the reasons for failure include a lack of proper understanding, poor money management, poor discipline, and not giving nearly enough respect to the psychological considerations. Realizing those, and finding ways to not have the same thing happen are two different things, but I also realize that I will only have so many chances in my life to make any dream of trading full time a reality. Cautious optimism and a willingness to absorb are my driving engine currently. It's ok I think to have a hopeful dream.

I have been reading through many of the forum posts, and want to say thanks to everyone for sharing their ideas, criticisms, support, and wisdom with those of us who are still trying to figure out this big, complicated mess!

Jeff

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 airborne82 
Dallas, Texas
 
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Hey everybody. I've been coming around Big Mikes since Dec, 2013 but until recently I haven't contributed or posted a single thing. To this point most of my time spent here has been learning, reading, and trying to internalize the info located within the forum. Many thanks to Big Mike and all of the other veteran traders and posters that have made this site possible. Their time and energy spent here is invaluable to a beginner like myself. When I first started researching trading I didn't think I would be able to make it with the all the negativity I found on other sites. The pessimism and negativity almost made it seem I had a better chance of becoming an astronaut than pursuing trading. So again, thank you everybody that has made this site possible.

My immediate goal is to start a futures.io (formerly BMT) trading journal consisting of the EUR/USD. I actively trade on a SIM account and am looking to go live within the next 6 weeks. I plan on opening a $500 forex micro account. This will allow to me get some skin in the game without risking my rent money. With this account I want to focus not on profit but on risk management, trade management, and emotional and psychological balance. I plan on creating my journal tomorrow, at least creating a single page and laying out my rules and trading strategy.

On a side note, I'm a newly wed (married last May), born and raised in Las Vegas but currently living in Dallas, TX. I'm a history fanatic with a Bachelors in History and minor in Education. I'm a diehard football fan and root for Notre Dame and the 49ers.

Good luck to everybody in their future trades.

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 ronak0929 
houston tx
 
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come here from houston texas. Just started looking at futures and would like to learn more and share my knowledge to the community. Thanks for all the help MIKE

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William136
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Hi Big Mike I am A E-mini zone trader. I have been trade A few years now and it phycology over the market. I Trade futures as a full time job I am 23 years old. Trading is A business and it all about following the sharks and letting the market come to you. Thanks

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 orgator 
Bend, OR
 
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Hey everyone,

Just thought I just finally throw a post up here to introduce myself. I getting back into trading full-time after taking about 2 years off. I was a successful prop trader from 2003-2009, mostly trading equities. Being in a prop office certainly had it's benefits, but the office closed in 2009 and I moved. Lost my direction and passion for the markets for a couple years (and it was reflected in my results). I'm really excited to be back, I have moved into a small office away from home so I can focus. The one thing I know I needed was a sense of community. When I was trading, it felt very alone. I accept that this is a solo endevour. But this is a great community here and I'm learning a lot by reading the posts.

I'm a day trader in the ES. My style is really waiting for 1-2 moves a day. I would like to build myself into as position trader and hold for longer moves. Anyways, it's great to be here. I hope I can add something to the mix here. Thanks Big Mike!

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Tampa FL/USA
 
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Hi, I am as green as a lime when it comes to trading. I have no idea where to start or what to trade. I'm 55 yo and figured maybe I might learn something new to help me invest in my future. Any pointers is greatly appreciated. Thank you in advance. There seems to be a wealth of information on this site and I pray it doesn't overwhelm me. CHEERS to learning to trade!!

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Los Angeles
 
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Hi, I am as green as a lime when it comes to trading. I have no idea where to start or what to trade. I'm 55 yo and figured maybe I might learn something new to help me invest in my future. Any pointers is greatly appreciated. Thank you in advance. There seems to be a wealth of information on this site and I pray it doesn't overwhelm me. CHEERS to learning to trade!!


Yes! It's not to late, turn around and run away as fast as you can!

