Psychology

YOU are the Holy Grail, Parts 1, 2 & 3 By, Libby Adams, Ph.D.

This article series was first published in 2008/2009 Part 1 What more common theme is there in trading than people looking for the Holy Grail? How many times do we hear these remarks from traders: “If I could JUST find the right system.” “If the market would just stop going sideways.”  “If I could just get the right entry.” The market goes up—some people are making money while others are losing money. The market goes down—some people are making money while others are losing money. How do we explain the discrepancy …

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Paradigm Shifts Part I: Your Beliefs on Wealth By, Van K. Tharp, PhD

Editor’s Note: Dr. Van Tharp’s content is timeless and our goal is to continue to share his material with our readers. Today’s feature is material from a past article. Without the proper mindset, the best financial strategies in the world are worthless. Many years ago, I taught an Infinite Wealth Workshop that covered a lot of financial strategies to attain wealth. Over the years, however, I have learned that abundance is an internal state and that external wealth flows out of that internal state. In the version of the Infinite Wealth …

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An Independent Trader Capitalizes on Their Strengths and Compounds Their Edges By, Gabriel Grammatidis

Independent Traders develop a unique way of trading based on their strengths and their weaknesses. They might trade the very same systems as others, but there might be quite a difference in how they actually trade them in the markets. Why is this so? Because, you as a trader wants to capitalize on your strengths and compound your edges all based on your individual trading game. What Characterizes an Independent Trader? As an Independent Trader, personal style is important. As more and more experience is gained with a trading system, …

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Video: The Top 10 Trader Challenges By, Gabriel Grammatidis

  Traders typically face very similar challenges as their peers. What makes the difference is being able to overcome them. Today, Gabriel shares his list of The Top Ten Trader Challenges – issues he’s seen time and time again – and then lends some useful beliefs to help you avoid failure.

Developing Top-Down Discipline By, Van K. Tharp, PhD

Editor’s Note: Dr. Van Tharp’s content is timeless and our goal is to continue to share his material with our readers. Today’s tip is material from a past article. One of the qualities of top traders is their total commitment to the trading process. And while I cannot give you the commitment that it takes to be successful as a trader, I do know of a process that helps build this kind of commitment. It’s called developing top-down discipline. You start with your desired dream life and your purpose in …

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It’s All About You By, Van K. Tharp

Editor’s Note: Dr. Van Tharp’s content is timeless and our goal is to continue to share his material with our readers. Today’s tip is material from a past article, “17 Steps to Becoming a Great Trader“. Although it’s difficult to grasp, did you know that nobody actually trades the market? Instead, you always trade your beliefs about the market. Keeping this in mind, among the steps Van has laid out for becoming a great trader, one is most critical: First, assess your beliefs about trading and about yourself. Today, let’s …

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Self-Sabotage in Trading is Not Pursuing Happiness By, Van K. Tharp, Ph.D.

Editor’s Note: This article was partially excerpted from the 2010 archives. Dr. Tharp wrote this article after developing a new workshop with exercises and processes designed to accelerate happiness. For the last ten years, I have relied on three different models to help people understand self-sabotage. The matrix model says, “You are programmed to do non-useful things and you must undo the programming.” While this model works, it cannot really explain a lot of things that I’ve observed in witnessing many transformations. In the second model, we experience self-sabotage when …

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Systems Need to Fit! By, Gabriel Grammatidis

Editor’s Note: This timeless tip was previously published in our Inbox Coaching. Many traders and investors are involved in the search for the “Holy Grail” with the goal to find the perfect trading system. Does it really exist? Yes, it does! However, you will not find the right indicator or a long-hidden set of trading rules looking “outside of you.” Van consistently maintained, time and time again, that the real key to trading success is “inside of you.” The systems you are trading (as well as the markets you trade) …

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Cause and Effect: Thinking Differently for Traders and Investors By, D. R. Barton, Jr.

When I was studying and training to get my degree in chemical engineering, the process of decision making was quite “yes or no”. Learn the rules of the physical world and then apply them. Learn how molecules combine and separate. Learn how mass and energy get transferred from place to place. Learn what is economical and what is not. And along the way, learn how to study hard and get a good passing grade—the higher the grade the better your job choices. However, once I was out of school and …

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The ABC Secrets That Prevent Overtrading By, Chuck Whitman

Every trader falls into one of two camps: the overtrader category or the afraid-to-trade category. My 30 years of training traders has taught me that, no matter a trader’s successes or struggles, every trader falls within one of these camps. When it comes to differentiating an overtrader from those afraid to trade, the distinguishing factor of the latter camp is their difficulty in pulling the trigger. Fearful traders don’t go broke quickly; they die a slow death. It’s the death of paying their living and trading expenses, with no trading …

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