OVERCONFIDENCE

It is common for traders to complain of a lack of confidence in their trading, but very often it is overconfidence that does them in. Overconfidence results from a lack of appreciation of the complexity of markets and an underestimation of the challenges of trading them successfully. In a sense, overconfident traders lack respect for the markets. They think that reading about a few setups or buying the newest software will prepare them to make money. Overconfident traders don’t want to work their way up the trading ladder: they resist the idea that screen time is the best teacher. They also chafe at the idea of growing their account. Rather than start with one contract and wait until they’re profitable before trading larger size, they want big positions—and profits—right away. Because they’re so eager to make money—and so sure they can make it—overconfident traders generally trade impulsively. They won’t wait for the setup to form; they’ll jump the gun—and get whipsawed in the process. Instead of being patient and waiting for short-term patterns to align with longer-term patterns, they will take every trade, enriching their brokers in the process. (more…)

Overconfidence

OverConfidenceIt is common for traders to complain of a lack of confidence in their trading, but very often it is overconfidence that does them in.  Overconfidence results from a lack of appreciation of the complexity of markets and an underestimation of the challenges of trading them successfully.  In a sense, overconfident traders lack respect for the markets.  They think that reading about a few setups or buying the newest software will prepare them to make money.  Overconfident traders don’t want to work their way up the trading ladder:  they resist the idea that screen time is the best teacher.  They also chafe at the idea of growing their account.  Rather than start with one contract and wait until they’re profitable before trading larger size, they want big positions—and profits—right away. Because they’re so eager to make money—and so sure they can make it—overconfident traders generally trade impulsively.  They won’t wait for the setup to form; they’ll jump the gun—and get whipsawed in the process.  Instead of being patient and waiting for short-term patterns to align with longer-term patterns, they will take every trade, enriching their brokers in the process. (more…)

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