Never underestimate the power of emotions and trading. While this might sound redundant, emotions play a much larger role in decision-making than most might like to admit, and crypto trading is no exception. In order to make successful decisions, traders need to avoid the emotional rollercoaster and learn to look at the markets objectively.
Here we will show you how to master the emotional pitfalls of decision-making when it comes to trading, a skill every successful trader has acquired at some point in their journey. Outlined below are several points one can incorporate into their trading practices, whether trading daily or once a month.
Outline your trading goals
Before you implement any of these strategies into your trading practices, first establish what your trading goals are. Are you looking to make small returns on short term trades, or are you looking to make smart decisions over a long period of time? When it comes to mastering emotional management in trading you will need to ensure that every decision is in the best interests of your ultimate goal.
Black and white
Learn to remove the grey areas when it comes to decision-making and view crypto trading in black and white, i.e. trade like a robot. By incorporating a systematic and rule-based approach to trading you can automatically alleviate the grey areas, this might include algorithms and computer-executed trading strategies.
Red light, green light
Colours play a huge role in our psyche and can often trigger an emotional response. For instance, if you see a big red candle this will likely stir feelings attached to danger, stopping and signs of warning. Don’t fall into the trap of allowing this to trigger you, and the same goes for seeing green candles. Don’t allow these colours to trigger your emotions and make decisions that deviate from your end goal.
Solidify a set of rules for your trading practices that provide unquestionable pathways through which you can trade. For example, set up entries, exits, risk limits and stop orders. Also look at establishing rules in advance around when to exit a trade if it moves favourably or unfavourably, and what your risk parameters are.
If a trade does not entirely meet all the predetermined criteria you established, do not enter a trade.
Take a break
If you’re on a bad streak, consider taking a break from trading activities to re-centre. This practice is used by risk managers on trading floors and is referred to as cut-offs. If a trader is experiencing a poor performance streak they will be moved to a demo trading model until they start to perform better, this also might include taking a break completely.
Self reflect on behavioural shortcomings
Dig deep to find what reactions you make when faced with emotions such as greed or fear. Attempt to learn as much as possible about your behavioural patterns when trading so that once triggered you can learn to recognise these patterns so as not to fall victim to your own emotional responses.
Don’t underestimate the power of balance as it plays an imperative role when it comes to clear judgement, reason and logic. When it comes to being a strong athlete, it’s imperative that the athlete needs to be in a good mental space too. The same runs true for being a strong trader, mental (and even physical) strength plays a strong role in overall balance and your ability to function optimally. These positive changes reverberate across all aspects of your life and can certainly have an effect on your trading endeavours.
Master emotional management in trading
Ultimately the most disciplined version of yourself will yield the best results when it comes to trading. Consider improving on all aspects of your life and then implement several strategies listed above and you should be well on your way to an incredibly successful trading path.
To learn more about this topic, consider reading “Trading in the Zone” by Mark Douglas and “The Psychology of Trading” by Brett N. Steenbarger.
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