9 Mistakes Great Traders Never Make

In order to be a great trader you have to perform like a well oiled machine.  There is no room for error.  A momentary lapse of concentration or focus can spell disaster. Great traders DON”T MAKE MISTAKES.  You will never see them…..

  1. Try to close a position but accidentally DOUBLE it instead.
  2. Put a swing trade on and realize AFTER the close that earnings are coming soon. Like the next morning.  Before the market opens.
  3. Buy the CALLS in a stock that is breaking out at what they think is a bargain price, only to find out later that they actually bought the PUTS.
  4. Constantly drive by their ex girlfriend’s house to see if she is dating that idiot biker guy with the tats who will never love her the way they would….
  5. Knock off early for the day to go rollerblading, sure that they put a hard stop in on their position before they left (but didn’t).
  6. Be so quick on the trigger that they get a trade down in $AAPL at the open before a 20 point run.  Then realize that they actually bought $APPL.
  7. Continuously hit the “submit” button on their trading platform when their order “hangs up” only to find out that they bought their position eight times.
  8. Listen to the whole “Best of WHAM” album online, unaware that Spotify is auto-posting that info to their Facebook timeline.
  9. Think they have a “one cancels other” limit and stop in place and take a long lunch after their position hits it’s profit target.  Then come back later in the day only to learn that price reversed, hit their stop (making them net short), and then rallied.

By the way, I am a great trader because as far as you know, I haven’t made seven out of nine of those mistakes, including number three just yesterday.

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Brian C. Lund

Brian C. Lund

Great father. Good friend. Decent trader/writer. Lacking husband. Solid drummer. Sometimes funny. Often A-hole. Terrible poker player. Too smart. Punk rock. Work in an ice cream shop.

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