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GJStrader
St Louis, MO
 
 
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Hello Greg!

greetings from STL myself. Congratulations on the the Chiefs winning the super bowl just now. Great to see you posting here. I am also a budding futures trader but I've been at it for a while now (2+ years). Also net negative by a lot but I still have hope because I have seen the power of futures. I have had many winning and losing weeks. But never been able to put together consistency. Now I've been trading only sim for day trading but this last year I posted my first winning year in live trading the MES as well. I simply bought 2 contracts MESZ19 at the 2880s last August and held until roughly mid nov. logged my first profit for any year trading. I am currently working on trying to create extra income so my wife won't have to work. I would be glad to talk sometime if you are willing. I live in west county STL. what part of town are you from?

Talk at ya later.

Let's certainly keep in touch on here for now. Pretty crazy busy otherwise most days with family, work, etc.

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 redneck4Christ 
Vancouver, WA
 
Experience: Intermediate
Platform: Jigsaw, MC.NET, ToS, SC
Broker: Stage5,IronBeam/Rithmic, ToS
Trading: Emini ES & YM
 
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Hi Mike,

I came across the site by accident while searching for tools for ThinkorSwim which I joined about a month ago.

I am basically new to the Investment trading and would like to learn more before commiting my pension money, That's I want to spend time learning via ToS and hopefully through all the members of this group.

I guess my biggest worry is to filter out all the various strategies and tools surrounding trading and find one that would be suitable for me

I do not have time for day trading as I volunteer where I live and I do not want to wait long time to find out how my trades went. Therefore I would like to trade for about 1 to 4 weeks.

So if anyone can help me narrow down my goal, I would appreciate it. In return I am willing to help out whenever I can.


Thanks Newbie+60

You might want to consider TheoTrade

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 Oriole 
Naples FLA
 
Experience: Beginner
Platform: Ninja Trader 8
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Thanks for TheoTrade.

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 redneck4Christ 
Vancouver, WA
 
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Hi all,

I joined this group and looking to find more information regarding the following link. Can anyone shed any light?

- unicourt.com/case/pc-db5-stage-5-trading-corporation-et-al-v-askar-et-al-159370 - (copy and paste into browser)

Sincerely

What a can of worms!

We will probably end up on a separate thread if Big Mike will allow this conversation to continue at all. You will have my contact info and I can PM you to continue if there is more to say about this.

I had a big row with AMP and OPTIMUS over trying to fund an account and a misplaced check (on another thread), so I went to Stage 5 for a better experience. Stage 5 set me up with a trading account and I got started with Trade the News (TTN) through Stage 5 for a discounted price.

But I had a major problem with TTN. I was in a chat room and somebody mentioned a news report on TTN and the ES made a big move, but my version of TTN didn't report it -- a Trump tweet, if I remember correctly. So, I tried to find out what other versions of TTN were available and what they cost. But TTN must have gone to the same charm school as AMP. So, I told ST5 to cancel my TTN subscription -- there were plenty of other places I could get spotty news service for little or no cost.

Then I found FuturesTrader71 and Convergent Trading and an even better offer -- for a lower price than TTN with ST5, I could have a membership to Convergent and TTN was a ďbonusĒ. But what I also found was the inkling of what you posted. When I did some due diligence on Morad Askar (FuturesTrader71) and Convergent, I found some old search engine hits and other info about FT71's former affiliation with ST5. But I did not know about their lawsuit until your post I noticed today. I found a court doc related to Askarís divorce from a wife before the one in the docs you referenced, but what you referenced was apparently buried a bit deeper and I didnít know about it.

TTN invoked some weird rule that I could not resubscribe to them for 3, 4, or 6 months (I canít remember the length of time) after unsubscribing with ST5. I let them know I was all broken up about not getting to use their spotty news service for a few months. Then Convergent managed to get TTN for me before their quarantine period was up only to drop TTN from their offering and replace it with another news service a couple of months later.

While this was transpiring, I was copying ST5 when I emailed Convergent about TTN and vice-versa. At one point, I was pointedly told not to do that by Convergent. Now, I understand the nerve I was rubbing. Also, other things seem to come into perspective.

Convergentís website seemed to be in a formulative state for at least 2 or 3 years. Their membership enrollment has been listed as ďbetaĒ from the time I joined last September until at least today when I checked. And the ďConvergent Trading Community Introduction VideoĒ is dated March 16, 2018. I have received an email a few days ago that, ďThe Convergent Trading Community Beta will be ending Feb 29, 2020.Ē Maybe that is an indication there may be some resolution to this case this month.

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 bobwest 
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Hi all,

I joined this group and looking to find more information regarding the following link. Can anyone shed any light?

- unicourt.com/case/pc-db5-stage-5-trading-corporation-et-al-v-askar-et-al-159370 - (copy and paste into browser)

Sincerely


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We will probably end up on a separate thread if Big Mike will allow this conversation to continue at all.

@redneck4Christ, you're right that this is not the place for an extended discussion of this sort, or actually of any sort. This thread is just meant for beginners to have a place to break the ice and make what probably is their first post. We should keep it for that, and for brief "welcome, good to have you here" type responses if someone wants to make them.

If there needs to be more discussion of this topic, please move it to another thread. It keeps the forum better organized and lets other members find topics that interest them to keep related discussions together, and in any case, not here in this thread, which has just one limited purpose.

@2underpar, if you use the Search box in the upper right corner of every page, you can look for other threads relating to Stage Five, or Convergent or Morad Askar, and you will probably find many.

Thanks.

Bob.

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Josh99
ATL, GA
 
 
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Hello fellow traders,

Josh from Atlanta here.

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Andrey Poroshin
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Hi! Maybe someone already has experience placing Sierra Chart on remote servers in the USA, closer to the "feeder"?)) Which server will be enough to perform auto trading from 1 Chartbook, from 2, from 3? Are the costs of a dedicated server and multiple processors necessary? It is already obvious, of course, that a server is needed with graphic support, and not just a server with a processor. If you have experience with this application, have you noticed an improvement in reducing the delay in sending an order to a broker? How big is the difference in latency between servers located in Europe and America? If that, recommend me your provider. thanks

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m00di
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I have blowen 3 accounts over past 20 years and know the feeling. Thanks for sharing your story

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grve66
Los Angeles
 
 
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Hello, my name is Brett just started recently trading futures. Practiced for about a month with the think or swim software.

Opened up a new e-trade futures account and looking to better my trading strategies.

First week I was up $895. Then didnít really set my stops correctly and then lost $1400. Iíve had a successful week afterwards. I traded for 3 days and made $1500 then lost another $400.00

So looking to cut the losses down a little more. Where I seem to have a problem is with stops and comfortable with dropping 1 to 3 points.

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 FastNCurious 
saint louis MO
 
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Hello, my name is Brett just started recently trading futures. Practiced for about a month with the think or swim software.

Opened up a new e-trade futures account and looking to better my trading strategies.

First week I was up $895. Then didnít really set my stops correctly and then lost $1400. Iíve had a successful week afterwards. I traded for 3 days and made $1500 then lost another $400.00

So looking to cut the losses down a little more. Where I seem to have a problem is with stops and comfortable with dropping 1 to 3 points.

Welcome Brett! Enjoy the site! what a great resource it has been for many.

