Trade-The Application Principle

Trade is an interesting concept with multiple layers of definition and application

In fundamental economics trade is defined as the action of buying and selling of goods and services.

In educational terms it is a skilled job, typically one requiring manual skills and special training

In terms of the market, trade gets a slightly more complex definition but it equates out to the pursuit of making a profit and building a sizable income stream whether that is earned from the Stock Market or the Foreign Exchange Market. Little

Finally, from a personal view trade could be defined as putting old things down in order to acquire newness.

What do we mean by this??

In reality the best way these can all be understood is to combine the definitions themselves as well as employing the use of the first two pillars of learning and investing as well. So, let’s paint this picture together.

In order to begin learning how to trade in the stock market or forex market one has to prioritize your time and instead of doing other things like watching tv, social gatherings, or just time spent doing nothing productive you may begin to trade (swap) the habit of laziness out for productivity.

As time progresses and you invest that time into developing your skills, training and aptitude in the art of trading. Naturally creating habits of productivity in other areas of your life because you chose to trade old things in order to acquire something new.

One of the biggest trading points that a large majority of us can relate to is the time for money trade made at jobs 40+ hours per week. We are fairly confident that 3 out of 5 people at least would love to make that particular trade end so that they could spend more time with family, traveling, more trading or doing whatever other activity it is that they love. Ultimately, now that you have decided to make that habit trade look at yourself now and realize that you learned the skill of trade that derives from the educational perspective giving you the ability to trade as it relates to the market definition and you have accomplished this from trading your old mindset for a new mindset resulting in earning yourself a new income stream compounding dollars all from making a decision. The benefit of all of these new-found aspects of trade is having armed yourself with the fresh financial flexibility.

Conclusively I would like to leave you with this quote:

“A man is worked upon by what he works on. He may carve out his circumstances, but his circumstances will carve him out as well.” -Frederick Douglass, The Portable Fredrick Douglass

You will define things in your life as you go as well those same things defining you so be mindful of what you do with and for yourself daily, you do not have to reinvent the wheel but you can customize your tread on it.

We will never make you do anything, we cannot but we will continuously offer our sincere and researched methods of improving your life as we strive to improve our own.  We must lift as we climb. So, if you are universally somewhere in life that you do not want to be first a decision must be made to change. Then consciously grasp that mentally, emotionally, financially it is within your capability and obligation to begin those changes learn what it takes, invest the time/money into crafting those changes and watch your new trade gain new profits in intellect and dollars.   Learn. Invest. Trade

Ready, Set, GO!!!

Good morning everyone,

This morning, we would like to recap everything that we have covered before we get more in-depth with where we want to take you as an investor/trader and more importantly as an individual. Let’s review the past three weeks and solidify our understanding of the foundation we are building to transform our intellect, emotions, physicality and, finances.

Week 1. Spend Thrifty

We recognized that as individuals have an obligation to figure out our personal emotional road when it comes to our spending habits.  We must become confident in the ability to not get stuck between the fork in the road of frivolousness and purposeful expenditures. We have to remember and realize that money is not a living-breathing organism and we can truly control it with first learning to control ourselves and making wise decisions with our investment choices. When the time to invest in the market comes, emotional stability is of the utmost importance and can be one of the most prominent deciding factors in how your portfolio can develop or crash.

Week 2. Let’s Get Physical!!!

Next, we explored the importance of exercising and making sure to give your body the proper activity daily to increase your overall fitness and intellectual strength. We were able to see how a simple 30-minute stroll around the block or a simple bike ride could boost your brain power and reduce stress, which is only two of the ten benefits that we were able to discover. The amazing thing is the ten we covered are only a fraction of the endless benefits that exercising induces. Remember, that when you look good, you feel good and when you feel good, you continue to make yourself look good. This translates to other areas of our lives as well. When you exercise your physical body properly and stress less, you are able to lift those financial weights, bench pressing trades against big boys with ease and running money marathons with your portfolio. Just like with physical exercise, the more you do it, the better you become.

