J. Lewis Trading
Trading is not as difficult as you may think! We’ve been made to believe that only a small group of hyper intelligent mathematicians and rocket scientists can run Wall Street. That idea could NOT be further from the truth. The truth is the Retail Trading side has exploded in size! In fact, 9.6 million people around the world are now online traders: that’s 1 in every 781 people. OVER $6 Trillion dollars move around global markets EVERY DAY! Financial Markets have historically been the great producer of wealth. There are INCREDIBLE wealth building opportunities out there that are waiting for you
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Stay Directional Neutral...Here is why! 

 I think we can all agree that driving downhill with your car in neutral is going to be exponentially easier than doing it the other way around.. driving your car uphill in neutral. That doesn't make much sense now does it?

In the past I've written about the importance of being “directionally neutral” when trading. Part of having a neutral attitude is creating what's called a hedged thesis. I've talked about this in the past and I want to elaborate on it a little bit more. I also want to share a video with you on a past trade that I put on. The idea of being directionally neutral is such that you don't have a bias towards the markets direction




Stick To Your Guns!

 The struggle is real…and the learning curve is never ending! The best advice that I can give ANYONE…anyone that is doing anything worthy and of value…is this: Never stop being a student of your craft. In this case it's the markets and trading. Make sure that you’re always educating yourself on what it is you’re investing your time into! You’ll be grateful that you did!

With that said we’re going to be talking about one of my community members' and the journey that they’re currently on. I am going to respect their anonymity throughout this blog, so I wont be mentioning their name…but I will say this, the statement that you're about to read which was typed by them is very real. It's a set of challenges that a lot of traders have. It's something that we all have to work on throughout our trading career. So, please read the following without judgment and understand that this is just their Journey.. and a lot of what you're going to read also was present in my trading Journey once upon a Time.





3 Keys To Seeking Consistency In Trading!

One of the biggest common misconceptions I've run into over the years as a performance coach, is that people seem to think that they can follow a couple of traders on YouTube, copy their trading strategy and participate in the markets. WRONG! This idea could not be further from the truth.. not only is this idea far off but it's also extremely dangerous. The greatest thing any new participant can do is understand one core concept that resides in the market, which always has and always will. And that is that this is a game of taking calculated risks. The entire approach to trading that any participant should take is that from the stance of risk management. Taking calculated risks is a form of risk management. There's an old saying that this game is not about return on capital…but safe return of capital. It's a famous saying that suggests that risk management is the fundamental aspect of trading that all participants should focus on. With that in mind I want to talk about three things that all traders of all skill levels should constantly be focused on





Probabilities…Know Them!

Successful traders think in terms of probabilities. Rather than looking at the outcome of a single trade by itself. Historical market data, used earlier for the market forecasting, could be useful for analyzing the current market situation. For example, imagine that you have analyzed the efficiency of your trading strategy on the historical data for several years. The market has been in a trend during this period. But what if the market has changed and moved to the consolidation stage? Do you think it makes sense to rely on the past statistics in this case? Can it provide a clear understanding of the future price movement? Probably not.




Back Testing Is Very Important! 
Backtesting is one of the most important aspects of developing a trading system. If created and interpreted properly, it can help traders optimize and improve their strategies, find any technical or theoretical flaws, as well as gain confidence in their strategy before applying it to the real world markets.

Backtesting works because you can falsify or confirm a trading idea, you can automate all your trading based on the backtests, exploit the law of large numbers, limit behavioral mistakes, and lastly you can save a lot of time in executions. Backtesting is definitely not a waste of time.



The Perfect Set-Up...Presented In Real-Time
It's all about the set up…in Friday's session there were a number of solid opportunities that came up. The main one was $DIDI I was walking the team through my trade idea and how to play it. $DIDI isn't a flow float…the float is actually pretty high compared to what I like setting in the range of 130m plus, with that said the opportunity that came up was pretty solid.



HOW TO Adjust in Changing Markets...
Markets are dynamic, but most trading strategies are static and do not adjust to changing markets. By analyzing volatility and adjusting your trading approach accordingly you can take your trading to a whole new level. As a trader, you have to know what to change, when to change it and why. Then you can succeed. No trading strategy will work 100% of the time, but it’s a trader’s responsibility to find ways to make his trading strategy work in all market conditions. A perfect time to adjust is when market volatility becomes high. When market volatility is higher than usual this is when trading can become very difficult.




