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Friday, November 9, 2018

A Chart because I am bored

Its getting late, I'm bored and thinking about trading...so I decided to post a chart of today's trading. 

I am mostly trading RTY now along with CL once in a while depending on what it looks like during my trading hours. I made the move to RTY after a friend suggested I take a look and I watched it for a couple of weeks. So far its a lot friendlier than CL and the tick value is only $5 which makes it easier to have larger stops if needed. Further, once it open, it moves like crazy which reminds me of how CL used to move. I like that particular characteristic of the instrument!!

Still, a losing day today. However, most of the days have been pretty decent winning days. Usually around 2:1 in terms of RR. 





Saturday, October 27, 2018

Everything is Spiritual

A few weeks ago, we went to the central California coast where I spent a lot of time as a child. We lived just over the mountains in the San Joaquin Valley, also known as the bread basket of the world. We lived about 90 minutes from the coast and my parents took us often. I have fond memories of those times running the dunes with my cousins and bumping around the little coastal towns that are up and down the coast.

This trip was a re-connection for me. I've only been back once in the last 30 years and that was when my wife and I honeymooned up and down the coast. We stayed in a small town just south of Hearst Castle and put a lot of miles on the little Honda Civic hatchback seeing the coast line. Some of it was lost on my wife as she had severe gall bladder issues the entire trip but it was still memorable. I must have shifted that thing a thousand times driving up and down the PCH between Pismo Beach and Monterrey!

Fast forward 30 years and we have a 16 year old that knows nothing of my history and so we decided to do a road trip to celebrate 30 years of marriage, reconnect with my past and connect her with my past.

The trip was wonderful. We stayed in the same hotel we stayed in 30 years ago. It was just as nice as it was then. Its right on the coast line and I spent 6 hours a day sitting in a wonderful Adirondack chair overlooking the Pacific ocean. Three in the morning and three at night. The sunsets were staggeringly beautiful, the mornings were brisk and overcast. Nothing could have made it better.

In the middle of the week, we jumped across the mountains through Paso Robles CA through wine country and into the San Joaquin Valley to see the little town I grew up in. Even though I had not been back for 37 years, I remembered how to get around just fine. We went to see the house I was born in and oddly enough, its still there and in the same colors I remembered. The house across the street was exactly as it was back then. White picket fences, pomegranate trees growing over the fence and just like then, I stole one to take home! We even ate breakfast in the same diner we used to go to when I was a kid. My daughter said she really enjoyed seeing where I grew up and how glad she was that we did that.

We did the Hearst Castle tour again. Much better this time around as my wife wasn't sick and we marveled at the vision and tenacity of William Randolph Hearst. If you are ever in that area of the California coast, you should spend a few hours there. Its worth it.

Upon our return, I began to reflect on the beauty of the ocean and the sunsets that often times were so beautiful that I would tear up just a bit. The mornings were times of deep reflection and gratitude. I began wondering how to keep those feelings of beauty and sense of awe around me all the time. To be fair, I guess that's why we do vacations, to escape "reality" and the daily grind and reconnect with nature or get some rest. But as I thought about it, I realized the feelings of awe, appreciation and significance were feelings I could experience every day if only I became aware of myself and the incredible things going on around me and to take time every day to dig deep.

To that end, I started getting up just a bit earlier to meditate a bit longer than normal. I've been meditating now every day for the last 18 months and my life has changed dramatically for the better since I began this practice but I wanted to see if a bit longer each day would change things. The getting up earlier lasted only about a week before I couldn't do it any longer and nothing remarkable happened.

Then I decided to see if once a week 60 minute session would do anything and today is the second of those sessions. The first one produced a feeling of rightness and harmony but not much beyond that. Today's session was unremarkable as well. I could not quiet the monkey mind for more than a few seconds at a time and even then the monkey was screaming at me for attention. I even used a HemiSync meditation track that helps with focusing the mind. It just wasn't happening for me in a meaningful way, or at least that's what I thought.

Once the session was over, I had things to do and my wife ruined my morning by washing down the porch while I was finishing my coffee and before I ready to get into the day. But as the day went on, little things started happening that showed the universe and I were in sync. Christmas trees are never on sale before Christmas and we bought a new one today with 50% off! The car repair that was supposed to take a few days took a couple of hours and didn't cost anything and then something peculiar happened when I got home from all this around 9:30AM.

