I have a laundry list of questions and thoughts. I'm just going to brain dump here. Feel free to engage!
I've been interested in markets for what feels like forever now but never had the capital or time to properly invest in training, studying and practicing. That window might be coming and I want to get a better understanding of some things. For starters, I would be trading part time-ish. What I mean by that is I will have access to my charts and account via web based platforms from the office all day - but the degree of which I'm tuned into it will vary through the day. (How to make a boring job less boring.) With that said, the requirements of what type of market trading I get involved with will depend on the flexibility of it's platform offerings. (as in a quality web platform as well as mobile). Some questions: I'm interested in Forex (or micro forex futures given my small bankroll), commodities (gold, silver, oil, etc) or trading S&P 500 e-mini futures (as I've read too much material now about how fantastic they are as a first trading vehicle to newbies). Of the two, which generally have brokers that have better mobile and web based trading applications? I won't be able to set up a space ship of a desk space with Metatrader and 50 graphs of stuff and a face tanning wall of monitors. I'll be browser based with dual-display monitors and on iOS. (Hell, if I could trade all day reliably from an iPad I would 100% do that instead) My initial capital I plan to start with would be roughly $2,000 CAD. Nothing wild. I'd be calling it "tuition" while I learned. (after I come off paper trading of course) My goal at that point would be a) learning b) practicing and executing a trading strategy and c) growing my bankroll I'm a huge advocate for depth over breadth so if I went the forex route, I would very likely only commit to one currency pair and become intimately familiar with it. I don't think I have the dna to be a multi-chart multi-pair type of person. The only for sure things I know is it would either be the big pair EUUSD or the more familiar USD/CAD as I'm in Canada, on a border city and am knee deep in news on both fronts. I really don't know which of the three paths I should really go into. Part of my decision making process will be what kind of training and education material is available for them. Here's all I really know about that so far:
Forex has Babypips.com which is a fantastic site but makes everything sound so happy-go-lucky easy.
Tradimo is a thing, is mostly free and all the reviews of it are uncomfortably 'too' good.
There is a mountain of volume of youtube of hacks daytrading, then half of which try to sell a program. I can't trust any of these guys.
So if we were friends, and we were having a beer somewhere and I was spitballing all of these thoughts, what would you reply with? What market should I consider the most? Where's the best place to learn about it? Where can I find, learn, or study a strategy that's reliable but not too high risk? What brokers of that market take canadian accounts and have robust browser based platforms and equally good iOS apps? Can someone actually trade successfully, reliably and comfortably from an iPad if they were so inclined? Thanks so much.
I’ve wanted to write this for awhile and I’ll do my best to be clear. I’ve been a day tradescalper for the last four years. As in I quit my main source of income and focused on trading. I started in Forex and ended up in Futures. I am a break even trader when it comes to scalping. Even my winning months aren’t winners because of fee’s and commissions. I am not a good scalper. During this time I have traded a micro Forex account on the daily time frame. It is the most profitable I’ve done trade wise. I’ve also paper traded option Straddles/Condor’s with Thinkorswim for a few months with good results. I closed my straddles at the 50% profit mark and I always sold put straddles. All my trades where BOPB Break Out Pull Backs on the daily time frame. When I would enter I would look for a 70% IV? Hope that makes sense. I would use the analyze feature of TOS for that. I would watch the economic calendar and earnings reports to make sure my play would not get taken out. There where a couple issues I ran into though. It seems I would always be risking $1500 or $2000 to make $500-$600 per play. Which means I have an inverse R to R. Some of the stocks I traded would not always close when I wanted because of liquidity. It would take a few hours or days, even so the trades worked out. I feel like my winning streak is dumb luck, but at the same time I feel I am on to something. I Joined Alta5.com and I have been running the Tasty Condor and the Bittman Algo. I understand the Tasty Condor more than the Bittman. But the Bittman seems to work really well. When I get my head around options more I will make some custom bots and see how they do. I guess what I am looking for is how do I set up a good R to R with options? Example, day trading I would set aside $200 win or lose for my trading account. I could have a small or large stop loss, enter with 1 or 2 contracts as long as I stayed with in the $200 for a day. If I had a trade that was winning I could scale in as long as I stayed with the $200 rules. Here are screen shots of my Alta5 Bots running. What it looks like to me is that I have 25k staying in the market with a $50,000 hard cut off and unlike a naked option it looks much safer and profitable with the straddle. What am I missing from the Sim world that I would encounter in the real world? https://www.screencast.com/t/xkuzzEiaxn Picture of the tasty condor. https://www.screencast.com/t/9BITvR7iG9 Bittman algo. Thank you guys for the help.
