Alexander Elder, M.D., is a professional trader and a teacher of traders. He is the author of Trading for a Living, considered a modern classic among traders. First published in 1993, this international best-seller has been translated into more than a dozen languages and is being used to educate traders around the world. His Come into My Trading Room: A Complete Guide to Trading was named a 2002 Barron’s Book of the Year. His Entries & Exits: Visits to 16 Trading Rooms was named a 2007 SFO Magazine Book of the Year. His latest book is The New Sell & Sell Short: How to Take Profits, Cut Losses, and Benefit from Price Declines (2011). Dr. Elder was born in Leningrad and grew up in Estonia, where he entered medical school at the age of 16. At 23, while working as a ship’s doctor, he jumped a Soviet ship in Africa and received political asylum in the United States. He worked as a psychiatrist in New York City and taught at Columbia University. His experience as a psychiatrist provided him with unique insight into the psychology of trading.
1 Don’t be too anxious to trade early in the pit session when we are opening within the prior pit session’s range. When we open in balance, more information, via time, is usually better. When you feel that you are afraid you are going to miss the trade, it is more than likely an impulse trade; impulse trades usually do not yield positive results.
People are always looking for the ‘real’ secrets of trading success, but mental biases have them looking in the wrong places and at the wrong things. Consequently, they search for great entry systems that they think will help them pick the right stock. Picking the right stock has nothing to do with success and neither does the accuracy of your stock picking. (more…)
Let’s talk about trading strategies. How to get an advantage over other players? Statistics show that 80-90% of people lose their money on results of year. Basically, because they disregard the rules of risk management; the absence of a clear idea of the market nature also plays some role.