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Full time index & forex trader, occasional consultant to hedge funds / institutions, my work leads to my not so normal view of the financial markets. My blog mostly talks about trading, market behaviours and other musings.

Originally this blog is supposed to be organized in a separate website like what most authors do but I don’t think I will maintain it properly that way. So here it is as part of this website.

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Trading Records from Year 2000

2014 Dec 20 Sat 11:27:29 | by Lawrence

I am going through old stuff to destroy and found boxes of trading records.

This is just 1 out of 3 boxes from year 2000.


I guess I just find myself an interesting side project to do – search and destroy!

Comparing all these paper work against the electronic records nowadays, I say I like the modern way much better.

As a minimum, I do not have to keep physical records like those in the photo for at least 6 years (Canadian legal requirement).

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Musing About Discount on Trading Courses

2014 Dec 16 Tue 19:50:40 | by Lawrence

We all know that consumer products and services are sold mostly during the end of the year. All kinds of discount and specials going wild attracting you, the consumer, to spend money on them. Many trading related products and services follow this trend and offer discounts to their clients during this time.

I can tell you, with very high confidence, this year-end discount strategy does not work with anything that are related to career change and learning new things that improve a person’s income potential.


Here is the chart I posted last year in November on people’s cyclical behaviour on job seeking:



In short, job seeking is put on hold during the 2nd half of the year and keep declining into year end all the time.

People put the thoughts of starting over on-hold during the holiday season. The tradition dictates how people behave and in turn affects the economy in a subtle way. Any training related products and services should offer discount right after New Year when people are actively seeking change.

I think I am a better forecaster than those economists who secretly use the Excel linear regression to project the future economic data results. At least what I observe has practical value.

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Avatar vs. Real Photo and Other Amusing Questions

2014 Dec 16 Tue 6:50:54 | by Lawrence

Some readers asked about my avatar. Why choose an avatar over real photo? Does it really look like you? Do you really have moustache? They are good questions although not really trading related. I will answer them all here.

Avatar vs. Real Photo

Unlike a personal website, my readership has a large following everywhere. Similar to these Japanese traders,  I choose anonymity for that little bit of extra freedom. I do agree with some readers though, that the avatar is not that pretty and an upgrade is a good idea.

Avatar vs. Real Person

It is a cartoon version of me, so yeah it looks like me.


I know, not that many Chinese people have moustache but I do. There is a story behind my moustache though.

Many years ago when I was running my trading business I need to hire several people to work for me but I do not look the part as a boss. Thanks to my youthful appearance it was difficult to hire more matured employees.

The solution was quite simple. By keeping moustache, the problem simply disappeared. And I have kept my moustache since.

Now, as a middle-age man, I learned to appreciate my youthful look. Perspective is an interesting thing.

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Catching Up

2014 Dec 11 Thu 22:13:03 | by Lawrence

Playing catch up is more difficult than I expected as the pile of things to get done has been making new high with the market over the past 2 weeks. Luckily, similar to the stock market, when it crumbles, the pile also disappear pretty quickly.

Originally I planned to introduce the various systems related to the gap framework in a continuous series. Obviously, if I do so the others things I like to get done for the site will be delayed. Unlike the congress which has no plan B tonight for their budget vote, I do have a backup plan.

My backup plan is to clear out anything that is partially done but can be finished up quickly. That’s why there are multiple posts, updates to the site and announcements all pushed out today. Sometimes it is necessary to play fast and furious.

Feels good to see the list of things to get done shortened quite a bit.

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Asking for Trouble with My New LinkedIn Handle

2014 Dec 6 Sat 8:34:48 | by Lawrence

My marketing guru asked me to change my LinkedIn to something more human friendly and catchy …

After many unsuccessful combinations of my first and last name, I came up with this one and it works!

So here it is, my bold new LinkedIn handle,


This will be a nice talking point for me at any social gathering.

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2014 Nov 19
Snow? What Snow?

Snow in Buffalo, NY   But north of Buffalo there is Toronto. And no snow, yet.   Lucky! =) …


2014 Nov 13
Death, Taxes and Paperwork

During this time of grieving to cope with our loss, one thing we never imagine is the amount of paperwork to deal with. It turns out it is not that easy to handle the final matters for someone in our modern society. There are endless number of calls …

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2014 Nov 9
Not Playing With Fire

Thank you everyone for sending in your kind words during our time of loss. I may have missed some of the emails this week due to not being able to clean the inbox on time. Sorry if I have not replied to your messages. This week I am still bounded w …

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2014 Nov 2
Off For The Week

My SO has passed away. I need to take care of family matters this week. Please direct all questions related to DaytradingBias.com to sales@daytradingbias.com. Someone will assist you. …


2014 Oct 31
Short Term Schedule Changes

Due to family emergency, I will need to spend most of my time away from trading and writing in coming few weeks. I will not be able to reply to emails quickly so if there is something related to daytradingbias.com that you need immediate attention p …

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