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Best Trading Forums in 2019: Part 3

Welcome to Part 3 in our series rounding up the most popular online trading forums, as we get to the final four in our list

Ranked only by oldest to newest, part one featured the 'veterans' of online forums, including Elite Trader - founded way back in 1997.

Part 2 saw established forum heavyweights such as Babypips and Nial Fuller's Learn To Trade The Markets. This time we're at the newer members of the community, starting in 2009...

Missed part two? Check it out here...

Best Trading Forums in 2019: Part 2

 

Futures (Big Mike Trading)

futures.io

Established
2009

Intro
Formally known as ‘Big Mike Trading’, it renamed itself Futures.io in Oct 2015. Named so because the majority of traders using the forums traded in the futures markets. However it doesn’t neglect other products like stocks and FX. It’s become one of the largest futures trading communities in the world with over 100k members.

A site which has a heavy lean towards systematic and programming trading strategies has sections for sharing and downloading indicators across NinjaTrader, MetaTrader, TradeStation etc. You can also look to hiring a consultant or programmer through their dedicated forum section.

Although free, there is an Elite membership option which will grant you access to webinars, downloadable indicators, broker discounts and access to Elite member forum threads.

What they say
“At futures io, our goal has always been and always will be to create a friendly, positive, forward-thinking community where members can openly share and discuss everything the world of trading has to offer. The community is one of the friendliest you will find on any subject, with members going out of their way to help others… our focus is on quality education. No hype, gimmicks, or secret sauce. The truth is: trading is hard. To succeed, you need to surround yourself with the right support system, educational content, and trading mentors – all of which you can find on futures io, utilizing our social trading environment…With futures io, you can find honest trading reviews on brokers, trading rooms, indicator packages, trading strategies, and much more. Our trading review process is highly moderated to ensure that only genuine users are allowed, so you don’t need to worry about fake reviews.”

Founder
Big Mike

Most popular posts

  • GFIs1 1 DAX trade per day journal (415k views) - read it here
  • Catching Big Waves - a trader's journal of surfing the markets (317k views) - read it here
  • Some highly recommended books (222k views) - read it here
  • Show Us Your Trading Desks (369k views) - read it here
  • All You Need...(981k views) - read it here

Membership costs
Free to sign up and partake in forum discussions. But you can upgrade to an Elite membership for a one time cost of $100 (£76). There are numerous benefits from accessing Elite Members only forums, indicator downloads, exclusive webinars and training videos etc.

Trader experience / benefits
Download indicators, spreadsheets, get advice on brokers, money management, hire a consultant or programmer.

Recommended for 
Primarily for traders who trade in futures, but also for those who have already dived into, or want to dive into, the world of systematic trading. It has a lot of helpful tips and tricks for building strategies, installing indicators onto charting software.

Social media
Twitter: @FuturesIO
Facebook: @futuresio


MyFXBook

myfxbook.com

Established
2009

Intro
Known for being the current number one trading tracker for retail traders trading the FX markets. This site also possesses forums to discuss your trading systems that are tracked using myfxbook It also has handy tools like real time Volatility Filter, Correlation filters on over 88 pairs and COT data. You can also take part in trading competitions with cash prizes.

What they say
“Our aim was (and still is) to create a professional community for traders, where performance is transparent and audited, and the learning process of trading is relatively easier, with the intention to help both the novice traders and the seasoned alike…So we created a unique platform for collaboration and ideas sharing.”

Founder
Unknown

Most popular posts
N/A

Membership costs
Free.

Trader experience / benefits
Utilise the myfxbook trade tracking platform to build up a track record as well as getting involved in the community in tandem to discuss topics from strategies & systems to programming and risk management.

Recommended for
Traders who trade primarily the FX markets. From beginners to the more experienced traders who want to track their P&L but also learn from others and their approaches to the FX markets.

Social media
Twitter @MyFXBook
Facebook: @MyFXBook


BitcoinTalk

bitcointalk.org

Established
2011

Intro
With the popularity of cryptocurrencies, we had to include a crypto dedicated forum. BitcoinTalk boasts a membership of over 2.5 million people. (more than the rest of the trading forum memberships combined!), with “49,371,500 Posts in 1,198,588 Topics by 2,518,666 members”.  This forum covers topics from legal, meetups, politics & society, computer hardware, scams, economics, mining and alt cryptos.

What they say
"The original Bitcoin forum."

Founder
Like the creator of Bitcoin, this information seems to be an enigma.

Most popular posts

  • List of all Cryptocoins (821k views) - read it here
  • I am pretty confident we are the new wealthy elite, gentlemen (630k views) - read it here

Membership costs
Free.

Trader experience / benefits
Learn and discuss about all sorts of topics from legal, mining to the impact of crypto on economics and society.

Recommended for
The Bitcoin enthusiast or crypto fan in general.

Social media
Twitter: @BitcoinTalk
Facebook: @BitcoinTalkOrgOfficial


QuantNet

quantnet.com/forum

Established
2012

Intro
The one forum within our list that caters solely on the quantitative side of trading. This forum, tailored to the systematic and quantitative trading community, has over 32k members, with 200k of posts over 33k topics. The site also offers C++ courses for financial engineering, at a cost, but to get involved in the forums is completely free.

It’s also a great place for budding Quants to get career advice, quant job opportunities, help with job interviews, what are the best books and users provide reviews on the Financial Engineers programs (courses) they’ve done at Universities etc. As well as user led reviews it also provides a ranking of the best Financial Engineering programs from Universities. Discover the 2019 rankings here (all USA-based).

What they say
"Financial engineering rankings, online C++ programming certificate course, quantitative finance students and professionals."

Founder
QuantNet Inc.

Most popular posts
Unfortunately there isn’t a way to search the most popular posts by replies or views. But the Quant Education has 28k messages across 2k topics.

Membership costs
Free, you just need to sign up.

Trader experience / benefits
Get involved in a budding community of Quant traders. Advice relates to everything from starting in a quant firm, opportunities abroad, understand pricing and modelling to programming languages to use.

Recommended for
Quantitative traders, who are already in or are looking to get into the industry.

Social media
Twitter: @Quantnet
Facebook: @Quantnet

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