Hello and welcome to another edition of the bulls vs the bears. Today I have a little piece of advise for you:”Do not exit your trades too early.” Why?because exiting early could cost you a hefty pay day. So many traders exit the market for mere breadcrumbs only to watch with horror as their trades become huge bumper harvests. To be brutally honest I’ve fallen victim to this trap a few times. Why do people fall for this trap? It’s usually out of fear They are scared the market will do a sudden 360 and put a tsunami-sized hit on their trading position. So they settle for breadcrumb profits or small loss.
Later, they start pulling their hair in disgust as they watch profits slip through their fingers. It’s like leaving too much money on the table.When you don’t trust your trading plan well enough, you hit the panic button every chance you get. Unfortunately we all know that hitting the panic button throws all logical thought out the window.
So we are going to look why panicky traders head for the exits too soon. And of course we’ll look at how avoid heading for the exits and allowing your trade room to work.
First off, what causes traders to head for the exits too early?
Poor Trading Process and Poor Understanding of Forex Market
Some traders head for the exits too soon because of a poor trading process and poor understanding of the forex market. They are basically saying “We don’t know what the heck we’re doing.” They trade without much of a trading plan with regards to entries, exits and what to do after they enter a trade. Even worse, they’re so attached to their trades that they do the watchman routine by staring at their laptop screens all day hunting for trades. How about applying the set and forget strategy and get on with life?
Even worse, they risk too much money on the trade. And when you do that, you tend to hit the panic button even quicker than Speedy Gonzalez. In so doing,you over-leverage on your trading account which makes you more nervous and jumpy every time your trading position goes positive or negative. Whenever the forex market makes a move you’re like “This is it for me.” Or you feel every little profit you make you have to take the money and run before the market turns around and devours your cash. You’ve made the forex market to be this two-headed monster;which shouldn’t be the case at all.
Previous Trading Losses
Yep, previous trading losses can impact your decision to exit your trades too early. Not only that, they reinforce an unhealthy sense of fear you may have cultivated about the forex markets.(Remember the two headed monster?) So two quick losses may lead you to think “Hmmm….I think I may have bitten more than I can chew with this forex trading adventure.” All of sudden you start losing faith in your trading edge. This is suicidal because your trading edge is the eyes and ears for your trades. It tells you whether conditions are right for you to enter your trades.
It’s also important that you realize that your trading edge covers a sample of trades. In other words, you have to give the trades room to operate until they run out of steam. So letting your last trade loss affect your feelings about the forex market has no rhyme nor reason.
Terrible Trading Mindset
A terrible trading mindset will most certainly influence your habit of exiting your trades too soon. A lot of traders come into the trading game thinking “I’m going to make a lot of money quick, And I’m going to quit my job in a few months.” Well news flash! Forex trading is not a get rich quick scheme. But if you want to be rich from forex trading, then you will need to change your mental approach towards forex trading.
Some of you are probably thinking ” How in the world do I do that?” Well, psychologists say behavior stems from mindset.Your mindset kickstarts your bad habits,and those habits you exhibit on the forex market could be the difference between prosperity and poverty. You also need to understand that forex trading is a marathon, not a sprint.You have to treat it like any other business.By that you have to start slowly and grow your trading account. And you have to show consistency in your trades.
The whole idea is to be steady and solid in your trading performance. Once you accomplish that, then your mindset changes from positive to negative . Not to mention the fact that your profits will start rolling and you can laugh all the way to the bank.
Harboring Negative Thoughts
Harboring negative thoughts can also cause you to lose big on your trades. Those negative thoughts can eat you up big time especially when you lose two to three trades in a row. Of course when you start losing trades, negative emotions start kicking in.Once the negative emotions kick in, then bad trading habits follow. And when the bad trading habits become permanent, you incur more trading losses.
Even, worse,those trading losses also cause you to exit your trades at the speed of light. Then all of a sudden you’re thinking like”There is no way I can make money trading forex.I t’s just not possible.” Well, if you are think thinking this way, you can forget about turning your trades into mega profits. Because it’s just not going to happen with you thinking this way. Often times these negative thoughts are buried in your sub-conscious and they get in the way of you making substantial profits.
Just allow your trades room to breath,and you will be laughing all the way to the bank. Now that we’ve established the causes of exit trades too soon, I guess our next question is
How Do We Prevent Exiting Trades Too Early?