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 randresol 
Washington, DC, USA
 
Experience: Intermediate
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Trading: NQ
 
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I am Rick. I have been a long time observer but I'm posting for the very first time today. I have been trading stocks from the Nasdaq for the past 20 years without ever getting better returns than the S&P 500. Over the past 3-4 years, the idea of beach life while having a workhorse algorithm making money via automated trading piques my imagination.

As a professional software engineer working in a very complex satellite/space industry, I thought the idea of coming up with a winning trading system is within my reach using sound engineering process. Over the years, I realized that this quest is a lot harder than I originally thought. But through perseverance, hard work a heavy dose of stubbornness. I believe that I have a trading system that is tradable. I have completed most of the work end of 2018. 2019 is essencially Forward Testing.

I am posting here, the Ninja Trader Statistics overview. Please feel to critique and destroy. I would rather get hammered in this wonderful forum than having my bank account depleted. I can also provide more detail and break down of the data.

So here are the results showing Day trading of a single ( 1 ) NQ contract between July 2015 and December 2019.




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Josh99
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Thanks Big Mike,

All, I am in ATL.. I primarily trade futures.



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Hi everyone!

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

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

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

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


Good hunting!

Mike


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rythm man
Altamont
 
 
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Hello fellow traders. This sounds like a great place to learn and share experiences with like minded people. I am just getting back into trading after about a ten year hiatus. Lost a lot of money and wasted a lot of time chasing too many ways to trade. I am older and I think wiser now and should have the discipline to trade properly. I came to your sight looking for the Weiss Wave indicator because it makes sense to me with the way I want to trade. I am using and learning Ninjatrader 8 and am mostly daytrading e minis and trying to learn Forex. Thanks for welcoming me aboard.

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 StoxFox 
Sacramento, CA
 
Experience: Intermediate
Platform: TradeStation, MC, tos, NT
Broker: Tradestation, AMP Futures, tos, various stock brokers
Trading: Anything that moves
 
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Hello,

I'm new to trading. But it's the only career choice that makes sense for me.

Played around with forex and stocks in the past with a very small amount of money. Never blew out an account, yet, and am scavenging through available resources to perhaps keep it this way.

After seeing what this forum has to offer, I went ahead and purchased the elite membership.

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kiml
vancouver, canada
 
 
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Hello,

My name is Kim and I live in a suburb of Vancouver, Canada. I used to own a couple of sporting goods businesses but have been semi-retired now for awhile. A friend of mine got me into trading as a new challenge to take on and what a challenge it has turned into.

I have been trading on and off now for years without any real success. I have tried many different approaches but had a hard time sticking to one for any real length of time. I have decided that the only way to hope to achieve some modicum of consistency and success is to become truly accountable for every trade I take. With that in mind, I intend to post my trades on this forum. I hope I can figure out how to do that as I am not the most computer literate person.

I trade CL exclusively. I look forward to learning lots and maybe meeting some people with similar interests.

Cheers,

Kim

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SPCA1Vt
San Diego, California
 
 
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Hello everyone, my name is Chris, Ive lived in San Diego since 2011 after getting out of the military. Iím originally from Texas born and raised. I feel this group is great as Iím still learning the insides of futures . I basically taught myself the ins and outs in the stock market, and as Iíve become quite impressed with my ability in the crypto sector as well as trading stocks. Learning how options work took the longest due to High Risk, so much can be gained with the right people so i have an awesome team Iím partnered with. Futures on the other hand has not been so much of the focus and although Iíve invested in futures, i had help in those moments but Iím ready to look further in futures and get a better understanding. Thank you for allowing me the time to introduce myself.


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apollo23
Singapore
 
 
Posts: 12 since Feb 2020
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Hi

Am from Singapore and hope to learn more on trading from you guys.

Most impotantly, hope to find a scanner/script so that i can have some candidates to work on.

Thanks

Stephen

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Kudos
Taipei
 
 
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Hi all,

It has been 11 years since 2009. A few days ago,
my friend introduced this website to me, and there are many good trading ideas or topics in this forum.

I hope to learn more.
I am very familiar with AmiBroker to build a trading model.

Welcome to discuss with each other.

Kudos

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habore
Haifa, Israel
 
 
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Hi all,

I am Michael and I am very new to all of this.
I have recently got to a very clear conclusion, I do not want a boss, neither do I want clients and found this opportunity of becoming a day trader.
So far I have been doing only demos and it went pretty well.

Now I am looking to learn more and become as professional as I can be.

Cheers

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dking24
Nashville
 
 
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Hello i'm David; was wondering is there any Supply and Demand indicators for ninja trader.

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nyckingo
NYC, New York, USA
 
 
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Hi everyone!
Mike

Glad I joined...looking forward to sharing and learning from the group here

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darkswan
Kansas City Missouri USA
 
 
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Hello futures,
Currently I am day ans swing trading using brackets for stop loss and target exits. typically a 2:1 win ratio.
Typically I trade metals and leverages on miners, but moving away to more traditional stocks since the volitility is kinda crazy in the PMs.

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COJAK
Denver Colorado
 
 
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Thank you for accepting me into your community.

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 Discipline Trader 
Ranavav
 
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Trading: crude , Stock
 
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Hey guys
Thanks for accepting me here
i am beginner in trading and here to learning from all
Thanks

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NickTrader
Cambridge Ontario Canada
 
 
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Hi folks. Found this site by accident. Day trading since late '80s when online brokers became available in Canada. Prior to that, it was swing trades via call in orders and weekly paper charts. Now scalping e-mini futures and stocks on IB platform. Rarely use indicators. Just Price, Volume and Level II action. Money management is most important!

Good trades to all.

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Chuckb
Gold Coast Queensland Australia
 
 
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Trading forex for some time, spent years watching how indicators worked ,now dont use them, always wanted to trade emini maybe will find usefull info here. What attracted me was the mention of EFT and Sedona.

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DA WOLF
Chicago
 
 
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Hello all and thank you Big Mike for allowing me the opportunity to be a part of this community.
i am here because i want to learn how to trade futures. I currently trade equities, forex and Bitcoin.
Al with minimum success. I am looking for a real education and this location has all that i need.
i hope to be able to give back as well.

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 MrGreen1 
Providence, Rhode Island/USA
 
Experience: Beginner
Broker: Tradovate, Finamark
Trading: ES, NQ
 
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Hello all! New to futures after spending time trading Stocks and Forex. I currently have a demo account with Tradovate, and looking to go live soon! Looking forward to learning from this community!

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1alpha123
Singapore
 
 
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Hi Mike,

Thanks for your welcome post!

Brief intro, started trading Futures about 3 yrs ago. 1st and 2nd years were fantastic. Did some great trades in YM, NKD, RTY. Lost a lot in the 3rd year and along with it the courage to trade went down the drain as well. Trying to revive interest and success with Russell micro M2K and Micro S&P MES. Occassionally trade in MGC as well.

Trying to get a grip on chart setups with 5 mts and 15 mts charts. Trying it with simple setups and short trades.

Hoping to learn & share experiences from all the forum. Would like to hear and read from other traders and yourself on this forum.

Thanks.

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louis13
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Hello,


I traded a while but with little succes. On futures.io I would like to learn to trade more professionally and
see if it can be a side income.

