April 29, 2015

9 Steps to Trading Mastery

In my previous post I recounted my experience and some of the trading struggles I faced when I began trading.  My breakthrough came when I finally owned the journey of becoming a masterful trader.  Becoming a successful trader isn’t a destination – it’s a process.  It’s a process of moving from unconscious incompetence to ultimately unconscious competence. In your pursuit towards trading mastery let the following 9 steps guide your actions and intentions.   These steps are adapted from the book – Handbook of Coaching – A Developmental Approach. 1. Know yourself. “It’s not the mountain we conquer but ourselves.” […]
March 29, 2015

Get 10% Happier – Take the 28 Day Mindfulness for Traders Challenge

[Tweet “I can’t think of one practice that has more improved my outlook on trading more than mindfulness.”] From the likes of hedge fund managers Ray Dalio and Paul Tudor Jones, to artists and professionals like Howard Stern, Tim Ferriss, and Russell Simmons, and countless sports athletes, the number of high performers who are extolling the benefits of meditation is growing and growing. Likewise, as I’ve written in the past, the benefits to traders who incorporate a mindfulness practice is abundantly clear – Mindful traders can reduce the effects of irrelevant emotions by regulating those emotions more effectively, while still remaining […]
February 18, 2015

Creatine Isn’t Only for Athletes, Bro

Readers of The Trading Edge know that I strongly believe that trading well is akin to peak performance. However sustained peak performance is only available to us when there is a strong congruence between mind, body, and technique. In this guest post, guest contributor Mansal Denton, gives a new spin on one of the most popular and scientifically proven supplements – creatine. Mansal Denton is an avid biohacker and his new venture, Hyperion Strength, focuses on optimizing performance for both mind and body. Millions of athletes and bodybuilders take creatine as a supplement to get bigger, stronger, and perform better in athletics. […]
September 25, 2014

Review of AddieUP – Does the supplement with the provocative name live up to the hype?

Power Energy Focus All of us have probably heard of the pharmaceutical drug Adderall.  It is the well known psycho-stimulant prescribed to sufferers of attention deficit hyperactive disorder (ADHD) and narcolepsy. Unsurprisingly Adderall has also risen in popularity with student and hard charging populations who are seeking to improve their performance and cognitive faculties. Unfortunately for many individuals Adderall can be dual-edged sword.  On the one hand there are those stimulatory positive effects already mentioned, but prolonged use or abuse can lead to an impairment in cognitive function, addiction, and a variety of potential physical ailments. And so begins the […]
May 18, 2014

Dual-N-Back Your Trading

Summary In several studies practicing Dual-N-Back tasks for about 20 minutes each day for 20 days significantly improves performance on a standard test of fluid intelligence. This can be a significant benefit to traders to improve pattern recognition, new skill acquisition, and decision making. Across various studies, practicing n-back improved the ability to reason and solve new problems, which is a crucial element of general intelligence registers an increase. This improvement lasts for up to three months. The n-back task taps into a crucial brain function known as working memory (the ability to maintain information in an active, easily retrieved state, […]
May 12, 2014

Can HRV Training Strengthen Your Trading?

  “Trading is emotion. It is mass psychology, greed and fear.” Michael Marcus – Jack Schwager, Market Wizards, 1993. This article is part 1 of an ongoing series on Heart Rate Variability (otherwise known as HRV). In this article I will share with you a quick primer on HRV and then delve into how I personally track my HRV and how tracking my HRV has improved my trading. What is HRV (Heart Rate Variability)? The last two decades have witnessed the recognition of a significant relationship between the autonomic nervous system and cardiovascular mortality, including sudden cardiac death.  Experimental evidence for an association between propensity for lethal arrhythmias and signs of either increased sympathetic or reduced vagal activity […]
April 29, 2014

How To Interpret the Braverman Assessment

  Ok you’ve invested the time in completing the Braverman Assessment. So how do you interpret the results and what do you do about it? Read on to find out dietary and supplement dosage recommendations as well as my personal brand suggestions. Understanding your results   The Braverman Assessment has two parts:  Read Part 1 to find your dominant nature and Part 2 to find out if you have a deficient nature.  A typical result for a Dominant nature is 35, if your other natures are 15 points below then this suggests a Deficient nature.   A typical result for a […]
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