Kindly vote for the best entry to "what is a trader" contest. The entries are numbered. Just tell us the number of entry you think is best. We'll announce winners at end of week. I would also say that the entries are well worth reading as they constitute the best writing on what trading is about that I have ever seen. Vic





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32 Comments so far

  1. Melynda Nuss on March 9, 2015 5:34 pm

    I like Brian Nolen’s, which would have been #58. And of course #42. ;-)

  2. admin on March 9, 2015 6:15 pm

    From Nick Mulcahy ‏@3747S_14458E via Twitter

    I vote for #8 and thanks for running the contest

  3. admin on March 9, 2015 6:16 pm

    From Kora Reddy ‏@paststat via Twitter

    I vote for #57

  4. admin on March 9, 2015 6:16 pm

    From Humble1@STF ‏@andSwingTF via Twitter

    I vote for # 18 … :-)

  5. Jeff Watson on March 9, 2015 6:32 pm

    Gary Phillips #9 wins. In case of a tie breaker, Dr. Brett #20

  6. Yuri on March 9, 2015 11:23 pm

    Number 18

  7. nr on March 10, 2015 12:40 am

    A vote for 20.

    With gratitude to DailySpec: When did I become a trader? It wasn’t when I made my first trades. Then I was just at the mercy of currents of flow, deception and emotions. It wasn’t when I experimented in search of an edge. Then I was just driven by a search for truth. More a scientist really. It wasn’t when I divined a sustainable edge. Then I was just more aware of the currents of flow but had not yet fully appreciated the deception and emotions. It was when I committed to overcome the vagaries of emotion and deception to execute a sustainable edge despite all.

  8. Vikas on March 10, 2015 12:56 am

    Loved #42

  9. Gdaytoyou on March 10, 2015 2:46 am

    #49 “a trader is one who knows himself”
    Brillant, says it all. KISS , keep it simple stupid. Looking at ones reflection in the mirror encompasses all the success and failures a trader experiences.Lot of good reading within the entries

  10. anand on March 10, 2015 8:51 am

    like 37 & 38 equally

  11. Bill on March 10, 2015 2:13 pm

    #14 and thank you for the great contest

  12. daniel watkins on March 10, 2015 2:32 pm

    number 18

  13. thorazine brandon on March 10, 2015 2:56 pm

    After carefully studying all the entries, I vote for #18

  14. anand on March 12, 2015 6:55 am

    is a vote the best way to decide this? its a bit like democracy .. people will vote for the guy who tells them what they like to hear … not the one who actually tells the (bitter) truth.

    also with such a small sample of votes, there could be a huge error, not to mention easy rigging of the vote by creating a fake email address.

  15. Ed on March 13, 2015 12:46 pm

    27, 37, and 40. 27 has a painful warning in it IMO, but a good story.

  16. Joseph Chan on March 13, 2015 12:59 pm

    I am voting for #53 by Andy Bittman.

  17. nl on March 13, 2015 1:19 pm


    Excellent insight. Recognizing patterns is inherently rewarding.

  18. David Stewart on March 13, 2015 9:10 pm

    I vote for #43

  19. David Stewart on March 14, 2015 6:42 am

    I think there should be an objective vote taken by non-participants otherwise those writers who have friends and the ability to influence the vote will be more likely to win. How about Vic and Laurel deciding the winner?

  20. Vipul Ratan on March 14, 2015 6:59 am

    I vote for # 69

  21. Anthony Bittman on March 14, 2015 5:31 pm

    I am partial to my entry #53

  22. raminder on March 15, 2015 5:54 am

    I vote for #59

  23. Sam Awad on March 15, 2015 10:55 pm

    My humble vote is for #50, and my prideful vote is for #30.

  24. Hernan Avella on March 16, 2015 4:29 pm

    #59 (It’s a duplicate of #57)

  25. G man on March 16, 2015 7:41 pm

    Interesting that this demographic needs flowery, truthy, ‘we’re so valuable as traders to society meme’, that no one considers that for decades high school drop outs became locals and got rich, that the guys selling trinkets and cameras on lower Fifth Avenue are traders or that the guy making lunch is trading food for your cash. Traders simply try to make a living because they lack the skills to make a living elsewhere.

    This contest is simply an exercise in narcissism by a few well paid, self indulgent hypocrites.

    And vote for #33, that’s mine!

  26. scott athorne on March 16, 2015 9:39 pm

    brett steenbarger #20

  27. ltoh on March 17, 2015 12:28 pm


  28. Brian C on March 18, 2015 4:58 pm

    As a long time reader of DS I think this really fun to see all the responses. Now for giggles take a read at #32. Bonus points for anyone who knows where the phrase “chop, dip, rip” really comes from.

  29. G Dhananjhay on March 19, 2015 9:22 am

    Dr Brett #20

  30. Whatt on March 20, 2015 6:11 pm

    The Onion thanks you.

  31. alex on March 21, 2015 7:13 pm

    i like the #37

  32. Alex C. on March 27, 2015 12:48 pm

    I vote for #57

    [A trader is that economic agent who…]


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