Japan press: Tokyo Metropolitan Government says the coronavirus may be spreading in the capital

Expressing concerns Japan may become the next hotspot for an outbreak

  • A sudden spike in new coronavirus cases was confirmed among attendees at a New Year’s party for independent taxi drivers held on a traditional “yakatabune” river tour boat in the capital
The party was held on Jan 18:
  • was attended by about 70 taxi drivers and their families
  • the windows were shut due to heavy rain, creating a confined space with insufficient ventilation — the kind of environment where disease spreads more easily.
Here is the link for more, it appears 11 infections have come from the party.
Expressing concerns Japan may become the next hotspot for an outbreak 

Discipline and Devotion

No issue so pervades the trading psychology literature as that of “discipline”. It is very common for traders to lay their plans and define their setups, only to find that their actions undermine their careful preparation.
A good deal of the advice dispensed by trading coaches and psychologists addresses this discipline problem.
But what if the lack of discipline is not a problem? What if we view departures from trading plans and intentions as *information*, not as weakness? As it turns out, those departures can be quite informative.
You see, we naturally gravitate toward the nexus of our values (interests), talents (native abilities), and skills (acquired competencies). On average, we tend to enjoy doing what we’re good at and we tend to build skills when there is a foundation of talents to support them. The artist who spends long hours at the canvas doesn’t have to draw upon “discipline” to sustain an interest in painting. The hard work is hard play: the discipline stems from a devotion to a craft–and to the ability of that craft to crystallize the artists’ interests, talents, and skills. (more…)


1.) When it comes to trading, it turns out that the skills we learn to earn high marks in school, advance our careers and create relationships with other people, turn out to be inappropriate for trading.  Traders must learn to think in terms of probabilities and surrender all of the skills acquired to achieve in virtually every other aspect of life.

2.) Within 9 months of moving to Chicago, I had lost nearly everything I owned.  My losses were the result of both my trading activities and my exorbitant lifestyle, which demanded that I make a lot of money as a trader.

3.) You don’t need to know what’s going to happen next to make money.  Anything can happen.  Every moment is unique, meaning every edge and outcome is truly a unique experience.  The trade either works or it doesn’t.

4.) More or better market analysis is not the solution to his trading difficulties or lack of consistent results.  It is attitude and “state of mind” that determine his results.  A winner’s mindset means learning how to think in probabilities.

5.) The edge means there’s a higher probability of one outcome than another.  The greater your confidence, the easier it will be to execute your trades.

6.) Do you ever feel compelled to make a trade because you are afraid that you might miss out?

7.) People , expressing their beliefs and expectations about the future, make prices move- not models.  The fact that a model makes a logical and reasonable projection based on all the relevant variables is not of much value if the traders who are responsible for most of the trading volume aren’t aware of the model or don’t believe in it.  In other words, people who trade don’t always act in a rational manner.

8.) Price movement could be so volatile that it would be very difficult, if not impossible, to stay in a trade in order to realize the fundamental analysts’ objective. (more…)

Keep perspective


IF you can keep your head when all about you
Are losing theirs and blaming it on you
If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you
But make allowance for their doubting too;
If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,
Or being lied about, don’t deal in lies,
Or being hated, don’t give way to hating,
And yet don’t look too good, nor talk too wise:
If you can dream – and not make dreams your master;
If you can think – and not make thoughts your aim;
If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster
And treat those two impostors just the same;

If you can bear to hear the truth you’ve spoken
Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,
Or watch the things you gave your life to, broken,
And stoop and build ’em up with worn-out tools: (more…)

