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Tackle Today: Trading Enemies ⚔️

November 19, 2019

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Tackle Today: Trading Enemies (Image: Strobridge Lithograph Co. poster of the famous American magician Howard Thurston being tutored by demons and goblins, 1916, Courtesy of the George and Sandy Daily Collection)
Strobridge Lithograph Co. poster of the famous American magician Howard Thurston being tutored by demons and goblins, 1916, Courtesy of the George and Sandy Daily Collection

« Defeat them and you shall succeed. »

“Investing is the intersection of Economics and Psychology.”

Seth Klarman—

Building a solid intellectual foundation is paramount to succeed in the financial markets. However, there is another key component, a cornerstone, that gets neglected by those who only see ROIs: trading psychology. To get to the point where you witness many losses in a row and still stay calm, solid training in controlling your emotions is required.

That is why the message today is about the Five Trading Enemies, little demons that live on your shoulders and whisper low vibration messages into your ears. Defeat them and you shall succeed.

Enemy #1: Perfection – “You are not good yet. Learn a little bit more and then execute”. Perfection is a process, not a final goal. It’s like the horizon line: you see it, you want to get there, but once you get there, it’s not there anymore and you have to keep pushing forward. Solution: 1 > 0. Anything you do is greater than zero, so do it.

Enemy #2: Time-waster – “How about some twitting now? Have you checked the new series on Netflix?” This enemy wants to keep you occupied, not productive. Solution: “I want results, therefore I need to execute.”

Enemy #3: Information Overloader – “OMG, that’s too much, you are not going to learn all these things”Solution: Break the information into small chunks you can digest. This enemy hates small chunks.

Enemy #4: Victimizer – “It’s not your fault. It’s your cat/coach/platform/website/everyone else’s”. Solution: Hold yourself accountable for your own results. “Despite the circumstances, what can I do to get there?”.

Enemy #5: Speed Comparator – “That trader has been trading for only 4 months and is already making money”Solution: speed does not matter, direction does. Compare yourself to who you were yesterday, not to who someone else is today.


Chart of the Day

Who owns the Superheroes?

Enemies need superheroes. Protagonists need antagonists. Light produces shadow. Presence and absence. Good and evil. That's the duality of life. Pick your side.  (Infographic original description: “Major characters (top-five billed) with at least three appearances and $500 million of total gross, drawn from 50 highest-grossing films in each year. Data: Box Office Mojo, IMDb” | Infographic source: Bloomberg)
Major characters (top-five billed) with at least three appearances and $500 million of total gross, drawn from 50 highest-grossing films in each year. Data: Box Office Mojo, IMDb. Source: Bloomberg

Enemies need superheroes. Protagonists need antagonists. Light produces shadow. Presence and absence. Good and evil. That’s the duality of life. Pick your side.


Video of the day

Must Read: Trade your Way to Financial Freedom

Coach T from Tackle Trading tells you to read the book Trade Your Way to Financial Freedom by Van Tharp.


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