The Eight (8) Rules of Carney – Ugly Americans Book

For those of your who don’t know of the book, Ugly Americans (link here), by Ben Mezrich, I suggest you give it a read. I stumbled on his writings when a friend in London passed me his book called “Rigged”, I was instantly hooked. The Eight (8) Rules of Carney, are from this book and ring deep to the markets (some gems in rules)! Ugly Americans is based on the true story of ‘John Malcolm’ and his road to success.

This isn’t a book on trading systems/advice, nor is it technical. It an easy read that does get your mind flowing to the endless possibilities we have in our life.

The Eight (8) Rules of Carney:

(Who the F is Carney? He was the hedge fund cowboy who partly trained ‘John Malcolm’.)

  1. Never get into something you can’t get out by the closing bell. Every trade you make, you’re looking for the exit point. Always keep your eye on the exit point.
  2. Don’t ever take anything at face value. Because face value is the biggest lie of any market. Nothing is ever priced at its true worth. The key is to figure out the real, intrinsic value — and get it for much, much less.
  3. One minute, you have your feet on the ground and you’re moving forward. The next minute, the ground is gone and you’re falling. The key is to never land. Keep it in the air as long as you fucking can.
  4. You walk into a room with a grenade, and your best-case scenario is walking back out still holding that grenade. Your worst-case scenario is that the grenade explodes, blowing you into little bloody pieces. The moral of the story: don’t make bets with no upside.
  5. Don’t overthink. If it looks like a duck and quacks like a duck — it’s a duck.
  6. Fear is the greatest motivator. Motivation is what it takes to find profit.
  7. The first place to look for a solution is within the problem itself.
  8. The ends justify the means, but there’s only one end that really matters. Ending up on a beach with a bottle of champagne.

I love number 2, 4, 5 and 8. At the end of it all, it’s all about the final result.

To success!


Easy Order MT4 Script

OMG! I am in love with this Easy Order MT4 Script. And even better, it’s all free! I stumbled upon it on whilst searching for a decent MT4 Indicator to calculate the lot sizes for the trades I take. I normally use the Position Size Calculator on MyFxBook (Link here), and manually calculate how many lots to enter based on my risk per trade, then input my trades in MetaTrader. It’s all a rather tedious process (and open to human error) BUT NO MORE! 🙂

So what does it do?

  • Automatically calculates your lot size for the risk % you enter per trade based on your Stop Loss level.
  • Select your Stop Loss based on dragging the horizontal SL Line
  • Select your Take Profit based on dragging the horizontal TP Line
  • Select your Entry Point based on dragging the horizontal Entry Line
  • You can take market entry trades, buy stops, sell stops, sell limits and buy limits.

The latest version can be downloaded from this post on ForexFactory (link here).

For the installation details and version details please go to this post on FF (link here).

I did encounter this error message (This version is under testing..), at first I freaked out, thinking that my version of MT4 was incompatible with the Easy Order Script. However, there is a very easy and quick fix on the post on FF (link here).

A very big thank you to Sangmane on ForexFactory for coding this Easy Order Mt4 Script and making it freely available for everyone. It’s an absolute time saver!

I hope it works for you and helps with your trading.

To success!


Can you live off forex trading?

Can I get a hell yeah! The answer is a one hundred percent resounding yes! In the words of Jerry Maguire – SHOW ME THE MONEY! Or, I mean, SHOW ME THE FOREX MONEY! 😉

I myself do so, and I know of many other traders who trade for a living. They trade instruments ranging from options, futures, stocks, currencies, commodities etc. The world is your oyster (assuming you like oysters!). As long as you have a good foundation, you can trade any instrument. Of course you’ll find that you have a preference towards specific financial instruments and that’s fine too. Do not pigeonhole yourself in thinking that it just has to be one type, there are so many options.

Please note, I do not count selling signals, or copier services or marketing how to trade as making a living from forex trading. There are more marketers, forex ‘gurus’ and people making money from selling trading ‘services’ compared to actually making money from real trading (I could ramble on this subject but that’s for another post altogether.).

