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day trading and mentoring

June 22, 2008 2 comments

As a trading mentor or “coach” my days can sometimes be very frustrating or fantastically rewarding. Do you think you could learn how to drive by reading a map? Let’s think about it for a second. You buy a Hagstroms map and before you get in the car that you have never driven before you write down all the turns and distances you have to go.

You write out exactly turn right here, then go this distance and turn left here and this will get you exactly to where you want to go. All that is required is that you follow the map. OK now get in the car.

Well what about learning how to manage different driving scenarios? Lot’s of traffic, no traffic, an accident, the rain or snow; you get the idea. In order to learn how to navigate through these circumstances safely you need to get out there and drive, you need experience.

The map will only give you a sense of the direction, you will need to learn how to make adjustments. This is the same as going home every night and reading hundreds of stock charts. Every night you go home and say “oh why didn’t I see that? If I only read more charts I will then know how to trade!!”

I think you get the picture, this is where the whole frustrating/rewarding side of my day comes into play. you can’t teach experience. I absolutely can mentor/coach traders through circumstances so that the many different scenarios will eventually become their own experience.

This week the light bulb went off for many new trainees on our NYC trading desk. They are starting to understand:

  • you have to trade to learn how to trade, it is imperative you learn from your trades it is the only way to improve
  • charts only give you ideas, you to learn adjust after you place the trade
  • there is no perfect set up that will always work, there is no perfect exit and entry

Assess probability, place the trade, know what you will do know matter what happens, let the trade unfold, do what you said you would. That’s all there is to trading.

I love when they finally start to understand YOU DON’T NEED TO KNOW WHAT IS GOING TO HAPPEN NEXT TO MAKE MONEY, YOU NEED TO KNOW WHAT YOU ARE GOING TO DO NEXT NO MATTER WHAT. 🙂

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day trading: the best advice I ever got

June 2, 2008 1 comment

When a new trader comes into the stock trading business they very often have the misguided view that you have to “be right” to make money. As a day trader your goal is to make money from very short term price fluctuations. The term day trader itself implies that you will limit your profits. You have chosen to not expose yourself to over night risk. There is nothing wrong with this, you have a plan thats good.

The part of the equation you must be very focused on is making good money when those short term oopportunities present themselves. You must be ready. So wile you are trading in this short term window you must manage share size aggresively all day and every trade. Day trading is not a passive activity, you must be procative with share size on every trade.

What was the best advice I ever got? “Have the right share size at the right time.” Push your share size on good trades and be very procative cutting back share size when the trade stalls out or does not do what you expected in a reasonable amount of time.

Until next time Have a great week.

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