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How Behavioral Conditioning Impacts Your Trading. Automatic patterns, otherwise known as default patterns of thinking, feeling and doing are conditioned programs that are linked to beliefs and thought preferences and they quite often can work against you.

How Behavioral Conditioning Impacts Your Trading

Behavioral conditioning begins from your earliest days of being with family, teachers, counselors, coaches and all manner of authority figures. These conditioned behavior patterns, or responses to reoccurring events, represent all that you have learned and/or experienced throughout your life. When they are triggered, these automatic or default patterns continue until the situation is over; that is unless you intervene in some way.

Of course, all conditioned behavior patterns are not negative or bad. It is vital, however, to recognize and adjust negative automatic default patterns that are conflicting with your ability to follow-through in your trades. You cannot modify a negative default pattern if you are not aware of the thoughts, emotions and behaviors that comprise it. How to “Trade What’s In front of You” Working By Playing: Can We Become More Creative? TraderFeed: A Three Question Self-Assessment for Traders. Forex Trading Room - Learn From and Chat With Real Traders. By Boris Schlossberg Over the last few months of summer I have been daytrading particularly, registering only 2 losing days over the past 40.

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(This sentence will no doubt now curse me) But at the risk of tempting fate I thought I would put to paper 5 things that I have been doing differently that I believe made all the difference. Pare your focus. As I mentioned in my earlier columns I only trade 6 currency pairs -- EUR/USD, USD/JPY, GBP/USD, AUD/USD, NZD/USD and USD/CAD. DISCIPLINE Why You Don’t Have It. And How to Get It.

Why You Don’t Have It.

DISCIPLINE Why You Don’t Have It. And How to Get It.

And How to Get It. It’s the “thing”. When you break it down and cut out all the noise, all the talk about trading systems, EAs, psychology, money management and risk management, what trading really comes down to is discipline. How To Eliminate Emotions from Trading. Psychology plays a significant role in trading as it does in a game of poker, or even in athletics, such as tennis or football.

How To Eliminate Emotions from Trading

Mastering the psychology of trading is one of the most difficult elements of learning how to trade on the market. Besides gaining the basic knowledge of the market structure and the ability to understand how the economic machine works, the idea of trading, in the end, is to avoid losing. The ability to control your emotions and maintain discipline is the most important skill you should develop. A trader must learn to contend with market challenges of individuals and the crowd psychology in order to progress from a novice to an expert.

If you want to make profits when investing in different asset classes, such as currencies, indices, equities, commodities, or bonds, you have to understand that trading is primarily a game of psychology. Trading Psychology vs. Sports Psychology. Trading is a long-term process and a cyclical pattern of both ups and downs.

Trading Psychology vs. Sports Psychology

Invariably, nobody is immune to having a bad day, making a bad decision, or experience a negative result – however, when these happen our true character comes out. The first question to ask yourself is what do we do when the going gets tough? Do we stop and wait for ‘better market conditions’, or do we identify our mistakes, sort through them, find solutions, and ultimately move on? In my trading practice, sometimes taking a week off can sap you of a much-needed impetus to open trades and follow a detailed plan, disrupting a seemingly fragile routine.

How Fixed Income Securities Affect Currency Movements. A quick recap: So far, we’ve discussed how differences in rates of return can serve as an indicator of currency price movement.

How Fixed Income Securities Affect Currency Movements

As the bond spread or interest rate differential between two economies increases, the currency with the higher bond yield or interest rate generally appreciates against the other. Much like bonds, fixed income securities are investments that offer a fixed payment at regular time intervals. Economies that offer higher returns on their fixed income securities should attract more investments. This would then make their local currency more attractive than those of other economies offering lower returns on their fixed income market.

For instance, let’s consider gilts and Euribors (we’re talking about U.K. bonds and European securities here!). How Bond Yields Affect Currency Movements. A bond is an “IOU” issued by an entity when it needs to borrow money.

How Bond Yields Affect Currency Movements

These entities, such as governments, municipalities, or multinational companies, need a lot of funds in order to operate so they often need to borrow from banks or individuals like you. When you own a government bond, in effect, the government has borrowed money from you. You might be wondering, “Isn’t that the same as owning stocks?” One major difference is that bonds typically have a defined term to maturity, wherein the owner gets paid back the money he loaned, known as the principal, at a predetermined set date. Also, when an investor purchases a bond from a company, he gets paid at a specified rate of return, also known as the bond yield, at certain time intervals.

Bond yield refers to the rate of return or interest paid to the bondholder while the bond price is the amount of money the bondholder pays for the bond. Now, bond prices and bond yields are inversely correlated. How Bond Spreads Between Two Countries Affect Their Exchange Rate. The bond spread represents the difference between two countries’ bond yields.

How Bond Spreads Between Two Countries Affect Their Exchange Rate

These differences give rise to carry trade, which we discussed in a previous lesson. By monitoring bond spreads and expectations for interest rate changes, you will have an idea where currency pairs are headed. Psychological Trauma Through Financial Loss. Financial investment is an inviting prospect to many but can be risky.

Psychological Trauma Through Financial Loss

Investors can stand to lose more than just money if things don’t go according to expectations. This article looks at the cost to the investor in terms of their mental wellbeing, and the psychological trauma incurred when investment goes wrong. It also offers a solution for those affected by such a trauma, in Spectrum Therapy. Reasons why individuals invest: • the excitement, buzz and adrenaline release • the competitive element, feeling of achievement, positive high emotions • the thrill of risk taking or investing large sums of money.

