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Hello everyone. I just wanted to introduce myself and say hello. Name is Gary and I have lived in Alaska all my life. I have been interested in trading for awhile, and after reading Andrew’s book (and quite a few more since then), I have fallen in love with chart reading and totally enjoy watching folks in the morning trade chats and stuff. I have been using the BBT replay and doing decently. I hope to learn more, and would live tips on hotkeys for beginners for Das. Right now, for what ever reason, I am having anxiety on trying to decide which script/button type/ to use for a beginner. Mainly, i dont know if I should be using a hotkey that auto sets a stop loss automatically or how that is calculated. I have seen a lot of the traders in the chat room talk about/using “break even” buttons, which makes me feel they use buys/sell keys with stop losses. Anyways, any tip for beginners, Especially for Das, I would appreciate it. I am going through the courses and reading other books as well. Thanks so much for an awesome place to learn!
Just introducing myself
mau posted a topic in BBT Vancouver, BC's ForumsHello everyone, Just wanted to introduce myself, my name is Mauricio but do please call me Mau, I'm a software developer by profession, being at it for more than 9 years. I decided to join the community after months of reading books about investing, day trading and the stock market in general, I find the profession of day trading very intriguing and as creating software every trade is a new learning experience. Hope we can meet at some point either virtually of physically, and hope to meet some people and form a study group of sorts, just talk about setups, or give feedback on trades. I haven't even started sim trading yet, going through the courses just now! Anyway just wanted to say hello to everyone in this group!
cs_sajdak posted a topic in Members Introductions & MeetupsHi - my name is Chris and I am joining the group from Munich in Germany. I am 48 years old married, with two sons, ex banker from Vancouver BC (20 years there till 2011). I tried day trading in the past but burned pretty badly and fast. I came across the BBT group after reading Andrew's book and I am currently making a plan to start to actively day trade sometimes in late 2021. I just started my training by reading few books ie. "The disciplined trader " and some others to start with. I am formulating my development plan and I am hoping to start paper trading (DAS sim) in March/April - for now read and watch the action in the chatroom. I will be asking questions, hoping not to irritate anybody. Greetings!
Hi everyone! My name is Jeremy Olson. I live in Phoenix, AZ. My wife and I have 6 beautiful kids and we love spending time as a family. The kids are great (when they are getting along haha!). I am a CPA and tax director at a large publicly held trucking company. I started out my career as a CPA at Ernst & Young in Roseville, CA back in 2006 after graduating from Arizona State University's Masters of Taxation program. I was introduced to stock trading back around Sept 2019 by a co-worker that swing trades on Robinhood. I downloaded the app and got hooked. The potential to make money in the markets fascinated me but I knew that I had (have!) a lot to learn, so I Googled "best books day trading stock" (or something like that) and found Andrew's book. Then I graduated from RH to DAS and IB. It's been quite a journey so far. I basically tried going it alone for several months. I mean, I read a lot of books and had help in that sense, but I was not in the chat room or trading with anyone else. I had some success, but really more failure than success. But somehow I managed not to blow up my account, which is a good thing! So, I am still in the game, but I have been humbled by the market and I am going back to the basics. I am going to start over and do it right this time. I just finished "Class 1: How to Trade in Simulator and Introduction to DAS" last night. I am going to go through all the classes one by one, skipping nothing. My experience so far in trading reminds me of a similar experience I had in learning to play piano. As a kid, I always loved music and would play my parents old out of tune piano in our house off and on and taught myself how to play a few songs. They were challenging songs. I didn't start simple. I just went straight for the hard songs because that is what I wanted to play. I didn't want to do the boring stuff, I just wanted to play the cool songs right away. So it was challenging, but I pushed through and got to where I could play a couple moderately challenging songs. By the time I was about 38 years old, I never really learned to read piano music very well at all so I could not sight read anything. But I could, through painstaking difficulty memorize songs note by note and learn them that way. I had about 3 or 4 moderately difficult songs that I could play on the piano (or, at least thought I could play lol!), but that was all. Then I met a guy at a church activity that is a professional pianist/performer, the guy is phenomenal, truly a creative genius. His name is William Joseph. (I included a link below to one of my favorite songs he plays on the piano so you can see what I mean.) We became friends and he agreed to give me piano lessons (I had never taken lessons prior to this, well, I think I had 4 or 5 lessons as a little kid, but never stuck with it - I was almost 100% self-taught). At the start of my first lesson, William asked me what level I felt I was at as a piano player. I told him I felt like I was not a novice, but not advanced either, somewhere in between. Then he asked me to play something for him. He was kind to me and said that was pretty good, but I think he was lying because after that he started me on my first song, "Twinkle Twinkle Little Star" lol! For reals, not an embellished version or anything, just the simple one note version, the melody only, no chords, nothing, just the melody. He wanted to take me back to the basics because everything I had taught myself to do up to that point was basically wrong, incorrect technique. I might have been hitting some of the right notes, but I was way too tense, and my fingering was all wrong, etc... He had me simply hold my hand above the keys and let it fall down on the notes and do that repetitively until I gained the muscle memory of being able to play the piano in a more relaxed way. He explained that I would never be able to progress or play very fast if I did not fix my technique and learn to loosen up. So, I had to go all the way back to Twinkle Twinkle Little Star to unlearn my bad habits and relearn new ones. I had to learn all the muscle memory the correct way, so I then had a foundation to build upon. I am now still not to the level of a concert pianist and probably never will be, but playing the piano is so much more enjoyable. Now when I play, I feel like I can make real music, not just plunk out notes. Anybody can learn to hit certain notes at certain times, but not everyone learns how to truly make music and make it come alive I relate this to learning day trading. I do not want to learn bad habits, so I am going back to the basics now and even though I feel like I know some things, I am going to be totally open and humble as I go through each one of the BBT lessons and all the webinars. I am going to keep a journal and make my playbook, etc...do everything the right way taking no short cuts. Let's see how far that will take me! There is something very familiar to me watching Andrew trade the open in the mornings. It reminds in a lot of ways of watching William play the piano, true genious at work. There is something intangible that they both have that is hard to define, but you know it when you see it. It's inspiring. Here is a link to William playing the piano so you can see for yourself how amazing he is! Here is me at my trading desk (The laptop on the far right is my work computer - been working at home since the start of Covid-19. The top right monitor is also shared with my work computer and my trading desktop computer. There is an HDMI switch, so I just hit the button on the switch and the top right monitor switches between being connected to my work computer or my desktop computer. There is also a switch to trade my keyboard and mouse between work and desktop computers, so I have just one keyboard and mouse to use for both):
Trading from Los Angeles
Jeremy Kahn posted a topic in Members Introductions & MeetupsI have finally joined. After about 2 months of trading on my own, I've taken the plunge and want to see what this group is all about. I've been a financial professional for the past 15 years and made my way into executive management for a private company pre covid. Once covid hit, I was without a job, kids at home from school, and you know the rest... So, I've decided to start trading daily. Though I've had my series 7 & 66 in the past, day trading is completely different. It is great to have a baseline understanding of everything, but day trading is not investing - it is much more! So, here I am to learn from a community that seems to be on it. My preference is day trading options as my exposure is much less and I stay focused on high volume stocks/options trading for liquidity. Hope to learn a lot as I explore the website more. Thanks!