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ClayTrader Mail: A Great Discussion.

A Great Discussion

by ClayTrader - comments

Not only does this interaction show how people should take constructive criticism, but it also shows just how productive and worthwhile a discussion can become. I walked away with an awesome analogy and this person walked away with a new and beneficial perspective.

ClayTrader Mail: I Suck at Business!

I Suck at Business!

by itNate - comments

I really need to change my marketing around. Apparently what I talk about in this video “works”, even if people realize things are “too good to be true”.

ClayTrader Mail: Wait. Random?

Wait. Random?

by ClayTrader - comments

I’m not sure really the point I’m trying to make with this video. I mean, following someone is already bad enough, but this person enters in another dynamic to their strategy that truly left me scratching my head.

ClayTrader Mail: Find Motivation in This!

Find Motivation in This!

by ClayTrader - comments

I had someone get extremely negative in their thoughts about day trading the markets, but in doing so, they revealed something that we all should fine very inspirational and motivational.

ClayTrader Mail: Serious Stuff. Be Wise!

Serious Stuff. Be Wise!

by itNate - comments

As much as I like to joke around and keep things light, when it comes to this situation, I need to put all kidding aside. While I realize many people will market to you that trading “is the answer”, in some situation, as you’ll witness here… trading is about the absolute last thing that should […]

ClayTrader Mail: Use a Mirror.

Use a Mirror

by ClayTrader - comments

The sooner you start using a mirror, the sooner you will allow yourself to grow and improve as a trader. As you will see, this person has zero chance at improving due to their apparent lack of owning a mirror at home.

ClayTrader Mail: Blind Leading the Blind.

Blind Leading the Blind.

by itNate - comments

I hope what I discuss in this video is common sense, but if it isn’t… I won’t call it the end of the world for you; however, I will say that you better pause and take a step back in your current approach and mindset to trading.

ClayTrader Mail: Such Bad Advice!

Such Bad Advice!

by itNate - comments

Welcome to the wonderful world of free information. As this bit of advice demonstrates, when you mix in factual information with completely terrible information and advice, it’s no wonder why the failure rates are so high. When new traders who “don’t know what they don’t know” enter into the arena, they are prime prey for […]

ClayTrader Mail: Fighting with No Ammo.

Fighting with No Ammo.

by ClayTrader - comments

I really hope this is common sense to most of you, but if it isn’t… realize this, the markets are not going anywhere, so there is no need to rush. When you rush you risk pure stupidity like what you’re about to witness happening to you.

ClayTrader Mail: Live Trade Video Warning!

Live Trade Video Warning!

by ClayTrader - comments

I’ve talked about this before, but I wanted to get another video out there surrounding the idea behind my live trade videos that maybe you’ve seen on YouTube. Free Education Risk: A Case Study – watch the video HERE

ClayTrader Mail: Time For Jail?

Time For Jail?

by itNate - comments

The human mind is an insane place for some people. The desire to not accept blame when it comes to losing money in a trade can lead people to be… well… you’ll see!

ClayTrader Mail: Copy Signals.

Copy Signals.

by itNate - comments

If someone is marketing to you in a way that seems extremely convenient and like they’re saying exactly what you want to hear, your red flags better be raising.

ClayTrader Mail: Poor Learning Attitude

Poor Learning Attitude

by ClayTrader - comments

Bettering yourself as a trader will be very difficult to do when you go about the world in this way with this attitude.

ClayTrader Mail: Pumper Deflection.

Pumper Deflection.

by ClayTrader - comments

If you see someone acting in the manner you’re about to witness…. You will now know what to do. For a super in-depth look at the crazy world of penny stocks, consider this – http://claytrader.com/courses/penny-stock-survival-guide/

ClayTrader Mail: $190,000 – Bye Bye!

$190,000 – Bye Bye!

by ClayTrader - comments

Regardless of if these numbers are real (which I’m pretty certain they are), the quicker you realize that there are many dumb decisions being made, the tougher your mental state will become when you come across people who try and discourage you about just how difficult/rigged the markets supposedly are. Point being, always be wondering […]

What Should Joe Do?

What Should Joe Do?

by ClayTrader - comments

Joe had a question for me on Facebook, so I wanted to explain my thoughts on it as it’s a situation that pertains to many newer traders in the market. I make no guarantees that Joe or you will like my answer, but that’s besides the point… my answer is the reality of the matter. […]

LOL… Good Stuff.

LOL… Good Stuff.

by ClayTrader - comments

I’m not sure what else I can say or do other than laugh and offer up some hope that when you see failure rates as high as they are… people like the one in this video are the ones contributing in massive amounts to the “failed”.

Learn Without Emotion

Learn Without Emotion

by ClayTrader - comments

When you go into trading and wanting to learn with these kind of emotions… as you’ll see… it becomes quite…. um… counterproductive.

Penny Stock Gambling

Penny Stock Gambling

by ClayTrader - comments

It’s annoying. It gives us all a bad name. On the bright side, these are the people who contribute to buying the tops and selling the bottoms to us traders who actually treat this stuff serious.

ClayTrader Mail: Prices Always Come Back Up

Prices Always Come Back Up

by itNate - comments

Ahhh…. If only trading and investing were this easy.

