Trade to Survive, Not to be Profitable

Talking about trading, there’s one thing that I learned from a very good trader in Australia.

“You trade to survive, not to be profitable.”

What that means is, you need to set it clear in your mind that you are here to survive in the long run. Aim to preserve your capital first. Take the whole notion of profitability out of the equation for a little while. True, at the end of the day, profitability is all that matters but remember this, if you survive in the long run, profitability will be drawn to you automatically.

If you aim for profitability alone and you want it fast, that’s when impatience starts to kick in. This is then followed by greed. As a result, self destructive behaviour will start to take control.

Moral of the story: Patience is virtue.

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The two B’s in Trading (Equities, Derivatives)

I’m not too sure whether I got this from a book or I thought of it myself. Anyhow, in trading, I believe that you need to possess the two B’s. What are they? Well, they are:

1. You need to be BOLD

Being bold is indeed very important in trading. You need to be able to make out what’s happening with the market, be if you’re a believer in fundamental analysis or technical analysis. Often also, you need to make split second decisions.

2. You need to have BALLS

Being gutsy is also very important. Without this quality, you’ll freeze in front of the monitor, I promise you that. Plus, you need a lot of bravery to see your trading money whipsawing every other day.

So, if you’re a trader out there, do you possess these two qualities? As for me, I still need to do a heaps of work in expanding my BOLDNESS and enlarging my BALLS, so to speak 😉

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