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From Record to Rotten

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This is going to be one of those longish, therapeutic posts which is as much for me as it is you.

In spite of all my griping about screwing up trades, and leaving tons of money on the table, and the Atilla cell in my spreadsheet, etc., etc., I actually wound up Thursday with the highest portfolio value ever. I had stars in my eyes about securing a triple-digit percentage gain for the first half of the year. I was 100% bearishly invested and ready to rock.

Friday changed all that. I went from a swaggering, super-confident bear to a quivering, timid, 54%-in-cash nimrod. The vast majority of my profits are still intact, but let’s just say I’ve totally dispatched with my triple-digits dream, except inasmuch as for the year 2022 as a whole. Friday was, in fact, one of the worst trading days for me in the entire year, and as I’ve mentioned, just about the ONLY thing I did right with this “all thumbs” week I just had was sucking out a mountain of cash from my brokerage account a week ago so I didn’t hurt myself even worse than I did! So, yeah, a cash withdrawal was my most resplendent victory. Pretty sad.