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Symbolic Gestures

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Working within a depth psychology framework there are unconscious "Shadow" aspects of our psyche which remain hidden from our conscious ego, as we don't comfortably identify with this emotion. For today's example I will focus on Pride & Arrogance. It is p... Read more


Martingale Drug

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Let me introduce you to one of the most intoxicating drugs on the trading scene with a particular emphasis on the forex industry. I am not going to bore you with the mathematical details why you are doomed to trade a martingale strategy simply a trading strat... Read more


Endowment Effect Solutions

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A hat tip to friend Denise Shul, a leading neuro scientist and trading coach in New York, for pointing out a recent academic research paper which I will be commenting on in this letter. I am sure we can all agree that when we buy something for say $10, we are... Read more


How Focusing on the Amount of Money Can Hurt Your Performance

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A recent study has shown that focusing on the amount of money can hurt the performance in competitive activities. One of my favourite researchers dealing with irrational behaviour is Professor Daniel Ariely, founder of the aptly named, Centre for Advanced Hin... Read more


How Knowing Your Weaknesses will Improve Your Trading

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It's been said that knowing the problem is half the solution. In trading, knowing your weaknesses can improve your trading as it will help you identify what can be done to correct those weaknesses. Genetic realities I have mentioned in previous posts how my f... Read more


The Persona Effect and Meeting a Central Bank Governor

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As an economist and global macro trader I have a strong interest in macroeconomic and central bank policy. Over the decades, I have read many articles and books on the subject. Meeting a central bank governor It was an incredibly rare treat to meet with a si... Read more


How to deal with too much information & become a better trader

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How to deal with too much information is always a challenge for traders. This week I attended a lunchtime lecture by visiting Oxford mathematician Dr Shaun Martin who is applying his knowledge in the field of Applied Cognitive Science, I was keen to get more ... Read more


A Trading Lesson Applied to Real Life

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I was annoyed with myself this week, as I hadn't realised it was a big news day with the Australian Reserve Bank announcing their interest rate decision and I had just placed a trade on AUDUSD. The minute someone in the office told me that the market was getti... Read more


How to manage the tension between fear and greed

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Learning how to manage the tension between fear and greed is a necessary skill for traders. But not many traders have been able to master this skill. Extreme emotions bring out tension I am writing this letter in a coffee shop, sitting opposite a man in his 20... Read more


The Illusion of Control in Trading and Holding on to Losers

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The illusion of control in trading is one of the most crippling issues for so many traders. According to our statistical analysis of a database where 80% of traders lose money: the average winning trade lasts 539 minutes the average losing trade lasts 801 min... Read more


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