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October 14th, 2011 @ 5:54 pm by Michael Radkay

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BY <a href=”http://www.rdstrader.com”>STEPHANIE RADKAY</a>

<div style=”float: right;”><img src=”http://www.rdstrader.com/castle.jpg”></div>Long ago in the ancient land of Tradeopolis there lived a king, King Libra.  This king was a very kind, intelligent, giving, sharing soul.  The thing that was most unique about King Libra compared to any other king was he was more like a God.  His people and the surrounding kingdoms often prayed to him and bowed to him in his presence for he had such great intelligence and knew everything there was to know.  The people in Tradeopolis respected him greatly and when anyone was in need they would go to him to help solve all their problems.

One day one of his people, Fast Market Freddy, came to King Libra and told him he wanted to trade Foreign Currency.  “Ah, yes,” said the King,  “what a brilliant idea.  You know you must have money in your pocket and in the bank to do this, Freddy.”  Fast Market Freddy answered, “Yes, I have that covered, King.”  King Libra said, “You must have the emotional and physical endurance to be successful because not everyone can do this.  You will learn more about yourself than you might ever care to know.”  “I understand,” replied Freddy, “I take care of myself physically by working out and eating right.  I meditate and understand my emotions.  I don’t let them get the best of me.  I am a model citizen in our kingdom, giving to others and respecting my family.” “Perfect”, King Libra replied, “so what is it you need from me?”  “Well”, Fast Market Freddy said,” I want to know how long this will take me to learn.”  “Ah, yes,” replied the King, “to answer your question, you must go to see the three Wise Wizards, TOLI, TOLI-O and TOLI-O-O, in that order.”

<div style=”float: right;”><img src=”http://www.rdstrader.com/tol1.jpg”></div>So off Fast Market Freddy went to first seek the advice of TOLI.  He approached TOLI’s beautiful castle and knocked on the door. “What is it you wish to know?” bellowed the voice behind the door. “It is I, Fast Market Freddy, and King Libra sent me to seek the advise of the Wise Wizard TOLI.  I want to start trading Foreign Currency and I want to know how long it will take me.” The Wise Wizard, TOLI, opened the door, touched Freddy on the chin with his pointer finger and answered, “Six months.”  “Six months?” anxiously replied Freddy, “I don’t have six months to wait.  I have bills to pay, children to feed and a wife who overspends.” “I see. Since you do not appreciate my wise answer, I advise you to go see the Wise Wizard, TOLI-O.”

<div style=”float: right;”><img src=”http://www.rdstrader.com/tol10.jpg”></div>And, off Fast Market Freddy went to seek the advice of Wise Wizard, TOLI-O. He quickly approached TOLI-O’s beautiful castle and knocked heavily on the door. “What is it you wish to know?” bellowed the voice behind the door. “It is I, Fast Market Freddy, and the Wise Wizard TOLI sent me here.  I want to start trading Foreign Currency and I really want to know how long it will take me.” The Wise Wizard, TOLI-O, slowly opened the door, touched Freddy on his forehead with his pointer finger and answered, “One year.”  “One year?” Freddy started to yell, “What’s the matter with you?  One year is ridiculous!  I don’t have the time for this and you are crazy!”   “I see. Since you do not appreciate my wise answer, I advise you to go see the Wise Wizard, TOLI-O-O.”

<div style=”float: right;”><img src=”http://www.rdstrader.com/tol100.jpg”></div>Stomping his feet, Fast Market Freddy marched over to the even more beautiful castle of the Wise Wizard, TOLI-O-O.  He knocked heavily on the door. “What is it you wish to know?” softly questioned the voice behind the door. “It is I, Fast Market Freddy, and the Wise Wizard TOLI-O sent me here.  I want to start trading Foreign Currency and I demand to know how long it will take me.  Now give me the answer I want to hear!” The all-knowing wizard opened the door, touched Freddy gently on the forehead with her closed fist and quietly replied, “A lifetime.”  “Oh, you are out of your mind, TOLI-O-O!  That’s so unreasonable and no one would ever do this!  I am out of here!”  Fast Market Freddy almost put his fist through the Wise Wizard TOLI-O-O’s beautiful Golden Doors and stormed off in a huge huff.

