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Futures Expiries January 2022

What Happens to Bitcoin in December?

Bitcoin has historically had an uptrend in December. With the already massive 98% gain year-to-date, will we see yet another uptrend in December 2021? 


Let’s address the chunky elephant before we start — Bitcoin is down about 13% from its highs of $68,521. 

We’re at the level some finance guys would even consider it a “crash”. Truthfully, Bitcoin has seen better days, but let’s not forget, not many better years. 

It’s still up about 98% from the start of the year — that’s a few percentage points more than any traditional assets. And we all know that’s an understatement. 

Now that we’re at the last stretch of the year, we’re edging closer to the phenomenon repeatedly seen over the past years — A Christmas Bump — a period leading towards January where it’s common to see Bitcoin on an upward trend. 

Bitcoin, 1 December 2016 to 31 December 2016

Bitcoin, 1 December 2017 to 31 December 2017

Bitcoin, 1 December 2018 to 31 December 2018

Bitcoin, 1 December 2019 to 31 December 2019

Bitcoin, 1 December 2020 to 31 December 2020

As of 3 December, Bitcoin is up about 98% year-to-date and it’s looking similar to 2016, 2017, 2019, and 2020. Out of these four years, three of them had their trend continue into December, adding on to the year’s gains. 

The reasons for this speculation aren’t arbitrary either. It’s a combination of multiple elements that enables this month to greatly outperform other months. And for this year, it is looking just as promising as the positive catalysts line up. 

So, who’s buying them? 

Retail Market

For the past few years, Bitcoin’s explosive moves in November have made it an unmissable topic at the Thanksgiving dining table. Adding to this is the fact that Bitcoin has grown at an unprecedented rate each year, dwarfing almost every other traditional asset. 

On top of that, with the help of influential people like Elon Musk and the constant buzz created by headlines with a grandiose three-figure percentage return in a year, the Internet is now plastered with talks around cryptocurrencies. 

Everyone has heard of this term by now, but only a few are invested in them. 

For those that are not invested, hearing these figures tends to incite a certain emotion in them. “It should have been me”, “It could have been me”, and “It would have been me if I had….” 

Translated, this is something traders and investors know all too well but is only ever clear in hindsight — FOMO — the fear of missing out on something even greater. 

Being able to notice this among other traders or investors is almost always a buy indicator, as what comes next is a wave of buyers coming into the same asset (Bitcoin) at the same time. In this case, giving the last month of the year a final push before heralding the new year’s.  

Institutions

Just a few years ago, transacting in Bitcoin is considered a laughable notion. 

“It’s too volatile” has become a phrase we’ve become too familiar with. But over the past year, fueled by the economic effects of the COVID-19 and controversy revolving around Robinhood and GameStop, sophisticated investors have begun to look for an alternative. 

One of which is Bitcoin. 

What followed suit was the assemblage of companies that also wanted to be involved. These companies are Microstrategy, Tesla, Square, and Coinbase. Together, they have over $12 billion invested in Bitcoin. 

Not just the acquisition of Bitcoin and owning it for the sake of owning it or storage of value, but more and more companies are looking to have an integrated crypto payment system. 

Twitter ($TWTR), had introduced their tipping feature, which includes using cryptocurrencies to their platform. Analysts are betting their money on Amazon to include cryptocurrencies as a payment method. And Facebook’s Novi, a digital currency wallet, is rather obvious proof that they’re working on it behind the limelight. 

Combining the fact that companies are buying Bitcoin as a storage value and building the technologies that enable their crypto transactions, leads to more demand for cryptocurrencies. From both the institutional side and, eventually, the retail side. 

Countries

Not even a decade back, all the talks were about how much gold does a country has. Today, presidents take it to Twitter to express their thoughts on Bitcoin and inflation. 

Oh, what a world we live in! 

The country that has been at the forefront of all of these is, of course, El Salvador. Their president, Nayib Bukele, has almost become a celebrity in the Crypto Twitter community because of his tweets around ‘buying the dip’ every time Bitcoin sees a price drop. As of the latest, El Salvador is reported to have over 1000+ Bitcoins in its reserves. 

Though El Salvador is the only country with Bitcoin as a legal tender, there are more than a handful of other countries already in talks about doing the same thing. Paraguay, Panama, Brazil, Mexico, and Argentina, just to name a few. 

