Traders , keep notes on the following

*  How you prepared for the day/week:  What was your market preparation?  What research did you conduct or consume?  What did you read?  What conversations did you have, and with whom?  How did you eat?  Sleep?  Exercise?  Prepare yourself mentally?

*  How you generated your trading ideas:  Where did the ideas come from?  What was the process that led to the ideas?  What made them good ideas?  What gave you “edges” in your trades?
*  How you expressed your ideas:  What market(s) did you use to express your views?  What instruments?  How did your expressions provide you with superior risk/reward?  If you held multiple positions, how did you size them relative to each other and gauge their correlations?
*  How you managed your positions:  What kind of trade planning did you do?  How did you size positions and gauge your risk taking?  How did you manage your risk?  What led you to scale into or out of your positions?
*  How you managed your performance:  How did you review your performance?  What did you learn?  How did you use your learning to improve your future performance?   (more…)


Learning the technical aspects of trading and the markets takes time and what you think you know after 1,2, 3 years is nothing. Really, nothing. As the years roll by and you accumulate 1000’s of hours of seat time honing your edge and system you get to learn a few things about yourself as well. This is where you become a trader. And if you are humble, the learning never stops. To think otherwise is a recipe for disaster.

Trading & Patience

Do you see yourself in any of following mindsets? Have you ever done or thought anything like this? If you have not, then please stop reading since you have attained trading mastery and don’t need any words from me:

No time to wait for setups. It looks like it might work, so I am going to get in now.

No time to wait for this to play out, I have a small profit and it might turn around and go against me, so I am going to get out now.

My position went against me, and it looks bad so even though it did not break support and the downage was on light volume, I better get out now.

The markets are running away without me. I have to find something so I can get in now. Just about anything should work and the most important issue that I don’t miss out on this great move, so I am going to just buy something now.

This setup looks good and I just made some cash on the last two trades and am feeling pretty good, so it’s OK for me to deviate from my system, and get in now.

I lost a lot on the last two trades, and am feeling pretty lousy about the losses so I need to get into something and maybe double up now to try to get it back now.

I don’t have time to wait for setups since I can only trade a couple of hours in the morning before I go to work, so I have to do something now.

I am leaving this lousy service because I want to be trading all day. The markets are here now and I want and need to be in and out of stuff all day so that I can make bank now.

I am feeling so bored right now and just need to put on a trade in order to do something.

The litany is endless, and, at its very core represents the inability to contemplate, to move at a considered pace, to wait for opportunity and to just plain have patience. At its foundation, impatience is a subset of fear and greed and is among the most common reasons for trader and investor failure.

More insidiously, the inability to be patient and wait for trades to come to you or to work out for you, coupled with the continual need to be always doing something in the markets is a form of compulsive gambling. Not speculation, not rigorous systematic trading, but gambling. Not good.


Successful technical traders know that their technical analysis does not make them successful.
It does not take much skill to learn how to read a chart.  In fact, there is plenty of programs that can do that for you.  Technical analysis provides an historical record; it does not predict what will happen.  History is not doomed to repeat itself in the markets.  No, the skill comes in managing what happens next.  The skill comes in managing the luck handed to us, good or bad.

Technical analysis is a tool that when used properly and for the right reasons will aid the trader in managing what happens at the right hand side of the chart, most of which is pure luck.  Once in a trade the trader is 100% dependent on the decisions and news events that follow, none of which is in his or her control.

6 Trading Rules


2.AFTER TWO HOURS OF TRADING, ASK YOURSELF: “DO I FEEL GOOD ABOUT MYTRADING TODAY?” Once two hours have passed, A day trader should have made at least two, or perhaps more, trades, “but enough to evaluate what you have done.” If the trader feels good about the day’s trading, continue. If not, stop trading that day.

3.ALL CYLINDERS OF THE ENGINE MUST BE RUNNING EFFICIENTLY. “Day-trading is a job, and your paycheck is determined by your ability. You can only maximize your ability if you have all the information you need to make trading decisions. “If a piece of equipment that one uses for trading is not working, stop trading.

4.HAVE COMPLETE FAITH IN YOUR INDICATORS.This is a must for success.Many times your indicators give you a buy or sell signal, and you don’t follow it because you don’t have the confidence the signal is right this time. Successful day traders believe in their indicators, but also are aware that nothing is 100% foolproof.

5. TO ANYONE WHO ASPIRES TO BECOME A DAY TRADER, OBSERVE THOSE WHO ARE SUCCESSFUL. “Any information you can procure on the trading philosophies, mechanics and techniques is well worth your while.”

6.DAY-TRADING IS A LONG-TERM COMMITMENT. “I fervently believe it takes several years to become a true professional”

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