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The effect of learning preference on stress management in peak performance moments

April 24, 2011 Leave a comment

interesting use of the auditory channel to improve performance when under stress
i do the same thing with the use of drum solos to help me concentrate when trading at key moments in the trading day
 classic chokes — appear to rise from the process known colloquially as “thinking too much” or “paralysis through analysis,” and among cognitive scientists as “explicit monitoring.” Explicit monitoring, says Beilock, is “conscious attention to normally automatized physical operations that destroys the athlete’s normal fluidity.”
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Tortoise daily trading plan review, Apr 24, 2011

April 23, 2011 3 comments

Green Dragon Bridge

Image by hchalkley via Flickr

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FkHEL2PUNrw 

daily trading plan review

  • Market in Bull Normal;  Market is Overbought on a short term basis
  • Equities have stalled vicinity the previous swing high, with signs of confidence in emerging mkts and Asia beginning to emerge.
  • Precious metals, commodities, energy  of any type are dominating, especially silver
  • Rebalancingproject:
    • Monthly rebalancing : next re-evaluation  on/about  1 May
      • 331 is holding  DIA, MDY, IWM;    631 is holding SPY, MDY, IWM
      • Quarterly rebalancing: next re-evaluation  on/about  1 July. 333 is holding DIA, MDY, IWM;
  • ETF2 notes:  adjust stops
    • Theoretical exposure is recommended at 90%;  model portfolio remains at 90%
  • BrainMode Power update

Sharing my BrainMode power report

April 22, 2011 2 comments

wanted to share out my BrainMode power (BMp) report.
Quite a few folks had expressed interest in learning more about BMp, so I thought I would share mine and how I will use it in my trading practice
As/if you read further, Notice the auditory, visual, kinesthetic language; notice the implicit and explicit beliefs…
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I took it this morning, when in a trading frame of mind
To me, the market is a learning laboratory for self-discovery; It allows us to experience its nature thru whispers, glimpses, and nudges in the results we get from our trading.
I have become even more auditory than I was 2 years ago when I first took this instrument; i attribute this to doing more recordings for Youtube for trading and teaching, and to the amount of time I have been spending in my doctoral program reading complex material. As I read, I hear the words and concepts in my head, I see how they connect (or not) to my cognitive/emotional maps, as I try to fit them into my paradigms, worldviews, cognitive  word-nets/cognitive maps.
I conceptualize top-down and then fiddle to see how the eaches fit in, listening for reactions, looking for jagged edges & anomolies, feeling for friction, tension and goodness of fit. I test to see how it works locally and then scale up to listen and look for effects across other domains, and see how the new “whole load” is distributed across my load-bearing members.
I will go thru this report in detail over the next 2 weeks and  use it as a lens to compare to my trading practice, in order to uncover more insights about how I may better plan, prepare, execute and reflect upon my results
The BrainMode Power for Professional Development comes with a series of 14 weekly followups with additional insights  and exercises, tips and recommendations that can be applied, in order systematically deepen my self awareness of learning styles, preferences, my beliefs about them and how they intersect with and are manifested in my trading practice.
Calibrating my practice, as it were 🙂
Each of the folks coming to the research weekend and the live trading week have been sent their links to take the instrument and have a chance to play along and learn.
I will be keeping my notes in my learning journal, and will use that to focus my efforts.
My learning journal has 3 columns:
1. The event/experience/insight in rich detail
2. What I think and feel about it, and how it connects to my world view
3. What I will do about it
These reflect the Kolb Experiential Learning Model in a condensed form, one of the leading adult learning models in use these days.