My advise is to study those charts over and over again, and re-program your mind that when you are losing money its considered in investment not a lose, you will be doing a lot of investing in your new business and quit a bit. Money management is one of many and I think the most important key to help you open the doors for success in this business. No money no business!

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Tampa FL/USA
 
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I'm hoping I am replying correctly to afranco562!! Thank you very much for your insight!! Appreciate it!!

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JDHpodge
Charlottetown, PEI Canada
 
 
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New to trading. Doing a lot of research. Like learning a new language. Someone recommended this site and a couple of others have not spent much time here, but may in the future. Basically plan a playing the USD/Cad. Good Luck to all and thanks for any guidance and hot tips.

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apextc
chicago
 
 
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hey everyone,
35M Chicago, new to trading
reason why I want to trade: SOME DAY become independent and work for myself.

I KNOW THIS IS A MARATHON, AND NOT A SPRINT !

Looking forward to learning from everyone!

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Bangkok
 
 
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I'm a trader on future index , mostly stocks and bonds , located in Singapore part time and part time in Thailand.

I'm here to educate myself, exchange idea and meet new people .

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ZBTrader
Miami, Florida, USA
 
 
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I am new to forms in general and will have to learn how to do this.
NOT new to trading, got the scars to prove it!
ZBTrader

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Corto
Portland, OR/USA
 
 
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Hi Everybody,

Im a beginner, but not quite new to trading. Was trading decently during 2002 and then recession hit and started to loose, so I guessed I was doing well simply because almost everything was going up those days. I was going long only.

For various reasons I stayed away for many years. Bought MetaStock 11 a while ago and later upgraded to rev12. Watched a good amount of tutorials, back tested some of the preloaded systems, played with modifying them, but basically never applied it for trading and then neglected it for at least one year. Few days ago decided to get back to work and finally use it.

I started by reviewing some old tutorials and checking some new ones and found a video presentation by Barry Burns of his top Dog trading method. Trying to find more about his method, I discovered this forum and here I am hoping to even find answers to questions I dont have in mind yet.

The information here is overwhelming; one needs discipline and time to get some sense out of it. Looking for direction.

Thanks,
Corto

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LorraineP
Tyler, TX/USA
 
 
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Hey all, my names Lorraine Pierce, and I've been interested in trading for YEARS!

Tried last year, but did NOT put in the time needed in studying and learning. Lost a few hundred and quit.

So this year I decided to learn as much as I can before losing money!

I have the 3 legs of my trader stool secure:
1. Pscychology - it's not a casino. I'm not giddy and pulling the handle every 5 minutes.
2. Strategy - I have a written strategy that I am testing with certain indicators and time frames.
3. Money/Risk Managment - I'm using demo accounts right now, but will only risk 2% of my money per trade once I'm using real money. I'm doing this now with my demo.

I'm happy to be here on the forum and hope to learn a lot and be able to give back.
My journey has just begun.

One thing I think that is important in trading is your "Why?"

Why am I doing this? Why bother?

My "WHY" is that I want to earn 100k to build a home for my 2 adult sons that have mental retardation. They are technically my step sons, but I'm their guardian and the only mom they've ever known. I raised them from ages 3 and 4.
My goal is to build them a home in our neighborhood that they can call their own. They moved out of my house about a year ago, and although it's a great home with full time staff, it's just not the same as being in the neighborhood where they have friends and family.

God knows my goals and my heart. And I pray that he leads me to the right strategy and mindset to make this work.

Cheers!

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Gizmosis350k
Florida
 
 
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Hey guys, I'm your generic wannabe trader looking for information to help me in my quest.
A few guys may recognize the permanent trial member on topsteptrader, yeah - that's me alright.
I'm here looking for resources that may help me achieve what I want.
As for the why?
I'm doing what little have been able to accomplish.
Make money while being a starved monkey. Wish me luck!
I'll be asking a lot of questions, so stay tuned.

