While it may sound innocent enough, hope can be the great profit-killer for traders and investors alike. Hope is a dangerous emotion because it can cause irrational thinking. Hope is the reason some traders add to losing positions — because they are convinced they are correct and hope the market will eventually vindicate them. Unfortunately, the market does not operate under these rules. When you’re trading a stock based on technical analysis, the market is always right.

Before every trade you make, you must make a pact with yourself to sell the stock if it fails to do what you anticipated. If hope sneaks into the picture, prepare yourself for larger losses.

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