The Traders Journal

Table of Contents

Each one of Gatis Roze's "Traders Journal" articles covers some aspect of one of his "10 Essential Stages of Stock Market Mastery." Together, those 10 stages make up Gatis' "Tensile Trading" program. Below is a list of all of Gatis' articles, grouped into those 10 stages.

Stage 1: Money Management Top
  1. Tensile Trading: Stage #1 is Money Management published on July 26, 2013 at 11:38 AM

    Money management is the first step to becoming a consistently profitable investor.  It’s all about working...

  2. Your Canary In the Trading Room published on May 11, 2012 at 12:00 PM

    In the sports world, parties debate whether a premiere defense defeats a premier offense or whether great hitters...

  3. Money Management: Why Market Wizards Claim It's the Secret Sauce published on January 25, 2013 at 11:30 AM

    In his Market Wizards books, Jack Swagger interviews an outstanding collection of renowned investors, traders and...

  4. Wall Street's Complexity versus Investors' Profits & Simplicity published on September 26, 2014 at 06:45 AM

    “Any darn fool can make something complex; it takes a genius to make something simple.”  -- Pete Seeger As a...

  5. Definition of Money Management published on October 31, 2014 at 06:45 AM

    Google “money management” and you’ll get back a quagmire of non-sequiturs, disjointed, inconsistent and incomplete...

  6. My Methodology Allocation Beats Asset Allocation published on January 16, 2015 at 06:45 AM

    From what I’ve seen of most investors’ asset allocations, it’s a maze.  My personal asset allocation is better...

  7. My Methodology Allocation Beats Asset Allocation: Part II - Questions Answered published on April 03, 2015 at 06:45 AM

    There’s nothing like teaching a seminar to fifty sharp investors on this topic and having them demand more clarity...

  8. My Methodology Allocation Beats Asset Allocation: Part III - Eternal Vigilance is the Price of Profits published on April 10, 2015 at 06:45 AM

    Thomas Jefferson opined that “Eternal vigilance is the price of liberty.”  For modern investors, I’d say...

  9. Four Timeless Investing Principles published on June 19, 2015 at 12:00 PM

    I’ve spent many years of digging into my own trading journal, looking for lessons, rules, principles and insights to...

  10. How I Improved My Asset Allocation Profile by Using a Correlation Calculator published on July 17, 2015 at 01:00 PM

    Many investors would be shocked to learn that what they thought was their prudent well-diversified portfolio of five...

  11. Asset Allocation: The Most Important Truth About Correlations published on September 11, 2015 at 03:00 PM

    Far too many investors assume (wrongly) that if two equities – such as the S&P 500 (SPY) and the Vanguard Total...

  12. Asset Allocation: Why Strategic Versus Tactical Choices Matter published on October 23, 2015 at 01:00 PM

    How can I be energized after teaching a six-hour workshop?  When investors appreciate the message, their...

  13. Powerful and Profitable Pairings: 1 + 1 = 3 published on January 01, 2016 at 12:00 PM

    For myself, one of the most momentous insights into life and investing happened over 25 years ago when Sir John...

  14. Investing Is To Trading Just As Style Is To Design published on March 04, 2016 at 12:00 PM

    In the automotive industry, a car designer begins his or her career as a automotive stylist.  Over time, as...

  15. The Four Crucial Beliefs Necessary to Achieve Stock Market Mastery published on June 10, 2016 at 02:00 PM

    Galloping through the markets without recognizing the impact of your essential beliefs is an investing tragedy of...

  16. All Successful Investors Need an EDGE: Here's Mine published on August 12, 2016 at 04:45 PM

    All successful investors must have some type of “edge”.  If you don’t know what yours is, odds are you don’t...

  17. My 3-Prong Recipe for the Safe Growth & Outperformance of Your Portfolio published on May 19, 2017 at 01:15 PM

    There is a seismic generational displacement happening in the investment landscape. Many investors are shifting...

  18. Essential Rules to Share with Your Friends: The Financial Simpletons published on June 02, 2017 at 02:00 PM

    I had a shock recently.  I met a couple who was in the midst of what I considered to be a personal financial...

  19. The Albert Einstein Approach to Stock Market Investing published on June 16, 2017 at 02:00 PM

    Albert Einstein famously said, “If I had one hour to save the world, I would spend 55 minutes defining the problem...

  20. Academics Agree: Asset Allocation is the Only Free Lunch in the Investing Arena published on September 01, 2017 at 02:00 PM

    Upfront, it’s important to note that unlike most investors who hear asset allocation and conjure up three asset...

  21. Here's How You Build a Super Bowl Champion Portfolio (Hint: Pick Your Correlations Carefully) published on October 06, 2017 at 02:00 PM

    Imagine a football coach who has the best eleven quarterbacks in the NFL altogether on the same team and puts them...

Stage 2: Business of Investing Top
  1. Tensile Trading: Stage #2 Finding Probability Points: Investing like a Business published on August 02, 2013 at 11:30 AM

    We investors are always searching for extra “probability points” which will increase the likelihood of us trading...

  2. The World's Greatest Hobby: Trading in Hawaii published on May 18, 2012 at 12:00 PM

    I’m sitting on the lanai of a condo here at the Mauna Kea on the Big Island of Hawaii watching the sun peek above...

  3. Olympic Caliber Investing published on July 06, 2012 at 12:00 PM

    I’ve been teaching college extension classes for over ten years, and I invariably see a disproportionate percentage...

  4. Gerald Loeb's Timeless Wisdom (1899-1974) published on May 17, 2013 at 04:15 AM

    I’m sure you’ve heard the expression, “the more things change, the more they stay the same.”  Gerald Loeb used...

  5. The 10 Essential Fundamentals for Both Car Enthusiasts and Investors published on May 23, 2013 at 10:47 AM

    To make a broad generalization, European cars lust after curvy roads.  American cars are more about the power...

  6. What a Professional Investor Learned from 4 Professional Race Car Drivers published on July 12, 2013 at 11:30 AM

    I just spent a couple of days in Utah at Ford’s Performance Racing School being tutored by four highly accomplished...

  7. Why I Go To Investment Conferences published on October 11, 2013 at 11:30 AM

    I’m off to a conference this week for the International Federation of Technical Analysts (IFTA).  Why am I...

