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Hi I just wanted to know if there are any traders out there who are doing this full time, and making a living. In other words people who don't work for a boss but are making their money purely from trading. I have only done a bit of long term investing, never entered the futures market, but I am thinking of doing it now, not full time immediately, but hoping to get there eventually. Is it worth the effort? Thanks in advance
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SimonPB
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expect it to take you years to become successful ..
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Thanks So it can happen then? Thats good to know. I hope its a good life?
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Thanks So it can happen then? Thats good to know. I hope its a good life?
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sponono
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i hope you dont spend those years fearing the historical high like i did.
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SimonPB
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of course it can work .. but there'll be a whole heap of pain befroe you get there .. and for goodness sake don;t aspire to being a day trader .. that is stressfula dnboring .. zero upside ..
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Fearing the historical high???
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SimonPB
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fear of buying thhings that are going up .. means you sit out a 4 year ull market waiting for the collapse ..
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I see what you mean. I have had a worse situation:Selling in fear of a a collapse, the market collapsed but not the share i sold, went up so much i still cry at night. Getting over it now, thinking of getting back in.
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Sorry ,so a day trader would close out every day right? Doesnt seem to make much sense, not sure why they would do it anyway
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Mar-11
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no overnight risk.....
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Yip.. Once you do it, youll understaand..
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asylum
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it can be done for sure, there are a lot of successful traders out there. theres a couple of things you must take into account, you need enough capital to start out with, especially if you are going to be a position trader as your stop loss would be a lot wider and you dont want to risk more than 2% of capital on any one trade.you need to practice and learn, learn and practice some more until your confident of your abilities.You have to have goals ad a trading plan, i tried trading a couple of times without much success, now on my 3rd attempt but only trading forex market.
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geordie1
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do not want to be a killjoy but be aware more traders fail than succeed.I have been an investor for the last 14 years and do it full time and have survived but I know I do not have the skills to be a trader.
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WES
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Go buy the book - "High Probabelity Trading" written by Marcel Link. It is about been a trader,it will help you, it is a fantastic read. It made me realise that I can not be a trader full time, even if I wanted to. I can not compete with the big boys, so I now invest and sometimes trade in SSF's if a oppertunity arises, but otherwise I stick to long term.
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Ok. i'll add it to my list of books to read. Thanks a lot for the advice. Hope you are having some luck with Futures?
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Thanks asylum. Any luck with Forex?, i know its a lot choppier than stocks.
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asylum
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its the not the big boys you want to compete with, you want to ride with the big boys and take money from the 90% that dont make it, thats the goal, get that right and youre on your way, as for forex i find that forex trends better than indexes and not as volatile, thats just my opinion.
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