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Healthy Trader

Every work field has their own health risk issues. Trading field is not exception. Working in front of monitor for hours to understand chart and news, analyze trend, set up strategies,etc; may expose a trader to substantial health risks.
Since traders mostly spend hours in front of monitor(s) and do not physically active; it is highly recommended for them to spend at least 30 minutes per day for exercise:

  • a minimum of 2-1/2 hours per week of moderate-intensity aerobic activity, for example, brisk walking for 30 minutes a day, five days a week, or
  • minimum of 1-1/4 hours per week of vigorous-intensity aerobic activity, or
  • combine both.

Then, give your eyes a break once an hour during your workday. Rest your eyes 10 minutes for every 50 minutes spent in front of monitor. If your eyes feel overly tired, lie down and place cooling cucumber slices over your eyelids. The monitor position should be located nor closer than 70 cm from the trader’s eye and lighting should not cause any glare on the monitor.
Last but not least, drink a lot of water or a cup of tea hourly to prevent dehydration. Good diet also have important roles. Vitamins A, C, E, and mineral like copper, zinc are essential to eyesight. Antioxidant can be obtained from dark leafy greens, eggs, yellow peepers, pumpkin, sweet potatoes, and carrots. Other food that give benefits such as spinach, broccoli, lemon / orange, nuts, avocado, garlic, onions, shallots, capers, blueberries, grapes, salmon, sardines, mackerel, cod, whole grains.

Source:
http://www.hsph.harvard.edu/nutritionsource/physical-activity-guidelines/

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Trading Shouldn’t Be All Or Nothing

What would life be like if the gym were an all-or-nothing commitment? I’d bet that given a choice between spending all day at the gym and not going at all, most of us would either burn out from overactivity or succumb to total inactivity. In the end, a healthy balance will keep you actively engaged and yield the best results!

Just as I balance my time at work and home, I’ve also learned that maintaining balance in my trading is important. Your experience with Apiary shouldn’t be all or nothing! You don’t need to spend all day trading—in fact, we discourage it!

We at the Apiary Fund recommend that our traders participate in the markets regularly and consistently, at the same time cautioning them to not overtrade. Find a way to balance your time in the coursework, the live discussions, and trading.

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5 Reasons I Never Take Market Tips

Let’s face it—when it comes to investing, everybody has something to say. But whatever you do, don’t fall prey to bad investing advice! There are lots of reasons to never take market tips from others, but I’ve found the following five to be imperative to my success as a trader:

5. Different goals
Whoever is giving you the tip may have a long term outlook on the market and may be willing to hold the investment for 20 years until they retire. Your objective may be to make a daily income. You shouldn’t take their word for your investment. Rise and fall on your own knowledge of the markets.

4. Uncertainties
There are so many uncertainties that it’s amazing that people ever accept tips from others. When someone gives you market tips, you should ask yourself whether or not you know their knowledge level. They may have a degree hanging on their wall, but did they pay attention in class? Did they pass their tests? Would you trust this person to have done proper due diligence on their recommendation? There are so many unknowns. At the very least, if you do your own research, you’ll have no one to blame but yourself.

3. Different investing methods
A mutual fund invests differently than a hedge fund. A commodity pool invests differently than a retirement account. If you are taking advice from someone, make sure that their objective with trading are very close to the same as what you would do. Most of the time when you dig into it you will find that they are not the same.

2. They don’t care about your money
Believe it or not, the person who cares most about your money is you. You worked hard for the money that you have so before you take a risk you should evaluate the potential outcomes. How many people include a budget when they plan a family vacation? How many of those same people don’t know how much money they are looking to make when they place a trade?

1. Ulterior motives
Just like we saw Al “Mr. Green” Gore recently sell out to the biggest oil company, you don’t know if the person giving you the “tip” has something else that he is trying to do. Remember to always, always, always do your own research!

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