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Started:May 15th, 2015 (04:44 AM) by shots fired Views / Replies:1,052 / 12
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Do you think it is worth it to move to different time zone for day-trading?

Old May 27th, 2015, 10:18 AM   #11 (permalink)
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It is not stupid, but if I were you and decided to move, I would move 2 time zones instead of just one. Even in 1 timezone the sun raise can have up to 1 hour differences, depending on which side of the time zone you are, and 7:30 can be easily mostly still dark during the winter. So why not push out your awakenings by another hour?

So since I assume you are rural in Idaho, thus Indiana, Ohio or Kentucky could be good choice for you and you would get the benefits of the Eastern time zone. Not to mention if you choose to do so, the European markets can be traded much easier from there... Also the cost of living rural in those states are rather cheap...


There is 50 minutes difference between the sunrise in NYC and Indianapolis (local times) although they are in the same timezone.

Keeping this in mind you can still move just 1 time zone, but move to the Eastern part of the timezone to get the most advantage of early sunrise... That would be Illinois, TN, etc Moving to eastern Illinois gives you a sunrise 1 hour 40 minutes earlier than in Idaho (both local times) although the time zone difference is only 1 hour.

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Old May 29th, 2015, 10:33 AM   #12 (permalink)
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I mean.... Reeeeeally !!

Yesterday, I was at a Memorial Day cookout and there was a city boy (I-Phone, BMW, etc) who fancied himself quite a foodie. The host had cooked an intact lamb in honor of his presence at the cookout. He was (or course) destined to take charge of carving this lamb. When the host brought the cooked lamb out, he laid it on a table about 6 feet from the city-boy. This idiot then suggested that we all (himself included) pick-up the table containing the lamb and move it over where he could carve it. As soon as the words left his mouth, a farm boy in attendance laughed and said.... "Us country folks would just come sit at the table where the lamb already was". Needless to say, everyone roared in laughter and the city-boy was effectively humiliated to the point he could obviously not even hold the knife steady.

The morale of this story is that any person can set their own clock/watch to any time they choose --- instead of like .............. moving! If you want to be a trader and otherwise be just a normal person ---- quit trading and go sell insurance.


Except the difference between moving the table and changing location for trading is that there is no real benefit to moving the table, the dining experience will be the same and the lamb will be just as easy to cut, but changing time zones means you can wake up later and sleep later. Which is particularly important if you aren't a morning person. Groggy trading = less profits. And as mattz said "there are many physiological aspects that are associated with lack of sun light.
Some of them are depression, mood swings, and could even affect your heart." Its not lazy its logical.

Understanding yourself is just as important as understanding markets.
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Old May 31st, 2015, 11:51 AM   #13 (permalink)
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Having had to trade european open while living in the states. Trading at 2 am central time. I completely understand your situation. Moving can be a solution because it is only and hour or 2. But when you are trading in the darkness of night getting full spectrum day light bulbs for all my lights really helped. Blue light is really important to wake up as it decreases melatonin and makes you more alert.

Also i would take a break at a bit after sunrise to actually absorb some true sunlight and get some of the morning air.

I found my routine which made trading actually possible and i did not have as many problems as before. Also i did some morning stretching as well to get the blood flowing.

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