Winning Traders – What They Have In Common

We often hear that 95% of people who try trading for a living fail within the first year. These are not very good odds and it is natural for new traders to wonder if they have what it takes. In this issue, We will give you a list of 20 characteristics I believe could be found in most winners. I also included some Truths about trading.

The methods employed by winning traders are extraordinarily diverse. Despite the broad spectrum of traders, certain characteristics are found in most winning traders (in no specific order):

– Winners have a trading plan with a strategy that incorporates effective money management. They have the discipline to execute their plan relatively flawlessly and the self esteem to accept the money the market gives them.

They use their head and stay calm – they don’t get excited or depressed because of their trades. They don’t act on emotions. They can handle success and failure without self-destructing.

– They don’t trade to feel good or to get high.

– They handle trading as a serious intellectual pursuit.

– They always protect their capital because they know they cannot trade without it. This means that they don’t get caught up in the thrill of the moment, the excitement of a running stock – they don’t jump into careless trades.

– They love trading, trading is a passion and they spend a large portion of their time trading and learning about trading.

– They know that sometimes the best thing to do is to do nothing (sit on their hands). They do nothing unless there is something to do.

– They don’t pay attention to other people’s opinions, they make their own.

– They don’t try to guess the future – they know it is a game of probabilities. They understand that they will always have a percentage of losing trades but they keep the losses for those trades small. They don’t hesitate to get rid of a position when the loss is still small.

– They have a great respect for the markets and they never think taking money from it is easy.

– They behave like professionals. They take full responsibility for their actions and don’t look for something or someone to blame. Instead they use their losses as an opportunity to improve their plan.

– They trade to trade well, not for the money.

– While they are in a play, they don’t count how much money they have made or lost because they know this would influence their judgment. They focus on trading well.

Amateurs keep thinking what trades to get into, while professionals spend just as much time figuring out their exits.

– When they have a winning position, they don’t let their emotions dictate when to close the position, which would result in small gains. They know emotions cannot be part of the decisions.

– When they enter a play, they don’t have any expectation. They understand it can go either way and that nobody can know the future.

– They have confidence in their plan, patience, and discipline.

– They are not afraid because they have developed attitudes that prevent them from getting reckless.

– They have self-monitoring skills and can continuously monitor their performance in order to improve it.

 

Some Truths about Trading

– The market is a huge crowd of people. Each member of the crowd tries to take money away from other members by outsmarting them. Everyone, including some of the brightest minds in the world, is against me and I am against everyone. It’s every man for himself. The money I want to make belongs to other people who have no intention of giving it to me.

– The market is like an ocean, it moves up and down regardless of what I want. The market does not know I exist and I cannot influence it. I cannot control the market any more than a sailor can control the ocean, but I can control my own behavior.

– Trading is all about management – managing myself, my money, my attitude, and my positions. It is not about predictions, forecasts or opinions.

– There is the plain fool, who does the wrong thing at all times everywhere, but there is the Wall Street fool, who thinks he must trade all the time. No man can always have adequate reasons for buying or selling stocks daily or sufficient knowledge to make his play an intelligent play (Jesse Livermore).

– Trading without imagination is like painting by numbers – and is about as rewarding (William R. Gallacher).

– The market is not going to reward anyone for observing the obvious.

– A mistake made by many traders is that they become so involved in trying to catch the minor market swings (generating lots of commissions in the process) that they miss the major price moves.

– Advisors are only wrong when you get too many of them start thinking the same thing.

– A strategy to enter and exit trades will not help you unless you are both disciplined and organized.

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Is Day Trading For A Living Your Cup Of Tea?

If you like working with money, then maybe day trading for a living is what you should be doing. This type of trading works daytime hours only, from the moment the stock market opens at 9:30am until it closes at 4pm in the afternoon, you can do a lot of trading in that amount of time. Day trading for livings with your own money, if you loose it, then you have no one to blame but yourself. However, it may be a good way to watch your money grow too. The following is the basic definition of what day trading is all about. Maybe it is your cup of tea, maybe not, only you can decide.

What is Day Trading?