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September 16th, 2011 @ 4:45 pm by Michael Radkay

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BY MICHAEL RADKAY

Euro zone officials are in talks to implement or withhold a sixth bailout to Greece because of its financial policies and over-spending. Overall it seems they are willing to go the extra mile to save Greece, but currently are not getting enough in commitments back from Bank of Greece Governor George Provopoulos. It seems the world bank heads are giving a lot of rope to Greece with the latest round of default threats to a country that claims they were the first to start the democratic system that we all enjoy. Maybe the bank heads are waiting for a pinky swear and a nice Mediterranean side salad and a life time supply of Gyro platters before they send more financial aid.

We will probably never truly know the deal but it might not be as far fetched as it sounds since they really don’t have much else to offer other than “I promise” and a nice meal. Greece may have delivered recently as the European Central Bank in conjunction with the Federal Reserve (U.S.), the Bank of England (BOE), the Bank of Japan (BOJ) and the Swiss National Bank (SNB) announced on September 15th to provide as much U.S. dollar liquidity as necessary in three different phases with a maturity of approximately three months that will keep things afloat until the end of the year.

Word of the 6th bail-out without calling it a bailout has given some life to the euro which has been getting hit pretty hard this month against the U.S. dollar and the Yen. The latest round of rescue help has given Euro investors a bit of a breather but whether it is enough remains to be seen. In the meantime you may see a bit more life to the Euro for the remainder of the year with this latest stimulus package unless anything unforeseen hits the airwaves.

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September 2nd, 2011 @ 4:53 pm by Michael Radkay

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BY MICHAEL RADKAY

We always say to the exponential smoothers or those that filter out tops and bottoms to “save it for the board room and keep it away from the trading arena. If we can’t smooth the losses from our account, we will not smooth the wicks and shadows out of our level calculations.”

We prefer to use the exact information because it paints the most accurate picture. Let’s send a nice dose of reality to any of you who are thinking about smoothing your results. Our politicians are the best data smoothers we know. Do you think they would be in office today, if they included the food and energy cost in the Consumer Price Index and the Producer Price Index Data? The U.S. Department of Labor, filters out this data because they claim it’s too volatile of a component to get a true read of inflation. This is a politician’s way to brush under the rug the fact that since 2006, the cost of gas has fluctuated from about $2.50 to $5.00 per gallon and it is holding above $4.00 where it has been sitting for the most part from 2008 – 2011. At one point there was a 100% increase in prices and today resting at and never below a 60% increase from 2006 prices.

The U.S. Department of Labor and Federal Reserve all hired and appointed by our Government peg inflation to only rise about 2% – 3% per year. They have been saying that we have been holding in line with that figure for the most part. Using the high end 3% figure; if gas prices were to climb 3% each year, and we started from $2.50 per gallon, that would mean the price of gas should have been $2.57 in 2007 (actual was well over $3), $2.65 in 2008 (never below $4), $2.73 in 2009 (never below $4), $2.81 per gallon in 2010 (never below $4) and $2.89 in 2011 (never below $4). Maybe the next time we fill our car up we should only pay the rate that it should be. See how well that goes over with the gas station attendant….

If you cant get it our of your gas station attendant, maybe our government will give some of the money back. Gas prices in our neighborhood for the most part over the last 4 years has been holding above $4.00 per gallon where at worst prices should have been $2.89, if we were maintaining the 3% pace our nation’s officials tells us things are.

We figure we spend approximately on the low end $70 per week (1 car) on gas over the last 4 years. Even if we used the 2011 price of $2.89 (3% pace) it should have been no more than $50 to fill our car with gas. $20 difference x 52 weeks a year comes to $1040 per year. Over the last 4 years we have been over-charged an extremely conservative estimate of $4160 on gas alone. Do you think they would be kind enough to send us a check right quick? Oh, wait a minute; they filter out energy cost data, I forgot!

