3 Critical Day Trading Mistakes And How To Avoid Them

By: Reggie Dunn

Ah, the day trading profession - it's the perfect job, right? You can work when and where you want. You have freedom and independence. You answer to no one but yourself. All this sounds great and there is no doubt that day trading can be a very lucrative and rewarding career, but let's take a look at the cold hard facts. Nearly 80% of those who attempt day trading will fail. Trading accounts are lost every single day because of trading too much, taking illogical risks or just plain ignorance.

Don't get me wrong, you can make substantial profits at day trading. There are many successful day traders out there that are making a nice living year after year. In order to have the greatest chance of success, there are several mistakes that must be avoided:

1. Trading With Emotion

The single biggest mistake made by day traders is trading with emotion. If you trade with emotion you will lose money - It's as simple as that. Greed and fear rule the stock markets and these two emotions are precisely what will put you in the hole. Too many decisions when trading are based on emotions, rather than logic. The key here to overcome emotions is that you must have a system in place that picks trades mechanically - this will take greed and fear out of the equation.

2. Trading Without Proper Research

Day trading is a serious business and it needs to be treated that way. Many traders make the mistake of half-hazardly buying stocks without taking the time to complete the proper research. Day trading is for real and the stock market has no mercy for the
unprepared. To be a successful trader you simply must have a carefully planned out system in place for how you go about researching your potential stock picks.

3. Trading With Money You Can't Afford To Lose

Successful day traders never trade with money that will destroy their lifestyle or family if lost. It then becomes a domino effect and fear will take over trading decisions. The worst possible trading choices will be made and bank accounts will be depleted.

So in summing it up, day trading is a great way to make a living and a very lucrative one if you have a system in place and can avoid the mistakes that were discussed above. Just remember to avoid emotion, make sure you have done your research and never trade with money that you cannot afford to lose.

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