Sunday, April 12, 2009

The Weekend Trader - A Trader's Easter

Just a few thoughts before we head into the coming week.

April Showers - Looking back at my monthly performance over the past decade, March has usually been my best performing month of the first half of each year, while April has usually been my poorest performing month of the entire year. There's also a similar trend with the November-December timeframes as November (and sometimes October) is often strong, followed by a lackluster December.

I'm not sure what conclusions to draw from that aside from certainly acknowledging that significant market-slowing holiday weeks come into play in both April & December, and that it's also rare that one has back-to-back monster months (or days, weeks, years, etc ... pick a timeframe).

And from a personal performance perspective, it looks like the March-April trend will continue this year ... although it will be back to work on Monday without reference to the name of the current calendar month. For results are what they are, and we don't try to manage to them.

Pinched Nerve Update - No progress yet on the pinched nerve predicament despite pursuing multiple conservative stretching, posture, anti-inflammatory and chiropractor solutions, so it's off to the neurosurgeon early Monday afternoon for a full evaluation and recommendation. So no funny business Mr. Market between 1:00pm and 2:30pm please. I appreciate the thoughts and will keep you posted.

The Greatest Comeback of All - And so today we celebrate the greatest comeback of all time today. btw, if you're looking for me to be "politically correct" by ignoring the incredible importance of this Easter day on the blog, it ain't gonna happen as this is my diary where I spill all that makes me tick.

And just as the well-documented fictitious draw methodology formed the incredibly strong cornerstone for the last few years of results, the real devastation that took place on that one Good Friday and the resulting comeback on Easter morning combine to provide the true cornerstone for the entire Christian world and this trader's life.

It was indeed the greatest comeback of them all.

Certainly puts a nuisance pinched nerve and lackluster April performance in proper perspective.

Have a great and inspiring trading week.


traderboy said...

I just wanted to thank you again for your inspiring blog. Also, I hope the doctors are able to effectively diagnose & treat your pinched nerve. You will be in my thoughts & prayers. Finally, I'm in total agreement with regards to the Greatest Comeback of All comment.

I also wish you an excellent trading week.


Unknown said...

Hey Don,

Love the blog. I am no Doctor but I had a problem with a pinched nerve and an osteopath worked wonders for me. Make sure the osteopath does physical manipulation (which, I know sounds a bit strange but it's not once you learn what it is). The positive impact that this had on me is more than I express with words. Just a thought.

nate said...

Great words. Thanks for the time you put into this blog!

Proverbs3six said...


Indeed, you are a great inspiration to many--your witness is awesome! Thank you, Sir, for sharing your faith! Blessings to you! My prayers are with you.