Learn from your mistakes

“The single most important advice I can give anybody is: Learn from your mistakes. That is the only way to become a successful trader.”

David Ryan

Make it a habit to review all your trades once a month. Notice where you entered and ask yourself why did you initiated such a position. What was the underlying reason behind your move. Was it pure emotional reaction or strictly following a plan. What were your exit rules and how well did they help you to preserve capital and maximize profits. No other exersize will teach you more about your weaknesses and strengths.

Bottom fishing

I never try to buy a bottom or sell a top. Even if you manage to pick the bottom, the market can end up sitting there for years and tying up your capital. You don’t want to have a position before a move has started.”

Randy McKay