Dan Fitzpatrick is the publisher of The Stock Market Mentor, an advisory newsletter and educational forum dedicated to teaching effective risk management and trading methodologies to aspiring traders and investors. He is a former hedge fund manager and a member of the Market Technicians Association, and he now trades from his home in San Diego, Calif. While Fitzpatrick holds various securities licenses, he does not give recommendations to buy or sell stocks.Expand

Fitzpatrick graduated from the McGeorge School of Law. He was a fellow at Pacific Legal Foundation, a nonprofit public interest firm specializing in constitutional law, and he also practiced law in the private sector before pursuing trading as a full-time career. Before growing up and getting a real job, he was a professional musician, studio singer and songwriter in Los Angeles.Collapse

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Fitz Bits: A Tightrope Walk Real Money Pro($)

With the market at its highs and the massive risk, that's what being a money manager currently entails.
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Only fools and liars can accurately predict market tops. Strive to be neither.
Remember that prices are dictated by nothing more than traders' actions -- by human decision-making.
Keep your eyes open, and be ready to break from the crowd when they've gone too far.
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This is akin to celebrating a minor jackpot at the slots after hours of emptying your wallet into it.
Branch out beyond your key abilities, and be sure to get up when you've been knocked down.

Fitz Bits: The 'Rule of 5' Real Money Pro($)

Surround yourself with excellent people and vibes, and your average will come up.

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