Trading Bank Size

losing your headIt’s easy this whole trading thing. If you’ve just started out and anything you buy just keeps going in the right direction… up up and away the prices soar of your stocks. The Ferrari is on order and coming soon. You buy more stock and woosh… up it goes again.

Strategy and discipline leaves the conscious mind and greed replaces it.

Your whole bank is invested. No insurance trades taken. You don’t even need charts anymore. You’ve totally lost your head and just don’t know it.

Wobble… eh? Hold on a minute; the price is coming down. The markets must be wrong because I can’t be. They’ll go back up tomorrow.

Whooo steady on, the charts say sell now but that can’t be right. If I sell now I’m going to lose way too much £££, I can’t afford to lose that much so I’ll hold on.

That’s better, I knew I was right. Moving back up now, and to think I was even considering selling when the system said I had to!

Ahhhh… what the ****! This can’t be ******* happening. How the **** has that happened. I just can’t ******* believe this ****. I’m ****** totally.

One of the biggest hurdles when trying to learn to trade the financial markets is trading in your comfort zone with the correct trading bank size. If you can totally detach yourself from your trading bank you’ll stand a far greater chance of success in the long run.

Taking a loss is hard for anyone, but it will happen trading. If the thought of losing £5000 overnight is unbearable don’t trade with it. If losing £1000 overnight is chicken feed you might not take investing seriously enough. The idea is to try and find a starting bank that suits.

The sweet spot for your trading bank is that point at which you’re not going to panic and make irrational decisions if things go against you. But it needs to be an amount that still gains enough respect from you that you do not consider the bank just gambling money.

It’s tricky to do but it is a factor of trading that may define your success or failure.

If the markets hurt you [financial loss] as a beginner trader, it can affect the way that you progress from then on. You may give up with trading if a loss of 10% of your £5000 bank feels far too uncomfortable. But with a smaller bank of £2500 and the same 10% loss of £250 you may still feel slightly upset at the loss but you still have the determination to continue.

From then on you can adjust and keep to your long term plan.

Comfort levels in trading are a big deal but so often overlooked. I have regularly heard of stories of traders that just can’t bear to take a small loss so they hold on and take a much bigger one.

That’s not trading, that’s gambling. Know the difference and become a trader not a gambler.

An amazing book to read

I have just finished reading a fantastic and timeless book. It has been in print for many many years, and I had seen it often, although it never ever really appealed to me for some reason.

However, just this Sunday I was in the mood for a good inspirational read so headed over to Amazon. After searching I then saw the book was again, so I went to order the kindle edition for the bargain price of 99p.

Annoyingly, amazon could not process the order so I tried again. Still no joy! Different card needed maybe? So I tried one of the other cards stored on my account. Nothing but the same message and a telephone number to call if the error persisted.

Growing increasingly frustrated, I Googled the title of the book. And there it was, free to download. A nice result, not for saving 99p but because I wanted it now.

Anyway my free book that I wanted to pay for was called “The Richest Man in Babylon” And although only seventy odd pages long on my ipad, I can safely say it is one of the best books money could buy [if amazon took my payment] on creating wealth.

In fact, they should make this compulsory reading at business school. It’s that good.

If you want to know how to get rich slowly but surely then this is the book for you.

Although in a roundabout sort of way I have been doing some of the teachings from the book I just found it very inspiring and reassuring that I’m on the right path.

It’s strange that I never fancied reading it before, but there you go. Obviously try to get it on Amazon but if not here is the link for you to download it free.

The principles and style in the book remind me very much of how Vince Stanzione talks [if that makes sense]. And whilst reading I did wonder if he had read it also?

Get it now, read it and start to apply, if you’re looking for a way to improve your finances.

One of the key principles in the book I heard in a film once and thought what a good idea it was. Can’t remember the name of the film, but Cameron Diaz was in it and she saved 10% of everything she had ever earned. The conclusion being she had a huge lump of money saved for when she needed it most.

Summer went missing and Seasonal trends

Seasonal tradingWell it seems as though our poor summer is actually over.  I say that because for me it always feels like that at the beginning of September. The schools and colleges go back, Halloween costumes appear in the shops and as traders we start to think about our seasonality trades.

Summer officially ends on the 22nd September and from then on there will be more going on from a trading perspective.

After all the crash, bang and wallop over the last few weeks I’m looking forward to buying some new stocks.

