Do This Before You Think About Making Profit!

Hi Traders. Today's topic is something you must experience in the path to consistent profitability. How many times have you allowed big winners rolled into a losers or break-even? If you're still having the mindset of "at least I get the direction correct", It is time for you to truly reflect on your performance and psychology, and I hope this post would give you an 'Aha moment'. Why is trade management so crucial? Believe or not, majority of traders do get their entries correct, but because of the way they manage their positions, it eventually creates frustration and lack of confidence (self-sabotaging). So, what is considered to be a proper trade management?

1. Trading plan - Majority of us jumped into the market before having a strategic plan to attack the market in a consistent approach. To be consistently profitable, you cannot allow yourself to have different perspective every time you look at the charts. A good trading plan should consists of the instruments you're trading, strategies (back-tested), entry criteria, exit plan, max daily loss, max drawdown, session & timeframe, the lists goes on. Always follow a process, if you do not have a fixed plan, you'd never have consistent action and result. You must give it enough time to develop and allow your edge to play out.

2. Emotional detachment - By managing your positions in a systematic approach, you're not getting involved too much psychologically. Execute a setup according to your checklist, if its right its right, if its wrong its wrong. The market is never against you! To be consistently profitable, you need to remain neutral bias and respect the market, and trade what you see, not what you think. The best traders out there do not have much opinion in the market, simply because they respect the market and they know the market can do whatever it wants. If your exit plan signals you that the market is not going according to your plan, cut it off without hesitation, there's no point letting it runs and drains your energy. "Markets can remain irrational longer than you can remain solvent" - John Maynard Keynes.

3. Confidence - I have received plenty of DMs regarding how to build up their trading confidence. Hesitation comes from fear, if you are hesitating before pressing that buy & sell button, simply do not trade it because you are unprepared. Practice more, appreciate your losses. Personally, I've learnt more on my losses than wins, someday when you look back at all those stupid mistakes you've made, you will realize how much you've grown as a trader and human being. Losses are nothing but a small tuition fees, stay positive. As long as the risk is well-defined, you will survive in this business. Build up the discipline to strictly comply to your trading plan, journal them, and allow the expectancy to work out.

Always be confident! Trade safe.

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TraderNeoh bigman0522
@bigman0522, Cheers.
well said !
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TraderNeoh Wongforex268
@Wongforex268, Glad its meaningful!
I felt this article was written just for me! trading view authors really helping me to reach my target. I wish I would join here before losing 5k within last 7 days. :)
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TraderNeoh sumonst21
@sumonst21, Let smash 2021 with more self-discipline! Stay tuned for more forecast & educational content!
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sumonst21 TraderNeoh
@TraderNeoh, Thank you very much Senhor! :)
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This is truely insightful, I appreciate it Neoh. One question, as the TP wasn't hit, what would you have done to exit this trade (e.g. move stoploss to break even, etc.)?
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TraderNeoh Noobofnoobs
@Noobofnoobs Hi, personally I’d only breakeven my stops if my thesis is telling me that it’s not supposed to get back to the entry point. Same goes to a green trade, if it’s going, give it time to develop to not rush to move your stop. In this example, I’d move my stop below that level where I think it’s not supposed to be violated, if price comes back to tag me out, get the small profits, and move on to the next opportunity. Hope it helps.
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Noobofnoobs TraderNeoh
@TraderNeoh, Thank you for taking the time to respond, I find your explanation very helpful!
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