I would hate to include the extra food costs we have spent over the last 4 years as well, but lets cut them a break; they have had to work a few more hours this year because they couldn’t figure out how to balance their spending. Oh, I forgot again; they don’t use food data either to calculate inflation, so I’m sure they will have no idea of what I am talking about. None of us need to eat or drive I guess…

I’m not even complaining; this is what just happened to come out of my mouth when somebody told me an exponentially smoothing indicator was better. No, thanks! Sorry to get off on a tangent here but when I see somebody smooth out a high or low that was made, and dismiss it as if it never happened, I quickly know they do not live in reality and most certainly do not trade live money for a living.

Data smoothers beware when you enter the trading arena! Make sure you use these indicators as a guidance source not as something that is full-proof or factual.

Whatever you decide to try; you can’t expect to win, if you don’t have a plan in place.
Trade Strong!! Trade Smart!! and Always Have Enough to Trade Tomorrow!!

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August 5th, 2011 @ 3:50 pm by Michael Radkay

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BY MICHAEL RADKAY

With the debt ceiling raised and more of the same out of Washington, what does that mean for the worth of U.S. Dollar in your pocket? Now I can get into a fundamental debate with you or give you the traditional democrat or republican response and express all the things I feel are right and wrong with the debt decision, but I feel there is too much talk. As people express their opinions, they always seem to get clouded with things that will eventually benefit the person delivering the opinion. We have heard politicians say what they believe and of course what they say, if implemented, will benefit their ideals. Debate is necessary in order to make a decision but the drama that the media fills our head with is enough to make it spin off. In the end media opinion doesn’t really make an impression on me, but what has always been important is when the decision makers finally make a decision.

I have been saying in past articles that I have never met an investor that gets involved in hopes of losing money, so recent price action is pretty revealing to help you with upcoming buy/sell decisions of your own based upon what you know . When price moves, somebody bought and somebody sold; a decision has been made!. Right or wrong becomes the only outcome when the game is on. What we get now is a big does of reality.

In trading there are two teams; bulls (buyers) and bears (sellers). Sports and competitions are divided in the same way. For that matter so is Washington with Democrats and Republicans. Step into a court room and there is a plaintiff and a defendant. Walk into a grammar school during recess and see the kids divided into two groups playing dodge-ball or kick-ball.

Life is a series of games; some are playful and some are serious. We all need something to do on this spinning rock so for the time being I am grateful that the supposed smartest people in the world (our U.S. government) came to their senses and didn’t screw-up (at least not totally yet) one of the greatest adult games on the planet; Our Economy! If we don’t have an economy, what would us grown-ups have to do? Maybe we could act in kind as it seems they have and decide who wins with a good game of dodge-ball with winner take all! I don’t mean to make this sound so trivial but I am actually a bit in awe as how immature our government on both sides played politics down to the wire. Nothing like a nice global adrenalin rush to get the party started! I realize they are in their position to make tough decisions that effect billions around the globe. Tough debate is necessary as both sides have a point, but with the world watching our US Government throw up a last minute desperation shot with seconds to spare, Come on!!

In the after-math the Bulls and the Bears that react and make decisions to buy or sell is much like pitting Jordan’s Bulls against Ditka’s Bears. Sounds like a SNL skit? Farley choking on a steak-bone having one of 5 heart-attacks and Jordan’s guest appearance dancing in a hula skirt. Ditka and the ‘Da Bears always seemed to win on that skit but I think players might be seeing a bright spot on the horizon for the Bulls to shine as the U.S. Dollar (USD) seems to be on a bit of a comeback post Debt Ceiling Drama. Higher deficits do not bode well for dollar strength but if spending and taxation get under control, a reversal may be in order and it may be what side-lined and battered USD Bulls have been waiting for. Since I personally can’t move the market myself, I have to rely on what we call the “Big Dogs” to help. The Big Dogs are governments, federal reserves, banks and hedge funds. They can move the markets and it is up to us as individuals to decide which team we want to join.

