You Are Doing It Wrong

In presentations regarding trading psychology and why traders find it so hard to be profitable, I often refer to a paper titled An analysis of the profiles and motivations of habitual commodity speculators by W. Bruce Canoles, Sarahelen Thompson, Scott Irwin Virginia, Grace France (Journal of Futures Markets Volume 18 Issue 7 October 1998) This…

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A Unique Approach To Overcoming Burnout

The number one problem I currently hear from portfolio managers, team members, and traders in financial markets is “burnout”. That’s not surprising, given the list of challenges from 2020: Keeping up with markets that have changed trends multiple times within the year; Maintaining perspective amidst uncertainties regarding COVID-19 and implications for health and safety; Working…

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Common Causes of Very Bad Decisions

Italian psychologist Massimo Piattelli-Palmarini was once asked why people keep making the same mistakes. He said: Inattention, distraction, lack of interest, poor preparation, genuine stupidity, timidity, braggadocio, emotional imbalance, ideological, racial, social or chauvinistic prejudices, and aggressive or prevaricatory instincts. More here – Collaborative Fund

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A Fund Manager’s Time Horizon is the Shortest Common Denominator

For most fund managers there is nothing more important than adopting a long-term approach.  This enables them to insulate themselves from the noise and random fluctuations of financial markets, and hopefully exploit them.  Yet for many this is simply not possible. Perverse and misaligned incentives, the desire to measure everything over meaningless time periods and…

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Limit Up Interview

Recently I had a chance to catch up with Jack Pelzer and Dan Hodgman of Limit Up where we talked about all things trading psychology. You can find additional episodes of their podcast here. It was actually wonderfully refreshing to sit down and talk to two younger traders who were not obsessed with the prospect…

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Sniff Out Hidden Profits

  To get into the Mentor Program, you need to register for Priority Notification. Make a pact with yourself now that no matter what the economy is doing, you’re determined to become an ultra-versatile trader capable of sniffing out hidden profits in the sharemarket. It’s that’s what you’re after, we can show you how to…

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Here We Go Again….

Trading is a difficult profession – its difficulty comes not so much from mastering the technical aspects since these are always overstated by the magic indicator fools but rather in coming to terms with the psychological and emotional difficulties that arise. In part, these difficulties arise because of perceptions as to how easy trading is…

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Inside the Greatest Trade of All Time

There are many worthwhile candidates on Wall Street for the Greatest Trade of All Time. There’s Jesse Livermore’s bet that the stock market would fall in 1929. He pocketed something like $100 million in profit, akin to $1.5 billion today. There is George Soros’ 1992 bet that the British pound would fall against a basket…

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Bill Ackman: Getting Back Up

Here are a few highlights from our conversation: I think of philanthropy as something that is not genetic, it is learned, and it was something that my dad reinforced pretty much from the time I was a kid. I’ve always had this view that success is not a straight line up. If you read the stories of…

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Your 2020 Burnout Recovery Plan

It was getting dark when I hit the first riffle of my trip down Utah’s Green River in a canoe. My plan was to set out while it was cool and log some mileage before nightfall, but dusk came on quicker than I thought. Because I’d been in a rush to launch, my gear wasn’t…

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Most Successful Chimp on Wall Street.

Raven, a six-year-old chimpanzee, became the 22nd most successful money manager in the USA after choosing her stocks by throwing darts at a list of 133 internet companies. The chimp created her own index, dubbed MonkeyDex, and in 1999 delivered a 213 per cent gain, outperforming more than 6,000 professional brokers on Wall Street. More…

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The Mentor Program is Your Next Step

  Chris Tate and Louise Bedford’s 6-month, repeat-for-free Mentor Program will help you develop a fabulous trading lifestyle, where you call the shots. To get involved, register for Priority Notification. Yes, there’s a waiting list. Yes, a lot of people miss out every year. The only way to get involved is to stick up your hand…

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