  8. Two Traders Talk: Candid Insights Over Lunch published on April 04, 2014 at 11:30 AM

      Trading the markets is basically a solo adventure, and since the markets here in Seattle close at 1:00 PM...

  9. Key Take-Aways from the 67th CFA Annual Conference: Part I published on May 16, 2014 at 08:30 AM

    During my investment life, I’ve attended well over 100 different conferences and seminars.  The Chartered...

  10. Key Take-Aways from the 67th CFA Annual Conference Part II published on May 23, 2014 at 10:00 AM

    In a previous blog, I labeled the four-day Global Chartered Financial Analysts event in Seattle as the ‘gold...

  11. How I Get Re-Energized as an Investor published on August 01, 2014 at 06:45 AM

    Donald Trump was quoted as saying “Get going.  Move forward. Aim high.  Plan a takeoff.  Change your...

  12. How to Invest with Your Own Pit Crew published on August 22, 2014 at 06:45 AM

    You wouldn’t ever try to change the tires on a moving car, would you?  You wouldn’t go to a dentist who hadn’t...

  13. Ten Holiday Vacation Lessons from This Trader's Experience published on December 23, 2016 at 11:00 AM

    At this time of year, it’s one distraction wave after another.  Admit it.  Your investing efforts take a...

  14. After 17 years, A Financial Journalist Discloses His "Top Investing Lesson" published on February 17, 2017 at 02:00 PM

    After seventeen years writing an investment column for USA Today, Matt Krantz is joining a money management firm and...

  15. Your Survival and Success As An Investor Depends On This published on February 12, 2016 at 12:00 PM

    “The way to pick an investor’s pocket is through the ear.” – Jason Zweig There is a direct correlation between an...

  16. 7 Reasons Why Investing/Trading is the Best Pastime in the World published on May 27, 2016 at 12:00 PM

    Trading the stock market is not the blood sport that many in the press portray it to be.  That sentiment is...

  17. Get Inspired, Get Profitable, Get a Vacation published on August 04, 2017 at 02:00 PM

    It’s been my experience as a full-time trader over the decades that investing muscles need to take a vacation...

  18. Investorship, like Citizenship, Must Have Parameters published on July 08, 2016 at 02:00 PM

    “Friends don’t let friends drink and drive.”  We have all been exposed to this public service advertisement...

  19. Do Investors Love Their Children Too? published on September 22, 2017 at 02:00 PM

    The Public Relations industry has crisis simulation firms that actually come into corporations and compress a...

Stage 3: The Investor Self Top
  1. Tensile Trading: Stage #3 The Real Market You're Trading is the Investor Self published on August 09, 2013 at 11:30 AM

    The average investor would be totally discombobulated if they witnessed the effortless manner in which money...

  2. 4 Classic Elements of Mastery published on August 10, 2012 at 01:00 PM

    Mastery is not achieved by knowing the Holy Grail of trading systems. Mastery is achieved by having the discipline...

  3. The Complete Olympian & The Complete Investor published on August 17, 2012 at 01:00 PM

    Team USA versus Spain vying for the Gold Medal in Olympic Basketball. Sensational!  Score: 107 USA to 100...

  4. Stock Market Mastery: Part II published on August 24, 2012 at 01:00 PM

    “Chains of habit are too light to be felt until they are too heavy to be broken.” --Warren Buffet A few weeks...

  5. Stock Market Mastery Part III: The Equation published on October 05, 2012 at 11:30 AM

    Stock market mastery has many components, but the first step is to acknowledge that it all starts with you – the...

  6. Blind Spots published on March 01, 2013 at 11:30 AM

    I attended a lecture last week given by Dr. Anthony Greenwald, a psychology professor at the University of...

  7. Trading the Markets as Black or White published on March 29, 2013 at 11:30 AM

    Wrong is now right.  What I once considered unreasonable is now considered reasonable (and I don’t mean just...

  8. Secret Sauce: The Other 50% of Investing published on May 10, 2013 at 11:30 AM

    Over decades of training and teaching, it’s been my experience that the majority of both investors and traders are...

  9. Secret Sauce: The Other 50% of Investing - Part II published on March 27, 2015 at 06:45 AM

    I wrote about this subject nearly two years ago from my own personal perspective, but now I want to expand on the...

  10. How a DNA Transfusion Totally Transformed My Investing published on September 27, 2013 at 11:30 AM

    Over 20 years ago, I had a pivotal year as an investor with a seismic shift in my performance.  Some might call...

  11. Investment Lessons from the Archives published on October 04, 2013 at 11:30 AM

    “It matters not how strait the gait, How charged with punishments the scroll, I am the master of my fate, I am the...

  12. What an Institutional Director Looks For in a Portfolio Manager How Do You Compare? published on October 18, 2013 at 11:30 AM

    I was fortunate to spend a couple of days in San Francisco at the annual conference of the International Federation...

  13. Insiders Know It, Professionals Have It, Novice Investors Ignore It published on November 22, 2013 at 11:30 AM

    When the stock market ground below your feet begins to shift, metaphorically-speaking, and your charts turn into...

  14. An Investor's "Intestinal Computer" published on December 27, 2013 at 11:30 AM

    Jesse Livermore pointed out that stock market experience is the result of mistakes and that those mistakes have many...

  15. Four Perspectives About 'Being in the Zone' published on January 31, 2014 at 11:30 AM

    I had breakfast the other day with a group of friends, and we spent the morning discussing what it meant to be ‘in...

  16. One Way - My Way! published on April 25, 2014 at 08:30 AM

    There is only one Albert Einstein and only one Warren Buffett.  There is only one race – the human race. ...

  17. You Do Want To Be A Type D Investor! published on September 05, 2014 at 06:45 AM

    I have two things in common with Richard Sherman, the Seattle Seahawks’ Super Bowl star.  We both graduated...

  18. Why Investors Need to Appreciate Fine Wines published on October 10, 2014 at 06:45 AM

    As I sip my 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon, I ponder all the similarities between myself, as an investor, and Marty Clubb –...

  19. You Only Get 2,000 Profitable Trades Per Lifetime: Use Them Wisely! published on November 26, 2014 at 06:45 AM

    The National Football League can prove statistically that top running backs, such as Marshawn Lynch of the Seatte...