Vince will let his members know what to buy and when. This information is priceless to me and I can make enough profit from those trades alone to call the year successful. Obviously past performance and all that don’t give me any future guarantees, but things do look good.

If you haven’t got a copy, get the stock trader’s almanac. It’s truly a wealth of knowledge, and you can use it to practice some seasonal trend trading over the coming months and into 2016. It is a great way to see how well you can do and how things work for minimal outlay.

So if you haven’t got started as yet it’s probably a better place to start than most others. And considering that very soon, smart investors are predicting it’s going to be a good time to buy again.

After these recent price dives, you might just find the perfect opportunity of a good stock that’s going cheap.

Stock Market Slump

Well not quite but not far off either. The thing is if you look at this first chart beneath that Vince’s system has given, you can see that a sell signal was confirmed before the current drop in prices. It’s almost spooky how accurate the signal can be.

FTSE August 2015

FTSE fall 2015 aug

You can see that a sell signal was given on the FTSE around 22/06/15 [the first arrow] and then the price drop [second arrow]

However, these signals can be used as good news on a few fronts. Firstly because you are being informed that the markets are weakening, secondly that you have or should be taking on a few short trades and thirdly that your current long positions may fall and you can take prior action.

The down side is that obviously you have no idea how much prices are going to fall.

Of course it is disheartening to see profits lost, but that is trading, always has been and I’m sure always will be. Stock prices don’t go up in a straight line.

So what do you do?

How you act on the information the charts give is entirely down to you… You can close everything, sell half of everything, wait for the crossovers, do nothing, go short everything… Ask a friend, ask a forum and on and on.

But the soundest advice I have heard and will relay to you is, “don’t panic”!

Think about my portfolio for a minute; you have to take into account that many shares or positions that I have been long on were way up in profits, in some cases 20-30% +.

Yes now they may be at 10-20% profit but it’s still a profit.

Others I lost on but had some insurance in place [short positions]

Overall this year I’m still up and well in profit. Yes I’m gutted that I have had to take some hits, they will always hurt, but on you go if you want to continue to make money trading.

I feel sorry for people that lose money, even though that’s the name of the game [you win some you lose some] but I feel even sorrier for the traders that are trying to work things out for themselves. They’ve got hell of a job of analysis on their hands.

And then I feel even sorrier for those that are following advice from someone who probably isn’t even a trader themselves!

For the newbie trader, this is all BS; it’s the evidence needed to confirm their assumptions that this is a mugs game and many will go away thinking that you can’t make money trading.

But that’s a fools approach. This isn’t a crash and many positions will recover. Plus if you follow sound advice from people that genuinely want you to make money and actually know how to make it for their portfolios, you’ll more than survive, you’ll profit.

It’s how you look at the big picture

Out of any market correction, adversity, crash or whatever global bust you want to call it, one thing is for sure… There’s opportunity to be had. It boils down to how you look at it all.

If you try trading the sports or horse racing, these crashes can happen a few times a day yet the good traders still profit.

Trading racing markets is like cramming a trading year into a day. But know one batters an eyelid at those losses. Because it’s so quick is the main reason.

If you have a crash in the racing markets, 10 minutes later you could be in a bull market [a winning trade], then a crash on the next race and then bull market after bull market then another crash. But at the end of play you’ll be in profit.

It’s just the time frame involved in trading that seems to magnify or contract the trader’s emotional balance.

Long term trend traders make steady gains with the odd windfall. Occasionally they take a larger loss and then normality resumes.

Follow the signals

As I said at the beginning of this post, the signals given by the Vince Stanzione system are pretty accurate. Not 100% of course, but certainly capable of consistently giving you an edge.

Here’s another of my recent short trades; This is on the DJI; again you can see the signal was given weeks before the slump. Overall these short trades have helped balance things out nicely.

DJI August 2015

DJI fall aug 2015

Why do Millionaires keep selling their systems?

Why does Vince Stanzione sell his System?

Vince2-OptimizedAs you know, I have been trading using the Vince Stanzione Course for some years now. Of course not every trade is a winner, but I make some fantastic profits overall.

Some of my biggest gains have come from Vince’s recommendations via his private members club and from his seminars. My decision to invest in these add-ons are probably some of the smartest investments I’ve ever made.

Seriously… I have lost count of the total points profits I make each year from this advice from Vince.

Despite all the solid evidence that hundreds, probably thousands of people can testify that Vince Stanzione is the genuine article. I often hear this quote when it comes down to peoples assumption of system sellers. “If they were that rich why are they selling a system”?

