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Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Sharpe Trade

Many have wondered if they will see Dan "around the net". I still receive emails asking where I have gone? What about all of those videos? What if you couldn't save them to your computer?

As I have tried to explain in my last blog entry ... I'm not going away. Simply removing myself from aspects of social media that I find ... dangerous. In addition, the blog became exceedingly time consuming if I was going to do a video each and every day.

Well, there is a new website that should be much more time effective for myself in working to assist the low funded.  Sharpe Trade.  I've moved many of the playlists there, and beginning this Saturday, I will also have the weekly podcast there. As time passes, I will try to make it an easy to navigate one stop shop for "all things Dan". In addition, there is a new premium service available "The Sharpe Report".

That newsletter was offered from the daily blog to those that sent me their email. The daily blog will be going away ... 

As always ... stay safe, trade well, and remember that love does not cost a dime


Sharpe Trade

Saturday, September 24, 2011

All Good Things ... (VIDEO)

Remember me?

Yeah ... I'm in Mexico ...

While I have been spending my time traveling to a different country, moving and getting set up, getting acclimated with my new congregation and new friends in order to serve the congregations needs here ... I've been doing a lot of thinking. One aspect of my many musings has centered upon blogs, videos and social media in general.

And I have arrived at a few conclusions. As many of us will readily acknowledge, social media can have beneficial aspects. I have tried to be a force for good using this blog, Podbean, YouTube, Facebook and Twitter. But social media can also be insanely dangerous. Because in effect, it works like the Wild West, or a very radical, amoral free market. There are very little controls, and every uninformed, unqualified opinion has a voice that speaks with the conviction of a qualified expert.

And I am by no means immune to this danger. With anonymity and faceless contact, it becomes much easier to 'standardize a deviation' and begin addressing others in an arrogant, belittling manner.

And how such behavior can digress! Without looking to the most extreme examples, or even personal examples that I can cite, and simply remaining within the realms of Social Media that centers on the capital markets we only need look as far as those who use Social Media to pump flat out false information so as to get ones to buy, and keep buying physical Silver as the market continues to collapse. And by so doing, commit one the most basic of investing and trading errors! That is ... making financial decisions based on emotion and thoughts of revenge against banking institutions.

I have also learned since beginning the first blog at, and then this blog ... that no matter how profitable an investor you are, no matter how profitable a trader you are, no matter how much you try to help, no matter how much information you provide for free? You cannot change the human psyche. You cannot stop people from making financial decisions based on fear, greed and revenge. You cannot stop people from listening to, and believing specious financial reasoning based on partial or even faulty data. You cannot make people become a profitable investor or trader.

You cannot alter the face of social media in the realm of the capital markets.

Of course, we all know this instinctively. No one can be 'made' to do anything. My rather belated point is that I personally believe that the dangers of social media are too often glossed over and ignored. Someone I know called this recent phenomenon "The Stolypin Contagion in Gestation". I thought that an excellent descriptor.

Now ... to another aspect of this blog that I have mentioned in other entries. Blogging, and especially vlogging takes a lot of time. For example, my wife and I hope to increase our volunteer time sevenfold. But just to shoot the video below, transfer it to the computer, convert the video to an format that can be edited, then edit the video, and then compile and finally upload and embed it? Took about four hours.

Unfortunately ... the math just doesn't work out. I can't continue shooting videos, and do what I wish to do with my life. My life is my own and not to be too morbid, but if I live to be an old man by current statistics? My human life is nearly half over. I think I've done a lot of good here, but there are a host of other endeavors I wish to engage in. As I mentioned in the previous blog entry, I have given this some thought and cannot really see how I am going to fit blogging, especially vlogging into my new schedule.

And as well, I've discovered I have a real distaste for having a public presence. The supporters and followers of this blog have been great. They've been more than great. But unfortunately, as is often the case in life? The nit-wits seem to outnumber those of us who seek reason, rationality and balance. It gets a bit tiresome to continue to receive nasty messages show up in my email inbox, when I'm not even actively blogging any longer.

Throughout the history of this blog, I have attempted to assist those who wished to be assisted with what I have learned with my nearly 16 years around the capital markets. I've done this for four years now. It's been a good run. I've last longer than a few critically acclaimed television shows.

