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2015, a new beginning

Happy New Year!

Been a while since my last blog post, but I’ve not been completely out of touch. For most of the year I was writing weekly pieces of the Currensee blog, which I’d been doing for a couple of years. Alas, that’s is now gone. OANDA bought them up, then eventually shut the program down. These things happen.

Of course I’ve also been working diligently (mostly) on my PhD, which focuses on the performance of retail forex traders. Believe it or not, I’m nearly done! In the next couple of days I expect to have a full draft of my dissertation pulled together. That, of course, won’t be the end. I’ll no doubt have some revisions to do before I finally hand in my initial submission, hopefully within a couple of weeks. After that I’ll have my defense (viva) within 3 months, and then probably one last round of revisions before final submission. If things go to plan, I’ll have earned my doctorate by Summer.

Doing the initial submission of my thesis will mark the end of the real heavy lifting where the PhD is concerned. That will let me transition into working on new things, and once more (most likely) pursuing some kind of gainful employment. Where my path with take me is anyone’s guess at this point. One this I definitely do want to accomplish, though, is writing a new book on trading. I’ve done a couple of pieces (here and here) related to the research that’s gone into my PhD, but there’s much more I can explore. There’s very little real trader performance information out there. I can change that, and very much want to do so.

Beyond that, I do plan on getting back to posting on a regular basis again. There’s a lot of interesting stuff going on in the markets and in trading that I’ve kind of had to leave off to the side as I’ve been working on my research. I definitely want to get back into it all as my bandwidth starts to become more available.

What’s interesting, satisfying, and humbling is how much readership the site continues to attract despite my having only done a handful of posts in the last couple years. During 2014 there were over 32,000 visitors and over 50,000 page views. I actually have it in mind to revise the site in a few ways.

So in other words, keep your eyes on this space. There will be some interesting new stuff for 2015! 🙂

By John

Author of The Essentials of Trading

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