I suppose it’s understandable to a certain degree. So many people have been had over by dodgy horse racing and casino systems that the raised eyebrow appears at the mere mention of the word [system]

So, why does Vince Stanzione need to sell his financial trading system? Err, well he doesn’t need to at all from a financial perspective. But he does need to from a professional stand point.

Over the years, Vince has created a big name for himself as a financial trader. He has created a brand. His brand; There’s workbooks, seminars, NYT bestsellers, websites, members only websites, articles, newspaper reports and on and on it goes.

As rich as any man or woman becomes, if you have created a brand you can’t just lay down and say that’s it now, I’m not doing this anymore. I mean you could but that’s going to go down like a pork scratching at a kibbutz.

That’s why Tony Robbins keeps selling his books and seminars. Just like Paul McKenna does, Robbie Burns the naked trader, millionaire_house_play_lottostar_optRobert Kiyosaki the “Rich Dad poor Dad” author, Warren Buffett and the thousands of other Millionaires and Billionaires that just keep producing more products and services.

Are any of the names mentioned above scam artists? Not to my knowledge. Do any of them need more money? I doubt it, but they’re still marketing their respective brands.

Our very own home grown and the world’s most famous Hypnotist Paul McKenna is probably not short of a bit of cash. He writes a new book that sells a few million copies for what reason? To help others goes without saying, but also for profit and to keep his brand alive and kicking. And I bet you any money, to sell more seminar tickets.

Of course Vince profits from all his business activities; but what idiot doesn’t want to make a profit? “I’m going to lose a truck load of money today” the millionaire never ever said.

So instead of constant suspicion of the rich and successful try a little optimism. And give them some credit for a change. You might be surprised how it pays off in the future.

21 of the funniest money and stock market quotes EVER

OK, with all the doom and gloom in the world at the moment I thought it a nice change to list my favorite funniest money and stock market quotes.

 

  1. “All I ask is the chance to prove that money can’t make me happy.” Spike Milligan.
  2. Money isn’t the most important thing in life, but it’s reasonably close to oxygen on the “gotta have it” scale. ~Zig Ziglar
  3. Bear: what your trading account will be after following the hot tips in the financial times.
  4. Bull: what your hedge fund manager is full of.
  5. Bond: what you had with your wife until you pawned her jewellery to fund your account again.
  6. The pessimist sees the glass as half empty. The optimist sees the glass half full. The day trader just adds whiskey.
  7. Financial markets have a very safe way of predicting the future. They cause it.
  8. Q: Which one of our natural resources will become exhausted first? A: The Taxpayer.
  9. Wall Street is the only place that people ride to in a Rolls-Royce to get advice from those who take the subway. – Warren Buffett
  10. “Sometimes your best investments are the ones you don’t make.” – Donald Trump
  11. “The best way you hurt rich people is by turning them into poor people.” – “Trading Places” (1983)
  12. Money can’t buy you happiness but it does bring you a more pleasant form of misery.” – Spike Milligan
  13. The investor’s chief problem-and even his worst enemy is likely to be himself.” -Peter Lynch.
  14. “Markets can remain irrational longer than you can remain solvent” -J Maynard Keynes.
  15. “I’m spending a year dead for tax reasons.” Douglas Adams.
  16. “If you owe the bank $100 that’s your problem, If you owe the bank $100 million, that’s the bank’s problem.” JP Getty.
  17. Money doesn’t make you happy. I now have $50 million but I was just as happy when I had $48 million. Arnold Schwarzenegger
  18. If you lend someone $20, and never see that person again, it was probably worth it.
  19. There is a very easy way to return from a casino with a small fortune: go there with a large one. Jack Yelton
  20. A study of economics usually reveals that the best time to buy anything was last year.
  21. Don’t marry for money; you can borrow it cheaper.

The Greece crisis

I really do feel sorry for the Greeks. For a nation with such a
staggering history and such proud people, it’s tragic to see them
reduced to more or less begging for money from the EU.

The country is in bits; but I’m not sure it is going to get any better for them to soon.
We all have our views on the situation but I do fear for them. My
partner thinks [who also loves the Greeks] that if they default and get
involved with Russia that Greece is just going to become Russia’s toy!

From a trading point of view you can make some small quick profits
trading the news and volatility.  In this chart that you can get free on
yahoo, you can add the SMA from my system and spread bet the positions.
You could have made a few hundred points profit over the last couple of
months.

