You cannot just copy and succeed in this business. This of course, I am saying presuming you are trading on your own. But if you are following advisory of an expert or someone else then in that case you simply gotta follow only.
So what is a style?A style includes almost everything. It includes what markets you trade, what kind of time your devote, what is your approach of profit booking, your concern about safety and risk management, your position size, when do you trade more or less or remain on the sidelines, your comfort level with the various market moves and your reaction to them, are you a short seller or long only trader or both and so on.
The gist is that a trading style is about ‘who you are’ and ‘how you mingle with the markets’. It is about your comfort level of working with the markets. It is about remaining within the ability of your expertise and continue to trade in the market without taking unknown, excessive and unwarranted risk. Your style is all about identifying and taking benefit of ‘that move’ which correlates to your particular style. You style will decide what kind of technical or non technical indicators your use or whether you use them at all. Your style decides your level of activity. Your style is what defines you against the market, against the all other millions of traders. Everyone has a style. If you don’t think you don’t have one or don’t know, then try to know or observe your style. If you still think you don’t have one, then develop one based on some of the point given above and your personal preferences, your risk taking ability, you area of expertise, what works for you and what doesn’t work for you.
I have used word ‘comfort level’ more than once in this chapter. Many people say to succeed we need to get out of our comfort level, but in stock market it is inverse. To succeed, remain within your comfort zone. The generic phrase’ get out of your comfort level’ doesn’t apply here, anyways it’s supposed to mean differently than what we want to mean it in the context of the topic of this article. Know this. The more you remain in your comfort zone, the better your chances of survival in markets, the more you survive in the markets, the more the chances of you making money doing it.
Now you get the idea that trading style is a subject of finding your behavior and the best course of interaction of your whole self as in ‘who you are’ with the markets. This, you can also call it a harmony.
Trading style or trading personality is about finding your best tuning with the markets, its not about finding best technical indicator or best ‘trading method’ (such as swing trading or something else). its goal is to stop trying hard to deal with the markets and getting into the flow effortlessly. This will set you in the path of making money consistently. This is how all successful traders ever became consistently successful.
We will write more later on this subject sub topics such as how to know you are not following a style, how to learn or evolve your style, how to know you are not comfortable with your style (as a matter of fact, if you are not comfortable, then its not at all your style) how to get out of a wrong style and so on.
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