Real life traders FTW.

It takes dedicated focus and consistent effort, it is achievable. By no feat is it an easy path or straightforward one. It’s a roller coaster ride with highs and lows, twists and turns, just like life. You have to find the right guidance, tools and concepts that will give you an edge.

You should read these related posts as well:
How much money do you need to start forex trading?
$100,000 USD in Trading Capital

To success!


$100,000 USD in Trading Capital

In my post on how much money do you need to start forex trading, I said that a straightforward answer is a minimum of 6 figures up, $100,000 USD in trading capital. Most will tell you different and yes you can indeed start trading with less than $100 dollars. It also depends on the trader’s individual circumstances itself. In an ideal world we’d start off with $100, turn that into $1 million and keep the good times rolling,  a possible feat albeit s a very rare story.

I say $100,000 because you want to give yourself as much edge as possible when you trade. You want to remove as much pressure as possible of making money in the markets. This is a tough game already, and you want to stack the odds in your favour.

Answer the following questions:
How much do you want from the markets? $10,000, $20,000, $50,000, $100,000?
What percent return do you think is possible?
How much money do you need for the lifestyle you desire?

Let’s do a quick calculation on percent returns and value returned based on a trading account of $100,000 USD vs at $10,000 USD.

  • $100,000 with 10% return = $10,000 USD
  • $100,000 with 20% return = $20,000 USD
  • $100,000 with 50% return = $50,000 USD
  • $100,000 with 100% return = $100,000 USD

Even if you do 1% on your trading capital of $100,000, that’s $1,000.

If you started with $10,000 with those returns:

  • $10,000 with 10% return = $1,000 USD
  • $10,000 with 20% return = $2,000 USD
  • $10,000 with 50% return = $5,000 USD
  • $10,000 with 100% return = $10,000 USD

Which of the trading capitals do you think would be more pleasant to live on? And which results are more consistently feasible to achieve?

There are traders out there who make bank day in day out and they trade with at least 6 figures up. You want to be in that category. Your goal should be to build up to be on that level.

I would also like to add that you don’t want to trade with ‘scared’ money. Your trading capital should have less emotional ties as possible. The goal is to make money and you don’t want to have added pressure that the trading capital is all the money you have left and you have bills, a mortgage and a family to feed or knowing that the trading capital is from a bank loan or from a friend.

Here’s to successful trading,


A.I., Automation and the Economic Workforce

Times are changing, and they are changing fast. The jobs our generation have known may become obsolete much faster than we think. Automation, A.I. (Artificial Intelligence), and the rate of expenditure on human & technological advancement and betterment is going at warp speed.

I was having coffee the other day with a fellow trader friend, and he was telling me on how JP Morgan has automated it’s financial contracts which used to take 360,000 hours for it’s legal team but now takes seconds with it’s new software (link here). Who would have thought that would be possible? Cutting the lawyers out of contractual work (I mean, we all love lawyers – really *cough*).

Other companies are following suite as well, Goldman embraces automation with it’s own trading. Having a trader force of 600 in the 2000s, now being streamlined with automated trading programs and 200 computer engineers (link here).

Last year a banker was asking if I was interested in a startup that was aiming to remove lawyers and make contracts automated combined with block chain technology. In all honesty, I thought it was feat that would take a very long time to come to life. That’s hindsight for you 😉

There are many companies adopting automation. Don’t think this is just limited to certain industries. Even the pizza business has an automated pizza robot (link here). Think about it, robots are less error prone, they can work 24/7 (they don’t need breaks), no unions, pensions, health care, the list can go on. All of this can be applied to all the industries we are working in.

It has been known that job security is a thing of the past with our new economy. But what will the jobs of the future be? And what will the future workforce look like? And more importantly how will you keep your edge?

I know this is off on a tangent from full forex trading but it’s really food for thought and will have a huge impact on our lives.