Day trading for a living is when you take a position in the markets with a view of squaring that position before the end of that day. Day trading for a living mean a trader usually trades many times a day looking for fractions of a point to a few points per trade, however, by the end of the day he or she will close out all their positions. The goal of the day is to capitalize on price movement within one trading day. Unlike investors, the day trader will hold positions for only a few seconds or minutes, and never overnight.

What day trading really means.

The meaning of day trading is actually a misunderstood term. True day trading means not holding on to your stock positions beyond the current trading day, meaning your not suppose to hold on to your stock overnight. Trading this way is really the safest way to do day trading, this way one is not exposed to the potential losses that can happen if the stock marked is closed due to news that can affect the prices of your stocks. There are many people out there today who are not very good “day traders.” Because of greed, they will hold their stock position overnight, setting themselves up for the catastrophic elimination of their capital. In day trading currency, the term “day trading” changes slightly. Because currencies can be traded 24-hours a day, there can’t’ really be any overnight trading. You can have open positions for longer than a day with active stop losses than can be activated at any time.

There are a few different types of day traders out there today, it can actually be subdivided into a number of styles.

Scalpers- This type of day trading involves the rapid and repeated buying and selling of a large amount of stocks within minutes or seconds. The goal here is to earn a small per share profit on each transaction while minimizing the risk.

Momentum Traders- This style of day trading involves identifying and trading stocks that are in a moving pattern during the day, in an attempt to buy such stocks at bottoms and sell at tops.

The advantages of day trading for a living is there are no overnight risks. Because positions are closed prior to the end of the trading day, news and events that affect the next trading day’s opening prices do not affect your portfolio. Day trading for a living takes skill, experience, and knowledge. Make sure you get educated before you decide to take that on as your main source of income.

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Have You Made A Bad Investment?

If you are concerned about saving money or making money for the future, or both, then you definitely need to consider making an investment in different stocks, mutual funds, and the like to create a well rounded portfolio that will provide you with returns that benefit you and your investment. There are so many benefits of making an investment in a mutual fund or funds and just a few of them are full time management, access to money, diverse investments, and services.

When you invest in mutual funds you are investing in not only funds but full time management of your funds by knowledgeable brokers. These managers you will take care of all of your investments from buying, selling and trading so all you have to do is sit back and watch your investment grow because the mutual fund mangers handle all of the work for you. Also, your mutual fund manager will make the best possible investments for you because the mutual fund companies are always working with analysts to get the most up to date information on companies and the investment world.

When you invest in mutual funds you will also be able to access your money quickly and easily if you need to. In most cases individuals make an investment for a long period of time, however sometimes emergencies develop where you need money quickly. In these instances you will be able to sell all or most of your shares for the market price and get the money immediately. That is good to know.

Also, when you invest in mutual funds your money will be invested in a wide variety of investments which would be nearly impossible for you to do on your own. The reason it is good to have your money invested in hundreds of different of investments is that the ups and downs of the market do not affect you as much and also your risk of loss decreases. So, investing in mutual funds is really a good option for people who want to make the most of their investment and the return on their money.

In addition to all of these benefits, when you use a mutual fund company to make your investments for you then you will also receive additional services. In general, these benefits include automatic reinvestment, transfer of funds electronically, and other services as well.

If you have investments that are not performing as you would like or are considering making some investments, then go ahead and look into investing in mutual funds. You will be amazed at the ease of investing in mutual funds and the potential growth you will see on your investments. However, make sure you use a credible mutual fund company to make your investments for you.

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Emotion In Investing

Humans are all emotional being. We do not always make decisions rationally. Emotion is part of us as investors. Investors might feel better towards stocks at certain point or they might feel that owning stocks are risky and avoid it at all cost.

Investors may also feel attached towards a specific company and continue owning the stock without regards to its fundamental. For example, you might like Google’s search engine so much that you decide to buy the stock  without doing any research. You figure that Google’s search engine is so much better that buying the stock will give you profit, right? Wrong. Now, I am not here to bash Google as an investment, but analyzing an investment goes beyond the products and companies. Most investors can identify good companies and products. It is quite easy. You know that a Mercedes is a better car than a Ford or a Civic.

The next question is how much should you pay for a Mercedes or a Civic? This requires us to put aside our emotion for a second and think clearly. Sure, you’d like to have a Mercedes in your life. It is luxurious and have a lot more fancy features than a Civic has. But, that does not mean you should overpay for it. It works similar with stock investing.