  20. Academics Prove that Trading the Markets Contributes to Your Longevity published on December 12, 2014 at 06:45 AM

    Yes, the fountain of youth really does exist, and academic research is increasingly proving it to be found amidst...

  21. Youthful Investors versus Grizzly Veterans: Beer versus Wine published on January 29, 2015 at 06:45 AM

    At a recent seminar, I was asked by a sharp young investor how much trading rules had changed since I began trading...

  22. The Birth of a New Investor published on February 13, 2015 at 06:45 AM

    General George Patton once said, “A good plan implemented today is better than a perfect plan implemented tomorrow.”...

  23. Mind Games That Can Kill Investors published on March 13, 2015 at 06:45 AM

    More often than not, most successful investors will admit that while investing may seem relatively simple, it’s not...

  24. An Investor Finds Motivation, Camaraderie, Discipline & Inspiration in a Unique Place published on April 17, 2015 at 09:00 AM

      Trading camaraderie provides inspiration and motivation, but it does not always emanate from fellow traders...

  25. This is What Made a Top Hedge Manager So Successful published on May 01, 2015 at 09:00 AM

    I just read The Buy Side, Turney Duff’s book about his years as the biggest and most successful healthcare hedge...

  26. Ten Timeless Tenets of Trading: A 2,500 Year Perspective published on May 22, 2015 at 09:00 AM

    For those of you who pooh-pooh the lessons of history, listen up!  I myself am guilty of being overly focused...

  27. Ten Timeless Tenets of Trading: A 2,500 Year Perspective Part II published on May 29, 2015 at 09:00 AM

    Art, history and life can parallel investing.  This blog is my continuation from last week’s Part I where I...

  28. Where Investment Lessons Reside published on June 26, 2015 at 12:00 PM

    Michael Jordan is probably the greatest basketball player I have ever seen.  He wrote a book titled I...

  29. Plunger Investing: A True Story published on July 03, 2015 at 01:00 PM

    To paraphrase P.J. O’Rourke, “Giving assets to a stock market plunger is like giving beer and car keys to teenage...

  30. Why Stress is Like Kryptonite for Investors published on September 25, 2015 at 03:35 PM

    Years ago when I was a novice investor, I’d exhaust myself trying to figure out why things were happening in the...

  31. This Investor's Personal Mantra published on January 29, 2016 at 12:00 PM

    Having traded the markets for over 25 years, I am still focused on ruthlessly driving mind-bending emotions from my...

  32. Driverless Trading and the Five Investor Personalities published on February 26, 2016 at 12:00 PM

    Pursuing a ‘driverless strategy’ – be it automobiles, hedge funds or individual investing – is counterfactual...

  33. The #1 Indicator Professionals Focus On published on March 11, 2016 at 12:00 PM

    A week doesn’t go by without some investor asking me “which one single indicator do you recommend above all others?”...

  34. The Most Profitable Correlation in the Stock Market published on March 18, 2016 at 01:00 PM

    Whether it’s life or investing, if you ignore the reality of correlations – be they positive or negative – you are...

  35. The Secret of Success Is... published on April 08, 2016 at 10:36 AM

    This past February, John Elway, General Manager of the Denver Broncos, achieved the pinnacle of success when his...

  36. As Easy As 1, 2, 3...or 4? published on April 15, 2016 at 12:00 PM

    What does it take to succeed as an investor?  That’s a broad question but nonetheless a supremely important...

  37. Flopping in Sports Can Make One Millions / Flopping in Investing Can Cost You Millions published on July 29, 2016 at 01:30 PM

    As an investor, there is only one day a year that you are unable to do anything about the stock market’s behavior...

  38. How I Use My Personal Pocket Pads to Produce Profits published on September 09, 2016 at 02:00 PM

    As many of you know, American composer extraordinaire Richard Rodgers collaborated with Oscar Hammerstein to produce...

  39. Thrive as an Investor, Don't Just Survive published on September 23, 2016 at 02:00 PM

    Jonathan Wendel earned $454,544.  He is very similar to us investors / traders in many ways despite being a...

  40. How I Maintain Emotional Consistency and Behavioral Intelligence Trading the Markets published on November 04, 2016 at 02:00 PM

    I heard an insightful interview with a judge talking about the transformation she goes through in her chambers as...

  41. Investors: Look Here for the Attributes and Skills You Must Have published on November 18, 2016 at 02:30 PM

    As an individual investor, what you bring to the table in the way of intellectual, emotional and behavioral skills...

  42. A Tool to Uncover Your Personal Risk / Reward Profile published on December 09, 2016 at 12:17 PM

    Far too many investors get it wrong, and perhaps no other group more so than the Millennials.  In a recent...

  43. How Investing, Brain Training and Longevity Fit Together published on February 03, 2017 at 01:00 PM

    Yes, the fountain of youth really does exist, and academic research is increasingly proving it to be found amidst...

  44. Investor's Creed published on March 10, 2017 at 02:00 PM

    “An investor’s methodology is inseparable from his or her emotional discipline.  Both must be defended and...

  45. 35 Years and 5 Key Personal Investment Passages published on March 31, 2017 at 02:00 PM

    I stumbled into a gift shop full of tchotchkes today.  It was one of those retailers with endless trinkets and...

  46. This Investor's 5 Personal Passages published on May 12, 2017 at 04:45 PM

    I’d like to paraphrase a fishing analogy.  Show someone how to invest by following a winning trading...

  47. 100% of Investors from Lake Wobegon Are Above Average published on July 14, 2017 at 02:00 PM

    Ninety percent (90%) of Americans believe that they are above average drivers.  Multiple studies have...

Stage 4: Market Analysis Top
  1. Tensile Trading: Stage #4 How to Put the Winds at Your Back with Stock Market Analysis published on August 16, 2013 at 11:30 AM

    Don’t ever try to stand in front of a fire hydrant to quench your thirst – you’ll hurt yourself!  The same...

  2. Double Your Money - Buy on Rumors published on April 12, 2012 at 08:44 AM

    (Welcome to the debut article of our new blog area called "The Traders Journal" written by our new Educational...

  3. The Probability Buster Chart: Improved & Strengthened published on June 27, 2014 at 09:45 AM

    A powerful profit-enhancing tool has just been refined and put on steroids.  Back in December of 2013, I wrote...

