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Tackle Today: What a bad flight has taught me about trading

January 8, 2020

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Tackle Today: What a bad flight has taught me about trading (Image: Airplane!, 1980)
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« A study on human (mis)behaviour. »

Flight: Ryanair FR 3960
Departure: Milan Bergamo Airport (BGY) at 7:00 am (CET)
Arrival: Lisbon Portela Airport (LIS) at 9:55 am (CET)
Date: 12/18/2019
Status: Pure hell.

We all know that Elon Musk hates taking weeks off. Me too. Matt Justice too. Not that we are comparing ourselves to Elon, but when it comes to vacation we sure can celebrate together this unusual commonality.

My family and I went to Portugal for Christmas. Eating, drinking and laughing with close friends wraps up the entire plot. I also (finally!) met Jessica Marinho in person. It all went well, except for the flight.

We arrived in the middle of a storm called Elsa. Could be the Disney one, yes. Angry, resentful and vengeful, she sure wanted to crash the plane while landing. It was hard to make a decision: pass out or grab the waste bag.

But that’s not the point here. Before I got sick, I’ve learned a lot about trading and human behaviour in the financial markets just by looking at how people (mis)behave inside an airplane:

  • Not able to organize themselves. People look like random particles clashing with each other.
  • All staircases, corridors, and doors are made for Hobbits and people just can’t wait for their turn. Herd mentality instantly takes over.
  • They can’t follow simple rules like fasten the seat belts and turn off the mobile devices when told to.
  • They want to go to the bathroom exactly when they are not allowed to.
  • As soon as the plane touches the floor they start to unfasten their seatbelts.
  • Before the plane stops they are already elbowing each other to get their luggage.

Low-cost flights are a myth. The risk-reward on this flight was completely off. Exit position.


Chart of the Day

Missiles hit the S&P500

Missiles hit the S&P500

If the USA and Iran go on an official fistfight, we can expect more of this happening to the market landscape.


Video of the day

Airplane 2: “Out of Coffee” scene

My flight to Portugal in one scene.


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1 Reply to “Tackle Today: What a bad flight has taught me about trading”

  1. ekaranja29 ekaranja29 says:

    LOL! Nice read Christian.

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