Tuesday, 31 March 2020

Quote for the day

"Learning to choose is hard. Learning to choose well is harder." -  Barry Schwartz,

Monday, 30 March 2020

Quote for the day

"When you believe something is impossible, your mind goes to work for you to prove why. But, when you believe, really believe, something can be done, your mind goes to work for you and helps you find the ways to do it." - David J. Schwartz

Sunday, 29 March 2020

Quote for the day

"A man is great not because he hasn't failed; a man is great because failure hasn't stopped him." - Confucius

Saturday, 28 March 2020

12 Timeless Rules of Investing

12 Timeless Rules of Investing: Guidelines Every Investor Should Embrace, But Few Actually Do
By Dr. Steve Sjuggerud
In the special report below, I identify 12 classic investing rules that every investor can use throughout their lifetimes. These time-honoured guidelines are proven in helping investors achieve their goals, sometimes in capitalizing on gains and sometimes in mitigating losses. Enjoy!
1. An attempt at making a quick buck often leads to losing much of that buck.
  • The people who suffer the worst losses are those who overreach.
  • If the investment sounds too good to be true, it is.
  • The best hot tip I've found is "there is no such thing as a hot tip."
2. Don't let a small loss become large.
  • Don't keep losing money just to "prove you are right."
  • Never throw good money after bad (don't buy more of a loser).
  • When all you're left with is hope, get out.
3. Cut your losers; let your winners ride.
  • Avoid limited-upside, unlimited-downside investments.
  • Don't fall in love with your investment; it won't fall in love with you.
4. A rising tide raises all ships, and vice versa. So assess the tide, not the ships.
  • Fighting the prevailing "trend" is generally a recipe for disaster.
  • Stocks will fall more than you think and rise higher than you can imagine.
  • In the short run, values don't matter.
5. When a stock hits a new high, it's not time to sell something that is going right.
  • When a stock hits a new low, it's not time to buy something that is going wrong.
6. Buy and hold doesn't ALWAYS work.
  • If stocks don't seem cheap, stand aside.
7. Bear markets begin in good times. Bull markets begin in bad times.
8. If you don't understand the investment, don't buy it.
  • Don't be wooed. Either make an effort to understand it or say "no thanks."
  • You can't know everything, so don't stray far from what you know.
9. Buy value, and sell hysteria.
  • Paying less than the underlying asset's value is a proven successful investing strategy.
  • Buying overvalued stocks has proven to under perform the market.
  • Neglected sectors often offer good values.
  • The "popular" sectors are often overvalued.
10. Investing in what's popular never ends up making you any money.
  • Avoid popular stocks, fad industries and new ventures.
  • Buy an investment when it has few friends.
11. When it's time to act, don't hesitate.
  • Once you're in, be patient and don't be rattled by fluctuations.
  • Stick with your plan... but when you make a mistake, don't hesitate.
  • Learn more from your bad moves than your good ones.
12. Expert investors care about risk; novice investors shop for returns.
  • If you focus on the risks, the returns will eventually come for you.
  • If you focus on the returns, the risks will eventually come for you.
Source: http://www.investmentu.com/

How to Gain Confidence, Commitment, Courage, and Control

By Martin Thomas

Why do some investors make consistent profits, and others run through their trading accounts within the first year? After blowing out my first trading account, I went on a quest to discover the answers. What follows is my discovery of four traits profitable investors all have in common, something I’ve dubbed The 4 Cs to Becoming a Genius Trader.

I personally speak with thousands of traders each year, on over 100 trading floors. Initially, I asked traders to share their strategies with me. However, I soon observed that two people could take the same setup and one would profit while the other lost money. Therefore, my questions became, how do you feel when you win or lose? What do you say to yourself when you’re trading? What thoughts go through your mind once you place a trade? How does one control ego? How do you keep faith in yourself when you hit a large draw down? How do you deal with fear and anxiety? Moreover, what is happening in your life when you are trading well? In the end, traders used to shout across the trading floor “Hey Martin I had two sugars in my coffee this morning and my wife called me a lazy bum before I left for work, what shall I do, go long or short?”

I am obsessed with understanding what makes a consistently successful trader tick. I speak only to traders with a minimum of seven years of consistent profits, and who enjoy good personal lives. How do I define a good personal life? Successful traders are happy outside of a trading environment and enjoy a balanced life style. I christened these hard to find traders “Genius Traders”. First, I learned to become one, and then I moved on to assist others.

Start your journey to becoming a Genius Trader and consistent profits! My years of research have uncovered that Genius Traders have the following in common.

They all practice the 4 C’s of Confidence, Commitment, Courage, and Control.

Let’s start with Confidence

There is too much emphasis on confidence as the primary characteristic of successful traders. However, it counts for very little on its own without incorporating commitment, courage, and control. Confidence allows you to execute your trades in an objective manner.