  4. The Probability Buster Chart: Possibly the Single Best Visual Analysis Chart Ever published on December 13, 2013 at 11:26 AM

    If there was one mantra to embrace which would make you money it would be“let the probabilities work for you” or...

  5. Believe Your Eyes, Not Your Brains Ask Yourself What, Not Why published on December 20, 2013 at 11:30 AM

    Seventeen thousand money managers around the globe pay to use BlackRock’s Aladdin risk assessment platform to manage...

  6. How Life Hacking Applies To Us As Individual Investors published on March 21, 2014 at 11:30 AM

    Life hacking was a term first tossed around by computer programmers in the ‘80s as the label they used trying to get...

  7. The Most Important Question Every Investor Must Answer! published on July 04, 2014 at 02:15 AM

    Have you ever met a famous investor at a cocktail party or event, taken his or her advice on a stock and lost money?...

  8. Smart Beta Funds Leading to Stupid Choices published on October 03, 2014 at 06:45 AM

    The latest wave on Wall Street’s beach of complexity and opaqueness is a new type of ETF fund referred to as a Smart...

  9. CAN SLIM on Steroids published on October 17, 2014 at 06:45 AM

    Profitable investing demands a unique type of profitable thinking.  Once you’ve achieved this consistently in...

  10. Wizard Investing: Assembly Required, Construction Prohibited published on November 07, 2014 at 06:45 AM

    Read the Market Wizard books.  These remarkable investors use proven off-the-shelf tools and indicators which...

  11. Five Advantages Individual Investors Have Over Institutional Investors published on November 14, 2014 at 06:45 AM

    The walls of advantage once held by institutional traders over individual investors have come crashing down...

  12. Stock Market Mastery: Blending Fundamental & Technical Analysis Part I published on November 21, 2014 at 06:45 AM

    The Harvard Business Review (November, 2014) just published its list of the Best Performing CEOs.  This list...

  13. Only the 58 Navigators Matter published on December 19, 2014 at 06:45 AM

    Of the approximately 6,000 stars visible to the naked eye, only 58 are considered navigator stars.  Since...

  14. Former Wall Street CEO: Guest Blogger published on February 20, 2015 at 06:45 AM

    For over fifty years, Harvey Baraban has been an active stock market investor.  For over twenty-five years, he...

  15. The Vincent van Gogh Trading Toolkit - Refurbished published on June 05, 2015 at 09:00 AM

    This popular blog was first published over three years ago.  I thought that a timely update was called for...

  16. News Flash: Fundamental Investors Joining Chartist Investors, New Powerful Visualized Dividends published on March 05, 2015 at 06:45 AM

    I have three objectives for this blog.  First, to invite and encourage fundamental investors to embrace the...

  17. Trading the News: Lessons From My Personal Trading Journal published on July 24, 2015 at 01:00 PM

    The motto in the news business seems to be “If it bleeds, it leads.”  Investors must appreciate that our news...

  18. How to Profit from Momentum Investing: Guest Blogger, Harvey Baraban published on August 07, 2015 at 02:00 PM

      Harvey Baraban is a Wall Street insider.  As the  former CEO of Baraban Securities, he managed...

  19. Why the NFL, MLB and NHL Should Hire Me (Or Another CMT - Technical Analyst) published on September 18, 2015 at 03:00 PM

    I liken old school General Managers of professional sports teams to fundamental investors.  The GMs that have...

  20. Ben Bernanke Speaks, This Trader Listens published on November 06, 2015 at 12:00 PM

    A good friend of mine who is a professional money manager recently invited my family to hear former Federal Reserve...

  21. The Best Source of Investable Ideas published on December 11, 2015 at 12:00 PM

    Amongst investors these days, there are a number of lively debates going on. Fundamental analysis versus technical...

  22. The "WHY" Investors Versus The "WHAT" Investors: And The Winner Is... published on March 25, 2016 at 12:00 PM

    Highly educated people are, for the most part, trained to ask the question “Why?”  Engineers, accountants...

  23. The Single Most Important Lesson I've Learned Trading the Markets for 25 Years published on July 01, 2016 at 02:00 PM

    My Thesaurus lists the same two words – enhance and augment – as synonyms for both words “improve” and “more”...

  24. One + One = Three/Analogue + Digital/ Fundamentals + Technicals published on August 05, 2016 at 03:15 PM

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  25. Fundamentals versus Technicals: This Ends the Debate! published on August 26, 2016 at 02:00 PM

    In one corner, you have investors.   In the other corner, you have the stock market.  When the two...

  26. Market Timing Tools That Work: Pullbacks versus Corrections published on March 17, 2017 at 01:30 PM

    Here is how to tell if it’s a regular market pullback versus a serious bearish correction. I strongly disagree with...

  27. Where My Best Investments & Trades Came From These Past 25 Years Part 1 published on May 05, 2017 at 02:00 PM

    Approximately every five years, I dig into my Trading Journal with the specific mandate to unearth and review where...

  28. Paul Merriman's Essential Investor Challenge Questions: The Answers by Gatis Roze published on June 09, 2017 at 02:15 PM

    At a May 20th presentation to the Seattle chapter of the AAII, Paul Merriman confirmed to me his standing as a...

  29. The Investor's Curse: "If It Ain't Broke, We Fix It Until It Is" published on August 11, 2017 at 02:00 PM

    This phrase is most often heard in reference to lawmakers and bureaucrats in Washington, DC, but I think it’s an...

  30. Now Might Be a Good Time To Review 8 Previous Market Corrections ( I have been thru 6 of Them ) published on August 25, 2017 at 02:00 PM

    Straight from the pages of my own trading journal. These are my charts from all the market corrections since 1981...

  31. Investor Seminar Season: Can The Speakers Walk the Talk? published on September 15, 2017 at 02:00 PM

    I attend investment seminars as half-monk, half-hit man.  My time is a precious commodity, so if you are a...

Stage 5: Routines Top
  1. Tensile Trading: Stage #5 The Stairway to Reproducing Profits - Routines published on August 23, 2013 at 11:30 AM

    Look around you.  Anywhere you see the pursuit of excellence happening, you discover the same set of recurring...

  2. Your Money Tree: The Tree of Color published on June 22, 2012 at 12:00 PM

    Most people call it Technical Analysis, but I prefer to think of it as “Visual Analysis”. Picture it as a tree with...