The biggest reason why giant tech corporate’s and countries’ decisions make a difference is that they are the parties that will ultimately herald the mass adoption of cryptocurrencies. And with the amount of money these parties have compared to retail buyers, it is something to keep an eye out for. 

Spot Crypto ETF

One of the biggest themes that sent Bitcoin on an upward trajectory this year was the notion of having a crypto ETF. But the SEC, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, has said no over and over again. And then the news of an ETF that involves Bitcoin hit the streets. This was the ProShares Bitcoin Strategy ETF, otherwise known as $BITO

But investors who were anticipating this event were quickly disappointed as they realised this is only a Bitcoin Futures ETF, not a Bitcoin Spot ETF. In simple terms, a Bitcoin Futures ETF does not directly track Bitcoin’s prices, and it’s not ideal to hold as a long-term investment due to its high cost. Speculators even highlighted that the SEC only approved this ETF due to its nature of being a futures investment. 

On 2 December, painted all across the biggest financial publications, is the news that Fidelity is set to launch a cryptocurrency ETF. What’s, even more, is that it’s reported to be a spot ETF. The caveat is, this will be launched on the Toronto Stock Exchange, so not exactly available to US investors directly. 

Regardless, having a top-tier fund manager launch an ETF that is directly involved with the underlying asset is, in most perspectives, a big win for Bitcoin and the cryptocurrency space as a whole. 

Closing Thoughts

It’s arguably irrefutable to say Bitcoin has had an eventful year, and along with it, the entire crypto industry. But even with all that is happening and JP Morgan’s prediction that Bitcoin will hit $146,000 in the long-term, it is not to say it won’t keep performing the nose dive stunt and trigger all the stop losses while at it. Heck, maybe even giving President Nayib Bukele yet another opportunity to paint Twitter with his thoughts on buying the dip. 

But with our data and the news coverage around this, it is more than likely that we will be seeing the Bitcoin charts reaching for the top right corner of your screens. 

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The London FIX – Rig or Opportunity?

The colossal size of the FX market transcends any other, with an estimated daily turnover of $5.35 trillion. You have heard that at least THAT many times in your FX journey.

Now what you most probably haven’t heard, along with few other things regarding those trillions, not everything is as it is being served on the TV commercials, but we will address that in more depth in some of the future articles.

Here, we are interested only in the size of the market, exceeding 10 times its nearest competitor- the futures market. While the very size of the forex market should preclude the possibility of anyone rigging or artificially fixing currency rates, there are few piquants that you may not have heard about.

Get Acquainted with it’s Highness : The London FIX

The closing currency “fix” refers to benchmark foreign exchange rates that are set in London at 4 p.m. daily. Known as the WM/Reuters benchmark rates, they are determined on the basis of actual buy and sell transactions conducted by forex traders in the interbank market during a 60-second window (30 seconds either side of 4 p.m.).The benchmark rates for 21 major currencies are based on the median level of all trades that go through in this one-minute period. 

The importance of the WM/Reuters benchmark rates lies in the fact that they are used to value trillions of dollars in investments held by pension funds and money managers globally, including more than $3.6 trillion of index funds. Collusion between forex traders to set these rates at artificial levels means that the profits they earn through their actions ultimately comes directly out of investors’ pockets.

IM collusion and “banging the close”

Current allegations against the traders involved in the scandal are focused on two main areas:

  • Collusion by sharing proprietary information on pending client orders ahead of the 4 p.m. fix. This information sharing was allegedly done through instant-message groups – with catchy names such as “The Cartel,” “The Mafia,” and “The Bandits’ Club” – that were accessible only to a few senior traders at banks who are the most active in the forex market.
  • “Banging the close,” which refers to aggressive buying or selling of currencies in the 60-second “fix” window, using client orders stockpiled by traders in the period leading up to 4 p.m.

These practices are analogous to front running and high closing in stock markets, which attract stiff penalties if a market participant is caught in the act. This is not the case in the largely unregulated forex market, especially the $2-trillion per day spot forex market. Buying and selling of currencies for immediate delivery is not considered an investment product, and therefore is not subject to the rules and regulations that govern most financial products.

