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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):
Hi All, I created this topic so that Trader's can share their real time experience/journey in the world of Live Trading or with Bear Bull Traders. I find myself fortunate to be able to share my story as well as my 2 cents on the learning I have had from the mistakes till date. To start with, a brief about myself : My name is Paras Jandwani, 29 yr old, basically from India but have been settled in Washington DC, USA for the past 5 years. I have been working with a Tech company named Accenture (Yep, not a full time Trader yet) as a Solutions Business Consultant for the past 9 years. From a very young age itself I was interested in Stock Market, following tickers and watching business programs etc. However, for some reason may be social pressure could never make a career in finance (no regrets though). Anyways long story short I opened multiple trading/Investing accounts back in India and invested money based on the FURU alerts or speculation. I eventually blew up my account 2 times leading me to take a break from Trading. Trading Journey with Bear Bull Traders (then "Vancouver Traders") It is always said that you can suppress your passion but can never wipe it out from your life. Since I had already moved to USA, the passion of making a living out of the stock market led me to look for options available to me to learn and explore the US Market. It was around August 2017 when I found your book on amazon with the title "How to day trade for living" which I thought exactly met my need. I immediately bought it and was impressed with the simple concise way the book was written and detailed about everything that needs to be performed step-by-step to become a Stock Trader. Currently, with the huge amount of options, with data available on google, the beginner's struggle a lot with what needs to be performed and are really confused if anything offered to them is genuine or not. The book written by you clarifies all of these confusion and give a very clear head start for beginner's trading career. After I read the book, I immediately joined the Bear Bull Traders (then Vancouver Traders) community in September 2017 and followed almost every small suggestions/guidance provided by you in the chatroom. I traded in SIM for 4 months and went live in Feb 2018. It's been almost 9 months live (every trading day from 8:30 am to 12 pm EST) and looking at the past where I was down with more than $ 6k in losses around the mid of June 2018 and gradually coming back to break even in Aug 2018 and currently sitting at a net profit of $ 3.5k.The figures might not seem big as I have always been a very risk averse Trader and when I started I used to trade with a volume of 20-50 shares for high priced stocks such as TSLA and 100-200 shares for mid-float stocks (I never traded low-float stocks, till date). Currently, I easily trade 500 - 750 shares/trade for mid-float and 200-300 shares/trade for high priced stock. I think every trader has to pass through a learning curve and should respect the process. I have made my own mistakes and learnt from it. I am still learning every day and happy to be able to lead my passion. Hope to be successful one day and trade full-time. Below are some of the items that I learnt during the process : 1. You just need to master 1-2 strategies to be able make consistent money. (I tried multiple different strategies (not just from the book) to create an edge and ended up with being more confused) 2. Volume sizing should be a privilege and should be increased gradually in 10-20% every time when you are confident enough.(At the time, when I started making consistent profits with small volume of 100-200 shares I immediately started trading with 500-600 shares at a time which led to a lot emotions taking over leading to consistent losses) 3. Say NO to Averaging Down ( This type of trading saves you almost 90% of the time but would wipe out months of profit in a single day when it doesn't work. Been there and learnt it the hard way) 4. Higher number of tickets DO NOT guarantee higher profits. (I have a rule to Stop trading once I achieve my profit target or my max loss or 30 tickets/day. Number of tickets/day have saved me rule has been a very important for me to take selective trades. I remember my reckless/revenge trading having 223 tickets on one of the trading days which cost me hundred's of dollars in losses.) 5. Rules are meant NOT to be broken. (Almost every single time I broke my rules I paid the price for it) 6. Being patient with the winners and impatient with the losers. ( Almost every single trader faces that. I was very impatient with the winners and patient with losers which made my losses bigger then my profits) 7. Setting the stop loss right to either an indicator/support/resistance level (Had a very bad habit of setting the stop loss at the level based on the loss I was willing to take) 8. Importance of Journaling. (I use a software named Edgewonk for Journaling. My past chunk of trades gave me the indication that my win rate between 9:30 and 10 am is 76%, between 10 and 10:30 is mere 24% and 10:30 to 11: 30 is 64%.This was an eye opener for me. I almost immediately stopped trading between the time where my win rate was the lowest. This really helped me in maximizing my profits) All the above mentioned experience wouldn't have been possible without a person who is a guide and a mentor, none other than Andrew!. I hope to continue learning from him and find myself fortunate to be a part of an amazing trading community.