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A Message From Support

     The Apiary Fund’s support team is busy answering phone calls and emails from our traders, right now, as this post is being written. They are constantly helping our traders receive answers to their questions, and helping them learn and develop their trading abilities. We love our Support Team, the work they do, and the help they provide each day. We also love hearing from our traders about their experience with our Support Team, and what we can do to improve. The following is an email we recently received from one of our traders named Jeff, and his experience with our Support Team:

“Apiary Support Team,

I know you guys could use some good news, some acknowledgement for the good work you are doing under extraordinary circumstances, helping us with ALVEO.

When ever I call in the team is great, I feel taken care of and more and more the feeling of family grows.

I can only imagine how challenging the past few months have been while ALVEO is being built, the one thing I know is that the team is doing their best and I feel it every time I call in.

You guys ROCK! I truly appreciate all your CAN-DO-ATTITUDE during this transition time…I am looking forward to being funded and to the good…great times ahead for all of us.

Keep up the good work….remember the more challenging the adventure…the better the Success Story…and I have some great stories….how about you?

Keep up the good work,

Jeff “

We thank Jeff, and all the other traders we hear from that enjoy the support we provide, and the ways we are helping them develop.

We love our traders and get excited when we see them succeed, move into funded accounts, and become excellent investors! The Apiary Fund is here for anyone wanting to get away from the typical, stuffy financial companies, and become part of a “family” growing together in the markets.

Thanks to Jeff, and everyone else here in the fund.
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MWCN Emerging Elite Award

Wednesday was a big day for Apiary Fund. MountainWest Capital Network announced the list for the Utah 100, which is an awards program that recognizes the top growing companies-and emerging elite companies-for 2014. Imagine our surprise to find Apiary Fund listed as one of the Emerging Elite for the second year in a row. This award is given to companies that have been operating for 2-5 years, and show promise for significant growth in the future.EmergingElite Unfortunately, Shawn was biking (and trading) his way across the country during the awards ceremony, but Mountain West Capital was kind enough to send some representatives over to present Apiary Fund with the award. Here are some pictures from the 2013 awards ceremony.

Shawn Lucas and Nate Allred of the Apiary Fund hold the Emerging Elite award

Head Trader Shawn Lucas and Recruiting Director Nate Allred of the Apiary Fund accept the award for Emerging Elite company of 2013.

Shawn Lucas accepts the award

Shawn Lucas, Head Trader of the Apiary Fund accepts the Emerging Elite award from the Mountain West Capital Network. Behind him is Nate Allred, the fund’s Recruiting Director.

Shawn Lucas holds the Emerging Elite award amidst coworkers from the Apiary Fund headquarters

Some of the office team was able to attend the award ceremony: Read about our office staff at apiaryfund.com/about/our-team

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Dinosaurs and Stock Charts

Vernal, Utah is world famous. Seriously it is. It is world famous for dinosaur bones. There is the highest concentration of dinosaur bones there than in any other place in the world. A few years back I took my 5 and 3 year old at the time to the dinosaur quarry to see some dinosaur bones. It is needless to say quite an amazing site. You can’t put your hand on the quarry with out touching two dinosaur bones. There is also a small nature hike that you can take and see dinosaur bones that are jutting out of the mountains that are there. After chasing the kids around the visitor center for a while I decided that they needed to burn off some energy. So I decided to take them on the hike.

So the guide was telling me before the hike that you can see bones all over the place on this hike. Now along this hike we were getting near the end, and up to this point I was not able to point out to my son a single dinosaur bone. I was looking and looking but for the life of me I could not find a single one. Finally,­ in my frustration I turned to the guide and asked him where all of these so called “dino bones” were. He laughed a good laugh, said they are everywhere, and pointed to the ground, and not two feet from where I was standing was a dinosaur bone embedded in the rock.

I have since thought back on the at experience and have wondered how was it he could spot a bone so easily? It wasn’t until one day where I was showing a trader a head and shoulders pattern. I was seeing the turning points in the market that formed the pattern. I surely knew what was coming next, but the trader could not see it. Then it dawned on me. The guide on the hike had trained his eye. He knew the patterns in the rock. He had trained his eye that when the pattern of the rock went from speckled to smooth, he knew he was seeing a dinosaur bone. We also as traders have to train ourselves to see the pivot points, the turning points in the market. As you train your eye you will be able to see the opportunities that are all around you. If you don’t train your eye to see you may be the person who goes on a hike with dinosaur bones all around you and never see one!

Happy Trading,

Nate Allred

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Our Craziness, our Team, Our Goals

Have you had a chance to look at our team page? We would like you to step into our crazy little hive, click here to find out all about the bees running the hive.

From office luncheons, to birthdays and gatherings, we want you to take the ride along with us. From our head techs that have been with us for over 3 years, to our newest members that became funded in less than 5 months. We believe in bringing our team together. The Apiary Fund has become family to each of us. In October, we had an activity each day for our Support team leading up to Halloween, and even had a costume contest in the office. In November, we created a Thankful tree. Each employee put up a new thankful leaf everyday. It was AWESOME getting to know our team more, and see all of the things we are thankful for.

If you had the chance to meet Shawn Lucas during the Pedals and Profits tour, or had the opportunity to talk to him, you know the passion he has for his traders. He gives his employees the same amount in creating an atmosphere of love and friendship with each of us.

