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Here's a link to an interesting article on CNBC today. It discusses the impact of stress on making financial decisions. I also talk about this on this site at www.start-day-trading.com/trademindfully.html.
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In one of my coaching calls today, I was talking with a member of my day trading chat room. He was asking me about one of the high probability trade set ups I had mentioned in the chat room. On this particular trade set up, he took a loss because the trade had moved against him and he was protecting his account. There is nothing wrong with this course of action. Every trade needs to have a stop. Otherwise, we let our losers run and we get into a bigger loss.
But sometimes, we exit a losing trade prematurely. Here's what happens...we look at our account and we see red. We see that we're losing money on the trade. We place our eyes on our brokerage statement and on the negative P/L. With this as our focus, our emotions follow suit. Our emotions become full of fear and angst. This creates a physical and psychological need for some kind of relief...like the kettle letting out steam...the pressure needs to be find an outlet. We have created this need for relief because we have focused on the P/L and the resulting emotions, and we have lost sight of the charts. We are no longer trading the charts. We are no longer using technical analysis as the basis for our exit. We have succumbed to our need for relief from the pressure that we created within ourselves due to the fact that we have misplaced our focus and placed out attention on our personal fear of loss rather than upon the charts and the strategies that tell us whether or not to exit the trade at this time.
I hope this is helpful. That which you focus upon will greatly determine the emotions and decisions you make as a trader. I am NOT saying to hold onto every losing trade. I am saying to look at what you're looking at. Where is your focus? Is it on your P/L and the resulting emotions (good or bad)? Or, are you looking at the charts and making your trade decisions based upon solid technical analysis and your proven strategies?
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The link in today's post will take you to a video review of the trades posted in today's chat room. These are high probability trade set ups.
I also mention a special offer at the end of this 2-minute video.
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Tonight, my wife and I indulged. We went to Bojangles for dinner! Yes, it's not too good for you. But sometimes you've just got to have some fried chicken and dirty rice.
The location we frequent is like many of the fast food places in our area. They have a perennial sign in the window that advertises "Help Wanted".
Evidently, one of the new hires was on the line tonight. He was responsible for filling the take-out order by placing the appropriate ingredients into each box. The first box was completely done...until his elbow knocked it off the counter and he just stepped back and sighed before starting over again. Poor guy.
When we got home, I discovered that he had also forgotten the order of dirty rice. Strike two for this poor guy.
I didn't call to complain. I didn't go back to the store. It's not that big of a deal...since I probably don't need to be eating that much grease anyway.
But it got me to thinking. We are all so clumsy when we start something new. There's so much to learn. You feel awkward at best, or even stupid at times.
Now what does this have to do with trading? Everything. If you have just started trading, then be patient with yourself. You're a newbie. You're still learning where they keep the biscuits! You don't have a system in place yet. You haven't developed the rhythm that comes from performing a task one thousand times, that repetition that makes the whole thing second nature to you.
I remember stating at a trader conference one time, several years ago, that trading was almost boring. You could see the jaws drop. Boring! How could trading be boring? There's so much to look at and figure out! There's so much anxiety!
But, see, that's the difference. When you're first starting any new endeavor, you feel out of place. There is so much to learn. There is anxiety. Boring? Far from it.
But, over time, you get in sync with the market. You get in sync with your system and it all feels very natural.
I say all of this just to say "hang in there, newbie". It gets easier over time. But it doesn't happen quickly. And trading stocks or currencies requires a little more than putting chicken into a box at Bojangles. But, hey, it's worth it.
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The big news today was the acquisition of Whole Foods Market by Amazon. But it you only focused on those two stocks, then you would fail to see the other companies that were hugely impacted by that announcement. For example, KR, WMT and UNFI are all in the grocery business and saw big moves down today.
You can see a short video of these AMZN ripples on my Start Day Trading Facebook page. The link below this paragraph will take you there. Then just scroll down the page of posts until you see that video.
Markets dropped lower today. In the chat room, I posted 7 "high probability" trade set ups. All 7 trades were shorts and all 7 hit their targets. You can see a 1-minute review of those trades in today's link below this text.
But I also wanted to comment on a sad fact: some traders never short the market. They only trade long. Personally, I don't understand this. If the market is going down, then you want to be short. If the market is going down, then your biggest gains and your highest probability trades are going to be in the direction of the market.
So, if you are one of those traders who never shorts the market, I encourage you to get out of your comfort zone and try it out. The water is warm...especially on a day like today!
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It was a great day in the chat room this morning. The link below this paragraph will take you to a short YouTube video that reviews each of today's "high probability" trade set ups.
I just revised the page on this site that refers to my book Trading the Afternoon Market. Click the link in today's post to read more about it's content.At the bottom of that page, you'll also see the links to two resources for more free content via Facebook and YouTube.
Even though the overall market is bullish right now, the Consumer Cyclical sector has been hard hit this week. Today's link takes you to a list of the "Top 11" Bear stocks in that sector.