What is the biggest confidence killer to a trader? The unrealistic expectation that every trade will be a winner. Let go of this artificial belief and accept that some losses are the cost of doing business. The tenet is to make a profit, and realize one losing trade is not the end of your portfolio. Letting go of this, and other unrealistic expectations, allows you to trade in a relaxed state. Your confidence will grow exponentially. A relaxed state means lower stress and the ability to make better decisions. Even highly competitive traders accept some trades will fail, and remain confident in their trading abilities.


It is important to your continued success that you commit to improving your trading performance. Every profitable person I have met made an individual commitment to his or her personal and professional growth. My trading and investing mentor, Sam Gardner, said to me “eternal vigilance is the price us traders must pay for continued success”. Pledge to give your best and learn to improve each day if you expect to maintain a high level of performance. Your investing education never ends.

How do you become a more committed trader? First, determine your investing preferences and find a trading style that fascinates you. It’s easy to commit to something we enjoy. Do not force yourself to trade metals, if your real love is in currencies. Second, budget your time and money for continuing education. Keep your interests fresh, and learn new approaches to sustain your commitment. This naturally leads to improved profits.


Concentrate on developing courage now, or risk a shortened investment career. Trading is not for the weak hearted. The markets are unpredictable and even the smartest analyst will make mistakes. Eventually everyone experiences a sequence of losing trades and you will not be exempt. You have a choice between self-pity and self-reflection. The Genius Trader has the courage to look at their mistakes and learn from them. The average trader perceives this as too painful, and simply curses their bad luck.

How do you become a more courageous trader? You must journal every single trade. Over the years, as I continue to interview accomplished investors, they all keep some form of trading journal. This provides such valuable information that I incorporate into other areas of my life. A detailed trading journal will be a big revelation into the success behind your best trades, and possible causes behind your losers. Armed with these facts, self-reflection becomes more productive.


Do you have a high degree of control? Or, are your decisions clouded by your emotions? Do you practice risk management? Or, is your trading more like gambling in Vegas?

Genius Traders control their emotions and follow their trading rules. Your ability to implement your trading plan, in a controlled manner, is vital if you want consistent profits. Unstable trading leads to poor decisions. Traders who make poor decisions are not in the game very long.

Establishing a master trading plan is one of the quickest ways to maintain emotional control. A set plan with specific trading rules makes for a less anxious environment. Back tested strategies allow the needed reassurance to follow through with complete confidence.

It took me years to foster a method that transforms an anxious state into an optimal trading attitude. Now, I can show someone how to do this in minutes. Begin with this small step to practicing the 4 C’s of Confidence, Courage, Commitment, and Control. You do not have to believe everything I say. Just try a few days for yourself. I am confident you will notice a change for the better. The only question left to ask is, are you ready to begin your journey to becoming a Genius Trader?
Martin Thomas is an independent futures trader of over 12 years, and a leading trading advisor. His specialty is providing traders with strategies to overcome emotional obstacles that interfere with their ability to make the best trading choices. Founder of the Genius Trader Ltd in 2006, Martin is passionate about assisting his clients to achieve consistent trading success.

Martin has spent the last 7 years investigating the key characteristics of profitable traders. His research keeps uncovering one fundamental principle. The world’s leading traders all exhibit emotional mastery. Martin specializes in using his skills to empower individuals to trade with increased confidence so they can maximize their profits.

Quote for the day

"There will always be rocks in the road ahead of us. They will be stumbling blocks or stepping stones; it all depends on how you use them." - Friedrich Nietzsche

Friday, 27 March 2020

Quote for the day

"Pursue one great decisive aim with force and determination." - Carl von Clausewitz

Thursday, 26 March 2020

Quote for the day

"Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one's courage." - Anais Nin

Wednesday, 25 March 2020

Quote for the day

"There is only one corner of the universe you can be certain of improving, and that's your own self." - Aldous Huxley

Tuesday, 24 March 2020

Quote for the day

'You can't put a price tag on preparation for a pandemic." - Richard E. Besser

Monday, 23 March 2020

Quote for the day

"The fact that there was no catastrophic pandemic in recent history does not mean there won't be another one. And we are certainly not prepared for the next pandemic." - Bill Gates

Saturday, 21 March 2020

12 Practice Building Tips For Financial Advisors

As much as there is a growing need for Financial Advisors, there is an increase in the competition as well. Whilst hard skills are a must-have to be a Financial Advisor, carrying the same set of hard skills as other competing Advisors won't set you apart. For you to join the ranks of elite depends not only on the hard skills but also your soft skills such as - your ability to tell great stories, your power of persuasion, leadership, marketing etc. In this infographic, you will learn 12 best practices that focus on honing your soft skills and help you build a successful advisory practice. Enjoy!

12 Practice Building Tips For Financial Advisors #infographic
Source: http://www.visualistan.com/