The Traders Journal

April 2013

The Traders Journal

Trading Secrets from Baseball & the Game of Thrones

by Gatis Roze

It’s spring and the baseball season is upon the Kingdom.  The Mariners are playing at Safeco Field again, and I happen to be watching the first season of HBO’s medieval fantasy series, GAME OF THRONES.  Is it just me or are both of these pastimes bursting at the seams with investor insights? I was living in Seattle in 2004 when Ichiro Suzuki won the American League crown with a batting average of .372.  He was not known as a home run slugger, but gosh was he consistent in getting on base.  He only hit 8 home runs that year.  I’ve always Read More 

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How to Make a 100% Return on Your Equity

by Gatis Roze

You watch your equity position tear away on a 200% parabolic run and then you allow your greed and fantasies to kick in, hoping that it will go up 300% just as it turns down and erases half of your gain.  That’s how you make 100% return on what was once a 200% gain.  So how do you profitably trade an equity that is in an extreme uptrend and going vertical?  The answer is that you trade it “very differently” than your run-of-the-mill trades. I have a couple of positions presently that remind me of similar equities in 1999-2000 where panic buying had set Read More 

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The Albert Einstein Approach to Stock Market Investing

by Gatis Roze

Albert Einstein famously said, “If I had one hour to save the world, I would spend 55 minutes defining the problem and five minutes implementing the solution.”   If you were in a life threatening situation and had only one hour before it proved fatal, what would you do?   Einstein said he’d spend his time wisely asking probing questions to understand the problem in depth.  Having done that, he’d only need 5 minutes to address the issue.  Many new investors I meet in my classes totally flip around Dr. Einstein’s approach.  They have an Read More 

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Investing with a Cleaner Windshield: The Buyer's Checklist

by Gatis Roze

I have found that if you offer the market your sincere attention – presented on a platter of organized checklists – it will reciprocate by talking to you about its true intentions.  Warren Buffett would claim that this offers you a cleaner windshield, albeit one never as clean as the rearview mirror. At the risk of generating many more questions than I can fully answer in this blog format, I’ll share with you the routine checklist I go thru just prior to hitting the buy/enter button on my keyboard.  I present it to you merely as a starting point in hopes that you will assemble Read More