Slope of Hope Blog Posts

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When Charting Fails

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I've been charting for over twenty years, and I built the company regarded as the best web-based charts in the business. But my charting isn't working in this market.

Blindly buying and holding for the past four months has been the right approach, and those who have done it have profited greatly. A chart like BPO is a good example of how charting wouldn't have done you one stitch of good. Who could have seen something like this happening? And it's a real estate company, for God's sake………..


To top it all off, I'm getting emails to tell me to stop whining. I'm not whining. I'm frustrated and disillusioned.

Wave 5 Sarcasm Alert

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Oh my God!

I'm down 16% from my peak! I will never recover! That is an absolutely impossible task!

Equities are again in a secular bull market, and it will be years before we get a downturn!

The creation of trillions of fake dollars has reversed economic catastrophe, and Tim Geithner will get the Nobel prize in Economics………just after Ben Bernanke gets the Peace prize.

The bears are doomed! Doomed, I tell you!

Back to the charts………..Sheesh, what a day. I just needed to say that.

Eerie Calm

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Last night, I started reading Brett Steenbarger's book, Enhancing Trader Performance (because, God knows, the prior eight days I've felt like I could use some real enhancing).

The first chapter starts off with a couple of traders, Al and Mick. They are both trading the e-mini S&P, and they're both having rough days. The first one, Al, keeps his cool, changes his strategy when needed, and steps away from the markets for lunch to collect himself and do better when he gets back. The second, Mick, is furious with himself, angrily re-analyzes his mistakes to zoom in on where he screwed up, and in general seems like a psychological mess.

The surprise is that Mick is the one who's actually a really successful trader. I imagine most readers, like me, were expecting Al to be the hero. I'm only one chapter into the book, so I'm intrigued to learn more about this paradox.

You can imagine I'm having an absolutely horrible day in the markets. I am eerily calm about it (like "Al", which is distressing, I suppose). I imagine, even years from now, I will regarding my failure to take advantage of the rise from mid-March to now as one of the biggest mistakes of my trading life. But what's done is done.

At this point, I'm going to clear my mind, go through all the charts again, and find out what I see. The bulls are having an absolutely field day, though. Incredible.