Now don’t take my word for it about a possible Bull USD run; take a look at how price was reacting leading up to the debt ceiling decision (July) and the couple of days since the decision was made (early August) – see chart. As an individual trader I have to step on the backs of the Big Dogs and go for the ride when I enter the market. I need them to move prices to where I desire. Who is winning becomes the real question. Timing is of course important and making a timely decision is equally important. The daily chart reveals before the debt ceiling decision that many currencies paired against the USD were strengthening. Leading up to August the AUD (Australian Dollar) was climbing vs. USD, the NZD (New Zealand Dollar) was climbing vs. USD, the EUR (Euro) was climbing vs. USD, the GBP (British Pound) was climbing vs. USD, the USD was falling against the JPY (Yen), the USD was falling against the CHF (Swiss) and the USD was falling against the CAD (Canadian). Sounds like Ditka and ‘Da USD Bears were routing Dollar Bulls. But take notice of the recent reversal post debt ceiling decision as we move into the first few days of August. Step back Norm as Jordan and ‘Da Bulls might have some life after all.

The reality is that the recent USD run is due in large part to the Swiss National Bank’s (SNB) rate cut and the Bank of Japan’s (BOJ) intervention to try and stunt strength to their respective currencies. The currencies that seems to not be tied as much to all of the carnage like the JPY and CHF are being sought as safe-haven plays. When comparing the two, it seems the CHF strength across the board signals the globe has been tagging it as supreme so far in 2011. There is always a ripple effect. The SNB acts, the US Government deals with debt and then the BOJ steps in with a move. Big Dogs act when Big Dogs act and we need to pay attention.

If the recent USD Bull Train comes up short and jobs data tumble in the coming months, investors will continue to seek the CHF and the JPY for safety. Now I’m not one for lengthy predictions and since a weatherman doesn’t forecast past a week, I always say, “Why should I?; so I will be adjusting on a weekly basis and riding the backs of the Big Dogs as the news and price shifts. If you do decide to jump on board the USD Bull Train, search for bottoms on your chart and as prices revisit those Big Dog stand-out lows, check your risk and make a decision!

Trade Strong, Trade Smart and Always Have Enough to Trade Tomorrow!!
Prosperity is at your fingertips! All you have to do is grab it!

Trading Commodity Futures and Foreign Currency (Forex) contracts may not be suitable for all investors. You may lose a substantial amount of money in a very short period of time. The amount you may lose is potentially unlimited and can exceed the amount you originally deposit with your FCM. The material in this newsletter and on our website is intended for educational purposes only.

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July 22nd, 2011 @ 4:41 pm by Michael Radkay

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BY MICHAEL RADKAY

It was May 12th 1999 and I was trading 30 Year Bonds at the time. Long the market with price running in my favor; things were looking great!! But all of a sudden the foundation on my long play started to buckle. Price began dropping dramatically! WTF!!!  The dollars I was up evaporated and now were running substantially negative. Instead of taking the loss I elbowed the guy next to me and asked “What’s Going On?” He didn’t know… WTF!!! In my hesitation and stubborn mind-set to admit my loss, it grew to a larger deficit because like everybody else we have this deep desire to know why we are wrong and do everything in our power to not admit it. Sound familiar? This is not what champions do! But every champion needs to learn this very lesson I learned 12 years ago. My hesitation angered me upon reflection that evening, because I didn’t need to know the reason why in the heat of the moment; price action told me something just happened. I’m sure if you were in the middle of the Iraqi desert and somebody started shooting at you, your first instinct wouldn’t be to ask your buddy, “Whats Going On?; your initial reaction would be to duck and hit the dirt to avoid getting hit. After watching and actively trading in the market, you build a sense of when something is up. Well in this case the Treasury Secretary of the time, Robert Rubin decided to resign that day. This created a negative effect on bond prices. Even if my neighbor knew the reason the mere fact of asking while in a position created the hesitation and the increased overall loss.

