Loss Aversion

There’s a short Danny Kahneman interview at the Daily Beast here.  He notes why your best friends may not be your best advisors:

 Friends are sometimes a big help when they share your feelings. In the context of decisions, the friends who will serve you best are those who understand your feelings but are not overly impressed by them. 

 That’s the Kahneman I love to read, profound and interesting. But then he follows with this sentence:

For example, one important source of bad decisions is loss aversion, by which we put far more weight on what we may lose than on what we may gain.  (more…)

5 Minutes of Daily Conditioning

Deciding to be a profitable financial trader is the first step in becoming one. Trite you say? Not really. Missing this one step or doing it out of order xplains why 90% of brokerage accounts go to zero within the first year, many doing so in the first 4 months!

In addition to arbitrarily deciding to be a profitable financial trader, a more powerful and lasting way is to use psychological conditioning on yourself so that you CONSISTENTLY decide that you are a profitable trader Here’s my interpretation of the method for doing this that I learned from the famous success guru I alluded to in my comments two blogs back.

First, write out the sentence below on a piece of paper.


Second, consider the pain you have experienced before because you have not consistently thought of yourself as a profitable trader. Imagine experiencing that again in the present and future. Do this for 30 seconds. Notice how you feel as you do that. (more…)

10 Trading Quotes

“Good investing is a peculiar balance between the conviction to follow your ideas and the flexibility to recognize when you have made a mistake.“ –Michael Steinhardt

Do not stay bullish or bearish go with the current flow of the market>

“There is only one side of the market and it is not the bull side or the bear side, but the right side.”-Jesse Livermore

Putting it all together, it is more than just numbers>

“Successful trading depends on the 3M`s – Mind, Method and Money. Beginners focus on analysis, but professionals operate in a three dimensional space. They are aware of trading psychology their own feelings and the mass psychology of the markets. Each trader needs to have a method for choosing specific stocks, options or futures as well as firm rules for pulling the trigger – deciding when to buy and sell. Money refers to how you manage your trading capital.” – Alexander Elder

The money is in the primary market trend, not jumping in and out>

“I think it was a long step forward in my trading education when I realised at last that when old Mr. Partridge kept on telling other customers, “Well, you know this is a bull market!” he really meant to tell them that the big money was not in the individual fluctuations but in the main movements-that is, not in reading the tape but in sizing up the entire market and its trend.” – Jesse Livermore

This is one of the best ways i Know to measure short term trends, and be on the right side of the primary moves>

“The 10 day exponential moving average (EMA) is my favourite indicator to determine the major trend. I call this “red light, green light” because it is imperative in trading to remain on the correct side of moving average to give yourself the best probability of sucess. When you are trading above the 10 day, you have the green light, the market is in positive mode and you should be thinking buy. Conversely, trading below the average is a red light. The market is in a negative mode and you should be thinking sell.” – Marty Schwartz

Why it is so important to let your winners run and cut your losers short>

“It’s not whether you’re right or wrong that’s important, but how much money you make when you’re right and how much you lose when you‘re wrong.” -George Soros

Eliminating the risk of ruin in one easy step>

By risking 1%, I am indifferent to any individual trade. Keeping your risk small and constant is absolutely critical.” Larry Hite.

Never add to a losing position becasue you are fighting the trend>

“Losers average losers.” this was posted in Paul Tudor Jones’ Office

This is successful stock trading summarized>

“My basic philosophy is: Expose your portfolio to the best stocks that the market has to offer and cut your losses very quickly when you’re wrong. That one sentence essentially describes my strategy.” – Mark Minervini

Trend Trading in a nut shell>

“It is always the best discretion to let the market show us where it is going and just simply follow (this would be prudent), rather than predict where the market is going and place a position (this would be gambling).” -Anne-Marie Baiynd

Sun TZU and Trading


As a trader you must have three pieces working in synch. Your equipment, your trading tools, and your mind. The Art of War by Sun Tzu is a book that has been applied to every facet of human experience. While originally meant to be a book that taught war strategies the lessons it imparts can and will change your life. (more…)

7 Major Candlestick Reversal Pattern Pairs

Candlestick reversal patterns can be a boon to any trader’s repertoire. Combining them with support/resistance lines and other indicators can increase a trader’s edge substantially. Each set below contains both the bearish and bullish counterparts. These are ideal setups that require directional movement (i.e. nothing range bound). The more volume at the given point, the more strength each of these patterns portend.

Realize that a candlestick pattern is simply a means of reading data on the chart. Whether you trade forex, stocks, options or futures it is a superior tool for technical analysis.
Once you become familliar with the basic candlestick patterns you will quickly assimilate their meaning and easily interpret them.
The patterns are basically intuitive and the learning curve is small.
There comes a point where you will recognize market sentiment without even identifying a specific candlestick pattern.
No matter what system style or technique you may implement the fact is you will be that much more effective by making candlestick charts your tool of choice.
The alternatives or archaic to say the least, and downright ugly once you get used to using Japanese candlesticks.
Candlestick charts are the most widely used for of charting for good reason. With a little practice and help, it is actually the most intuitive process for understanding current and future price action.


 Bearish and Bullish Harami
Identified by a long bar followed by a very short one. Harami signal a loss of momentum and a possible reversal.

Dark Cloud Cover and Bullish Piercing Pattern – The dark cloud cover and bullish piercing patterns reveal weakness in the current trend and emerging strength in the opposition. (more…)

Greed, Fear and Irrational Behaviour

Where trading and investing in stocks, options, futures, forex, etc are concerned, there is no doubt that people have a tendency to behave strangely. Exhibiting irrational behaviour is common. People come up with all sorts of reasons and excuses for the way they are behaving, even while subconsciously admitting that they are deviating from their plan without valid reason.

The field of Behavioural Finance attempts to interpret and understand why people behave the way they do with financial activities. It is an investigation of how people’s decisions are affected by cognitive errors and emotions. 

Some key points in Behavioural Finance are:

  • The ‘Fear of Regret’ – where people beat themselves up about incorrect decisions or errors of judgement. They avoid this pain by holding onto positions that are moving against them, despite the intelligence that they should exit the trade while the loss is small.
  • People are more upset by potential losses than pleased by wins.
  • People perceive chance wins as trading success.
  • The more people win, whether by method or luck, the more confident they become. This is very dangerous for those who win by luck.
  • People are more exuberant and optimistic on bullish days and depressed and pessimistic on bearish days.
  • People tend to make irrational decisions reflecting biased or wrong beliefs. People have a tendency to cling to beliefs, even when presented with evidence to the contrary. (more…)

Warren Buffett Teaches : Part -II


Test…… million……..two million…………three million…

This is how Buffett tested the microphone before his speech at the annual shareholders’ meeting of Berkshire Hathaway. He really enjoys the game of making money. Not to spend it, but to accumulate it. The early investors in BH turned $10,000 into $100 mill for 40 years. (more…)

Anirudh Sethi's Lessons From 2008 : Part – I


Last week …Many Traders had asked me :Dear Anirudh Sethi… “What would you say is the most important thing you’ve learned about investing and/or trading in 2008?”
Here are some of the replies ….I had given (more…)

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