Registered: May 2010
08-17-12 12:01 AM
Hello, my name is Kurt, you may have read my So Cal Prop Trader journal in the Journals section. I am a 28 year old male human being residing in Southern California. I have many hobbies and interests, but none compare to my absolute fascination with the capital markets. In 2007 I received my B.A. Anthropology (sociocultural emphasis) from the University of California, Irvine. For the next few years, I was left wondering where and how I could apply my educational knowledge and experience. One day, bored at home, I was flipping TV stations and landed on CNBC. I had always thought everything stock market was boring and mundane. Business and economics? Shoot me. However, something hit me that day. Seeing fund managers and analysts debate present and future price action, with passion and complex reasoning, immediately caught my attention. I attacked the internet and discovered what I was designed to do in this life. A massive web of money, being shifted around, sometimes with good purpose, other times with no reason other than human emotion. So many players, with so many agendas, and so many approaches. A continuously engaging sea of massive analysis. A place where no 2 days are the same. The more I learned, the more consumed I became. I opened small accounts, probably before I should have, but the training and experience I gained trading these accounts were instrumental. One can study theory and price action as much as they want, but when it comes to the showdown, they do not get the results they expect. When you know what you're doing, you realize you are not competing against anyone else but yourself. Greed, fear, anger, hope. They are all powerful forces which are both responsible for the market inefficiencies that present trading opportunities, and the very lapses in judgement that stray you from your sound and more often than not, correct, decisions.
My weakness? My weakness is fear. I am not rich, but I am full of desire, enriched with longing. I studied trading psychology, and ways to overcome it. However, time and time again, my low capital and fear of failure slapped me around. I worked in an office for a little over a year. I had the best day to day calls in the office. I would stun people with what I found. They would profit, and I would not. Eventually, after working two jobs, long hours, 7 days a week for a year, continuously breaking even in my trading, and dealing with non-trading related drama such as work and love woes, the pressure got to me. Let me tell you something, there is nothing more frusturating and depressing in the world, when you put hours of time in, find a good trade that is going to be a knockout, and then botching the quality execution. My time in this environment gave me all the emotional experience and crude realizations I needed. It also taught me one thing that so many do not know about, how the market ACTUALLY works. HOW they trade. HOW and WHY they reach prices. What I learned during this period was with no question worth the year of mental anguish.
I have not placed a trade since October 2011. I had to get away, had to regroup, cleanse myself of the screwy mental landscape I had construed. Gone is the emotion. Still with me is the training. It is time to re-enter the markets. I have a fresh mind, a darling girlfriend, a new approach, and most importantly, realistic expectations. However, I refuse to get involved with low, scared capital again. A $25k account is ideal as I could trade on my own rather than giving money to a firm. Whatever the amount, the most important element is that the money needs to be clean of my sweat. This got me to the idea of donations. Rather than ask a single backer, who will expect results and a return, I can ask anyone who reads this to throw a few bucks in the kitty. No one will miss a few bucks, and hence, I am left to do one thing and one thing only: trade the markets.
Help this poor, ambitious chap realize his dreams. I've seen the power of the internet in raising money for a variety of causes. I would be forever grateful. The alternative to this approach, is for me to slave away for many years slowly raising capital, or maybe plunging into debt for a M.B.A. so that someone in this world takes me seriously.
Donate today. Fulfill your karmic destiny. Make peace with the strange universe that inexplicably spat you into existence. This is not MY time, this is YOUR time. One day, which will be a day of days, I will send each donor a signed certificate of approval, acknowledging that you are quite the baller, philanthropic and damn good looking. You can make your donation via PayPal (email@example.com) in the box below**. Thank you.
Note: Any contributions of $500 or greater receive a youtube shoutout
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