ClayTrader Mail: Beware of Paper Trading Voices

Beware of Paper Trading Voices

by ClayTrader - comments

When you are practicing and trying to figure out what you “would have done”, you need to be extra careful of the context surrounding your learning environment. It’s pretty easy to say or critique a trading situation when you already know what happens or have a general idea of what is to come. THIS is […]

ClayTrader Mail: Passion Alone is Not Enough

Passion Alone is Not Enough

by ClayTrader - comments

Having passion towards any goal or solution is a huge first step in regards to making it happen. With that being said, the financial markets are an area of life where things don’t quite follow the normal logic as other situations. I had a good time breaking down this concept as it is one that […]

ClayTrader Mail: Not Caring is the Key to Success

Not Caring is the Key to Success

by ClayTrader - comments

I suppose this title is a bit of click bait; however, it actually is not because the type of “not caring” I am referring to is 100% where you want to find yourself as a trader. When you can get to the point of “I don’t care” in the sense I’m talking about, you are […]

ClayTrader Mail: Greed Making (Yet Another) Appearance

Greed Making (Yet Another) Appearance

by ClayTrader - comments

The human mind continues to never cease to amaze me. Just when I thought I’d seen it all, I experienced this logic of thought that has greed written all over it.

ClayTrader Mail: Personal Finance Matters Most

Personal Finance Matters Most

by ClayTrader - comments

While this is not the smartest thing to do from a “I sell training courses on how to trade in the markets”, it is what it is. The fact of that matter is that you need to be focused on the right things in life… and as much of a buzz kill as it may […]

ClayTrader Mail: The Risk of Bad into Worse.

The Risk of Bad into Worse.

by itNate - comments

We all make bad decisions. There is no problem there, it just means we are human beings; however, with that being said… especially when we’re talking “real money”, you need to be extra careful not to allow decisions to spin out of control and compound in badness.

ClayTrader Mail: Guarantees?

Guarantees?

by ClayTrader - comments

If you are under the same impression as this person. Please. STOP.

ClayTrader Mail: Risky “Terrible” Logic.

Risky “Terrible” Logic.

by ClayTrader - comments

Anything can be made to sound terrible. While the logic used in this video does have a place at points in time, the vast majority of instances the logic is used (and what you need to be aware of) is via a lack of overall understanding. This topic/logic is one of those dynamics that can […]

ClayTrader Mail: YouTube Comment Inspiration

YouTube Comment Inspiration

by itNate - comments

If you are looking for inspiration, motivation and “how to” in the world of social media (or in this case, in the comment section on YouTube)… then yeah, don’t take my word for it, but PLEASE DON’T. As you’ll see, the advice/thoughts given are some of the worst that could have been offered up.

ClayTrader Mail: Focus on THIS When Starting

Focus on THIS When Starting

by ClayTrader - comments

What if I told you that when you are first getting started, one of the worst things you an focus on is growing your account. I realize that sounds pretty stupid and nonsensical, but I assure you, when you focus on the wrong things, it can take your mind down a pathway that allows for […]

ClayTrader Mail: Using Determination for Stupidity

Using Determination for Stupidity

by ClayTrader - comments

I was extremely guilty of this when I first began trading, and as you’ll see in this email I received, the thought-process and human mind trick is still alive and well in the markets. While I realize it sounds very contradictory (because it is), with the way the human mind works, many people still get […]

ClayTrader Mail: Is ‘Negativity’ a Bad Thing?

Is ‘Negativity’ a Bad Thing?

by ClayTrader - comments

I was accused of this YouTube channel having “too much negativity”. Is that a bad thing? I actually took it as a compliment. To me, it says the channel is doing it’s job… here’s what I mean. ClayTrader Mail: What Does “Nice” Mean? – http://claytrader.com/videos/what-does-nice-mean/ How I Lost $5,000 in Only 2 Trades – watch […]

ClayTrader Mail: This is Not the Solution.

This is Not the Solution.

by ClayTrader - comments

When you have a large chunk of money, and then you watch it dwindle away over time… please make sure that your ‘solution’ is actually a ‘solution’. What do I mean? Give this a watch. My online video training course on “the penny stock wilderness” and learning to become a wolf/shark – http://claytrader.com/courses/penny-stock-survival-guide/

ClayTrader Mail: What Does “Nice” Mean?

What Does “Nice” Mean?

by ClayTrader - comments

The word is short and simple: nice. When it comes to reality though, the definition is not quite as straight forward as you may think… especially when it comes to learning and the business of trading the markets. I figure I should probably define how I view the concept of “being nice” given I’m been […]

ClayTrader Mail: Wait. What?

Wait. What?

by ClayTrader - comments

Maybe I was just getting trolled here, but I think they were serious. I’m not really sure what to say other than the obvious… do at least a little research, please? Plenty of data points where “extreme” maybe actually isn’t extreme – ClayTrader Mail Video Series http://claytrader.com/blogs/claytrader-mail/

ClayTrader Mail: Losing $40,000 in 15 Minutes. It’s Real.

Losing $40,000 in 15 Minutes. It’s Real.

by ClayTrader - comments

The video speaks for itself, so all I’m going to say is having an “almost” / “nearly” complete strategy is NOT good enough. Sure, it can work and work for quite a while, but when you don’t have ALL components of the strategy in place… well… things can get ugly in a hurry.

ClayTrader Mail: Thin Skin? Avoid the Markets.

Thin Skin? Avoid the Markets.

by ClayTrader - comments

The market is filled with the smartest and most cut throat people on planet earth. If you have think skin or any hint of a victim mentality… then by all means, do yourself a favor and avoid trying to trade the markets. When it comes to playing the victim card and being overly sensitive, there […]

ClayTrader Mail: Annoyed? Good. Time to Learn.

Annoyed? Good. Time to Learn.

by itNate - comments

What is the motivation behind my video chart analysis’ that I do on a routine basis? I talk about that along with how some really expose themselves as being lazy free-loaders who simply want to piggy-back off of others. If I annoy you in the videos, no need to worry or panic… I have a […]

ClayTrader Mail: Wow! Calm Down! Don’t Trade.

Wow! Calm Down! Don’t Trade.

by ClayTrader - comments

The comment in this real life example speaks for itself. In short, ask yourself how is my patience department? How to Kill Your Stress, Fear and Frustration as a Trader – http://claytrader.com/webinar/

ClayTrader Mail: So Many Things WRONG!