But it is time, for this to all come to an end, and as well ... end my ties to the Wild Wild West of social media.

(Video Included. If you're seeing this entry elsewhere and cannot play the video? Click this link to go to the exact video entry ...)

We are enjoying ourselves here in Queretaro, Mexico ... and are settling in to our new congregation. And let me just say on that front ... there is a tremendous amount of work to do. We are only half way into the month of September at the time of this writing, and my wife and I have already been able to double the amount of time that we spend in our volunteer efforts. And that's with spending time getting our immigration papers in order, securing a place to live, turning on our electricity, water, internet, etc. We are looking forward to having a more 'set' routine so that we will be able to assist to a greater degree. That is, after all, why we moved here.

Yet at the same time, I wish to continue to help out folks as I have been, for the last five years. Folks who don't have $50,000 of disposable income to invest ... and those who would like to look over my shoulder.

So how do I accomplish all of the above? How can I avoid a public presence, cut back on the time that I spent vlogging, at at the same time, continue to share my thoughts on the capital markets and avoid the venom that can be social media?

I've been chewing on that. And I think I may have come up with a few ideas.

But first of all ... I need to state that this blog is now coming to a complete end. As I mentioned in my previous blog entry, even greater privileges of service may open up to me now that I am here in Mexico. I must be ready to expend more and more time with those privileges. Such privileges of service within our congregations are not compatible with the public presence that I developed through social meda. When you combine that fact with my complete aversion to any sort of public presence? I have come to the conclusion that I am going to completely dismantle this blog.

But I must admit, that I do believe that this blog, this journal, has been a force for good. For reason, rationality and balance.

(Later Edit:  I have decided to keep the blog up, and keep the YouTube Videos in place.  So they will remain there for purposes of archiving.  They can be used for reference.  But I will not be interacting with them in any way)

But can I continue to assist ones?

I believe so.

I will not say goodbye. Simply ... 'see you around' ...

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Note: The above statements should not be construed as an investment or trading recommendation. Airelon's Investing and Trading Journal is a blog that allows subscribers to look 'over my shoulder' as it were, for my own personal specific trading and investing ideas and thoughts for the next week. But they are only thoughts as of the moment of publication, and are subject to change.. Any trades or investments that I discuss within this blog are simply my own thoughts regarding my own investing and trading outlook. Remember that entering any market is an individual decision. There is no guarantee that I will enter, or have entered any of the trading or investing ideas that I discuss in this blog; as larger accounts may require a different strategy as the ones presented here. This blog simply contains my trading and investing thoughts for the next week. I, the author do not grant this work for wide distribution beyond any single individual subscriber as this publication is protected by U.S. And International Copyright laws. All rights reserved. No license is granted to the user except for the user's personal use. No part of this publication or its contents may be copied, downloaded, stored in a retrieval system, further transmitted or otherwise reproduced, stored, disseminated, transferred, or used, in any form or by any means except as permitted under the original subscription agreement or with prior written permission. I personally only enter any market after watching and reading the tape and I trade using money management principles. The losses in trading can be very real, and depending on the investment vehicle and market, can exceed your initial investment. I am not a licensed trading or investment adviser, or financial planner. I do have 15 years of experience in trading and investing in these markets. Airelon's Challenge Chronicles are demo accounts,with all of the inherent problems therein, which are used within this blog in an attempt to track the results of my own thought processes., and is run as a model. Traders who should make their own decisions based off their own research, due diligence, and tolerance for risk. Any pictures used within this blog are believed to be public domain. Any charts that displayed using the ThinkorSwim platform, or any other charting software are believed to be public domain. Any other pictures were obtained through Wikipedia's public domain policy. As a reminder, any trades discussed for "Airelon's Challenge Chronicles" would only be 'day trades' according to the parameters discussed for Airelon's Challenge Chronicles, at this stage of the game in order to escape the risk of over-leveraged gap opens in the commodity futures markets. As a 'trading sister' would have grown to the $30,000 level, I would have graduated the account into 'swing trading'. In addition, it is understood that readers have read my YouTube methodology series. It is also understood that the writer of this blog has repeatedly warned against the dangers of shadowing any other traders thoughts. The Challenge accounts are run for the education of other traders who should make their own decisions based off their own research, and tolerance for risk.

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