List of Mistakes by Traders

Hesitation – fear of putting on a trade where price signals an entry because of what you think could possibly happen. Hey, it’s game of probability, and you’ll miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.

Chasing – running after the trade you hesitated on because of thinking about it too much, and now you think it will go forever without you. (It may go a long way without you, but don’t worry, another train will come along in a while.)

Overleveraging, averaging down, letting a loser run, trading without protective stops – all caused by the fact you are so certain price will do a certain thing that risk management is for stupid amateurs who get shaken out of “good” positions just when price is about to finally run their way.

Trading against a strong trend – you think price has run too high or too low because you have special indicators that tell you price is “overbought” or “oversold” and therefore has to reverse, even though price is showing you otherwise.

Taking profits too soon – you think no one ever went broke taking a profit and you think that normal price action retracements are reversals, so you grab tiny profits, while allowing losing trades to hit full stop, leaving you with a very poor reward:risk ratio.

29 Points for Traders

1. Train with deadly seriousness.

2. Educate yourself.

3. Be vigilant.

4. Take away emotion.

5. Be your sternest critic.

6. Feel your way to a win.

7. Be Patient.

8. Don’t be afraid to lose.

9. Know your strengths and weaknesses.

10. Lead a healthy life and diet. (more…)

If You Have to Be Right, Trouble Ahead

“I confess, I think about the future. So do my colleagues. If someone who’s spent decades investing doesn’t have an opinion about what lies ahead, there’s something wrong. I believe our clients want us to apply the benefit of our experience in gauging and reacting to the opportunities and risks that lie ahead.
But I have a mantra on this subject, too: “It’s one thing to have an opinion; it’s something very different to assume it’s right and act on that assumption.” We have views on the future. And they can cause us to “lean” toward offense or defense. Just never so much that for the results to be good, our views have to be right.”
–Howard Marks, Oaktree Capital Management January 10, 2012

Marks is not a technical trend follower, but wise words about not worrying about being right.
The Dead saw it too:
Drivin’ that train
High on cocaine
Casey Jones you better
watch your speed
Trouble ahead
Trouble behind
and you know that notion
just crossed my mind

Trouble with you is
The trouble with me
Got two good eyes
but we still don’t see
Come round the bend
You know it’s the end
The fireman screams and
The engine just gleams

12 Trading Rules

121. Loss of opportunity is preferable to loss of capital

2. Picking safe, readable, and ultimately high probability trades is the way to go

3. Use logical profit objectives for all positions. Know your exits and stick to them

4. Markets are squirrelly animals – make your trading plans ahead of the market

5. Don’t buy new highs or sell new lows – wait for the market to come to you. Buy retracements. If you miss the train, don’t beat yourself up – another one will come by shortly

6. Above all, follow your own trading plan and no one else’s

7. Trade quietly – with the exception of a mentor, tell no one about your positions, profits, or losses. This is especially true for those who are close to you, like your wife, husband, or friends. This self-gratification process or sharing process will put you under psychological pressure to win on every trade and can be a primary reason for failure to follow your plan

8. Don’t carry a sizeable position when traveling. The market will always catch you off guard at the most inopportune time

9. You are only one trade from humility. A swelled head does not belong on a trader’s shoulders

10. Add to your knowledge before attempting to add to your wallet. Newbie traders think they can become pros with little more than a computer and hope. In this business, hope is a four letter word. Show me a humble trader, and I’ll show you someone ready to learn

11. Develop your sense of humor – you’ll definitely need it

12. Help other traders whenever you can. This is more practical than philosophical – giving keeps the ego in line and when you need help, and you will, you’ll find it.

Common Characteristics between Successful Gamblers and Successful Speculators

Just Listen :

On a warm summer’s evenin’ on a train bound for nowhere,
I met up with the gambler; we were both too tired to sleep.
So we took turns a starin’ out the window at the darkness
‘Til boredom overtook us, and he began to speak.
He said, “Son, I’ve made my life out of readin’ people’s faces,
And knowin’ what their cards were by the way they held their eyes.
So if you don’t mind my sayin’, I can see you’re out of aces.
For a taste of your whiskey I’ll give you some advice.” (more…)

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