Preface... Over the years I've looked at forums, here and there, finding less and less interesting things that people seem to talk about. Nothing personal to ET of course... There are several good journals here, some good news stories posted, and I've seen some great discussions being had. I think personally for me that the experience and knowledge I've gained over the years has just left me finding more and more things that I already know, or seeing things that simply don't apply to my methodology. As I recall most of the good journals here actually showed you how to do something new you didn't know how to before, or gave you the ability to reproduce the results the author shared.... So, case in hand, I'm hoping that I'm able to at least give something useful away in the course of me documenting and outing some of my work. Whether it be how to's, new ideas, or remembering things you forgot. Although, keep in mind, this is my journal so I'm going to be doing things the way I see fit. I'm not necessarily trying to teach you anything. I'm merely keeping account of, and exposing some of what I'm doing not necessarily to or for you... A couple other caveats.... I trade spot FX mostly. I trade other markets and may decide to discuss them, if I find myself posting that long, but FX is my niche. I'm sure I'll have a tendency to drift off, at times, from pure subject. If nothing else it may help provide for a more interesting/entertaining read. I've been a trader, on and off, most of my adult life, and I have all the battle scars of the business. I know success...I've known pain....but I always come for the high. I also plan on sharing some things via youtube videos. In some cases it may be because it's something that physically would be good to show, rather than explain. In others, it may be that it might take me too long to type about it. To be perfectly honest, it sometimes can take me a good hour or more to write a well thought out written message/email and I don't have the time to waist in my day. So, please don't always expect me to have well written sentences with punctuation and such. I'm not a writer, it just takes me too long... Which leads to another thing. If I get a private message and don't respond quickly please don't take it personally/offensively. I do wish to communicate with others as it's been people I've met along the way that have helped me garner more success at what I'm doing. So just give me a moment... I have a lot going on ;-) Additionally, but foremost, I'd like it well understood, from the begining, that I have no affiliation with the companies whose products I'm choosing to use. I've found them helpful to me in shortening the gap between being a full blown financial institution and a one man show. I'm speaking pariticularly of Microsoft, Matlab, and Amazon products. There are several free alternatives, other places and means to achieve some of the same capabilities. So I'm not suggesting their use. It just works well for me... Although, I understand Microsoft has some very good programs for small businesses as well as trials. So most interested should be able to follow along. Matlab on the other hand is a little less adverse, but most of us know it's quite easy to attain by alternate means. I only suggest that when you can afford it buy it. Their support team is uncanny. If anyone in between the posts would like to follow up or point to R's version of code examples, over Matlab, feel free to do so. I just don't know about R well enough to keep differing copies, but I know it can be a good alterantive . Finally, understand that although I'm sharing and discussing I don't have any alterior motives behind this other than for people to know. This is not my way of advertisement I'm just documenting proof.