Start of year to current date...... are you profitable?

Discussion in 'Professional Trading' started by JMowery1987, May 18, 2006.

Are you profitable and how much?

  1. Not profitable

    43 vote(s)
  2. Yes, Profitable and have made under $1000

    3 vote(s)
  3. Yes, Profitable and have made $1000 to $5000!

    14 vote(s)
  4. Yes, Profitable and have made $5,000 - $25,000

    15 vote(s)
  5. Yes, Profitable and have made over $25,000 so far!

    47 vote(s)
  1. We are slowly coming to the halfway mark of the year.

    I started another poll about how traders rate themselves. Now I wanted to start one more poll asking traders if they are profitable this year.

    Are you profitable?
  2. hi JM

    if you asked me that Q last yr I would have said

    I was hardly trading ... had family issues to attend to that were more important than money

    I did try to look at the markets in my spare time
    last yr and refine my ideas

    funny thing is I thought last yr that if I were to make good money this yr it would be in stock index futures ... however my bread and butter
    has been the precious metals round the clock

    I will only trade other derivatives from time to time and be willing to lose some money trading them
    while I try to figure out what works and does
    not work for me there ...

    you know what ... I used to try to take every penny and still do like to do that but sometimes
    when I want to "kick" out my position I do not care really at what prices I get out as long as they
    are within a general area that still is profitable
  3. booking


    If you've have posted this poll last week I would have been profitable. However this week has put paid to that.
  4. It might be better to express YTD profits in percentage terms rather than absolute dollars. A guy with $2M in a 4% money market account has made more than $25K from start of year to current date, yet you wouldn't call him a great trader. (He might be a Mutual Fund Market Timer whose system has told him to stay in cash thus far).
  5. +67% ytd

    almost 1/2 way to my goal for the year

    no losing far

  6. jerryz


    nice! congrats.
  7. these polls are a tad silly

    a trader can be having his best yr ever

    and have made 1000 % or more in his acct

    YTD but if it was a small acct. the world will not notice

    however if a HF gent makes 20 % on 100M

    in YTD performance

    he is considered a genius
  8. started yr with 65,000 now up to low 260ks so a little over 300% :)
  9. Tums


    It's only a poll.
  10. Agreed. This thread was started 5 and a half months into the year. To be up $25K, one only has to average $4,545/month. Not impressive to say the least. If I don't make that in a day, it's a bad day.
    #10     Jun 2, 2006