Becoming a Consistently Profitable Trader:
Every trader enters the markets with the same overarching goal – to make money. But usually not just one time here and there, you want to be consistently profitable. There will be losing trades along the way and that’s fine – you simply won’t find a trader that closes each trade for a gain every single time. It’s impossible. In fact, sometimes the best move is to close out a trade for a loss quickly in order to keep it small. Protecting your capital is one of the best things you can do in an oftentimes unpredictable market. In other words, it’s just as important to not lose money as it is to make money.
So if you want to become a consistently profitable trader, you need to have a system that works, and one that you stick to with discipline. Too many times emotions can get the best of traders, causing them to hold onto losing positions when they shouldn’t or not lock up easy winners when they have the opportunity. These can be hard lessons to learn with a real money portfolio, but learning from those instances can help you avoid them again in the future. Overall, if you’re not trading with a systematic approach, it’s essentially like gambling, and unfortunately with gambling – the house always wins. Develop your strategy, backtest it through paper trading, and put it into live action when it’s ready. Becoming a consistently profitable trader is certainly within reach.