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Tips On Becoming A Successful Stock Market Trader

Jul 17, 2008
Stock market investment is a very difficult business to predict, and people who are able to act according to their instincts are frequently the successful ones.
Every person, including the successful stock trader, is human and consequently makes mistakes.

However the successful stock trader:

-Adopts one specific system for managing his investments in the stock market, and then sticks to it consistently.

-Knows when is a good time to invest in a particular stock and even more importantly when is the best time to sell.

-Takes calculated risks, and minimizes his potential loss by waiting for a while after money has been lost, rather than buying or selling in a panic reaction.

-Is aware of and admits his mistakes, and is not ashamed of them but able to use them to his advantage in future transactions.

-Is able to analyse stocks critically, and knows how to carry out some basic and technical forms of analysis of the stock market.

-Is disciplined and patient, going through the necessary processes with practiced ease, and knowing when to get out of a particular investment.

-Is in charge of his situation, practicing mental discipline and strategic thinking.

-Has a strong desire to succeed.

-Learns from his mistakes, and moves on from them; the next time he is in a similar situation he will know better, and will be able to turn the mistake into profit by making use of what he has learnt.

-Protects the original investment; this is in fact his main and most important aim. His secondary aims are to manage and increase his profits. Sometimes there is very little to choose between a good decision and a bad one, but the successful trader knows the difference, and also knows when and how to act.

-Does not listen to gossip, rumors or tips when it comes to shares and investments in the stock market, but instead trusts in and follows his own judgment. He does not make decisions based on sentimental attachments with certain types of stocks or businesses.

-Knows his own abilities, weaknesses and strengths, and works within them.

-Knows his investments in detail.

-Plays it safe whilst also taking calculated risks.

-Most importantly, acts within the limits of the law, and the rules of operating on the stock market, because he is aware that this is the only way he can be successful, and also of the dangers of illicit trading practices.
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Alexander West holds the Financial Planning Certificate. One of his passions is learning and teaching people about finances. To read the rest of the article and to join others creating more wealth in their lives clicking here
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