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first post here. New to the futures.io (formerly BMT) forums but have been trading full time for a couple years now and doing pretty well. Got on here to get more information about cumulative delta and a few other random things. Figured i could learn a bit. Sitting for CMT L2 in May. Like to trade leveraged stock scalps off volume profiles and getting more and more into futures trading all the time.

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Lancashire, UK
 
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I think this ismy first post but I will have to check. I am fairly new to Bigmike and been scrolling many threads searching for information. I am new to trading futures but have experience in forex.

I have just began using sierra charts and I have to say it is very confusing at first.

I have to say that this website seems quite confusing although it has an immense amount of information. As a newbie I can't help feeling swamped by the experience on here and I often shy away from even replying to a thread because everyone seems to be so informed of everything. Then the thread says see here ( another thread ) then there are many examples of what people do etc etc but it often takes about 5-6 searched to gather information which I then loose sometimes.

I hope that my experience on Bigmike especially as an elite member can be alot better than it has been so far.

I hope to break out my shell and literally start pming people if I can't finds the info I want. If I come across rude or fustratred at times please don't blame me because it takes two to communicate and I feel bigmike has a pm service for a purpose.

More importantly if I ask questions that have already been answered please either direct me to the source of info or pm me appropriately. I am currently confused about why Sierra rolled me over to the month of March when we are clearly most liekly in Feb.

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Is it possible?

Hello everyone, I am the newest of newbies, I have never traded other than to invest and reshuffle my not terribly insignificant portfolio (stocks, mutual funds) and to move currencies from my own account in one country to my own account in another.

I am a freelance translator working from a home office and find that the market in this field is slowly slipping out from under me, for various reasons. This means my income is dropping, and I have to consider what my options are. I haven't worked in an office or for a "boss" in over 15 years, and frankly I'm afraid if I tried to, it might kill me.

I have been interested in finance and investment for a couple of decades now, and since people keep telling me how smart I am, I keep thinking there must be a way to leverage my brainpower to at least supplement my current income. I have toyed with the idea of "day trading" forever, but have never seriously looked into it. I KNOW it's (highly) risky, and I KNOW it takes a hell of a lot more knowledge and skill than I currently possess, not to mention training and practice. This has always put me off even doing the research - but I think now it's time.

What I need to find out first is if trading (I'm thinking ForEx given my own experience with currency transfers, maybe index eminis) is even a viable option for me and whether I have enough capital for whatever the initial investment would need to be - well, I have it if you count the nest egg, but the real question is whether I even have the stomach to make such an initial investment. I don't know anything about software and trading platforms, about subscriptions and monthly fees (or whether there is a way to do this without monthly fees), etc. etc.

In short, I am starting out a completely blank slate, and hoping I can fill it up with *real* information, not just what those sites want to sell me.

If you've ever wanted to teach someone to learn from your own mistakes and fill them with the incredible and unique knowledge you've gained along your own journey, now is your chance!

Thanks for having me!

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I started trading SGX derivatives full time from 2005 with S$200K capital. I made money 7 out of the last 10 years. My total profits to date is around S$1,271,000.

In the last 10 years, I have 59 days where I lost more than S$10K. All those big daily losses add up to S$2,570,000. 1 USD = 1.34 S$ (SGD).

On 16Nov12 I lost S$570K in one day trading the Nikkei 225 futures. I reduced my trading capital from more than a million USD to about S$150K after that fateful day.

My 2014 Trading Results:

Main Instrument Traded - SGX Nikkei 225 Futures, commission US$1.45/lot.
Trading style: Discretionary, intraday.
Trading Platform: Trading Technologies's X-Trader (US$50/mth).
Charting: eSignal (S$175/mth).
Trading Venue: Home based, no booth fees.
Hardware: 2 desktop computers, 4 screens
Internet: M1 Fibre 1Gbps (S$49/mth) & Starhub MaxOnline Premium (S$30/mth).

SGX Derivatives Trading Member (Proprietary).
Clearing house/broker: KGI Ong Capital and Phillip Futures.