An example

Let’s say a trader at the London branch of a large bank receives an order at 3:45 pm from a U.S. multinational to sell 1 billion euros in exchange for dollars at the 4 pm fix. The exchange rate at 3:45 p.m. is EUR 1 = USD 1.2000.

As an order of that size could well move the market and put downward pressure on the euro, the trader can “front run” this trade and use the information to his own advantage. They therefore establishes a sizeable trading position of 250 million euros, which they sell at an exchange rate of EUR 1 = USD 1.1995.

Since the trader now has a short euro, long dollar position, it is in their interest to ensure that the euro moves lower, so that they can close out their short position at a cheaper price and pocket the difference. They therefore spread the word among other traders that they have a large client order to sell euros, the implication being that they will be attempting to force the euro lower.

At 30 seconds to 4 p.m., the trader and their counterparts at other banks – who presumably have also stockpiled their “sell euro” client orders – unleash a wave of selling in the euro, which results in the benchmark rate being set at EUR 1 = 1.1975. The trader closes out their trading position by buying back euros at 1.1975, netting a cool $500,000 in the process.

The U.S. multinational that had put in the initial order loses out by getting a lower price for its euros than it would have if there had been no collusion. Let’s say for the sake of argument that the “fix” – if set fairly and not artificially – would have been at a level of EUR 1 = USD1.1990. As each move of one “pip” translates to $100,000 for an order of this size, that 15-pip adverse move in the euro (i.e. 1.1975, rather than 1.1990), ended up costing the U.S. company $1.5 million.

Worth the risks

Odd though it may seem, the “front running” demonstrated in this example is not illegal in forex markets. The rationale for this permissiveness is based on the size of the forex markets, to wit, that it is so large that it is nearly impossible for a trader or group of traders to move currency rates in a desired direction. But what the authorities frown upon is collusion and obvious price manipulation.

If the trader does not resort to collusion, they do run some risks when initiating their 250-million short euro position, specifically the likelihood that the euro may spike in the 15 minutes left before the 4 p.m. fixing, or be fixed at a significantly higher level. The former could occur if there is a material development that pushes the euro higher (for example, a report showing dramatic improvement in the Greek economy, or better-than-expected growth in Europe); the latter would occur if traders have customer orders to buy euros that are collectively much larger than the trader’s 1-billion client order to sell euros.

These risks are mitigated to a great degree by traders’ sharing information ahead of the fix, and conspiring to act in a predetermined manner to drive exchange rates in one direction or to a specific level, rather than letting normal forces of supply and demand determine these rates.

So, the next time you are head -blown why the market moved like crazy around 4 pm London time and there were no news on the horizon, you’ll know, someone had their errands done.

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Market Cracking 07.09.2021

The risk-on mood extends for the second straight day this Tuesday, as most Asian stock markets are rallying, in anticipation of the ECB and BOC monetary policy decision. Meanwhile, a likely delay in the Fed’s tapering plan and hopes of more stimulus from China keep investors cheerful.

Prevailing an upbeat mood weighs on the US Treasuries, lifting the yields, in turn checking the renewed downside in the US dollar across the board. The greenback is attempting another bounce, as markets move past the effects of a disappointing US NFP report. The futures tied to the US stocks also edge higher, suggesting a positive start on Wall Street, as traders return after a three-day weekend.

Amid the resurgent dollar’s demand, most major currency pair have turned south, with the Antipodeans emerging as the main laggards. AUD/USD drops back towards 0.7400 after spiking to 0.7470, in an initial reaction to the RBA policy decision. The RBA kept the rates on hold at 0.10% while sticking to its tapering plans.

EUR/USD’s recovery faltered at 1.1885 amid rallying yields, as it now edges lower towards 1.1850. Investors shift their focus towards the German ZEW Survey and Eurozone GDP final revision.

The S&P 500 futures are alternating between gains and losses around 4,535 while the US 10-year Treasury yields consolidate Friday’s sharp rally above 1.30%. The US dollar is staging an impressive bounce, taking cues from the recovery in the Treasury yields.

GBP/USD is retreating below 1.3850 despite the upbeat Brexit news. The UK and EU extended the post-Brexit grace period over Northern Ireland indefinitely. The UK’s Brexit Minister David Frost revealed a fresh extension, with no new deadline set for the completion of talks, per The Guardian.

