Chat with us, powered by LiveChat
The Better Way to Invest

< Back to Main Index

The trading philosophy

December 2, 2009
2 people like this post.

Not everyone knows that a universal philosophy actually exists in the business of trading. Importantly, in order to be successful in the long run, this needs to be clearly understood and firmly burnt into the trader’s psyche.

Anybody can place a few profitable trades—randomness will take of that. But to maintain that run of success requires more. It requires a consistent step-by-step approach and the ability to remain firm and confident in your approach, especially when you are going through tough market periods.

Being ‘successful on an ongoing basis’ means running a portfolio (equities, shares) that continues to rise at a faster rate than the market accumulation indices (managed funds), while experiencing acceptable troughs along the journey.

Depending on your perception of investing in the market, you will have a different view of what it takes to continue to be successful. Whatever it is, it is likely to be encompassed in the following 12 Point Trading Philosophy:

1. Develop well defined trading processes that are part of a plan.
2. Create an edge with a positive mathematical expectancy.
3. Undertake the necessary preparation and research.
4. Become empathetic, especially with the way the market moves.
5. Trust your trading processes and your edge.
6. Resist “noise” outside your processes.
7. Overcome fear, hesitation, indecision and reservation.
8. Execute with confidence.
9. Successfully manage both the euphoria of success and the despair of failure when something does not go the      way you planned.
10. Continue to engage according to your processes, regardless of your outcomes.
11. Transition your processes and your thinking into habits so that they become a natural part of who you are.
12. Become consistent and objective in your decision making.

Importantly, point Number 12, ‘becoming consistent and objective’ is the ultimate aim, the by-product of your processes, your endeavour and how you think.

Along the way you will need to deploy certain techniques, tools and skills to achieve the various parts of the trading philosophy. These may include:

• discipline
• technical analysis
• fundamental analysis
• research capabilities
• money management principles
• risk management principles
• mental, physical and execution exercises

At the end of the day, the trading philosophy can be simplified into this equation:

Edge in the Market + Trader’s Mindset = Consistently Successful Trader

Pretty simple, hey?

Like our blog? Share the love!
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
2 people like this post.

Comments

  • Sandy says:

    Agree with article however I would welcome expansion or clarification on point 3 regarding preparation and research. I thought the point of SPA was to provide a method whereby no further preparation or research was required one would buy (or sell) as demanded by the daily scan.

  • Gus Mercurio says:

    (reply to comment by Sandy, a visitor) I am in the process of deciding whether this system is for me or not. So I to wonder about the need to do any thing more then follow the directions and indecations of the daily scan.

  • frances says:

    Excellent article thank you

  • Sean Baker says:

    In reply to Sandy and Gus:

    “Agree with article however I would welcome expansion or clarification on point 3 regarding preparation and research. I thought the point of SPA was to provide a method whereby no further preparation or research was required one would buy (or sell) as demanded by the daily scan.”

    This is correct and the post refers to more general philosophy and not specifically about SPA3.

    The highest probability way of success in the market is to either build or buy an EDGE. You can read more this in previous posts http://blog.sharewealthsystems.com/index.php/2009/04/. If you have the time and skill to develop your own EDGE, you will be required to undertake the relevant research before execution. If not, and you decide to buy an EDGE, you are more process focused and trust that the EDGE has been extensively researched by a credible 3rd party.

    This is exactly what SPA3 clients do. Trust the SPA3 EDGE and follow the SPA3 processes. The SPA3 EDGE is made up of not only the buy and sell signals but also money management and risk management rules and processes embedded into SPA3 that have helped SPA3 out-perform in both good markets and bad. Following the SPA3 rules and processes are more critical than the research of the SPA3 EDGE. This is why our ongoing customer training focuses on building SPA3 processes rather than teaching our customers how the combustion engine works. Saying that, we still provide all the research for those that are interested in our training documentation.

    Sean Baker

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *