20 Rules To Stop
1. Don't trust others opinions -
It's your money at stake, not theirs. Do your own analysis,
regardless of the information source.
2. Don't believe in a company -
Trading is not investment. Remember the numbers and forget the
press releases. Leave the American Dream to Peter Lynch.
3. Don't break your rules -
You made them for tough situations, just like the one you're
probably in right now.
4. Don't try to get even -
Trading is never a game of catch-up. Every position must stand
on its merits. Take your loss with composure, and take the next
trade with absolute discipline.
5. Don't trade over your head -
If your last name isn't Buffett or Cramer, don't trade like
them. Concentrate on playing the game well, and don't worry
about making money.
6. Don't seek the Holy Grail -
There is no secret trading formula, other than solid risk
management. So stop looking for it.
7. Don't forget your discipline -
Learning the basics is easy. Most traders fail due to a lack of
discipline, not a lack of knowledge.
8. Don't chase the crowd -
Listen to the beat of your own drummer. By the time the crowd
acts, you're probably too late…or too early.
9. Don't trade the obvious -
The prettiest patterns set up the most painful losses. If it
looks too good to be true, it probably is.
10. Don't ignore the warning signs -
Big losses rarely come without warning. Don't wait for a
lifeboat to abandon a sinking ship.
11. Don't count your chickens -
Profits aren't booked until the trade is closed. The market
gives and the market takes away with great fury.
12. Don't forget the plan -
Remember the reasons you took the trade in the first place, and
don't get blinded by volatility.
13. Don't have a paycheck mentality -
You don't deserve anything for all of your hard work. The market
only pays off when you're right, and your timing is really,
14. Don't join a group -
Trading is not a team sport. Avoid stock boards, chatrooms and
financial TV. You want the truth, not blind support from others
with your point of view.
15. Don't ignore your intuition -
Respect the little voice that tells you what to do, and what to
avoid. That's the voice of the winner trying to get into your
16. Don't hate losing -
Expect to win and lose with great regularity. Expect the losing
to teach you more about winning, than the winning itself.
17. Don't fall into the complexity trap -
A well-trained eye is more effective than a stack of indicators.
Common sense is more valuable than a backtested system.
18. Don't confuse execution with opportunity -
Overpriced software won't help you trade like a pro. Pretty
colors and flashing lights make you a faster trader, not a
19. Don't project your personal life -
Trading gives you the perfect opportunity to discover just how
screwed up your life really is. Get your own house in order
before playing the markets.
20. Don't think its entertainment -
Trading should be boring most of the time, just like the real
job you have right now.