Trader Note

Without shorts, markets are more stable.

Dynamic Images

Whoops. My bad.

I have just realized that many of the charts I have used for information and explanation are dynamic. This site is  Joomla which relative to yahoo charts leaves the images as dynamic images. This means that the charts in historic posts will continue to dynamically update relative to the yahoo chart. As the yahoo charts are constantly updated, this will lead to a loss of information when looking at older posts. In the future, I will utilize static images where defining trade ideas.

Please be aware of this when viewing historic posts. I apologize for the loss of useful data.



Example of static image:


Example of dynamic image:

Chart forS&P/ASX 200 VIX INDEX (^AXVI)

About This Site

About this Site:

                Addlepated was created out of catharsis. The Author (see the author here)has been trading markets for a long time. With age it becomes difficult to adjust to changing markets. With the rise of high frequency trading and large fund manipulation of markets, the high stress challenges of markets have led to the author nearing burn out. As such, Addlepated was designed to allow the author to share his ideas with the world.

                As we age, we look to see what legacies we leave behind. The Author doesn’t have children, he has ideas. This is his legacy to the word, and the world through the joys of the internet should be able to access his ideas, at least as long as this website stays funded. This allows brilliant ideas to spread, and have the banner taken up by future generations.

                Alas, not all of the ideas are sound, thus the website is Addlepated. With every shared thought, you may find some inspiration or even brilliance. Hopefully you will find more than just an easy laugh.

                The trading ideas are here because the author is a day trader. Some of these trade ideas are horrible and some ideas are excellent. The reader is encouraged to make their own decisions. If you take these trade ideas, you are encouraged to exit the bad ones and ride the good ones. Don't be afraid to hedge, spread or use stop-loss orders to minimize risk. Timing can be as important as direction, so these trades may not be right for you.

                Readers are encouraged to make their own decisions on ALL the ideas contained on Addlepated. You should ask, “Why?” If you do not find a valid answer, either seek further study or utilize your own intelligence to disprove said idea. When it comes to trading, being able to rationalize your investments (bets) is very important. Be aware that a person that has “skin in the game” will often talk up their book. Take other people's advice with hesitation and try to understand what that person’s (company’s) perspective may entail.

                The advice here is given freely. It may not be correct all of the time, but hopefully it is correct enough of the time to make some money.

The site is slowly being built and updated. It is run by one man, and he has limited time.

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I have debated adding comments and decided I don't care about random anonymous internet troll's opinions. However, having to scroll comments to edit junk, spam-bots and inappropriate ramblings seems like a waste of time. I cannot guarantee that I will even respond to emails sent through this website. Truth is, I make no guarantees or promises… ever.


As for the tech of the site:

This website uses Joomla 3.5 Framework and SMARTIN BLACK Template.


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About the Author

About the Author: J. Henry Ledyard



                J. Henry Ledyard holds degrees in Physics, Electrical Engineering and Visual Arts. He has traded markets since the 1990s. As his trading improved, he became a full time trader focusing primarily on futures, stocks and options. Every trader must find their markets, and style and for Henry, this is short to medium term trades of semi-liquid markets.

                Henry’s style is to take a broad view of markets and world scope analysis and apply it to sorter term market trends. In the current market environment, long term assumptions can be financially disastrous. He will often trade outright, minimizing risk by trading short term. He hedges risk by spreading only in the short term and when a very good opportunity presents itself. Henry’s trading style is not for everyone, and his advice is as the website says: Addlepated.

                When investing, 10% a year is a good investment. If you are making more than 10% you are beating the broader markets. But for day trading, you are trying to make at least 5% per day on a leveraged position. The secret is to limit risk.

                 When the Author day trades, he is attempting to make 3% a day… and 10% when he gets greedy. It is high stress and challenging, especially when the market moves against him. Day trading involves taking high risks for high rewards with the broader understanding that he may go broke. Most traders have lost everything, at least once. That is why it is important to hedge risk, and put some of your winnings aside for a rainy day.

                Trading is a time consuming activity, often soul consuming, and does not afford much time for other pursuits. Henry has a passion for racing, science and philosophy. He has worked as an electrician, pyrotechnician and auto mechanic. If he trades poorly, he will again be seeking 'normal' employment. Hopefully, as time allows, this website will blossom with insights and information which may be of use to someone.


                If you find these insights useful and extraordinary, and would like to offer Henry a job, please email him directly:    This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


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