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I don't know why people use futures, you can't customize the order size which makes it impossible to make trades relative to account size. Often times the minimum margin requirement is too high like with gold which makes it impossible to dollar cost average with smaller amounts. I like the idea of CFD's because you can trade on margin, with no expiration and the starting contract size is just one unit, instead of a large bundle. I typically risk no more than 5% on a particular trade. How am I supposed to do that with a 100 ounce gold futures contract where 1 tick equals 10 dollars? That might work for day trading but I'm a swing trader and futures aren't even good for day trading anyways.
It looks like some forex brokers have been offering micro lots (1/100th of a standard forex lot) for a while now. Is anyone aware of platforms that allow trading of small/fractional options contracts? It strikes me this could be a good compromise between paper trading (no skin in the game) & trading traditional 100 share lots (more skin than is comfortable) for newbie traders...
Hey guys. Just curious but on my practice account, my equity = $8.57 and my balance = -$3.42. Does this mean I owe the broker or is my equity all that matters? It's strange because at the moment I have no open trades so wouldn't that mean my balance = equity? Any help or advice would be much appreciated :D
Note: The mention of O levels and A levels throughout the post refers to the British patterned system of education. O levels is equivalent to the 9th and 10th grade and Alevels is equivalent to the 11th and 12th grade in the American High School System Hi, I am a Pakistani guy currently on a gap year after doing A levels from one of the most prestigious schools in the country on a 100% scholarship. I did my O levels from a very less renowned school because of my financial condition but my grades allowed me admission into my A levels school. That is why most of my ECAS were done in the last 2 years. I am looking to apply to the following international universities with full scholarship/financial aid: Majors Intended: Computer Science / Data Science / Artificial Intelligence Universities: NYUAD (ED), Duke, Rice, Vanderbilt, Northwestern, Case Western Reserve University, Washington and Lee, Colby, Skidmore, CMU Qatar, Georgetown Qatar, NTU, HKUST, HKU, CityU Academics
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Hello, So I'm using tradingview to view the S&P 500 MICRO, it's delayed by 10 minutes currently. Is this data the same as real time data, just delayed by 10 min? Like if compared to real time it's identical what happens in real time and delayed, delayed just is 10 minutes behind? I can't find a real time futures chart for free anywhere. So I'm using tradingview for paper trading my day trading strategy. Wanted to make sure the results would be the same, that the delayed data isn't completely different from a real time chart Like how forex demos are usually different than live account data. Thank you!
I'm apparently some kind of moron- I'm unable to figure out how to get set up with automated trading on interactive brokers. Currently I'm paper trading forex on OandA using some simple curl requests on a headless server. I'd like to start trading futures, and ibkr was the top recommendation. Goals: -When my own (already developed) system generates an entry or exit alert, execute a market order on a NASDAQ micro futures contact. -Do it on a headless Google cloud server From chatting with some folks, I've heard I need to use IB Gateway, and there may be a need to initially use GUI for authentication. That's fine, as long as GUI elements aren't needed later when it's running. I don't need any kind of data feed from IBKR, since I already have a system that generates alerts when I want it to. I just need the bare minimum to actually execute these market orders. I've signed up for IBKR and gotten my account approved and all that. Then I thought I'd go over to the education library and work through the TWS materials (just to get acquainted) and then go through the TWS programming Python course. At this point, the website wants me to register or login. I click the button that says I already have an ibkr account, it asks me to login, I do, then it takes me to the account page. Where is the course!?😵 After going through that loop every which way, I've given up on that for now and I'm here asking you for help. Anyone willing to give some guidance, either in this thread or through DM? I feel like what I want to do is extremely simple and I will be barely scratching the surface of what's available to me through IBKR. I just want to get started. Advice, resources, guides, and insults are all welcome! Thanks!
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