I learned from that day forward to stop elbowing my neighbor to find the reasons why.  I began to cover the bad idea when price action got volatile and turned negative and I began to breath and hang on to the trade if it went in my favor. I asked why later on both accounts. This approach is highly effective because price action always tells you the truth by watching it. It reveals where to buy and where to sell (lows and highs respectively). As price action revisits these areas just remember them and play accordingly favoring the side that is winning. You will also begin to notice when price tends to move at normal speeds (after economic reports are absorbed), fast speeds (during reports or significant world events) and slow speeds (lunch time or bedtime). Watch and remember.

Price never lies to me because I have never met an investor or trader that gets into a trade in hopes of losing money. If you don’t agree with what I just said, I’m sure you will tend to agree with me on this point after I explain it a bit further. When price moves up or down, somebody bought and somebody sold. Money is on the line and the only thing left is to be right or wrong. This is the purest moment as a trader as you are not an arm-chair quarterback anymore. As price moves the winners hang on and might even add more to the idea as their money builds and the losers cover the idea to minimize loss and, if they try again in the same direction they cant play as hard because their resources and nerves have taken a punch to the gut. The losers didn’t go in thinking they were going to lose but they eventually have no choice but to join forces with the winners as their accounts dwindle or margin calls come into play. The losers in reality add fuel to the winners fire! This helps me conclude that price cannot lie. It can get over inflated and you might not agree with it but just try and fight against opponents that have unlimited resources.

People and traders naturally gravitate towards a side, the winning side. Lets look to the U.S. Dollar as an example. It is no real news that it has been getting beat up. Lets compare it to the EURUSD (Euro/US Dollar). Since the EUR is first in the pairing and knowing that the news and the outlook to date have been bearish for the U.S. Dollar in-turn bullish for the Euro. Traders are betting that the US government will raise the debt ceiling and allow the U.S. to borrow and spend as usual in hopes of getting our economy on the right track. Whether you agree with it or not is not the point. If the debt ceiling is raised interest rates will remain low in the U.S., confirming the already in place weak U.S. Dollar trend against other currencies. Now of course if the government and congress fail to act we may begin defaulting on our debt which is something my eyes have never seen. It will be interesting but I don’t think it will be entertaining. Economists say that this can create a reverse effect and cause a spike in interest rates as investors will not be attracted to loan the U.S. money receiving such low rates especially if their is default risk. A dose of higher interest rates in a bad economy would not paint the best picture.

Now removing all of the political game playing and can’t trust a word she said/he said debate, lets concentrate on price as it removes the bias and tells the real story. When money is placed on the table and in play; long or short, there is no turning back. Since we can’t move prices ourselves to the desired spot for entry and exit, we need to jump on the backs and watch where the market movers (governments, banks, large financial institutions, hedge funds etc…) fight for control. As the dust settles and a direction is being established we adjust along the way according to the tops and bottoms that are being established. As the range is identified, I’m sure you all heard of the concept buy low and sell high or sell high and buy low; pick the side of the winners and wait for price action to revisit the last known extreme and jump on board. I have provided an example of the action on the EURUSD to illustrate how you can watch tops and bottoms develop. In this case it has been a better idea to go long the EURUSD based on what price has been doing since January 2011 (see EURUSD daily chart 2011). Now lets look at an intra-day 5 minute chart 07/21/11 and see if we cant identify some short term buy opportunities (see EURUSD intra-day 5 min chart).

Our definition of true happiness is actually trying all of the things in life that you say you wanted to try. The result doesn’t define happiness, but the act of trying does!  Whatever you decide to try; you can’t win, if you don’t play!! Prosperity is at your fingertips! All you have to do is grab it!!

