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What’s Investing Your Mental Make-up?

Sam Seiden
Online Trading Academy, Chief Education, Products, and Services Officer

Moves in markets are a result of mass psychology. We make money in the markets by being masters of human psychology and supply and demand. It is well known that trading is mainly mental. Winning in the markets is more defined by your mental make-up than your trading style. What is more important than chart reading is to first understand how people think. Instead of focusing on changing our actions if you’re having issues with trading, it’s time to notice where those actions come from. Moving backward, one step at a time, actions stem from behavioral patterns and behavioral patterns stem from beliefs. So, it’s at the level of beliefs (thoughts) that decisions are made and, moreover, where your ability to differentiate reality from illusion lies. It’s time to start considering where your beliefs about what works and what doesn’t in trading come from. In life, which includes trading and investing, most of us tend to repeat the same processes over and over expecting a different result. Over my many years trading, there are some very clear differences between the consistently profitable trader and the consistent losing trader.

The Novice Trader:

  1.  They tend to follow the herd.
    1. Watch and do what others are doing
    2. Comfort in numbers
  2. They avoid taking risk unless others are sharing the risk as well.
  3. They feel that if others are buying then it is “ok” for them to buy too.
  4. They act on the advice of so called “experts,” i.e. the advice of market gurus, CNBC, analysts, and their brokers.
  5. As human, they tend to complicate the trading process and ignore the important simplicity of markets.
  6. They always make the same two mistakes; they buy and sell after a move in price is well underway (late and high risk) and they buy into resistance and sell into support (low probability).

The Consistently Profitable Trader:

  1. They lead the herd.
  2. They tune out all the subjective noise that can get in the way of making proper trading decisions. They don’t care what others are doing and make decisions based on a very mechanical and unemotional set of criteria based solely on the laws and principles of supply and demand.
  3. They learn to identify the proper entry that most people never see.
  4. They buy after a period of selling and into support. They buy fear.
  5. They sell after a period of buying and into resistance. They sell greed.

Successful traders:

  • Can identify opportunity before others.
  • Execute trading plans mechanically.

Successful Trading:

    1. Having the ability to spot ill-informed individuals in any market and any time frame and trade against them.
      1. These ill-informed individuals buy after a rally in price and at price levels that are too high. You know by objectively assessing real supply and demand.
    2. Having the tools, knowledge, and ability to take the proper action when this ill-informed market player appears.
    3. Play the bandwagon correctly…
      1. Knowing how other market participants think and react when they are correct and,     more importantly, when they are wrong.  Price patterns are thought patterns.

Mental Musts:

  • Confidence
  • Discipline
  • Patience

How to get these:

  • Reduce and eliminate subjective analysis.
  • Learn to fight the urge to do what others are doing and make decisions based on a very   mechanical and unemotional set of rules and criteria.

The Proper Entry:

  • Know Where To Enter, Demand and Supply.
    •  Smart money enters here.
  • Trade with the trend
    • The odds are on your side.
  • Entry Must Be Low Risk.
    •  Most important part of the trade.
  • Enter Before Others.
    •  This is how we get paid.

Free WorkshopOne of the most important things to understand about proper trading and investing is that conventional visible confirmation and opportunity are completely inversely related. In developing our trading curriculum, this is a point we really focus on. Those who know get paid from those who don’t, that’s how markets work.

Hope this was helpful, have a good day.

Sam Seiden

This newsletter is written for educational purposes only. By no means do any of its contents recommend, advocate or urge the buying, selling or holding of any financial instrument whatsoever. Trading and Investing involves high levels of risk. The author expresses personal opinions and will not assume any responsibility whatsoever for the actions of the reader. The author may or may not have positions in Financial Instruments discussed in this newsletter. Future results can be dramatically different from the opinions expressed herein. Past performance does not guarantee future results. Reprints allowed for private reading only, for all else, please obtain permission.