Avoid Missing Trades: Smart Trading 101

Emotions, rumors, or the desire to capitalize on the next hot trend drives many investors. Sometimes, however, many are hesitant to risk and, therefore, keep mission out on opportunities that might have brought huge profits. It is vital to remove barriers to success in order to influence investors’ behavior and enable them to prosper.

Continue reading to find out how to identify and eliminate any barriers for successful trading.

Availability Bias

Making decisions based on the most recent information is referred to as availability bias. In other words, when faced with a problem, you make decisions based on the first thoughts that spring to mind.

What you most quickly recall isn’t always true, but your mind tends to believe it is. Research and thorough digging can typically detect any mistakes, which is why traders are encouraged to personally examine facts and numbers before trading with such material.

Personal experience has the disadvantage of being the most easily accessible data source, but it often relies on tiny amounts of data. That’s why you should always do your research and test any strategy before deciding it’s worthless.

Loss Aversion

Our minds perceive a loss to be more substantial than an equivalent gain. We don’t want to throw away what we already have. As a result, when we have a negative deal, we may try to postpone understanding that loss. We expose ourselves to even greater losses by refusing to cut our losses.

We justify it by claiming that the trade will turn around in our favor, so we increase the distance between our stop loss and the entry point. However, if your initial appraisal of the trade was true, a move below your stop level indicates that you were incorrect about the transaction, and you could lose a lot more money if you stayed in the trade.

Don’t be afraid of losses; even if you have a lot of them, you can still gain profit. Rather than attempting to avoid losing transactions, prepare your exits before making the trade and stick to them.

Lottery Syndrome

Lottery syndrome is characterized by a desire for large payoffs but a lack of a well-defined plan. There are bets. Money is pushed into the market in the hopes of making a huge score, but more often than not, losses pile up.

The inaccuracy here is analogous to the availability bias. It’s easy to overlook the breadth of tradable assets and how you not only need to identify the correct one but also to trade it in precisely the right direction at precisely the right time.

Trading with the intention of making a fortune on a few transactions is a fool’s errand — experiment with trading popular market trends.

Money is made in these maneuvers, not in the mythical unicorn trade. And, if you’re used to managing ordinary market positions, you’ll be more prepared to handle a unicorn deal.

Knowledge Vs. Implementation

Our minds frequently persuade us that we can accomplish it if we want to.

There are several basic rules that traders should follow in order to succeed. Making a trading strategy, focusing on only one or two techniques, not deviating from the trading plan (so you can see what works and what doesn’t), and trading in a demo account until the plan becomes consistently profitable over many trades are all part of these instructions.

People get numb to this advice so often that they no longer consider them as true tips. Instead of adhering to these fundamental ideals, they embark on another information binge. More information is meaningless if it is not put to use. You must eventually stop searching and begin using what you have learned.


Trading isn’t about never missing a transaction or never losing a trade; quite the contrary. However, if you routinely miss trades and feel terrible about your trading, it is time to make some changes.

As traders, our number one “enemy” and “competitor” in the market is ourselves. How long it takes you to recognize, understand, and act on this will determine how long it takes you to start making money in the market. Today’s session recognized and addressed one area of trading in which people regularly “shoot themselves in the foot,” so to speak: missing out on profitable trades.


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