Google is a good search engine, probably the best that is ever produced so far. Sure, you probably pay more for Google than other generic search engines. But, please don’t over pay. You invest in Google to profit from it not because you like its products.

So, how do we eliminate emotion from our investing decision? We can’t eliminate it completely but there are certainly tools that might help. One is to calculate the fair value of a common stock that you are investing in. Fair value of an investment is dependent upon the streams of profit generated by it. In the long run, if company A earns more than company B, then company A will be valued more than company B.

For a company that is growing such as Google, you can incorporate its growth and calculate the fair value with growth. This is a fundamental approach to long term investing.

Emotion is hard to ignore. We are not immune to that. But following your emotion will cost you a lot of money. Just watch those investors who buy the peak of a stock. Don’t follow the herd and keep your focus on the fair value of your stock. You will do really really well.

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Five Forex Trading Tips You MUST Know

Jumping into Forex trading with both feet? Here are five must-know tips on Forex trading and mini Forex to help you stay afloat in the Foreign Exchange currency market.

Know your Forex trading market.
Educate yourself about the currencies that you trade. The more you know about the country whose currency you’re trading in the Forex market, the more accurately you’ll be able to predict which way the money will move.

Pick a Forex trading system – and stick with it.
Savvy Forex traders will tell you that system is everything. Forex trading by system lets you automate your trades based on history, following the traditional peaks and valleys. Set up a system and live with it to make the most of your Forex trading.

Practice makes perfect – but it’s not the real world.
Practice Forex trading accounts are great for learning how a particular trading account works – but they’re not the real world. Many experienced traders recommend starting off with a mini Forex account to minimize your losses while you get acclimated.

Keep your eye on the margin.
Margin trading is a great way to lose a lot of money quickly. Stay away from Forex margin trading until you’re sure you know what you’re doing.

The only win that counts in Forex trading is the bottom line.
In Forex trading, the bottom line is how much money you made at the end of the day. Don’t count won or lost trades – only dollars and cents.

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Not Limiting Your Losses

If you know the pitfalls of trading, you can easily avoid them. Small mistakes are inevitable, such as entering the wrong stock symbol or incorrectly setting a buy level. But these are forgivable, and, with luck, even profitable. What you have to avoid, however, are the mistakes due to bad judgment rather than simple errors. These are the “deadly” mistakes which ruin entire trading careers instead of just one or two trades. To avoid these pitfalls, you have to watch yourself closely and stay diligent.

Think of trading mistakes like driving a car on icy roads: if you know that driving on ice is dangerous, you can avoid traveling in a sleet storm. But if you don’t know about the dangers of ice, you might drive as if there were no threat, only realizing your mistake once you’re already off the road.

Traders often fail to limit their losses in search of a big win. Of course, the only way you can make a fortune with trading is to actually stay in the game, and it’s hard to stay in the game when you’ve already lost all of your money. The problem is that people often feel like any loss is a failure, and so they don’t incorporate a strategy for “safe” losses. They may feel like “planning” for a loss is planning to fail when, in fact, it’s planning to keep themselves in the game.

Losses are a part of our business. The key to trading success is to limit your losses. Too many traders give a trade way too much “room,” and they take big hits, which can shrink an account down by 20%, 30%, and sometimes even 40%. You have to put a system into place which will ensure that you set small losses to avoid emptying your account.

There’s a huge difference between losing big on a regular basis and losing small in a controlled trading plan. You already know that you should keep your losses small; the key is to keep them smaller that your average wins. Even if your winning percentage is only 50%, you’ll still be profiting if you set yourself up correctly. For example, if you have a weekly strategy that gets you $300 for every win but only takes $200 for every loss, a tie of a win and a loss will still get you a $100 profit for that week.

The real key is to set a weekly goal and to be sure that you set a loss limit for each trade. So let’s say your goal is $300 each week, and you want to be sure that you lose no more than $200 per trade. If your first two trades of the week were losses, then you’re down $400. But all you need is three more wins through the rest of the week to make your profit. Once you meet your goal, stop trading, otherwise, you may end up with further losses, putting you behind schedule and gouging into your account funds, which will simply set you back further.

