"Michael is a gifted trading mentor. Over the course of several initial conversations he was able to assess my situation and recommend trading strategies that were harmonious with my personality; while at the same time attending to my family’s financial needs. I cannot stress enough how life changing this was for me." --JC, Kansas

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"This is a great book for novice and experienced traders. Soaking up its wisdom distilled from experience and introspection will help you become more successful. And that's true even if it doesn't make you a penny." --Aaron Brown, AQR

One cold winter morning a young man flies 1,377 miles on a plane to visit his friend and mentor. He knocks on the Banjomaster’s door. The Banjomaster answers with a long-necked banjo in his hand.


“I want to learn about the Banjo.”
“Very well then, come in out of the cold.”


They sit at the kitchen table eating soft-boiled eggs and blueberry sausages. The Banjomaster hands the young man an instrument and begins to talk about the fundamentals of firewood.

After a few minutes, the young man interrupts.


“Excuse me, I am here to learn about the banjo, not the fundamentals of firewood.”

The Banjomaster takes the instrument and tells the man to go to bed and come back downstairs in the morning.

The next morning, the young man returns to the kitchen table. The Banjomaster puts another instrument in the young man’s hand and continues the story.

The young man interrupts. Again the Banjomaster takes back the instrument.

A few hours pass and the young man also learns to speak Hindi, Mandarin, and Russian fluently and code in C++.

aha moment

At one point, the young man observes –
“The instrument I hold is not a genuine banjo…it is a chainsaw.”

“Yes, they are both loud, noisy, and obnoxious,” the Banjomaster said. “And in that regard, they are hard to tell apart. However, I need firewood at the ranch for the winter, and for that the banjo is useless.”

chopping wood

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After a lot of scheduling and rescheduling, author Adam Grimes and I finally caught up to speak about his excellent book The Art & Science of Technical Analysis.

I think this is a great book because it has a section on things that related to the psychological factors of the marketplace.

There are tons of charts and graphs and as such, I’d recommend you get the hardcover as opposed to the ebook version.

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I’ve been extremely fortunate in my life. I work harder than most and my discipline is unmatched, but I’m also lucky in some regard – and I know it. Taking a page from Napoleon Hill and others, I believe that it’s important to give back to the community. Doing free webinars is one way, and helping traders in a more customized manner for them to evolve is yet another.

It’s important to me spiritually to help other traders, even if they don’t become consulting clients per se. I personally respond to each email I receive and do my best to point people in the right direction even if there isn’t a good fit for our working together.

Yes, I do have premium consulting services, but the most valuable feedback that I receive – and what I value the most – is when I get an email out of the blue from someone who I’ve coached or steered right, that expresses their gratitude for my help. I love a full karma bank!

Here is some of that feedback:

From 1 day ago:

Hi Martin,

I am a trader in United Kingdom & have been following your blog for last 4 years, its the first thing i check every day when i get online. It would not be understatement on my part to say that there is nobody else who influenced my trading and emotional outlook as much as you have. I remember my self 4 years ago as someone who is trend follower & trying to trade every market mechanically. I had no idea about the roll of probabilities, position sizing and risk control. The advice everywhere is that dont trade more than 1% of total equity.

United Kingdom


From August 14, 2012:


I just wanted to say thank you for all of your work. Reading your book taught me to kill my ego… My life has never been the same since. I just wanted to take a min to remind you that your work is changing lives…

Warmest Regards,
Houston, Texas

and from the same person 4 days ago:


Thanks again for your emails back a few months ago. Your advice really helped me get through some tough times, and your words of encouragement got me off my Plateau. If I wrote you 1,000,000 times and said “Thank you”, that still would not suffice.

Happy Holidays,
Houston, Texas


From December 1:

Dear Michael,

…I read your book last night. So much tension dropped from my body because of all the pressure your words released. Very helpful insights for my many terrifying situations.

Although I have heard of the idea before, you explain using feelings to trade in a way that is very helpful. I hope to improve on this skill as I go forward.


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I think Ana Gasteyer was one of the funniest cast members on SNL of all time. Long before people included “ROTFLMAO” in their Tweets, they were actually ROTF laughing their a**es watching her. Her impersonations on SNL are timeless…

This clip was part of Weekend Update with Norm MacDonald and called Cinder and Sarah. The clip features Gasteyer as “Cinder” with the show’s musical guest Sarah McLachlin where they sing the now famous Thanksgiving classic Basted In Blood. From Season 23, Episode 7. Original air date: November 22, 1997.

Sorry about the commercial on Hulu…

Basted In Blood

We gather together
For yams, beans, and cranberry sauce.
But have you given much thought lately
To the turkey holocaust?

200 million noble birds
Slaughtered every fall.
Ain’t no difference between Hitler, Stalin,
And the folks at Butterball, Butterball.

So set your tables, America
From Birmingham to Branson.
But when you carve that turkey
You’re a finger lickin’ Charlie Manson.

Enjoy your pumpkin pie,
Your buttery Idaho spuds,
Grandma’s chestnut stuffing,
And a turkey basted in blood.

Basted in blood
Basted in blood
Basted in blood
Enjoy your turkey, enjoy…
Basted in blood
Basted in blood
Basted in blood
Basted in blood
Basted in blood
Basted in blood.

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