Thanks for checking out the ClayTrader Stock Trading Reality Podcast. Our show, hosted by ClayTrader, is designed to motivate and inspire traders of all experience levels. We interview REAL traders, discuss their trading journey, and lessons they learned along the way, both positive and negative.
Taking Things Slow (AND Smart) | STR 388
I understand. I really do. The financial markets and world of trading and investing is awesome and offers so much potential! It seems like any direction you look, you can see an opportunity that could put extra money into your pocket. Splash in the fact you can do all this from anywhere with an internet connection and the temptation to “get going now!” becomes even more of a real thing. You’re not alone in that feeling. In fact, as ambitious people, it’s extremely normal to feel that way; however, DO NOT do it! Do not rush into this! You need to take it slow. Our guest this episode, Matt (community alias, ‘brigbills’) is a shining example of this. As you’ll see, he has multiple streams of income and has a great work ethic toward life; but he’s also taking things slow, as hard as it may be. In doing so, he’s been able to expose himself to several pitfalls in safe ways. He’s learned quite a bit (and continues to learn) about the proper ways to make all this work. At this point, he has not transitioned to real money, so there is a whole lot to talk about! Let’s get to it!
NYC Real Estate Broker Takes on Trading | STR 337
If I were forced to guess some of the more competitive industries you can participate in, the New York City real estate market would be one of my guesses. Huge deals, huge competition and money pouring in from all over the world. It takes a unique individual to be able to survive in that kind of environment. This is the type of individual we have on this episode! Fellow member, Christian, is a long time real estate broker in New York City who has now begun a journey within the world of the stock market. My favorite part about Christian was he could have shown up with a big ego, but he didn’t. He was completely humble and transparent about his journey so far, including the challenges that have taken some swings at him. We all have hurdles and adjustments that need to be made in life to maneuver through it, and Christian has been doing a great job with it. Let’s do some iron sharpening and hear about his journey!
Hanlon’s Razor: A Trader Improvement Tool | STR 336
One of the great things about being a human is that we can relate to other humans. Sure, we are not all the exact same; however, there are some general tendencies that seem to be very common from one person to another. Because of this, we can develop general rules of thumb to help us be aware of these potential pitfalls that we set for ourselves (with good intentions of course). One of these heuristic dynamics we tend to use can be summarized as Hanlon’s Razor. This can (and should) be used to many different areas of life, but for us as traders, as far as I’m concerned, it is an improvement tool that must be used. Hanlon’s Razor offers benefits for the two different groups of traders. Those that are beginners and just getting started in their trading ambitions and those that already have quite a bit of experience. It is our job as traders to use and leverage as many bits of data as possible in order to give ourselves an edge in the market, and I firmly believe that using the trader improvement tool of Hanlon’s Razor will assist in this quest. Let’s talk more about it!
A Train Wreck Trade Left Him With Only $600… Then What? | STR 335
Have you ever been there? One single trade turns into a train wreck and demolishes your overall gains, or worse yet, your entire trading account. Maybe it has never happened to you, but putting all drama and hyperbole aside, understand the train is lurking around every corner just waiting for the right chance to steamroll you! In this episode I talk with fellow member John who is extremely transparent about his journey. In particular, he’s very open about a single trade that steamrolled him and left him with only $600 remaining in his trading account. This can be a totally demoralizing situation to find yourself in, but that’s exactly where John was. What did he do from that point forward? What changes did he make? How has his trading gone since that moment? This is a great discussion filled with horror, but also, moments of motivation and inspiration. So let’s get to it!
Things Were Going SO Good… and then | STR 334
We go international once again and talk with a Ukrainian member, Illia. The backdrop to this discussion was his willingness to volunteer to talk about his journey AFTER things got pretty rough. I have nothing but respect for him to be willing to share his journey even though he knew what he would eventually need to disclose. He’s the type of guest that I believe is what makes this show enjoyable. I’m very confident many of you will be able to relate to his story. He had lots of great results and was feeling fantastic about his skills and outcomes, but then… well, a spoiler alert, things got rough. What happened? What are his plans now to get back on track? What are the learning lessons found within his stumbling? We get into that and a whole lot more. This is an episode that should be a requirement for traders, whether new or old. What happened to Illia can happen to us all, regardless of experience level, so it’s a topic and concept that can never get “too old” in terms of being discussed. Let’s get to it!
Trying Several Strategies Along the Way | STR 333
It would be so great and super convenient if I could sit here and proclaim to you that there is a “one size fits all” trading strategy… but, I can’t. Sure, there absolutely are universal principles that all traders need to follow in order to stay consistent and survive within the markets; however, when you get down to the finer tuning of a trading strategy, that’s where it gets trickier. In this episode, I talk with Lance (community chatroom alias, ‘LanceC’) about this very topic. In fact, as you’ll notice it is an underlying theme to his journey so far. He has tried several strategies since he first began and we talk about each of them and how they factored into his journey as a whole and where he now currently sits. There is a very fine line between “strategy hopping” and sticking with a strategy long enough to give it an honest chance to work. Lance has done a good job with this and offers some solid experiential insight into what he’s learned along the way. Let’s get to it!