Sunday, 22 July 2007

A Day To Forget

Daily P/L: £155.57
Monthly P/L: £544.71
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Oh balls! In particular - golf balls. Today was not a good day and it wasn't helped by the fuzzy feeling hangover I was nursing or the row I had with my old man. Throw into the mix the most topsy turvey Open Championship for years and you have a recipe for disaster. Okay, it wasn't quite that bad but I felt very deflated at the end of it all.
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The British Open
Sergio Garcia is a great golfer but for as long as I can remember he's been thought of as a bit of a bottler when it matters - but - surely not today? When he began the final round he was 3 shots ahead of Steve Stricker and a further 3 ahead of the field and a score of 71 (par for the course) would surely be enough to take the title? Yes, it would have been but it didn't happen. Garcia faltered but I missed the signs of his demise and started to go down with him. I was never ahead and the drama over the closing holes just made things worse. My loss was £121.49 and I should have turned the computer off then but couldn't resist a look at the...
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Stan James World Matchplay
I'm going to Blackpool to watch this on Friday so I thought I'd take a look to get a taste of what lies ahead but I should've known better. Darts has been a bogey sport for me recently and my only guess as to why is that I must be having difficulty in switching between the volatility of the slower trading sports (golf & cricket) and the quicker ones. I only traded the one match - Painter v Gray - but did so very badly. The outright market has definitely changed since my success at the World Championships in December, and my failure to adjust with it has led to my problems. To cap off a miserable day I lost £34.08 on this match.
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I'm not going to get too down though. I still hold a healthy profit for the month and because I want to keep it that way it's likely my only large trading activity left for the month will be the Pro 40 game between Warwickshire and Nottinghamshire on Tuesday. I'm then going to Prague with work on Wednesday so it's all go. Busy weeks ahead are normally not good for trading as any distractions can lead to lapses of concentration.
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