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Recession 2024, WallStreetBets Regrets and How to Be a Great Trader

By:Eric Villa

A weekly roundup of tastylive videos offers the best trading tips from the network’s wealth of financial shows

  • Why this macro expert feels nervous about a 2024 recession.
  • How this WallStreetBets trader is developing a new edge.
  • Here’s a sign you're great at trading, even if it doesn't feel like it.
  • How to manage every options strategy (with one simple guide).

Macro experts on 2024 predictions

Despite November's robust stock performance, traders shouldn’t necessarily expect a widely anticipated "Santa Claus rally" because December is historically characterized by market volatility. This clarification serves as a cautionary note amid positive market sentiment, emphasizing the need for vigilance.


  • The Santa Claus rally isn't a guaranteed phenomenon despite November's strong market performance.

  • Historically, December tends to showcase volatile market behavior, making it prudent to prepare and to exercise caution.

  • Understanding historical trends helps in navigating potential market fluctuations during December.

Economic Indicators Hinting at a 2024 Recession

Economic indicators signal a recession looming in 2024. The telltale signs include rising continuing claims, declining federal tax receipts and a negative leading economic index. They’re coupled with discussions about upcoming political changes and shifts in market dynamics. Together, these factors could create a notably different trading environment.


  • Rising continuing claims, declining tax receipts and a negative leading economic index indicate possible economic turbulence.

  • Speculations on potential market dynamics and political changes suggest a different trading landscape in 2024.

  • Being aware of these indicators could help traders prepare and adapt to potential market shifts.

WallStreetBets: Brian's roller coaster ride

Brian's trading journey, influenced by WallStreetBets' advice, brought success with investments in Bed Bath & Beyond (BBBYQ), GameStop (GME) and BlackBerry (BB). However, a substantial loss incurred with the currently unlisted penny stock Avaya prompted a reevaluation of his trading strategies, emphasizing the significance of risk assessment and diversification.


  • Initial successes based on WallStreetBets' advice highlight the community's impact on individual traders.

  • Significant losses, like Brian's with Avaya, underscore the importance of defining risks and diversifying strategies.

  • Learning from others' experiences helps traders navigate the complexities of stock markets.

Insights and Wisdom from Experienced Traders

Insight from seasoned trader Tom Preston, shed light on the inevitability of losses and the importance of effective risk management strategy. Brian’s experiences emphasize resilience, continuous learning and the pivotal role of experienced mentors in guiding traders through challenging market conditions.


  • Learning from seasoned traders' experiences helps in understanding the challenges of navigating financial markets.

  • Effective risk management is crucial in mitigating losses and maintaining a balanced trading approach.

  • Diversifying what is tradeable outside of long or short stock positions can help reduce portfolio volatility. 

You’re a great trader, even if It doesn’t feel like it

This week, professional traders acknowledge the inevitability of losses, emphasizing the critical role of robust risk management strategy. Their insight focus on building confidence through experience, learning from past trades and the significance of consistency in trading decisions. These considerations can provide a roadmap for traders navigating volatile markets.


  • Acknowledging and learning from losses are integral to mastering the intricacies of trading.

  • Effective risk management strategy is vital in navigating unpredictable market conditions.

  • Consistency and learning from past trades are key factors in building confidence as a trader.

Refining trading skills: confidence, learning and consistency

Expert traders emphasize the importance of reflecting on past trades, both successful and unsuccessful, to improve decision-making and risk management. Confidence in trading builds gradually through consistent positive results and learning from experience, ultimately contributing to a trader's evolving expertise.


  • Reflecting on past trades helps refine decision-making and enhancing risk management.

  • Consistent positive results contribute significantly to building confidence in trading.

  • Continuous learning and adapting from experiences are essential for traders' growth.

Options trading strategies: how to manage winners, losses and scratches (for beginners)

Dr. Jim Shultz has managed winners, losers and scratches in nearly every options strategy you could imagine. In his full two-hour course, Jim walks traders through managing positions for success, no matter what the market may throw your way. To understand how to manage vertical spreads, iron condors, ratio spreads and more, watch Jim’s full crash course above. 

Eric Villa is a YouTube specialist at tastylive. 

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