So Many Things WRONG!

by ClayTrader - comments

I truly do wish this person all the best, but wow… their whole game plan and strategy for the future has so many holes in it. I hope this person watches the videos as I give my thoughts and for you as the viewer, there are lots of things to be learned. Whether it is […]

ClayTrader Mail: Too Much Money in a Trade?

Too Much Money in a Trade?

by ClayTrader - comments

Yes, it is a very fine line in regards to “how much am I comfortable putting into a trade/investment?”, but as you are about to see, there is also a point where to the outside observer it becomes very clear that too much money has been invested. If you are in a position, whether that […]

ClayTrader Mail: My Direction? DO NOT Trade.

My Direction? DO NOT Trade.

by ClayTrader - comments

First off, I wish this person in my example all the best. I hope their life improves and the situations can all lead to greener pastures. With that being said, if you find yourself in a situation similar to this, or even with only a few of the areas, then seriously… DO NOT trade. You […]

ClayTrader Mail: A Koolaid Drunkard

A Koolaid Drunkard

by ClayTrader - comments

Belief is need within the world of trading and investing; however, there is a line that can be crossed in regards to having “too much” belief. Or, in trading terminology, known as “drinking the koolaid”. As you’ll see in this real life example, when you start sipping on the koolaid to the point of becoming […]

ClayTrader Mail: Thousands on the Line. No Clue.

Thousands on the Line. No Clue.

by ClayTrader - comments

I don’t mean to pick on this person as they’re clearly very friendly, but at the same time, if they’re going to succeed they need some tough love. I realize for many this is common sense, but… yet again…. I have another example of someone who is rushing into the markets (with thousands of dollars […]

ClayTrader Mail: The Blind Leading the Blind

The Blind Leading the Blind

by ClayTrader - comments

Just because someone may try and come across as an experienced trader, that doesn’t “actually” make them experienced. As you go through the wide world of information we call the internet, you better be exerting a whole lot of caution. Don’t get me wrong, there is absolutely nothing wrong with being blind yourself… we all […]

ClayTrader Mail: Look in the Mirror

Look in the Mirror

by ClayTrader - comments

When you look to blame others, it doesn’t make you a freak, it actually makes you a normal human being. The problem in the world of trading though is that being a “normal human being” is NOT what you want at times. If you plan on playing the victim card or not wanting to accept […]

ClayTrader Mail: Do Mistakes Make You Stronger?

Do Mistakes Make You Stronger?

by ClayTrader - comments

I’m going to keep this short and sweet. In many instances it sure can be inspirational and motivational to proclaim are “tough times” and “mistakes” make us stronger; however, in the world of trading… this is some of the dumbest advice ever. Brand New Trader and Need an Online Broker – http://claytrader.com/videos/brand-new-trader-need-online-broker/

ClayTrader Mail: How Cracks in the Armor are Formed.

How Cracks in the Armor are Formed.

by ClayTrader - comments

Come be a fly on the wall as I talk directly to a fellow member of my private trading community, The Inner Circle. In this example, I go through a public Facebook conversation where someone says they are “happy” about breaking one of their rules. While I understand ‘why’ they are happy, these are the […]

ClayTrader Mail: Too Obvious. Be Extra Careful.

Too Obvious. Be Extra Careful.

by ClayTrader - comments

“This is easy money…” – these are some pretty famous last words and I saw this play out first hand. The interesting twist on this example is it was all documented in real time via my Trader Life vlog series. The moral of the story here, whether you are sports betting or trading in the […]

ClayTrader Mail: A Book for Specific Strategies and “Conditions”?

A Book for Specific Strategies and “Conditions”?

by ClayTrader - comments

Please. I’m begging. Stop and think for a second before you go out there and start spending money to learn. Don’t get me wrong, it’s great when people realize it takes money to make money (investing into their education); however, you still need to be careful not to waste your hard earned money. If something […]

ClayTrader Mail: The RIGHT Trading Attitude to Have!

The RIGHT Trading Attitude to Have!

by ClayTrader - comments

Wow! What a breath of fresh air. I wanted to put a little twist on things this week and instead of talking about something in regards to NOT wanting to have it, let’s talk about an attitude that can give you a great foundation to branch off from and learn how to trade. When something […]

ClayTrader Mail: You Have a Funded Account?!?!

You Have a Funded Account?!?!

by ClayTrader - comments

I say this a million times in the video, but I’m going to say it once more here – there is absolutely nothing wrong with being brand new and asking extremely simplistic questions. However, there is a line that exists where it becomes evident once crossed that you are simply moving way too fast than […]

ClayTrader Mail: Sheep Exist. Are You One?

Sheep Exist. Are You One?

by ClayTrader - comments

I will give this person credit for willingly accepting the fact they are a total sheep; however, that does not excuse the fact that the overall mindset here is massively flawed. Ever see the statistics saying 90% of traders fail? Well… when you consider the fact there are people like this who exist in the […]

ClayTrader Mail: Risk $100 to Make $10. Good Plan?

Risk $100 to Make $10. Good Plan?

by ClayTrader - comments

Just because you are mentally using trading terminology such as “risk” doesn’t automatically mean you are approaching the market with a logical strategy. There is no better example of this than here. It’s a slippery slope that I see new traders walking all the time… they have a few very broad pieces in place, but […]

ClayTrader Mail: Screw Education.

Screw Education

by ClayTrader - comments

I will give this person full respect for not being in denial about anything. They made it very clear that they were not interested in learning, they just simply wanted to make their money back. How exactly they thought this would be possible when they literally don’t know what they’re doing is a fantastic question, […]

ClayTrader Mail: How to Gain a Competitive Advantage.

How to Gain a Competitive Advantage.

by ClayTrader - comments

These are the people you are competing against within the market. You can either be one that takes advantages of the situations these people create, OR, you can be the one who is creating the situation that others are able to take advantage of. The choice is yours.

