What was the ***last*** thing you had to master before becoming profitable?

Discussion in 'Psychology' started by Kovacs, May 27, 2009.

  1. The hardest and last thing I had to do to become a "good" trader was to wait and be able to take small losses.....

    All uphill from here...........LOL
    #21     May 27, 2009
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  2. torseaton


    I used to feel like I had to make trades often or I was being lazy... that lost me lots of $$$

    Now on a flat day I am fine making no trade at all.
    #22     May 27, 2009
  3. Make sure whoever's advice you buy on this forum, look to see how long they have been here, so you at least get an idea of how long they have been trading so you know if they know what they are talking about. Like if some guy who just registered on elite trader 6 months ago is telling you how he became profitable, dont trust it. If someone who registered in 2002 is telling you, he MIGHT be a bit more credible as he has withstood a good number of years with the market.

    Now with that said...the last thing i learned was not to put a large chunk of your cash in 1 trade and NEVER use margin I dont care if your account is 2000 dollars or 2,000,000 dollars. If you feel like you HAVE to use margin, then you dont have the emotional ability to trade. If you cant be patient with your gains, then be prepared to lose it all.

    IMO, the ONLY people that can use margin are the guys that have at least 250k in the bank and are trading 25k accounts. These are the guys that make a couple hundred K per year and are pulling cash out when they get their account to 100k or so.

    This advice is easy to give, but hard to listen to. Chances are you will be like the rest of us who had to blow our accounts(or blow a substantial amount of money) to find out what works for us or what trains us the best.
    #23     May 27, 2009
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  4. Totally agree -- the fewer trades I make, the more profits I seem to have at the end of the month
    #24     May 27, 2009
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  5. torseaton


    Please clarify for the 'newbie' here on the forums at least.

    Obviously using margin when you have no cash reserves for a margin call is nuts, but why not use it intra-day if you are a very active trader? More leverage controlled well can be a powerful boost. I understand overnighting and getting killed by interest on margin, I am talking only day trades...
    #25     May 27, 2009
  6. What was the ***last*** thing you had to master before becoming profitable?

    Reading and/or posting on www.elitetrader.com.
    #26     May 27, 2009
  7. What was the ***last*** thing you had to master before becoming profitable?


    The second to last thing.

    Every dog has his day.
    #27     May 27, 2009
  8. +1

    After spending 3 years going back and forth between WL and TS, finally found something I can committ my future, my clients future, and my children's future on. That's the hard part.
    #28     May 27, 2009
  9. bat1


    stop watching CNBC:p
    #29     May 27, 2009
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  10. I guess you said this to give yourself more credence. I was in college when you created your elitetrader account in 2005. Lol. I am profitable....been profitable for 2+ years now.

    The idea that someone's registration date on Elitetrader should be used as a proxy for credibility is ridiculous. The idea that because someone signed up 4 years ago that they have been trading for all 4 years is even more ridiculous.

    I didn't even read the rest of your post because your beginning logic was terrible.
    #30     May 27, 2009
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