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July 8th, 2011 @ 3:27 pm by Michael Radkay

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BY MICHAEL RADKAY

Lets turn life’s lemons into lemonade; shall we?! Steph and I just got under-way to put in a 10 mile run on Saturday and 2 blocks from home I stepped off the curb and unknowingly sunk my foot in a hole and rolled my ankle. Finding myself flat on my face as my water bottle and hands skidded across the street my thought was;  “Down goes Frazier”. We thought we would spare you the actual photo of my foot but if you are a gapers block kind of person in need of the gory details, feel free… http://www.rdstrader.com/forex-futures-experts/anklesprain.php As a bonus if you dare, we also left a chart of the EURJPY on 070611 paralleling the bearish outcome for my foot on 070311. I am now calling it the “Sprained Ankle Pattern”!  http://www.rdstrader.com/forex-futures-experts/anklesprain.php Made some money on this trade!

My football day ankle sprains shot that memorable pain like a lightening bolt through my foot and inside my brain as I hobbled to the sidewalk. Even the most resilient consistent performers go through a bump in the road; well in my case a hole in the road leaving a nice colored purple foot and ankle.  It kind of reminded me of a chalk outline and my version of CSI-LA. Its been a long time since I had to alter my work-out schedule. Push-ups and sit-ups are back in style while my foot heals, but I have soon found myself back on the LA road-ways with walk-runs the last couple of days. You just cant keep me sitting still.

I bring this up because when you experience an obstacle a few key things happen to not only teach you a lesson but also help you get better at handling it the next time something slows you down. I knew just what to do from my football days with buckets of ice water and foot soaks and anti-inflammatory ointments to help the swelling. This knowledge has gotten me back on my feet and doing walk runs and if all goes well back to running again all within a week.

It is not much different as to how I learned to be flexible with the financial markets. The government about 10 years ago pulled the rug from under my feet. They stopped issuing 30 Year Bonds one day (the market I traded at the time). At that very moment I should have been able to shift to the next hot like-minded market of interest, which at the time would have been the 10 Year Note. Initially I didn’t budge as fear of change and fixing what I thought wasn’t broke held me in place. The inner chatter in my head kept talking me into staying; “Even if they stop issuing the Long Bond, they still have open interest going well out into my retirement years. Trade just wasn’t going to stop and I was doing great!

But I found later that the world wasn’t telling me to leave the 30 Years just then but it was actually telling me to begin preparing to trade other markets. Money and popularity of markets shifts constantly and flows to bonds or to stocks or to currencies or to gold or even to the crazy oil market. Well when I left the trading floor near the end of 2004 to trade 100% in an office on the computer I found the 30 Year Bonds only moving in tight 4 tick range. Learning how to move from market to market when I was getting the sign would have come in handy at this point. There was no movement in the 30 Years back then and as a trader you need price movement to gain opportunity. I’m not saying at the time that the 10 year note would have been a better choice as it wasn’t moving either, but just the mere sign that what the world was telling me earlier was to be prepared to move from market to market. Well now I had no choice; if I wanted to survive and thrive in this business it was time to be a true trader, which is one who can take their game to any market. I did the work and I did just that.

Well fast forward to present tense and in this case I was prepared on both accounts. Experience taught me to treat my ankle to ensure a speedy recovery just as trading other markets got me in on the right side of the “Sprained Ankle Pattern”. You will see by clicking on the link that the EURJPY  market fell hard and limped along with an appropriate retrace to short (sell) it. If you missed the first wave, price action gave you another chance to short just below the original ankle formation as prices toppled to new lows. In our book it was equivalent to a 5 rule trade anyway but the real story was the fact that these days I now trade markets that weren’t even close to being on my radar in my early days.  I didn’t even care what the <a href=”http://www.rdstrader.com/forex-futures-experts/anklesprain.php”>EURJPY</a> was doing back then. Yeah, I knew it existed and I watched currencies from time to time to help my bond trading decisions but trading something other than 30 Years was not in my vocabulary. Well, now it pays dividends to be able to use the computer and the internet for what it was designed to do, which is to help you shop the best market of the time (one that is moving) with ease and seize the opportunity. Remember that pain is temporary but learning from it and acting the next time with experience will pay life long dividends!

