Judge and Jury
Judge and Jury
Last week while I was teaching a class, a student asked me how they should know whether or not to take a particular trade. After thinking about it for a minute, I replied, "Think of your trading decision as if you were presenting a case to a jury."
While this was a thought that suddenly came to me, it really makes sense. We are the judge and jury as well as the advocates for or against taking any trade. While we cannot dictate the outcome of the trade itself, we can decide punishment (losses) and even whether to enter the trade, (guilty) or pass on the trade (acquit). A plea bargain could even be entered to trade with smaller share size for minimal risk.
When we are deciding whether to take a trade or not, we must look at the evidence for and against. As a trader, collecting the evidence is critical. Without compiling the reasons why a trade is likely to be profitable, trading is like gambling. It is left to chance. However, when one takes the time to substantiate a trade, trading is more like speculation and offers a greater chance for success.
So, what is the evidence we are looking for? That is what we teach in our classes at Online Trading Academy. It should include things such as:
- The trade is compliant with the dominant trend in the trading and larger time frame
- Entry for a long is at a fresh demand zone, or entry, for a short at a fresh supply zone
- The broad market confirming the trade
- The sector confirming the trend and trade
- There is a minimum of 3:1 Reward to Risk ratio
- Technical indicators suggesting divergence or confirmation
- There is a supply or demand zone that is in the way of price reaching our target
- The markets, or sector, is not moving in the same direction as the trade
- The demand, or supply zone, has been tested one or more times before
- The trend has already run for a while and you may be chasing price
- You have had losses on this particular stock before and may be revenge trading
Just like a judge or jury, we should remain impartial when evaluating the evidence and before passing judgment. We do not need to take every trade that comes along; we must focus on the ones that offer us the best chances for making profits with relatively low risk. Before you take that trade, remember, court is in session!
- Brandon Wendell
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