Congress is having its hearing on the retail trading frenzy in GameStop (GME) last month. So far, witnesses have pointed out that a few things could have avoided the big moves at the video game retailer. Had hedge funds not collectively shorted more than 100 percent of the stock’s float, shares may never have been so susceptible to a squeeze. And if brokerage firms had the speed of any other 21st century business, they may have cleared trades faster, requiring less collateral or a need to buy shares as a hedge.
While Congress weighs in, will this be an opportunity for genuine change in fixing a clearly broken part of trading (and one that favors hedge funds over retail traders? Or will we simply see the status quo with maybe one or two more useless new “rules” in place that are poorly enforced?
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P.S.: It’s my wife’s birthday today!
Sitting atop a $7.5 trillion cash pile, Jerome Powell never expected to be forced to sell off Fed assets. But Janet Yellen disagrees, and her forced downsizing will flood the markets with a tsunami of cash…
“There may be serious shortages of silver in the physical bullion market.” … “Copper and silver are favored by some investors as components in electric vehicles… There’s another metal, gold, that could be an opportunity.” … “Gold is highly liquid, no one’s liability, carries no credit risk, and is scarce, historically preserving its value over time.” So why has gold pulled back in Friday’s trading session?
Gold $1,786.09 (-2.2%) … Silver $27.40 (-0.2%)
February 10, 2020
About 75% of all trading is done by quants these days. And even then, the quants typically program algorithms to trade. Computerized programs can react faster to news and pick up tiny advantages on every market tick than a human can, which can lead to consistent profitability over time. But when the machines are dominating trade, unusual things can happen. The on-again, off-again trade war news created a big enough pattern for small traders to profit from. And now, with markets jittery over the coronavirus, it’s clearer why we advise caution. This fast trading can lead to big, but unwarranted, swings in the market.
How to find time.
Time. Time to be active, time to prep meals, time for yourself. This is without a doubt the #1 trouble area I hear about when asking clients to set goals. Furthermore, the difference in who is successful and who isn’t, is a lot simpler than you think. The difference between those who knock these goals out of the park & the ones who don’t is that the successful focus on what they CAN integrate, no matter how small, rather than what they CAN’T. Ironically, most people who are not successful or struggle with the hurdle of time, are also perfectionists. If it is not perfect, why do it at all? However, being active does not work this way nor does healthy eating or mindfulness. Something is ALWAYS better than nothing — it does not matter how small you may think it is. Makes sense, right?
My point. Stop focusing on what you DON’T have time for and start focusing on what you DO. We have to stop giving time and the idea of perfection so much power! Perception is reality, and perfec-tion and success ARE NOT the same thing!
Looking for what you DO have time for can be as simple as starting by looking for one, 10 minute window in your day. Once you take note of where this break is at, use it to think about what your goal is (meal planning, exercise, meditation) and get some clarity. Then the next break you ﬁnd — whether it’s today or tomorrow, start that grocery list, walk around, or go take a few breaths outside. Don’t worry if it isn’t a full hour or even 30 minutes — small adjustments make for huge steps in momentum. The more you build on the spots where you do have time, you’ll notice other areas open upias well. I guarantee it. Remember what I said earlier? Perception is reality.
Here are some ideas to get started:
✅ Use 10 minutes of your lunch break to walk outside instead of scrolling through your phone.
✅ Make your grocery list/meal plan for 10-15 minutes between classes or on that extended bathroom break we all know you took your phone with you for!
✅ A 5 minute meditation/deep breathing with a timer when you’ve just gotten out of a rough meeting/conversation with a client or coworker…
✅ Scheduling calls on your morning/evening commute to reconnect with friends/family.
✅ Shutting off music during your evening commute and focusing on your breathing, the cars around you, and only focusing on the drive to decompress.
✅ Running to the grocery store over your lunch break instead of the drive thru.
✅ Throwing together a one sheet pan dinner during commercial breaks on Sunday/Monday night to meal prep for the week.
✅ Waking up 15 minutes earlier to enjoy a cup of coffee or tea in peace and quiet.
It’s not going to be perfect, but that’s the point. Success and perfection are not the same thing!!!! In fact, they’re complete opposites in a lot of ways. Allow yourself the flexibility and freedom to know that whatever small step you choose to take, is exactly the right one.
You’ve got this … breathe … 😉
February 19, 2019
“For it is the thoughts that you give precedence to that shape your character, create your circumstances, and determine your ultimate destiny.”
Since my wife had a good day today… it is safe to wish her…
The Very, Very Best Caryl, the very, very best… 😉