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The Six Most Influential People in My Trading

I've met many people in my trading journey.

In 2014 I drove around the country for three months, traveling over 7500 miles to meet and trade with some of the best traders on the planet. Some of the people who’ve influenced me I met on that journey. Others I’ve met via social media, in trading chat rooms, or just by chance. While everyone I’ve met or interacted with in this business has had at least some impact on my trading style and abilities, there are six people who stand out from the crowd due to the …

My Own Worst Enemy

A lot of people come to me for trading advice and I do the same to countless others. I’ve spoken with and learned from a huge range of traders, educators, and long term investors. Whenever someone comes to me looking for help, I always find myself recounting a short anecdote about something my trading mentor once said to me when I was struggling to learn how to day trade. This was years ago now, but despite the terrible grammar and seemingly angsty, juvenile delivery, the words he spoke still stick with me to this day and I found them …

The Greatest Trade I've Ever Made

I’ve traded for quite some time now.

I just passed the two year mark trading full time, the five year mark since I started day trading heavily in 2011, and the 13 year mark since I opened my first trading account with Scottrade at age 18. I’ve said many times on this blog that I’ve had ups and downs over that time period. I’ve wanted to quit multiple times and have gone through drawdowns I thought I would never get out of. I struggled for years to build a system that worked and even when I …


With respect to trading, if someone were to ask you what your niche is, could you answer?

Many traders couldn’t. That’s why many traders aren’t consistently profitable. Over the years I’ve learned countless strategies and studied hundreds of trading methodologies. I’ve spoken with, visited and traded with so many traders I’ve lost count at this point. In this age of information sharing and social media it’s easy to become overwhelmed and overloaded with too much content. There are books, DVDs, blogs, live courses, mentoring, you name it. Much of it is free or …

The Federal Open Who?

Background information:

If you’re actively trading, one thing you’ll hear other traders talking about from time to time is “FOMC Day”. Eight times a year, the Federal Open Market Committee, or FOMC, gets together and discusses various topics including economic growth, unemployment, interest rates and inflation. After the meeting the committee makes an announcement to the world regarding what they discussed. Often you’ll see the market react violently to this announcement, which usually happens at 2pm, so it’s worth it to understand exactly what implications these meetings have, what the FOMC is talking about and how …