trading psychology

Trading w/out Psych Cap LIKE Athlete Playing Injured

Trading is relatively more of a mental game than say football. A couple of football pros I know have been telling me how they work to play without thinking. Clearly one has to think to trade.

But that doesn’t mean trading IS NOT a physical game that demands a plan for physical and emotional energy. Trading […]

By |July 24th, 2012|Learning Psych Cap, Risk Decisions, Trading Education|0 Comments

Trading Does NOT Have to be THAT Hard

Traditionally brokers and industry lore report that only 5% of independent, single traders make it. I don’t know if that stat is true or not. Recently one of the currency brokers said that 25% of their accounts were profitable.

Here is what I do know – in a nutshell. All of our traditional ideas about […]

By |April 17th, 2012|Learning Psych Cap, Risk Decisions, Trading Education|0 Comments

All About Alpha & Psychology Today

Here are the links to my thoughts on the needed new paradigm in risk management (All About Alpha) and the three things anyone can do to be more successful in the financial markets.

What were they thinking? From MF to LTCM

3 Things anyone can do better to understand the psychological side of the markets – the […]

By |February 8th, 2012|Perception, Psychology Today, ReThinking, Risk Management, Risk Prediction|0 Comments

Rainy Day and Mondays….

Fortunately or unfortunately, I am old enough to remember this song. Unfortunately or fortunately, my memory however isn’t completely sure whether it was Karen Carpenter or not….

But in any event, the point I want to make is that Mondays and particularly Mondays after a holiday sit within one of the many special contexts of markets. […]

By |April 25th, 2011|Learning Psych Cap, Markets|0 Comments

A Real Trader Writes about Working His Psychological Capital

Dear Denise,

I hope you are well and that your book is coming along nicely. I haven’t written in awhile, but I’ve been having quite a time with the Access course. When I began, I made steady progress through the first four or five chapters, and my trading was improving as well, though I didn’t feel […]

By |March 2nd, 2011|Comfort Food, Emotion Analytics, Learning Psych Cap|0 Comments

Jenny The Light Side of Ambiguity

I look at the chart and see all of the people

Bars move up then down, forming a steeple

I envy that run, but miss all the fun

Unclear of direction, I pray to the sun

Today’s a new day and the markets deceptive

I’m feeling alert and focus on being perceptive

But why can’t I see a good trade to […]

By |December 17th, 2010|Learning Psych Cap, Markets|0 Comments

Trader Diagnosis’ Latest Thoughts

Here are some of the things I’ve been thinking about:

The two areas in trading that separate the men from the boys (so to speak) are:

1.) The ability to divide environmental perceptions in half and process them separately. First I ask myself what I am feeling and in doing so I acknowledge and honor the feelings […]

My Journey to Self-awareness, by JON

I knew I needed emotional help the day I became so angry that I punched my bedroom door, stomped down the stairs, and kicked over a living room end table—shocking my wife and two boys, and, most of all, myself. I’ve always been known as the “laid back, non-emotional German from Minnesota.” I was […]

By |June 7th, 2010|Learning Psych Cap, Trading Education, Worth Reading|1 Comment

Don’t want to be an alarmist … but

As long as we do not know what caused the flash crash, why isn’t sabotage on the table? Or, is it on the table and we don’t know it.

I mean are we looking at the obvious and overlooking what we don’t want to see? Why would P&G, MMM and Accenture have relatively more erratic […]

By |May 11th, 2010|"Flash crash"|1 Comment

Market Personality Change

… well I feel rather obligated to go through with my bullish ITM put spread but honestly, since I didn’t manage to get it on, I also feel a personality change in the market. For me, I sense these things through speed and rhythm and the s/r of yesterday and this morning, is striking my […]

By |May 5th, 2010|Markets, Membership in the Options Counter-Culture|2 Comments