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Old Apr 8, 2008, 5:07am   #21
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Now apparently according to some, trading can be easily learned, you don't have to be born with special talents, you can be from any gene pool and still make it in this business.

Minimum wage workers poo poo all over the 'anyone can trade' theory with one foul and humungous dump.
Probably shouldn't even bother replying but here goes anyway.........

They probably fail for the very misconception you have stated there.

I don't know of any on this board who have claimed trading is easily learned. That is your misconception, intentional or otherwise, of what has been posted.

Those like the ones you mention in your post usually fail because they come into this business believing it will be easy. When it is not easy, they quit. Most all the other reasons given for failure at trading really boil down to that simple fact in my humble opinion.

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Old Apr 8, 2008, 5:20am   #22
 
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OK. Where angels fear to tread.

Agree: trading can not be easily learned (except for some rare parties who's genetics and prior life experience set them up perfectly to be traders (I don't know any of these people)).

Disagree: the ones you mention in your post usually fail because they come into this business believing it will be easy.

People fail in this business for a range of reasons. Believing it will be easy probably makes some of the later reasons more likely but "usually" is way to broad. Trading failure is a complex things and there are a lot of contributing factors. I'd suggest some but I don't suggest that they are either all of them or which one or combination makes up "usually." Reasons for failure:

- thought it was easy and didn't do the work
- neuroticism (over 50% genetic) making courageous trading too difficult
- didn't have enough money
- was not disciplined enough (I'm guessing that this is the big one but I also think a lot of things contribute to it or exacerbate it)
- wasn't smart enough to figure it out (over 50% genetic)
- was too smart so have the wrong behaviours built in from childhood (over 50% genetic)

And so on and so forth. My current trade, imho, is going to fail because I entered at the wrong place ...
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Old Apr 8, 2008, 10:56am   #23
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Nine,

You seem pretty convinced that genes provide the pre-condition of an ability to trade. Has this gene been identified?

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Old Apr 8, 2008, 11:04am   #24
 
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Don't display your ignorance grant

But just in case it wasn't a joke: there is no "trading gene" any more than there is a good (rhymes with luck, you'll get spam suggesting you can be a better ....) gene.

But if you believe that for different types of trading (discret day, discret longer term, system (say)) there is an impact from characteristics like risk adverseness, neuroticism, intelligence, optimism, then you will find solid research showing the genetic vs environmental components of these factors.

I never used the term pre-condition; you introduced it; and I would say that it is a foolish term except in extremes. If some one was so dumb that despite schooling they couldn't add 2+2 and come up with 4, or perhaps tie their shoe laces, then it might be a precondition. At least as far as I've bothered thinking about it, other cases the genetic elements of ones capabilities will simply be factors in success.
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Old Apr 8, 2008, 1:49pm   #25
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Nine,

You seem pretty convinced that genes provide the pre-condition of an ability to trade. Has this gene been identified?

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Dr. Nyles Van Hyerstrein, Professor Emeritus at Zulander University, late last year, pointed that gene out to a group on sabbatical from the SEC who were interested in breeding small trading clones.

It was reported in the Wall Street Journal of Medicene in November of 2007

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Old Apr 8, 2008, 2:08pm   #26
 
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Some people are simply risk averse and/or not entrepreneurial or interested in really striving to increase their financial status. I know several people who could be very wealthy by now. People that had the right skills at the right time to make it big but that lacked the drive.
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Old Apr 8, 2008, 2:47pm   #27
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Some people are simply risk averse and/or not entrepreneurial or interested in really striving to increase their financial status. I know several people who could be very wealthy by now. People that had the right skills at the right time to make it big but that lacked the drive.
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have spent the majority of my "working" life self-employed, which covers your "entrepenurual" category and because its so easy to do, so nice not to have a "boss" or just be another cog in the wheel and so nice to utilize the "perks" and tax adjustments available, that I am constantly surprised by those who simply CANNOT work for themselves, so tuned into the security of a "job" are they that the very thought gets them to "vibrating".

While there are of course a multitude of real reasons for choosing to work for another, one of the stronger reasons against it is simply "schooling" --- throughout our "education" as we grow, what we see is the 9 - 5 world before us, time for school to start, time for it to end, your parents have designated times to go to work and come back --- "rush" hour is simply because the majority of the world has to be in their cubicles at a specific time. Other words, we are TRAINED to unconciously believe the ONLY way to go thru life is 9 - 5 !

Now that said, these people FEAR being fired for all the obvious reasons, and I (and prob most, if not all "entrepenourial heads") never give it a thought --- failure only means your "approach" was incorrect and its time to re-evaluate and press on !

i guess thats one reason why i love trading --- over many many years I have learned to depend on myself, found that I have enough skills to engage in a number of career choices over my lifetime and to be as successful as needed in all of them.

Im not a "superstar" and I have no need to be one, cause even doing decently in this business means making far more for a person than most wage slaves can ever imagine !

Gotta go -- got a modeling assignment in 2 hours

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Old Apr 8, 2008, 3:16pm   #28
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Mr Nine,

I quote from the Moderators Handbook, ch 87, paragraph 45, sub-section 6:

‘Moderators whose forefathers were transported to the colonies as common criminals shall restrain from assuming a snotty tone when addressing the more exalted members.’

I used “pre-condition” as being a quality which could be ascribed to a particular gene, as for example a certain gene is likely to pre-dispose susceptibility to certain diseases. It was to differentiate from what some may believe to be a “trading” gene.

With reference to your final paragraph, It is with great regret that we may agree here.

Damn your impudence, Sir. What, what.

MP,

I read that article. Obviously you didn’t read my “reply” in the same publication where I demolished Dr. Van Hyerstrein’s theory as being nothing more than a series of holes held together by rotting string. What are you modelling by the way? Is that you in your picture?

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Old Apr 8, 2008, 4:08pm   #29
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MP,

I read that article. Obviously you didn’t read my “reply” in the same publication where I demolished Dr. Van Hyerstrein’s theory as being nothing more than a series of holes held together by rotting string. What are you modelling by the way? Is that you in your picture?

Grant.
while his theories are in no way to be construed as "new", having spent years testing on the backs of PHD students, in no way should one consider his DNA chain held together by "rotting" string and while your response held some interest to those wandering the halls of academic kindergarten, they appeared to have huge round empty spaces of their own -- large enough to drive an interstate bus through !

now, allow a working girl to get on with it, cause its hard being brilliant, beautiful and bouyant with you serious chaps about !

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Old Apr 8, 2008, 6:17pm   #30
 
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Short answer - anyone can trade, but not everyone can make money. If everyone who traded made money, where would all the profits come from?
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