20 Ways to Get Good Karma- Dalai Lama,Many teachings can be directly applied to trading

  1. Take into account that great love and great achievements involve great risk.
  2. When you lose, don’t lose the lesson.
  3. Follow the three R’s: 
    –  Respect for self, 
    –  Respect for others and 
    –  Responsibility for all your actions.
  4. Remember that not getting what you want is sometimes a wonderful stroke of luck.
  5. Learn the rules so you know how to break them properly.
  6. Don’t let a little dispute injure a great relationship.
  7. When you realize you’ve made a mistake, take immediate steps to correct it.
  8. Spend some time alone every day.
  9. Open your arms to change, but don’t let go of your values.
  10. Remember that silence is sometimes the best answer.
  11. Live a good, honorable life. Then when you get older and 
    think back, you’ll be able to enjoy it a second time.
  12. A loving atmosphere in your home is the foundation for your life.
  13. In disagreements with loved ones, deal only with the current situation. Don’t bring up the past.
  14. Share your knowledge. It is a way to achieve immortality.
  15. Be gentle with the earth.
  16. Once a year, go someplace you’ve never been before.
  17. Remember that the best relationship is one in which your love for each other exceeds your need for each other.
  18. Judge your success by what you had to give up in order to get it.
  19. If you want others to be happy, practice compassion.
  20. If you want to be happy, practice compassion.



What you believe, consciously or unconsciously, propels your trading in its many directions.  It might be so simple a matter as whether you believe a market is going up or down or nowhere.  Traders have biases that distort their perceptions and effect their actions, and they need to guard against these with various protections and bias detectors.

Other beliefs are more veiled and ubiquitous.  For example, you may consciously intend to make money, but you have a counter impulse that thwarts you due to unconscious beliefs that go against that intention.  Perhaps you unconsciously believe that money is the root of all evil, or that rich people are corrupt, or that there isn’t enough to go around and so you shouldn’t be greedy, or that you should be laying up your treasure in heaven, and not on this earth.  Perhaps on some level you believe you shouldn’t make more money than your parents.

When you want something, you have to really want it and not be ambivalent about it.  It has to be your desire, and not some alien value set by your parents or society.  The flower loves the sun, and stretches to receive its rays.  The plant loves water and digs its roots deep seeking the object of its desire.  If you want to make money trading, you really have to admire money and have good purposes for its use.  If you want to be a master trader, you have to be comfortable with that role, and not see trading as wasteful gambling, or an unworthy profession.

Perhaps you believe that you don’t deserve to make money trading, or that you have to work hard for your rewards.  Maybe you believe that only the big boys win, that the market is stacked against the ordinary trader.  Maybe you believe that it’s impossible to make money in the futures markets or, worse, any market.  Maybe you believe it’s possible to make money trading, but it’s not probable that you can keep your winnings.  All such ideas run in opposition to easy and effective trading.

Just as insidiously you may doubt that your system really works, or that it won’t work this time.  Some traders get superstitious: for example, they believe that they always, or tend to, lose money on Fridays, and so, of course, they do.  When any of their superstitious factors occur, somehow they manage to lose.

Paper Plane Launched Into Space – British team achieves world first

A team of British amateurs successfully launched—and recovered—a spacecraft made of nothing but paper and straw. The paper plane, which had a 3-foot wingspan, was sent 17 miles into the atmosphere using a helium balloon, the BBC reports. It captured images from space with a miniature camera as it glided back to Earth, landing almost completely undamaged just 25 miles from the launch site.Team members say the only point of the exercise, which ended up costing them $12,000, was to see if they could do it. “We wanted a daft project but we were amazed by how successful it was. We are absolutely delighted,” said one of the amateur space explorers. “I never thought we would find the plane at all. It could have ended up anywhere and I thought it would be smashed to pieces.” The operation is the latest in a recent string of impressive space endeavors involving relatively inexpensive equipment from balloons to an iPhone.

Japans wants to beam solar from space

solarspaceBy 2030, Japan hopes to build a solar station in space, that beams the energy back to Earth via lasers and microwaves. One wonders why they couldn’t just do this on Earth like Sunpower. Perhaps it’s because they don’t have enough land, or sunshine, or both.
Skydivers better get out of the way! And the Japanese may see roasted ducks dropping from the sky on a daily basis.

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