It is an exciting feeling when you start trading. A lot of traders are filled with an internal desire to find some secret, big or small, that will give them the perfect edge in the markets, allowing them to fulfill their fiscal dreams. It is easy to get too focused on this quest of becoming the perfect trader; which is why caution is needed. The drive for perfection can create a disconnect between a trader and the markets, resulting in fear, frustration, and possibly even financial difficulties in their trading journey.
A lot of traders have asked, "does my personality affect my investing skills?" The answer is yes! Your personality should affect the basic building blocks of your investing strategy.
A fear that goes hand in hand with a fear of loss when trading is a fear of failure.
A 2014 study conducted by Babson College revealed how fear of failure stops some people from engaging in activities where failure is a possible outcome – including the activity of learning. The study concluded that the fear of failure negatively influences a person’s motivation to learn and their attitude toward learning.
One comment we hear a lot as traders is, "Oh, you trade Forex? Isn't that risky?" Unlike a fear of snakes or spiders, most of the fear people feel concerning the Forex markets stems from either a lack of information or a misunderstanding; however, instead of exercising a fear of risk you can try exercising risk as a tool to help you in your trading.
The Apiary Fund is helping people break the trading psychology barriers that are holding them back from success in the financial markets. Each week we’re focusing on a different psychological barrier to help you better see it and beat it!
Sometimes it seems like the market is out to get you; every trade you make goes against you like some sniper waiting to shoot you down. Rest assured that you are not alone in feeling this way. In fact, it is a common feeling among both seasoned and novice traders. It is possible to take on the markets and come out on top.
Because trading psychology is one of the most important aspects of our industry, we emphasize the need for emotional discipline. Now don’t get us wrong—you don’t have to be a robot to see success in your trading, but you certainly need to be in control of your emotions.