Gold price is retreating towards $1815, having failed to find acceptance above $1830, as all eyes remain on the ECB outcome on Thursday.

Cryptocurrencies are on the defensive. Bitcoin trades close to four-month highs above $52,000.

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La Bamba

Life, like Forex, comes down to choices and decisions… or wait, should I say, Forex, like life, comes down to choices and decisions. Either way, you get the point.

A while back, thanks to the ‘modern miracle’ called Facebook, I got reacquainted with my childhood best friend, whom I hadn’t seen in nearly twenty years. You know the story; the closest of friends in school, the pair that used to do everything together, then school ends, and life happens. Years pass and you happen to catch the tail-end of some movie you two watched a million times together, and you wonder how your old chum turned out? So you do what everyone does… you cyber-stalk him on Facebook.

On the face of it, my cyberstalking, er, sleuthing, showed that he was doing well; he had a nice job, a decent place to live, and he and his wife looked happy. After an awkward first chat, where I seemed to confirm what I saw on his timeline, and where we reminisced about years passed, I got a follow-up call from him a few days later… and it was a WHOLE different story.

Come to find out that colorful and joyful social timeline was a ruse, who’d a thought? In reality, my old friend was utterly distraught. He goes on to tell me that he and his wife are a ‘couple’ by name only, any resemblance of a relationship fizzled long ago. Not to mention his house, which was bought on an adjustable line of credit, was absolutely killing his finances. And to top it off, he was suffering from a bought of homesickness, having moved away from his family to accommodate his marriage. To make it short; he made a bad choice, well, honestly, he made a LOT of bad choices.

The real irony here? We ALL make bad choices. If fact most of us make MOSTLY bad choices. Life doesn’t come with a manual, and unfortunately, once you know how to live it, or at least have a better idea, you’re normally to damn old to enjoy it. In life when we are aware we have made a bad choice, it’s time to slow down, regroup, and make a decision, to either stay with the choice we made or accept the fact we made a mistake, correct it, and move on.

In forex, however, there IS a manual, in fact, there is a shit ton of manuals, however, somehow, we STILL make bad choices. Whether we misinterpret the market, or misread fundamentals, or follow the wrong technical indicator, invest in the wrong PAMM at the wrong time… just like in life, those bad choices have a COST, and just like in life, bills, unlike mail you actually want, never arrive late in the mail.

And here comes the hardest lesson of all… when you are faced with a tough choice, a choice between two shitty options, and you are forced to make a decision. Many people, when they find themselves in such a dilemma, assume they need to fix something. We have all heard the saying, ‘If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it,’ well today I am going to introduce you to this lesser known gem, ‘If it’s broke… buy a new one.’ If you KNOW you made a bad choice, living with it until it destroys you is NOT an option… for sane people anyway.

Step one is to acknowledge the mistake. OWN it. You made a choice, it’s your fault, and despite repeated attempts, no, you cannot blame someone else.  The reason it is so damn hard to get past this point is that pesky thing psychologists like to call self-righteousness, one of those inherent human traits that help slow the evolutionary process. Unfortunately, self-righteousness doesn’t get along well with wisdom, and you guessed it… it takes wisdom to acknowledge when you have made a mistake.

Step two is all about courage. Now I am not trying to say that most people are cowards, but nearly ALL of us are afraid to admit when we are wrong, which in forex means almost NONE of us are keen at a taking a loss. You know, those of us that mutter ‘An equity loss is not a REAL loss,’ under our breath as our account slowly gets slaughtered by one of those aforementioned bad choices. And for the record… a loss is a loss. Equity, balance, whatever.

In the end, when most of us are faced with the choice of cutting the loss or taking a stand, making a clear decision, and actually doing something to correct the mistake we don’t want to admit we made… we simply do nothing. The irony here is that not making a decision is, in fact, making the WRONG decision, the de facto decision of letting fate decide the outcome for us.

Instead of closing the trade, the trade we KNOW was a mistake, we just let it run, and hope the market will turn in our favor. HOPE is NOT a form of market analysis. Next time you want to rely on hope do yourself a favor and walk away from your desk, smash your phone, throw your tablet out of the window, and HOPE that your internet falls offline so you can’t trade. Oh and call yourself Mr. Retail, and Mr. 95% for a few days to let it sink in how NOT ready you are to trade alongside the big boys.

