There has been a lot of talk about new trading highs having been achieved by the equity markets.

?If you have ever read a book on trading or technical analysis, you will know that buying stocks or the index on the breakouts is an extremely popular strategy. Most retail traders are told to look for breakout opportunities as a chance to buy and profit from new highs in the stock.

If this strategy worked so well then anyone who has read those books should be a crorepati! The problem is that the majority of retail traders or even academics do not make consistent profits in trading. So we need to examine our strategies and figure out who is making the money in the markets and mimic their strategies. So who makes the consistent profits in the markets? The institutional traders do!

At Online Trading Academy, we teach you how to trade like the professional institutional traders. When we trade, we need to find the areas where the amateurs are making mistakes and take the opposite side of the trade from them. That is what the professionals do on a daily basis.

It always amazes me when I look at peoples? actions in the markets. In our everyday lives, we look to buy things cheaply or on sale. Think about a car buying experience. You wouldn?t walk onto a car lot and take the first price offered to you. Or even worse, you wouldn?t wait for the price of the car to go up before you bought it would you? Of course not, you haggle with the sales person to get a lower price and a value for your money.

But when it comes to buying stocks, amateurs often look to buy once prices have risen or when they breakout to new highs! Often they buy a peak and lose as prices fail to reach those new highs they had anticipated.

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Notice how there is a large candle or a gap each time that prices move to a new high? This is caused from the amateurs jumping into stocks according to their breakout strategy. This sudden influx of buying pressure dies off quickly without institutional support. The amateurs are left holding the bag as price corrects and stops them out or moves sideways for a long time.

Trading the professional way really involves common sense. We should buy stock on sale and sell it when it becomes expensive, not the other way around. To learn more about how to trade like a professional, attend one of Online Trading Academy?s Courses and see how the professionals consistently profit in the markets.

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