Tag: psychology

 

Patience in trading

What is patience? According the Cambridge English Dictionary, it means: “the ability to wait, or to continue doing something despite difficulties, or to suffer without complaining or becoming annoyed.” Patience is of course a psychological characteristic. It certainly isn’t something physical. The opposite of patience is of course impatience. Why is patience important? As a new trader you may have started off trading on lower time frames such as 5 min or 15 min, limitedRead More

Coping with volatility – the value of experience

This post continues from ‘Is volatility your friend?‘ The emphasis here is on copying with volatility. ‘Coping’ is a psychological thing. New traders will have emotions and it is no good denying this or avoiding it. The screencast below brings out what tends to happen with new traders when price moves in the ‘opposite’ direction (full screen view is best). There is no magic formula or advice on how to cope with volatility. This is whereRead More

Is volatility your friend?

Every trader knows that volatility is the thing that is necessary in order for the price to have movement. But there are different kinds of price movements. Some instruments move in fairly neat directions up, then retrace and move up again. We all love these. There are some others that are ‘all over the place’. The chart below shows a volatile situation on 15 min time frame. Degrees of volatility seen, depend a lot onRead More

This is worth your next million

Lots of new traders are looking for a magic solution to make money. They come into trading as a sort of flirtation – to see ‘if it works for them’. It doesn’t. There are no hard statistics on this but Charlie Burton estimates that about 80% of people who begin trading a live account will leave within 6 months. That’s about our estimate as well. There is no single method or trick to making moneyRead More

Protected: Rewrite your psychology, else you’re doomed.

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Desensitisation, confidence and the crash

Following a winning run of trades a new trader is likely to think or feel, “I can do this!” This sort of feeling is like to come especially if they were big wins emerging from difficult trades that were not expected to win. We are human. There is that sense of victory over difficult circumstances – and a sense of improved performance or skill. However, many a new trader will have experienced a run ofRead More

Nerves of steel – like Formula 1 racing.

Many new traders are unaware that they actually need nerves of steel. Some will argue that ‘nerves’ are not part of the equation – if one is truly in the so-called fearless state. But hang on – on the way to achieving that state, there will be ‘nerves’. It’s no good expert traders telling new traders to lose their nerves. After a new trader gets his nerves of steel, then he actually realises there isRead More

Profiting from greed

It is possible to profit from greed as much as it is from panic. The following chart was not a prediction. It was an expectation and it materialised.

Dreamers exploited

The more I look around the net on trading courses, the more I come to think that there is a big scam going on. Some of the supposed greatest traders out there are selling trainings and courses. They’re selling dreams for the most part. Look, I just don’t get it – if you’re making millions why would you wish to sell new traders whatever opportunity at £1799 reduced from £9977? Do you really need theRead More

Is common sense allowed in trading?

The answer to this question is ‘no’ – if you’ve been trained in some system of rules, which you’re meant to follow rigidly.  The beauty of trend-following methods, is that it allows for a degree of common sense.  Indicators are there to help paint a picture. Trend followers are not chained by indicators or rules. There are some traders who cannot trade well without a set of rigid rules. It is not the purpose ofRead More