If U Are A Trader -Then Always Remember These 6 Points

1.  Consistently profitable trading is not about discovering some magic way to find profitable trades.
2.  Consistently successful trading is founded on solid risk management.
3.  Successful trading is a process of doing certain things over and over again with discipline and patience.
4.  The human element of trading is enormously important and has been ignored by other authors for years.  Recognizing and managing the emotions of fear and greed are central to consistently successful speculation.
5.  It is possible to be profitable over time even though the majority of trading events will be losers.  “Process” will trump the results of any given trade or series of trades.
6.  Charting principles are not magic, but simply provide a structure for a trading process.

Why Traders Fail

1. Lack of motivation. A talent is irrelevant if a person is not motivated to use it. Motivation may be external (for example, social approval) or internal (satisfaction from a job well-done, for instance). External sources tend to be transient, while internal sources tend to produce more consistent performance.

2. Lack of impulse control. Habitual impulsiveness gets in the way of optimal performance. Some people do not bring their full intellectual resources to bear on a problem but go with the first solution that pops into their heads.

3. Lack of perseverance and perseveration. Some people give up too easily, while others are unable to stop even when the quest will clearly be fruitless.

4. Using the wrong abilities. People may not be using the right abilities for the tasks in which they are engaged.

5. Inability to translate thought into action. Some people seem buried in thought. They have good ideas but rarely seem able to do anything about them.

6. Lack of product orientation. Some people seem more concerned about the process than the result of activity.

7. Inability to complete tasks. For some people nothing ever draws to a close. Perhaps it’s fear of what they would do next or fear of becoming hopelessly enmeshed in detail.

8. Failure to initiate. Still others are unwilling or unable to initiate a project. It may be indecision or fear of commitment.

9. Fear of failure. People may not reach peak performance because they avoid the really important challenges in life.

10. Procrastination. Some people are unable to act without pressure. They may also look for little things to do in order to put off the big ones.

11. Misattribution of blame. Some people always blame themselves for even the slightest mishap. Some always blame others.

12. Excessive self-pity. Some people spend more time feeling sorry for themselves than expending the effort necessary to overcome the problem.

13. Excessive dependency. Some people expect others to do for them what they ought to be doing themselves. Continue reading »

Trading Wisdom-One Liners

  • “It’s human nature to pick out the stunning successes of a method and to overlook the day-in, day-out losses that grind you down to the bone.”
  • Trade at a reasonable level, if you have too much exposure, override system and cut back
  • Missing a good trade is generally demoralizing (Basso’s silver trade)
  • “Buying on retracements is one of those ploys that gives psychological satisfaction rather than providing any benefits in terms of increased profits.  As a general rule, avoid those things that give you comfort; it’s usually false comfort.
  • If you have the resources to evaluate systems, your time is better spent developing your own idea.  I wouldn’t recommend buying systems.
  • “The human eye tends to pick up the times these indicators accurately called minor tops and bottoms, but it misses all the false signals and the extent to which they were wrong during trends.”
  • What would you do differently?  “Concentrate more on money management.”
  • Average human likes to take profits and play with losses, the exact wrong thing
  • “Watch idly while profit-taking opportunities arise, but in adversity run like a jackrabbit.”
  • Don’t think about what the market is going to do, only on what you will do
  • “It helps not to be preoccupied with your losses.  If you’re worried channel that energy into research.”
  • The majority of people trade worse than a purely random trader would.

Brain test Learn to trade self assesment

giraffe_in_refrigeratorThe Giraffe Test

1. How do you put a giraffe into a refrigerator?

Stop and think about it and decide on your answer before you scroll down.

The correct answer is: Open the refrigerator, put in the giraffe, and close the door. This question tests whether you tend to do simple things in an overly complicated way.

2. How do you put an elephant into a refrigerator?

Did you say, Open the refrigerator, put in the elephant, and close the refrigerator?

Wrong Answer.

Correct Answer: Open the refrigerator, take out the giraffe, put in the elephant and close the door. This tests your ability to think through the repercussions of your previous actions.

3. The Lion King is hosting an animal conference. All the animals
attend …. Except one. Which animal does not attend?

Correct Answer : The Elephant. The elephant is in the refrigerator. Didn’t you just put him in there? This tests your memory. Okay, even if you did not answer the first three questions correctly, you still have one more chance to show your true abilities. Continue reading »

9 Trading Rules

1. Move: Always be flexible.  The beauty of the stock market is polygamy is perfectly acceptable.  Never get married to a particular position or a particular strategy.   The market is complex, dynamic and always changing.  Learn to change with it if necessary.

2.  Plan de Vida: Always invest with a plan.  Have strict rules and a machine-like approach.

3.  Downshift: Pulling yourself out of the game when you’re not certain will help you from making debilitating mistakes.  When in doubt get out.

4. 80% Rule: Never let more than 20% of your portfolio put 80% of your portfolio at risk.  Position sizing is key to risk management.

5. Hope is a 4 letter word: Holding and hoping is not a strategy.  Cut your losses, learn from it and never look back.   Never ever get into something you can’t get out of.

6. Understand your risks: You can’t avoid black swans, but they don’t have to rip your face off.  Understand your risks and your rewards.

7. Goals and accountability: Set goals and keep track of your performance.  You are responsible for your own decisions.  Own your mistakes.

8. Psychology: Learn to control your emotions and understand the emotions of those around you.  Always remember what General Patton said: “if everyone is thinking the same then someone isn’t thinking”.   Also the famous Buffett quote: “Be fearful when others are greedy and greedy when others are fearful.”

9. Your Tribe: Always remember that there is more to life than investing.  Don’t live to invest.  Invest to live.  Being the richest man/woman in the graveyard is worthless if there isn’t anyone to bury you there