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Trading School Recommendation Request

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Trading School Recommendation Request

Is there a reputable school to go to learn how to trade? I need more help than I'm able to offer myself. Does anyone have a suggestion based on a very positive experience? TIA.

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looking for place about trading

I am also looking for place where I can know more about trading . This forum circle had helped me a lot. But I am also looking for more practical oriented resource. Please provide me the link If there are any classes going on .

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Online Trading Academy

I started to learn about trading from classes I took at OTA Online Trading Academy there worldwide . They start of with a week long class 8 hours a day at there facility with a professional instructor. They have a bunch of options after you take the first class. They have forex,futures,stocks,etc classes you can take also that all go deeper into each one. They teach you to trade using there money, small amount but live using Tradestation. They have classes that teach you the in's and out's of tradestation also, and a trading plan class. The one thing I think that helped the most is the xlt they provide, xlt is there extended learning track. I chose the futures one and its 3 times a week for 2 hours live and also recorded if you mis sesions with professional traders like "Sam Sieden" that mentor you through live market analisis. They have trade reviews which you can submit your trades you have taken and they will anilize the in the room with the class. Very worth the money, o yeah anything you buy there is for lifetime. I retook the begging class 5 times already just to get different instructors point of view. They try selling more every time your there but its not a hard sell at all. They are Very flexible with the cost of the courses, they start off high but will come down in price with a little work on your part. But I think I paid like 9000.00 for the first class called pro trader 1,2 and for the xlt, the pro trader courses are free retakes as many times as you want any where in the world. Also the xlt is 3 times a week every week. I hope this helps!

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I know you probably don't want to hear this but :

* I have read now close to 100 trading books
* I have blown up 2 accounts and lost considerable amount of money
* Have been in numerous trading rooms and bought several trading systems
* I have now thousands of screen hours, but still far below 10.000 which I believe is a magical number experience wise IMHO.
* I have worked with close to 15 different trading/charting programs and learned how to program on some of them. (I was a programmer before, but not a good one)
* I have learned the best things from a trading buddy/guru who was a pit trader for more than 30 years.

Big institutional banks have traders who have young MBA's and Phd's in economics who they need to re-locate because they are not able to be a succesfull trader, they just can't handle it. IMHO it has nothing to do with the scholarship you received but it has more to be if your mentally able to be a trader. It's not difficult to learn how to trade, it's extremely difficult to learn how to be a consistently profitable trader.

I have my moments of weakness since my journey is not finished yet but I learned so much. There are days I hate trading, there are days I love trading.

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Is there a reputable school to go to learn how to trade? I need more help than I'm able to offer myself. Does anyone have a suggestion based on a very positive experience? TIA.

Hi Plethora,
I do not know what is your knowledge but instead of spending money try to spend a lot of time at charts for pattern recognition
you have a simple example but very powerful
Bar chart or candle like you want
ASK help for some moving average on price I do not use it so I can not give advice
Volume (better volume 3)
MACD one of the best oscillator

Then look to have a 60 minute chart a 30 minute a 15 minute 5 minute and 2 or 1 minute and look for pattern
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MAX Trading System

The one & only trading course I recommend to friends who ask is The MAX Trading System : Free MAX Webinar | The MAX Trading System .

I personally took the Standard course in September 2009 and next week start the new SAM (Super Advanced MAX) course. They have excellent ongoing support & the courses involve a lot of homework : as always, the more you put into it, the more you get out of it.

I should clarify that I have been trading since 1998 and do not use a MAX template on my primary intraday trading chart; nevertheless I frequently (as in every trading day) switch to my MAX template for a "second opinion" on my trades (very easy to do in Ninja).

So, all in all, I think The MAX is an excellent place to start (or refresh) - they have free introductory webinars from time to time and you can make a steady progression through their courses, making each one "pay for itself" before moving to the next level.

... but MetalTrade is right, there is MUCH more to trading than getting your trading method straight. I do Ed Seykota's TTP as an ongoing way of addressing these (and other) issues : Welcome .


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Hi Plethora,
I do not know what is your knowledge but instead of spending money try to spend a lot of time at charts for pattern recognition


Instead of spending several grands, get Al Brooks Price Action book. Focus on one setup from chapter 15 "Best Trades". Since you like to trade more volatile markets such as oil, just focus on the section "Pullbacks in a Strong Trend".

Also, you can find lots of free resources including his past webinars and articles on Brooks Price Action - Home.

If you want to trade CL, pull a year of CL 5m chart to look for the pullback patterns that Brooks teaches in the book. For trade management keep it simple at one to one reward to risk ratio. For example, if the entry to stop is 20 ticks, then make the target 20 ticks. To eliminate emotions and mistakes as much as possible during a trade, simply walk away until you hear order filled (stop or target).

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Is there a reputable school to go to learn how to trade? I need more help than I'm able to offer myself. Does anyone have a suggestion based on a very positive experience? TIA.

my recommendation to you, for whatever is worth... save your money on "guru" courses... instead get some education from a reliable resource... I have taken some of the NYIF courses to ensure that what I learned from books was in fact accurate.. and also to clarify anything that I was stuck on..

Trading - eLearning - Financial Training

I have spent funds on training courses that focus on specific things I am curious about: tape reading, market profile, trade management, etc. however, they dont really teach me to trade. good sources of information are:

Free Proprietary Trading Training

The other option is to take some online courses from colleges offering financial engineering degrees... I have no idea where you are located, nor your educational background, but look at your local schools and universities..

FIU, Bentley, Columbia, Stevens Tech, Northwestern, Booth, PSU, Baruch & NY Stern are all good sources for courses that deal with Commodities and Derivatives Trading as well, either as part of a certificate or a graduate program.

IMO, one cant really learn to trade in 2-3 months, so Guru courses are overated.. I rather spend $7-10K on getting a real education and have a certificate or another college degree... the only trading course(mentorship) that I would personally willing to pay for is Dan Sheridan's and I dont think it is worth the $7K (at least not to me) that he wants ... but learning is a personal experience and everyone does that best suits oneself... so what works for me, might not work for you... it is merely another point of view that you can take into account.

good luck...

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I do Ed Seykota's TTP as an ongoing way of addressing these (and other) issues : Welcome .


Hi, I happened to come across his website by accident from a fellow (formerly BMT) member posting his Whip Saw song on the chat room last weekend. Since then I have been reading the Trading Tribes FAQ's. Can you tell me more about this tribe...I'm not fully clear about this....talking about your feelings while someone else validates the feelings?...using certain breathing techniques?....always talk or write in the present tense?....CM and Fred communication? I only know Ed Seykota from recently reading/listening to his excerpts in Market Wizards. Thanks in advance.

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