I have never been a huge U2 fan but today an interview with Bono and Eugene Peterson popped up in my Youtube feed. I decided to watch it and it was moving for me in many ways. Then I decided to listen to a song that was referenced in the interview and it brought me to tears both in its message and its incredible passion. Once that song was over, a Queen video popped up, Live Aid at Wembly stadium. Lots of close ups of Freddie Mercury. His passion for the music and energy made me start looking for other people whose dedication to their craft and passion for their art elevated them to superstar status. Every time I would see something new in a performance I had seen previously. Some new twist of genius and I began to appreciate the art all over again.

I spent some time just thinking about passion, beauty and genius. These three things are closely linked together. They produce and inspire each other. And once again, I realized that everything is spiritual.

The work we do, the art we produce, the people we love, the animals that we care for, the causes we care deeply about. Its all spiritual....or to be more specific, its all energy and we are all connected to it.

This entire day has been spent in wonderful connection to the divine in a way I have never before experienced. As I write, I am listening to the best of U2 on Youtube, it's 90 minutes of genius and I had no idea. The soaring vocals, the driving music influenced by the band's Irish folk song heritage gathers one up in its arms and carries you to a new place if only you surrender to it.

I think this something one can maintain if desired. It just takes listening to the universe. That means quieting the storm that rages around us long enough to hear the still small voice whispering all is love and you are invited to participate to the fullest measure if your heart hungers for it.







Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Vacation

After nearly 5 years without an extended vacation due to illness and then financial issues, my family finally got the opportunity to get away for a full week. Extended is not a month for us, its a week as we have only been able to swing 2-4 weekends for the last few years. But this time we scored a win and took a family vacation to Maui Hawaii.

My daughter wanted a trip for her 16th birthday instead of gifts and requested Maui, so the stars aligned and we did it. I have to say it was one of the nicest vacations I’ve ever had. I literally laid on the beach for nearly 6 hours a day. Three in the morning and three in the evening. Shear bliss!!

I also traded while I was away. 4:30AM Hawaii Time, sounds silly but it was no problem getting up. The mornings were quiet and beautiful and I loved it. I traded on an iPad using tradeovate and I had 4 winning days and one losing day. I think I netted around 72-75 ticks after commissions. I have to say, simplifying to the degree that I can trade on an IPad has been liberating. I am not tied to multiple screens and massive processing power. It’s been nearly a week since I got back and my laptop is still in the closet gathering dust. I’m still trading on the iPad and I’m writing this post on it as well with the Bluetooth keyboard I bought along with the new IPad.

My mortgage business continues to win big for me and while at some point I’d like to retire from that, for now it is just what the doctor ordered and allows me to trade free from the need to win every day. That too is liberating. I’m winning way more than I am losing which is all I’ve ever wanted from my trading.

Here is a pic of my view most days in Maui. Almost nothing better in life than time by the beach. For some reason, this is my happy place. I feel at total peace and completely satisfied with myself, with life and with circumstances in general when I am in this place. It’s where I get my mind right. I am blessed!



Thursday, May 31, 2018

Failed Experiment

I had about a week of a wacky schedule in the mornings so I decided to not trade live and instead, try an experiment and marry short term scalping with some attempts at slightly larger trades. I thought about looking at higher time frame support and resistance and then looking at my lower time frame for a reversal trade at those levels and then looking for bigger wins with smaller size. Put the order in during the morning or the night before and perhaps let it run all day with a stop in, etc....

There is only one thing to say about this.

Absolute 100% failure rate. I tried this on sim for one week. I did not have a single winning trade. Not one. Not even close.

Conclusion, after all these years, I am not good at higher time frame analysis. Ok, it's worse than that, I apparently suck at it. BUT the shorter time frames, 5 minutes or less I seem to be pretty good at figuring it out. So I wasted a week of sim trades.

However, the real valuable take away for me is this, just stick with what you are good at and let someone else do the rest.

Tomorrow and forward for about a month, my schedule goes back to more or less normal then its vacation time. This year we are headed for Hawaii or more specifically, Lahina on Maui. Its a combination birthday present to my wife and I along with my daughters 16th birthday present. She picked the destination and the activities and we are going along with it. Its been a long time since we had a proper vacation and I think we all needed it really bad. We've been to Maui a couple of times and really enjoyed it. I just hope the weather is not hot and humid this time around. Its always been cool and breezy when we were there but I see its supposed to be warm with lots of humidity in July.

Cheers.