Do You Have a Solid Trading Plan?
Written by Forrest Crist-Ruiz
As the stock market corrects and potentially forms a new trend, traders who don’t have strict plans might be wondering what to do next.
So far, many symbols along with the market are not dipping like many expected and people are either realizing large losses or sticking to their trading plan.
The rules created through trial and error allow successful traders to not only make money, but also keep it when times get tough, and volatility increases.
While there can be many pieces to a puzzle, here are three important pieces every trader must have when creating a successful trading plan:
1. Know why you entered a trade.
This might sound simple but, defining the trade will allow you to know if the trade is or isn’t working correctly.
For instance, if you bought a dip, you would be looking for a quick pop-up in price.
Another example would be if you bought a symbol on a breakout.
If the price is not holding over the breakout level, the initial trade idea could be wrong.
Once you realize the trade isn’t behaving as you originally expected this give you the opportunity to exit the trade early or figure out the next best way to manage the position.
2. Always have a risk point or stop loss level.
Before you put a trade on you need to pick a price level that if broken you will exit the trade no matter what.
If you don’t pick a concrete price level, you could easily take large losses as you question your exit price.
Many traders make more losing trades than winning trades, however, since they control their losses, they can still come out profitable in the long run.
3. Pick a trading style.
Many traders constantly switch their trading styles with rules, indicators, and more.
In order to build consistent trading profits, you will need to narrow your focus into one trading style.
Jumping from one to the next is great when you’re first exploring how you want to trade, but you will never get a chance to fully test out the rules you have created if your style continues to change.
Many traders get stuck in a loop of trying something for only a short amount of time before deciding it doesn’t work or that they would rather trade another way.
Therefore, keep these three points in mind on your trading adventure as many trading traps lurk in these areas.
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