How easy is paper trading, really?

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Old Apr 10, 2018, 3:21pm   #1
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How easy is paper trading, really?

I know this may be hard for some of you to believe but I can execute any plan I set (as long as it's mechanical & doesn't involve too much discretion). I don't think emotions play that big of a role to the point where someone who makes 100%+ P/A on a paper account can go to averaging 5% P/A (if they're lucky) when trading with real money.

If it's true that you can make money trading common chart patterns (breakouts, complex pullbacks, etc...) & the only thing stopping the average punter from making 50%+ per year is their inability to follow their plan properly then surely people would be able to generate 300%+ returns on paper accounts where there is ZERO emotion involved?

There's only 2 conclusions I can draw from this: either you can't make money in the stock market using T.A. patterns (the ones which do are outliers) or the people who claim that paper trading is easy are just lying to fit in & not feel like sore losers (also highly unlikely... or is it?).
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once REAL $ is on the line, it's hard. don't care who you are..or how much on the line

everyone want the win.

$100 dolla accout or a million dolla.
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Old Apr 10, 2018, 4:29pm   #3
 
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and, everyone is thinking about scaling

well, how much could I make if I had a 5 million dolla account

i know its always on my mind

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i'm always doing that calculation

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Old Apr 10, 2018, 4:46pm   #5
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once REAL $ is on the line, it's hard. don't care who you are..or how much on the line

everyone want the win.

$100 dolla accout or a million dolla.
It's just as easy trading with real money as it is with paper, the reason people don't make money is because the patterns don't work not because they're not following their plan properly.

If you can make 100%+ P/A paper trading you should be able to easily at least make a quarter of that with real money (25%+ P/A).

If you're losing money when trading live yet you can make 50%+ with a paper account then there's only 2 possible scenarios: you're lying about your paper profits or you're doing everything right & the reason you're not making money live is because the patterns don't work.

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Old Apr 10, 2018, 5:40pm   #7
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if you aren't in the inside, your on the outside




"i got 20 other brokers analyzing charts, don't need another.."
How has this got to do with anything I said?
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Old Apr 10, 2018, 5:42pm   #8
 
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How has this got to do with anything I said?

don't know but its damn good ain't it
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