Defining A Great Trader

Great traders that we have had the pleasure to know and to be around, on exchange floors and on trade desks, had certain repeatable traits that all level traders can learn, or take something from;

They listened more than they spoke. They had two ears and one mouth and had learned to use them in the right proportion. The ability to listen, either to a mentor, to your inner self, or to the market, is critical for success.

They had an undying faith and belief in their own ability, and accepted that most things that went wrong were probably outside of their control, because they planned their work. Their brutal honesty with themselves and with others allowed them to develop a faith in their own ability that was beyond the norm.

They were humble, and understood that they were not smarter, stronger, nor wiser than others; they just knew that there were few others that had more faith in their own ability to follow something through and to achieve their goals.

They had faith that they could get it done, and humility to accept defeat; that is what defined them, and usually defines any great trader. The great ones in life, and on the floors, are the ones who are not susceptible to the negative influence of others, they have a goal, they have a plan, and they will get there. It may take time, they may fail along the way, but they just will not let things overwhelm them as they plot their course.

Successful traders have a plan that they refine, develop and test, and debrief on a daily basis. They share their plan as a work in motion, and not as the Holy Grail. A successful trader accepts that there is always something new to learn, and however good the plan is today, there will be the chance to improve it tomorrow.

Zig Ziegler says; "You are working with no plan? Why? Working without a plan is about as difficult as trying to come back from somewhere that you have never been". You will become profitable if you achieve success, but success rarely comes without a plan.

Success is not counted in cash; success starts with an inner faith, the ability to listen, and in having a plan. However, financial freedom only comes by following the plan.



Losing steam
Equities appear to be struggling into the end of the year as yesterday obsession, whether the Dow could hit 20,000 not coming to fruition. That will no doubt continue today, but the upward momentum is likely to struggle as liquidity ebbs away from markets during the last few trading days of the year...
Gold prices bounced off the 10-month lows
Gold traded within narrow consolidation above fresh low at 1122 on Friday. Prices bounced off 1120 and advanced to the 1140 resistance region where the recovery stalled and the pair declined back to 1130 dollars per ounce...
Gold moved higher
Gold attempted to recover on Wednesday albeit remained around 10-month low. The price recovered from 1165 and was able to break 1170 post-Europe open. However, the upward impetus stalled at 1178 where the pair spent the rest of the European session...

FOREX.com Rating
Z.com Trade Rating
OctaFX Rating
Larson&Holz IT Ltd Rating
FxPro Rating
XM Rating

OptionBit Rating
24option Rating
Beeoptions Rating
365BinaryOption Rating
OptionsXO Rating
EZTrader Rating