Tuesday, March 29, 2016

What The "Shawshank Redemption" Taught Me About Trading

"Geology is the study of pressure and time. That's all it takes really, pressure, and time. That, and a big goddamn poster."
- The Shawshank Redemption

In the Shawshank Redemption, one of my favorite movies, Andy Dufresne spent 20 years of his life tunneling out of Shawshank prison by depositing one pocketful of gravel into the prison yard every day. He quietly and methodically tunneled his way out of his cell using a rock hammer. A giant poster of Rita Hayworth covered up the tunnel entrance in his cell. With patience and persistence, he managed  to reach his goal while nobody else was watching.

There's a lesson to be learned from this movie in trading. It's not necessarily about big winners, rather it's having the patience to stick to a reliable trading plan, and to deposit a pocketful of money into your account every day.

With roughly 252 trading days available every year, if you have a plan that consistently adds $20 per day to your account, you would wind up with an additional $5,040 in your account, less exchange fees. If you put 5% of your account at risk on high probability strategies, that number can actually grow higher, and that's after one year. Of course taxes will come into play, but you're still ahead of the game.

Over the years, as your account grows, this mindset could potentially produce far greater gains. But the basic principle is the same - depositing a handful of gravel in the yard every day.

I'm not going to bother with compounding arithmetic, but the yields associated with this mindset can be far greater than passbook savings, CDs or other low-yielding investment vehicles.

When you trade with Nadex, there are multiple strategies that can offer a $20 maximum reward against $80 risked. The probabilities are very high, and the rules are simple and straightforward. If you trust the probabilities and the setup is there, it can be a relatively stress-free way to trade. 

And another pocketful of gravel is deposited in the yard.

The Purpose of this Blog

The Inquisitive Trader will be used  to share my experiences as an investor getting back into trading the markets. In June 2014 I joined the staff at TradingPub, and I am responsible for helping to book speakers for free webinars. Each week, I am exposed to a wealth of information from leading industry experts who teach how to trade the financial markets. When I come across interesting trading strategies, I will summarize my thoughts and share a link to the archived webinar. As I develop my own trading plan, I will also share some of my personal successes and failures. Responsible comments are welcome, but to avoid flaming posts and spam, I will be moderating all comments. I hope you find this blog useful, and wish you the very best on your journey trading the markets.


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