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Part 1 – On building capacity as a trader

October 12, 2016

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Hello traders, You only have to google ‘Trading Psychology’ these days to find thousands of articles talking about the importance of Trading psychology to the make-up of a successful trader. For new traders reading this I always talk about viewing traders through the prism of the 4M’s of Trading: (understanding) Markets (your trading) Method Money (management) […]

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28th September – don’t trade on your birthday!

September 28, 2016

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Today is my birthday. I never trade on my birthday. And I suggest you do the same. What’s the point? You’re a trader and unless you’re working for an institution my suggestion is to take the day off. There’s nothing worse than waking up on your birthday in a good mood (which you should do […]

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19/09/2016 – Don’t panic, I am alive! (And a trading podcast for you)

September 19, 2016

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Hello traders, Apologies for my lack of posts the last couple of months – I have not been slacking – quite the opposite in fact. I have been basically working 6 days a week for the last 4 months to keep up with commitments. Normally I take most of August off and head back to […]

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Reminiscences, and the value of volunteering

May 23, 2016

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https://www.leonardcheshire.org/about-us/history Fellow Trader, please indulge me the first few paragraphs about history and my own life – I assure you there is a point and a relevance to traders. Yesterday, I was reading the link above about it being the 68th anniversary of the beginnings of the Leonard Cheshire Disability Charity. So what would that […]

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Process, Process, Process -And on building your Inner Coach

April 20, 2016

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  Sorry I’ve not posted for a while – it’s been a busy 4-6 weeks and I’ve had a lot on. To be fair I post quick pieces on the Veterans Trader Project FB page – if you want to join it then drop me a line and let me know. Anyway back to trading. I […]

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The London Traders Forum: Saturday 16th April

March 16, 2016

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Fellow Trader, Several years ago we used to run the London Traders Forum (LTF), now that I am back in the UK it’s time for the LTF to be re-born! So please put the following date in your diary for the Spring 2016 London Traders Forum, which will take place on Saturday, 16th April 2016. Get your […]

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An unlikely insight into aiding trader performance

February 3, 2016

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It would come as a surprise to many to read an article in the Guardian paper about how traders improve their performance. To be fair to them they are actually commenting on a new TV show ‘Billions’ which is about the work and lifestyle of some Wall-Street Money Managers. In particular they focus on the work […]

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BBC article on the effect of Adrenaline and Cortisol on Traders Risk appetite

October 22, 2015

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I admit that I missed this piece by the BBC until very recently. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-33363948 The gist of it being: Raised levels of the hormones testosterone and cortisol can make traders take more risks, which could create instability in financial markets, a study suggests. I’ve always been fascinated by the impact of hormones on a traders behaviour […]

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7/7/2015: Ten years on from the London bombings: Reflections on breaking rules and impulsive trades.

July 7, 2015

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Fellow trader, this post is part markets, part anecdote, part rant so please indulge me. Its ten years today since that fateful day in London. I am sure all of you readers will have your own memories of the event (please feel free to share your own experiences). I wasn’t going to write anything about […]

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Something for the weekend, Sir? Atul Gawande TED Talk

May 2, 2015

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I have for many years now talked about the good work of Atul Gawande a Harvard trained surgeon and health journalist.  His book The Checklist Manifesto:How To Get Things Right is a fascinating read and whilst aimed at healthcare is superbly relevant to trading and investing. Here’s a TED talk by Atul, where he talks […]

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