Profitable ETF Trading Strategies – Trading From the Zero-State

The words we use matter. Words have power to shape our outcomes and direct our way through the future. Language is connected to our deepest emotional centers and affects us in profound ways. Steven Pinker makes the point that it is the artifact of language which distinguishes us from other species far more than the physical fact of our opposable thumbs. 

Our language is our most powerful artifact. Our pattern making, adaptive, evolutionary brain manipulates these word symbols, loaded with deep seated layers of meanings and thereby creates the world that unfolds in our consciousness after the shaping has occurred in the subconscious. 

Imagine the following case, where a trader has researched and validated a particular strategy through a combination of rigorous  back-testing as well as live system prototyping. The system uses relatively tight stops in order to take advantage of short, sharp intraday moves. Over the past couple weeks, the trader has seen decisions to exit be immediately followed by reversals in the direction of the original trade. Because of the strategies lack of re-entry rules and criteria, he has had to stand aside and watch profits accumulate that are many multiples of his original risk. It has happened frequently enough that the experience is beginning to cloud his judgment with respect to future trade decisions to enter and exit. The trader says to himself: I can’t believe how stupid I am to be exiting and not re-entering. 

 Left unattended, the word stupid will sit and fester in the trader’s psyche, charged with negative emotions which accumulate until he reaches a threshold of built up emotional charge that triggers an extreme reaction at a most inopportune moment. 

The trader could have just as easily chosen the following words to characterize his behaviors and decisions: “I am grateful for the discipline, foresight and strength of character to adhere to my rigorously tested rules, which prevent me from exploding my account. I will add this new potential opportunity to my research list and discover whether or not I truly have an edge through re-entry or whether this is another example of the pattern matching brain’s selective memory that is in force.” 

I think you can readily see which self talk is healthy and professional and will lead to better future results, Choose your worlds carefully and install positive learning loop words. 

Option Trading Strategies

When we talk about option trading, it is usually about short term trading. Short term trading means we will rely heavily on technical analysis. Technical anaysis is based on price history. Those history is reflected through charts. Technical analysis tells us when price will likely to move.

Chart pattern in technical analysis is used because we assume that trend tend to repeat itself. Chart pattern is a formation on stock price which show signs of future price movements. It shows the relation between price and time. There are many types of charts like line chart which only shows closing price, bar charts which shows high, low, opening, and closing price.

There are a lot of chart patterns that you can learn. You might hear about these patterns: Hanging man, Shotting star, Inverted hammer, Bullish and Bearish Engulfing, Bearish and Bearish Harami, Pearsing Line, Dark cloud, Abondoned Baby, Three White Soldiers and Three Black Crows. If not don’t worry, I don’t know much about them too. I don’t use them. It’s like having lots of weapon, but don’t know which to use. I rely more on support and resistance line.

Support is a price level that the price of a stock will tend to stop going down and resistance is a price level that the price will tend to stop going up. When the price breaks the support line, it usually will go lower, and when price breaks the resistance line, it will usually go higher. Most of the break out are for real, but you should also be careful of false break out.

In addition, you also needs to learn about chart indicators like Williams %R, MACD, the Relative Strength Index (RSI), Stochastics and Fibonacci Retracement Lines to help you in your trading decisions. These indicators will act as confirmation for your trading.

Forex Trading Strategy – The Number 1 Mistake Most Forex Traders Make

Know what the number one problem most people make when it comes to Forex trading? They jump in head first without doing any research and without figuring out what they heck they want to do in the markets. In fact, I’m willing to bet that at least 50% of the people reading this article RIGHT NOW have already dove foolishly into currency exchange at least once in their life. Don’t lie to me, I know it’s true.

The key to success with Forex trading is having a strategy. There are many different proven strategies out there, all that matters is you choose one of them and stick with it. Chart out a plan of action and, here’s the kicker, STICK TO IT!

You need to figure out how you’re going to work the markets before you jump in there. Why before? Because once you are in the markets you are going to get really emotional and you will stop thinking clearly. We get emotional due to both success and failure, and both cloud our decision-making. Emotions are great! Just not when it comes to currency trading.

A lot of people don’t put together a plan because they are scared to. They feel worried that they aren’t smart enough to figure out how to act. But if you aren’t smart enough to figure out a strategy when you have time and space to do so, how well do you think you’re going to strategize when in the heat of the moment?

The fact of the matter is you don’t need to be smart to succeed at Forex. You don’t need to be smart to come up with a plan for trading currencies. Just follow the strategy of another Forex trader who was successful before you.

For example, using a strategy that revolves around trends is a great idea. Lots of people have made lots of money by noticing signals that correspond to a possible gain or loss in the market and then acting accordingly. Basically this strategy revolves around attempting to predict future movements by learning from pasty movements. Remember that old saw about history repeating itself? Might as well make some money from that insight.

Technical analysis also offers a practical avenue for Forex trading. Basically with this strategy you’ll just be making note of the crossover, the upsides and downsides of the market, to get a good idea of when to buy and when to sell.

No strategy that you could choose is going to perfect. You are going to lose some money no matter what, but with the right strategy you’ll gain a lot more. What’s most important is that you pick a strategy and you stick with it, no matter what happens in the market!