ClayTrader Mail: The Dangers of the Internet... Ugh.

The Dangers of the Internet… Ugh.

by ClayTrader - comments

Bless this person’s heart as I believe they were trying to help and not mislead, but WOW! If this real life example from a YouTube comment does not solidify just how risky it can be to depend on random bits of information from the internet, then nothing will. The internet is a great invention, no […]

ClayTrader Mail: I'm Flattered. But STOP IT!!!

I’m Flattered. But STOP IT!!!

by ClayTrader - comments

This sort of situation does make me feel good from a “wow! That person really has faith in me and trusts me!” perspective; however, that doesn’t mean it is what anyone should actually be doing with their approach to the market. I get it, people want to go, go, go! when it comes to trading […]

ClayTrader Mail: A Sucker is Born Every Minute. It's True!

A Sucker is Born Every Minute. It’s True!

by ClayTrader - comments

I’m honestly not really sure what to say about this actual interaction I had with someone, but yea… if you are this eager to throw money at someone because they’re telling you something is quick and easy, then it’s time to do some mental construction on yourself. You need a wake up call! My Secret […]

ClayTrader Mail: Ignorant Knowledge

Ignorant Knowledge

by ClayTrader - comments

Just because you have knowledge on a concept and/or topic does not mean you FULLY understand it. In many areas of life, this isn’t a huge deal because it does not cost you any money to “learn more”. This is not the case in the world of the financial markets. Whether you are trading stocks, […]

ClayTrader Mail: Change This Mindset ASAP!

Change This Mindset ASAP!

by itNate - comments

There are a few words that when put together in the same sentence start off alarm bells of panic. I have an example of a couple of these words here that, even if completely innocent, give us insight into where the human mind is at and why this is a risky spot to be in. […]

ClayTrader Mail: "Last Hope" Mentality - Don't Trade!!!

“Last Hope” Mentality – Don’t Trade!!!

by itNate - comments

There are certain mindsets within the world of the stock market that are purely toxic and will lead to nothing other than losing money. Here I take a look at an email I received where the person is apparently in a tight spot, and when this is the case, you just need to take the […]

ClayTrader Mail: I'm Just NOT That Nice.

I’m Just NOT That Nice.

by ClayTrader - comments

I think I’m a nice guy; however, yeah… I’m not “that” nice as I explain a relatively common request I get and why I do NOT ever put the request into action. Free Education Risk: A Case Study – http://claytrader.com/videos/free-education-risk-case-study/

ClayTrader Mail: $4,000 to $20,000 - Then Losing it All...

$4,000 to $20,000 – Then Losing it All…

by itNate - comments

I give this trader a whole ton of credit for sharing this with me, but even more credit for some of the self realization that occurs. The problem with overconfidence in the markets is that the majority of the time, you don’t know you’re being overconfident until it’s too late. Taking an account from $4,000 […]

ClayTrader Mail: You Don't Know What You Don't Know.

You Don’t Know What You Don’t Know.

by ClayTrader - comments

I’ve made this statement time and time again. I will probably say it a million more times too, but this is all for good reason. As you will see in this real life example from YouTube, this person knows some surface deep rules of the market; however, they also “don’t know” there is more which […]

Delusion at Its Finest

by ClayTrader - comments

Not much to say. I hope people can get a quick laugh out of it, but on the same note, it’s scary to think that the human mind can take our “thoughts” this far if we allow it to. Sad, funny and scary all at the same time. The $2.50 Rule – http://claytrader.com/videos/1-penny-stock-short-scam/

ClayTrader Mail: Get a Loan to Buy a Course?

Get a Loan to Buy a Course?

by ClayTrader - comments

I give this person a whole lot of credit. They are clearly under the proper mindset that in order to have success in trading, you must first invest into your education to learn. Their plan of action includes taking a loan to not only finance buying my ClayTrader University training program, but also to fund […]

ClayTrader Mail: Tight Financial Spot. Is Trading the Answer?

Tight Financial Spot. Is Trading the Answer?

by ClayTrader - comments

As much as I don’t like raining on someone else’s parade and losing out on business revenue, I believe “keeping it real” is the way to go in the long-run. In some situations, trading may sound like a viable solution and a “way out”, but unfortunately, that’s not the case.

ClayTrader Mail: A Windowless Van on Social Media...

A Windowless Van on Social Media…

by ClayTrader - comments

Remember what your parents told you about regarding strangers as a young child? That same exact advice should be applied to the world of the stock market and social media. Thanks to this exchange I had with a “windowless van” stranger, it illustrates precisely how dangerous this can be for not only your understanding of […]

ClayTrader Mail: A NASTY Recipe of Words.

ClayTrader Mail: A NASTY Recipe of Words

by ClayTrader - comments

I’ve covered all of these concepts before individually; however, this is the first time they’ve all shown up at once. Each concept is extremely important to understand if you want to properly learn how to trade and have success in the stock market, but when you combine them all as you’ll see here… that is […]

ClayTrader Mail: Head in Sand? Can't Improve.

Head in Sand? Can’t Improve.

by ClayTrader - comments

There is absolutely nothing wrong with “being new” in the stock market. We all start out as not knowing anything. The problem arises when you allow your own mind to hinder you from growing and improving as a trader. How can this occur? This communication from my website illustrates exactly that. Putting you head into […]

Greed/Gimmicks/Math - Understand Them!

