(So you didn’t have a clear exit point) In other words, the only way you could stop trading was by losing.
If you can’t take a small loss, sooner or later you will take the mother of all losses.
There are old traders and there are bold traders, but there are very few old, bold traders.
Dramatic and emotional trading experiences tend to be negative. Pride is a great banana peel, as are hope, fear, and greed. My biggest slip-ups occurred shortly after I got emotionally involved with positions.
I prefer not to dwell on past situations. I tend to cut bad trades as soon as possible, forget them, and then move on to new opportunities.
The elements of good trading are: 1. Cutting losses, 2. Cutting losses, and 3. Cutting losses. If you can follow these three rules, you may have a chance.
Trying to trade during a losing streak is emotionally devastating. Trying to play “catch up” is lethal. (more…)