Trading is a very dynamic activity, job, and task with a focus on psychology and developing an edge is important for a solid making money strategy. What many traders do though is letting their psychology and emotions change their decisions and place trades that do not fit their criteria. Without a written trading plan and the commitment to stick to it daily, letting emotions take control can ruin the most effective strategy in the world, supposing there is one. In this article, we will refer to three tips related to psychology that successful traders are aware of and the solution to them to implement trades unaffected by the daily financial news and distractions.
The three tips are the following ones:
Focusing more on losses than on gains
Not changing the trading strategy when market conditions change
Stock market trading
Let’s start with number 1, revenge trading. If you ask any trader if he/she has ever made any revenge trading, chances are that the reply will be yes. Revenge trading is when an open position, either long or short hits its stop-loss, the trader has a loss and the open position closes, yet very soon the trader reopens a new position following the initial opinion about the market direction. In a strong rally, if a trader is short on a stock, and the market makes new highs, then most probably a short position will incur losses. Reopen another position going against the trend is too dangerous and risky. It is ok to accept losses, it is part of this daily financial game called online investing. But revenge trading should be avoided at all costs as it shows that the trader has a very weak characteristic, he/she does not have a trading plan to stick with and more importantly does not have a money management plan. A loss of 5% or 10% is acceptable. But a loss of doubling this amount when market conditions are highly volatile choosing the same trade within a few minutes seems an amateur move, not a professional one. Avoid revenge trading to survive to trade in the long-term.
No one likes losses when it comes to trading. But even top traders incur losses. A trader must not feel bad or disappointed when a loss happens. Trading is about risk and management of it. There are no guarantees that trade will lead to profits. And there should be no sad feelings. On the other hand, the best practice is for any trader to be humble and treat gains as the reward of his/her financial analysis. Forget losses quickly. They are part of the trading game. Use losses to become better in the future, as input for evaluating your trading strategy and its effectiveness.
The effectiveness of the trading strategy is measured only by the results. When market conditions change and trend reversals occur the bias of sticking to the prior trend, which now is history is very strong. Being not adaptive to market conditions because of your analysis that the market should have the direction you think is a great psychological trap. The market does not care what you think it should do. Be always flexible. Adapt to market conditions. Accept you are wrong now. Trade with the trend may seem many times irrational, but statistics have shown it is the wisest trading strategy. Do not simply get stuck in opinion, rather monitor what the market is doing to make money with increased odds.