June 10: Could This Be The Huge Winning Stock Trade Youíve Been Dreaming Of

Itís why we all signed up for the battle against the markets

In the beginning, when we learn about a stock trade, we read an article or saw a sales leaflet about a guy who took his last few dollars and parlayed it into millions in the markets.

It usually involved a simple secret that when revealed to you (for a few hundred dollars), you could have the same success.

Most of the time, we would chuck the article/leaflet into the trash as garbage, but at some low ebb in our psyche, the article read like the answer to our prayers.

Most of us joined the fray for the big hit.

Whether we 1-2-3-counted with Ken Roberts, waved with Prechter, seasoned with Bernstein, or banded with Bollinger, we all soon realized that if we were going to stay in the game, we needed something more than desire and a dream…

We needed a back-tested system that we could have confidence in.

We realized that we needed to take our emotions out of trading and look at trading like a professional… like a job.

Now, that doesnít mean we canít have fun, because winning traders enjoy their jobs like no others.

So, we either adopted a guru, inspected his archives of stock trades (thatís back-testing, right?) and watched him/her live for a while before jumping in, or we bought software to test a system we thought could work.

Our system in hand, we saddle up to the computer.

We have stops to defend against losing too much in one stock trade and we have limits to make sure we take our profits when our system tells us to.

After a mix of stock trades over the first few weeks, we hit on a big one.

The news confirms that we are geniuses and we are quickly heading to our profit target.

In fact, weíre just ticks away. Hey, this heat wave is bigger than anyone expected.

Thereís no way beans (or that stock or currency) are NOT going to the teens!

Iíll lift my limit and keep my eye on it.

Market closes 5 cents above the (former) profit target.

Iím getting good at this. Iím really developing a market Ďsenseí.

You decide youíll put a stop right at your (former) profit target, so that if the market backs off, youíll take your profit where you were going to anyway. (OK, reader, you know whatís coming).

Rain in the plains overnight.

Soybeans open 26 lower. Stopped out.

Your genius turned a nice winner into a nice loser.

What happened?

The same thing that happened when you read that original ad that got you involved in all of this… You let your emotions take over.

If youíre still trading after a few years, it either means you have very deep pockets or youíve learned to control your emotions and take the profit your system tells you to.

Youíre going to need them to overcome all the losses … and become the winner you know you can be.

By Norman Hallett

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