Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Stocks - What Key Factor Separates A Winning Trader From A Losing Trader?

By Karim Al Ibrahim

Often, I receive requests from members of my stock market trading discussion group to give my views on technical analysis of stocks that they are watching. In the course of discussion, I discovered one common factor which separates the winning traders from the losing traders.

In general, both group of traders like to scan their lists of active stocks to uncover possible trading candidates. However, the traders in the winning group are specific about their trading, and have their entry and exit points well spelt out in a specific trading plan.

In their trading,they have precise entry and exit points...so that the trade is unemotional. After they have entered a trade, either they are correct and ride the trend or they are wrong and you exit with a loss that has been predetermined. There is nothing vague in their trading.

In contrast, those who are losing money in their trades invariably do not have a trading plan, or at least a semblance of a trading plan. This group of traders jump on tips provided by others without being able to check or verify the tips from some analysis, whether technical or fundamental. They do not have any idea of when to enter the trade or to exit with a stop loss.

Again, when the winning traders have computed their exit and entry and stop loss points, these traders can approach their trading day with guarded positivism, watching whether a predicted rally is on the cards or not. By watching predetermined prices the trader can know whether or not a rally has in truth begun and to begin to trade in a rather more assertive demeanour or to stop trading on wrong expectancies which comes soeasily by being influenced by tips here and there. If the trade goes against them and hit their stop loss, they take their loss unemotionally and are out of the market, so limiting their losses.

Remember, you involve hard earned money into your trading and investment.There is nothing VAGUE about trading. Every entry and exit points is calculated before hand to enable you to control your risk, if you are to become a successful trader.

Learn the way to do this well and you'll be a consistent trader . Test every tip and breathe specifics into your trades and you can make profits. In each profession, it's the consultant who makes the most cash. Learn to shine in your trading and you'll be profit-making.

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