I miss out some good technics and consistancy while trading.

louis13

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ColtonSmith17
Reno NV USA
 
 
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I have been trading for Since 2016. I've blown up, I've made money I've lost money I've drifted I've taken breaks and I've struggled. Last year was my first year things started clicking for me and I felt like I started to turn the corner. I knew I needed more time at the screen so I quit my day job and spent every single day at the screens, paying attention and trading. I work an afternoon/night/weekend job now so that I can sit at the screen every single day. In 2019 I spent the whole year trading in my paper account more than my real account to prove to myself I can do this. I ended the year in my ToS $100k paper account net positive $205,000 ($305,000 Balance).

I decided that this year I will be deep diving into my trading so I can get better and continue my constant search for improvement. I am currently going through the Trading Combine with Top Step Trader, I reached my profit target in the $50k account in 2 days and then today my day stop was hit so I have to make a reset. I believe that I have been sloppy in my personal account and this is going to greatly improve my trading by engraving into my brain the risk management aspect by being held accountable. My goal is to be funded by TopStep by mid to late March, depending on what the market gives me.

I have watched and listened to Big Mike / Futures io webinars on youtube for years and it has helped me so so so much. I decided that I should join the forum and keep improving by actually interacting and supporting the community.

Thank you for everything you've done Big Mike.

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romexsniper
Toronto + Canada
 
 
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Thank you for sharing this Big Mike.

I am 4 years into my trading journey with taking it serious for about 2 years and bit now. And I can see it has been extremely challenging. A lot of highs and a lot of lows. The more I expand and develop my mind the more appreciative and grateful I am for this journey.

The most important thing for me is I know where I am going towards with my goals in life and more specifically with trading. Though I am not there yet I believe whole-heartedly that I can and will be there.

Thank you for this community and thank you for all the amazing energy you put out.

Have a great day to ALL!

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Hi Mike,

Thanks for your welcome post!

Brief intro, started trading Futures about 3 yrs ago. 1st and 2nd years were fantastic. Did some great trades in YM, NKD, RTY. Lost a lot in the 3rd year and along with it the courage to trade went down the drain as well. Trying to revive interest and success with Russell micro M2K and Micro S&P MES. Occassionally trade in MGC as well.

Trying to get a grip on chart setups with 5 mts and 15 mts charts. Trying it with simple setups and short trades.

Hoping to learn & share experiences from all the forum. Would like to hear and read from other traders and yourself on this forum.

Thanks.

Thank you for sharing this story.

I believe in you!

Remember when using the lower time frames to exit and enter short term trades always start with a higher time frame to get the overall bigger picture. It will help you trade on your lower time frames tremendously.

HAPPY TRADING

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02/2020

Hello Big Mike & All:

Iím from NYC and loved the game and craft of trading: My story probably no different than many others... I was introduced to trading specifically penny stocks from my middle school history teacher. It was when she would coming into class to start a lesson on American history that she introduced the whole class on classic barter of ancient times to very ollde England and of course the Boston Tea Party. This is where I took interest with my teacher mentioning she made money trading penny stocks . Of course at the mere age of 12-15, I wanted mote and she taught some in class how to start. By the time I was 21 years old, I was self made, while going to college and taking all opportunities to intern on Wall Street.
Of course I was struck down for getting a real job until most brokers told me work in crappy firms first. Hence the movies Wall Street and boiler rooms... i worked exactly for them. (Stock crash) I reapplied now working for Pain Webber and Goldman Sachs, etx as an assistant trader. On too of the world, until I lost most of it, due to lack of ĒDisciplineĒ.! Luckily, I realized to have purchased real estate and invested in businesses. Went back to college for medicine. Now, 50, Iím back in retrained ready to learn and soak it up: I trade equities and emini and looking to trade futures and learn from mentors & peers and pass along to my kids the rules of money mgmt. i said too much, I hope this is useful and saves time not to do what I did was spend and take huge risks.. stay humble and have a written plan. Best to All. JJ

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I have been trading for Since 2016. I've blown up, I've made money I've lost money I've drifted I've taken breaks and I've struggled. Last year was my first year things started clicking for me and I felt like I started to turn the corner. I knew I needed more time at the screen so I quit my day job and spent every single day at the screens, paying attention and trading. I work an afternoon/night/weekend job now so that I can sit at the screen every single day. In 2019 I spent the whole year trading in my paper account more than my real account to prove to myself I can do this. I ended the year in my ToS $100k paper account net positive $205,000 ($305,000 Balance).

I decided that this year I will be deep diving into my trading so I can get better and continue my constant search for improvement. I am currently going through the Trading Combine with Top Step Trader, I reached my profit target in the $50k account in 2 days and then today my day stop was hit so I have to make a reset. I believe that I have been sloppy in my personal account and this is going to greatly improve my trading by engraving into my brain the risk management aspect by being held accountable. My goal is to be funded by TopStep by mid to late March, depending on what the market gives me.

I have watched and listened to Big Mike / Futures io webinars on youtube for years and it has helped me so so so much. I decided that I should join the forum and keep improving by actually interacting and supporting the community.

Thank you for everything you've done Big Mike.

Good story. Keep us posted! Best wishes on your funding journey.

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Iím an Army Veteran, so trading is a good therapy for me after a lot of therapy I have tried. It keeps my mind busy with positive things bcz the logistics of trading is very demanding and challenging but worth every second. I absorb the terminology and difficulties as if I was still in high school intermediate math. I started off stocks then worked my way up to options! I am still learning as I go but I have grasped the concepts and formulas needed, but can always use extra advice from everyone or anyone trading as well, no matter beginner or advanced. I learn from you all as I did in the service starting off as a private and working my way up! Thanks Big Mike for the opportunity and this valuable community which is the backbone of the financial system in my opinion! I hope everyone is successful with their trades!

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Hello dear Community, I'm Nicolas Duque from Medellin, Colombia.

I've learing how to trade since 2014 when I heard about Forex market, I began trading in demo with Metatrader and quickly saw it wasn't going to be easy winning in trading, therefore, I began to study by myself in Youtube and google. Actually, I'm still a beginner but I feel better than 5 years ago, now I use ninjatrader and I trade the E-mini but still in demo, my goal is to get a funded 25k or 50k topstep or oneup soon, therefore, I still keep studyng and trading every time i'm able to. Actually, I'm learning from Al Brooks books, I'm reading the first one (Trends) and hope to buy the course and the acess to the trading room soon (unfortunately my income in Colombian currency is low in this moment, buy I'm sure I'll do it very soon). Since I began trading seriouly at August 2019 I've made 2.405 USD in 124 trades with a 43,55% ratio winning trades and 2:1 target.

I want to thanks Mike for create this community, I willing to help if I am able to do it to everyone, specially naive spanish traders because my first language is spanish (I'm no here to sell any miracle course or something, I do this to help people and learn).

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Hello,

I'm the owner/partner of a prop trading firm in Delaware. In a nutshell, I'm a swing trader but would love to some day be good at day trading and scalping. I use TradeStation for trading and strategy development.

My story is like most other stories in this site. I was introduced to futures trading back in 2006. It was love at first sight! But, like most people, I've blown accounts and experienced success and failures along the way. The funny thing though, is that even after many, many failures, I've always found myself unable to quit. The beautiful thing about the markets is that you never stop learning, it's like a puzzle that never gets solved.

After many hard lessons learned (and many more to come I'm sure), I've realized long ago that I had found my passion. I've realized that even though the markets don't love me back most of the time, I'm still here threading along, loving the journey and the thrill of the game.

Happy trading everyone!

KatnissE

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Hello,

I'm the owner/partner of a prop trading firm in Delaware. In a nutshell, I'm a swing trader but would love to some day be good at day trading and scalping. I use TradeStation for trading and strategy development.

My story is like most other stories in this site. I was introduced to futures trading back in 2006. It was love at first sight! But, like most people, I've blown accounts and experienced success and failures along the way. The funny thing though, is that even after many, many failures, I've always found myself unable to quit. The beautiful thing about the markets is that you never stop learning, it's like a puzzle that never gets solved.

After many hard lessons learned (and many more to come I'm sure), I've realized long ago that I had found my passion. I've realized that even though the markets don't love me back most of the time, I'm still here threading along, loving the journey and the thrill of the game.

Happy trading everyone!

KatnissE

Welcome. You are in the right place. SO MANY HELPFUL FOLKS HERE. It's great. I've been a member a month or 2 now and love it.

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I've realized that even though the markets don't love me back most of the time, I'm still here threading along, loving the journey and the thrill of the game.



Welcome! Wow, three Delawareans on one forum....

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Hi Mike,

Thank you for registering me.
I have traded since 2014, first Forex, then stocks and futures trough the Moscow exchange (I live in Russia). I have my own website which is mainly devoted to testing and research of the ACD method developed by Mark Fisher. Probably you know who is this. Apart from that, I designed some programs based on my own ideas. For example, two market depth indicators and trade volume indicator. They are described in detail on pages acds.info/ind_depth.html and acds.info/ind_depth.html of my website.
You write sharing at this forum is encouraged and I hope you excuse me for referring to my website. Probably I will not gain a lot from such advertising, but participants of this forum could make use of my ideas.

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Hi everyone,

I'm new to the forum and to trading in general. Iíve been trading for a little bit more than a year. No experience whatsoever before that. Iím mostly trading futures (indices). Currently Iím using IB, being in Canada, we have limited options.

I was looking for another charting platform for IB, I was wondering if any of you have any experience with eSignal? At some point I would like to automate some strategies too.

I'm looking forward to becoming a successful trader and share my experiences with you all.

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Greetings all,

I am a new member as of today and I have been scouring the net for some instructions on how to build a basic futures pairs algorithm that will trade a pair of index futures I have been testing manually.

The code for a really basic prebuilt one would be ideal for my situation.

I can code, but I haven't chosen a platform yet. I see that a lot of sites offer trading algorithm subscriptions, but you can't really see how they work or take their code and tinker with it.

FYI, I am thinking of going with GAIN Capital, as not all brokers offer accounts to Canadians.

Anyone who can point me in the right direction would be brilliant. Thanks!

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Hi everyone ! I trade SPX, RUT and CL options. I found this site after watching old FT71 webinars on YouTube.

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Hi folks. Found this site by accident. Day trading since late '80s when online brokers became available in Canada. Prior to that, it was swing trades via call in orders and weekly paper charts. Now scalping e-mini futures and stocks on IB platform. Rarely use indicators. Just Price, Volume and Level II action. Money management is most important!

Good trades to all.

Hi Nick Don from hamilton give me a call 9055785213 9055209656

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Hi! I am Tony. Though I have seen some of the world, and lived on the east coast for a few years, I was born and grew up in the heartland of Oklahoma, and find myself back here at the middle of my life (recently turned 50). I consider myself - and I have discovered that this is NOT unique in the world of independent full-time traders - a reformed engineer. To be more specific: an aeronautical. engineer with a Master's Degree from George Washington University - and 20 long years of experience... before the fateful time when I decided for a few legitimitate reasons to go on Sabbatical. Up to that point, I had been maxing out my 401K contributions (for 20 years), and every company I worked for: Boeing Space & Defense, Spirit Aerosystems, and American Airlines - all offered matching programs that I took full advantage of. Maybe once or twice a year I would spend 1-2 hours looking at my investment allocations, and the (primarily mutual fund) choices that I had, but ironically - despite the fact that I actually USED calculus in my job everyday - numbers did not fascinate me when they had to do with anything financial. I made enough money to support my family, my retirement account seemed to be growing - and that was good enough for me. For some reason, "business"' and the basic concepts of how to fundamentally analyze a company (including any and all related topics on investing) simply did not interest me. So I was quite ignorant of them on that fateful Spring day when I took temporary leave from my Lifetime Career. Long story short... having a lot of free time (for the first time), and "deep down" knowing that I had been neglectful of my retirements accounts (now in the six figures, despite my ignorance) - I resolved to bite the bullet, and obtain a more solid understanding of all the basic investing topics. I literally started with just learning about the stock market itself - took a brief detour down a rabbit hole trying to understand "what IS money?" and "where does it come from?"... That proved to be fascinating (and more than a little disturbing!) - so I veered myself back to INVESTING. And when I started to study portfolio allocation, factors, and technical analysis, etc... I suddenly realized one day that this was actually some fascinating stuff! And after gaining much more confidence in my ability to lightly manage my own portfolio - I may have stopped there. But by that time, due to my research I was getting every type of financial spam email - and one way or another I stumbled onto active trading. I was briefly intrigued by the "magical freedom" that supposedly could be had in day trading... and by then I had opened a little cash brokerage account to play. around, but ultimately realized that if I was going to stare at a computer alll day long - it was a lot more logical to just continue doing it in an industry where I had actually obtained the type of "expert status" that only comes from 20 years of practice... So I had pretty much decided that when I returned to engineering I would take a lot better care of my portfolio - and augment it by using some of my new abilities to actively (but boringly) swing trade stocks. And THEN, I stumbled across... OPTIONS. I could immediately grasp the potentially massive leverage, but what got my FULL ATTENTION of course was that "no one knew how to price them until these two gentlemen, Black & Scholes - had devised a model". Imagine my surprise to find out it was just a "simple" second-order partial differential equation. Further, three-dimensional volatility surfaces were very similar to methods I had used in grad school for conceptual wing design. Anytime you had several variables to optimize - for example, the various geometric properties of a wing size and shape... well for my thesis I devised a way for a wing designer to assign a range of values to any two of the variables and my computer program (that would only run on the old dual-proeceessor Sun workstations... I'm dating myself!) - would provide as output a "response surface", which was NOT flat, and which (in this case) represented resulting wing weights - for that combination of variables. Very, very similar to taking, say, strike prices and expiration dates, and then plotting a surface that represented the value of each possible credit spread. By this time I literally became obsessed with trading... and it was not greed. I was a professional "problem solver", and yet this particular game was one where I just could NOT CONSISTENTLY find the answer. I blew up accounts... large accounts... which of course was sickening, and yet I didn't get discouraged. I knew there WAS a way to consistently profit, but like so many novices I thought that it was a matter of strategy. I quested for "the grail" for a long time... and slowly learned through failures (as my strategies seemed to just naturally veer towards MUCH MORE SIMPLE - especially as compared to the elaborate algorithms that I had originally been programming in Excel). Finally, after a lot of blood, sweat, tears... and cold, hard, cash - I realized that: 1) this was NOT just a math problem, it was very much a psychological game, and 2) there IS a Holy Grail but it's not a particular strategy. Yes, there was a need to use the right type of strategy for the volatility regime... but the TRUE Holy Grail was proper Risk & Money Management. It's hard to believe, but it's been over five years since I left engineering, and life is good!

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Hello
Name is David. Started trading online brokerage in December, my younger brother is getting his BA in finance from Kstate in May and got me into it. Started off with fundamentals, spent many hours pouring over articles, numbers, projections, earnings, etc. and then came FCEL. FuelCell Energy is a somewhat small renewable energy company that I followed since I had gotten in the market, They had had trouble over the past year, including 1:12 rsplit in May 19', but had more recently secured new financing for the development of 2 new California facilities(one of which will supply the largest market for fuel cell operated vehicles in Los Angeles), they have a microgrid that operates a Navy shipyard in the top brass' attempt to distance themselves from middle eastern oil, their eps and was rising they were beating rev. and maintained a backlog with a bright future, so why not? I slowly added to my position through January leading up to earnings day on the 22nd, at which point I was making considerable returns, in at 1.80 up to 2.99 the night before earnings. Their prior earnings report for q3 19 they beat eps by 0.97 which you don't see very often, after losing nearly a dollar the day of earnings I was left wondering what the hell I missed cuz they had missed eps by one cent but still up from the previous quarter and they beat rev. by 2 or 3 mil....that's when I started realizing fundamental analysis is fundamentally flawed. So Ive dabbled in options since, and lost a great deal of an expensive premium for a couple of in the money call contracts on gold since it held well through the first market slide last week. I wake up to a second huge market slide the morning after I opened my contract, said to myself Ill never try timing the market again cuz you just cant account investor psychology but you sure as shit can code a strategy to beat em from any direction. and Ive been learning Tradestation, coding and algo trading ever since(not long) and I will not look back. Sry if I bored you with the story and if you even made it this far. Nice to meet you all. Looking forward to meeting like-minded individuals.

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Hi! I am Tony. Though I have seen some of the world, and lived on the east coast for a few years, I was born and grew up in the heartland of Oklahoma, and find myself back here at the middle of my life (recently turned 50). I consider myself - and I have discovered that this is NOT unique in the world of independent full-time traders - a reformed engineer. To be more specific: an aeronautical. engineer with a Master's Degree from George Washington University - and 20 long years of experience... before the fateful time when I decided for a few legitimitate reasons to go on Sabbatical. Up to that point, I had been maxing out my 401K contributions (for 20 years), and every company I worked for: Boeing Space & Defense, Spirit Aerosystems, and American Airlines - all offered matching programs that I took full advantage of. Maybe once or twice a year I would spend 1-2 hours looking at my investment allocations, and the (primarily mutual fund) choices that I had, but ironically - despite the fact that I actually USED calculus in my job everyday - numbers did not fascinate me when they had to do with anything financial. I made enough money to support my family, my retirement account seemed to be growing - and that was good enough for me. For some reason, "business"' and the basic concepts of how to fundamentally analyze a company (including any and all related topics on investing) simply did not interest me. So I was quite ignorant of them on that fateful Spring day when I took temporary leave from my Lifetime Career. Long story short... having a lot of free time (for the first time), and "deep down" knowing that I had been neglectful of my retirements accounts (now in the six figures, despite my ignorance) - I resolved to bite the bullet, and obtain a more solid understanding of all the basic investing topics. I literally started with just learning about the stock market itself - took a brief detour down a rabbit hole trying to understand "what IS money?" and "where does it come from?"... That proved to be fascinating (and more than a little disturbing!) - so I veered myself back to INVESTING. And when I started to study portfolio allocation, factors, and technical analysis, etc... I suddenly realized one day that this was actually some fascinating stuff! And after gaining much more confidence in my ability to lightly manage my own portfolio - I may have stopped there. But by that time, due to my research I was getting every type of financial spam email - and one way or another I stumbled onto active trading. I was briefly intrigued by the "magical freedom" that supposedly could be had in day trading... and by then I had opened a little cash brokerage account to play. around, but ultimately realized that if I was going to stare at a computer alll day long - it was a lot more logical to just continue doing it in an industry where I had actually obtained the type of "expert status" that only comes from 20 years of practice... So I had pretty much decided that when I returned to engineering I would take a lot better care of my portfolio - and augment it by using some of my new abilities to actively (but boringly) swing trade stocks. And THEN, I stumbled across... OPTIONS. I could immediately grasp the potentially massive leverage, but what got my FULL ATTENTION of course was that "no one knew how to price them until these two gentlemen, Black & Scholes - had devised a model". Imagine my surprise to find out it was just a "simple" second-order partial differential equation. Further, three-dimensional volatility surfaces were very similar to methods I had used in grad school for conceptual wing design. Anytime you had several variables to optimize - for example, the various geometric properties of a wing size and shape... well for my thesis I devised a way for a wing designer to assign a range of values to any two of the variables and my computer program (that would only run on the old dual-proeceessor Sun workstations... I'm dating myself!) - would provide as output a "response surface", which was NOT flat, and which (in this case) represented resulting wing weights - for that combination of variables. Very, very similar to taking, say, strike prices and expiration dates, and then plotting a surface that represented the value of each possible credit spread. By this time I literally became obsessed with trading... and it was not greed. I was a professional "problem solver", and yet this particular game was one where I just could NOT CONSISTENTLY find the answer. I blew up accounts... large accounts... which of course was sickening, and yet I didn't get discouraged. I knew there WAS a way to consistently profit, but like so many novices I thought that it was a matter of strategy. I quested for "the grail" for a long time... and slowly learned through failures (as my strategies seemed to just naturally veer towards MUCH MORE SIMPLE - especially as compared to the elaborate algorithms that I had originally been programming in Excel). Finally, after a lot of blood, sweat, tears... and cold, hard, cash - I realized that: 1) this was NOT just a math problem, it was very much a psychological game, and 2) there IS a Holy Grail but it's not a particular strategy. Yes, there was a need to use the right type of strategy for the volatility regime... but the TRUE Holy Grail was proper Risk & Money Management. It's hard to believe, but it's been over five years since I left engineering, and life is good!

I have a very similar story, minus the career in aeronautics, lol, I mean our mutual development of interest in the market and then options. I think we also came to the same logical conclusion, you just cant account for investor psychology and the fear, greed, and anxiety that move as anomalies and unpredictable at that. But remember, over 80% of the market is executed in autotrades now(by big institutions mainly) a lot of people think its what caused the market to slide so much last week plus media frenzy for ratings. Good luck.

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Hey Traders!

My name is Greg and by day I'm an electrical engineer (actually, more of an engineering manager, these days) in the aerospace business. I'm in my 50's and heading for retirement in the next couple of years. I've been fascinated by trading for a while but have very little experience. I'm quite well read in finance topics but don't really have much practical experience in trading or market micro structure.

I'm planning to do a whole bunch of paper trading and am willing to put many hours in. Mostly I'm here to see if I can pick up some practical ideas on some of the basics that I should be practicing. Unfocused practice is simply a waste of time. Up until now, I've only used futures for delta-hedging option swing trades. However, I'm really interested in learning how to scalp / trade intra-day futures, probably starting with /ES.

Greg

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Happy to join this community!

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Tel Aviv Israel
 
 
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Hi fellow traders.
I'm new here.
been trading the ES futures for a while.
Trading stocks for over 20 years.
Hope to learn and contribute as well.

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I'm here because I saw an ad for the Martinez brothers trading education, looked for reviews of that on Reddit and found an old post recommending Big Mike's trading instead.

I'm a refugee from crypto currency markets where I still have most of my assets (that's where my lucky trade a few years ago, buying ethereum, gives me some freedom to look into other markets) in tokensets, because I'd rather have some help in figuring out when to sell.

More recently I found Reddit's wallstreetbets and between there and some Twitter crypto traders I see mention of $es and $cl which refer to futures.

Wsb-inspired options trading has been fun and educational and a market with a schedule has been a nice change from 24 7 crypto mkts.

But it often seems that the biggest changes occur when markets are closed so that motivates me to look into futures.

I'll be honest, I just like fiddling with my phone alot, and this whole trading business seems to be a more compelling game than say polytopia or shattered pixel dungeon. Easy to lose, challenging to win, with built in meaningful incentives and the potential to build real world power if successful.

Not sure how much time I'll spend here--I don't think I have anywhere I can trade futures yet--but I appreciate how this seems to be a positive community, though I do find the hideous trash talking of wsb a big part of the entertainment there.

Attached is what I've been sitting on over the weekend in my wsb-inspired rh account.

And yeah, I'm down about $600 there since I started trading there. And down at least $90k in crypto paper value from ATH, so I have a lot to learn. (Can't post images) (three vxx calls and 1 tqqq put)

Just a heads up to the QA people, any post posted with the app says I have links or images in the post. Had to use web version to get this to go through.

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I'm zorbo. I have traded futures since 1993 and have written my own charting program and designed several technical indicators.

I use Linux as my operating system and currently have accounts with TD Ameritrade, Dorman and Ironbeam.

I also trade binaries on Nadex.

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Hey Traders!

My name is Greg and by day I'm an electrical engineer (actually, more of an engineering manager, these days) in the aerospace business. I'm in my 50's and heading for retirement in the next couple of years. I've been fascinated by trading for a while but have very little experience. I'm quite well read in finance topics but don't really have much practical experience in trading or market micro structure.

I'm planning to do a whole bunch of paper trading and am willing to put many hours in. Mostly I'm here to see if I can pick up some practical ideas on some of the basics that I should be practicing. Unfocused practice is simply a waste of time. Up until now, I've only used futures for delta-hedging option swing trades. However, I'm really interested in learning how to scalp / trade intra-day futures, probably starting with /ES.

Greg

I swear, you can't swing a dead rat around here without hitting an engineer.

Seriously though, welcome Greg! You have something in common with Kevin Davey (former aerospace guy and member here @kevinkdog ). He has written a few books on trading, so maybe you would find some of his writing relatable. His focus is algorithmic trading, but his trading journey is an interesting one. Building Winning Algorithmic Trading Systems is his first book.

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I swear, you can't swing a dead rat around here without hitting an engineer.

Seriously though, welcome Greg! You have something in common with Kevin Davey (former aerospace guy and member here @kevinkdog ). He has written a few books on trading, so maybe you would find some of his writing relatable. His focus is algorithmic trading, but his trading journey is an interesting one. Building Winning Algorithmic Trading Systems is his first book.

~vmodus

Yeah, us engineers always think that we can "crack the code". The challenge of cracking the code is as attractive to engineers as the money is. I still think that I can do it; I would not be here if I did not believe. But I know that it will be extremely difficult. However, difficult is fun. A long time ago, at university, I met quite a few people who went into engineering basically for the money. They were not very good at engineering and mostly ended up in sales. I went into engineering for the challenge of solving problems and making stuff work. Instead of sales, I ended up building electronics to send to other planets. Having a deep interest and passion is really important to being creative and successful.

I will check out Kevin's stuff, thanks for the pointer. I also have a real interest in algorithmic trading and pretty good coding skills. But I know that I have very little chance of coming up with good algos unless I internalize some knowledge of the markets that can only be gained through human experience.

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Hi my name is Ian and I am from Australia.

I learnt to hand chart a few years back and still keep a hand chart of the Aussie SPI, best thing I ever did. It gives great perspective to longer views of the market as the scale does not jump around like on a screen.

I trade swings from a daily chart mostly.

I have just started trading futures after trading stocks and breaking my teeth on index CFDs. I have been using Saxo which is very expensive especially for the micros, great platform and orders can be placed/modified outside market hours which is good where I don't intend to be in front of the computer 5 minutes before open.

I don't know if there are other platforms that allow after hours orders? I did find Ironbeam/Firetip but it's user interface is limited and charting hopeless. I will do more research and post on appropriate topics...

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RT912
Sydney New South Wales / Australia
 
 
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Hi Ian,

Many platforms allow after market trading... it depends on your broker / provider.

I use Sierra Chart.... there are numerous entities who are compatible with SC to give you market access. You could do worse than take a look.

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Hi my name is Matt and I am an analyst currently in Detroit and have started sim trading the ES on thinkorswim a few weeks ago with a lot of success after 7 months of trading podcasts/audiobooks and research before taking the plunge. Thinkorswim denied my application to trade live futures(first you need options margins approval and that was denied) 3x and wants me to take 10 hours of options coursework/quizzes to reevaluate which I must say seems a bit much, so currently have downloaded a Sierra charts demo and just starting that, which is also a bit daunting

Not really a question just summarizing my experiences so far, looking forward to learning with all of you!

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 redneck4Christ 
Vancouver, WA
 
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Hi my name is Matt and I am an analyst currently in Detroit and have started sim trading the ES on thinkorswim a few weeks ago with a lot of success after 7 months of trading podcasts/audiobooks and research before taking the plunge. Thinkorswim denied my application to trade live futures(first you need options margins approval and that was denied) 3x and wants me to take 10 hours of options coursework/quizzes to reevaluate which I must say seems a bit much, so currently have downloaded a Sierra charts demo and just starting that, which is also a bit daunting

Not really a question just summarizing my experiences so far, looking forward to learning with all of you!

2020, you might want to look into TheoFutures with TheoTrade. For the price of a Tradovate commission free membership plan, you can have Tradovate and access to the TheoFutures forum. For various reasons I found it wasn't for me but they use ThinkorSwim for analysis & signals and Tradovate for execution. And some pretty good traders can provide guidance and it might be a good way for you to break into trading futures.

God speed!

Jeff

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Hi all


I'm an award-winning animation designer looking for a new side career and challenge to make money. I am a Swiss expat based in Kiev Ukraine.


I am bloody beginner with futures, did a live trading seminar a few years ago and loved it. Not much experience in trading, besides investing in tech stocks and burning a live Forex account within only 1 month.


Finally have some time to really start trading 1-2 hours per day and I am grateful I found out about futures and this forum since to be successful great masters and sharing knowledge are most important.


Looking forward to trading and sharing with you!

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 133usd 
Portland, ME
 
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...Well here's my introduction!

I'm still pretty young, but have over 12 years experience trading in forex, futures, stocks, and limited experience in options. Recently I have been able to book great winning periods which has allowed me to focus on trading full-time.

