CHAPTER 42

The Kirk Report

Charles E. Kirk, @thekirkreport

I love this chapter, and I knew I would. I have been following Charles's blog for years. He believes as I do that there is a method to the madness of the markets and mentoring is very important. If you are taking your first steps in trading and investing, make “The Kirk Report” a daily read and dig into his archives.

When all the criteria are in balance, do the thing you least want to do. You have to decide early on whether you're playing for the fun or for the success. Whether you measure it in money or in some other way, to win at trading you have to be playing for the success.

—William Eckhardt

MY JOURNEY

I live in a small college town named Cedar City in southern Utah. The markets have been my passion for almost 20 years.

My journey in the markets began shortly after graduating from college, getting married, and going to work as a private investigator for a law firm. My wife and I were starting our lives together, and I decided to learn how to invest with the money that we were trying to save for our future. Neither of us had any real experience with investing or the markets, so we had a lot to learn!

After asking questions and seeking out advice from others concerning investing, including paying for advice from two financial advisers, we soon realized that most people didn't seem to know much about investing, either. Like many people back then, we started by investing our hard-earned money in several actively managed ...

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