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Old January 28th, 2015, 03:09 AM   #31 (permalink)
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Hi CobblersAwls,

Hi, I'm still spreading but as it's been only in sim mode it has been very challenging to get backing, even in the UK. It's like trying to become an F1 racing driver. Most firms want you to trade your own money, or at least put a fair amount of money down (risk bond). If I had this available I would be all up for it, but unfortunately I don't have it available at this time so that leaves me with 3 choices of which 1 is considered not an option. The first choice is to gather the money together, which is the most logical choice to go for. The second choice would be to look for alternative ways of trading, end of day trading, swing trading etc anything one can do and still have a full time job, or the latter which I don't consider a choice is to quit. As I've got a family to look after I had to go for option 1 and 2 at the same time. 1 ultimately as I would like to day trade, and 2 for the period I've now entered into, where I need to go out every day to earn a living via other means other then trading. I'm still brainstorming to see how I can apply what I have learned so far, and mold it into a system that will work for me whilst being in full time employment. I see you're based in London. Are you a full time trader?

That's good to hear, at least you're finding success/progress on SIM. I know of a place that would consider you if you could show several months of live trading stats. You would only need to have traded the minimum size to show your method in action and illustrate that you have the psychological strength to trade live.

I don't trade full time unfortunately but that's my goal eventually. Currently I work in a related field in finance and work varying shifts to cover the different shifts. This allows me time to trade the EU or US open sometimes which is good. The rest of the time I just read a lot, make notes and prep for potential trade opps. Once I've got a track record built up on live and I have some funds to support living expenses for 12 months I'll take some time out to try my hand full-time.

Can I ask what got you interested in spreads over outrights? Do you feel that spreads are less risky? I ask because even when spreading you have a position in the market (reversion to/from mean). Any books/threads you could recommend?



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Old March 18th, 2016, 12:08 PM   #32 (permalink)
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Hi BenG

I am new STIR trader (trading BAX listed in montreal exchange).
Can you please elaborate a little how de you useorderflow and yield curve analyses to spot a good entry .
Thanks for your good thread.

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