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Episode 159: 3-2-1 and I’m Done

In this 49-minute, extended episode of The Traders Podcast, your host Rob Booker chats with Matt LaCoco and Shonn Campbell about all the usual topics that you’d expect — psychics, yaks and traveling through the time-space continuum — sure, but they also discuss the following:

Personal mantras for life; the purpose in having someone to talk with about trading; the practice of skipping the first trade of each day, what it can do for your trading, and if this rule applies to automated trading systems; since robots never get emotional (but humans do), then why does anyone ever want to run their trading account in a discretionary fashion?; the role of intuition or “gut feelings”; the dangers of becoming obsessed with extraordinarily profitable days in the market and the way these big days can alter our thinking about trading; ceasing to worry about “What Could Have Been”; getting fed up with our pitfalls to the point that we’re motivated enough to stop falling into the same traps… just to name a few.

Leave a comment below and let us know your personal mantra! The best mantra submitted within one week of this podcast (by June 24, 2013) will receive a $100 Amazon gift certificate! Thanks for listening. [Note: A reading of some mantra submissions and the winning mantra itself can be heard in Episode 176.]

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Episode 150: Sizing Up the Market, Psychics and Hand Jive

Before and After In this second portion of Rob’s interview with Relaxed Trader Matt LaCoco, Rob and Matt talk more about sizing up the market and letting the first trade go by. They also talk about their experiences with psychics and the varied results those readings provided on lofty matters like trading and love. Matt spends some time explaining more about his relaxed approach to trading and how he allows his life to be enriched by other pursuits to avoid being consumed by worrying about the market. Matt gives some great advice here — so don’t miss it!

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Check out Matt’s Scout restoration project, documented here: Matt’s 1974 International Scout II: Before and After

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Episode 149: Relaxed Trading and a Side Effect of Not Losing Money

For Episode 149, your host Rob Booker talks about how terrible his trading was during the first week after his Trade-for-a-Living Tour. Rob also talks with special guest Matt LaCoco, a currency trader from Colorado Springs who Rob says is his idol because Matt is the most relaxed trader that he has ever met. So, Rob asks his relaxed trader friend for some advice on how to chill out and why being a zen trader is so important to his trading.

Matt describes how getting emotionally distraught can be expensive. Matt also talks about the concept of being happy with what’s offered, versus trying to shake down the market. Rob talks about the odd tendency to seek after drama or conflict, and Rob asks Matt to identify the kinds of things that affect his trading zen.

Matt talks about an exercise that he does, which he calls “a practice in patience,” that he says is vital to avoiding the loss of money. And Matt says he doesn’t “play to win”; instead, he “plays not to lose.” He says that making just enough money to get by is nothing more than a side effect of not losing money. Matt also talks about the practice of letting the first trade of the day go by (without taking it). All of this — and much more — during this episode of The Traders Podcast. Join us!

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