Naked Forex High Probability Techniques for Trading Without Indicators by Alex Nekritin. Beat the Forex Dealer. FX Trader Magazine. Practical exercises for managing emotional states, developing focus and conditioning positive trading behaviours In the heat of the markets it is your mental and emotional state that makes the real difference to your trading performance.

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If you take a moment to reflect on your own trading experience you can probably think of many examples of when your thoughts or your emotions got in the way of your trading performance, when you took actions that prior to, and in hindsight, you know you shouldn’t have done. Trader Training, part 1. Exercise : Resiliency Rating Self-Assessment Answer each one of the following statements either TRUE OR FALSE 1. I have future trading goals which I feel motivated and excited about achieving. Trader Training, part 2. Trading presents you with much challenge, pressure and often periods of adversity. Traders lose, they make mistakes, they encounter tough periods in the market, they go through drawdown and they have setbacks.

What separates those who ‘bounceback’, who keep going and eventually make it through and those who get beaten by their situation? Toughness – resilience is the deciding factor. “I can think of no psychological characteristic more important to long-term trading success than psychological resilience. Trader Training, part 3. The research done by Martin Seligman (Learned Optimism 1990) suggests that individuals with an optimistic explanatory style not only consistently outperform those with a pessimistic explanatory style but are also happier and live longer. An optimistic explanatory style, particularly about bad events, encourages perseverance: pessimistic people are more likely to lose confidence and motivation after a poor performance than optimists, and encouraging optimism in traders can therefore lead to perseverance which is of course a key part of resilience. With pessimistic traders when a negative event occurs - for example, a big loss; a sustained period of drawdown; making an error; and so on - then their explanatory style would promote less perseverance, and may be result in those traders not achieving their full potential.

How do you currently deal with setbacks? What meaning do you give to mistakes, losses, setbacks? FX Trader Magazine. Where High Performance Meet Winning at professional sport… Profitable financial trading… Successful poker... What is the connection? The answer is that there are many different connections between the three which I have been able to see first hand in my work as a former sports psychology consultant who has for the last six years specialized in working with financial traders and more recently added poker players to the roster as well. How to Trade the News Effectively. Dealing Desk vs. No Dealing Desk Forex Brokers.

Technical Analysis. For starters, we greatly appreciate the opportunity to present our work in FX Trader Magazine for the first time. We have been familiar with the publication for years, and we know that many of our clients – hedge funds, family offices, institutions, brokers, and traders worldwide - are readers. 14 Professional Traders Answer: How Do You Deal With Emotions In Your Trading? Fear, greed and hope ... psychology explains FX behaviour. EWP contends that expectations rather than “news” that determines market pricesPsychological rather than technical factors usually decide trading successEmotions – such as fear, greed, hope and even despair – play a big part in tradingBy Max McKegg At the core of the Elliott Wave Principle (EWP) is the premise that collective trader behaviour, as manifested in the underlying market price, moves in a continual and never ending sequence from optimism to pessimism and back again, within ever expanding and contracting degrees of wave progression – and that it is this phenomenon that depicts the mass human psychology of people and their behaviour en masse.

Therefore, the EWP contends that it is not “the news” per se which determines market prices, but the expectations of traders and other market participants to the news that has the greatest influence. The Importance of Understanding WTF We're Doing as Traders. I noticed that Bruce Bower, via SMB, has posted on the topic of what a winning trading methodology looks like and has released an e-book on the topic.

Building Upon Your Signature Strengths: What Are You Good At? Why Being Flexible Is Important in Forex Trading. Updated from its original posting on 27-01-2010. Why Do Disciplined Traders Make Bad Decisions? We've all known traders who lack self-control. They react rather than act, making decisions impulsively, often based on those twin fears of missing out and losing money. Forex education: Sideways breakout trading. Some of the fastest money in the FX market. A sideways range bound market is like a spring. Every time the range is tested, the coil notches tighter.

Three Things We Can Do To Boost Our Trading Performance. Adding Vision to What You See in Markets. 5 Things You Must Have In Your Forex Trading Journal. The Price Action Trigger. The Three Tenets of Price Action. The Most Important Price Action Formation is Indecision. Why Price Analysis Is Meaningless. Your Belief System is Your Trading System. The Brain's Role in Trading Performance. The Price Action Cheat Sheet. How to Cope with Trader's Block.

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How a Range Strategy Can Make Sideways Markets Tradable. 3 Tips to Make the Most Out of Your Trade Journal. How to Trade a Double Bottom in Forex. Grit, Self-Control, and Mental Toughness: The Psychology of Trading Process. Trading Strategies Based on Volume, Part 2: Confirming Trends. What Volatility Means for Your Trading Psychology. Forex Trading Room - Learn From and Chat With Real Traders. Trading is Sometimes Not What You Think. The Ten Things I Learned Trading The Last Ten Years. Traders Who 'Grind It Out' Succeed.

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Psychology of Forex Trading – Part 1. Learn To Maximize Your Trading In Forex. The Ultimate Forex Trade Entry 'Trick' You Need To Master. How to Adopt a Positive Trading Mentality. Learn Forex: 3 Benefits of Using Entry Orders. The Often Neglected Exit Strategy In Forex Trading — MahiFX. Learn Forex: The Truth About Trading. Becoming a Fearless Forex Trader. Top Trading Mistakes. 3 Tips to Make the Most Out of Your Trade Journal. EdMatts : "I'm no better than the next ... Live To Trade Another Day. 5 Forex Psychology Questions from Newbies Answered by Experienced Traders.

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