It turns out my friend didn’t make a decision either. So there he sits, in a bad relationship, a mountain of debt, and with a cloud of depression hanging over him. All because he did not want to admit his mistakes, and decide to cut his losses, clear his mind, and start looking for the next market opportunity, on the road to recovery.

On occasion, the market does give you a second chance. Life? Not so often.

Oh, and my friend and his ‘loving’ wife now have a baby on the way. So much for cutting your losses. It seems he now has no choice but to go down with the ship like any self-respecting Captain.

Me? I would MUCH rather be a Sailor… getting away on the last life raft. Dignified? Maybe not. Honorable? Not too sure. Smart? You better believe it…

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USD Optimism, BTC hits 50k, PMIs Eyed

The market mood has improved amid speculation that the Fed refrains from early tapering amid the rapid spread of the Delta covid variant. The safe-haven dollar is reversing some of its gains. Preliminary PMIs are high on the agenda, and Bitcoin is on the rise.

After a week dominated by concerns that the Federal Reserve would announce a tapering of its bond-buying scheme, investors are now foreseeing a delay. Robert Kaplan, President of the Dallas branch of the Fed, said he would consider postponing such a move in response to the impact of the Delta covid variant. Kaplan is a hawk and had previously pushed for withdrawing stimulus.

The focus is on the Fed’s Jackson Hole Symposium and the speech by Chair Jerome Powell on Friday. Over the weekend, the bank announced that the event would be held virtually, a move seen as acknowledging the severity of the current wave of the disease.

Some speculate that Powell could use the Jackson Hole speech to signal a delay in withdrawing stimulus rather than bringing it forward. Markets are cheered by reports that the White House would extend Powell’s term as Fed Chair by another four years. 

US coronavirus cases have hit a daily average of 149,000, ten times more than in early June. Hospitals in several southern states remain stressed. On the other hand, China said it has eliminated the spread of the Delta strain, allowing the lifting of lockdowns in the world’s second-largest economy. 

The upbeat mood in markets has pushed the safe-haven dollar down with EUR/USD recapturing 1.17. Markit’s preliminary Purchasing Managers’ Indexes for August are due out during the morning and are set to remain on high ground.

UK PMIs are of interest to the pound, which is struggling with stubbornly high British covid cases. GBP/USD is trading around 1.3650.

The improved market mood is also supporting oil prices, with WTI topping $63. Gold is hovering around $1,785, within familiar ranges. 

Cryptocurrencies had a successful weekend, with Bitcoin surging above $50,000, the highest levels since May. Ethereum is trading above $3,300 and other digital assets such as Cardano and Dogecoin are on the move.

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Fibo Rules

Fibonacci is a huge subject and there are many different Fibonacci studies with weird-sounding names but we’re going to stick to two: retracement and extension.

Few days ago my brother overheard me talking about the market and when I mentioned Fibonacci levels, in awe and surprise he almost yelled at me – What does Fibonacci has to do with your Forex, that is architecture!!!

So, for the sake of the peace in the world, let us first start by introducing you to the Fibo man himself…Leonardo Fibonacci, the king of the Castle!

No, no, he was not a king literally, and I doubt he had a castle, though his father was quite rich; and he is not some famous Italian chef, though he may sound like Pizza to you. You got partially right, he was Italian, and actually born in Pisa, but, he was a famous Italian mathematician, so, known as a super-duper uber ultra geek.

He had an “Aha!” moment when he discovered a simple series of numbers that created ratios describing the natural proportions of things in the universe. I had my “Ahaaaaa!” moment when I realized that his “Aha!” actually works.

The ratios arise from the following number series: 0, 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 21, 34, 55, 89, 144…

This series of numbers is derived by starting with 0 followed by 1 and then adding 0 + 1 to get 1, the third number.

Then, adding the second and third numbers (1 + 1) to get 2, the fourth number, and so on.

After the first few numbers in the sequence, if you measure the ratio of any number to the succeeding higher number, you get .618.

For example, 34 divided by 55 equals .618.

If you measure the ratio between alternate numbers you get .382.

For example, 34 divided by 89 = 0.382 .

