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Trading mistakes to avoid

Trading mistakes happen to each and every one of us. You might have heard the phrase “Stock markets are a guaranteed way of making profits/money.” But how can someone say this and is it really true? This is a question on everyone’s mind. Easy – all a person has to do is to invest in a good stock and hold it for a long term. No person following this would have ever lost money over a period of 10-20 years. Now just go and find the person who has done that. Maybe 10-15% of the people would have done that rest 85 – 90% would have ended up losing money.

How does this happen? Primarily because they fall into the same old fashion of emotional trauma of “Buying High and Selling Low.” A human tendency of always being a winner is also the reason for the same. At the most euphoric time of the bull market they end up buying stocks and in the most painful times (generally the end of bear markets) people end up selling stocks and losing money out of frustration. In fact after their sell-off, it could be the last leg of a bear market and a start of a new bull market.

Fear is a stronger emotion than greed

The torture of losing money over a period of time (week, month, and year) could even wear down the most determined trader. The threshold of level of a common or average investor is much lower than a determined buyer. Moreover people even end up losing money in a very strong and prominent bull market.

Trading mistakes to avoid

Some of the common mistakes traders do:

  1. Not ready to take losses
  2. Bottom fishing
  3. Over betting a sector / stock
  4. Averaging down
  5. Falling in love with the stock
  6. Blindly following
  7. Over trading
  8. Panic a lot and being impatient
  9. Relying on others
  10. Overconfidence
  11. Trading without any plans and changing very often
  12. “Get Rich Over-Night” thinking
  13. High ego
  14. HOPE – WISH – FEAR – PRAY cycle
  15. Day dreaming on profits
  16. Lack of focus
  17. Not being open to new ideas

Qualities that make a good trader

Let us find some rules / ways of becoming a better day trader or investor in the market

  1. Independent thinkers
  2. Strong analysts
  3. Active learners
  4. Handy with many tools of the trade

An informed trader or investor will generally be a profit-maker. Staying informed about different types of strategies, analysis is crucial. Most importantly he is able to learn from his trading mistakes. Trust your research without going over confident and that will pay off.

Following these kinds of some rules and not repeating these trading mistakes would put you in a different position. It would put you in a profitable position during these challenging and ever-changing markets that can be rewarding.

Happy Trading!

Vaibhav Vora

Vaibhav Vora

Vaibhav holds a Finance MBA degree. A calm and peace loving person, he enjoys listening to soft music.

  • mukund

    like the points

  • Amarnath Pradhan

    Excellent Written…..

  • Rajesh Sharma

    Dear Vaibhav, very nicely written. Congrates !!

    I would like you to incorporate on essential tools required for day/positional traders. it will benefit many like me who are in the mid of starting.

  • ram

    lost lot om money. want to make it. need your wisdom advise pl thanks

  • John Ramesh

    Good and perfect points to know where i stand

  • SMJ Network

    very good