Jan 2014 Trading Capital: S$140,000 (10th year trading full time)

2014 Monthly Profit/Loss (including trading cost/fees):

January S$20,900.00
February*-S$43,500.00
March S$9,300.00
April S$1,250.00
May -S$800.00
June -S$22,300.00
July -S$700.00
August S$5,700.00
September S$4,900.00
October S$18,800.00
November S$10,450.00
December S$13,000.00

2014 Profit: S$17,000

Jan 2015 Trading Capital: Approximately S$110,000.

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I started trading SGX derivatives full time from 2005 with S$200K capital. I made money 7 out of the last 10 years. My total profits to date is around S$1,271,000.

In the last 10 years, I have 59 days where I lost more than S$10K. All those big daily losses add up to S$2,570,000. 1 USD = 1.34 S$ (SGD).

On 16Nov12 I lost S$570K in one day trading the Nikkei 225 futures. I reduced my trading capital from more than a million USD to about S$150K after that fateful day.

My 2014 Trading Results:

Main Instrument Traded - SGX Nikkei 225 Futures, commission US$1.45/lot.
Trading style: Discretionary, intraday.
Trading Platform: Trading Technologies's X-Trader (US$50/mth).
Charting: eSignal (S$175/mth).
Trading Venue: Home based, no booth fees.
Hardware: 2 desktop computers, 4 screens
Internet: M1 Fibre 1Gbps (S$49/mth) & Starhub MaxOnline Premium (S$30/mth).

SGX Derivatives Trading Member (Proprietary).
Clearing house/broker: KGI Ong Capital and Phillip Futures.

Jan 2014 Trading Capital: S$140,000 (10th year trading full time)

2014 Monthly Profit/Loss (including trading cost/fees):

January S$20,900.00
February*-S$43,500.00
March S$9,300.00
April S$1,250.00
May -S$800.00
June -S$22,300.00
July -S$700.00
August S$5,700.00
September S$4,900.00
October S$18,800.00
November S$10,450.00
December S$13,000.00

2014 Profit: S$17,000

Jan 2015 Trading Capital: Approximately S$110,000.

Thanks for having me in this forum.

Wow, sir, I admire how incredible you are at what you do. I'm sure you know even the drawdowns are a part of the learning experience and I would sell my soul and body to achieve what you have achieved. I do hope we can become friends and the best of luck to you moving forward with your trading in 2015! You're in the right place.

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Bluffdale, UT
 
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Is it possible?

Hello everyone, I am the newest of newbies, I have never traded other than to invest and reshuffle my not terribly insignificant portfolio (stocks, mutual funds) and to move currencies from my own account in one country to my own account in another.

I am a freelance translator working from a home office and find that the market in this field is slowly slipping out from under me, for various reasons. This means my income is dropping, and I have to consider what my options are. I haven't worked in an office or for a "boss" in over 15 years, and frankly I'm afraid if I tried to, it might kill me.

I have been interested in finance and investment for a couple of decades now, and since people keep telling me how smart I am, I keep thinking there must be a way to leverage my brainpower to at least supplement my current income. I have toyed with the idea of "day trading" forever, but have never seriously looked into it. I KNOW it's (highly) risky, and I KNOW it takes a hell of a lot more knowledge and skill than I currently possess, not to mention training and practice. This has always put me off even doing the research - but I think now it's time.

What I need to find out first is if trading (I'm thinking ForEx given my own experience with currency transfers, maybe index eminis) is even a viable option for me and whether I have enough capital for whatever the initial investment would need to be - well, I have it if you count the nest egg, but the real question is whether I even have the stomach to make such an initial investment. I don't know anything about software and trading platforms, about subscriptions and monthly fees (or whether there is a way to do this without monthly fees), etc. etc.

In short, I am starting out a completely blank slate, and hoping I can fill it up with *real* information, not just what those sites want to sell me.

If you've ever wanted to teach someone to learn from your own mistakes and fill them with the incredible and unique knowledge you've gained along your own journey, now is your chance!

Thanks for having me!