First thing you need to is:
Create a Trading Plan
You absolutely have to create a trading plan if you want to avoid exiting your trades too soon. Your trading plan is your war plan. You lay out your exit strategy and then stick to it regardless of how hard the demons in your head try to get you to do otherwise. You could also apply the set and forget strategy. Instead of siting in front of your screen all day hunting for trades,you set your trades and go and chill outside. The market does the heavy lifting for you. You don’t need to be in front of the screen all day staring at your trades.
Once you hit your profit target, the money is credited into your account. Everything is programmed for your profit success. Just go to the beach while your trades rack in the profits.
Avoid Common Early Trade Exit Situations
here are certain trade exit situations you absolutely have to avoid. So what we’re going to do is to look at specific situations that may affect you the trader with respect to exiting the trades. These solutions are not exactly etched in stone. Bu they should go a long way to keep you on the straight and narrow.
Situation 1 You exit a trade because you are scared the market will turn around and drop a tsunami-sized ton on you.
What’s The Way Out?
You need first to get one thing straight about the forex trade.You are going to lose trades. You just need to decide on how much money you can afford to part company with. However don’t make it a habit of losing too many trades or your trading account will be in a world of hurt. Probably the important thing you need to understand about trading is that you can’t be in a constant state of fear. Fear causes people to do illogical things including exiting trades a the speed of light.If that’s your trading line of thought, you could end up losing out on huge profits.
I can hear some saying”So how do I protect my losing trade?”well you place a wide stop loss. In so doing you give your trade oxygen to breathe. I can hear another person saying How do I set up the wide stop loss?”Well first decide how much money you can afford to lose. Next you tweak your position size to protect your initial risk. This way when the trade goes against you (And we hope it doesn’t happen), you can then say”I’m fine with my loss. Next trade please!”
You can also exit at breakeven to avoid a loss. But in exiting so soon you risk leaving a lot of money on the table. Which is why you need to leave your trade and your screen alone and let the market do its work. forex trading comes with a risk. You just have to manage your risk properly.
You exit a trade for breadcrumbs well before your initial profit target hits.
What’s The Way Out?
Get this straight.You cannot get by on breadcrumbs.You have to hit huge home runs (profits) if you want to be a successful trader- just because you see a 1 hr pin bar against your trading position. You have to say to yourself”May I not fall into quick exit temptation for breadcrumbs.” If it’s a 4hr trading frame you’re working with you should not be looking at a 1 hr trading frame. Keep your focus on. Stand by your trading plan religiously and do not panic! When you panic you don’t give your trades room to grow. Just be patient and the huge profits will come rolling in.
For information on trading time frames look up Multiple Time Frame Analysis
I’m not saying breadcrumbs don’t always makes sense. There make come a time when breadcrumbs may be all you have, depending on the trade setup. But if you adopt breadcrumbs as your trading template, you end up dying a slow painful death.
Exiting a trade for a partial loss without any reason at all.
What’s The Way Out?
You know you may say to yourself” Let me take a small loss now so I don’t suffer a tsunami-sized loss later.” But what you don’t realize is that you are slowly killing your trading account by taking multiple small losses. The losses may look small,but they all add up later. You need to allow the market to show you through your initial stop loss whether your stop loss placement was wrong or right. Why? Because the market is very unpredictable.And the only thing you have going for you is your trading edge which is a reflection of your initial trade.
What the stop loss does is prove that your initial trade was wrong. What am I trying to say here? Don’t let your emotions force you to head for the exit. Just stick to your trading plan.
You can’t add to winning positions fearing the market will do a 360 on you
Just take advantage of strong trends that just keep going and going with no pullbacks at all. That’s the best way to create wealth as a trader. I know you’re probably thinking”This is too good to be true.” Well, these trends do happen. You just need to take full advantage of these phenomena,grow your trading account and give your head a break. Don’t overthink the process. and don’t be scared either. These two negatives could cause you to miss out on huge money-making moves on the charts
That’s a wrap for ”Do Not Exit Your Forex Trades Too Early”. It’s very important that you know how to properly exit trades and also how to manage these trades. Even more important let the market do the talking for you rather over-analyzing trades and spraying your ego all over the place.
And please don’t even think about telling the market what to do. The forex market has a mind of its own and can pretty much decide to throw your trade into the Atlantic Ocean if it feels like doing so.
If you want to prosper as a forex trader, let go and let the forex market. The best way to employ this strategy is get out of the way and let your trading edge do the talking. Just set, forget and end enjoy life. This way you trade according to the dictates of the forex market instead of you trying to control the market.
Til next time take care.
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