Other than trading I am a single father, caring for a baby boy (13 month old boy). My son is my love of my life, my motivation and my tool of discipline. He enforces my discipline because I now wake up at 6am everyday, regardless of what day it is, all 7 days a week. This was hard for me in the past, so having my son in my life really kicked my butt! When I think about my son, I get more risk-averse and realized I would need to diversify a bit, especially during this recent volatility. Reduced position sizes has saved my butt big time. Sub-dividing accounts into smaller chunks of risk capital has helped me re-train and re-tool my skills. Goal is to preserve what I have, grow it a little, create some income, but not speculate too heavily.

Hobbies I enjoy: Snowboarding, hiking, wood working, guns, reading non-fiction, fixing the house, and video games!

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 Oriole 
Naples FLA
 
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All you new folks are in a great place. I'm new too and it's a great community.

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AlexBlack
Phoenix Arizona USA
 
 
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Seen forum during my searches and decided to join. Glad I did. I'm Alex and I have been trading more actively recently but challenge is to work on profitability and better risk management. Again glad to have joined the community here.

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Hi Everyone my name is Alan , I have been trading Options with TOS for about a year and a half . I have been in a couple of trading rooms in Austin and also Scottsdale .I have been doing okay ...but I am so tired of looking at the screen for about 8 hours a day and then selecting an underlying then getting hammered by a Volatility burst . I remember I looked into futures trading years earlier in Mobile ,AL. and had a hard time I was living on the west coast at the time . It is my mission to become a sucessful ,disiplined Futures trader . I have been watching the NQ, ES YM and the crazy bad dog RTY Lol
I have invested/spent a bunch of money trying different systems and trading styles. I am glad I found this forum
Thanks for reading
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April
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Day trader for 3 years now; recognize that of nearly 2000 futures trade rooms that over 99.6% of the them do not trade - they are sales rooms. Since they do not trade they have no track record.
So for me: no track record = no interest.

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Day trader for 3 years now; recognize that of nearly 2000 futures trade rooms that over 99.6% of the them do not trade - they are sales rooms. Since they do not trade they have no track record.
So for me: no track record = no interest.

Welcome!

No sales here, although there are vendors. Big Mike and the mods are pretty strict with the vendors.

I think you will find a mix of experienced active traders, new traders, and trading enthusiasts (trading and not trading).

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farooqh902
east windsor, new jersey
 
 
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I was funded for a $50k account by OneUpTrader in May 2019. Went back to work and will have my ATS run to see if it gets funded. Will keep you updated.

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Rich122
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Hi All. Very new here, in fact this is my first post, and I have a question hopefully someone will be able to help with.

I have been using TradingView to BackTest Strategies etc.

While doing this I have been placing trades using Paper Trading which is going ok.

My question is, once I have a position open in say GBPUSD chart, and I can see it progressing/moving and I want to open 2nd position on the same chart and time frame how would I do this ?

I have tried a few times but every time I pass a attempt to place "A New Order" it just cancels the original one.

Is it possible to have 2 Positions open on the same chart simultaneously in TradingView

P.S I only have a basic account i.e Free! at present, if that makes a difference.

Many Thanks
Richard

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Midline
Basking Ridge
 
 
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Hello Fellow Traders! New to the forum. As a first post Iíd like to thank Big Mike for letting me be a part of this community.

Iím a scrum master in the IT industry. I used to be a developer in a previous lifetime but I have not written code for decades now. A little over 3 years ago I got bit by the trading bug. I think, like most engineers, it was the allure of solving something difficult to solve, that attracted me to trading. The more the market whupped my butt the more determined I became to crack it. What I did not anticipate when I began this journey is that trading would also provide me with a different way to view things and allow me to know myself better through introspection.

My initial research indicated that, as a new trader, I was very likely to blow at least one account in my quest for profitability. I kept hearing people stress the importance of risk management. Given that, I looked for markets that would allow me to manage my risk with fine grain control. I landed on spot FX since it allows me to open an account with a small amount of funds, it lets me take long and short entries and it has ample liquidity. I lost 2/3 of my account while learning but amazingly I managed not to blow it entirely. Iíve been trading spot FX for 3+ years.

Having settled down into a profitable cadence Iím looking to develop an EA based on my strategy so that I can accelerate my account growth while I continue working at my job. I use Multicharts running on Parallels on a Mac, therefore my EA will be built using EasyLanguage (PowerLanguage). I came across futures.io while searching for learning resources for EasyLanguage. Hoping to bug some knowledgeable members here for help with EasyLanguage, as well as to contributing whatever I can to this forum.

Thank you for reading and Iíll see you all in the forums.

Cheers,
Midline

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 vmodus 
Legendary Systematic Algo Trader
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Having settled down into a profitable cadence Iím looking to develop an EA based on my strategy so that I can accelerate my account growth while I continue working at my job. I use Multicharts running on Parallels on a Mac, therefore my EA will be built using EasyLanguage (PowerLanguage). I came across futures.io while searching for learning resources for EasyLanguage. Hoping to bug some knowledgeable members here for help with EasyLanguage, as well as to contributing whatever I can to this forum.

Thank you for reading and Iíll see you all in the forums.

Cheers,
Midline

Welcome Midline! I develop strategies for TradeStation (EasyLanguage), mostly in futures, but with a couple of equity systems in development and testing. If you are serious about automated system development, I highly recommend checking out the writings of Kevin Davey (@kevinkdog), starting with Building Winning Algorithmic Trading Systems. He is an occasional contributor. here and a genuinely honest guy. The code examples he gives in his books are available in EasyLanguage, which should be easy for you (no pun intended) to get up and running in PowerLanguage.

There are plenty of helpful and supportive people here and the vendors who frequent FIO are kept on a tight leash by Big Mike and the mods.

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Thank you @vmodus! I just purchased the Kindle version. Should make for interesting reading over the weekend.

Have a lovely weekend yourself!

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LowQ
Vancouver, Canada
 
 
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Thanks to Big Mike for allowing me to be part of this community. Am interested in Interactive Broker TWS platform and its API.

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slowfast
Ottawa+Ontario/Canada
 
 
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Hi everyone, I am new here. I am a developer. I hope I can learn more on algo trading especially using Ninjiatrader.


Thanks.

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hsing1688
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Hi guys..
Thanks for Big Mike for allowing me to join this forum..

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Stroud
 
 
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Hi everyone, thanks for letting me join. I'm developing on NinjaTrader mainly and have been picking up the basics over the last year. Looking to expand my knowledge and get some inspiration from fellow members!

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poptarts
omaha ne
 
 
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Hi, I trade via tradingview and I like to party

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Coins
nsw australia
 
 
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Hello everyone, i am newbie, still learning.

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Hi everyone, I am new here. I am a developer. I hope I can learn more on algo trading especially using Ninjiatrader.


Thanks.

Welcome! This place is a great resource and the community is phenomenal.

There are some good books on algo system development. I recommend Building Winning Algorithmic Trading Systems, by Kevin Davey. We use a modified version of his methodology in our shop and it has changed the way we develop and implement our automated trading systems. He codes in EasyLanguage (TradeStation), but provides a lot of code in NT7/8. It is easy enough to follow.

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JohnnyDrako
Carefree
 
 
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Greetings! 56-year-old American entrepreneur. Took a couple years to travel after selling a business and now looking to trading to continue to fuel my passion of being intentionally homeless, out and about on the planet.

