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Pride comes before a fall….

September 19, 2017

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Hello traders, I wanted to draw your attention to this rather surreal interview on Bloomberg last week. Former celeb fund manager Hugh Hendry was on there talking about him closing down his Eclectica fund after 15 years. Having made a fortune, and a name for himself shorting banks during the GFC he’s found the going […]

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Developing Trader Performance: On Managing Self and Money

September 15, 2017

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Fellow Traders, This October and November I shall be running a stage of The VTP that focuses on Managing Self and becoming a Money Manager.   It’ll will be split into 2 sections namely:  The first half on managing self. How do you manage and enhance your own trading performance? What kind of network and […]

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3rd March 2017: The plight of George Best and the value of Success Structures

March 3, 2017

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Hello Traders, Something a little different for a Friday evening / weekend read. I was fortunate enough to be taken to see the movie Best – George Best: All By Himself earlier this week in Dublin. Those of you who know me will know that I am a north-west lad who grew up on the religion […]

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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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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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“Like a re-run of the English Civil War…without the muskets.” Pauls Brexit Rantings

May 26, 2016

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Every so often reader I tend to post a blog on my own thoughts about a certain subject matter. Once again I ask for your indulgence as I share my views/treatise/ rant (delete as appropriate) . This is what happens when you leave Paul without mobile or internet coverage for the best part of a […]

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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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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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Book Review: The Winner Effect – The Science of Success and How to Use It

February 12, 2014

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    The Winner Effect Ian Robertson is Professor of Psychology at Trinity College Dublin and has written this great book about how success changes the chemistry of the brain, making you smarter and more focused, confident and aggressive. Not surprisingly that sounds very interesting to traders. However there is an ugly downside to such […]

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