What should beginner traders do

In the beginning due to lack of understanding of how markets work and how real traders make money ,  you can end up believing in anything. Which can lead to loss of time , money and opportunity.

First thing a beginner trader should do is to try and master a simple setup. Focusing on only one simple setup will help you gain confidence and help you develop skills faster.

Trading a setup in existing established trends is one of the good starting point for beginner trader. Once a stock established a trend it offers you a choice of breakout or pullback setups. There are many variation of these setups but they essentially look for either a momentum burst in existing trend after a period of consolidation or buy during low volatility consolidation/pullback in trends. Typically buying first pullback or consolidation after a trend is established is a simple trade setup. That also ensures you are not buying extended setup.

Simplicity is very important in the beginning phases. That means avoiding piling on too many indicators on your chart or making too many rules for your scans. Simplicity will also allow you to understand each of the indicator you use.

Beginner trader need to put themselves in situation where they have time to consider every detail of the setup they are trading and trade they are making . Simple setup will allow you to plan all elements of the trade.

Consistently trading one setup using consistent process for few months will help you perfect it. That is how a small edge becomes unique edge.

If you study the Market Wizards most took around 10 years to put together a complete method. Many blew up couple of times before that.

What happened during that period is they had many beliefs and assumptions that got shattered or changed.

Your objective should be :

1. reduce that timeframe from ten years to few months. It took me around 2 years to be profitable

2. don't blow up during learning phase. never lost original capital during learning phase. In fact multiplied the original capital multi fold

3. reject lot of hypothesis . hundreds of hypothesis I have rejected

4. find out what actually real traders use. This is the most important thing.

5. find how trades really make money.

6. Don't spend crazy amount during the learning period

7. Innovate around indicators and patterns. Obvious things do not work

8. Talk in person to real trader . You will learn more that way.

9. Get hold of actual  trades of real traders with entry exit and more importantly position size to understand how they really make money as against how you believe they make money

10. Try lot of things without blowing up 

1 comment:

shyam said...

Good to know your learning time was 2 years. Very good. I have been trying to learn futures trading for last 10 years and only recently I am seeing some turnaround from always losses to always profits by trading the given well defined setup. I also realized
this works best when you apply this to only one asset and stick to it. I tried to use it on many assets and it gets confusing as what works for one will not work for other asset as each has its own fundamental macro running.