Friday, October 02, 2015

Two Great October Opportunities For Learning

There is a great deal to be said for breadth of learning and depth of learning.  Both enable us to see interrelationships that aren't readily apparent--and it's in those interrelationships that "edges" are to be found in financial markets.

Here are two upcoming conference events where I'll be presenting on topics that relevant to trading edge:

*  October 18 -20th: Stocktoberfest - "Investing for profit and joy" is the idea behind Stocktoberfest, and the program in Coronado, outside San Diego, promises just that.  The breadth of speakers is truly unusual and outstanding for a trader event, with topics ranging from global macro opportunities and social sentiment to Bitcoin.  I'll be talking about how traders can create their own training routines that build core skills, such as concentration, problem solving, creativity, and positive mindset.  Every day, knowingly or not, we are training ourselves and establishing habit patterns.  We want to make sure we're training ourselves intentionally, with the right patterns.  Stocktoberfest should be a great opportunity to meet a wide range of market participants in a beautiful setting.

*  October 28th - 30th:  InvestiQuant QuantFest - Many readers are familiar with Rob Hanna and the excellent Quantifiable Edges service.  Rob has teamed up with Scott Andrews to create InvestiQuant, a comprehensive research service for active traders.  The QuantFest event will be held in Tarrytown, NY, a great Westchester community north of New York City sitting on the Hudson River.  The agenda will feature many detailed presentations on quantitative strategies for day and swing traders, including combining long and short-term strategies for diversification and using volatility data to gain an edge.  I'll be presenting on the topic of integrating discretionary and systematic trading methods, introducing a proprietary measure from my own trading as a specific illustration.  For traders looking to expand their edges in markets, this promises a great set of programs and contacts.

The idea is to keep learning and keep developing new and valuable colleagues.  These events offer a breadth and depth of learning and social contact that should fuel success in 2016.

Further Reading:  Positive Principles of Performance in Markets