What's Happening While We Are Trading?

Mar 05, 2021

“Hit me with your best shot”…for those of you who know the song, this is it !!!!!

Once everyone in the country is vaccinated against COVID-19, life will start to regain a sense of normalcy.

When will we go back to what was normal? I am not sure but I believe we are on the right path. In the meantime, let us take a look at where things are after two months into 2021.

In addition to the record unemployment numbers caused by the pandemic, there is a large number of Americans who are still working but haven’t been spending money like they did before the health crisis. They have been banned from gatherings and have been very frugal with their spending. They have been reluctant to travel and they have accumulated substantial savings.

I believe that consumers are dying to go to restaurants, travel, attend sporting events, shop and want to feel like they are living again. I am very optimistic that we are all going to be ok very soon, and in the meantime, there are...

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What It Takes To Be A Complete Trader With Competence

Feb 25, 2021
What is competence? In a very simple way,  competence means that you have the ability to do something well and possess the needed knowledge to get it done . You are capable of performing a task or a job effectively. In contrast to intelligence, which is very subjective, competence is straightforward and transparent. Competence on a task or job means that you have some ways of thinking, knowledge or behaving that matter for performance on that task.
For example, if you’re a seller, then your ability to establish trust with customers affects the sales you make. Being able to establish credibility is an important part of your competence in that job.
If you’re a scientist, then your ability to notice puzzles and dig into them affects the discoveries you make. Inquiry and related intellectual strategies are an important part of competence in that job.
But...how about traders? Let's look at what it means to us, legends, first.
Studies have shown that information seeking...
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Focus on the task at hand, not on daydreams about the far distant future.

Feb 15, 2021

We talked about self discipline and commitment, today I will tell you a little about focus.

In one of the earlier postings I had mentioned that emotional self-control is necessary for good trading, but by now we know that is not sufficient. Good trading  is a complex formula and while exchanging opinions with other traders, I came to the conclusion that a state of superior focus and enhanced concentration void of distractions tremendously improves the experience of the market related activities and information processing.

So what is Focus? Focus is the state or quality of having or producing a clear definition

(Zen master Phil Jackson called it “ being in the zone”). It is a skill and it will improve with practice.

What does it take to have the focus needed to be truly effective?

There are two elements:
Priorities and concentration. A person who has priorities (and plans) but lacks concentration knows what to do but can’t get it done. I equate this to...

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What Does It Mean To Be Truly Committed?

Feb 10, 2021

Discipline without being committed will not get you anywhere.

What is commitment?

There are many beautiful words explaining the meaning of the word in the dictionary. But in real life…

To the boxer who is getting off the floor one more time than they've been knocked down

To the tennis player is hitting the ball one more time than their opponent

To the Marine, is going over the hill not knowing what is on the other side

To the runner is running another ten miles when their feet are blistering and there is no strength left

To the single parent is playing with the child after working sixteen hours and not sleeping

To the missionary who is leaving behind all the comforts of life to make it better for others

To us common mortals it is sacrificing for others and all that and more because there are others that depend on us

What is it to traders?....I would like for you to fill the blanks, because it means something different for everyone.

A commitment is a binding...

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Creating Discipline Starts With Accountability

Feb 08, 2021

Before we can start being a consistently profitable trader and investor, we must be able to assimilate the mindset associated with being a successful person. Successful people have several common traits. One of them is self discipline.

Self-discipline is the ability to control one's feelings and overcome one's weaknesses. It is the ability to pursue what one thinks is right, despite temptations to abandon it. Self-discipline allows you to have satisfaction and happiness after completing a task or project. Self discipline allows you to focus your mind and energies on what matters until they are accomplished (family, relationships, goals).  

Self-discipline is commonly believed as being harsh on yourself, being limited and restrictive in your life, but on the contrary, it is not. Self-discipline means self-control, which is a sign of inner strength- that you can control your actions and reactions that will lead you to an improved self for you and others around you.

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Risk Management. What Is It All About!?

