Yesterday I re-entered the market, after about 2 months, on borrowed money nogal. I follow my system and enter and exit beautifully catching a little over 200 points of profit on the ALSI futs. Today I think I know it all and disregard my entry and trade in the opposite direction that my system tells me. What is still wrong with me? Havn't I gotten over the self sabotage phase that wiped me out two months ago. Studying the physcology of trading is one thing. Experiencing it is another. I might have caught myself today and turned the trade around but I'm still in a loss. Bummer!
self-sabotage occurs when you keep repeating the same mistakes over and over and over again. ..
ask yourself why you didn't follow the rules today .. coz you let your thinking get in the way of your trading ?? coz you wanted to trade so you just jumped in ?? coz after one day you thinks you the man ?? coz you lack elief in your self and/or abaility ?? coz you can't believe money is so easy ??
could be any or all or other reasons .. you have to hunt it down, and only you can find it .. good news is that you don't have to look far as it is self ..
Hi HG I have the following advice to u. Maybe u have a system but do u believe the system can work?U can not test the system in 1 day. Did u read the book SUPER TRADER (BY VAN K. THARP)If not read it. After u read the book go down in position size (Almi instead of Alsi) Test your system even if it is only 1 Almi contract and i would say for at least 2 weaks before going back to the alsi. Please note that i also fail on my dicipline and am now consentrating to sort it out.
Here's a positive response from a pessimistic cynic by nature. Your postings keep on beating the "I'm no good - it's all my fault" drum. Stop it! AND you'll have cured a good part of your problem. It's a version of a self-fulfilling prophecy. Also - stop trying to "trade like a pro" nobody does - not even the pro's. One last suggestion (and here Simon would take issue) - but go for the more conservative stocks - (companies that you truely like and would happily own) - widen your stop-losses and ride the shares for longer. The lower risk profile will allow this and you will be under less pressure to act. The INDEX is a soleless beast.
I use 10, 20, 50 and 89 EMAs on 15min chart (50 and 89 more for direction). Incidently, I just got a strong buy signal. The 50 crossed the 89 and the price closed above the 10 EMA after a pullback. Price also crossed the 10 EMA on the UK 100 chart. (Sorry Simon but I find the 7/21 MAs picks up too much noise!)