The Calm before the Storm

Market forces …

… are a storm.

Minimum exposure or burnout…,

… that’s your choice.

To work in a market, you’ll need to be exposed to that market.


However, the extent of that exposure is up to you.

I like to keep it minimal.


Firstly, what is minimal?

For me, it works out to about an hour a day. Four markets.

All activities in all four markets are accomplished inside of an hour, and then that’s it for the day. See you tomorrow. Nothing pending. Bis Morgen. À bientôt. Kal milenge. This includes any research pertaining to the trading market concerned.

Was this always so?


Initially it used to take me up to three hours.

So how?


Systems, systems, systems.


Eventually, under one hour, with full justice done to each market.

So why minimal?

Market forces are poisonous. They shake up one’s entire nervous system. One’s after-market world-experience can then be tricky, and there can be explosions, misunderstandings, skirmishes, arguments etc.

With the minimal one hour, I still have to deal with milder versions of the above scenarios.

Milder is where I would like to draw a line. Non-market life makes the bulk of one’s existence. Why should one’s market-life be allowed to spoil one’s non-market life?

I have another secret weapon which I would like to share with you today.

It’s a powerful method to deal with market-forces.

Yes, I prepare myself thoroughly to deal with that one hour.


I like to accumulate calm.

Till 1 pm I’m accumulating calm, doing other stuff, and no market stuff, but lots and lots (and lots) of other stuff.

1-2 pm. I do my four markets.

Calm – switch on – calm – do – calm – switch off – calm – forget till next day – calm.

That’s it.

This above line is my weapon. It’s very powerful. It won’t let market forces beat you. I share it with you. For free. Why? It gives me joy. I like to share. Sharing increases my happiness. It makes my life fuller.

I’m not going to tell you to start sharing stuff.

It suffices to narrate the effects of sharing.

Whether you want such effects in your life or not is up to you.

One way of getting them is to start sharing.


Breathing Space

I like to breathe…

…between trades. 

There’s something fresh about being market neutral. 

One is decoupled from market forces. 

One feels light. 

If one has just closed a losing trade, there’s hung-over disappointment. 



Move on. 

On the other hand, if one has just closed a winning trade…

…there’s remnant euphoria. 



Move on. 

Why forget?

The next trade is the next trade. 

It has nothing to do with the previous trade. 

Also, one is recuperating, remember?

Market forces take a toll. 

Market neutral air allows the system to regenerate. 

Don’t mistake this market neutral with the other market neutral. 

Insiders speak of being market neutral when they are hedged, and trades on both sides result in an overall market neutral stance for them. 

Hedged market neutral candidates experience a double whammy of market forces. 

You’ve understood by now, that we are talking about the “not in the of the market” neutral stance. 

Should one then even call it market neutral?

I mean, one can call it sitting out, or something. 

I like to call it market neutral breathing space.

When does the neutral strictly apply?

When I don’t know if the next trade is going to be long or short.

What will the trade direction depend upon?





Whatever cooks your goose. 

However, sometimes, one is on a short-short strategy, or for that matter a long-long strategy. Meaning, that one might be out of a trade, but one is waiting to go short (long) on the next one, and so on and so forth. Meaning that one knows one’s trade direction for a defined time frame. 

Well, I still like to call the breathing space between trades market neutral, even here, because the word “neutral” reminds me to keep an unbiased mind about the next entry point. 

I try to then look at the chart free from the remains of previous experience, in my search for an entry point, even though I know the direction that I will be trading.

How much time can one spend between trades?

Depends on when the next setup arrives. 

Why the hurry?

Enjoy the calm of the space.

Decoupling One o Two

Trade on.

Market forces.




Life normal.

This is the real decoupling.

What was the other decoupling?

The myth one?


I mean, Switzerland is kinda financially decoupled. The CHF just keeps its own despite anything.

Israel is also sort of decoupled. Despite everything. Functions on its own tangent. Matter of opinion.

These are exceptions. They prove the norm.

There are remote chances these exceptions won’t exist tomorrow. Having said that, let’s hope nothing like that ever happens.

However, permanent decoupling is mostly a myth. We’ll be better off not incorporating it into our investment or trading strategy.

Decoupling one o two is a different matter.

It is very welcome.

It gives longevity and harmony to a trader’s market- and normal-life.

Happy trading!