Posts Tagged Under: Day Trader

Interview with Sam Beckers: Full Time E-Mini S&P Trader and CTA

 

Matt Zimberg interviews Sam Beckers, a Full-Time E-Mini S&P Trader and Money Manager that has been with Optimus Futures for many years, both as a customer as well as a Commodity Trading Advisor (CTA). We thought that Sam’s realistic approach to trading the E-mini S&P contract could provide some perspective on the challenges of day trading, constructing a method and execution.

If you have any questions/inquiries about Sam’s or Optimus Futures services, please submit the form below or call us at 1-800-771-6748 / Local at 561-367-8686. Email: support@optimusfutures.com.

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Trading futures and options involve substantial risk of loss and are not suitable for all investors. Past performance is not necessarily indicative of future results. The risk of loss in trading commodity interests can be substantial. You should therefore carefully consider whether such trading is suitable

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How to become A Potentially Successful Day Trader

 

The following article presents 10 core principles and guidelines of potentially becoming a successful day trader. Most of them may seem very obvious and mentioning them may seem redundant, but breaking these 10 principles (or only a few of them) is what makes trading successfully almost impossible. Perform an honest self-check and see how many of them you break on a regular basis. Self-awareness if a very important trait of a professional trader.

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Disclaimer: Please keep in mind that this is just a guide and by all means does not encompass all the complexities that are related to futures trading. Following these rules do does not grantee success, while trading futures involves a substantial risk of loss. Do not trade with capital you

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Why You Shouldn’t Drop Technical Analysis Even if You are a Day-Trader

 

The combination of volatile markets in 2008 and the rapid advancement of trading technology opened up new possibilities and an emphasis on the ‘day trader.’ Many amateur traders were drawn in to day trading after hearing unrealistic, although popular, promotional phrases such as ‘daily income’ and ‘don’t wake to disasters.’ However, day trading is not less challenging than the traditional long term strategies, and in fact requires deep analytical skills along with a deep mental focus to translate and filter market noise. Market noise can be thought of as institutional interest that is not related to speculation.

Interestingly enough, the most disturbing trend has been the neglect for traditional technical analysis that has been exercised for over 100 years, and also the general acceptance that traditional technical analysis does not work.

When many make the shift from long term trading to day-trading they often neglect technical analysis. “Isn’t technical analysis for long

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