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My Decision to Become a Day Trader

For me, day trading has always been about one thing - freedom. I wanted to have the freedom to be able to work when I chose, without employees or a boss, from anywhere in the world. Having that kind of lifestyle flexibility is something that almost everyone says they want, but few have taken even the smallest initial steps towards that goal.

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Emini S&P 500 Futures Brings Out The Bulls and Bears (Michael Probst/AP)

The Emini Day Trading Series

In this four part series from Samurai Trading Academy we explore a number of topics that are critical to the aspiring day trader.

These include an introduction to the futures market and the Emini S&P 500, the advantages of Emini trading, and how money is made as a day trader.

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The Path to Becoming a Full Time Trader

Becoming a full time trader requires a plan for development, a clear focus on your goals, and the determination to push through your trading plateaus.

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Student Results – Off to a Running Start


It’s been a while since I last made a post with some Student Updates but now seemed as good a time as any.  The last year has been a whirlwind of activity for myself and for the group of traders within Samurai Trading Academy, to the point that it’s been difficult to maintain a consistent update schedule on the public …

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Trading Expectancy: The Power of an Edge

Trading Expectancy Power of Edge

When you first started to trade, how did you judge your results?  If you’re like most novice traders you likely had little understanding of the concept of trading expectancy, so you focused almost entirely on your win rate in the early days.  You were probably trying to win 80 or even 90 percent of the time and it was a …

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October 16th Day Trading Recap: +10 Points – Wild Moves and Managing Risk

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So it finally seems to be settled.  The long awaited resolution to government shut-down and the debt ceiling is at hand and… nothing of note was accomplished.  Well, except for maybe a serious hit to US prestige. It’s been a somewhat vexing time for traders lately because the uncertainty has forced us to be a bit more conservative than usual. …

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September 23rd Day Trading Recap: +7.25 Points – Sticking with the Trend


Now this is a nice way to start the week!   Mondays are often one of the slower days of the week on average, but today we had an excellent trending move with some quality trade setups. The market is still filled with uncertainty, and after last week’s gap up and subsequent massive jump to the upside on FOMC Wednesday …

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September 11th Day Trading Recap: +0.75 Points – You’re Not Going to Hit a Home Run Every Day

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I wanted to put together this short and sweet recap today because I think it provides some good lessons to those looking to become full time traders. Today was a tough day for me, where my patience wasn’t really rewarded and I only made a very small profit after being negative in the early part of the morning.  Even though …

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