In most video games, at the end of each stage, there is a boss fight. When you win, you advance to the next stage.
If you find that my postings on level 01-10 is useful, it would be good if you write down your thoughts. If you want to grow as a trader, this is a must-do step. When you write down what you think, you can cement your thoughts into concrete action.
You can answer these 2 questions to help you get started.
1. What level did i find it most helpful to me? Why?
2. How can i use that to become a more successful trader?
In this episode:
•Colin names the mentor responsible for making him a successful trader
•What happened to his account at PFGBest
•How he started with $800 and no clue what he was doing
•The two biggest things that he sees beginners doing wrong
•What he does to constantly improve his trading
•How his lifestyle has changed since quitting his day job
Do you know that money is liken to water? That is why we use monetary terms like liquidity, credit freeze, money flow and etc. If you want to understand what is one of the basic fundamental structures of the markets, you must understand water.
Why do we have bull markets and bear markets? It is because money flows in and out, just like the tides on the seashore. High tide means more water flowing onto the shore line. Low tide equates to less water is flowing in. So money behaves fundamentally in the same way. More money pouring into the markets will result in roaring bull runs. Conversely, when money begins to flow out of the markets, a bear market is on its way. However, note that the amount of money in circulation remains the same. Money taken out of the markets does not disappear. Yes it is gone from the markets, but money has only changed its form.
Water has three forms: it can exist as a solid, liquid or gaseous state. Water is liquid at 99 degree Celsius. The moment we heat that water to 100 degree Celsius, it is transformed into a gaseous state. Likewise, money has the potential to exist in all three forms too. It can exist as electronic money via credit cards. It can be transformed into paper money, for example as paper notes and cheques. Lastly, it can also be as solid money, denoted by precious metals such as gold and silver bullions.
Bruce Lee said this statement in his interview,
"Empty your mind. Be formless. Shapeless like water. Now you put water into a cup, it becomes the cup. You put water into a bottle, it becomes the bottle. You put into a teapot, it becomes the teapot. Now water can flow, or it can crash [like the US financial crisis of 2007-2009]. Be water my friend."
Learn to flow with the water. Know the flow of the money. Discern what the big players are doing with their money. Know where the big players are flowing with their water money. Then follow them.
In level 11, i precluded to the fact that to be a successful trader, we must think and behave like water. When water is poured into a teapot, it becomes the teapot. Water does not argue its shape, it simply follows the shape of the container.
Likewise to trade successfully, we follow the flow of the market. If market is bullish, we buy. If market is flowing down, we sell. If market is stagnant and stuck in a pond, we trade the range. This is one of the simplest and most profitable rule of trading. Yet it is also most profoundly the hardest to master. We want to impose our will onto the market. We want to command the market to go where we want it to go. Therefore, to be successful, we simply follow the market. We follow where it wants to go. We let the will of the market become our will. There is no contradiction. No striving. No struggling. We flow, we become the teapot, we bend our will to the market.
For this next part, we need to understand the financial terminology of the money. Do you realize that the words society used to describe water are also the words we use for money? We want to really visualize money as water. Or better yet, visualize money as a giant river such as the Amazon or Mekong River.
Along both sides of the river, we have river banks. The river banks define the boundaries the river. It tells the river where to flow and where not to flow. We have banks in our financial systems, such as Citibank, UBS, central banks and etc. What the roles of our money banks? It fulfills exactly the same roles as the river banks. The banks dictates and orders the flow of the money.
When river flows, we have river currents. The currents can be described as strong, weak, rapid, slow, warm, cold and numerous other words. So what alternative names do we give to money? That is right, we called it currencies. Surprise?! Not if you really think of money as water. We have strong currencies such as the Aussie dollar. And euro dollar is a weak currency due to its debt crisis. Think of currents when you think of currencies.
How about liquidity? About 70% of earth's water is in liquid form. Liquidity means the amount of money in circulation. High liquidity means high tide. Low liquidity means low tide. With the FED, Bank of England and Bank of Japan printing mass amounts of money, the world is flooded with huge liquidity. That money, like water, has to flow to somewhere. Notice again the word "flooded", another watery term.
In conclusion, i hope i have expanded your thinking of money. When you drink a cup of water next time, think $$$.