Method-Pyschology-Risk Management for Traders


  1. I am a trend hunter I want a stock that has the potential to move 10-20  points in my favor.
  2. My top pivot points for trades is the 5 day EMA  (3 & 7DEMA for NF )
  3. I play the long side in bull markets primarily and the short side in bear markets primarily.
  4. I go long the top monster stocks in up trending markets.
  5. I never short a monster stock above the 50 day moving average.
  6. I short the biggest  junk stocks in down trends, the ones that are unprofitable and made major missteps with customers and investors.
  7. I like to trade with all time highs or all time lows in stocks with in striking distance.
  8. Moving averages are my best indicators.
  9. I never have targets, I let a trend run until it reverses.
  10. My watch list for longs is the Investor’s Business Daily IBD50.
  11. I use Darvas Boxes at times to trade stocks.


  1. I am not trying to prove anything about myself I am only trying to make money.
  2. I will quickly admit when I am wrong when a stock moves against me enough to show me I am wrong.
  3. I trade my own method, I do not trade others advice.
  4. If I am losing and very unconformable with a trade I get out of it.
  5. I trade position sizes I am mentally comfortable with.
  6. I do not try to predict the future I look for what the chart is telling me.
  7. I trade the chart not my personal opinions.
  8. I am not afraid to chase a trending stock.
  9. I understand that I chose my entries, exits, risk, and position size and the market chooses when I am profitable.
  10. I do not worry about losing money I worry about losing my trading discipline.
  11. I have faith in myself and my method.
  12. I do not blame myself for losses.
  13. I do not blame myself for losses where I followed my rules.


  1. I attempt to never lose more than X % of my total capital on any one trade.
  2. I NEVER add to a losing trade.
  3. I use trailing stops to get out of winning trades.
  4. I use mental stop losses to get out of losing trades.
  5. I use position size to limit my risk.
  6. I use stock options to limit my risk.
  7. I know my biggest advantage in trading is small losses and big profits.
  8. I never expose more than X % of my capital to risk at any one time.
  9. I understand the market environment I am trading in.
  10. I understand the volatility of the stock I am trading.
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