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Should I Trade in Simulation?

In the course of my 20+ years in the trading world, the question of when or how to use ‘sim’ has come up dozens of times. When I traded full-time, I used to wonder. When I added coaching, I got the question all of the time.
This week a client told me of an educator who […]

By |January 25th, 2015|Definitions, Learning Psych Cap, Trading Education|0 Comments

The 3 “Eyes” of Trading Using Your Feelings

It unfortunately remains the predominant and conventional wisdom that the best trading occurs from so-called purely rational (read: statistical) and non-emotional analysis. Alas, it’s just not true. In fact, it isn’t even possible for a human being to make a risk-decision devoid of feelings and the most-forward thinking research says it isn’t possible to be […]

By |October 23rd, 2014|Emotion Analytics, Learning Psych Cap, Perception, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Empathy and Intuition, Two Key Trading Thinking Styles

Two separate studies interviewing close to 200 successful portfolio managers and traders confirm what Jason Voss and Ravhee Mehta have reported in their books The Intuitive Investor and The Emotionally Intelligent Investor. Being able to read the feelings of other market participants, a form of empathy, and being able to parse one’s one feelings for […]

Brain Turns Statistics into Emotion!

In technical terms, the researchers call this projected emotion, “anticipatory affect”. In simple terms, the results of this meta-analysis of the brain’s reaction to probabilities in risk goes like this:

1. A trader or PM takes in information about the expected mean, variance or skewness of a trade.

2. The PM or trader’s brain responds with an […]

A Simple Parsing for Emotion in Trading Psychology

As we learn more about the importance of emotional information in trading decisions, it's challenging to switch to looking at feelings and emotions as data. It's doubly hard because there is so much misinformation still floating around! To that end, I was happy to see Psyblog publish

By |July 14th, 2014|Emotion Analytics, Emotion research, Emotions & Decisions|0 Comments

A “Philosophy” of Making Trading Rules

A coaching client in Hong Kong recently wrote this in response to a homework assignment. It is so good, in my opinion, that I want to make it available. Let us know what you think?

FROM: AN

You asked me what would be the smallest number of rules I would need to trade well. I dearly wanted […]

By |April 7th, 2014|Definitions, Risk Decisions, trading psychology|0 Comments

Unnoticed Contexts & Trading Performance

Earlier this week, one of my clients with the title “Head of Equity Trading” wrote exactly this sentence copied and pasted from his email: “i had another one of those traading days where i let my loss just go to its fullest, and had a really bad day.”

SO… how does a trader of that level […]

Emotional Intelligence circa 2014

Fast Company recently wrote that EI or emotional intelligence is beginning to be considered along SAT scores in college admittance – at Yale no less! Likewise, the New York Times reported on how emotional awareness tactics are helping discouraged job seekers find work.

What’s up with this? Why is emotion – that feared and denigrated element […]

By |March 5th, 2014|Academia, Emotion research, Perception|0 Comments

How Traders can Leverage the New 4 “Basic” Emotions

Did you know that no one knows for sure how many “basic” (irreducible) emotions there are? Many scientists have long believed in six, a new study indicates four and a growing body of work by the teams emerging from Lisa Feldman Barrett’s labs makes a very credible case for only two – approach and avoidance […]

A New Trading Psyche for 2014

What can a trader do (really do) to optimize their mind for trading? Is it “plan the trade, trade the plan”? Is it “control their emotions”? Is it something else?

Here’s what works.

Realize that like professional sports, trading is a performance discipline.
#1 means that the interaction of body, mind and “spirit” IS the place to […]