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Use Cheatsheets to Get Better at Trading

If you’ve ever been organized in any aspect of your life, you’ve probably used a cheatsheet or checklist. Cheatsheets are available for tasks ranging from military operations to baby sitting. It only makes sense… In the heat of the moment, it helps to have something you can look at—a printed Standard Operating Procedure—to guide your […]

What Exercise Buffs Taught Me About Trading

Not long ago, I did a survey of my readers, asking about their biggest challenges as traders. A lot of you said you just don’t have the time you feel like it requires to participate in day trading. This is a frequent concern I hear on my live webinars, too: how can someone with time […]

Top 7 Fears of Traders and How to Get Over Them

In his first inaugural address (1933), Franklin D. Roosevelt uttered the now-famous line, “The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.” He went on to show that the struggle to climb out of the Great Depression was like fighting a war. Aren’t these ideas true of trading as well? Traders are in a […]

Spring Cleaning Your Trading Computer’s Exterior Surfaces

Last spring, I wrote a post on spring cleaning your computer. That article was all about getting rid of unnecessary files and defragmenting your hard drive. It’s obvious that keeping the inner (data storage) workings clean will improve your computer’s performance (and, ultimately, your trading performance). What might not be quite so obvious is that […]

How to Manage Multiple Monitors with Aero Snap

Remember back when you only had one monitor? Remember how frustrating it was to have a bunch of windows all jumbled on top of each other so you had to dig for the one you wanted? Unfortunately, that can still happen even if you have 8 monitors like I do. I’ve learned to be careful […]

Improve Trading Focus by Organizing

Have you ever been on a nice, long walk and suddenly there’s pebble in your shoe? That happened to me the other day. I didn’t want to take the time to get rid of that pebble. I just wanted to keep walking. But the further I walked with that pebble in my shoe, the more […]

Top 3 Best Practices When Trading Over Wi-Fi

Have you seen the ads lately for wireless routers that are attractive enough to set on a bookshelf in plain view? Yes, routers and modems are generally one of the least attractive pieces of equipment you own. Crafty people have been devising all sorts of eye-pleasing hiding boxes for these little “uglies” for years. For […]

How to Use Windows/File Explorer Favorites

If you’ve been creating new files on your computer for any time at all, chances are the folder you need to pull files from and save new files to while you’re working today is five or six layers down in the navigation map in Windows Explorer (aka File Explorer). Before I figured out today’s tip, every time […]

Why Is Windows 10 Suddenly Installed On My Trading Computer?

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If this didn’t happen to you yet, it’s likely it will soon. First, you should understand what is going on with Microsoft. The intention behind Windows 10 is very different from any other OS (Operating System) ever built by the company. There are two core reasons that differentiate the most recent OS release that Microsoft […]