Broker/Data: Cannon Trading Company / Ninja Trader/Rithmic, E-Futures trading platform
Favorite Futures: Gold and Crude Oil
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I've started trading Live about four years now. I occasionally switch back to demo mode if I want to try out a new strategy but that's mostly adjusting my stops and seeing how that works out for me. I trade 100% of my own capital. But I'm definitely a part time trader as well. Trading helps supplement my income but I do have a full time job. I've definitely struggled with the discipline aspect of trading and learning how to take a loss. I find my self still struggling with that sometimes. Good luck but if you've been a sim trader for quite some time, you might be stuck as a sim trader. Take a leap of faith and start trading your own funds! Good luck with your trading!
That is a very common experience. Sim is a double edged sword. Often a sim trader that tries live trading will last a few days then throw in the towel and go back the emotional comfort of Sim. The longer one is trading Sim, the harder it is to make that transition to live it seems. You get so used to stress free trading, the emotional shock of live trading becomes overwhelming. You have to force yourself through that emotional discomfort to get over the hurdle, there is nothing easy or fun about the experience. You have to be able to withstand the body blows and press forward. This transition phase is something most sim traders are not adequately prepared for.
Be Patient and Trade Smart
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