Week 3. Intellectual Feng Shui

In conclusion, we urged you to thoroughly “know thyself”; know your strengths, flaws, interests, and non-interests and telling ourselves, at the end of the day, to accept all of the above or change them from within. We encouraged you to make a plan for yourself in areas you want to improve and to not sway from that plan no matter the cost. We learned to evaluate ourselves in our entirety, to look at our own lives objectively and not to cast our own opinions and thoughts of othesr onto them or to turn comparisons into intrinsic blame. We must remember at the end of the day WE DO NOT CONTROL ALL but we can influence outcomes by perspective and finding our best internal harmony. Remember, that the market trades TRILLIONS daily so while no one will ever nail 100% of the rises and falls, you can earn your cut of the share by first knowing yourself and applying the Dollars and Decisions Golden Rule “Treat the market as you would have the market treat you”.

Now that we have our emotions in-check, have exercised, and found our balance, let’s have some coffee or tea and open our textbooks over the next three weeks as we dive deeper into the 3 Cardinal Principles of Dollars and Decisions which will be the building blocks for new horizons. 






Financial Fitness

Exercising is an essential part of the daily routine most resources say that we as humans need at least thirty minutes of physical activity (exercise) per day. When you really put things into perspective taking half an hour to maybe get on a machine, lift a few weights, take a walk or whatever may be your workout of choice really will not take that much time out of your day and the greatest part about it is that it improves your mental state and keeps your mind sharp. In addition, when you go look in the mirror and see those baby abs start forming, or muscle gains increasing that truly triggers the activity becoming habitual and will boost the frequency of optimistic outlooks throughout the endeavors in your day. 

There are plenty of good reasons to be physically active. Below is a list of a few specific ways that exercising improves mental health and can truly translate to improving your financial decisions.

1. Reduce stress.  Take a walk or head to the gym for a quick workout. One of the most common mental benefits of exercise is stress relief. Working up a sweat can help manage physical and mental stress. Exercise also increases concentrations of a chemical that can moderate the brains response to stress so that you will not make spontaneous purchases or waste money on unnecessary things. So go ahead and get sweaty—working out can reduce stress and boost the body’s ability to deal with existing mental tension. Win-win!

2. Boost happy chemicals. Slowly making it through a few miles on the treadmill, but it’s worth the effort! Exercise releases endorphins, which create feelings of happiness and euphoria. Studies have shown that exercise can even alleviate symptoms among the clinically depressed. For this reason, doctors recommend that people suffering from depression or anxiety (or those who are just feeling down) pencil in plenty of gym time. In some cases, exercise can be just as effective as antidepressant pills in treating depression. Don’t worry if you’re not exactly in the shape you want to be yet, it is all a process. Getting a happy buzz from working out for just 30 minutes a few times a week can instantly boost overall mood.  

3. Improve self-confidence. Hop on the treadmill to look (and more importantly, feel) like a million bucks as well as earning a million bucks. On a very basic level, physical fitness can boost self-esteem and improve positive self-image. Regardless of weight, size, gender, or age, exercise can quickly elevate a person’s perception of his or her attractiveness, that is, self-worth. So you will begin to truly love yourself and value yourself monetarily much more. 

4. Enjoy the great outdoors. For an extra boost of self-love, take that workout outside. Exercising in the great outdoors can increase self-esteem even more. Find an outdoor workout that fits your style, whether it’s rock-climbing, hiking, renting a canoe, or just taking a jog in the park. Plus, all that Vitamin D acquired from soaking up the sun (while wearing sunscreen, of course!) can lessen the likelihood of experiencing depressive symptoms. Why book a spa day when a little fresh air and sunshine (and exercise) can work wonders for self-confidence and happiness?

5. Prevent cognitive decline. It’s unpleasant, but it’s true—as we get older, our brains get a little…hazy. As aging and degenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s kill off brain cells, the noggin actually shrinks, losing many important brain functions in the process. While exercise and a healthy diet can’t “cure” Alzheimer’s, they can help shore up the brain against cognitive decline that begins after age 45. Working out, especially between age 25 and 45, boosts the chemicals in the brain that support and prevent degeneration of the hippocampus, an important part of the brain for memory and learning.

6. Boost Brainpower.  Various studies have shown that cardiovascular exercise can create new brain cells (aka neurogenesis) and improve overall brain performance. Studies suggest that a tough workout increases levels of a brain-derived protein in the body believed to help with decision making, higher thinking, and learning. (CH-CHING-$$$!)

