Hi folks, I figured I'd start one of these journals from the very beginning of my trading activity. I am an engineer by training but consider my poker experience at least as relevant. I have a gambler's mindset, and I don't mean that in any kind of derogatory way. I like to know the odds and I play to win. Maybe I will learn this is the wrong way to think about trading, but this is where I'm coming from at the outset. I have been researching system ideas, but made my first few trades this week on discretionary basis, just to get my feet wet. I'm up a couple of hundred dollars, but it is kind of irrelevant, I had no formal strategy and was mostly guessing. The point was simply to get a few trades under my belt to dispel that "first trade" anxiety. I plan on trading ER2 using some system ideas I have been playing with. My tradestation account should be open any day now, at which point I will re-implement my ideas in easylanguge and take it from there. Ok, that's enough for a first post. See ya around.