Dec 30

Goal for 2020: Fail at Trading

Trader's Mindset

My trading goal for 2020 and your goal, should you want to succeed, should be to fail at trading. Before, you dismiss the notion– please consider the argument. You see I recently shared that few traders actually fail because they do not pursue a trading method with sufficient rigor, discipline, and energy to know that […]

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Dec 30

Downsides of Performance Mindset

Trader's Mindset

Trading psychologist and coaches often heavily promote and invest in the notion that a performance mindset and focus is what will lead to trading success. However, I have learned about myself and seen that other highly motivated traders are just as likely to lose because of a performance mindset– if that motivation is not carefully […]

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Dec 29

Quantified Knowledge

Trader's Mindset

There is something I have noticed, over time the more that one shares, that is writes, on trading (or any topic really) that the more likely one is to conflict with ones own writings. Early on, I really liked one trading book– which I won’t mention the name of. I had made notes and written […]

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Dec 17

Reality Isn’t Gray

Trader's Mindset

Brief detour, it is known that objects do not have a physical property of “color”– that color does not exist in the physical external world. Yes, there are light waves which produce the sensation of color according to their frequency and act predictably according to known physical laws. But, the feeling thereof is created by […]

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Dec 16

State of Trading Platforms Late 2019, Early 2020

System Trading

Below I briefly review the most popular trading platforms available for active futures traders. Right now, I think NinjaTrader and Tradestation are still the leaders but both platforms still have very basic problems and need significant improvement. NinjaTrader A powerful all-around platform for both system and discretionary traders with many annoying rough edges. This is […]

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Dec 13

2 Trading Approaches Reviewed

Trader's Mindset

I review 2 approaches to trading below. Technique: Low frequency, Multi-market In this approach, the trader scans many markets for the best trades, ranks the best trades, and only takes the best trades in the best markets. This approach is often adopted by professional equity traders. For example, this last week I found that Natty/Natural […]

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Dec 10

Trading too many contracts?

Trader's Mindset

Recently, I shared that taking serially correlated losses was one of the primary reasons future traders end up losing their account. In this post, I will explore why that happens. So, the reason that most traders take serially correlated losses is that they are trying to get into a trade with a just a few […]

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Dec 10

What I Am Learning From CME Competition

Trader's Mindset

I have entered the CME “Trade Against A Pro” paper trading competition. Of course, everyone would like to win, and most people are going to complain the competition is not realistic– and it’s not. However, there is a real value to the competition, and I recommend everyone to enter if you’re serious about trading futures– […]

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