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Why I do what I do

Today's post is something completely different. I have been very busy with non trading stuff, i.e. client work. June is traditionally my busiest work month of the year and I'm usually swamped until the end of June. I have really just been an 'alternate' for my partner, when she needs me to watch a market while she is away. Since I am working anyhow, it works for us.

We are in Portugal for two months this summer. I bring my work and family with me (or they bring me with them), we setup shop and work and play. This is a normal summer for us. We have no car, travel very light (no checked bags), and assimilate ourselves into the local culture. We have a 5 hour time difference, so the US markets are waking up in our afternoon.

What does this have to do with trading? Everything. My partner (a/k/a my wife) can setup her trading strategy at the beginning of the day, then go do other stuff. Theoretically, her work day could be just 15 minutes of work per day. The algo part of it is that once her parameters are set for the day, she doesn't have to do much at all. She likes to do analysis and strategy development, so she works more. But she doesn't have to.

The same goes for me. Once June is over, then I can get back to trading. I can trade an existing strategy or a new one. I can do some coding, or not.

The reason we trade is so that we can travel to inexpensive, but beautiful places and stay the summer. With proper advanced planning, we can create a working vacation that is 2 months long, for about the same cost as a 1-2 week US domestic vacation, if you count summer camps for the kids, etc. The kids, 8 and 10 years old, understand that to get this cool vacation, mom and dad have a little work to do. We go grocery shopping, eat a lot of meals at home, and basically live here. I really don't even consider it vacation, per se.

We can trade anywhere. Three years ago, we were in rural area of Brazil, 35 clicks from the nearest town, 30 meters from a secluded beach, with just DSL for our Internet service. 1.5 Mbps upload and download speeds, no more, no less. My partner could trade and I could work, too.

There are a ton of benefits: physical health (we walk nearly everywhere), mental health, lowered levels of stress, better feelings of well-being, family bonding, learning new languages, meeting interesting people. Plus, the wine is usually cheap, good and plentiful.

I know we aren't the only people around here who have been liberated by trading. It is not about building wealth, it is about living. It is about family. It is about getting out there and seeing what is possible, what we can do. It is about doing the work to build sound, profitable trading strategies and then executing. I do not post this to brag, but to show what is possible. We don't stay in resorts or luxury accommodations, by any stretch of the imagination. Heck, our place in Brazil did not have hot water in the kitchen. If we can do it (we started when our kids were 5 and 7), then just about anyone can do it.

I will probably give another update next week. I know it is a holiday week and we usually don't trade before or after the 4th, so it will be a quiet one. But I plan to revisit my VX strategy and perhaps spend a little bit of time doing some discretionary trading, even if it is just sim.

Best of luck in your trading this week.

~vmodus ... out (of country)

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Today's post is something completely different. I have been very busy with non trading stuff, i.e. client work. June is traditionally my busiest work month of the year and I'm usually swamped until the end of June. I have really just been an 'alternate' for my partner, when she needs me to watch a market while she is away. Since I am working anyhow, it works for us.

We are in Portugal for two months this summer. I bring my work and family with me (or they bring me with them), we setup shop and work and play. This is a normal summer for us. We have no car, travel very light (no checked bags), and assimilate ourselves into the local culture. We have a 5 hour time difference, so the US markets are waking up in our afternoon.

What does this have to do with trading? Everything. My partner (a/k/a my wife) can setup her trading strategy at the beginning of the day, then go do other stuff. Theoretically, her work day could be just 15 minutes of work per day. The algo part of it is that once her parameters are set for the day, she doesn't have to do much at all. She likes to do analysis and strategy development, so she works more. But she doesn't have to.

The same goes for me. Once June is over, then I can get back to trading. I can trade an existing strategy or a new one. I can do some coding, or not.

The reason we trade is so that we can travel to inexpensive, but beautiful places and stay the summer. With proper advanced planning, we can create a working vacation that is 2 months long, for about the same cost as a 1-2 week US domestic vacation, if you count summer camps for the kids, etc. The kids, 8 and 10 years old, understand that to get this cool vacation, mom and dad have a little work to do. We go grocery shopping, eat a lot of meals at home, and basically live here. I really don't even consider it vacation, per se.

We can trade anywhere. Three years ago, we were in rural area of Brazil, 35 clicks from the nearest town, 30 meters from a secluded beach, with just DSL for our Internet service. 1.5 Mbps upload and download speeds, no more, no less. My partner could trade and I could work, too.

There are a ton of benefits: physical health (we walk nearly everywhere), mental health, lowered levels of stress, better feelings of well-being, family bonding, learning new languages, meeting interesting people. Plus, the wine is usually cheap, good and plentiful.

I know we aren't the only people around here who have been liberated by trading. It is not about building wealth, it is about living. It is about family. It is about getting out there and seeing what is possible, what we can do. It is about doing the work to build sound, profitable trading strategies and then executing. I do not post this to brag, but to show what is possible. We don't stay in resorts or luxury accommodations, by any stretch of the imagination. Heck, our place in Brazil did not have hot water in the kitchen. If we can do it (we started when our kids were 5 and 7), then just about anyone can do it.

I will probably give another update next week. I know it is a holiday week and we usually don't trade before or after the 4th, so it will be a quiet one. But I plan to revisit my VX strategy and perhaps spend a little bit of time doing some discretionary trading, even if it is just sim.

Best of luck in your trading this week.

~vmodus ... out (of country)

Thanks for the update, @vmodus! I'd been wondering where you'd been, glad to hear you and your family are enjoying Portugal, Sounds wonderful!

Cheers

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Alive and kicking (just not trading)


This is just a quick entry to say that I'm not doing anything trading related. Boring, right?

I just changed cities on our two month working vacation. I still have catch-up work with clients, plus family time (as I can). I will be helping my partner code her latest strategy, which is working well on CL manually. I might be able to do some trading work next week (coding and analysis), but right now I am not in a comfortable spot to trade with confidence. There are just too many distractions (beach, pool, sun, kids....) to trade at the moment. I know, tough, right?


I will be back at it very soon though, probably mid-August. It depends upon my schedule and other workloads.

Everyone stay cool (if you're in a hot place).

~vmodus

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I'm Back!

Just a quick update..... I am back in the States after our family's two month adventure in Portugal. If you ever have a chance to go, do it. The difficult part is getting there. Language (for English speakers) is not much of an issue, as there are a mass of British tourists who visit every year.

I will ramp up my trading activities slowly over the next couple of weeks and hope to be back to normal after Labor Day. I am adjusting my daily schedule to get up earlier and workout, before starting my workday. I hope this give me a boost to start my day right. My son enters middle school and has an earlier start time, so it will be he and I waking up the house every day.

I don't have any plans for automated trading right now. I had so much other work thrown my way over the summer that I've been terribly busy. My wife/trading partner has a strategy that she is testing and refining. We hope to get this automated once she confirms that it works. I will probably do some discretionary trading to bulk up my reserves and prepare for the next system we implement.

For now, tchau!

~vmodus

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