  3. Investing Routines: A Pillar of Any Successful Program published on June 29, 2012 at 12:00 PM

    Ever drive a bumper car at an amusement park? Remember how the bumper car headed off in one direction until it...

  4. Powerful Parallels Yield Insights into Top Traders & Top Salespersons published on August 03, 2012 at 01:00 PM

    Knowing how top salespeople convert suspects into prospects into clients yields powerful insights as to how top...

  5. A Trader's Discipline: How I Stay the Course published on December 26, 2015 at 12:00 PM

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  6. How to be a Successful Investor Over All 12 Months published on January 11, 2013 at 11:30 AM

    Mark Twain once commented on the celebration of New Year’s and said something to this effect:   Last week...

  7. Staying Atop the Market published on February 08, 2013 at 11:30 AM

    The stock market is always one step ahead of you. The sooner you accept this fact, the better for your trading...

  8. Personal Productivity & Routines published on February 15, 2013 at 11:30 AM

    Have you heard the famous cliché about discipline?  “You’ve got to do what you have to do before you can do...

  9. A Day in the Life of a Stock Market Trader: The First 3 Hours published on May 31, 2013 at 11:30 AM

    I’ve known a lot of great traders.  Yes, they are out there.  Some eventually became money managers, and...

  10. A Day in the Life of a Stock Market Trader - Redux published on June 07, 2013 at 11:30 AM

    Some people meticulously prepare and perfectly execute a mountain ascent, catching the significance of both the...

  11. A Day in the Life of a Stock Market Trader: Part III 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM (NYC Time) published on June 14, 2013 at 11:30 AM

    I actually wear my office during the trading hours.  “All work is social,” claims Larry Prusak, director of...

  12. A Day in the Life of a Stock Market Trader: The Midday Pause published on June 21, 2013 at 11:30 AM

    Inevitably, there comes a time during the trading day or the trading week that I ask myself, “why am I doing...

  13. A Day in the Life of a Stock Market Trader 1:00 - 2:30 PM (NYC Time) published on June 28, 2013 at 11:30 AM

    Some battles you stay and fight.  Others you best walk away from.  This is the part of my day when I...

  14. A Day in the Life of a Stock Market Trader: The Last 90 Minutes published on July 05, 2013 at 11:30 AM

    The last trading hour in the markets is like “The Hour of Power” television show.  It matters!  The last...

  15. Investment Editor Retires: Leaves Us with Four Lessons That Matter published on June 12, 2015 at 09:00 AM

    Almost without exception, institutional money managers use Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs). My own trading routines...

  16. Compare Your Traders Journal to Mine published on September 04, 2015 at 04:30 PM

    I’ll show you mine, if you show me yours!  What were you thinking?  We are talking journals here...

  17. Unique Insights From Dinner With An $8 Billion Investor published on October 02, 2015 at 11:00 AM

    I had the pleasure of having dinner with a mutual fund portfolio manager who manages over $8 Billion and who has the...

  18. The Magic and Power of a "Four Leaf Clover" Investor published on October 07, 2016 at 01:30 PM

    In my commentary to the 1,400 investors participating in ChartCon 2016, I reinforced an essential investing insight...

  19. How Two Investors Warm-up Before Executing Any Trade published on December 18, 2015 at 12:00 PM

    Recently, I had a very personal conversation with my fellow trader, Harvey Baraban. I asked him what he did to...

  20. How Not to Lose Sight of the Forest (the Market) by Focusing on the Trees (Individual Equities) published on June 30, 2017 at 02:00 PM

    Have any of you ever found yourselves so overly focused on your individual positions that you are missing the...

Stage 6: Stalking Your Trade Top
  1. Tensile Trading: Stage #6 Stalking for Winning Investment Ideas published on September 06, 2013 at 11:30 AM

    Let’s get this out on the table first off.  Stock market stalking is analogous to a lion stalking prey, not the...

  2. The Triumph of Catching a Big Move published on April 27, 2012 at 12:00 PM

    Big money is made by being on the correct side of a major market move and executing a carefully pre-planned scenario...

  3. Seven Attributes To Give You The Edge published on October 12, 2012 at 11:30 AM

    What do Wayne Gretsky, Coach Phil Jackson, Michael Jordan and William O’Neil have in common?   They all...

  4. Chasing Last Year's Winners published on March 22, 2013 at 11:30 AM

    Warren Buffett’s partner, Charles Munger, once said “All I want to know is where I’m going to die so I’ll never go...

  5. Trading Secrets from Baseball & the Game of Thrones published on April 26, 2013 at 11:30 AM

    It’s spring and the baseball season is upon the Kingdom.  The Mariners are playing at Safeco Field again, and I...

  6. The New Seasonality Tool: A Good Fortune Cookie That Just Keeps Giving published on November 29, 2013 at 11:25 AM

    In the movie Margin Call, the character played by Jeremy Irons says: “there are 3 ways to make money in this...

  7. This Could Change Your Life! How You Can Mimic Wall Street's Best & Profit Handsomely:Part 1 published on May 30, 2014 at 07:15 AM

    This should be illegal.  If I was a hedge fund or mutual fund manager, I’d be thoroughly upset, but since I’m...

  8. This Could Change Your Life! How You Can Mimic Wall Street's Best & Profit Handsomely: Part II published on June 06, 2014 at 08:15 AM

    This is a continuation of last week’s popular blog about how individual investors can outperform institutional money...

  9. A Big Trading Mistake I Made So You Won't Have To! published on February 06, 2015 at 06:45 AM

    I’ve learned that you have to be very thick-skinned to be a trader or a blogger.  Many of my blogs are lifted...

  10. How I Only Trade Stocks Soaked in Positive Probabilities published on March 20, 2015 at 06:45 AM

    I only trade the strongest and prettiest equities in the market.  I’ve written before about how I leave my deep...

  11. Investing: The Probability Tool published on May 08, 2015 at 09:00 AM

    Investing and thinking in probabilities should go hand in hand.  Probabilities can be expressed both...

  12. Wall Street's Free Lunch... But Investors Must Still Read the Menu published on April 01, 2016 at 12:00 PM

    To paraphrase Bill Murray from the movie “Aloha,” the future is not something that just happens.  It’s a brutal...

