Aug 19

State of Futures Trading Platforms 2020

Tips

I wanted to take a look back at trading platforms August, 2020. I have primarily been a Tradestation and NinjaTrader user. To date, these platforms have been the most powerful for backtesting and serious futures trading. While both platforms are invaluable, I have serious problems with both and support has not been responsive. Problems I […]

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Aug 14

Battle Of Web Trading Platforms

Tips

While desktop trading platforms cannot yet be completely replaced, web based trading platforms have been getting better and better. I wanted to take give a preview of a few that I have tried recently. TradingView Key Strengths: Awesome looking charts Great multi-market, multi-product layouts Wide variety of supported markets Growing multi broker support (Tradestation, AMP, […]

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Apr 27

Make HFT Work for You?

Markets , Tips , Trader's Mindset

Here’s a question, why are you trading futures? Do you have an edge exclusive to futures? Did you know you can trade stocks commission free? Absolutely free with Tradestation. Do you know how easy it is for any decent scalper to be profitable before commissions versus post commissions? The CME has had a near strangle […]

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Apr 20

Beware: Abnormal Markets

Markets , Trader's Mindset

Today the front month in crude oil went negative for the first time. While, it is reported that other commodities can do that– it was not common knowledge. There are reports that some retail traders bought it near zero and could not liquidate due to system problems. Some traders likely blew out their accounts and […]

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Apr 18

How to: Windows 10 Virtual Desktops for Trading

Tips

In the past, I have recommended using Windows 10 Hyper-V virtualization for managing trading work systems. Virtualization has many inherit advantages: it allows one to snapshot, pause, and switch among trading environments. I still consider it the superior method. However, Windows 10 virtual desktops is a lighter alternative method for managing your trading workspace on […]

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Apr 17

Why The Market May Crash

Markets

Ironically, the market may be more likely to crash (again) as the economy reopens. In order to understand why, it helps to think about a range of scenarios: Scenario A. Best Case: Things go back to normal quickly.We can imagine in the best case things go back to normal quickly. There are not any rolling […]

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Apr 14

How to: Trade Options Like Futures

Tips

I love the Tradestation Matrix, Tradestation’s DOM, for day trading options. With the Tradestation Matrix, you can trade call or put options just like you were trading futures on a DOM. It is a big advantage for the active trader: but there are a few things one must be aware of. Checkout the video to […]

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Apr 14

Finally A Web Browser For Traders & Power Users

Tips

Are you still using Chrome? If you are a power user or a trader, you should definitely check out Vivaldi. Upgrading from Chrome to Vivaldi feels almost like an operating system upgrade. Vivaldi supports the ability to “tile” your tabs into various grid layouts, similar to how trading software tiles charts: there is also a […]

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Apr 08

Markets, Strategies, and Tactics

Graybox Trading

If you are a struggling trader you may want to review your market, strategy, and tactical focus to ensure that there is a balance across all aspects and that no aspect is completely neglected. I am very big proponent of market cognition because it is the process by which a strong ability to read and […]

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