In this article we have compiled a series of useful trading tips that we believe can help you on your way to becoming a profitable trader.
We have included 45 tips among which you will not find miraculous tricks but most of the key points in which many traders make mistakes and therefore, if you manage to be able to identify them and act properly you can save yourself a significant amount of time, money and effort.
These tips are applicable to online trading with any financial instrument (Forex currency market, stocks, indices, raw materials, …) and are oriented to various aspects, not only from the point of view of the mental attitude you should keep when trading but also much more practical ones focused on your daily operations.
We hope that they help you.
Tips to succeed in Trading:
1- Take trading seriously, it’s not a game, it’s not a casino or a type of bet, it’s really a business.
2- You must leave your emotions out of this business. Greed or fear are very harmful. Much of the success in trading depends on psychological aspects. (Trading Psychology: The 5 keys to success).
3 – Do not think that you will get rich instantly or that it will be an easy road.
4- If your expectations are not realistic you will not get anywhere.
5- Do not think that it is impossible to succeed in trading. Practice, analyze and learn enough before making excuses and giving up.
6- You can read and try hundreds of strategies but it is very difficult for you to find the perfect strategy.
If you dedicate yourself to following too many strategies, you will saturate yourself with information and you will only get confused.
7- Try simple strategies and adapt them to your needs. Remember: Simplicity when trading is the key.
8- Start practicing on a demo account. (Brokers with free demo accounts).
9- Take the demo account seriously as if it were your money that is at stake.
10- To be a profitable trader there are no shortcuts: Work, discipline and patience.
11- Throwing yourself too soon into a real account is not smart.
12- Being afraid to launch yourself into a real account when you have been practicing for a long time is also not smart.
13- Understand the differences between a demo account and a real one.
14- Do not choose your online broker because it offers you the most aggressive promotion. Find a serious, reliable broker that fits your needs (How to choose the right online broker?)
15- Operate only with an amount of money you are willing to lose. If you consider trading as a solution to your economic problems your emotions will put you under a negative pressure that is not recommended.
16- Relativize the result and focus on learning and optimizing your strategy.
17- Do not despair when the market moves against your positions.
18- When you go to open a position: define your profit objective, always place your stop loss and remain calm, you have an exit plan whether things are going well or not.
19- Maintain your position even if it goes into losses. It is preferable to skip your stop loss (if you have to jump) and analyze that it has failed to close your positions prematurely for fear and not being able to analyze anything.
20- Let your benefits run until you reach the goal you have defined before opening the position. Do not close your profit positions early for fear of losing.
21- Do not try to guess how the market will behave.
22- Look for confirmation signs that the market is going in a certain direction and apply your strategy. Detecting the direction in which the market is is much easier than trying to predict what it will do in the future and trying to anticipate something that may not happen.
23- Your job is not to guess but to detect and take advantage of strong trading opportunities that are currently taking place.
24- Take into account the economic events and news that may affect your positions and your strategy. Have a good Economic Calendar on hand.
25- Your focus should always remain on your strategy, it is your tool for success.
26- You can’t pretend to win forever. Losses are part of the game and you must accept it or else you will only get frustrated and give up.
27- If you come from a losing streak, never try to challenge the market or take your revenge.