Hi TradeCurious,

My only suggestion would be that if, or when, you decide to trade live, trade a micro forex account (or equivalent) so you only lose tens of cents instead of tens of dollars per trade. Why lose so much when your learning? It will take awhile.

Best of luck to you.

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Malaysia
 
 
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Hi All,
I'm glad to join this forum. I'm newbie trader from Malaysia, mainly trade BMD product FCPO and FKLI.
Still eager to learn and trade well.

Thanks

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 Findli 
Moscow + Russia
 
Experience: Beginner
Platform: NinjaTrader, MarketDelta
Broker: Ninjatrader brokerage
Trading: TF, YM, ES
 
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trading experience:
1 year forex( so much lose at this time).
1 year futures( ES, YM, TF) - last my success was on january 2015 - double my account but then lost all because of increase amount of trading contracts( my mistake).

My method: 1. my psychology 2. indicators( mostly volume stuff, no oversold/overbought indicators).

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Vendome France
 
 
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Hello all !

I'm a 27 year old French guy interested in investing money.
I started to get interested in markets with binary options which is more of gambling to me.
Then I heard about real options on a coaching website and I followed the course +reading a lot of stuff in books and e-books. Just did some paper trading but now try to open a real account but hard times to find a one good and authorized for alien citizens.
I'm on the way to start with trademonster.com now becoming optionshouse.com but not easy to fill the due diligence questionnaire.
That's about me.

It's nice to find a serious community about trading.
I hope I will be able to share good information soon, can't wait to start.

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sioux falls,sd/usa
 
 
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Hello, my browser tells me I've been a member for 415 days and have yet to make a post. I've been playing around with futures for probably about 5 yrs, I've blown a couple small accounts, can't seem to loose the idea of being a successful trader for a few reasons. I've gone from indicators to price action and everything in between and no doubt my problems thus far has been lack of discipline, psychological issues(probably from lack of confidence from bouncing around too much), and plain old just have some patience with trying what I already know. I think a partner/mentor/someone to bounce ideas off would definitely be helpful. trading has taught me a few things about myself that i would have not wanted to admit before and that is also a reason I am yet to be profitable, I still need to admit and accept my strengths and weaknesses. Good to be here and hope I can be a lot more consistent in the future.

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hirtop
Seattle WA
 
 
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Hi, I have been on this forum for a few good months but not much activity on my side...let me know if you want to chat about Price Action and trading in general...
My Skype ID is cboboc1983

Regards and all the best,
Catalin


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ridgcap


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Dino01
Loja Ecuador
 
 
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Hello Traders. My name is Dino and I'm back to daytrading after a hiatus and a nasty divorce. I got hurt quite badly in the "V" from the correction down by trading monthly credit spreads. By no wish of my own do I have to now sit and watch the markets day in and day out but it is what it is. I'm currently using three indicators to help me visually see price action with an eye always on the daily pivots for profit targets. I like two indicators in particular from Dan which is a combo of his supertrend and his adxvma with somewhat good results but I'm not as consistent as I'd like to be as I am trying to make a good living doing this. I currently look for around 4 pts. in the NQ per trade. I would like any help that anyone could offer and maybe I can even show another what I am doing and why. A win win situation is always preferred! If anyone can offer advice I would love to hear from you!

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ptlambi
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Been here for a week or so now and been lurking and doing a lot of reading . Thought its time to say Hi .
Been trading Indices part time mostly , on and off for 15 years now mostly Spread Betting ( i'm in the UK ) and Futures through Interactive for 5 years from 2002 to 2007 .

Made the same mistakes most of us have , No Stops , Holding on for a Bounce when in the RED , Too Large Size , Cutting Winners too early etc etc .
Blew up a 10K account ( spread betting ) through too Large Size bets , 2 BIG losing positions and chasing the Wins to try and 'plug the hole' . At the end of it all over 4 months was left with 350 from the 10K .

