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Miss This Six-Year Bull Run? Don’t Beat Yourself Up, Be Mindful

Miss This Six-Year Bull Run? Don’t Beat Yourself Up, Be Mindful

The Nasdaq Composite Index reclaimed 5,000 for the first time since 2000, stirring investor’s emotions.  Some investors are in high spirits.  They feel good about the money being made from the Naz’s strong momentum and the promise of still higher prices to come.  Many other investors feel disheartened, however, because they haven’t been in the market enjoying this wonderful bull advance....

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How Hidden Flaws in Your Decision-Making Affect Your Trading

How Hidden Flaws in Your Decision-Making Affect Your Trading

Too many traders, trading psychology means dealing with negative emotions like fear and greed.  We all know that negative emotions can cause trading difficulties.  However, many of us don’t know that the way we think can cause big problems, too.  We can be blind-sided by our thinking and decision making—especially when we use our normal, everyday problem-solving approaches in trading.  These...

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The Life-Cycles of Stocks Part 1: Tesla Motors

The Life-Cycles of Stocks Part 1: Tesla Motors

In many ways, stocks are like people. They each have their own “life-cycle” of birth, growth, maturity, and eventually death.” What sets stocks apart from humans, however, is that some of the best companies are able to have several life-cycles, as they continually re-invent themselves by developing new, innovative products that in turn drive a new sales cycle and, hence, a new price cycle in...

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Learn To Navigate Your Assets In Times Of Big Change

Learn To Navigate Your Assets In Times Of Big Change

One Risk Aspect Often Overlooked When Assessing Risk There are many aspects to trading risk. The risk to capital exposure due to excessive position size relative to one’s stops is obvious. Co-relation of your positions in today’s highly co-related markets is another aspect that must be considered, and, of course, you know about the risk of not diversifying your assets. But have you ever...

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Why Smart Traders Do Dumb Things

Why Smart Traders Do Dumb Things

"Everybody's got a plan until they get punched in the face."Mike Tyson In the past 10 years, we have helped hundreds of retail traders learn to trade futures. Most begin by using a simulation account – paper trading – and most of them quickly learn to trade profitably ... as long as they aren't trading real money. But many of the same people who can accurately assess opportunities and...

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Three Questions With The Power To Transform Your Trading

Three Questions With The Power To Transform Your Trading

There are three simple but powerful questions which can transform our trading when we ask them of ourselves consistently over time.  They are powerful because they form the basis of mental flexibility and mental agility.  Wouldn’t you like to be mentally more resilient and deft? The three questions can be asked anytime you are preparing for trading, executing, and managing trades, or...

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How To Deal With Transition Periods In Your Trading Career

How To Deal With Transition Periods In Your Trading Career

There is no denying that we are in the middle of some massive changes of cosmic proportion which affect every activity we pursue.  The entire socio-economic system is shaking at its foundations. Trading is a pursuit that gets you in close proximity with the pulse of the collective consciousness; hence traders will feel the effects of these shifts more than other professions. This perspective...

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Holiday Stress and Trading Pressure: How to S.T.O.P. the Torment

Holiday Stress and Trading Pressure: How to S.T.O.P. the Torment

The holiday season is here.  It’s time for celebrating and good cheer.  It’s also a time of heightened stress.  For many traders, who already feel lots of stress, the holidays can feel doubly difficult.  Trading and Holiday Stress We all know trading stress.  Recent losses and drawdowns can bring on stress.  So can managing a position, especially if it backs up on you.  Even profitable...

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Trading Fears – Why We Have Them And What To Do About Them

Trading Fears – Why We Have Them And What To Do About Them

Trading fears are not the sole domain of new traders, actually far from it. Much misunderstood, fear can hit at any time. The real issue about trading fears has to do with bumping up against your thresholds, which can happen at any time. Growth and Development, Evolutionary Universal Laws You are growing and changing all the time, for the most part not noticing that it is happening....

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Psychology: How To Stop Trading Hesitation

Psychology: How To Stop Trading Hesitation

Procrastination, and in particular trading hesitation, over your trade set-ups is very frustrating and detrimental to the health of your trading account and your emotional and physical well being. Whenever we observe behavior patterns that prevent us from trading profitably value conflicts born out of incorrect assumptions about your reality are always at the root of the issue. In a world...

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Performance Anxiety For Traders: 5 Ways to Overcome It

Performance Anxiety For Traders: 5 Ways to Overcome It

Performance anxiety for traders is the fear, or persistent phobia which may arise in a trader by the requirement to take a real trade, in real time, with real money whether actually or potentially. There are many causes of this anxiety which many times leave a new trader with too much fear to really trade. Fear sends them out of the markets to go join the 90% that did not make it. This fear...

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Trading Psychology: Clear Your Head

Trading Psychology: Clear Your Head

As traders, we try to maintain a high level of concentration and performance at all times. The focus is on trading plans and processes, risk and reward, indicators and charts, coding and strategies, and about a million other possibilities at any given time. Truly, it is impossible for any human to keep track of all the information available.When you get to the point where nothing makes sense...

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Forex Tips: When Trading Discipline Goes Too Far

Forex Tips: When Trading Discipline Goes Too Far

“Stick to your trading plan” is what we hear said all the time and I’ve been known to say it too.  Although that may be the best thing to do, if your trading plan is ok, there’s the odd time that crops up that makes you question it.Being a dedicated forex trader I’ve done some serious screen time.  Eyes locked furiously on the charts waiting for my setups, mesmerized by the ebb and flow of...

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Could Kahneman Be That Wrong?

Daniel Kahneman’s contribution to the world of behavioural finance is well documented. Before you completely dismiss me as heretic daring to challenge a man as revered for his achievements as Nobel laureate psychologist Daniel Kahneman, I invite you to consider the following point: Our reality, as has been described for thousands of years by the wisdom traditions and now shown to be correct...

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Psychology: Accept Your Losses, Be A Better Trader

Psychology: Accept Your Losses, Be A Better Trader

The number one trading topic that few traders want to talk about is the trading loss.  When was the last time you heard a trader say, “I had a fantastic loss the other day.  Let me tell you all about it?”  No one likes to lose money and the experience can be painful both financially and emotionally, especially if the loss is a large one.  It is natural to try to avoid losses.  Not talking or...

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