Making a Choice
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2d ago
Would you rather have a job that pays a low salary but provides a steady income, or a high-paying job that might not be around next year? The answer to this question reveals a lot about your preferred trading style. If you are like most short-term active traders, you don't mind exchanging a little bit of security for a higher salary. Compared with typical jobs, short-term trading is risky, and one ..read more
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Waiting for the Payoff
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2d ago
Are you ready to work all day and make absolutely no money at all? If you ask most people who are accustomed to working a 9-to-5 job, they would say, "No way, are you kidding?" But if you are a serious, active trader, there are many days that you must accept the fact that you aren't going to take home any money. There are various reasons that might cause you to decide to work for no immediate payo ..read more
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A Fresh Start
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2w ago
Have you ever been stuck in a rut? All you can think about is how "behind" you are, and how hard it will be to come back. Maybe you're thinking "I haven't made enough winning trades. What am I going to do? I'll never make it back." It's natural to panic a little when you're first starting out as a trader. The anxiety and worry can get to you, but winning traders have a trick that you may find help ..read more
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Cool and Profitable
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3w ago
While risking capital on a trade, it's hard to not feel a little cautious. After all, if this trade, the next trade, and the one after that are losers, you'll begin wondering about what you might be doing wrong. You might feel a bit desperate, and think of trying to regain your edge. Feeling uneasy after a series of losses is understandable. But experienced traders keep cool, even when they are in ..read more
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Don't Overdo It
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1M ago
If you're like most traders, you are in this business to make money big money. In all probability, you are ambitious, independent minded, and ready to take on the world. With this ambition usually comes a need to be the best. Only the people at the top of the field achieve the highest level of success. Although striving for expertise is a prerequisite for success, it usually coincides with a need ..read more
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Controlling Impulses
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1M ago
When it comes to protecting your money, one of the biggest dangers is so called impulse trading. Resisting the urge to have something right then and there is a skill everyone needs to learn in order to build a strong financial foundation. Recently I watched an entertaining TV show called "Auction Kings." One of the pieces being auctioned off was a 1975 Cadillac Eldorado. Cars don't get much b ..read more
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Following the Crowd
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1M ago
Do you ever feel as if you are just going through the motions, acting without thinking? Are you surprised that you react emotionally, selling prematurely when you meant to hold out a little longer? Or do you jump into a trade too soon, before you have systematically thought out your trading plan? You may be giving into a natural inclination to follow the crowd. I ..read more
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What's Next
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2M ago
Have you been making plans for the coming year? Have you been trying to make sense of where you've been so far? It's useful to ask and answer a few key questions: Where have I been? Where am I going? Where am I going to go next? The answers to these questions aren't always obvious. But consider the plight of Rey Aktiv and Pro Aktiv, brothers, both novice traders with very different personalities a ..read more
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Study Time
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2M ago
How much time do you devote to charts study each day? It varies for me, but ideally, sufficient time to truly consider what is happening in the markets I'm interested in trading. For me, charts study is a part of my self-control and self-discipline efforts. Confidence comes from the self-disciplinary aspect of doing little things consistently right. I believe that when traders do their chart work ..read more
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Signs of Activity
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2M ago
Use all your senses to trade the markets. If trading directly from a screen, watch for the signs of activity in the market. One trader I know booked a $9,500 day trading soybean profit, because he noticed a step up in trading activity as prices were making a new daily high. How could he know that suddenly the market had become very active? He was watching both contract volume and tick volume ..read more
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