Character Traits That Cause 95% of Traders to Lose

By: Kelly Price

Forex trading is all about having the right method but also the right attitude. Here we will look at 10 character traits that the losing 95% of traders have and if you want to enjoy currency trading success you need to avoid them.

Here they are in no particular order of importance.

1. I am not responsible

A symbol of losers - they think success will come with no effort on their behalf and blame everyone else for their failure from the tip they got from friend, newswire or broker, to the market being against them.

These people make up a surprising amount of the losing majority and they fail to see that no one can give them success but themselves. Instead of seeing this they do the following.

2. I Like to take expert advice

If you do be very careful as most of the people who put themselves out as experts on the net are anything but - their marketing companies and have never traded in their lives.

Again a vast amount of traders buy systems with unbelievable track records and then are surprised when they fail in real time (they never look at the disclaimer that says the track record is a simulation and not real). If something looks to good to be true it probably is and this is very true in forex trading.

If you follow an expert and have not done your homework on the logic they base their views on, then you are unlikely to have the confidence to follow their method with discipline when it hits a losing period.

If you don't follow a method with discipline then you have no method at all.

3. I don't like being wrong

Well in forex trading your going to be wrong a lot of the time, as only you can be wrong and the market price is always right - no matter what you or I think. Most traders hate taking a loss and looking stupid but the markets do that to everyone and even the best traders lose at times.

If you try and argue with the price and justify your position, you will run up losses and lose and your emotions will take over.

4. I deserve to win I am smart

I have met some very clever people in forex trading and the majority of them lose - if you think that being smart helps you then it won't.

In forex trading you get paid for being right with your trading signal that's it and it's a fact that the best forex trading systems are simple.

They work far better than complicated ones as they have fewer elements to break.

Clever people tend to over elaborate their trading and think the more they put in the more they get out but this does not apply in forex trading.

If you want to make money keep it simple and remember forex trading is probably 20% method and 80% mindset.

5. I am not a patient person

If you are an anxious or nervous person then you are unlikely to win at forex trading. You need patience to wait for the right opportunities and you need patience to hold positions through short term volatility to bigger profits.

If you are an anxious trader you will probably let your emotions get the better of you trade too much, engage in revenge trading etc and lose.

There of course other losing traits but the above are very common ones and hold anyone of them and you will lose.

Forex trading is not hard to learn anyone can do it but most fail because they don't realize that correct mindset is the key to success. To be successful at forex trading you need to rely on yourself, have a deep understanding of why your method works, so you can have the confidence to apply it with discipline.

If you understand the above you can avoid these common losing traits and get a mindset for forex trading success.

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