Even after I finished, I thought it was terrible—actually I was just scared to share the story. Thanks Garrett, here goes nothing: The pitfalls people fall into and the ways people destroy themselves. From the time I was I sat in front of 6 computer monitors watching charts go up and down. Why am I not doing it now? Traders are unique in that they might be the only group of people more delusional than entrepreneurs. Never mind that I saw one in the local library yesterday, he looked like he was avoiding his wife.
I was the exception. I was going to get my billion-dollar pay day before my 30 th birthday. And I actually was the exception. I made a nice chunk of money before stopping. I treated the thing with respect—not some get-rich scheme. It breaks my heart when I see people tell me they day trade and then see them following some bullshit newsletter or some coach with a fudged track record.
Stop letting yourself get scammed! This is not an exaggeration. Not only are there free drinks, sexy ladies looking for fun, and an obscene selection of Cirque du Soleil shows… your odds at pretty much any casino table are better than the markets. One last thing before we get into the meat of the post: Yes, you too can be a Rich Kid of Instagram! Why start with what not to do?
Because not smoking cigarettes is more healthy than eating all organic. He says that his regrets have mostly been acts of omission instead of commission. What does this mean for you? Paper trade before you put any of your capital on the line.
Paper trading is when you make trades with a fake account. When has a proven system proven itself? For me, a month of profitable trading and a statistically significant number of trades. This is you being delusional. I betrayed myself too many times before committing to my systems.
So what makes a good system? For now, this will be helpful when thinking about how to approach your trading:. There is a time and place for throwing caution to the wind and just going for it. Trading is the worst place for that kind of bullshit. If you do this right, you have the potential for making a lot of money faster than any other method out there. Excluding entrepreneurs who are insanely talented and simultaneously insanely lucky.
Then you put money on the line. The market seems totally foreign again. I told you I started meditating at James Altucher talks about how he created algorithms for each of his methods and then let them trade for him while he was depressed an losing everything.
Maybe I could just take half off the table. You made it anyway—you can change it. You can feel it! And then on and on. When did I make the right choice? The right choice being following the system, not making money.
A lot of people make money with a shitty trade and then think they have some special talent… of course they go bust within the quarter. When I was either excited or scared. Both fear and greed will destroy you. Immediate greed that overtakes your rational decision—which has longer term greed in mind. Some days you will feel like a worthless human being who has done and never will do anything worthwhile.
You will exit trades before you should because your stomach is weak. The next day you will make a winning trade and feel like a god. You will forget whatever it felt like to lose and you will make trades outside of your method.
Your trading decisions need to come from numbers and predetermined rules. After years of deliberate practice and success you may actually get an intuitive feel for the market. Then begin introducing those feelings into your systems. Listen, if someone has a really kickass way to make money trading they sell it to a hedge fund or use it themselves.
That being said, there are some decent newsletters out there. The James Dines letter being one of them. Experiment with their information. Test their ideas against your method. People will devise elaborate narratives around their ideas they want you to buy into. They will tell you that you need them. You need a system that works. Incorporate their idea into your system if you believe in it, see if it actually works.
Or invest in your own business. To this day I get a warm fuzzy feeling when I see a price chart. I feel at home and I see patterns and I get the urge to dive in… Maybe I will again. I was on break before going into my junior year of college. I was trading, doing pretty well. I was having a particularly good morning when I received a picture message on my phone. I was freaking amazed. I stared at it for a long time. This combination ended up with massive losses in the next couple months.
He still ended with an awesome five-month return… but you were a millionaire for a month and then not… well, it hurts. I used this method with my balls about a foot off the wall and made great returns. I nearly doubled my personal account in six months and then was able to raise money from investors with that track record. This method is specifically useful for commodity futures but can be applied more widely with certain modifications. This method required constant awareness of price movements but not a lot of action.
I just looked up the Corn Futures price chart at barcharts. We can zoom in to see if that would have presented us an opportunity. The first is the simplest, this is the first filter I use to sort through charts: You can see this quickly and skip it if the answer is no. If it is then go in for a closer look. I will keep tabs on a bunch of charts sitting at these areas while I wait for the other requirements to be filled. I recommend you read everything at StockCharts.
Candlesticks are just another way to view pricing information on a chart. A red is the opposite, the bottom of the red bar is the closing price. The skinny area is the full area covered by price movement during the period covered by the bar. Keep in mind we want these patterns at a multiyear high or low. Preferably with a gap. The gap shows one last push up. The two candlestick show consolidation of price movements. Check for the third requirement.
General Mills buys a metric shitton of wheat. They move that market big time. It would be nice to know what companies like General Mills are doing so we could be on their side, right? Now, General Mills and other large producers use futures markets to hedge price fluctuations more often than trading for a profit like us. Companies that trade over a certain amount of contracts are required to report the trades they make.More...