Don't Deny Reality
If you want to be a successful trader, you must make sure you
do not deny reality in any phase of your trading. You cannot deny
losses, price direction, mistakes you make, being
undercapitalized, or a whole host of things you would rather not
Many traders think the best way to deal with unpleasant ideas,
events, or personal character flaws is to shut their eyes and
pretend they don't exist.
Let's face it, trading can be difficult, at times very
difficult and it's essential that you focus on reality. Denial
takes your focus away from the very thing you need to be
concentrating on-the action of prices-regardless of time frame.
Your mind must be clear so that you can look at the market and
see what is really there.
The way I learned to handle denial was to simply write down
and confront all possible ideas I had trouble accepting. Some
thoughts I could fix and others I just had to accept. But facing
the truth of what and who you are is the only way to deal with
denial. You have to realize that for the most part the only
things you can change are in yourself. Other things you just have
to accept. You have to accept the reality of slippage, for
example. You have to realize that indicators often give false
signals and that there is no magic moving average nor is there a
You have to realize that some winning trades are just lucky
trades and had nothing to do with your skill as a trader. By the
same token, you will also experience the bad luck of having
prices make a sudden and unexpected move against you.
Rather than wasting your time in denial, concentrate your
mental energies on improving yourself and improving your trading
skills. Work at improving your abilities to observe. Realize that
you have to survive the markets in order to benefit from the
experience of the markets.
There is really only one true problem with your trading-that
problem is you! However, the problem manifests in two ways: 1.
Market conditions have changed and you haven't. 2. You are no
longer doing what you did when you were winning. You have
drifted. You are not consistent.
The first aspect of the problem is due to poor observation.
The market has changed and you haven't changed with it. Poor
observation stems from a variety of lesser but very important
problems. You have married a market, or a trade. You may have
allowed your ego to get the best of you and you are no longer
humble. I've named just a couple here. I challenge you to think
about the many things that can distract you from seeing when
market conditions have changed. Make a list of those things and
confront them. The second aspect of the problem stems from
inconsistency. Here again, you should make a list of those things
that cause you to be inconsistent. "Perhaps I was a good trader
at one time, but the market conditions have changed and I may not
be able to keep my reputation up." This is an issue that all
traders face at some point: keeping up their reputation. When one
makes big profits trading, it's tempting to tell neighbors and
friends how well you are doing. It's great when you're making the
big profits, but keeping up appearances is often the downfall of
even the most astute trader. Again, denying your need for fame
and glory, or pretending that you can maintain an unrealistic
reputation, will use up your psychological energy and interfere
with your ability to concentrate. Huge profits tend to go to the
humble, so try not to build up your reputation. Admit that you
will have difficulty keeping up appearances and just quit doing
it. One fact that traders wrestle with continuously is the notion
that, "Trading is not a legitimate job."
Many traders struggle with the legitimacy of trading. Some
traders find that they can simply remind themselves, "Trading
provides liquidity and helps control prices." Other traders,
however, think this isn't good enough and need to find more
meaning in their daily trading activities. For example, they may
focus on how trading helps them provide for their family, or may
plan to donate some of their profits to charities they view as
personally valuable. The point is, don't deny the possible truth
to such ideas. You will be better off acknowledging and working
through them, and then just moving on. Denying they exist, on the
other hand, will use up time and energy.
Unacceptable beliefs tend to lie in the back of your mind.
They remain there, lurking, and when you are vulnerable, they can
powerfully influence your outlook. So acknowledge unacceptable
ideas, and once you admit the possible validity of such ideas,
you will neutralize their potential influence. This will free up
limited psychological resources, allowing you to focus all your
energy on trading profitably and consistently.
Joe Ross, trader, author, trading educator is one of the most
eclectic traders in the business. His 47+ years include position
trading of shares, and futures. He daytrades stock indices,
currencies, and forex. He trades futures spreads and options on
futures, and has written books about it all - 12 to be exact. Joe
is the discoverer of The Law of Charts?, and is famous for the
Ross hook? and the Traders Trick Entry?.
Trading Educators, Inc.
Trading Educators was founded in 1988 by Master Trader Joe Ross.
He is the president of Trading Educators and actively supports
his customers with his experience of more than 47 years of
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Business and the
The business world is a complex web of supply and demand.
Money and goods, physical or otherwise, pass through the
global market every single day.
Internet and Computer
Systems in the FOREX Business
With every passing year the interest in electronic trading
is bigger, more especially trading shares and currency
through Internet. A new profession came forward - this of
the currency dealer.
Option Arbitrage in the
What is arbitrage? Arbitrage is the simultaneous buying and
selling of identical financial instruments taking advantage
of price discrepancies between different brokers,
exchanges, clearing firms, etc. and thus locking in a
Day Trading - Moving
Averages vs Support and Resistance
When day trading the SP and Nasdaq futures, do you rely on
your moving averages more than your support & resistant
areas?During the first hour of trading, the support and
resistance zones on the SP and Nasdaq futures are the most
important things to watch. The moving averages have not yet
had a chance to come into play.
A Look at Forex Market
The investor in the currency market takes for granted that
a pair of currencies can be bought or sold at a moment's
notice. Once an order is placed with a broker, the trade is
executed within seconds.
Day Trading Course or
Day Trading Technique Seminar: Learn Day Trading
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among the fastest & most effective ways to harvest BIG
piles of cash in the stock market.The problem is that if
you don't know what stocks to look for and how to approach
them while limiting your risk, you won't even get close to
making some profits.
ISO 4217 in Forex
ISO 4217 is an international standard describing three
letter codes to define the names of currencies established
by the International Organization for Standardization
(ISO).The first two letters of the code are the two letters
of ISO 3166-1 alpha-2 country codes (which are similar to
those used for national top-level domains on the internet)
and the third is usually the initial of the currency
How To Choose Wisely A
Most traders use a FOREX broker to handle their
transactions. What exactly are brokers? Strictly speaking,
brokers are individuals or companies that buy and sell
orders according the investor's decisions.
Forex Scams: How to Spot
Them A Mile Away
In recent years, investors have witnessed increased number
of investment opportunities and offerings. While the
complexity and success of these investment products vary,
technological innovation has made the Forex market one of
the fastest growth areas.
Foreign exchange currency trading is also known as Forex
trading, or FX, and has no single physical marketplace like
the New York Stock Exchange does on Wall Street in New York
or the Tokyo Stock Exchange does in Japan. The New York
Stock Exchange and the Tokyo Stock Exchange online traders
are limited to making purchases during the actual trading
hours governed by New York Stock Exchange hours or the
Japanese Stock Exchange's Tokyo hours.
New Opportunities with
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of exchanging one country's currency for another country's
currency. Basically, currency trading involves four main
variables: currencies, exchange rate, time, and interest
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number of brokers is growing at a rapid rate. What should
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