Vince made a funny but very valid quote at his seminar that the Euro is
really just the Deutsche Mark. When you see the DAX performing to the
Greece crisis like it has been you have to agree.

greece dax

Risk Reward and Compounding

To make money from the stock market you need to have a bank to trade with. Ok that’s obvious to all, but how do you make the most of what you earn to initially invest in the markets?

Well this little quote should help me highlight the formula. Some of you may have heard it before “spend less than you earn and invest the difference wisely”

Safe smart investingIf you are starting from scratch you could try this approach first. If you reduced your outgoings by £100 a month and saved this for a year you’d have £1200 to invest the following year without having to do any extra working hours. If you think “yeah but I need to invest now and I need to be rich yesterday” you’ll probably still be skint in another 12 months anyway. So this is a good place to start.

You could alternatively get another job to supplement your income and continually invest that extra money instead. Maybe every month you decide to buy your favourite stock and compound the interest you earn on it by buying more stock or even another one. Sounds good right? But if the stock you buy losses money or gives you a stop out signal you may feel as you’ve wasted your hard earned overtime.

Well how about this formula instead. Reduce your outgoings and make some extra money from overtime or a second job as well. Invest this extra money in a small business that you can grow and compound your profits further.

Examples of this is buy 100 bananas for £10 and sell them for £20, then invest the profits and buy 200 bananas. Keep these strategies going until you have an income that gives you the standard of living you desire and invest the difference until the returns give you a greater return than your job.

For me personally the last example has worked well for me. My surplus income is invested in stocks that I look at keeping for 10 years plus. Now that may not happen, I may sell the shares for whatever reason, but it’s a painless way of investing. I keep earning more than I can spend and invest the difference. One day I’ll be truly financially rich if I continue as I am.

The good thing is that you can start of small and all of a sudden you’ll find the compounding really starts to take speed and deliver. You can spread bet your profits from as little as 10p in some cases and compound that way.

Plan for the next ten years and you’ll reduce the pressure of the must have now factor. This in itself will make you a better investor. And as always, remember it’s a marathon not a sprint.

Making money is largely an attitude and there is little need to be super smart or intelligent. My attitude towards making money has evolved since meeting Vince, who I must tell you actually confessed that he is not particularly bright academically.  Although evidently one heck of a trader…

 

Vince Stanzione seminar 2015

Well I have finally got round to writing about my day at the Vince Stanzione Seminar. Up against the clock I just made the start. Train delays cost me but luckily I had left early enough.

I sat at the back and enjoyed every minute of the day. Vince started the day of with a flood of trading information that could take me and my trading positions into the next decade. Seriously…

I still have positions in some of his tips from the last seminar as did many of the other attendees.

Vince seminarAn interesting observation about the seminar is that there were so many people in the room that were there at the last one. I recognized at least 20 faces there and managed to chat to a few of them. I also chatted to some newbies and tried my best to give them some solid advice. Be interested to know how many were actually at the last one as there were others there that have been to them all. So Vince has a real hard core following.

But the seminar is not all about this position and that position. A lot of what Vince talks about is making money, keeping money and compounding your interest. Not just from a trading angle but from all that you do in regard to working, saving and investing.

A really good point that Vince points out is that you should be thinking of what you can achieve over the next 10 years instead of wanting to be a tycoon by next year. He pointed out how quick 10 years actually pass and that people are living so much longer nowadays that 50-55s are becoming the new middle aged.

A good quote he also highlighted was that the first person that is going to live until 150 has already been born. Amazing… So don’t think you’re too old or you’ve missed the boat because you’re probably younger than you think.

Jim Mellon gave a really interesting speech that was fantastically enlightening. He’s way way out there and pointed out many technological innovations that will shape our world in the future and how we can profit from this knowledge.  You can get his book here with all proceeds going to charity.

Jeff Hirsch from the stock trader’s almanac also gave some very interesting tips on trends and seasonality trading. You must always have a trader’s almanac by your bedside; so very useful and such easy reading.

The whole day provides you with an investment plan for the future and as I have said you are planning for the next 10 years and beyond so work your way up to an income that accommodates your needs.

Vince gave a great example of this approach and mentioned that just over 10 years ago he had a Million dollars in a separate trading account that he bought stocks with and reinvested the dividends. That account is now standing at over $14,000,000

It can be done, there’s no catch or con going on. You can make it as a trader if you follow the trends. You may not make as much as you want as quick as you want but you will get there with solid plans, achievable goals and like I have a great mentor.