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 […]
August 24, 2014

Review of Nootelligence Focus – How does this nootropics beverage stack up?

Can this new class of nootropics beverage raise your game and performance? Focus Intelligently. In the ever expanding nootropics and cognitive enhancers space, one of the most rapidly expanding areas is the nootropics beverage space. Nootelligence Focus is one of the leading entrants in the growing realm of energy/nootropics beverages and competes against familiar names like 5-hour Energy and new players like Neurofuel, brain toniq, and upcoming entrant Think Drink. These are still early times in the nootropics beverage space so there are still some shades of grey around what should be considered a nootropics beverage vs. an energy drink […]
July 23, 2014

Avoid Chasing the Dragon – How To Cycle Nootropics and Keep Them Effective

Forward In my mind the term “chasing the dragon” conjures up images of addicts and opium dens of times past. But metaphorically the term alludes to the feeling that the next ingested dosage of a drug will result in a nirvana that seems and feels imminent and conclusive, yet upon consumption never quite yields the promised experience— leading to the desire for the next dose that still promises the same—thus chasing the dragon but never catching it.  -Source:  Wikipedia As any hard charger knows, there are no biological shortcuts and that ultimately Mother Nature has a funny way of evening the tables. In […]
June 27, 2014

BrainStack Nootropics Review – Can BrainStack give you a trading edge? #tradingstack 

Are you looking for the perfect nootropics trading stack that will help you learn faster and retain more, improve your productivity and efficiency, and increase your drive and motivation? These are the claims made by Maven Labs, the makers of the pre-formulated nootropics stack BrainStack.   Read on to see if BrainStack can give you that edge. In a previous post we spoke about building your own nootropic stack but in our never-ending search for the perfect trading stack we happened upon Maven Labs’s BrainStack.   BrainStack is one of the more popular pre-formulated options in a growing marketplace of pre-mixed […]
May 23, 2014

Beginners Nootropic Stack for Traders #tradingstack

I often get asked where is a good starting point with nootropics, especially as it pertains to creating your own stacks.   If you haven’t done so already, let me first kindly refer you to post titled the Nootropics for Traders – 4 Step Plan. Now in this post I will give you a good all-round beginner stack for trading that addresses some of the common issues that nootropics can often help traders cope with. Do you experience the following when trading? Anxiety Lack of focus Difficulty recalling events Difficulty learning new patterns Or are you looking for an extra edge? What To […]
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, […]
April 30, 2014

How do you get in the Trading Zone? Hint – Focus!

Any trader will tell you that there’s nothing quite like “Trading in the Zone”. If you read the literature around flow states everything points to Focus and Concentration as being one of the key elements in achieving this wondrous and desired state. I will investigate the state of flow further in future blog posts and drill down on some of the other attributes related to attaining and remaining in flow, but for now lets turn our attention to Focus. The issue for many of us, myself notwithstanding, is that focus can be fleeting. If you’re anything like me, then at times your mind may […]
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 […]