We use a range of cookies to give you the best possible browsing experience. By continuing to use this website, you agree to our use of cookies.
You can learn more about our cookie policy here, or by following the link at the bottom of any page on our site.

Free Trading Guides
Oil - US Crude
of clients are net long.
of clients are net short.
Long Short

Note: Low and High figures are for the trading day.

Data provided by
More View more
Real Time News
  • 🇬🇧 GBP Core Consumer Price Index (YoY) (OCT), Actual: 1.7% Expected: 1.7% Previous: 1.7% https://www.dailyfx.com/economic-calendar#2019-11-13
  • UK CPI drops to 1.5% vs Exp. 1.6% (BoE expects this) - Reminder, BoE stated last week that they expect CPI to average 1.4% in Q4, eventually dropping to an average of 1.2% in Q2 20
  • 🇬🇧 GBP House Price Index (YoY) (SEP), Actual: 1.3% Expected: 1.1% Previous: 1.3% https://www.dailyfx.com/economic-calendar#2019-11-13
  • 🇬🇧 GBP CPIH (YoY) (OCT), Actual: 1.5% Expected: 1.6% Previous: 1.7% https://www.dailyfx.com/economic-calendar#2019-11-13
  • 🇬🇧 GBP Core Consumer Price Index (YoY) (OCT), Actual: 1.3% Expected: 1.7% Previous: 1.7% https://www.dailyfx.com/economic-calendar#2019-11-13
  • 🇬🇧 GBP Consumer Price Index (MoM) (OCT), Actual: 0.1% Expected: -0.1% Previous: 0.1% https://www.dailyfx.com/economic-calendar#2019-11-13
  • 🇬🇧 GBP Consumer Price Index (YoY) (OCT), Actual: 1.7% Expected: 1.6% Previous: 1.7% https://www.dailyfx.com/economic-calendar#2019-11-13
  • Asia’s vast and growing importance to the world economy is not yet matched by the presence of a currency trading center to rival the established order. Get your update on market drivers in Asia from @DavidCottleFX here: https://t.co/E2hqoRdO7q https://t.co/SvIzAGXyOP
  • Join @PaulRobinsonFX 's #webinar at 5:30 AM ET/10:30 AM GMT to gain insight on indices and commodities for the active trader. Register here: https://t.co/gghsFsZYlx https://t.co/fnHclQGjE1
  • UK Election Poll (Kantar) 7-11 Nov - Conservatives 37% (-2) - Labour 27% (+2) - Lib Dems 17% (-1) - Brexit 9% (+1)
Greed is NOT Good

Greed is NOT Good

2011-05-20 19:54:00
Richard Krivo, Trading Instructor

Greed is a key trading topic that we have addressed before but a post in our new DailyFX Trading Community Forum… http://forexforums.dailyfx.com/dailyfx-course-instructor-trading-tips/377621-dailyfx-trading-community-18.html…brought it to mind again.

Below are two quotes from two different traders…

“Greed has cost me more than anything else.”How can I control greed??? That has been my number 1 problem.”

Human nature being what it is, quotes of this type have come from many traders over the years.

So, how does a trader go about controlling it?

First of all, if you can identify with these quotes, it means you are aware that greed is negatively influencing your trading and that recognition alone is a BIG step toward resolving the issue.

To keep this detrimental emotion in check, having a definite trading plan in mind…ideally written out…will help. Keep the plan nearby where you can reference it prior to placing any trade. It will be a strategy that you have tested and one that has put pips into your account, live or demo, over time. Not positive pips on every single trade since every trade will not be a winner. But the trading plan you are using, overall, has been adding to your account size.

Then, only take trades that fit that trading plan exactly. If the trade does not measure up, don't take the trade. You only want to enter higher probability trades…trades based on your pre-determined plan. This will help prevent just randomly jumping into a trade because “it looks kind of OK”, or the “I just like to be in a trade” syndrome.

Next, never put more than 5% of your account at risk at any one time and always trade with at least a 1:2 Risk Reward Ratio in place. Rigidly adhering to both of these rules will prevent a trader from putting too much of their account at risk as well as exiting the trade at a desirable and predetermined level of profit. Overleveraging one’s account is one of the primary faults embraced by a trader influenced by greed.

Lastly, after the trade has executed with stops and limits in place, leave it alone!! Just let the trade play out according to the original parameters you put into place prior to being in the trade when emotions were non-existent.

Think about it…

When you were looking at the charts, checking trends, support and resistance levels, fundamentals and the like, you were totally without emotion. The plans that were put together while in that state of mind were based on facts. Once the trade is entered, however, emotions can shift into high gear. Making changes to a fact-oriented, unemotional trading plan based on moment to moment emotional shifts is not a prudent way to trade.

Managing and dealing with greed is not something that will be resolved over the next couple of trades. However, by being conscious of how greed can negatively influence your trading and implementing the above as part of your trading regimen, you will be taking positive steps toward the goal of “greed free” trading.

DailyFX provides forex news and technical analysis on the trends that influence the global currency markets.


News & Analysis at your fingertips.