Greed/Gimmicks/Math – Understand Them!

by ClayTrader - comments

I was pretty happy when this comment was left on my YouTube as it does a fantastic job of summarizing three different areas of the market that must be understood. A failure to not understand any of them can (and will) lead to some large frustrations as you attempt to learn how to trade and […]

Here Comes a Bloodbath

Here Comes a Bloodbath

by ClayTrader - comments

Trading success (in the long term) is all about mindsets and perspectives. I’d be misleading if I said that the perspective of using “free education” is a guaranteed way to fail; however, when you add in this additional component as you’ll see in the video, THAT is where you are guaranteeing yourself a bloodshed type […]

Context Exposes Penny Stock Pumpers

Context Exposes Penny Stock Pumpers

by ClayTrader - comments

It’s amazing how far a little bit of knowledge and context combined with common sense can take you. In this case study, I do use something from the world of penny stock trading; however, the overall concept pertains to any market. When you understand overall bits of context you set yourself up for being able […]

ClayTrader Mail: LOL. Wow!

LOL. Wow!

by ClayTrader - comments

I don’t have much to say other than if you allow your emotions and such to “take control”, you run the risk of sounding like a crazy person. Be aware of your emotions. Don’t let this happen to you, ok?

ClayTrader Mail: The Truth Can Be a Buzzkill.

The Truth Can Be a Buzzkill.

by itNate - comments

As much as I don’t like to do it, giving someone the brutal truth of the situation (no matter how excited they are about it) is always the best policy. While you may not be able to relate exactly to what this person’s situation is, if you can relate in anyway to it, please be […]

Thanks for the Trust. But Need to LEARN.

Thanks for the Trust. But Need to LEARN.

by ClayTrader - comments

It’s very flattering that the person in this email has so much trust in me; however, in the long run of the market, this strategy is simply not viable. On top of the strategy they’re using, there are several other red flags that need to be addressed that go a long way in showing how […]

ClayTrader Mail: Such a Bad Plan! Chill Out!

Such a Bad Plan! Chill Out!

by ClayTrader - comments

In my time doing the ClayTrader Mail segment, we’ve definitely seen some pretty rough trading plans when it comes to wanting to trade in the stock market; however, in this video, we may have one of the worst. The bad part about it all is how very necessary the plan actually is when you consider […]

ClayTrader Mail: An "Obvious" Ignorance.

An “Obvious” Ignorance.

by ClayTrader - comments

It blows my mind that the human mind can be “this tricky”. To think that someone is cocky to the point they publicly talk trash about a principle, YET, in all actuality they don’t even understand how it works is crazy enough. Add in the fact that the principle they’re talking trash about is super […]

ClayTrader Mail: The Best of Both Worlds?

The Best of Both Worlds?

by ClayTrader - comments

The human mind continues to prove itself as a place of odd logic, irrational conclusions, and complete wrongness. I understand the desire to want to learn how to trade in the most ideal and efficient process; however, just because that is your goal does not mean your plan of action makes any true logical sense. […]

ClayTrader Mail: Dependent? It's Nasty!

Dependent? It’s Nasty!

by ClayTrader - comments

While the topic being covered is not new, it gives us yet another example of how being dependent in the world of the stock market carries some nasty side effects. Those who do not want to learn to trade on their own are in for a rude awakening, but not necessarily due to that fact, […]

ClayTrader Mail: A Comparison of 2 Attitudes

A Comparison of 2 Attitudes

by ClayTrader - comments

I love human psychology, especially when it comes to the stock market and trading. It’s amazing when you see the outlooks of two separate people on the SAME exact video. In our case, one attitude gives you the sense that a person is open minded and realizes that they don’t know it all, while on […]

ClayTrader Mail: Nice Person. Bad Plan of Action.

Nice Person. Bad Plan of Action.

by ClayTrader - comments

The stock market is already a difficult place to trade and earn consistent profits, but when you factor in bad plans of action… success becomes nearly impossible. I had a pleasant conversation with an aspiring trader on YouTube, but as we spoke, he revealed what his plan was… and for many reasons I’ll discuss in […]

ClayTrader Mail: Rigged or Gambling?

Rigged or Gambling?

by ClayTrader - comments

I have heard numerous people make the claim that the stock market is rigged and therefore, it’s impossible to make money trading it. Is this really the case? I take a look at a “trader” who is on the fast track to failure (you’ll see it is obvious ‘why’), and then we need to wonder […]

ClayTrader Mail: Patterns in Behavior

Patterns in Behavior

by ClayTrader - comments

It is easy to “say” or “think” something, but when it comes to “acting” on it, patterns can tell us a whole different story. As you see in this communication, there is a trader who has come on some tough times, but when you start to look at their behavior, a not-so-good pattern emerges. This […]

ClayTrader Mail: How Greed Infects Big Goals

How Greed Infects Big Goals

by ClayTrader - comments

I assume that I’m stating the obvious when I say that having goals, particularly big/noble goals, is a great attribute to have. When it comes to trading emotions though, especially greed, goals can be infected and distorted in ways that will severely hinder your ability to progress and improve as a trader. As you’ll see […]

ClayTrader Mail: A Noble, but DUMB Attitude

A Noble, but DUMB Attitude

by ClayTrader - comments

The world of the stock market and trading it as swing traders or day traders can be very tricky. One of the main reasons for this is the counter-intuitive psychology that comes along with it. In most areas of life, the attitude that this trader has is without question considered noble and worthwhile; however, as […]

ClayTrader Mail: Publicly Contradicting Yourself. Not Good!

Publicly Contradicting Yourself. Not Good!

by ClayTrader - comments

Time and time again I’ve preached and shown examples of just how sneaky our human mind can be due to emotions. In this exchange, a “trader” proclaims one thing publicly and then immediately contradicts himself. He obviously is not aware of this, or else he wouldn’t be doing it in public, but again, this goes […]

ClayTrader Mail: Open Ended Questions Tell Lots

ClayTrader Mail: Open Ended Questions Tell Lots

by ClayTrader - comments

I get it, having an extra set of eyes look over what you’re doing as a trader can be reassuring and helpful. In fact, there is nothing wrong with asking someone else their opinions or thoughts…. however, that is 100% a matter of context. In most situations, the questions being asked are very open ended, […]

ClayTrader Mail: Care Free Attitude in Trading?

