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Webinar: Where to start as a trader?

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It's on my to do list

Hey Mike, I was hoping you had a video about yourself, your background, how you got into trading, how you progressed to becoming successful, the things you tried that worked and that didn't work, how you prepare yourself for the trading day, what setups you use to enter, how you scale in, how you scale out, when you stop trading, etc.

It's not that I want to copy you, I just find it interesting to hear other people's stories. If you don't want to do a video on it, maybe you can point me to forum pages where you discuss this stuff. Your website is huge and something like this would take me forever to find.


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Hey Mike, I was hoping you had a video about yourself, your background, how you got into trading, how you progressed to becoming successful, the things you tried that worked and that didn't work, how you prepare yourself for the trading day, what setups you use to enter, how you scale in, how you scale out, when you stop trading, etc.

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So I'm assuming these videos were never made? I was looking for them in the webinar section and I can't find any of them but the 1st one.

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@Big Mike

I watched video 1 and I just figured out that videos 2 through 6 were never completed. I realize this is thread is now pretty old and I'm sure other priorities have gotten in the way, but I think you should reconsider finishing this series. I was really looking forward to part 3,4 and 5.

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Hey guys,

I don't have an exact date picked yet, but sometime in November I plan to put together a webinar that aims to cover the basics for a beginner trader, including:
  • Selecting a broker
  • Selecting a trading platform
  • Formulating your own particular trading style or methodology
  • Applying sound risk management for the long run
  • How to measure yourself in a useful way
  • Setting realistic goals

Right now I am searching for an appropriate title or name for this webinar. If you have a better suggestion that what I came up with let me know. The intended audience for this webinar is the newer trader that is overwhelmed with where to begin, and needs some help to get going in the right direction.

Now each of these topics could almost be its own entire webinar, but the idea I had was to limit this to 2 hours or less and spend only about 20 minutes per section including Q&A.

The webinar is not designed to make specific recommendations on which broker to choose, or which platform to choose, but is rather designed to help you make an informed decision on your own. I constantly get questions from traders wanting me to recommend to them which platform they should use, or which broker to go with. My aim is to be able to point to this webinar as a basic foundation of ideas so they can then go and make their own informed decisions.

Likewise, I am not going to teach you a trading method, instead I am going to show you how to formulate your own trading style or method that is best suited to your own personality. Again, I constantly receive questions from traders wanting to know where they should start, what instrument should they trade, what type of chart should they use, what trading method works best, etc. My aim is to be able to point to this webinar, and educate these traders enough so they can answer their own questions.

I welcome your feedback, in fact I am counting on it, so don't be shy -- speak up.



The "where to start as a trader" is simply excellent work! I was just so moved to see the quality of info n the great intent you put in. HIGHLY HIGHLY APPRECIATED! I was hoping if you would continue to finish making all these awesome webinars. I know you made it years ago but I just feel like giving you the words that your efforts to help others are well spent n I'm sure so many newbies would be very grateful. Thanks so much again.


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