  13. Stalking the "Best of Breed" Equities published on May 20, 2016 at 12:00 PM

    The same investment analysis seldom yields consistent conclusions over a period of time.  As much as investors...

  14. The Secret of Making an Investment Methodology Produce Consistent Profits published on March 02, 2017 at 02:00 PM

    “I have heard many men talk intelligently, even brilliantly, about something – only to see them proven powerless...

Stage 7: Buying Top
  1. Tensile Trading: Stage #7 Strategic Profitable Buying versus Impulsive Expressive Buying published on September 13, 2013 at 11:30 AM

    When I go to the Barrett-Jackson car auction in Scottsdale each year, I get literally glassy-eyed.  Just too...

  2. A Surefire Method to Increase Your Profits and Improve Your Golf Game published on December 14, 2012 at 11:30 AM

    Whether it’s golf or trading, it’s all about stress control.  If you were sitting across the table from me and...

  3. Pyramid Trading: Greater Profits with Less Risk published on January 18, 2013 at 11:30 AM

    No, the pyramids are not a range of mountains between France and Spain.  Yes, there are over 80 pyramids in...

  4. Investing with a Cleaner Windshield: The Buyer's Checklist published on April 05, 2013 at 11:30 AM

    I have found that if you offer the market your sincere attention – presented on a platter of organized checklists –...

  5. The Paralysis of Perfection: The Investor's Ongoing Challenge published on March 28, 2014 at 11:30 AM

    The brilliant novelist Isabel Allende once wrote, “Fear is inevitable, I have to accept that, but I cannot allow it...

  6. Invest Like You Drive & Put $$$ in Your Pockets published on June 20, 2014 at 06:30 AM

    I spent the weekend with my friend Dan, a prison chaplain, who always seems to have unique and useful insights...

  7. Evidence-Based Trading for Dummies published on August 08, 2014 at 08:45 AM

    Robin Griffiths, the renowned technical strategist, once opined that “Trading is a traffic light system.  At a...

  8. Now Commission-Free Trades!! published on August 29, 2014 at 06:45 AM

    Just announced:  Schwab, Fidelity and Ameritrade are offering all individual investors infinite commission-free...

  9. How A Fellow Investor Critiqued This Trader published on November 27, 2015 at 12:00 PM

    My motives in writing these weekly blogs and in teaching investment classes are in part selfish ones.  I write...

  10. What I Learned from 30,874 Trades published on January 15, 2016 at 01:00 PM

    Thomas Edison said “Vision without execution is hallucination.” Real estate experts love to claim that success is...

  11. Here's How Your Buying & Selling RT (Reaction Time) Flows Through to Your Bottom Line published on April 22, 2016 at 01:00 PM

    I’ve been told I’m a little unusual in that I rate my trades on a scale of 1 – 5 stars depending on my reaction time...

  12. Precisely How I Bought the 4 'FANG' Stocks Before Their Run-Up published on June 03, 2016 at 01:45 PM

    Put your hands up if you can remember the big money we made in the ‘Nifty Fifty’ – those stocks from the ‘60s and...

  13. How You Know You Are Part of Our Investor Club published on January 13, 2017 at 01:30 PM

    Groucho Marx first said it and Woody Allen repeated the famous line “I’d never join a club that would allow a person...

Stage 8: Monitoring Your Investments Top
  1. Tensile Trading: Stage #8 You Bought It - Now What? published on September 20, 2013 at 11:30 AM

    “Yesterday is a cancelled check, tomorrow is a promissory note, today is all about the equity in your hand so watch...

  2. How to Make a 100% Return on Your Equity published on April 19, 2013 at 11:30 AM

    You watch your equity position tear away on a 200% parabolic run and then you allow your greed and fantasies to kick...

  3. Monitoring Your Investments is a Sisyphean Task published on February 14, 2014 at 11:30 AM

    When Google’s co-founder, Larry Page, famously asked Steve Jobs for advice, Job’s reply was “Don’t get...

  4. Why Successful Investors Embrace the Laws of Grouping published on December 05, 2014 at 06:45 AM

    Fish swim in schools.  Birds fly in flocks.  Humans follow grouping principles too.  Gestalt...

  5. Yes - Successful Investors Must Be Like Loving Parents published on February 27, 2015 at 06:45 AM

    As any accomplished trader will tell you, investors should think of their equity positions as their children...

  6. Can You Believe 90% of Fortune 500 Equities Have Vaporized? published on August 14, 2015 at 03:00 PM

    Be careful where you sit.  I shared a table at Starbucks last week with two investors who became very animated...

  7. Your Investing Pipeline to Profits published on November 20, 2015 at 01:00 PM

    It might be human nature, but it’s not a good thing.  In my Tensile Trading seminars, investors study six...

  8. You Bought It...But Here's How You Increase Your Probabilities of Making Profits! published on June 24, 2016 at 12:33 PM

    I think of this weekly blog as a sort of view from the kitchen.  Mine is not some candy-coated representation...

  9. How History Unlocks Deep Insights Within Today's Price and Volume Charts published on September 08, 2017 at 02:00 PM

    History matters because markets do indeed repeat themselves.  John Kenneth Galbraith was interviewed in the PBS...

Stage 9: Selling Top
  1. Talk to Your EGO Before You Trade! published on April 20, 2012 at 12:00 PM

    Most individual investors seem to feel it isn't cool to talk about exits before even buying an equity. ...

  2. The Art of Selling Well: Part I published on May 25, 2012 at 12:00 PM

    In its most elemental form, selling is an inner struggle that deals with an investor’s ability to tame two wild...

  3. The Art of Selling Well: Part II published on June 01, 2012 at 02:20 PM

    I trust you read last week’s post, Part I on “The Art of Selling Well”. Those rules provide the foundation for what...

  4. How I Deal with Trading Losses published on January 08, 2016 at 12:00 PM

    “I’m the only person I know that’s lost a quarter of a billion dollars in one year... It’s very character building.”...

  5. We Investors Lose At Times: You Are Not Alone published on February 21, 2014 at 11:30 AM

    We investors are imperfect creatures living in a complex world.  We are destined to stumble and fall. ...

  6. The Endowment Effect published on April 18, 2014 at 11:30 AM

    Investors beware or at least be aware.  Over the past two years, I’ve had a number of significant...