ClayTrader Mail: Care Free Attitude in Trading?

by ClayTrader - comments

In many areas of life, there is no question about it, having a care-free attitude is a positive attribute. When it comes to the world of trading though, how does that type of outlook on life fit in? Let’s dig in and take a deeper look.

ClayTrader Mail: The Nasty Cuss Word of "Need"

The Nasty Cuss Word of “Need”

by ClayTrader - comments

Depending on the context of the situation, the word “need” can be the same as a dirty cuss word. In an email I received from a viewer, he shares a bit about his situation and although it was just a few sentences long, he used a few key words that sent up the red flags […]

ClayTrader Mail: A Piss Poor Attitude

A Piss Poor Attitude

by ClayTrader - comments

Not only in trading, but in life, your attitude is going to determine much of your success or failure. When it comes to trading, it is very important that you are self aware of the attitudes you may or may not have towards various aspects of the market. While I’ll admit the example in this […]

ClayTrader Mail - An Ego Can Be Blinding

An Ego Can Be Blinding

by ClayTrader - comments

Confidence is a great thing to have as a trader as you trade the markets. Whether that be the stock market, futures market, Forex market or options market – confidence in an of itself is a valuable asset. This must be done with great balance though, because as you will see here, if the confidence […]

ClayTrader Mail: Freakin' - SLOW DOWN!

Freakin’ – SLOW DOWN!

by ClayTrader - comments

I understand. I truly do. The stock market is an amazing place where profits can be made while sitting at home in your underwear by simply pressing buttons. As exciting and attractive as that is, if you want to succeed in the markets, your attitude and mindset needs to be in a safe spot. As […]

ClayTrader Mail: This is So Sad. Don't Be Like This!

This is So Sad. Don’t Be Like This!

by ClayTrader - comments

While the topic covered is nothing new to the ClayTrader Mail series, the conversation that takes place should truly provide you with disgust. If you want to learn how to trade and how to have success as a trader, acting like this person acts, along with the mindset they are using is going to hinder […]

ClayTrader Mail: Degenerate Gamblers

Degenerate Gamblers

by ClayTrader - comments

The stock market is considered by some the same as a large casino. They show up wanting excitement and fun, and in all honestly, I have no problem with it. With that being said, there is a line that these people can cross that gets my blood boiling and is truly one of my biggest […]

ClayTrader Mail: Reported to the SEC...

Reported to the SEC…

by ClayTrader - comments

Well, it looks like this may be one of my last videos I do on YouTube. A message board poster has reported me to the SEC for some supposed transgressions I’ve committed against them. I don’t want to spoil the video, all I’ll say is the human mind can turn you into a loonie if […]

ClayTrader Mail: Innocent Ignorant Arrogance

Innocent Ignorant Arrogance

by ClayTrader - comments

While not all traders suffer from this problem in completeness, in my years of teaching, I’ve learned that usually there are a few components of it to be found in a trader’s mindset. I take a look at a new trader’s “plan of action” as they go into the market, and to put it gently, […]

Who are You Listening To???

Who are You Listening To???

by ClayTrader - comments

On your journey to become a successful trader, you are going to be surrounded by voices coming at you from all directions. You need to be very careful with whose advice you are taking, and whose advice you are blocking out. There are some CRAZY examples of this as you’ll see here.

ClayTrader Mail: You're An Idiot.

ClayTrader Mail: You’re An Idiot.

by ClayTrader - comments

If you are a new trader, then the sooner you realize you are an idiot, the better. Let me explain. Video: Do You need To Be Slapped?

ClayTrader Mail: Read. Don't ASSume.

Read. Don’t ASSume.

by ClayTrader - comments

I love effort. If you want any chance at success trading the markets, it is something you need. With that being said, just because you are making what feels to be “effort”, does not mean it is the proper kind of effort. A true form of effort is one that does not assume, but rather, […]

ClayTrader Mail: Trading is Not the Solution

Trading is Not the Solution

by ClayTrader - comments

As someone who sells training courses on how to trade, I really wish I could sit here and say that “trading is a great problem solver for all financial situations”; however, that would just be a bold face lie on my part. There are instances where as much as it may seem like trading is […]

ClayTrader Mail: Bullet Proof Confidence

Bullet Proof Confidence

by ClayTrader - comments

In order to learn how to trade, you need strategies and systems with rules to help guide you… there is no question about it. With that being said, confidence plays a large role in long term success because as you will see, not only do we have to fight the voices in our heads as […]

ClayTrader Mail: The Anatomy of a Bad Habit

The Anatomy of a Bad Habit

by ClayTrader - comments

As traders, of course bad habits are not something we create on purpose, yet, they are a part of trading that plague many people. In many cases, as you’ll see in this video, bad habits come from places of complete innocence. Being aware of how bad habits can slip into your trading is the best […]

ClayTrader Mail: How to "Copy Cat" a Trading Strategy

How to “Copy Cat” a Trading Strategy

by ClayTrader - comments

One thing many new traders in the markets look to do is copy a strategy that is working for another trader. Taking the buy and sell signals from one person, and then doing whatever they do. I take a closer look at this approach to the market and use a YouTube comment to help answer […]

ClayTrader Mail: I'm Thankful for Tinfoil Hats

I’m Thankful for Tinfoil Hats

by ClayTrader - comments

I realize this video is a week late, but I still wanted to share with people one of the things I’m thankful for. If you fall into the category of people I illustrate here (with REAL PROOF unfortunately), then please take it as a slap across the face to *wake up* and start focusing on […]

ClayTrader Mail: You Deserve to Be Crushed.

