Maria’s Note: Maria Bonaventura here, managing editor of the Diary, with a special evening edition from Larry Benedict. If you read Saturday’s Diary, you know Larry is a former $1 billion hedge fund manager whose fund even made $95 million in the dark days of ’08.

Larry is hosting an event on December 11 where he’ll walk you through the strategy he uses to make winning short-term trades. He believes it could pay for 80% of your retirement – just by taking note of what he does in the first 10 minutes.

In the meantime, Larry shares a fundamental rule that defined his trading career 35 years ago. And it can help you profit today, whether you’re a short-term trader like Larry, or a long-term investor…

The year was 1984, and I had just started my trading career.

I worked as a runner, and a clerk, in the pits at the Chicago Board Options Exchange. And it was there that I learned the first, most fundamental rule of being a successful trader.

As a clerk back then, you would answer phones, write orders, and run the orders out to the pit to execute them. Then you’d get back on the phone and report the fill to the customer.

When I first started, I was getting trained by another clerk who worked for my boss. My boss was a big-time trader. And the clerk who was training me said something strange…

“Look, you’re going to get fired every day. But don’t listen to it. Come back tomorrow and everything will be fine.”

I’m from New York. And here I was… 21 years old, in a new city where I didn’t know anyone, and I knew absolutely nothing about my job. Not to mention, I was being told I’d get fired every day.

I didn’t know the ins and outs of working on a trading floor. I was expected to know what I was doing. But I knew nothing about trading, period. And on the first day, I got thrown right into the fire.

My boss was giving me hand signals for what trades to do from the pit, but I was clueless. They gave me a sheet with all the hand signals, but it was like having to learn sign language in minutes… I’d look up at the screens with the current stock prices, and it just looked like scrolling gibberish.

My boss really needed someone with much more experience than I had.

Inevitably, I messed up an order and my boss went ballistic. He told me I was an idiot and didn’t know what I was doing, and he fired me.

So of course, I freaked out. I called my mom and told her, “Mom, I just got fired. But they told me I’ll get fired every day and to just keep coming back.”

And she said, “Well, just do what they say then!”

So I went back in the next day, and I was there early. My boss walked in with a cup of coffee and a bag of McDonald’s, like everything was normal. He started asking me what I did last night and was in a normal, upbeat mood.

It was crazy. Everything really was fine.

The next day came around, and he asked me a question about adding fractions together. I didn’t know the answer, so I guessed.

Bad move. I guessed wrong. Then he went ballistic and fired me again.

Suffice to say, it was a high-strung and high-intensity environment. And as miserable as it was doing that every day, getting fired and coming back with my tail between my legs, I kept coming back.

Not a lot of people are built to handle that kind of environment. But you learn that way. You get knocked down and get back up, every single day.

That’s what my boss was trying to teach me, in his own strange way. And it’s a lesson every new trader needs to learn.

No matter how many times you fail… lose money… “get fired,” so to speak…

You have to get up, dust yourself off, and try again. That’s the only way to learn and improve.

It’s easy to get discouraged, especially when money’s on the line. But if trading were easy, everyone would do it and everyone would be rich.

Maybe the advice to “never give up” is something of a cliché.

But that cliché is the reason why I turned that first job into a 35-year trading career, making millions along the way.

And if you want to be a successful trader, you must follow it.


Larry Benedict
Editor, The Opportunistic Trader

Maria’s Note: Larry has a knack for trading the markets for fast gains. It’s how he built his wealth over a 35-year trading career. But now, he’s taking everything he knows about how to make millions of dollars before lunchtime… and showing everyday folks how to use those same techniques.

In a special event airing on December 11 at 8 p.m. ET, Larry aims to generate $70,000 or more in just three hours – and donate the proceeds to a local South Florida charity. You’ll see the results of Larry’s challenge… and how he uses that same strategy to make money every single trading day. As a bonus, folks who tune in to Larry’s event will get a copy of the “Foolproof 50” – the exclusive list of stocks Larry trades.

But you don’t have to wait until next Wednesday… Starting tomorrow, Larry is releasing a new training video every day leading up to his event. Just enter your email address here, and watch your inbox tomorrow for Larry’s first video.

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