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Special Post – The Journey to $10 Million Begins

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My fishing game of catch and release begins. For in the end, we all must release it.

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OK, it’s been a while since my last post, but in today’s video I discuss several exciting enhancements at this end including an update on PivotPoint Funds and personal trading transition from TradeStation & eSignal to TD Ameritrade’s ThinkOrSwim platform, while simultaneously eliminating the IRA 3-day settlement obstacle for equity trading.

And oh, on the topic of volatility …  it’s baaaaack!!!!

Links to content addressed include:

Sharing of my new workspace for ThinkorSwim users (condensed snapshot below)
PivotPoint Advisors site for short-term swing trade management

In addition, while I didn’t discuss this one on the video, major congrats to John’s wife Cherie who just completed her first CD, “Remnant” which was produced by Grammy award-winning producer Phil Naish (Steven Curtis Chapman). The CD will be released next month, and you can actually hear all of the songs on Cherie’s site.  She has an incredible angelic voice in Amy Grant type fashion, and don’t be at all surprised if she becomes a household word.

Lastly, email me at if you’re looking for a good TD Ameritrade contact or want to share ThinkOrSwim stories.

Long-time followers know that when I agreed to re-enter the world of formal trader education a few years ago, I agreed to do so provided we’d create a win-win environment that would help traders by providing high-quality trader education at reasonable cost, as well as try to make at least a small dent in improving a few small corners of the world through various charitable efforts.

To date, and thanks to many of you, Jellyfish Enterprises has donated tens of thousands of dollars from our trader educational services proceeds to the American Diabetes Association, GrowUganda, and the Boston OneFund.

As I mentioned at the Las Vegas Traders Expo, I’m pleased to announce a new alliance between our Jellie trader training arm and World Vision, beginning with sponsoring two young children on a monthly basis.

The first child is Emerson, for whom World Vision provided the following bio:

Emerson M lives with his parents and 3 sisters. His parents struggle to provide for the family. His father is a farm laborer. Despite their efforts, it is difficult to meet the family’s needs.

Emerson M is growing up in a poor community in the Latin American country of Peru. Typical homes are constructed of wood, adobe or cement bricks. The roofs on these small homes are made of corrugated iron or straw. Children and their families survive on a diet high in carbohydrates like potatoes, corn, noodles and bread. Peru’s terrain is picturesque with its high mountains and deep valleys.

Emerson M is in primary school and he enjoys studying the native language. He helps at home by doing housework. He likes to play soccer. He is in satisfactory health.

The second child, whose photo can’t be shared for security purposes, is a young girl named Farjana, for whom World Vision provides the following bio:

Farjana lives with her parents, 2 brothers, and 1 sister. Her parents struggle to provide for the family.

Farjana is growing up in a rural farming community in Bangladesh. Homes are mainly constructed of bamboo with metal roofs and dirt floors. Families eat rice, fish and any vegetables they can afford. The climate in this region varies, with temperatures in the 90s and as low as 48 degrees. The rainy season brings large floods, which help the rice crops grow. Rice is the major crop of this country.

Farjana is in primary school and she enjoys studying the national language. She helps at home by carrying water. She likes to jump rope. She is in satisfactory health.


I selected these two children in part  because they shared the same birthday as mine – March 10 – with the hope that any thoughts of my own birthday would quickly turn to theirs. Oh, and they also live in homes built in part by bamboos!

And while our modest alliance won’t solve world hunger, perhaps the accumulation of these minor efforts will turn into something major … just like the constant accumulation of modest trade sequence profits can turn a small sprout into a bamboo which grows before your very eyes.

May God use and multiply these gifts beyond that which we can ever imagine.

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Trading Expo Interviews

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For your viewing pleasure and thanks once again to Tim Bourquin of the MoneyShow team who always does a fine job.

Interview #1: “Trust But Verify”

Interview #2: “Get Inside the Mind of a Trader”

Interview #3: “Being Flexible is Key to Successful Trading”

I’ll provide more info shortly on adding WorldVision to our growing list of charitable causes.

And how about that monster MATD today!!!  As I’ve long said, MATD’s remain THE highest probability trading days. 25 for 25 and one month’s income in a single session.

As it should be.


Live Jellie Trading Week

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Depending on demand, I’m looking to possibly run the only live 2013 Jellie Trader Training effort during the week of August 26.  Interested participants can find out more info on the educational site.

I’ll post a full weekend blog update shortly.

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eTradingExpo Follow-Up

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As requested, here are a few useful links relating to CME membership:

CME Membership
CME Lease Prices
CME Clearing Fees
Describes Membership process, types, lease prices, and member vs. non-member clearing fees.

Lease Discussion Blog Post #1 2-3-10
Lease Discussion Blog Post #2 2-7-10
These are dated with respect to costs and fees, yet should still be conceptually relevant posts I did in the initial blog around the time of my NY Trading Expo presentation back in 2010 re: CME Lease Cost-Benefit Analysis. You’ll need to update for current costs & fees, but the concepts are similar.  At the time of the 2010 post, monthly IOM lease prices were $600, which have subsequently declined to $350.

Thanks to all who attended … I’m told the interest and attendance was strong.

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MoneyLife Radio Interview

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And the beat and interest goes on with today’s interview with Chuck Jaffe at MoneyLife.

Chuck is a fellow New Englander and regular contributor to MarketWatch, and you can find his complete bio here.  He too has been an outspoken critic of some of some of the financial processes and “shingles” hung out there for investors to dry.

Special thanks to Chuck and the entire team at MoneyLife as we continue our ongoing mission of increasing transparency and pursuing equal footing for the little guy.

Now back to trading!

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NewsMax TV Interview

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Here’s the link to this week’s TV interview with David Nelson at NewsMax TV.

My favorite quote? “I welcome competition … it brings out the best in all of us.”

Many thanks to David and their team.

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