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Compare Your Traders Journal to Mine


I’ll show you mine, if you show me yours!  What were you thinking?  We are talking journals here.  During periods of extreme market volatility – such as we presently have – no action can be the right action to achieve your long term goals.  Understand that periodic corrections are to be expected and can actually work on your behalf if you continue making contributions to take advantage of dollar cost averaging.

Okay, that’s the serious stuff.  We all need some levity this week, so here’s my suggestion.  My trading journal looks like a kid’s scrapbook with multiple colored Hi-lighter pens.  What does yours look like?  With the present market such as it is, I thought we could all have some fun as we go through the alphabet and simultaneously through our respective journals to see what pops out of the pages under each letter alternating between green and red highlighters.  

I’ve chosen key words from my journal that are in green (i.e. bullish).  These words are printed in CAPS below.  Those words that were highlighted in red (i.e. bearish) are in small-sized letters.  So, here’s what pops out from my trading journal.

ALPHA     Acid Test     ASSET ALLOCATION     Acquisition

BREAKOUT     Back End Load     BASING     Bankmail

CONFIRMATIONS     Callable Bond     CALENDAR EFFECT     Cartel

DATA MINING     Derivatives     DEFENSIVE     Death Cross

EARNINGS     Easy Money     EXECUTION     Economic Espionage

FUND FAMILY     Fees     FINE TUNE     Fast Market

GENOMIMCS     Gaps     GUT     Gordon Gekko

HEAD & SHOULDERS     Hedge Funds     HEAT MAPS     Headlines

INDUSTRIES     ID Theft     INTUITION     Icarus

JEFF BEZOS     Jekell & Hyde     JESSE LIVERMORE     Junk Bonds

KEY CURRENCY     Kaboom     KNOWLEDGE     Kickbacks

LAWS OF SUPPLY & DEMAND     Late Fee     LADDERING     Leakage

MOVING AVERAGES     Managed Futures     MATURITY     Margin

NET ASSET VALUE     News Trader     NO LOAD     Negative Return

ON BALANCE VOLUME     Oversold     OPT-OUT     Off Balance Sheet

POINT & FIGURE     Panic     PARITY     Patent Troll

QUICKNESS     Quant Fund     QUADRUPLE TOP     Quiet Filing

RELATIVE STRENGTH     Ratings      REBALANCE     Raider

SEASONALITY     Shorting     SECTOR STRENGTH     Sacred Cow

TECHNICALS     12-B-1 Fees     TEST & RETEST     Taxable

UPTREND     Ultra Funds     USA     Undervalued

VIX     Variable Rate Mortgage     VISUAL ANALYSIS     Vanishing Premium

WATCHLIST     Walkaway     WEARABLE TECH     Wash Rule

XLP     xlu     XLV     Xetra

YIELD     Yo-Yo     YIELD CURVE    Yen

ZONE OF SUPPORT     Zero-Coupon     ZACKS     Zombies

Hopefully, you are grinning just a bit!  Till next week.

Trade well; trade with discipline!
-- Gatis Roze

Developer of the Tensile Trading ChartPack

Presenter of the Tensile Trading DVD, Stock Market Mastery.

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Gatis Roze
About the author: , MBA, CMT, is a veteran full-time stock market investor who has traded his own account since 1989 unburdened by the distraction of clients. He holds an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business, is a past president of the Technical Securities Analysts Association (TSAA), and is a Chartered Market Technician (CMT). After several successful entrepreneurial business ventures, Gatis retired in his early 40s to focus on investing in the financial markets. With consistent success as a stock market trader, he began teaching investments at the post-college level in 2000 and continues to do so today. Learn More
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