Miraculously ( some might say ) I still came out on Top over the 15 years by a few thousand and it was all mostly fun .
Fast forward 6 months ago after a 4 year break while growing my Retail / Distribution business and 1 month with a Demo account ( Spread Betting ) I brushed up on everything I learnt and started using Hard Stops and Profit Limits .
Been live Trading now for about 4 months and slowly but surely with discipline and a much better grip on the Psychology ( which I believe is the biggest part and hardest part of the 'Game' ) I've grown a 5K account to just over 8K.

The aim is to make a decent weekly Income stream while immersing myself again into this beautiful 'Art' we all ( mostly ) love so much lol
I'm trading FTSE100 , DAX , DOW and S & P with Stakes per point from 5 to 30 ( S & P ) and amounts in between .
Have set a goal of opening a DMA Futures Account as that is where my real passion lies and am currently Trialing CQG , Market Delta and Sierra Charts . All being well 10K will start that venture sometime in the Spring .

So that's about it look forward to being a part of this community while I continue along the Learning Curve , after all we never really Stop learning do we .

Oh before I go wanted to say that I have really immersed myself in all the DOM stuff out there especially Jigsaw Tools and will look to apply it the best I can in my future Futures trading along with Market Delta and Footprint stuff its all like a breath of fresh air to me . All I had years ago was a regular DOM and the minimum of appreciation of Price Action and Order Flow

bye for now

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 drogo 
Washington, DC
 
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Hello everyone.

I'm new to this, but have always been intrigued with the possibility of trading as an occupation. Either full or part time. Hopefully I'll learn enough here to see if I'm able to do it without breaking the my bank.

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 lloyd1012 
Atlanta GA/USA
 
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Hi All, Joined futures.io (formerly BMT) as an Elite member after lurking for a week or so. No regrets for sure! This resource is a breath of fresh air for a newbie like me. I am new totally new to daytrading and new to trading futures altogether, so learning about instruments, platforms, brokers and data feeds can be quite overwhelming. Leaning towards trading ES E-mini using Ninja Trader. No idea yet on broker and data feed.

I bought Al Brook's training course which has been super helpful. I am following him in the trading room thanks to the elite member promotion for the free month with purchase of the trading course. I am beginning to see the price action set-ups. I have a ways to go as I am only halfway through the course. Then I have some serious sim trading to do before I can develop a methodology and a plan.

Thank you Mike for taking the time to create and maintain this website. It has been huge for me so far.

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Gizmosis350k
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trading experience:
1 year forex( so much lose at this time).
1 year futures( ES, YM, TF) - last my success was on january 2015 - double my account but then lost all because of increase amount of trading contracts( my mistake).

My method: 1. my psychology 2. indicators( mostly volume stuff, no oversold/overbought indicators).

you think those are bad?

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 Findli 
Moscow + Russia
 
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you think those are bad?

I can say that oversold/overbought indicators on futures markets doesn't work for me.

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jakoptions
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I am a beginner want to learn about investing money in forex and stock options.
I have a dream to be a full time trader, is it possible???
Hope with this forum, i can learn much and have support from community.

Thanks everyone. Happy trading

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I can say that oversold/overbought indicators on futures markets doesn't work for me.

Yeah I guess you're right... the RSI hasn't been helping me too much on intraday trading in the /NQ, I may have to use something else there lol I use primarily unirenko and vwap : )

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Hi Everyone,

I am a FX trader for about a year and only recently I started to become a little bit consistent. Having said that, I am still very weak at many areas. There are a lot of advertisement and false information out there in the internet and it is difficult to know what is a good forum and what is not. Having said that, I am eager to learn from you all. Thanks very much!

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Hi everybody,

I have been trading CFDs on stocks, indices and currencies for nearly 4 years. Now I am considering futures trading for reasons of transaction cost and market transperancy.

Hope to get started by some hints in the forum.

Cheers
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 GraemeCampbell 
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Hi Mike, I understand you live in Ecuador. I am very interested in Central and South America, and was wondering about the reliability of the internet connections available there. I'm in Panama now and the service is challenging in most places.