Feb 06, 2021

The volatile nature of the FX market, due to the changes in the capital markets, international trade, economic fundamentals, and political landscape, has made it imperative for all to take a disciplined and tested approach to managing FX risk. Prolonged periods of extreme FX movements in the past have contributed to significant volatility in traders wallets and cash flow.

Understanding the seriousness and the need for constant awareness of risk management in the game is of key importance. 

There is so much misleading information published on social media and webpages which easily creates a false reality. People create false expectations based on these get quick rich schemes/mindsets causing problems such as overtrading, over risking, over leveraging, losing their accounts and much more. 

If people were taught properly their view of the game would change. It is important to scratch the noise and focus on realistic expectations. Advertising campaigns of brokers,...

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Word On The Street. PT. 2

Feb 03, 2021

While the world tries to shake off all it’s ailments, here are few of my thoughts on matters that may or will impact our lives.

I don't need ESP to say that the federal debt will continue to increase. As of today the U.S. debt exceeded $27 trillion. The COVID-19 pandemic added significantly (forecasted at 2.4 trillion by the end of this year) to the debt with the “ Cares Act” and lower tax revenues. The U.S. debt to GDP ratio rose to 126% by the end of Q4—which is  much higher than the 77% tipping point recommended by the International Monetary Fund. 

This level of debt will not be sustainable, as soon as interest rates begin to rise. Higher interest rates will increase the interest payments on the debt. We know that's unlikely in the short term. The Federal Reserve will keep interest rates low to spur growth.

 

How This Affects You 

Disagreements over how to reduce the debt may translate into a debt crisis if the debt ceiling needs to be...

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Word On The Street.

Feb 01, 2021

It looks like that the world economy needs lots of oxygen while still reeling front the COVID-19 whose impact will be with us for years to come, but still expected to make a modest recovery of 4.7% in 2021, which would barely offset 2020 losses and according to the IMF the global economy is projected to grow even at a slower 4.2% in 2022.

The U.N. released a  new report on the World Economic Situation and Prospects released data showing  that this once-in-a-century crisis sparked by the global impact of Coronavirus caused the global economy to shrink by 4.3% in 2020 -- the sharpest contraction in global output since the Great Depression that began in 1929 and far higher than the 1.7% reduction during the Great Recession of 2009.

While all the brain power in the world tries to find solutions, it is clear that to recover from the severity of this unprecedented crisis, economies need to start boosting longer-term investments that develop a path toward a more resilient...

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Mindfulness Is Essential Pt.2

Jan 28, 2021

A  few days ago I  shared my thoughts on the mental side of trading and introduced you to the “Mood Elevator.” This is part two…..

Knowing how to control emotions while trading can prove to be the difference between success and failure. Your mental state has a significant impact on the decisions you make,  if you are experienced or new to trading.  Keeping a calm mindset is important for consistency in trading.  I can not stress enough  how important emotional control is in trading!

Impulses based on emotions can often prevent traders from accomplishing their goals. Urges that are fueled by emotions, and not by your game plan, can be very problematic, resulting in knee-jerk reactions.

Professional traders will not take a chance with a poorly thought decision that will damage their account – they want to make sure that one knee-jerk reaction doesn’t ruin their account. It can take a lot of practice, and many trades, to...

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Mindfulness Is Essential

Jan 25, 2021

There is more to trading and there is more to life. How do we become better at both?

Mindfulness is the basic human ability to be fully present, aware of where we are, what we are doing and not overly reactive or overwhelmed by what is happening around us. It is a quality that every person possesses. It is not something you have to evoke, you just have to learn how to access it.

Whenever you bring awareness to what you are directly experiencing via your senses, or to your state of mind via your thoughts and emotions, you are being mindful.

There is a growing research showing that when you train your brain to be mindful you are remodeling the physical structure of your brain.

The goal is to wake up the inner makings of our mental, emotional and physical processes.

By now you are asking yourself where is this conversation going in an FX trading environment.

I promise that I will get to that after a few more thoughts. Hang in there with me.

In life, the best strategy for getting better...

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