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20 Questions: Trader Interview Series

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I think it is important to see how different traders answer the same question

Thanks Mike, really like your concept, especially the "same 20 questions", and 30-min time limit.

A few ideas...

- would be great if futures.io (formerly BMT) members could "vote for / request" an interview with a particular futures.io (formerly BMT) member, or outside expert (+1 I'd love to hear YOUR interview)

- not sure if this is already possible, but it would be nice to be able to get outside and listen to these on my ipod

- would love to hear an interview with someone who is working hard at it but not yet a successful trader.


A few potential questions...

- what are your current beliefs about the markets you trade?

- what are some beliefs that you used to hold but no longer believe to be true?

- what methods do you believe work well (whether you use them or not)

- what indicators / methods do you believe to be totally worthless


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Thanks Mike, really like your concept, especially the "same 20 questions", and 30-min time limit.

A few ideas...

- would be great if futures.io (formerly BMT) members could "vote for / request" an interview with a particular futures.io (formerly BMT) member, or outside expert (+1 I'd love to hear YOUR interview)

- not sure if this is already possible, but it would be nice to be able to get outside listen to these on my ipod

- would love to hear an interview with someone who is working hard at it but not yet a successful trader.

You can use this thread to "vote for" an interview.

Videos will be on YouTube.

I will be interviewing all types of traders.

Mike

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Can I suggest @mfbreakout ?

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I know this is asking for too much but I really really wish all the traders you interview are full time traders who do it for a living. Hopefully all the interviews are of traders that are consistently profitable but I know verifying such is impossible. I don't mean to be a stickler and I really don't care how much they make, but I feel it would be most compelling if they are the real deal.


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A question I would like asked is how and where they learned their craft and what if any formal training they received?

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would be great if David Weis could join

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BM, Have you decided on the set of questions or are you looking for ideas?

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3 steps

Hi Mike,

All of the traders that you've invited have sooooo much experience and trade so differently it will be interesting indeed to see if you can somehow get a level of consistency between them.

I would like to know from them something that I thought was very interesting when Panda Warrior went into it.

Q: if they were starting today what 3 things would they master first so as to build confidence in their chart reading abilities.

For example, I imagine that David Weis (I've just read his book) would say

1. Identify and draw trends and ranges because a lot of profitable trades occur on the edges of these ranges
2. Springs are profitable in an uptrend .. spot the trend, look for these springs in pullbacks and at the bottom of ranges for low risk entries that have room to run.

3. Upthrusts are profitable in a downtrend, look for these upthrusts in pullbacks and at the top of ranges for low risk entries that have room to run.

Something like that ...


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kashmiami View Post
BM, Have you decided on the set of questions or are you looking for ideas?

See post #26


Big Mike View Post
And finally, one more important post tonight --

NOW is the time for you guys to share your input and offer suggested questions. Like I said, I want to keep most questions uniform across interviews, so that means we will all benefit from having the best questions we can come up with from day 1.

So I am asking for your input to help make that happen.

Mike

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I second this! And would like to see it in more than one aspect...one being the psychological / mental side and the other anything they may be willing to share about their methodology in trading (e.g. moving averages, Fibonnacci, etc. the mechanics of what works for them, even if quite generalized).
And...anything else they, personally, found that made the difference for them to switch from amateur / inconsistently profitable to consistent profitability / professional.


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Hi Mike,
I see that as a great way of advancing our potential . Great thought.

Also,a suggestion :

- ask what was the biggest factor that changed the trader into a consistently successful trader.

I'm sure the answers will be interesting and may help others.
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