Well, now, that is way too serious. You can kill an elephant with all those numbers, though I don’t really see a point in killing an elephant. No one should kill an elephant for any reason.

Fibonacci Sequence

Back to the Fibo guy, enough elephants.

Fibonacci sequence is formed by taking 2 numbers, any 2 numbers, and adding them together to form a third number.

Then the second and third numbers are added again to form the fourth number.

And you can continue this until it’s not fun anymore… And the fun never ends, so don’t…  You should be trading, not adding numbers.

The ratio of the last number over the second-to-the-last number is approximately equal to 1.618.

This ratio can be found in many natural objects, so this ratio is called the golden ratio.

It appears many times in geometry, art, architecture, nature.

I have trillion more images to show that Fibonacci is everywhere, though some of them even I  personally don’t like seeing, like Sonic the Hedgehog, which I still don’t understand how came to obsess my nephew.

And where is Forex in all this?!

Didn’t I say Fibonacci is everywhere?

Fibonacci retracement levels work on the theory that after a big price moves in one direction, the price will retrace or return partway back to a previous price level before resuming in the original direction.

Traders use the Fibonacci retracement levels as potential support and resistance areas.

Haters my say since so many traders watch these same levels and place buy and sell orders on them to enter trades or place stops, the support and resistance levels tend to become a self-fulfilling prophecy.

Traders use the Fibonacci extension levels as profit-taking levels.

Again, word is that since so many traders are watching these levels to place buy and sell orders to take profits, this tool tends to work more often than not due to self-fulfilling expectations… But, as long as it works, who cares why ?

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Mind The Cars

So, like most days, I find myself here, staring at price grids waiting anxiously for a trigger to get into the market, and from some distant place, I faintly hear someone saying… no, yelling… ‘It’s GREEN moron.’ I suddenly come to the realization that I am not sitting at my desk, looking at a sea of charts and indicators, but standing on the sidewalk, staring down at the crosswalk huddled amidst the mid-morning rush hour… simply waiting for the light to turn.

What’s the name of this blog series? Oh yeah, OBSESSED. I think it fits nicely.

Seriously, you absolutely KNOW you need help when EVERY mundane aspect of your day literally BECOMES ‘forex’ed’. I am so far gone I even hear a repeating jingle in my head, reminiscent of the old tootsie roll song;

“Whatever it is I think I see… becomes a forex indy to me”

Certifiable… I know… However, once that ‘Forex Switch’ gets turned on, it’s hard to turn off. Mostly, on the face of it, life seems quite structured compared to FX. There are rules, and if you follow them, for the most part, it’s pretty easy sailing. If you’re crossing the street, you press a button, wait for a signal, and trot across those zebra lines without even a second thought. Heck, most people are so busy updating their status, so the rest of the world knows they are crossing the street, that they don’t even look up to see if it truly is clear to pass. BUT… they still make it across.

The question then becomes WHY is it we cannot apply these same ideas to the market to make it as easy to be a profitable trader as it is to cross the street? I mean ‘smart’ guys have already invented a ton of ‘signals,’ everything from indicators to Japanese Candles to recognizable chart patterns, so what is the problem? Is it me, it is us? What then?

Here I remain, glaring intently at the street light, glancing back at the street, anxiously awaiting it to turn… KNOWING it is going to turn… looking again at the light… noticing there is no traffic in sight. I guess I can just go NOW, right? I mean, after all, I KNOW it is going to turn, and I can’t see any cars coming.

Sound familiar?

The old, ‘the market is going to turn at any moment, I am SURE of it, so no need to wait for the actual trigger. I KNOW I am right, and it is EVIDENT the market will agree with me…. any minute now.

Okay, yeah, got it, don’t break the rules, stick to plan, etc.  understood. How come then, even when I play by the rules, following them to a ‘t’, the trade I take, the trade I waited ALL day to take, the one that had me stressing out for HOURS, STILL doesn’t turn out as expected.

This my friends is an important lesson… The market does what the market wants to do, it has no boss, and there is no market police force to give it a ticket when it decides to jaywalk right over your cute little trading plan.

The point to this story? I have never in my life heard of a person being hit by a street light while crossing a street. Even when it’s green, make sure you ALWAYS mind the cars and not the streetlights.

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