Vision – Although an expectation of total clairvoyance as to future price movement is unrealistic, it is my goal as a trader to assimilate as much information as possible with the goal of playing out scenarios that tie in with each other.
This is not always easy to do. Yet, understanding trading does not occur in a vacuum, and markets do exhibit oddities. You can get yourself mentally prepared to deal with these outlier events. Those who can think for themselves and need not rely on templatized news releases for their ideas usually put themselves in a position to benefit from their forward thinking.
We have heard many times about leaders who saw an industry trend before it happened. This was no accident. It came as a result of their understanding of their field and what could change it for the better. Traders who gain an understanding of how things can potentially play out and factor that into their trading strategy go a long way toward keeping their objectivity when things unfold in a fast and volatile market.