I'll admit, it kind of feels like the dawn of a new era as we embark upon 2021. Today saw the inauguration of a new US President, we saw the S&P 500 makes fresh all-time highs once again and each day it feels like the light at the end of the tunnel is a little closer for putting the pandemic behind us.
The last year has been a difficult one for many and it's no surprise that a lot of us have spent a number of months both physically and mentally somewhat "hidden away" as we wait out the worst of things within our homes and with smaller social circles than usual.
The toll of that has been significant and for me I've tried to balance things out by spending lots of my time pursuing interests and hobbies outside of just work and trading to keep my mind occupied, which has meant the blog has been rather quiet of late.
Getting a Fresh Start
As we enter into 2021 however and with a return to normalcy seemingly on the horizon (thanks vaccine researchers!) I've thought that it might be best to look at reviving things here on STA as well. I didn't exactly go completely dormant even though the public side of things like the blog posts and videos were limited.
Over the past year I've still been trading actively on my regular schedule and taking part in a number of system development and research opportunities and I have been working with students as well, both new and old.
While I did take a short break from teaching new students when the pandemic first really hit the markets in February and March and volatility was at it's highest, in the ensuing months I did slowly bring in those that were in a good position to trade even during such uncertain times as these. That meant being even more picky than usual in my selection of new students and over the course of the entire year I only worked with five new people, but I do think that was for the best during such an unprecedented period and it meant I could keep much of my focus and energy on my own trading business during that time as well.
More recently things have felt a lot more normal though, especially as far as the markets are concerned. There's still plenty of volatility and the opportunity that comes with that but there's also fewer of the risks that some of the crazier moves in those early weeks of the pandemic could bring.
It's a much more comfortable time now when it comes to settling into a trading routine so it feels like a good place to pick up where I left off with more posts, some new trading lessons and insights as the market offers them, and maybe even bringing on a handful of new students too.
I know a number of you have reached out to me in recent months to make sure I was still around and keeping up with my trading and I do really appreciate that! I hope to hear from you more with any new blog posts to get your feedback and if you have any requests for trading topics you'd like me to cover you're welcome to suggest those as well.
Keep an eye on the site or feel free to join the STA newsletter and I'll be happy to pass the new content along. I've got some very worthwhile things I' plan to cover such as trading within trends (and some difficulties that come with that which are rarely mentioned), some topics on trading psychology and most likely a few trading day reviews as well.
Wishing you all the best for 2021 and a happy and healthy new year!