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New Years Greetings

HappyNewYearWelcome to 2016!

You won’t be getting a 2015 trading and/or market recap from me. If you’re really looking for something like that, I’m sure there are plenty of other places you can look who’d do a much better job than me.

My focus last year was on getting my PhD thesis completed and otherwise finishing my degree requirements. That occupied a lot of my attention, as you might imagine. The funding I was provided by the university was due to run out at the 3-year mark, or when I did initial submission of my thesis, whichever came first. It’s a strange set-up since in theory it could still be several months from there before you do final submission between waiting to go through the defense and then making edits and submitting the final copy.

Basically, it didn’t make any sense for me to do initial thesis submission until I got myself a new source of income – or before September when the funding ran out. In the end I decided to take a job in Sweden. Basically, the idea was to find something that would keep the funds coming in while finishing up my degree requirements. Having some new experiences along the way wouldn’t hurt either.

So here I am in a small town outside Malmö, coaching a women’s professional team in the top division of Swedish volleyball. I coached in the US at the college level for several years, including during the time when I was writing The Essentials of Trading and developing this website. I’m on an 8 month contract. It doesn’t pay that much, but I’ve got free housing and a good amount of time to get back to the markets and trading – especially now that I’ve basically finished up the PhD stuff (just need to turn in the final edits once everyone is back on campus).

So bring on the new year!

At the top of my list is to rewrite The Essentials of Trading. This year is the 10th anniversary of the book’s release. Seems like a good time to write an updated version. While a lot has happened in the markets since 2006, and there have been some developments in the industry, the fundamental things I wrote about haven’t really changed. I’d like to think I’ve gotten better at communicating the ideas. Plus, there’s stuff from my PhD research that can definitely be incorporated in the new version.

Of course you can expect regular blog posts once again. I’ve already started to become more active in trading forum conversations. I’m actually kind of excited to get back into things.

Hope you like the site’s new look. 🙂

By John

Author of The Essentials of Trading

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