Trader

A Shift in Mindset – 2

  Last week we discussed a common problem with new and developing traders – difficulty accepting losses as a normal part of the game. And we discussed a simple idea for moving beyond this problem, through seeking profits over a larger series of trades rather than any individual trade. You can see last week's article…

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A Shift in Mindset

  I love this comment in response to last week's article (see the article here if you missed it). This was the trade Steve is referring to: Too many traders take the loss personally. As Steve says, they're stuck in the mindset of "Aaargh, I did it again." Their focus is on themselves and their…

Trading Process and Strategy

Chasing Performance

  Here's a little post-session exercise which may help stretch your performance to "never-before-reached" profit levels. Pick a target just above your all-time-high for a trading session. Whatever that is – $100, $500, $1000, $5000 or more. And ask yourself the following. Looking at the chart for today's session, with the benefit of hindsight, how…

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How I Think on Trade Exit

  Context: The trade idea: The entry: Out: How I think on trade exit: All exits are temporary. Pause and reassess. Consider re-entry if the premise remains valid. Sometimes it takes two entries. Sometimes it takes three. There are no ways around this. In the uncertainty of market action it's unreasonable to expect that we…

Trading Process and Strategy

It’s All About Real-Time Contextual Decision Making

  You've learnt the pattern or setup. Great. But that's not trading. Now work on the real-time contextual decision making around that pattern or setup. Look beyond the pattern itself to the wider context. Where is the pattern occurring within the larger timeframe market structure? What structure will suggest avoiding this particular setup? What structure…

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What’s Going On when you Hold Past the Stop

  I'm always fascinated to hear from traders who have trouble exiting a trade at the stop loss. The ones who move the stop loss further away to avoid the exit. And then move it further. And further. Until eventually, they can't take the pain any more, so they get out of the trade and…