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I decided to create this thread, because I see it as the first step in my trading journey. I've been interested in trading for about a year now. I've never actually made a trade yet. I've made many paper trades--some winners, some losers. But for right now I see myself in "learning mode." I'm sort of learning to crawl in anticipation of one day running a marathon.

In the past year I've set several goals for myself.

  • Don't enter just to enter--have a purpose.
  • Get better at seeing the overall trend of the day and entering with it.
  • Try to make trades with an eye toward riding a winner to the next pivot or resistance point.
  • Get comfortable using a finite number of charts and indicators and stick to them.
I'm a programmer by trade, so whenever possible I try to code myself indicators that will help make things easier. I also like to look at charts and try to come up with new indicators or combinations of indicators.

I think maybe for me half the battle is identifying what kind of trader I am and developing comprehensive system that will help me be that trader. We will see.

I am very dedicated to getting good at this, so I know that I will evolve from the guy on the sidelines running backtests to a successful trader. It's a matter of when. Looking forward to working with you all.

More later...

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I decided to create this thread, because I see it as the first step in my trading journey. I've been interested in trading for about a year now. I've never actually made a trade yet. I've made many paper trades--some winners, some losers. But for right now I see myself in "learning mode." I'm sort of learning to crawl in anticipation of one day running a marathon.

In the past year I've set several goals for myself.

  • Don't enter just to enter--have a purpose.
  • Get better at seeing the overall trend of the day and entering with it.
  • Try to make trades with an eye toward riding a winner to the next pivot or resistance point.
  • Get comfortable using a finite number of charts and indicators and stick to them.
I'm a programmer by trade, so whenever possible I try to code myself indicators that will help make things easier. I also like to look at charts and try to come up with new indicators or combinations of indicators.

I think maybe for me half the battle is identifying what kind of trader I am and developing comprehensive system that will help me be that trader. We will see.

I am very dedicated to getting good at this, so I know that I will evolve from the guy on the sidelines running backtests to a successful trader. It's a matter of when. Looking forward to working with you all.

More later...

Well said ... I should have written that list out a year ago myself ... looking forward to seeing what you have moved toward in the near term.

Jon

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I decided to create this thread, because I see it as the first step in my trading journey. I've been interested in trading for about a year now. I've never actually made a trade yet. I've made many paper trades--some winners, some losers. But for right now I see myself in "learning mode." I'm sort of learning to crawl in anticipation of one day running a marathon.

In the past year I've set several goals for myself.

  • Don't enter just to enter--have a purpose.
  • Get better at seeing the overall trend of the day and entering with it.
  • Try to make trades with an eye toward riding a winner to the next pivot or resistance point.
  • Get comfortable using a finite number of charts and indicators and stick to them.
I'm a programmer by trade, so whenever possible I try to code myself indicators that will help make things easier. I also like to look at charts and try to come up with new indicators or combinations of indicators.

I think maybe for me half the battle is identifying what kind of trader I am and developing comprehensive system that will help me be that trader. We will see.

I am very dedicated to getting good at this, so I know that I will evolve from the guy on the sidelines running backtests to a successful trader. It's a matter of when. Looking forward to working with you all.

More later...


Excellent, well thought out intro. I think you are on the right track. I have only one word of advice; spend more time learning to read price and less time thinking about how to program indicators. The indicator journey is in all honesty, a black hole. If you find you need an indicator, the simpler the better and less is definitely more. I think you will find the best traders, even the ones with strong programming backgrounds trade with naked or nearly naked charts. they have realized that indicators are often a crutch for lack of skill or dedication to learning how to read price action. I speak from experience on this.

If you are a programmer, you probably will have little difficulty recognizing patterns and what they mean. Trade those patterns and you will do far better than most traders who chase indicators.

Good luck and I look forward to reading more of your journey.

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spend more time learning to read price and less time thinking about how to program indicators.

Well said and many thanks. When i first registered for an account here I decided to make it a personal goal to get good at trading. I have tried a lot of things (including many indicators) since that time. Lately I feel like I've really turned a corner, and it seems like lately I'm almost always profitable or at least BE with my papertrades. The difference is that I'm reading price action, not indicators. The indicators I use are there to help me read the price action, but they are not designed to be a holy grail. For instance, I use the swing() indicator. All this does is draw lower lows and higher highs, but I find this highs and lows to be the most important thing. I also use an indicator which measures ticks per minute. Again, a way to see price action. Finally, I often manually mark past daily and afterhours highs and lows on my charts. I find that these are often key S/R lines, where price tends to react more than just once.

I need to make the time to update this, since as I read it now I realize that I set out to show off my programming skills. Turns out that reading price action is what this is all about.

Good luck all
Dan

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I need to make the time to update this, since as I read it now I realize that I set out to show off my programming skills. Turns out that reading price action is what this is all about.

Good luck all
Dan

Hi @Curbfeeler, I hope that wasn't a "goodbye" and good luck, etc. Now that you've taken some time, what have you learned? Have you modified your method or plan? I hope you'll revive this journal and share your trades.

Mike

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