A big part of being a successful trader is keeping your emotions out of the trade. As a special treat to our readers we asked Larry Levin to share a video on the subject.
Larry reveals techniques for traders like you to help you control your emotions and transform you into a disciplined, emotion-free trader. It is the most important concept you can learn in order to be a successful trader.
If you can master this skill, you can be very successful in this business. If we can't control the market and what it will do, then the only thing that will make us successful is if we can control ourselves. And that's easier said than done. But it is the reality of successful trading.
It's already March, the first two months of the year have flown by! The NASDAQ traded over 5,000 today for the first time in 16 years and is within striking distance of its all time high of 5,048. The move has been largely fueled by Apple Inc.(NASDAQ:AAPL), which now commands an astounding valuation of 750 BILLION Dollars making it the biggest company in the world.
You may remember last Friday, I told you about one of my little rituals. At the end of the month, I look at the monthly charts to see the big trends and percentage changes for the month. I find it helps me see the big picture and the future.
That's what I do with the end of the month, here is what I do at the beginning of the month. I always say to myself "it's going to be a good month." You see, I believe in positive reinforcement and believing you can win in the markets - that is half the game in my mind, the other half is timing.
Last month, I showed you several ways on how to make money and use the Trade Triangles successfully. One way was to use the Trade Triangles to get the company earnings right and earn short-term overnight profits. This strategy has already been successfully used by quite a few members. The other strategy I showed you was the "52-week high on a Friday" rules. I hope that both of these trading strategies will serve you well in the months and years ahead. Continue reading "The NASDAQ Hits 5,000, What's Next?"→
Congratulations go to the New England Patriots for winning this year's Super Bowl. It is perhaps a mixed blessing for investors, as any time a team from the American Football Conference (AFC) wins the Super Bowl, the stock market closes lower for the year. Although, I think investing on the outcome of a football game is not going to get you to where you want to be financially.
Of all the tools available to the trader, none is more important than his or her own mind! Lack of mental discipline has to be a significant cause of losses in the marketplace. Why else would traders with years of experience and reliable systems fail to be consistent winners? Show a 6-year-old child a chart and he will tell you if a market is going up or down by simple observation. Yet, 80% or 90% of all traders end up as losers. The market doesn't beat you, you beat yourself! You are your own worst enemy!
Challenges To Your Mental Discipline
Challenges of a trader's mental discipline exist in many areas of the marketplace and appear in many different forms. Virtually every trader who has spent any amount of time in the commodity business has experienced one or more of the following upsets to his mentality: Continue reading "Do You Have Discipline In Your Corner?"→