Thanks,

Graeme Campbell

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Hey everyone,

I've always been comfortable opening up, being frank, honest and just telling it like it is.

I've been a losing trader since 2004. I've had some good months here and there but I've never had a profitable year. I used to give money away trading NQ. Then I REALLY blew up my account during the sub-prime collapse. Took a few years off.

I took up trading again in March 2012 with a small account. Blew that up too, buying GLD calls. I was following a lot of the "doom and gloomers" and was convinced that gold was going to rocket higher.

Started over again in September 2012, very small, after subscribing to several Stansberry newsletters. I was selling cash-covered puts on "stocks I wanted to own anyway". I did really well at that so I added more capital to my account.

I crushed it in late 2012 and early 2013. Then I found John Carter and Simper Options and I started losing money again. That was just the timing of it. I take full responsibility for ALL losses. I was trading options credit spreads with too many contracts and got nailed a few times. Plus I was long gold and miners in April 2013 when gold fell through the floor. I became interested in trading GC and SI and that summer I subscribed to Metals Trades with Andy McGuire at Coghlan Capital. I started trying my hand at Gold futures. I lost a ton of money.

I sort of got my s*%@ together by late 2013. I cut back on futures trading and I was selling a lot of stock option premium. I loved selling weekly credit spreads. Loved the idea of time decay and that I didn't have to be right about price movement and I could still generate a profit. I realized that is the one and only thing you KNOW is going to happen in trading - the clock keeps on ticking. Anyway I did better than 8% in November and 24% in December.

This was when Bitcoin was going nuts. I really believed in it and I had already tripled my $8000 investment! I took $20k out of my trading account and bought some more. The only problem was that I was trading on Mt. Gox. I did really well until I lost everything when Mt. Gox went belly up in 2014.

Also during the first part of 2014 my normal trading started going south. I started trading ES and getting hit pretty bad. By the end of February I was back down to about $21k. Kept loosing money, mostly on ES but also on options plays, basically whatever I touched. My equity dwindled down to less than $10k.

In August 2014, I sold some rental property and re-upped my account. I started fresh - a new spreadsheet and new equity curve starting at $40k.

I told myself I was going to strictly sell delta 15-20 weekly credit spreads on SPX, as I had learned from Bruce at Simpler Options. Wow, that went extremely well! Within a few weeks my equity was up over $46k. I started paying myself out of my account and everything. But I was still trading futures on the side, mostly SI, and also ES. I just couldn't stay away from the futures, plus I was using ES to hedge my SPX credit spreads, especially in Oct.

I subscribed to ES Trades on Coghlan Capital. He tells you exactly where to enter and exit, usually intraday. I really tried to trade along with the pro but either he would have a bad day or I would screw up and deviate from his suggestions, or trade on my own and lose. He had a great track record, but it all went to hell in Fall of 2014. So while I made over $10k selling SPX spreads in Aug, Sep & Oct, I lost over $25k trading futures.

I lost a lot more money trading in Nov, Dec and Jan 2015. I had a big GLD put position throughout Dec and most of Jan. It was a great position until I went on vacation the same week when the swissie decoupled from the Euro and gold shot up. I should have closed the position before leaving but I thought gold still had more room to the down side.

That brings me to last week. I started trying to focus only on day trading ES. There's a new guy at Simpler Options, Neil, and he explained some day trade setups. Things went swimmingly on Monday but I lost money every day for the rest of the week.

So here I am. I found this site just this past weekend, looking to learn more about day trading ES. I bought the day trading manual from PATs Trading after reading some posts here. I read most of it last night and started trying it out today. I will start one of those trading journals on futures.io (formerly BMT) soon and document my progress there.

-bbdsan

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Webforecast
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Hi Mike and forum members!

Impressed by the webinars recorded on your forum.

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jmay
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Hi Mike & all mates

Glad to be here, and look into the solutions and forum. Eager to keep learning, and building my own studies.

