PipSqueaks #21 Year End Message: Where is all of this going?

Ahhhh… Holiday time. Time to take a break from all the hustle and bustle of our day-to-day lives…time to spend precious moments with friends and family, and reflect upon events of the year past, and what wonderful year end message north polethings the new year will bring. I particularly like this time of year as it gives me a good excuse to lay down some of my labors and take the opportunity to enjoy life in the moment, free of chauffeuring, chores, charts, market news, computer maintenance, and all that stuff. Time to sit back and relax, reflect, and give thanks for the good things in life. What a good feeling it is to leave the computer turned off for a few days, not to have to rush about to stare at a too-bright PC display with bloodshot eyes to see what the market did overnight. Yes indeed, I love it. Too bad it comes but once a year, and too bad it seems to pass too quickly.


I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas holiday. I can’t speak for others, but this year seemed to pass extraordinarily quickly. It seems like that big Brexit market crash was only yesterday, not six months ago! Yes, it has been an interesting year in the market, and I hope those of you reading this had your fair share of good experiences with Forex trading. Admittedly, this is not the easiest pursuit in life, but with patience, nurturing, and perseverance, I think the reward is worth it.


After all, why is it we do this thing called Forex? We all have our reasons. For me personally I wanted an income opportunity from which I could never be “laid off”, and to a large extent, this is worked out well. Not initially, of course, but I’ve had several years now two to work at this, to study, to learn, to observe, to practice, and practice, and practice, and then practice of more, and eventually, build up an account from which, next month (I think), I can finally start drawing an income.. And isn’t that what it’s all about – this thing we call “financial independence” that seems elusive and ethereal, but is, for those tough enough, stubborn enough, and patient enough, ultimately attainable. Otherwise, what’s the point?


Let me tell you, even though trading is a business or hobby can really get you down at times, you really can join that minority of successful Forex traders that “grabbed the brass ring”. In my case I was able to take a $400 initial investment coupled with lots of free time (being recently unemployed) and transformed it into a very nice nest egg which will soon start paying me more than my regular job did. And I can assure you that, at least for me, getting to this point was definitely NOT EASY. The important takeaway is that it CAN be done.


Fortunately, I was not alone in this endeavor. I had the very good fortune of finding an excellent trade group to join which really made a difference in my trading activities. I joined Slick Trade in the spring of 2015, and started to learn the fine points of what it means to become a “professional trader” – being patient, learning to understand the market, learning how to strategize, to manage money, but most of all, learning to persevere, to hang in there and not give up. So at this time I would like to give a big shout out to our good friend Krystal – thank you for creating Slick Trade, thank you for the hard work you put in developing programs and strategies, thank you for the training materials and the opportunities to learn, thank you for being there to advise and help, thank you for the encouragement, but mostly, thank you for keeping my trading journey from derailing and ending up like the other 95% of Forex traders who give up the business in discouragement.


Thank you Krystal, we appreciate you and all you do for us so very much.


Wishing everyone a happy and prosperous New Year.


John Carretta



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