Our team is constantly striving to meet your every need. We enjoy getting to know you, as we answer your hundreds of calls each day. We apologize for hold times. We do not want to leave any call unanswered. You are all important to us. We value the growth you bring to Apiary Fund. The hours for the Apiary Fund Support Team, are as follows: Monday thru Thursday 8:00am – 5:00pm MST and Friday 8:00am – 3:00pm MST. Feel free to email us as well, support@apiaryfund.com

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2015 Fed Rate Hike or Stimulus

The economy is in trouble, but you’re not going to hear that on CNBC.

The prevailing sentiment is calling for a Federal Reserve rate hike in 2015, but the inflation forecast is pointing to a very different scenario.

For the past six years, Fed stimulus has been a major driver of the economy, and by extension, the financial markets.  By official mandate, the Fed’s top priority is to avoid the economic threat of deflation.

Since the market crash in 2008, the Federal Reserve Board has actively used inflation as an apparatus to decide whether or not to add more stimuli to the economy. Any time the inflation rate falls below a target level, they pump money into the economy.

The following table shows each Fed intervention and the corresponding inflation rate for the past six years.

Form of Stimulus Date Inflation Rate
QE1 4th Quarter 2008 2.0%
QE2 3rd Quarter 2010 2.1%
Operation Twist 4th Quarter 2011 2.1%
QE3 Phase 1 3rd Quarter 2012 2.2%
QE3 Phase 2 4th Quarter 2012 2.5%

 

Like clockwork, every time inflation dropped below 2.2% the Fed intervened and announced a new stimulus program.

The problem, not widely discussed on CNBC, is that inflation dropped below 2% during the 4th quarter of 2014.  It is the lowest rate since Janet Yellen took office and it’s a sign that deflation is taking grip of the economy.

If past action is any indication of future decisions, then instead of a rate hike, I’ll be looking for signs of another round of Fed intervention in 2015.

 

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Resolution Solution

Have you ever watched those inspirational videos about people who do amazing things, and you commit to becoming a better person? I love those videos, and I think that they do a lot of good in reminding me of the person I want to become. However, sometimes I set up unrealistic expectations for myself. I tend to find myself being a completely new, inspired person for about an hour until I revert back to just being me. So how do you make a resolution that lasts? Here are some tips I’ve found to be helpful:

  1. Sit down and make a list of what really makes you happy. This one is easy, on my list I put things like my family, the mountains, running, and watching movies.
  2. Decide what you’re doing right now that isn’t making you happy and is a waste of time. This one is more tricky. You might have to put something that might be fun or a habit, but isn’t really helpful in your life. I put down things like checking social media late at night, being drawn into watching too many tv show episodes, or always being just a couple minute late everywhere I go.
  3. Make a plan to change your lifestyle to include things that make you happy, and get rid of those things that are time wasters. DO NOT set unrealistic expectations for yourself. We’re all human, and it’s hard to break habits. Make changes that slowly transform your bad habits to good ones. For example, going to bed half an hour earlier instead of changing your bedtime to 8:30 when you usually go to bed at 12.
  4. Commit yourself. When you make a mistake or fall back on an old habit, stop, and learn from it. Then don’t do it anymore. It sounds really simple, but you really have to work hard to remember and keep up the small changes.
  5. Be happy with who you are. Be happy with who you are, but never satisfied so that you are continually improving yourself.

Good Luck! And Happy New Year! ____________________________________________

 

 

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Merry Christmas from the Apiary Fund

It’s the sweetest time of year again! It’s been a pretty warm winter so far here at the office, and we were feeling a tiny bit nervous that it might not turn out to be such a white christmas. Of course, being in Utah, we shouldn’t have worried. The winter solstice yesterday brought us a nice big snow storm just in time for the holidays. But Christmas brings a lot more with it than just snow: family, friends, shopping, presents, laughs, amazing deals, food, and presents are all a big part of the season. Looking for a good gift to give? Honey has been used for gift giving since ancient Egypt (where honey was considered to be a gift from the gods). We love harvesting local honey from our hives here, and we can just pour it into a cute little jar to make the perfect gift. It’s not a bad idea considering it tastes so good, and still has tons of health benefits, but we don’t worry about being healthy until New Years anyways so… Merry Christmas!

 

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Trading

Loss is part of trading. Nothing is bad by having loss trades. What trader needs to do is how to manage trades so win ratio higher then loss by building a ‘good’ system that can provide consistent profit. There are couple things need to be considered to make consistent profit.

First, finding a good trading system. There are lots of trading strategy out there. It is traders’ main job to find one or more strategy(ies) that suits trader’s psychology and life style. Then, learn the upside and downside of the chosen system, technical analysis, market behavior etc, until traders can implement all knowledge related to the system to form and sharpen their own trading style. Keep practicing on the system. Practice makes perfect.

Next, trader needs to set trading rules. Then, they have to understand and follow the rules that they have set. It is important as if an unexpected event occurs, trader can execute the trade without the influence of emotion and avoid mistake. Most of the time, loss is the result of poor market conditions or a wrong decision because of fear or greed. A good trader has to follow trading plan, so the market can not dictate the trader’s decision during trade.

Then, money management. Trader needs to find their own comfortable percent risk, a percent level where trader feels okay either they loss or profit. It should be balance with the hours they spend on trading.

To find one good trading system that brings cash flow takes lots of time and huge effort. It is important to really understand that this is a learning process that needs time, not an instant way of making money. If one system fails, then do research and find another system, so on and so forth.

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