8 – Put all of your efforts into finding the perfect technical indicator. Once you find this magical indicator, it will be like turning on a water faucet. Go all in. The money will just flow into your account!
7 – Make sure to visit a lot of stock trading forums and ask them for hot stock tips. Also, ask all your friends and family for stock tips. They are usually right, and acting on these tips can make you very rich.
6 – Watch what other traders do and be sure to follow the crowd. After all, they have been trading a lot longer than you so naturally they are smarter.
5 – Pay very close attention to the fundamentals of a company. You MUST know the P/E ratio, book value, profit margins, etc. Once you find a “good company”, consider going on margin to pay for shares in their stock. (more…)
There are some magical numbers and sequences of numbers that have their prints in the nature. They were there in the first place because God who created the whole universe encoded them just like His signature or autograph. Now, we might wonder, why is these magical numbers so important in our discovering of the secrets of the stock market trading and investing business? The simple and quick answer to that question is that these numbers resonate and vibrate in the stock markets, commodity markets and forex just as they are found in the universe that we live in. This is true for any financial markets. Before you discredit my claim of the magical number pi (π) and its application in making money in financial markets, take a good look of Fibonacci. This magical sequence of numbers of Fibonacci that starts from 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 21, and etc, had been a very good technical indicator of when (time) and where (price) should the index futures reverses its trend. The number of pi (π) is so magical that its decimal portion is unique and there is no repetition of patterns. Just in case that some of you wonder what pi (π) is, it is a constant number where pi π = 3.1415926535897932384626433832795… The study of market cycles and market geometry uses pi (π) to pin-point the exact reversal date and price for stock markets and other financial markets. Here I present to you a video that sings out the magical number of pi (π).
In trading your mind may be the ultimate technical indicator that determines whether you persevere and win in the markets or get broken in half by fear, greed, ego, stress, and uncertainty. No matter whether you are a an investor, retail trader, prop trader, or professional money manger your success will still be determined on the management of your mind. Never underestimate the importance of keeping a cool head in rough times.
Here are ten of the best quotes from Mark Douglas, an author who verbalizes the real nature of trading as well as I have ever seen it captured. If you can absorb these teachings it will help you get through that rough period when you have 10 losing trades in a row or experience a 10% draw down in your trading capital. If you are not matching risk correctly you may have to come back from a complete wipe out of your account like many other have had to do. But do not give up, you can do this if you really want to.
“I know it may sound strange to many readers, but there is an inverse relationship between analysis and trading results. More analysis or being able to make distinctions in the market’s behavior will not produce better trading results. There are many traders who find themselves caught in this exasperating loop, thinking that more or better analysis is going to give them the confidence they need to do what needs to be done to achieve success. It’s what I call a trading paradox that most traders find difficult, if not impossible to reconcile, until they realize you can’t use analysis to overcome fear of being wrong or losing money. It just doesn’t work!” -Mark Douglas
“There is a random distribution between wins and losses for any given set of variables that defines an edge. In other words, based on the past performance of your edge, you may know that out of the next 20 trades, 12 will be winners and 8 will be losers. What you don’t know is the sequence of wins and losses or how much money the market is going to make available on the winning trades. This truth makes trading a probability or numbers game. When you really believe that trading is simply a probability game, concepts like “right” and “wrong” or “win” and “lose” no longer have the same significance. As a result, your expectations will be in harmony with the possibilities.” -Mark Douglas (more…)
Purely academic, non applicable information. Writing them out helps me organize these assumptions into ideas. Hopefully you find some use for them.
1) Trading is like any other business, but not only in the conventional sense. The market is manipulated. The underlining principle behind this statement is that equities market is the same as any other market in the economy, whether it be technology or tube sock market – those with the biggest market cap control movement and direction.
2)While prices are moving in a current path identified by trend lines, heads of market are processing information and making preparations for the next shift. During the time traders see the trend forming and change their “bias” in accordance with the trend, heads of market have processed new information and are ready to take prices to a new level.
3)Technical analysis is a visual interpretation of how crowds behave in relation to price. It does not influence how prices will or should behave. When prices reach a certain level, the technical indicator at that level does not dictate how prices will react, rather, (more…)
Gambler. This is the oldest trader’s ancestor. He was fairly naive, highly emotional and addicted gambler. The gambler perceived the market as his casino-like entertaining arena. He bet large and he bet often. His goal was to get rich quick. Most, if not all, of his capital was quickly distributed to more evolved traders.
Hunter. He came to understanding that markets are not random, but quite predictable. His quest was to find a single technical indicator which will make him rich. The hunter spent countless hours back testing expensive software algorithms and other people’s methods. Unfortunately, most of his capital was promptly distributed to more evolved traders. A great deal of traders stayed stuck in this stage of development for a relatively long time.
Analyst. He gave up the quest for “holly grail”. He came to understanding that the market is much more complex and dynamic place, so he applied his analytical skills to conquer it. The analyst developed better understanding of market interdependency and correlations. He was able to develop fairly sophisticated methods for identifying low risk/high reward trading opportunities. Unfortunately, he was not the master of his emotions. He would sell his winners too early and hang onto losers for too long. His capital was distributed over time, at relatively slow rate, to highly developed traders.
Manager. At this stage, our ancestors got grip of proper money management technique, which enabled them to control their emotions in the market place. The manager was extremely systematic in his decision making process. He fully understood importance of active account management, position sizing and capital preservation. Unfortunately, he was often under-capitalized, which affected his bottom line via high commissions and other cost of doing business. Also, he could not commit to trading full time. Although, he was not net loser, his results trailed those of professional traders.
Professional trader. The final stage of trader evolution. Properly capitalized, fully developed and highly motivated, the professional trader takes a full advantage of his predecessors. He is aware of his weaknesses, so he dedicates time and energy to work on them. He is humble, unemotional and self-sustaining. His only goal is to trade well.
The true trader, the consistent winner, is not concerned with any price or where prices started from. He or she is concerned with what it takes for people to believe strong enough, and with enough commitment, that they will place their capital at risk.” So, with that in mind, the four basics:
1. A price chart is simply “a pictorial representation of the sum total of all the market’s belief structures.” No matter what we believe the chart does not lie.
2. “Because every potential trader in every market is seeing it differently, every printed price will mean something different to everyone.” Our entry may be someone else’s opportunity to exit and vice versa. We should always remember this the next time we believe we have a sure thing.
3. Prices eventually have to stop their forward progress, in either direction. “When every potential trader has executed for an entry, in any time frame, the market is vulnerable. When no one is doing anything, and what’s been done is done, prices must stop.”
4. No matter what indicator we use “every technical indicator designed is based solely on combining or dividing prices in some way.” Volume and open interest, however, “chronicles the true state of what is happening inside the minds of the market participants.”