Trading Psychology and Drawdowns


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Trading psychology is the most important aspect of a trader’s success. This may surprise some readers, specifically those that are relatively new to trading. Read Platinum Trading Academy's presentation on Trading and Psychology and Drawdowns.


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Index 1. Trading Psychology And Drawdowns

Trading Psychology And Drawdowns:

Trading Psychology And Drawdowns Trading Psychology is the most important aspect of a trader’s success . This may surprise some readers, specifically those that are relatively new to trading. However, the psychological makeup of a trader is more important than the market knowledge, market analysis, and even money management .

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The reason that psychology is so important is that even the best information can be distorted by a poor mindset. Most new traders think that the key to making a profit from trading is knowing more about the market.

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For instance, most new traders clog up their screens with every indicator that they can find, read up on European GDP trends, and feel that pro traders have some sort of secret knowledge. However, this inevitably does not provide the lofty results the novice trader expects to achieve.

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After realizing that excessive market information doesn’t help (and may hurt) results, the next moment of truth most traders have is money management. Instead of trading maybe 1 lot every time, or even trading the maximum lots that their account will allow, these traders realize losses will happen no matter what.

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When you realize that everyone loses on occasion, it is easy to see why money management is necessary. This is a big step, but does not ensure success.

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Do not misunderstand me; you need to have some form of analysis and some form of money management to profit in the long term. In other words, you need an edge that when applied with proper money management leads to positive returns over the course of many trades.

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Great money management with no edge will only mean you lose your money more slowly. A great strategy without money management will lead to an inevitable blow up. However, without a proper mindset, it is nearly possible to continue to get good results in the long run.

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The bottom line is that a poor mindset can sabotage even the best trading strategy or money management strategy. I could write about this at great length, but I will take one example.

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The biggest test in trading psychology occurs during a drawdown. This occurs when a trader gets in a “slump” and has had bad results for a given period of time. Usually, the most devastating drawdowns eliminate a significant amount of hard earned profit.

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Keep in mind, drawdowns are completely normal. Everyone has them on occasion. However, the key is reacting properly to drawdowns. This is why trading psychology is so important.

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The natural reaction during a drawdown is to change your strategy. Sometimes traders will even take trades for no reason what so ever except for a desperate chance at a profit.

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Assuming you believe that your methodology is sound, there is no reason to change anything during a drawdown. In fact, that is the most important time ever, to follow the basics. Consistency is vital, focus on the fundamentals of your TRADING PLAN .  

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For some reason traders do have a tendency to panic in this type of situation and change everything. This only leads to a larger drawdown, which usually ends when a trader reverts back to their primary strategy.

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In conclusion, the steps above illustrate the general process that a trade takes on the road to achieving consistent results. Virtually all traders only become successful after they are able to put together a successful strategy (TRADING PLAN) that gives you an edge, money management and proper trading psychology.

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