My Trading Tao Te Ching, part 4.

The Tao is like a well: used but never used up. It is like the eternal void: filled with infinite possibilities.   It is hidden but always present. I don’t know who gave birth to it. It is older than God.   from “Tao Te Ching,” by Stephen Mitchell   This chapter reminds me of […]

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My Trading Tao Te Ching, part 3.

If you overesteem great men, people become powerless. If you overvalue possessions, people begin to steal.   The Master leads by emptying people’s minds and filling their cores, by weakening their ambition and toughening their resolve. He helps people lose everything they know, everything they desire, and creates confusion in those who think that they […]

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My Trading Tao Te Ching, part 2.

When people see some things as beautiful, other things become ugly. When people see some things as good, other things become bad.   Being and non-being create each other. Difficult and easy support each other. Long and short define each other. High and low depend on each other. Before and after follow each other.   […]

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My Trading Tao Te Ching, part 1.

The tao that can be told is not the eternal Tao. The name that can be named is not the eternal Name. The unnamable is the eternal real. Naming is the origin of all particular things. Free from desire, you realize the mystery. Caught in desire, you see only the manifestations. Yet mystery and manifestations […]

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Luck ‘O The Irish!

My wife and I had been kicking around the idea of growing our family. We thought it would be nice for our four year old Son to have a little brother. Since we’re both getting a little too old to be thinking of birthing another chid, we decided to throw our hat in the ring […]

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A Good Trader Does Not Need Validation

Through a common friend, I am grateful to have received an autographed copy of Market Wizard Linda Bradford Raschke’s new book “Trading Sardines.” I’ve been tearing through it this evening and this common sense quote on page 93 floored me: A good trader does not need validation. Does it matter if your win-loss ratio is […]

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Stand Up and Trading

  The more I think about it, the more it isn’t surprising that I can relate to the plight of the Stand Up Comedian. Here, in no particular order, is how Stand Up Comedians and Traders are incredibly similar species: It’s all you. All your successes and failures are your own. There’s nobody else to […]

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Any Fool Can Capitalize on Gains…

I recently read this quote and it is a reminder that feels appropriate not just in life, but in Trading as well. The most important thing in life is not to capitalize on your gains. Any fool can do that. The really important thing is to profit from your losses. That requires intelligence; and it […]

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Being You. Being Me.

You be you and I’ll be me. There’s nobody out there that does you better than you. And there ain’t nobody better at being me than me. Be proud. Be loud. And sing it from the rafters. Celebrate our faults. Share our failures. And give credit for our good fortune and good luck to others, […]

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Trading is Lonely. Community is Everything.

Last night, we kicked off YEAR FIVE of now twice-monthly Trader Meetups in Denver & Boulder Colorado. What I started out as a test-pilot group for what would eventually become a nationwide network of meetup groups for StockTwits members, has now become an irreplaceable routine for me to stay connected with other Traders at various […]

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