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Strategy Video: Expect Losing Trades and Learn from Them

Strategy Video: Expect Losing Trades and Learn from Them

2015-07-18 02:29:00
John Kicklighter, Chief Strategist
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Talking Points:

• There is no 'Holy Grail' in trading, all traders and strategies eventually face a loss

• How we deal with a trading loss is critical to our progress towards becoming a better trader

• We should evaluate all trades honestly - did I follow my rules or didn't I?

What kind of Trading best suits you? Technical or Fundamental? Short-term or Long-term? Take our Trader Survey and find out.

On a long enough timeline, losing trades are inevitable. How a trader responds to those losses is often what dictates their long-term success in the market. For those that expect to discover the 'Holy Grail' (a fictional strategy that is profitable through all market environments over time), losing trades can be crippling and spark emotional response in the form of revenge trading or apprehension for future trades. The market participant that knows losses are inevitable as well as good opportunities for evaluation can learn, evolve and improve over time. An honest evaluation of each trade - loss or winner - is the first step. And, living by a credo of 'progress, not perfection' can make developing a successful trading strategy achievable. We discuss setting realistic expectations and making progress in this weekend Strategy Video.

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