My name is Alex Shanks i'm from Vancouver Island. BC, Canada.
Have been on a journey to start trading for about 4 years. Got really into it and read a bunch of books and watched lots of videos and did some Sim trading and was starting to have some more green days then red days. Was really enjoying it, but at this same time my wife and i had purchased some land to build our dream home, so at this time i had to have all of our money in our bank accounts for the banks to approve a construction to build mortgage. Trading was put to the way side as all of my time was put into building our home and working full time, but i always had it in the back of my head that once this is finished i will get back to doing this! About a month before we finished building our home my wife got pregnant with our son and this got pushed back again. First year of having a kid is a game changer!! At this point i was managing our long term investments and adding to these. This would scratch the itch a bit for me but i was still missing that day trading feeling!
Start of 2020 i told myself this was the year that i would focus and get back on track. I picked up How to day trade for a living and this was eye opening for me as i was not as prepared to start this journey as i thought. I kept looking at books and taking notes/building my trading plan. I started a new job that has me working from 3:30 PM to 12PM which has given me a great opportunity to start trying to Day Trade for real (by this i mean SIM trading ) I've just been getting my setup with Das Trader completed and setting my rules as well as reviewing the the info in the education center now that i have become a member with BBT. I plan on starting to SIM trade/Reply trade in the next coming week and documenting all this as i go. I really want to be trading during the open/ mid afternoon, but due to having a 1.5 year old i know that i cant expect my wife to be waking up with our son every morning. I would then be using reply on Das, but without Level 2 data as well as not being able to add stop orders is this still something i should be doing at first? Should i just be focusing on the days that i can trade to find the style that i will go forward with which i then would be able to practice this on Reply?
Really looking forward to getting to know everyone here in the BBT family and learning from everyone here.
If anyone has pointers or information its all very greatly appreciated!