You Deserve to Be Crushed

by ClayTrader - comments

I’ve gone over this topic in several of the videos, but this attitude within the trading markets is one that essentially guarantees failure. There is only one thing that we all deserve as traders in the market, and that’s what I focus on in this week’s video.

ClayTrader Mail: Cutting Corners Exposed

Cutting Corners Exposed

by ClayTrader - comments

If you want go push my buttons and send me on a rant, there is no surer way than to “cut corners”. When it comes to trading (or anything in life for that matter), if your plan of action is to “cut as many corners as possible”, then just plan on failing…. especially in the […]

ClayTrader Mail: Trade to Avoid Foreclosure?

Trade to Avoid Foreclosure?

by ClayTrader - comments

In this week’s episode, I hear from someone who is in a pretty tight spot with their personal finances. Their solution is to learn how to trade so that they can get their finances back in order while also avoiding the bank foreclosing on their home. Is trading the right solution to this problem?

ClayTrader Mail: How to Guarantee Failure as a Trader

How to Guarantee Failure as a Trader

by ClayTrader - comments

While the concept I talk about is nothing new, it is a rule that MUST BE FOLLOWED if you want any hope at all in long term success as a trader. It is hard to believe that someone took time out of their day to type up this accusation and then send it to me. […]

ClayTrader Mail: How to Lose $81,000 Trading Stocks

How to Lose $81,000 Trading Stocks

by ClayTrader - comments

I give this person a boatload of credit for sharing their story with me. Ideally, this real life example can save some new traders who want to start trading the massive headaches and mess-ups that can occur when you approach the stock market in a way that contains no plan.

ClayTrader Mail: Not Qualified to Teach?

Not Qualified to Teach?

by ClayTrader - comments

Many times we contradict ourselves without even knowing it. In most instances, this occurs without realizing what is going on, but nonetheless, as traders it is something we must be very aware of. According to this person, because I’m not telling people where to buy and sell, I should not be teaching… huh?

ClayTrader Mail: Trading Strategy Contradiction

Trading Strategy Contradiction

by ClayTrader - comments

The tricky part about trading the markets is you can have a vast understanding of many of the dynamics; however, even with that, the greed voices can still cause you to do some very contradictory things. As you will see in this YouTube comment, a trader is saying many things that make sense, but when […]

Claytrader Mail: Stop with the Gambling

Stop with the Gambling

by ClayTrader - comments

Just because you are using a smaller amount of money does not justify you to trade the stock market like a gambler’s paradise. Sure, you aren’t doing yourself any financial harm if you lose it all, but you’re actually doing something much worse to yourself, which I discuss here.

ClayTrader Mail: Dreaming or Reality? It Depends...

Dreaming or Reality? It Depends…

by ClayTrader - comments

Many people are interested in learning how to trade and get involved in the markets, but they are just not sure if it is actually realistic, or just a dream? This is a very valid concern, but the answer is not black and white as it truly depends on just how you are viewing a […]

Wolf in Sheep's Clothing

Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing

by ClayTrader - comments

We as traders are always in a mental battle against the emotions in our heads and voices that are always trying to influence us. In this email, we get a first hand example of just how sneaky the voices can be… heck, they’ll even go as far as dressing up as sheep!

ClayTrader Mail: Crazy or Ego?

Crazy or Ego?

by ClayTrader - comments

I’ve said this before, but the desire to not want to admit being wrong can drive people to looking like a crazy person. If you want to succeed in the markets as a trader, you need to be able to look yourself in the mirror, admit wrong doing, and then be determined to learn from […]

ClayTrader Mail: Dependency is ANNOYING

Dependency is ANNOYING

by ClayTrader - comments

In one aspect of life or another, I’m sure we can relate to being annoyed by something simply because we are dependent on it. This problem exists in the markets, and as you’ll see, can cause people to snap out of annoyance. I want this video to motivate you to self evaluate yourself and see […]

ClayTrader Mail: Apples vs. Oranges Trading vs Investing

Apples vs. Oranges

by ClayTrader - comments

Yes, the internet has a vast amount of “free information”, but if you are not careful of who you are listening to, topics and principles can get lost in translation due to talking about the same subject, but from different perspectives. You need to be very aware of this.

Mail: Keeping Impatience in Context

Keeping Impatience in Context

by ClayTrader - comments

I previously did an episode talking about how “impatience kills”, but I’ve since realized I didn’t fully explain the appropriate context of what I meant. So, I’m here to do some clarification on when impatience can actually be a good thing within the world of trading.

ClayTrader Mail: Impatience Kills

Impatience Kills

by ClayTrader - comments

Maybe you’ve heard the saying, “patience pays”… well, in other cases, “impatience kills”. As you will see with this trader interaction, some people simply have no desire to take things slow and go through the proper steps. They want to know the fastest way to begin trading and ignore even the most common sense of […]

Talking to Family About Trading Full Time

Talking to Family About Trading Full Time

by ClayTrader - comments

Many people have the dream of getting involved in the stock market to the point of being able to trade full time. While that is a very admirable goal, how exactly can you explain that to friends and family without them thinking you’ve gone crazy I give my thoughts on how you can approach this […]

ClayTrader Mail: The Piggybacking Model

The Piggybacking Model

by ClayTrader - comments

Some people’s business model for becoming a trader is to simply piggyback off of someone else. Most people are not blunt about it, but in this case, the person had no problems stating exactly how he planned on making money in the markets. Is it really that easy though?

ClayTrader Mail: Don't Pee on My Leg and Tell Me It's Raining

Don’t Pee on My Leg and Tell Me It’s Raining

by ClayTrader - comments

There’s nothing more insulting to my intelligence than when people act self entitled and try and “trick” me into giving them information. In all seriousness, don’t waste your time, I’m not as dumb as you may believe me to be – haha.