  7. Memory Tricks for Investors published on July 11, 2014 at 06:00 AM

    As Oscar Wilde aptly said, “Memory is the diary that we all carry with us.”  It’s July 4th, and I’m coaching...

  8. Bob Farrell: 10 Timely Reminders from a Wall Street Legend published on July 18, 2014 at 09:00 AM

    As markets make new highs, investors often befriend a dangerous new companion.  He’s the greedy little devil...

  9. Selling Methodology: 1 + 1 = 3 published on October 16, 2015 at 12:00 PM

    I’ve been teaching investors about Stage 9 – The Selling Stage – of the Tensile Trading methodology for over 15...

  10. Pulling the Trigger: Six Essential Rules published on February 19, 2016 at 12:00 PM

    Make no mistake about it: these are internet days and news circles the globe at the speed of light.  Couple...

  11. How I Deal With Investment Losses (And How Not To) published on April 14, 2017 at 12:00 PM

    Financial investment losses are the markets’ way of telling you to make adjustments and to correct your present...

Stage 10: Re-Examine, Refine, Re-Enhance Top
  1. Investing Lessons & Trading Rules published on November 23, 2012 at 11:30 AM

    The stock market has always attracted a disproportionate number of exceptional intellectuals and uniquely...

  2. Onward & Upward into the New Year published on December 28, 2012 at 11:30 AM

    It’s hard to improve upon the short and pithy advice from my favorite founding father, Benjamin Franklin.  “Be...

  3. Would You Like a Promotion? published on January 04, 2013 at 11:30 AM

    Think of the new year as a promotion for you.  The exercise is simple in its execution and somewhat more...

  4. 3 Investors, 3 Blind Spots, 3 Solutions published on March 08, 2013 at 11:30 AM

    Picture this:  I am at a cocktail party chatting with three people about investing.  The first person...

  5. Peter Lynch: How He Helped My Evolution as an Investor published on May 03, 2013 at 11:30 AM

    Peter Lynch started managing the Fidelity Magellan Fund in 1978 with $20 Million in assets.  When he retired in...

  6. Pivotal Books in the 25-Year Trading Life of a Stock Market Investor published on October 25, 2013 at 11:30 AM

    I’ve always believed that an accurate way to take the measure of a person is to ascertain which books had the most...

  7. Ten Trading Rules from This Trader's Own Journal published on November 01, 2013 at 11:30 AM

    Embrace the laws of nature.  Springs produce either salt water or fresh water.  Not both.  I am...

  8. When Market Wizard Ed Seykota Speaks, I Listen! published on November 15, 2013 at 11:30 AM

    I had the good fortune of hearing Ed Seykota speak at the International Federation of Technical Analysts in San...

  9. The Essential Investor's Formula for the New Year: Psych, Prep, Perspire, Persevere, Persist published on January 03, 2014 at 11:30 AM

    Each year at this time, I become a trader of “change”.  I take certain steps to tackle challenges I’ve...

  10. Tell Us All You Know About Investing published on January 17, 2014 at 11:30 AM

    “Mr. Roze:  we’d like to offer you 90 minutes to speak to our group and tell us all you know about...

  11. The Teacher Becomes The Student published on January 24, 2014 at 11:30 AM

    “Tell me and I forget.  Teach me and I remember.  Involve me and I learn.”  Those are the words of...

  12. Super Bowl Lessons for Investors published on February 07, 2014 at 11:30 AM

    “We envisioned this from day one.  We prepared for this. We expected this.  We deserve this.” —Pete...

  13. Mr. Market Wizard: Jack Schwager Speaks Part I published on March 07, 2014 at 11:30 AM

    A quick survey of the Amazon website lists over a dozen books written by Jack Schwager, but that is not what...

  14. Mr. Market Wizard: Jack Schwager Speaks Part II published on March 14, 2014 at 11:30 AM

    President Harry Truman once said “We must have strong minds, ready to accept facts as they are.”   He must...

  15. How Individual Investors Can Use Data Mining to Grow Their Profits published on April 11, 2014 at 12:00 PM

    Schwab, Fidelity, TD Ameritrade and Google likely know more about most investors and their trading habits than the...

  16. How the Markets Have Changed Me Over the Past 25 Years: Part I published on May 02, 2014 at 08:30 AM

    As I’ve revisited my trading journals from many years ago, I’ve come to realize what an unbelievable transformative...

  17. How the Markets Have Changed Me Over 25 Years: Part II published on June 13, 2014 at 06:30 AM

    “It is good to have an end to journey toward; but it is the journey that matters, in the end.”  -- Ernest...

  18. A Game of 21: 21 Investors / 21 Rules published on September 12, 2014 at 06:45 AM

    I don’t know of any college in the world that offers you a higher return per unit of effort than the value of a...

  19. Gerald Loeb's Battle Plan for Investment Survival published on September 19, 2014 at 06:45 AM

    Sometimes the things that need to be said can’t be said any better than they were said in the past.  I’m a big...

  20. My One and Only New Year's Resolution published on January 09, 2015 at 10:15 AM

    Every January, investors throughout the world pledge to improve themselves and their financial management efforts...

  21. The Most Profitable Takeaways from 'The Traders Journal' published on May 15, 2015 at 09:00 AM

    After many years of writing The Traders Journal, I thought it was time to revisit how investors can best maximize...

  22. Your Biological Passport To Profits: Use It With Care! published on July 10, 2015 at 02:00 PM

    Most professional athletes these days have biological passports.  I submit to you that investors should apply...

  23. The Triple Crown of Investing: Motivation, Confidence, Action published on August 21, 2015 at 03:00 PM

    As many of you know who’ve taken my Tensile Trading seminar or watched the DVD, the tenth stage of stock market...

  24. This is How to Maximize Your Investor Benefits published on October 09, 2015 at 01:00 PM

    After writing this column for over three years, I was recently asked by a reader what he should expect to get out of...

  25. The Secrets I Learned from Jesse Livermore published on November 13, 2015 at 01:00 PM

    When seasoned traders get together, we have a sort of “secret handshake” that the uninitiated may not notice...

  26. This Investor's Take on the "Pyramid of Success" published on December 04, 2015 at 12:00 PM

    “Success is peace of mind which is a direct result of self-satisfaction in knowing you made the effort to become the...