The basic rule: always know when to exit a trade. Set a loss limit and stick to it. But also set short-term goals, and stop when you’ve reached those goals. Don’t ever gamble. Remember that looking for small gains over the long term is a much more reliable and consistent strategy which will help you avoid losing too much too quickly.

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Day Trading or Investing for the Long Haul?

Among those who buy and sell stocks there is an ongoing debate about whether the most profitable approach to stock market trading is short or long term investment. And the two sides rarely reach agreement, because one side is rather conservative in its approach, whereas the other has a more radical and freewheeling attitude. Day traders are usually considered the mavericks of the trading world, and they are known for taking gambler’s risks and making huge profits in short amounts of time – sometimes buying and selling the same stock several times in a single day. Those who prefer to buy and hold their stocks follow a more risk-averse path, and cite historical trends to back up their claim that their method is actually more reliable and is the real shortcut to wealth.

Most investors can enjoy the best of both worlds, by setting aside some of their money for day trades, and the balance of it for longer-term investment. Because day trading tends to be more volatile, and can result in quick profits or fast losses, most of us would be advised to put only as much of our investment capital as we can comfortably afford to lose, into this kind of trading strategy. That way, even if you encounter a worse case scenario, it will not adversely impact your overall financial situation.

There are pros and cons to both styles of investing. Those who do day trades enjoy the fact that they can get in and out of the market quickly, and make money without waiting for the results. But any kind of stock market investment strategy requires research into the companies you decide to invest in, and research can take time to do. If you are buying and selling so fast that you don’t have time to do adequate background analysis, day trading may not be a prudent approach.

Investing in companies that provide slow but steady returns is a time-tested approach to the stock market. In fact, most historical evidence supports the idea that if you buy quality stocks and hold them for long periods of time – at least five years or more – you will do very well in the stock market. For that reason, those who are young enough to have time on their side would probably be wise to buy some stocks and sock them away for retirement.

With most investments, it is usually best to diversify to minimize risk and maximize potential gains. One way to accomplish this in the stock market is to employ both strategies, and use a portion of your investment capital for short-term trades, while leaving another portion in long term investments. If one basket of investments doesn’t do well, the other probably will. And if both do well, you will enjoy twice as much success.

At The Profit Room we can help you learn how to day trade and swing trade. So whatever trading strategy decide on contact us.

Short-term vs. Long-term stock investment

There are many persons that run towards stock investment as a means to make some quick money. This is perhaps however not the best investment option for persons with short term rewards in mind. The best option when thinking of investing in stocks is if you are interested in accumulating funds over a long period of time. One such example is the investment for future needs such as a nest egg for retirement and so on.

In stock investment both short term and long term investments come with risks attached and therefore nothing is truly guaranteed in the stock market. Today could be very good and tomorrow very bad resulting in great gains or great losses as the case may be. However, in terms of long term investment, it is shown according to statistics that there are no 20 year portfolios that have lost on the stock market. The average returns have averaged about 10 percent and these accounts all have a broadly diversified portfolio of stocks.

In the short term the market is very risky. The market will go up and then go down so if you are only thinking of investing for a short period then this is not the best option. If you are nearing retirement age and now beginning to invest in stocks this is not a good option. The best option in these cases as a protection against inflation, rather than stocks, is to invest in stable investments such as bonds and other cash instruments. This offers more security than stocks in the short term.

So how long is considered short term? Many persons are under the misconception that short term means less than a year but this is in fact not so. In terms of stocks short term is considered to be five years or less and some persons will recommend more years rather than the minimum of five years. A good rule is that if you are going to need your funds in the next five years then stay away from stock investment. Another point to note is that unless you are an active trader then short term investments make no sense. If the funds being used are for retirement investment then being an active trader is also not recommended.

The average down time for some markets is a year but this has been seen to last much longer a well so though for a long term investor this downtime may seen to be a lifetime it will pass but if you are a short term investor you will lose a lot depending on the market fluctuations. Stock investment will offer many great opportunities but can be devastating for a short term investor. If you know that the funds you are investing will be required for use in a short time then choose investment options that are more secure and protected. It is true that you may get lucky and make a fortune but it is also true that the risks are high and that you can lose everything.

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