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rozjemca
Gdynia + Poland
 
 
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Hi everyone, i just want to try myself on futures market

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Yasir
Beavercreek
 
 
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Hi folks,

I have been trading for the past 20 years and its only 2 years since I have become consistent. Yes a long learning curve, but full of lessons learned, account blow ups, and other crap. Anways,, I have been trading this strategy that I want to get programmed on Think or Swim. Does anyone know anyone who does that? I can define all the conditions and parameters, Just need someone to code it.

it would be a GREATTTTTTTTTTT help.

Yasir

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tinynaish
Montreal CA
 
 
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Hi Mike and everyone,

Thanks for accepting me in the group.

I have been trying to day trade for a living for nearly two years now after 20+ years spent working in the financial industry in various support role (mostly in IT).

I mainly trade US stocks as well as ES and NQ future so far, experimenting various strategies.

My most recent interest is with footprint charts to help me read the tape better and getting more aware of the interactions that take place in the market.

Very please to be joining the group to learn and share.

Tinynaish.

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 dipit19 
Enola, PA
 
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Hey Everyone,

Unfortunately, I'm here like many others. I have been trying to become a consistently profitable day trader for the past 3 years and it hasn't really worked out.

I'm not giving up yet though, hopefully with the information available in these forums, I can turn it around.

Glad to join this community.

Thanks

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 12344321 
Auckland, NZ
 
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Hi Eveyone,

I'm on leg two of my journey. I tried trading around 15 years ago and I failed miserably. However, I've always maintained an interest in trading and am ready to try again.

Thanks!

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 redneck4Christ 
Vancouver, WA
 
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Hi folks,

I have been trading for the past 20 years and its only 2 years since I have become consistent. Yes a long learning curve, but full of lessons learned, account blow ups, and other crap. Anways,, I have been trading this strategy that I want to get programmed on Think or Swim. Does anyone know anyone who does that? I can define all the conditions and parameters, Just need someone to code it.

it would be a GREATTTTTTTTTTT help.

Yasir

Hi Yasir,

Welcome to the community. There are a couple of threads that I am sure would love your input right now, like:




Prof. Jeff Bierman worked with Don Kaufman on the development of the Think or Swim platform before TD Ameritrade bought it. He is the guru on it. If he is not interested in working with you on coding it, he might be able to recommend somebody. I know about them because I am a member of TheoTrade, founded by Don Kaufman. TheoTrade structures their content around ToS, so you might reach out to them as well.

jbierma1@depaul.edu
Instructor
Department of Finance
Phone: 312-362-8826
1 E. Jackson Blvd.
DePaul Center 5500
Chicago, IL 60604

Hope this helps -- God speed!

Jeff

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Philadelphia PA / USA
 
 
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Hi Everyone,

New trader here, hopefully looking to get some experience with trading the ZB. I recently started paper trading the ZB on think or swim and have had some newbie luck with it so hopefully I can keep it up for a few more months and then once I build up the courage, try it with some actual money! Anyway, just here to learn and take everything in!

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Yasir
Beavercreek
 
 
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Hey Jeff.. What a wonderful community to be in and thanks for responding. I will be going through this and definitely be joining as a paid member. Awesome...

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Reeter
Springdale
 
 
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This is my first post here. I have never participated in this sort of forum before so I will be fumbling around for a while. I have been trading for quite a while and started with futures about a year ago. Up and down . Tried different approaches. Learning the hard way. I have finally settled on a method and will be sticking with it. Simple straightforward scalping. Seems to suit my temperament. Do people post what they are doing here? Where should I post daily progress?

Feel a bit like I am shouting down a well!

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baboo
San Jose CA
 
 
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hello everyone,

I'm a technician for USPS, just starting out giving away money investing with options and futures.

This site looks pretty awesome so far. Looking forward to being able to help other people and maybe ask some noob type questions.

Thanks for building such an awesome community.

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WALL ST
Perth Western Australia
 
 
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Hi All

My Journey in trading has had many twist and turns. I am pretty angry with my self as i should have know better by now.

1. I survived - failed and lost in the Tech Boom

2. I survived - failed and lost but managed to keep the construction company trading 2008 GfC

3. I survived - Fatal health and cancer issues

4. I traded the Marrijuana Boom and made Money

5. I traded the credit spreads on the emini and Vix products and made Money

6. I traded the lithium sector and lost it all again

My bigest blunder todate was my vision and conviction of the future in the lithium industry and to change my trading style to position Trading. This wipe out my account..

The company i invested prudently was low debt and a producer with a initial mine life of 10years with an expanding reasource - chineese offtakers sales back with contracts - The down fall was it only had one offtaker which bailed and reneged its contracts leaving the company with no sales in a falling lithium market in 2018. The company went into liquidation compeditor back doored the deal and the share holders were shafted.

I spent most of 2019 working with singaproean share holders fighting the take over in court and negotiating with partners to raise the capital to reinstate the company. In the end the court process over road time and the lithium price would dictate a viable enterpise. The company went to a chineese entity backed with chineese goverment entiy cash is king.

so lets put that one down to bad luck and not diviserfieng my investments.

I am back to restart again my trading account is only small but i am determinded to try again. although i have knowledge of the market. I would like to go down the track of automated trading.

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The Tick
Longmont
 
 
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Good Afternoon All

New guy reporting for duty. I'm a 39 year old sound technician for an audiology company, and have almost zero experience trading. Thanks to all in advance for your guidance and patience.

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 vmodus 
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I am back to restart again my trading account is only small but i am determinded to try again. although i have knowledge of the market. I would like to go down the track of automated trading.

Welcome! There are a number of us here building and trading automated systems. You are in a good place.

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Thank you for your acknowledgment i will share what i am working on in due course

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Hi, I start as investor after invest for 5 year my equity growth up about 100% but when market down it's go faster than when it's go up, I lose 50% of my profit in 3 months. All this time I think I know about market but turnout I know nothing when I come to day trading. the more I know the more i don't know

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Hi, I start as investor after invest for 5 year my equity growth up about 100% but when market down it's go faster than when it's go up, I lose 50% of my profit in 3 months. All this time I think I know about market but turnout I know nothing when I come to day trading. the more I know the more i don't know

Welcome! I say every day to myself: "I know nothing". So I keep learning.

One lesson you have learned already: the market moves down faster than it moves up.

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Hi Everyone,

Iím software engineer and I have been trading since a year.

Thank you for building this community!

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Hi,

looking to get some experience with daytrading the emini.
Due to the high volatility in the emini i`m currently checking some trade ideas in the micro emini.

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I have always relied on this site to further my knowledge. I am grateful to all of you for your contributions!

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Hi all, I have been a silent follower of this site. This is indeed a very knowledgeable hub for day traders. I am an active trader and have recently started posting daily analysis and understanding of Dow Jones on YouTube. However, I really dont know how to share those reports with you.

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Hi all, I have been a silent follower of this site. This is indeed a very knowledgeable hub for day traders. I am an active trader and have recently started posting daily analysis and understanding of Dow Jones on YouTube. However, I really dont know how to share those reports with you.

Welcome! You can start a journal, as long as it is not spam and you're not selling or promoting anything. If you are a vendor, you should probably get some guidance from Big Mike or one of the other site administrators. Anyhow, a journal is a good place to start.

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