Little wonder then that small speculators are referred to as “dumb money” by investment professionals and monitored as a contrarian indicator for future price direction.
It is not simply that the little guys choose the wrong trade, there are a number of classic mistakes that are repeated over and over again that mean losing is all but a certainty, leaving the 5% of winners and the professionals to clean up.
Our suite of trading products ensure that you can make the transition from “retail trader” to one of the 5% who consistently make money from the markets.
#1 - Not Planning Your Trades
You have to plan where you are going to buy or sell, where to place your stop loss and most importantly where to exit the trade. Then, once the trade is planned and executed, you must show discipline – you made the trade for a good reason with solid justification, so any changes need equally solid justification.
We always plan our trades meticulously, only taking positions where the trading set up has a clear risk:reward profile skewed in our favour – our trading videos can help you identify these set ups and take advantage when the market is in our favour!
#2 - Letting Losses Run & Closing Winners Too Early
Novice traders tend to let losses run too long, widen stops or ignore signals that the trade is going wrong, in a desperate attempt not to lose money. All that happens is when you do eventually lose, the loss is a huge one with devastating consequences.
Learn to take small losses and you won’t ever get smashed by an enormous loss that blows you out of the water completely – the markets will always be there tomorrow, as long as you still have capital, you are in the game.
On the flipside, novices tend to get over excited when their trades move the right way and into a profitable position and the tendency is to close the trade out earlier than planned to “bank” the profit.
Of course there are times when this is the right course of action, but if your plan said close out at a certain point, unless something has changed, stick to the plan.
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#3 - Catching the Falling Knife
The same can be true for selling at the top of a rally - but with gold the formation of a "top" tends to be more predictable - our trading system has been built around this and we successfully predict the swing, making large profits as gold quickly collapses down to the next technical support level.
#4 - Overtrading
Trading for the sake of trading is bound to drain your trading fund quickly! Trade only when your rules for success are met.
#5 - Staking Too Much
If you go seeking the “big win”, more often than not you will end up finding the “big loss” and then its game over.
Our own proprietary money management strategy has resulted in many years of consistent and steady gains for us. It is also geared in such a way that we will never lose more than we can stand on any single trade.
You need to find the right level that suits your funds, risk appetite, style and frequency of trading – our tutorial packages can help you find the right level of risk for you.