7. Sharpen memory. Regular physical activity boosts memory and ability to learn new things. Getting sweaty increases production of cells responsible for memory and learning.  Working out can truly boost memory among grown-ups. A study showed that running sprints improved vocabulary retention among healthy adults.

8. Get more done. Feeling uninspired some days? The solution might be just a short walk or jog away. Research shows that workers who take time for exercise on a regular basis are more productive and have more energy than their more sluggish peers. While busy schedules can make it tough to squeeze in a gym session in the middle of the day, some experts believe that midday is the ideal time for a workout due to the body’s natural rhythms.

9. Tap into creativity. Most people end a tough workout with a hot shower, but maybe we should be breaking out the colored pencils instead. A good blood-pumping gym session can boost creativity for up to two hours afterward. Supercharge post-workout inspiration by exercising outdoors and interacting with nature. Next time you need a burst of creative thinking, hit the trails for a long walk or run to refresh the body and the brain at the same time.

10. Inspire others. Whether it’s a pick-up game of football, a group class at the gym, or just a run with a friend, exercise rarely happens in a bubble. And that’s good news for all of us. Studies show that most people perform better on aerobic tests when paired up with a workout buddy. Pin it to inspiration or good old-fashioned competition, nobody wants to let the other person down. In fact, being part of a team is so powerful that it can actually raise tolerances for things. Even fitness beginners can inspire each other to push harder during a sweat session, so find a workout buddy and get moving! Because we want to inspire you to be the best you in your daily decision making translating that into the best monetary gains you can accumulate as well.

Regular exercise changes the brain to make an overall better you, so you will begin to make better decisions regarding the way your finances are handled as well due to the overall theme of “taking better care of things”  stamped in your mind. So when it comes to spending as we covered last week you will hopefully choose to spend more wisely (reference first article Money Mindset). Now that you have made up in your mind not to buy those $300 sneakers or $1000 pair of heels you can take yourself to exercise(remembering all the aforementioned benefits above) and then take that same amount of money and make a wise investment such as finding a new skill to learn like beginning an exploratory fundamental education about how to start making your money work for you. 


Money Mindset

To those of us that have for years watched news channels, seen little letters beside bright red and green numbers and heard crazy jargon about “The DOW/S&P500/NASDAQ lost XYZ points today” and wondered “What the heck does all that mean?!?!?”, welcome to Dollars and Decisions.

Dollars and Decisions is a product of the minds of traders spanning across different ages and ranges of experience. We aim to create a more user-friendly environment for learning, teaching, and experience about charts and other investment jargon while using day-to-day conversation and understandable language. As you continue to follow us, we also will want to follow you as we trade together.

Money is a sensitive subject for most people because of the infinite range of possible financial situations.  Rather than attempt to address each situation individually, we want to help you obtain a correct view of your finances and keep your emotional intelligence (EQ) in check.

Consumers are powerfully influenced by their emotions and environmental cues, as well as how options are presented to them. By becoming aware of these biases, we could develop a better pattern of thinking and decision making. On a daily basis, consumers spend billions of dollars for different reasons and make trades on the individual stocks/forex markets/mutual funds etc. based on what they think they know, information they’ve read, past market rises and falls as well as their emotional state, which unfortunately often accounts for the biggest portion of decision making. It is important to determine if you’re spending with your heart or your head at the supermarket and especially when investing and trading.

We at Dollars and Decisions understand the significant role that emotions play in any money venture. Our goal is to empower and enlighten you on the trading and investing processes while strengthening the mental aspect that comes with it, resulting in sculpted minds and habits leading to becoming better and more profitable investors/traders.

Before entering the market I took some time to research topics involving ways we spend our money and controlling that, I was able to discover ways to improve my emotional state by first, figuring out what type of spender I was then secondly, getting a grip on that so that I would begin to practice better financial habits.

Once those two key factors were understood and more in my grasp I was then confident enough to begin my trading and investing education. Like you, I had to start somewhere as they always say, because like many of us earning a salary these days is just simply not enough. So, with all of that said let’s get your mind right first and the next time we talk we may begin to talk about your dollars and decisions.

Grab a pen/pencil and some paper/notebook, write these things down so that you have the information in front of you.

  1. Find out what type of spender/consumer you are. (Spender)
  2. Figure out which method would be best for you to begin forming new habits. (Grip)