ClayTrader Mail: Finding the Root Cause

Finding the Root Cause

by ClayTrader - comments

As is the case in anything in life, if you want to get better at it, you need to identify the root cause of mistakes and such so that you can correct them. Choosing to ignore this is a very risky game to be playing as you will see in this message I received.

ClayTrader Mail: Overcome this Mindset to Succeed!

Overcome this Mindset to Succeed!

by ClayTrader - comments

I don’t want to reveal too much as there is a built in quiz within the video; however, there is something said that while very simple on the surface, is a HUGE mindset error that causes many people to never succeed in trading to their max potential.

The "I Want it Now" Attitude

The “I Want it Now” Attitude

by ClayTrader - comments

I totally understand it. Trading when looked at surface deep is a great way to make money. That is certainly true; however, the path and process to getting to “making money” is something that can’t be learned in a “3 minute video” (that’ll make more sense in a bit).

ClayTrader Mail: A Headless Chicken

A Headless Chicken

by ClayTrader - comments

There are times in trading where due to one factor or another, we can allow ourselves to become a chicken running around with its head cut off. In this Facebook message, you’ll see exactly what I mean.

Greed is a NASTY Booger

Greed is a NASTY Booger

by ClayTrader - comments

Greed is a hot topic within the world of finance, and rightfully so… it has wrecked many people’s progress. Most times greed is discussed, it is in a theoretical sense, so in this video I want to talk about greed in a practical way showing just how tricky it can be.

ClayTrader Mail: Freeloader Dependence

Freeloader Dependence

by ClayTrader - comments

One of the worst spots you can put yourself in, whether it be the markets or any part of life, is to be dependent on someone else for something. When you learn how to fish on your own, it creates a sense of freedom which is indescribable until you experience it yourself. Am I A […]

Bad Assumptions

Bad Assumptions

by ClayTrader - comments

If you are just getting started in trading, having a plan of how you will succeed is very important. With that being said, just because you have a plan, which for the most part could be very solid, all it takes is a few false assumptions and the results can get ugly. This YouTube comment […]

ClayTrader Mail: Confidence. Got It?

Confidence. Got It?

by ClayTrader - comments

I’ve talked about the topic of how important true trader confidence is when you’re trading many times before. An email I received however does an excellent job of presenting a real life example of the many pitfalls of not being genuinely confident in yourself. Video: True Trader Confidence

You or Your Business Model?

by ClayTrader - comments

This email exchange is nothing new by any stretch. Many traders fall into this category where they begin to question themselves on whether or not they truly have what it takes to be a trader. In many cases, it has nothing to do with “them”, but really, their business model. Maybe you need an audit? […]

A Slow Motion Train Wreck

A Slow Motion Train Wreck

by ClayTrader - comments

Have you ever witnessed a situation where you know it isn’t going to turn out well for the person, you try to help, but they just stay on the “train wreck path”? That’s what we’re going to take a look at in this episode… yikes!

I'm a Trader

I’m a Trader

by ClayTrader - comments

More times than not, the people who leave comments on YouTube are totally cool and it’s great to interact with them. Once in a while though, you come across a situation like what we’re going to discuss in today’s video. Blog: My Motivations for Teaching Trading Blog: Why I Teach People How to Trade

Careful Who You Listen To

Careful Who You Listen To

by ClayTrader - comments

I’d be lying if I said I thought today’s talking point was a massive problem in the world of trading, but it’s still pretty funny nonetheless. As I say in the video, if you are actually someone who falls into this category, then PLEASE smack yourself upside your head.

Losing $80,000 in the Stock Market

Losing $80,000 in the Stock Market

by ClayTrader - comments

There is no doubt in the world that the stock market has many upsides. The upside potential is literally unlimited; however, as is the case with anything in the world, there is always “the other side”. As this trader explains to me in an email, he went down the rabbit holes within the market that […]

ClayTrader Mail: Booby-Traps in Trading

Booby-Traps in Trading

by ClayTrader - comments

It’s hard to explain ‘how’ going the free trading education route can be risky, but this YouTube comment I received does a perfect job of illustrating just how much “little” misunderstandings can creep into our journey to learn.

A Rant on Discounting Courses

A Rant on Discounting Courses

by ClayTrader - comments

I do have quite a few pet peeves in the market, but the topic of discounting training courses for trading is very near the top. I just can’t stand some of these discounts that I see out there… it truly makes no sense!

The Power of Trading Koolaid

The Power of Trading Koolaid

by ClayTrader - comments

Having a belief in something is fine, but when it comes to the stock market, and in particular the penny stock market, things get a bit shaky. Blind faith, otherwise known as “koolaid” can make people do crazy things and distort their own logic. As you’ll see in this public conversation… https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aOgdh68gqzo

Stock Pumpers Don't Like Us

Stock Pumpers Don’t Like Us

by ClayTrader - comments

I had someone publicly disclose they were not happy with my private trading community service. They used the words “rip off” and “worthless”. I obviously didn’t like hearing this, so I did a bit more research… and yeah… now it makes sense ‘why’ they weren’t pleased.

What a Fake Trader Looks Like

What a Fake Trader Looks Like

by ClayTrader - comments

While I certainly admire this person’s brutal honesty about their situation, it does not change the fact that they are pretending to be an actual trader.

Trading is Easy and for Lazy People?

Trading is Easy and for Lazy People?

by ClayTrader - comments

There is some criticism that is well deserved, but other times, the reasoning for the criticism is flat out ignorant and hilarious. You’ll see what I mean…

Borrow Money from Friends/Family for Trading?

Borrow Money from Friends/Family for Trading?

by ClayTrader - comments

I am trying something new with this video. I decided to read some mail I got from someone within the world of trading and openly respond to it. If you want to grow your account, is borrowing money from family and friends a good way to do it? PDT Video: Avoid the Patter Day Trader […]

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