  27. My Pal Warren on the 10 Stages of Investing published on February 05, 2016 at 12:00 PM

    I’m a big fan of pithy quotes.  When I teach my college class “Tensile Trading”, I use quotes extensively to...

  28. What They Don't Teach You About Investing at Harvard and Stanford Business Schools published on May 13, 2016 at 12:00 PM

    I was recently discussing trading and investing with Carlos Obando, former portfolio manager and graduate of a...

  29. A Through Z of Investing: The Essentials published on June 17, 2016 at 12:00 PM

    Fair warning: everyone has some comments to offer when you write an investment book.  And they do.   For...

  30. Investment Quotes for All of Us published on November 24, 2016 at 02:00 PM

    As we celebrate this season of Thanksgiving, I want to acknowledge a few favorite quotes that are embedded with...

  31. New Year's Resolutions for Investors published on December 30, 2016 at 03:15 PM

    Babylonians did it.  Ancient Romans did it.  Medieval knights pledged the “peacock vow” each New Year as...

  32. 3 Investors, 3 Blind Spots, 3 Solutions published on October 13, 2017 at 02:00 PM

    Picture this:  I am at a cocktail party chatting with three people about investing.  The first person...

Additional Reading Top
  1. Tensile Trading: The 10 Essential Stages to Achieving Stock Market Mastery 1st in a Series published on May 08, 2012 at 11:30 AM

    Warren Buffett once said, “You only have to do a few things right in your life so long as you don’t do too many...

  2. The Roadmap: 10 Stages to Successful Investing published on December 07, 2012 at 11:30 AM

    Over the many years that I’ve taught new investors, a single common denominator stands out amongst those who grow...

  3. The Tensile Trading ChartPack Users Manual: Organized & Optimized for Maximizing Profits published on November 08, 2013 at 11:28 AM

    This is so next step.  Most money managers and traders will not share their approaches.  You can...

  4. Some Seasonal Goodies For You To Unwrap published on December 06, 2013 at 11:30 AM

    Over the past 10 years, the S&P 500 (SPY) has closed higher than it opened in the month of December 78% of the...

  5. How My Basket of Seasonality Stocks Bested the Market by 150% published on January 10, 2014 at 11:30 AM

    It’s one thing to blindly take my word when I claim the power of seasonality will enhance the probability of you...

  6. Tensile Trading ChartPack v2.0: 60 Upgrades to Help You Invest Smarter with Less Effort published on February 28, 2014 at 11:30 AM

    To the over 500 investors who are presently using my ChartPack, I’ve been sincerely humbled by your many emails and...

  7. Tensile Trading ChartPack Version 3.0: 95 Upgrades to Help You Invest Smarter with Less Effort published on May 09, 2014 at 08:30 AM

    The markets, charts and indicators can be very messy.  The ChartPack removes that messiness.  It does all...

  8. Tradeable Insights from the Past Quarter: Tensile Trading ChartPack Update #4 published on July 25, 2014 at 06:30 AM

    One of the highest leverage activities – if not THE highest leverage activity – that investors should focus on is to...

  9. My Top 12 Takeaways from ChartCon 2014 published on August 15, 2014 at 06:45 AM

    It was wonderful to see so many familiar faces this past weekend at the ChartCon 2014 Conference.  I know I...

  10. A Virtual PhD in Institutional Style Investing: Tensile Trading ChartPack Update 5.0 published on October 24, 2014 at 06:45 AM

    Each quarter, I present you with the ultimate equity shopping list.  A virtual 5-star smorgasbord of alluring...

  11. Over 150 Fresh Tradeable Insights: The Tensile Trading ChartPack Update 6.0 published on January 23, 2015 at 06:45 AM

    For both existing ChartPack users as well as investors who have not yet downloaded the ChartPack – or perhaps don’t...

  12. New Potent Organizational Framework Plus 200 Timely Tradeable Insights ChartPack Update Version 7.0 published on April 24, 2015 at 09:00 AM

    “You don’t have to be a genius to be successful.  You just need a framework.”  —Michael Dell, Entrepreneur...

  13. Nine Reasons for You to Join Our Club: ChartPack Update 7.25 published on July 31, 2015 at 11:00 AM

    Once a quarter, I update my Tensile Trading ChartPack.  With such a large number of users now it was easy to...

  14. ChartPack Quarterly Update 50 New Enhancements Version 7.50 published on October 30, 2015 at 12:00 PM

    I would like to acknowledge that this update has significant enhancements to many chartlists, as well as all 40 of...

  15. WOW! The 10th Tensile Trading ChartPack Update! published on January 22, 2016 at 12:00 PM

    This is the tenth update to the Tensile Trading ChartPack.  When I look back at the initial version, let me...

  16. ChartPack Quarterly Update: Over 100 New Enhancements (v 8.0) published on April 29, 2016 at 02:00 PM

    Visual Analysis on Steroids I am a big believer that investing should be fun and need not eat up all my time...

  17. Warren Buffett Would Be Proud of Us! published on May 06, 2016 at 11:50 AM

    The legendary Warren Buffet once said, “You only have to do a few things right in your life so long as you don’t do...

  18. ChartPack Quarterly Updates & Insights 200 New Enhancements (Version 8.25) published on July 22, 2016 at 02:15 PM

    The last three months since Wiley published our book, Tensile Trading, has given us a unique opportunity to talk...

  19. ChartPack Quarterly Update: Over 150 Improvements (v 8.5) published on October 21, 2016 at 01:00 PM

    This ChartPack update is chock full of enhancements as a direct result of spending a week in Napa Valley with all...

  20. Tensile Trading ChartPack Update (Q4.2016) 150 Potent Enhancements plus Fidelity's Fresh Quarterly Buys and Sells published on January 20, 2017 at 02:00 PM

    Holistic is most commonly heard in reference to skilled medical practitioners who treat the whole person...

  21. Tensile Trading ChartPack Update (2017-Q1) Updated Charts and the Latest Fidelity Moves published on April 24, 2017 at 01:19 PM

    Anywhere you see excellence and mastery happening, you’ll discover the same set of recurring universal truths...

  22. New ChartPack (Q2 - 2017) Providing Timely Tradeable Insights to Help You Invest Smarter published on July 21, 2017 at 02:00 PM

    Remember the bygone advertisements from years past about hair replacement?  The gentleman stares into the...