Whatever you decide to try; you can’t win, if you don’t play!! Prosperity is at your fingertips! All you have to do is grab it!!

Trading Commodity Futures and Foreign Currency (Forex) contracts may not be suitable for all investors. You may lose a substantial amount of money in a very short period of time. The amount you may lose is potentially unlimited and can exceed the amount you originally deposit with your FCM. The material on this website is intended for educational purposes only.

© 2011 RDS Trader, LLC.  Have a specific topic you want to read an article on, email us your requests! info@rdstrader.com

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June 24th, 2011 @ 7:04 pm by Michael Radkay

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“Teed-Off or Green With Envy?
BY MICHAEL RADKAY

 

Did you ever realize when you go to a golf course your see people jammed at the driving range and wanna be golfers with their drivers trying to hit the ball 300 plus yards? Pretty common scene. I look at the packed in driving range and then take a glimpse over at an empty practice putting green. Typical scene as well.

The reason in my opinion is that putting is not a glamorous part of the game as it takes finesse and touch, but the driver speaks a loud language as you can GRIP IT AND RIP IT! Nobody seems to want to slow down and think and analyze the break of a putt. Too easy, right or is it too hard? Grip it and rip it or touch and finesse, which side of the fence do you swing on? Sounds like advertising doesn’t it?; as you never see commercials saying they have the best golf ball for putting; you only hear about the best ball that will ensure you drive it straight and long…mmmmm…

These things are not too much different than what you see advertised in trading the forex, futures or stock markets as well. Trade the reports!, Trade the FOMC!, Trade the Unemployment report with a Pro type of thing. CNBC even has a clock countdown before these reports are expected adding to the excitement. Advertising and marketing teaches you to go after in my opinion the wrong thing initially. Have you ever heard the saying “Drive for show and putt for doe $$”? Nobody seems to listen to those golf pros that shout those words. Wanna be golfers yell at their instructors to teach them how to hit the Big Dog like John Daly, Tiger Woods and now Rory Mcilroy.

Nothing feels better I guess than taking a big swing with those sledge hammer drivers in hopes of connecting to hit the long ball. I have watched people take a big bucket of balls and attempt swing after swing as balls fly way left and way right and some even dribble 2 feet away. Occasionally you see a nice one but then things soon get right back to the norm as balls fly way left and way right and dribble 2 feet in front again.

It is the same in trading, teach me how to make a million trading those FOMC reports or Unemployment numbers when the action is quick and fast and pays huge dividends. You hear slogans like ‘you don’t need to know anything or our software will do everything for you”…Warning!! Warning!! I cant say it enough times how this doesn’t prepare you for the other 23 hours and 59 minutes each day. The repercussions to your trading account trying to hit the long ball all of the time is a recipe for a disaster, because when you are wrong just once (and you will be), you wont come back. Begin to take notice on the fine print on the latter half of the popular saying; drive for show, putt for doe $$. Trading the financial reports day one during the volatile moments is so much like running to the driving range or golf course and picking out the driver first thing and trying to rip it down the fairway. Good luck trying that! As far as my eyes have seen from the one hit wonders that I have come across in the trading business is that they never produce lasting consistent results. Even when the one hit wonders connect, the greed consumes them and not long after you hear or read news of their bankruptcy.

I wonder why people don’t practice putting first or our trading equivalent with $0.10 pips per contract? The pendulum motion in a putting stroke is a fraction of the big driver swing but nonetheless the beginnings of the same motion. Just as a $0.10 pip per contract is the same game as the $10 pip per contract. Same price action just only a fraction of the cost while you gain your confidence and your swing.

