Lessons from the Wizards

3994One of the first books I read in this business oh-so many years ago was Stock Market Wizards. It had a profound impact on my thinking about trading, psychology, risk, capital preservation, etc.

  1. All successful traders use methods that suit their personality; You are neither Waren Buffett nor George Soros nor Jesse Livermore; Don’t assume you can trade like them.  
  2. What the market does is beyond your control; Your reaction to the market, however, is not beyond your control. Indeed, its the ONLY thing you can control.

    To be a winner, you have to be willing to take a loss

  3.  HOPE is not a word in the winning Trader’s vocabulary;

  4.  When you are on a losing streak — and you will eventually find yourself on one — reduce your position size;

  5.  Don’t underestimate the time it takes to succeed as a trader — it takes 10 years to become very good at anything

  6.  Trading is a vocation — not a hobby (more…)

Lessons From The Wizards

One of the first books I read in this business oh-so many years ago was Stock Market Wizards. It had a profound impact on my thinking about trading, psychology, risk, capital preservation, etc.

Sometime ago, I came across a good discussion of the lessons from the book at Simply Options Trading. What follows is my edited adaptation of those rules he derived from Stock Market Wizards:

    1. All successful traders use methods that suit their personality; You are neither Waren Buffett nor George Soros nor Jesse Livermore; Don’t assume you can trade like them.

     What the market does is beyond your control; Your reaction to the market, however, is not beyond your control. Indeed, its the ONLY thing you can control.

     To be a winner, you have to be willing to take a loss; (The Stop-Loss Breakdown)

     HOPE is not a word in the winning Trader’s vocabulary;

     When you are on a losing streak — and you will eventually find yourself on one — reduce your position size;

     Don’t underestimate the time it takes to succeed as a trader — it takes 10 years to become very good at anything; (There Are No Shortcuts)

     Trading is a vocation — not a hobby (more…)

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