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Affirmations, Attraction, Action

Affirmations Attraction ActionYour brain is a very powerful piece of equipment. Yet it can be both your friend and foe when it comes to trading.

The goal is to not only make the brain our friend, but also our secret weapon.

You want to make brain power part of a daily strategy to improve consistency with your trading results.

You can have the greatest strategy in the world, but you will always be its weakest link.

So how can we lessen the impact of this ‘weakest link’ and turn it into our strongest and most trusted ally?

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The Real World vs The Trading World

The Real World vs The Trading WorldWhy is it easy to be consistent in many aspects of our lives in the real world yet difficult to stay consistent in the trading world?

The answer is quite simple. We’re comparing two different universes.

Yes, in the real world, there’s a lot of crazy stuff going on. Yet much of our lives are routine based, logical and generally predictable.

Yet when it comes to trading, there is not a lot of logic, nor predictability. In fact, markets are a mass of human emotions that often lack sense and reasoning.

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The Fast Money Syndrome

fast moneyDid you start trading with the belief that you’ll make money quickly?

You’re not alone!

Most people see a news item about a new float doubling in price on its first day. Or read about a penny dreadful stock that has tripled over the past week. They can’t get set up quickly enough to start trading.

Yet what new traders read and see is a far cry from reality.

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Why Trend Following Works

Why Trend Following WorksThere is a wonderful quote by the great Jesse Livermore that I really like:

‘I absolutely believe that price movement patterns are being repeated. They are recurring patterns that appear over and over, with slight variations. This is because markets are driven by humans, and human nature never changes.’

Two of the strongest emotions aligned to human nature are FEAR and GREED.

Fear is the most powerful. As reflected on price charts when uptrends reverse.

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Don't Break Your Promises

Dont Break Your Promises Ok, so you’ve made the big decision one day that you want to become a trader. You’ve saved enough capital to make it a worthwhile venture. You’ve done a few courses. You’ve read a few books. You’re at the stage where you understand the importance of having a strategy and a Trading Plan.

At the end of the day you are as ready as anyone starting a new profession and entering into the unknown. Nothing will ever equip you initially on what trading is really all about of course, yet you’ll find out soon enough.

So this brings me to a very important point. One that is often overlooked when it comes to trading. And all the moving parts and noise that goes with it.

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When Less Equates to More

When Less Equates to MoreAs a novice trader, I studied every theory under the sun. And used every technical indicator. I introduced as much noise into my strategies thinking that more was best.
Surely everything combined would ensure all bases were covered? It was a ridiculous assumption.

It was some years on before I realised that reducing the number of trading decisions was the direction I should have been heading.

The next decision was what to take out of the quagmire of strategies to relieve me of the distracting noise, contradictions and confusion.

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Trading in the Now

trading in the nowLao-Tzu was an ancient Chinese philosopher and writer who coined the following phrase:

If you are depressed you are living in the past.
If you are anxious you are living in the future.
If you are at peace you are living in the present’

In relation to trading, living in the past may relate to a bad trade you made. Maybe you risked too much and took a heavy loss. Or perhaps you made an impulse trade centred on FOMO which ended badly.

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The Art of Risk Management

reading booksI’ve read many books about successful traders. ‘Market Wizards’ by Jack D Schwager is an obvious one. If you haven’t read it I’d suggest you get your hands on a copy.

One of the key lessons coming from many of the traders interviewed in the book, was to never risk more than 1% of your trading capital on any one trade.

New traders may misinterpret this as only being able to trade with 1% of your trading capital. Yet what it actually means is adjusting your stops and position sizing appropriately, so that your greatest loss is only 1%.

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Overcoming FOMO

FOMOFOMO. The Fear of Missing Out.

In trading, it is the fear of missing out when you see a stock or market start to rally and you get a strong desire to join in.

It’s an impulse trade and is a common pitfall, especially for newer traders. A pervasive underlying anxiety that others are having a rewarding experience. Whilst you’re missing out.

To become a successful trader you need to get FOMO out of your trading repertoire. So here are a few simple tips on how to go about it:

Tip #1: Understand what your role is. You’re a trader not a gambler. Stay true to your plan and all the hard work you’ve done developing your trading strategies.

Tip #2: Ensure your trading plan includes strict instructions that your trades are only placed well in advance. For end of day traders that means placing your trades before the market opens and never on a whim.

Tip #3: Understand that you will never latch onto every winning trade. Even when following your trading plan perfectly. You will always have losses. Yet trading isn’t about winning or losing. It’s about discipline, processes and execution.

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Mastering the Markets

mastering the marketsK. Anders Ericsson is a Swedish Psychologist. He is an expert researcher in the psychological nature of human performance.

Ericsson created the phrase ‘deliberate practice’. He found that the difference between high performers and average performers was whether deliberate effort was being put in over the longer term to improve performance.

Ericsson narrowed deliberate practice into 4 key areas. Each of these areas can apply to every trader’s journey towards market mastery.

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