HOW TO BE SUCCESSFUL...
Success in life is whatever you define it to be. Maybe for you, you want to determine how to be successful in achieving financial freedom or have a flexible work schedule… or maybe success is having a side hustle that generates enough income so you can kick back and spend your time the way that you see fit. 
“Success” is not one size fits all!
Some may want to travel the world while others just want to pursue what they’re passionate about…there is no wrong reason to want to be successful!
Being successful isn’t necessarily about being rich or winning awards, it can also be about personal fulfillment.



What Is a Suckers Rally?
There is a high percentage of individual investors and traders that have described their six-month outlook for the U.S. stock market as “bearish”! It’s just that simple…General market sentiment has spoken and it’s all over the charts! Just have a look at the highs on the S&P in early January when markets were sitting at $4803…Now look at the S&P 500! It has since done a consistent job of moving lower and lower. As of Friday's close, even with two sessions closing higher, we’re still 9% off of the jan highs and are still positioned below the 200 SMA!. With that being said, the “optimistic bounce” we saw which started on thursday and carried through into fridays close, was still "well below normal levels."


Being Part of A Trading is KEY

In my humble opinion gaining a solid educational foothold with trading is a must. It’s not smart to simply run to market with your hard earned cash and start speculating. It wont end well…The unfortunate truth is this, you’ll probably do just fine in the beginning, but with time (being uneducated with how the markets work) you’ll end up giving BACK more than you received…not always…but that is true most of the time!

Taking Breaks Are Important!


There are some truths about trading that traders must accept wholeheartedly. One of them, which is the topic of this blog, is the importance of taking a break from trading. Trading, like any other full contact sport, demands that participants take breaks. In football you have defensive and offensive lines. Both lines have a time and a place in which they're in play. In between shifts players are on the sidelines taking both a mental and physical break. That break affords players the opportunity to regain total alertness. Trading is NO different.
You NEED A Trading Plan

As I have mentioned in past blogs that Trading is a “full contact, gladiator sport” ! The saying “ only the strong survive” was never more true than with trading. With that said, in all its harshness, there is a way to successfully navigate your way through the trading jungle. Like anything in life a solid system that is understood and followed will lead us to success. Trading is NO DIFFERENT
My Day Trading Routine

The truth of the matter is EVERY successful trader has a routine that they follow. Whether its for Day Trading, Swing Trading or looking at longer term investments. EVERY participant has some form of a routine that they subscribe to. A traders routine, simply put, are a series of steps that are taken to set themselves up for success. That routine, in my case anyways, is part of an overall trading plan
Why Short Selling Is Important!

“Short selling plays an important role in efficient capital markets, conferring positive benefits by facilitating secondary market trading of securities through improved price discovery and liquidity, while also positively impacting corporate governance and, ultimately, the real economy.”-Internet definition
When Monday Morning Rolls Around…
Do This!

It's been said, and I agree with this, that you don't have to be the best trader if you know how to pick “the right stocks' '. What does that mean? It means you need to know what stocks are in play and why. It’s important that you know that if you’re going to trade you’ll need volatility. Not all stocks are going to be volatile..that’s why you need to have a scanner that will scrub the market for you to find volatile stocks that are in play!
Why We Keep It Small!
For the last 5 years we've been doing a ton of one-on-one coaching. I’ve always liked being a Performance Coach! Our whole business has been built on helping people that haven’t seen success with other Trading Academies.

Common Mistakes News Traders Make!
Common Mistakes News Traders Make!
I’m going to discuss the most Common Mistakes New Traders Make for two reasons…
#1) to shed light on where new traders go wrong 
 #2) So if you can STOP making these mistakes! With that being said, making mistakes is part of the learning process traders need to go through. It’s part of the process and totally healthy.

  Day Trading can be a dangerous game for anyone who doesn't adhere to a
 well-thought-out strategy.

 Day trading is the act of buying and selling some sort of financial vehicle within the same day. Your transaction as a day trader, is opened and closed 
within the same session. 
Risk Management Is A MUST 
for Active Traders

You either practice it or you don't…the choice is yours…
but the outcome will be wildly polarized!
You’ll either be a successful trader or you’ll join the reigns of those that have washed before you and you'll be part of the 95% club!