As you control your putting rhythm and finesse you get better and better. You begin to place yourself in a position to sink the putt or at least get yourself in a 1 to 2 foot radius for a 2-putt at worse (a great goal!). Slow your roll so to speak :) that’s how we roll :) Reward yourself with the driver at the range or on a live round, if you can 2-putt everything on the practice green. Then begin to increase the pendulum motion at the range and hit the wedge, then the 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2 irons and then the hybrid wood, 3 wood and finally the driver (notice how its last). Your confidence will be better as you get in a groove with the easier to hit irons first. As you begin to trust your swing at the range you will naturally move up to the harder to hit clubs with experience and begin to create something that will last a lifetime and produce lasting results on the course.

Wait a minute; am I talking about trading? I think so…start with the motion of learning the environment on a practice account (practice putting green), once you know how to use the equipment start trading on $0.10 pips per contract (the irons) and then as you see progress you move gradually up to the $10 pips per contract trades (the driver).  You will enjoy the “Show” and not get Teed-off in the beginning. Your friends will be green with envy, when you play it smart from tee to green and from open to close.

Whatever you decide to try; you can’t win, if you don’t play!! Prosperity is at your fingertips! All you have to do is grab it!!

Trading Commodity Futures and Foreign Currency (Forex) contracts may not be suitable for all investors. You may lose a substantial amount of money in a very short period of time. The amount you may lose is potentially unlimited and can exceed the amount you originally deposit with your FCM. The material on this website is intended for educational purposes only.

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June 14th, 2011 @ 9:12 pm by Michael Radkay

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By Michael Radkay

Have you ever been in a situation where somebody told you to do something and you didn’t do it and the outcome would have been outstanding? You might even hear the person saying; “I told you so! How about the times you took the advice and it was absolutely the wrong thing to do? How do you feel at those moments? Generally it feels like in both circumstances that you got punched in the gut. You didn’t even want to be a boxer but the financial gut punches thrown around in trading at times sure can feel like you are in the ring. Second guessing yourself takes so much energy. Should I? Shouldn’t I? Maybe, I don’t know, I think so, Are you going to do it?

I bring up this point because whether you take somebody’s advice, right or wrong, it’s their advice. You are off the hook. The problem becomes that when you don’t invest anytime in learning for yourself that you will always have to rely on that advice. Gotta get me some of that Guru, right? Personally I would rather receive some tips from somebody who knows and then get my butt in the game and do it myself. You will never reach any of your trading goals, if you don’t start making some personal calls yourself, acting on them and hanging in there for the result. Do you think Michael Jordan kept asking his college Coach Dean Smith to tell him how to shoot the ball? No! He learned the game and took it to a new level by trying, failing, trying and succeeding. Do you think Warren Buffet calls his Finance Professor and asks him about Supply and Demand? He understands the business and took investing to a new level by trying, failing, trying and succeeding.

Believe me; there is no greater feeling than making the call, acting on it and it paying off! That is such an adrenalin rush! The winning idea eclipses any calls that you may have made prior that resulted in loss along the way. This is the same path that has lead us to accomplishments in the investing arena. We have learned what to do and what not to do from earlier punches, adjusted our technique and have grown. We look back at what was once thought of as painful to now view it as a treasured lesson that we wouldn’t change for the world.

I’m not telling you to put your hand on a hot stove literally, but you have to put it on there in order to know what you are dealing with. It will eventually happen anyway when you work around fire, so start building the callous. Showing up to class and listening isn’t going to get it done. You will never be dismissed from the daily gut punches that will be thrown at you along the way if you want to be the one calling the shots. Instructors can tell you to duck and give you tips to strengthening your core but you will need to get in the ring eventual. When you get in the professional ring whether its trading or any other business you are competing with the best in your field and you will have to at some point withstand a 15 round bout.

Whatever you decide to try; you can’t win, if you don’t play!! Prosperity is at your fingertips! All you have to do is grab it!!

Trading Commodity Futures and Foreign Currency (Forex) contracts may not be suitable for all investors. You may lose a substantial amount of money in a very short period of time. The amount you may lose is potentially unlimited and can exceed the amount you originally deposit with your FCM. The material on this website is intended for educational purposes only.

© 2011 RDS Trader, LLC. Have a specific topic you want to read an article on, email us your requests! info@rdstrader.com

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