Are you Victim of Fear of losing ?

By | July 16, 2015

When you first learnt about the potential of trading, hearing lot of  rags to rich story, a normal person do get tempted and  probably venture towards trading.

But then, just before you started  trading, you heard stories of traders losing fortune and the Stock Market Scams of Harshad Mehtha, Ketan Parek and Satyam Scam . You probably heard of the large percentage of loss-makers and than fear sets in should we trade or not. Are market manipulated by the FII”s and Operators.

If you eventually managed to overcome that initial fear and traded, then you probably have to battle other fears each and every day. A common scenario is where you enter a trade on the prediction that it will go in a particular direction.

For example You took a trade in morning its making money for you as per your trading plan.After 1 hour trade achieves your intital target but it keep going up and up as per your plan.Then halfway into the trade, it starts losing. All of a sudden, your 10K gain of a few minutes ago has been reduced by 3K and sliding further downward.

If you give in to fear at this point, you will exit the trade to save the gains you had already made. Then a few minutes after you exit the trade, imagine seeing the gains returning and the trade closing just as you had initially predicted it would with 20K gain. Now that is how fear can ruin your trading and drain you psychologically.

There are various ways you can deal with fear and be a successful trader. Let me discuss few of them

1. Over Analysis of Trade.

One common mistake that most traders do is what is known as profit-counting. You enter a trade and sit at your work station staring at the computer screen watching the price-chart action of your trade.The problem with this is that when prices start moving in a direction different from what you had predicted, most traders tend to panic. This leads to illogical decisions such as exiting the trade early.

To avoid this, you should learn to simply walk away from your trades. Make your analysis, confidently enter your trades, set your stop loss and take profit levels, and simply walk away from that computer. More you analysis your trade more confusion will be created by your mind and which will lead to unnecessary panic.If you have taken a positional trade do not track trade every 5 mins, To make big money you need to give your trade time.

 

2.Do Not Trade To Be In the Market

One common mistake especially prevalent with traders is that most feel the urge to simply enter a trade just to be in the market.

They feel that no minute should be wasted and every moment presents an opportunity for lucrative trade. While this is true to some point, it does not make sense to enter trades only to lose money. You should only enter trades that you have confidence in.

The best way to overcome this strong urge to always be in a trade is to have a trading plan. That means you cannot just enter a trade if it does not fulfill the requirements set in your strategy. Before entering any trade, ask yourself two questions:

  1. Does the trade fall within the set guidelines of your trading strategy?
  2. Have you carefully conducted your analysis and have compelling reasons to believe the trade will be profitable?

Once you have convincingly answered yes to these questions, then you will have less fear of losing your investment in the trade.

3. Trade 2-3 Instruments in starting

Always try to trade in not more than 3 instruments at a time.

Once you have adequate experience and have mastered trading 3 instruments you can add on another and take just as much time practicing on it and mastering it before adding a fourth.One thing every  trader needs to understand is that every instrument is unique and each instrument  differently to market forces.

 

4. Do Not Hesitate

Trading is very much like a boxing match. Sometimes you have to just guard your face and watch your opponents action, but the moment you see your opportunity, you have to act right there and then without hesitation otherwise you will get knocked out.

You should not rush into trades, just do your analysis and wait for the opportune moment. However, when that moment presents itself, enter the trade without delay.Losing time in contemplation will see you losing precious moments and maybe by the time you finally make your decision, the price action may have turned in the opposite direction.

What about you? How have you learnt to overcome fear in trading? Enter your comments below to assist another trader struggling with this dangerous habit. We would love to hear your comments.

12 thoughts on “Are you Victim of Fear of losing ?

  1. virender singh

    MY ADVISE FOR TRADER WHO ARE EMOTIONALY VICTIMISED.
    1.REQUIRE A TRADING STRATEGY WHICH YOU HAVE BACK TESTED AND SOME PEROD OF TESTING IN LIVE MARKET.
    2.MONEY MANAGEMENT.SET DAILY MAX LOSS LIMIT,DAILY MAX TRADE,WEEKLY LOSS LIMIT…IF GO THROUGH A BAD TIME AND TAKE SOME BREAK.
    3.MOST IMPORTANT YOUR MIND SET ,NEVER SET HIGH EXPECTATION UNTILL YOU PROVE YOURSELF A COSISTENT PROFITABLE TRADER WITH PROPER STRATEGY OR TRADING PLAN. ONCE DECIDED FULL TIME TRADING SHIFT YOUR MIND SET LIKE A PROFESSIONAL BECAUSE ITS YOUR DAILY WORK DO NOT GET ATTACHED WITH EVERDAY PROFIT AND LOSS.

  2. Rakesh Sharma

    This is the MOST-EXPENSIVE and BITTEREST truth of my life — Options buying is a BIG NO for small-time retail trader.

  3. Bramesh Post author

    If you are small trader avoid trading in options and protect your capital

    Options are meant only for selling not for buying and thats to by professional.

  4. aajdaz

    today at 8650 i expected res. i wanted to buy 8400 put at 36. ideally what should be the stoploss. this trade is for intraday only. i am afraid (being very smalltrader) if it breaks 33. this is fear i want to overcome. this is practical example. please help.

  5. Rakesh Sharma

    If I had come across this advice about 6 months ago when I started trading, or to be precise day trading Nifty options, I would not have lost a lot of money. Very, very sane advice. A big thank you to Bramesh.

  6. durairajan

    i trade like this .always choose 2 hour candle with mm indicator .with gartley indicator. then i removed candles and sticks and lines in my chart .now in my chart –mm+gartley +price action line is visible .mm and gartley fibo gives me entry point and exit point.then i put sl- above set up is possitional banknifty setup.once i was in safe profitthen i will maintain 770 points as my tsl .this setup may go on till my mm and gartley gives exit point. close the computer and went away for my farm work .my mobile will give me message if my tsl or target hit.no tension.

  7. jeejo raveendran

    Those traders who stick to trading Nifty & Bank nifty only with defined technical parameters & indicators may knows that the index is trending & is in a multi year bull market making new new life time highs with taking consolidation and trending ways etc. So taking positional positions of index with technical parametered stop loss like 200 EMA etc or headging the profits with a contra positions at important selling levels or profit booking levels can control the fear of losing to some extent, here the profits will be no extraordinary but only normal levels . But in equity stocks any one wild swing say above 5% intradays will becomes a big catastrophic if it is against ur direction since even ur stop-loss may not get trigged in such a moves Sometimes.

  8. Nikhil Patel

    in positional trades & swing trades i have tried to overcome fear by setting a time target, of course price target is always there, but to avoid panic due to intraday fluctuations i have set time targets eg. if i enter Nifty swing/positional trade i set a time target that i want to be in this trade for atleast 4 days or 5 days, either i will take the trailing stop loss or i will stay in the trade for x number of days. so if Nifty moves in a small range i take trailing stop loss & if it goes in a trend 🙂 by shifting my focus from price to time i have been able to overcome fear & panic caused by intraday 50-80 point dips against my position. regular profit booking is always advisable & practiced 🙂

    Thanks & Regards
    Nikhil

  9. sumit

    sir any commodity trading tips like these…smeet

  10. srini

    Thanks for nice article sir.

    I am also victim of this emotion. I did lot of research and pick the CROMPTONGREAVES for positional trading. I enter at 171 and exit at 173. Actually my target is 184.

    I am trying to overcome this by using stop loss and trailing stop loss technique.

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