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. Read more
It's simple - if you don't know what your trading edge is, then you probably don't have one. If that's you, then you are basically a gambler because you're most likely allowing the market to hold the edge and are hoping you can beat the odds. Even if you get lucky and start off strong in your trading career, the combination of a negative trading expectancy and limited equity means that the market is probably going to win in the long run. If you're serious about making it in this business, this isn't the kind of professional approach you want to have.
On the other hand, being a trader is all about having a structured and profitable methodology where you know your edge in the market exists through both historic and real-time testing. The trader knows he has a winning edge as long as he sticks to his plan and executes with consistency. Read more
One thing I get asked all the time is if futures day traders (like those at Samurai Trading Academy) are impacted by the Pattern Day Trader Rule that applies to those trading stocks or options. The simple answer is no, because by their very nature futures contracts are short-term due to their expiration cycle. This difference on it's own is a huge advantage of trading futures over other the other markets out there. Read more
In the world of technical analysis there are a lot of traders who talk about price action patterns but few actually discuss how accurate they are in the live market. There are a number of useful patterns we watch for here at Samurai Trading Academy and although we don't trade these patterns directly, they are very useful to understand the current structure of the market and quickly assess our trading opportunities. Read more
There are a number of questions I get when I meet aspiring traders but one of the most common is for my thoughts on the fundamental analysis vs technical analysis debate. It's a big topic to consider because where you decide to focus your efforts will make a huge difference to the type of trader you will become and what your typical trading day will be like. Read more