Seems great. Regards from Barcelona.

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Hi Mike & all mates

Glad to be here, and look into the solutions and forum. Eager to keep learning, and building my own studies.

Seems great. Regards from Barcelona.

Hi.
Nice to see people from Catalonia, I'm catalan too. Hahaha.

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MarketWizardKing
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Hey, I'm Brian! Thought I'd introduce myself. I began studying trading six months ago and I'm looking forward to learning more here. Fortunately my job gives me tons of time to myself, so I've been able to study nearly full-time. My username doesn't refer to my trading prowess. Just South Park.

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kurlare
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Hi everyone, I am an energy futures trader. Been trading calendar spreads and cracks for 6 years, grateful to be able to make a living doing it. I am here to contribute and join a community of traders! I'll probably be posting mostly in the commodity futures forum.

Peace!

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 kab0000 
London, United Kingdom
 
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Hi,


I am new trading and starting on the (long) quest for knowledge. Hopefully joining this network of other like minded individuals will speed up the learning curve and the journey. Been trading option up until now (mostly selling out of the money options) and wish to broaden my horizons. Look forward to interacting with you all.


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Chris77
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Hi i have been trading Binary options for about 1yr now, blew some money but becoming a better trader now, from Manchester England

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jmay
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Hi.
Nice to see people from Catalonia, I'm catalan too. Hahaha.

That's nice bro, you use to find evereything that easy? Yesterday I didn't thought I'd find also catalan people here. I'd try to keep a look on your posts. This site looks like a very good place.

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stozalor
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Hello,
I'm stozalor. I trade the YM - dow jones front month futures contract. I love to trade but I only trade from 9:30am EST for about an hour and a half. I have been trading for about 8 years. Im usually short term. Anyone else trade the same contract during the same timeframe?
Thank you,

Stozalor

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Haybie
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Hi everyone,

i am Sebastian, a 23 year old student of economics based in Hanover, Germany. ( So please pardon my english )

I have switched over from forex and cfds and all that stuff to options swing trading for the most part and i try to learn the basics of orderflow in the DOM, but it requires a lot of time and so i cant do this as often as i would like to do.

The general approach of my options trading is based on statistics and the law of great numbers. (thanks to the tastytrade guys)

So im looking forward to improve my skills by participating in this forum!

Regards, Sebastian

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 JPKCap 
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Hello All.... Glad to be here.. and looking forward to sharing and learning.. I have been actively day trading eminis and bond futures for a few years and love the business. Currently for last several years on Ninja Trader and think its head and shoulder above. Recently I tried several different applications/ software and plan to give my personal opine...and get others thoughts as well. for now, thank you for letting me join the forum. And talk soon.

best to all..
JP

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Hello,

I have been actively trading for several years, but damn it, still haven't found the holy grail. If someone could possibly create an indicator that looks into the future by 3 to 5 minutes, it would be greatly appreciated...

Seriously though, the futures.io (formerly BMT) community is an invaluable resource, and the people who contribute and ask for nothing in return (Fat Tails, Dorschden, Gomi, VVHG, FT71, Linda Raschke, Mack and of course Mike, and so so many others) have made such a difference in not only how I view the market, but how I view myself. These folks have made me a better, more well rounded person, and the efficiency with which I now trade is something that I have never experienced before.

If you are new here, as I was just a few months ago, step one in becoming a better trader (in my humble opinion)... an elite membership. The key to trading successfully is knowing yourself first, knowledge is key. Keep your money in your pocket with regard to the vendor that makes a stack of promises, get on futures.io (formerly BMT) and READ!!! There is so much information here, it is staggering. Best of luck to all!

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Hi, I'm new here and have been trading a while.

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Hi I am from Auckland New Zealand so will be trading when alot of you guys will be asleep.

Interested in evrything to get me up to speed - platforms, information sources, keen on oil and agricultural commodities.

J

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Hello! I got into trading crypto-currencies last year and now I want to learn more about trading.

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