Why are you here? What do you want?
These are the questions I ask myself in order to find out how to give you the most value.
I would like to think you read my blog for a few reasons.
Maybe, like me, you are a market addict and enjoy reading anything and everything related to trading and investing?
Perhaps you like the fact that you can ask me ANY question you want about the markets, trading, or investing and know you’ll get a thoughtful and honest response. (Don’t believe me? Give it a try at Brian@TheLundLoop).
And maybe, just maybe, you are here for my rapier wit? But probably not.
I hope these are at least some of the reasons you’re here, but ultimately I know you are here for one thing–to be more informed about the markets so you can be a better trader and investor.
And since we’re both adults, let’s just be honest about what that really means…..
You are here to make money. As much money as you can.
That’s it, isn’t it?
Sure, like me you are probably fascinated by all aspects of the market, but also like me, this is not an academic endeavor. As cool as it is to talk about and discuss the market, none of that matters unless it can make you cold hard cash.
Are you making money in the markets now? If you are, could you be making more?
I love making money in the market, for a number of reasons.
First off, it allows me to do things for my family, friends, and loved ones.
I will never forget when I was in my early 20’s, struggling to build my first company, and trading on the side. One day I caught a fantastic run in a stock called Pre-Paid Legal, which made me more money in a week than I made in a whole month in my business. I still remember the symbol…PPD.
More awesome than making that money though was what I could do with it.
My dad died when I was 20, a loss that hit my family, and especially my mother, exceptionally hard. After a number of years of grieving, her friends convinced her to take a trip with them to Europe, a trip she had always wanted to take with my father. She saved up for six months in order to afford it, and out of necessity planned to be on a tight daily budget, watching every dollar she spent.
That is a crappy way to see Europe. She deserved better. So the night before she left I went over to her house to wish her bon voyage, and as I hugged her goodbye, I pressed a thousand dollars into her hand.
“Have a great time,” I said. “Take this money. It is for you. I want you to relax, enjoy the trip, and treat yourself to some nice things. You deserve it. I love you.”
I can’t tell you how good that felt. That I could, in some small way, make my mom’s life a little easier. A little better. Like all my friends at that time I was broke, and if it wasn’t for the money I made in the market, I wouldn’t have been able to do that for her.
Who is special in your life? What would you like to do for them financially if you could?
As I got older I began to understand that being able to extract money from the market on a regular basis is great, but it’s what that money gives you that is the real prize.
Freedom from bosses. From long commutes. Annoying co-workers, clients, and employees. Freedom to set your own schedule. Live wherever you want. Freedom to live your life in the way you see fit and to have self-determination.
When my first child was born I was a full-time trader, and I was able to be present, to experience every moment of her precious childhood, because I had the freedom to do it.
What would you do with complete freedom? How would you spend the time that freedom gives you?
I hope that the content, insights, and accessibility I provide, in some small way, help you to get what you want from the market—because I know how great it is when you have it. But I can only do so much.
The number one question I get asked by readers is, “Do you mentor people and/or teach them how to trade?” I wish I could.
Unfortunately, with two young kids, a writing career, and my own trading, I just don’t have the bandwidth to teach others. And though I am always willing to help you out in any way I can when it comes to the market, I don’t think my personality lends itself to teaching.
That is why I have compiled a list of Quality Trading Services.
I am not affiliated with any of these services in the sense that I don’t get any compensation for mentioning them. They are just services I personally have used or currently use, or traders whom I have interacted with for a long time and respect their skills and integrity.
Most offer a free trial, so check them out and start getting what you want from the stock market.