“For every style of trading there will be a “perfect” market environment. When the market is aligned to the strategy that you are trading, every trade will work itself out smoothly, losses will be far and few between, and you will feel on top of the world as you watch your profits accumulate!
Sooner or later the market environment will shift, if ever so slightly, and losses will once again begin to appear.This constant cycle from “zero” to “hero” and back to “zero” is why i believe speculation as a business has such a high failure rate.”
This is a subject that you will hear all top traders talk about.
This i think is one of the many keys to trading survival. The trader’s ability to adapt very quickly to an ever changing market environment.
For example : Traders who flourish in a momentum/trending market will take overnight or swing positions in highly shorted stocks, ride them out for big squeezes and bank ‘big money’ . This strategy works great: you’ll often hear traders say ‘trading is so easy’. Mistakes are quickly recovered and bad trading habits are rewarded for a lack of a better term. Many traders will even feel unbeatable but once this trading environment that was so conducive for that particular style starts to fade, this same strategy will be responsible in taking back most of these traders’ hard earned gains that they accumulated during trending markets simply because they failed to recognize a market shift.
As the markets ebb and flow from trending to choppy to corrective , trading styles also need to ADJUST IN ORDER TO ONLY KEEP YOUR GAINS but also SURVIVE.
As traders who wanna survive and be very good at this game, it is vital that we analyze and recognize quickly what type of market we are in. It’s not about being “bearish” or “bullish” its about being a “chameleon” and by that i mean, traders have to be constantly be willing to ADAPT to the constantly changing market environments and never stubbornly hold on to one bias blindly.
We need to be ahead of the 8 ball and rarely behind. The quicker you recognize the shift, the more of your money you will be likely to keep and make much more down the road.
Master traders learn from their trading mistakes. Losing traders rarely do. One of the critical habits that creates winning traders is that of keeping a trading journal. Your trading journal keeps a record of each trade as it happens: your entry point and your reason for buying or selling; where you put your stop-loss order and your take-profit order; what happened in the market after you initiated your trade and how you reacted to the market action; finally, the amount of your win/loss.
Keeping a trading journal and regularly reading back through it provides one of the quickest and easiest ways to identify both what you’re doing right and what you’re doing wrong.