What Traits Are Necessary to 
Become a Successful Trader?
In addition to knowledge and experience, the most important traits for a trader are discipline and mental fortitude.i can't stress this point enough. It's something that I talk about none atope! Discipline is necessary to stick to one's trading strategy in the face of general market challenges, without trading discipline, small losses can turn into huge ones
Specialize in something!
When it comes to trading the markets, or any specific financial vehicle, there is a lot to learn and there is a lot to know. In all my years of trading, the best advice that I could offer a new trader is: Specialize in something! With all the different strategies that are out there, the best thing any trader can do is, pick something that makes sense and focus on becoming the BEST trader in that space. When you're a beginner there are going to be a lot of questions that you might have…

There is only ONE thing stopping you from being a Top Producing Trader….YOU!

Let's get down to brass tax here y’all…Trading is NOT AS DIFFICULT as you have been lead to believe! There are Trillions (yes, with a “T”) of dollars sloshing around financial markets every day! Forturns are being made every single day…Traders are achieving levels of success that MOST can only dream about…and thats happening EVERY DAY!!! So here is the big question… Why aren’t YOU claiming your success from the markets???

Strategy. Discipline. Consistency…

Those three words are the bedrock of ANY successful trader! It's the foundation that the J. Lewis Trading Academy was built on and exactly what has led us to have one of the MOST successful Boutique Trading Academies around… YES, we’re small and selective with who we work with, and it’s for that reason our traders kill it on a consistent basis!

Become A Trading GOAT

Much of what you’re about to read, I'm sure, you already know. Al ot of what's below is going to be recycled information. With that said much of what I’ve written about is geared towards the newer trader...and NOT everyone knows this stuff. The truth is a lot of what you’re about to read is helpful either way. Whether it is new information you were not aware of OR if its all a friendly reminder...the content below is of value!


 Day Trading…
best job out there if 
you know what you’re doing!

Simply put, “day trading” is a phrase used to describe any trading strategy that does not involve taking overnight positions. That's the wiki definition...which is also the classic textbook definition of what Day trading is. The biggest advantage of day trading is that you avoid falling victim to unforeseen global events. By day trading you limit your exposure to unanticipated market movements that can take place in other markets 

 Day Trading Vs Gambling…
Here Is The Truth!


How many times have you heard someone say “ trading the stock market is gambling at the highest level”...or something to that effect? Trading and Gambling are NOT the same… if you have a strategy. Trading emcompasses having a defined edge that is calculated...gambling is throwing money at Lady Luck and expecting that she’ll grace you with good fortunes...the two are not the same!


Patterns Recognition Is Key!



A few months ago I wrote a blog on the importance of having a strategy. The blog was well received and garnered a number of very valuable questions. The most valuable question that came up was with respects to pattern recognition.
So why is pattern recognition so important?


 Protecting Your Trading Capital Is Your Primary Objective!



Let me start off by saying this,saving enough money to fund a trading account takes a great deal of time and effort. It can be even more difficult and frustrating if you have to do it twice….or three or four times! For many, this is the harsh reality of learning how to trade… TOO many people are so focused on making money that they lose sight of how they’re really supposed to be focusing on NOT losing money! Does that make sense?


 What is the Gambler's Fallacy?




Let's talk about Gambler's Fallacy …You might be asking yourself, What's that? Simply put: the gambler's fallacy is when People believe past events affect the probability of something happening in the future. Now, pattern recognition is a real thing and millions of traders depend on 
it which makes it a self fulfilling prophecy of sorts...


  Always Use a Trading Plan!




A trading plan, which is no different than a business plan of sorts, is a written set of rules that specifies a trader's approach to the markets and the type of vehicle they are using for market exposure! entries, exits, patterns, position sizing and money management criteria for every position are all written into the Trading Plan.


  These Are Just My Personal Thoughts!




Being a Trader AND a trading educator is a doubly (yes doubly) more interesting thing to be. As an educator there is an expectation to coach people through this insane business. The attempt is to show them the promised land of more time and money. Something we all long for . As an educator it's on me to teach you what to buy, when, how to manage risk and where to take profits.