Reblog: The 6 Stages Of A Trader’s Development Part 1
Stage One: The Clueless Trader
- Heard of a day trader making millions, or buying options is safe and can make you rich quickly
- Beginner Luck in first few trades.
- You will buy just to see the market reverse and you will short just as the market starts to rally. Someone is tracking my trades and making me lose money.
- Most of your trades are done emotionally. You buy just because the markets feel strong without any logical reason
- You have no clue how the mechanics and psychology of trading works. What’s worse? You are not aware that you don’t know.
- Most traders will blow their entire account multiple at this stage.
- Mostly you start your trading in fag end of bull market
- You will spend more time finding a broker charging least brokerage.Tracking World Markets, Bitcoins instead of making a trading plan for next day.
- A big majority of people will leave trading and blame the randomness of markets, or say markets are always manipulated
- You don’t know what is short selling or have never tried it, no idea of stop loss as well
- You are in the unconscious incompetence stage, at this stage, your capital is at maximum risk
Stage Two: The Rookie Trader
- At this stage you have lost enough money to realize what you are doing is completely wrong. In other words, you start to realize that you don’t know.
- You will then devour every trading book available.
- Your search for magic indicator and the holy grail starts here
- You will memorize every technical pattern known to man. You will read about the ADX, moving averages, Fibonacci lines, pivot points, MACD, Bollinger Bands, channels, GANN etc.
- You will plot them on your charts and spend hours looking for an indicator that works
- You will be extra confident now, thinking you have found the magical technical indicator
- Yet, you still continue to lose money every day. You realize that your indicators are lagging and that every other new trader is probably looking at the same thing.
- You realize that you are the loser and think about quitting trading. 50% traders leave trading at this point
- You are in the conscious incompetence stage.
Stage Three: The Developing Trader
- You start to realize the amount of work required and the immense learning curve that you must overcome to understand the markets, maximum pessimism is experienced here
- At this point, traders may find it overwhelming and quit. Stronger minded traders will push their motivation harder to start their second spurt of knowledge
- Hunger for Knowledge and passion is needed to clear this stage
- You will ask a thousand questions and bug every professional trader you meet. You will read a thousand day trading articles
- You will start paper trading, develop strategies and setups, and define risk parameters for every trade
- You will go on a hunt for self-understanding to master your psychological game
- You will visualize every possibility on a trade before you take it.
- This is the true learning phase. You are trying hard to develop your edge in trading.
- Everybody claims their ideas lead to profitability, but every time you take a trade, it’s a loser, even though the setups all worked perfectly before you played them.
This article appears in 2 parts and will be continued in the next post. It is authored by Mastermind, Bramesh Bhandari and is available here.