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Controlling Your Emotions When Trading

By Shaun Rosenberg

It is important to control your emotions in the stock market. If you don’t you will find yourself making bad buy and sell decisions just because you got scared and freaked out. You simply need to be able to control yourself and follow your system if you want to have any sort of consistency.

This is easier said than done though. We are humans after all. But how exactly are we able to control our emotions and stop them from taking us over?

Well here are some stock tips help you do just that.

1. Keep Your Potential Loss Small

You shouldn’t be risking the majority of your account on any one trade anyways. If you do and you lose that one trade your account will be affected in a big way. But another reason to use small positions is that they are easier to manage then larger ones.

There aren’t a lot of people who would be concerned about risking $5 on a bet that they believe in. But if the stakes were raised to $5,000 that is a different story. Making large bets is just harder on you and more stressful. And this is of course related to the size of your account. If you have $100,000 then a $5,000 bet would not be too hard to do, but a $50,000 bet would be scary.

2. Step Away

Sometimes you just need to step away from the monitor and go do something else. Don’t spend your entire time watching a trade and thinking about it. Instead place a trade and do something else. Remember your system and don’t make a move until your specific rules tell you to.

3. Remember Money On The Table is Not Real Money

It is always nice to check your account balance so that you know exactly how much money you have in your account. But remember none if it is really yours until you take it out. Until then it is still money on the table, so if you lose some of it don’t start revenge trading and getting bad because that “evil market stole your money.”

If you believe that your financial future depends completely on the stock market and you lose money then it is really going to hit you hard. Instead consider the stock market just a really fun game that you want to win.

For more on the Stock Market For Newbies visit Shaun’s site about the Stock Market

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Rosenberg, Shaun "Controlling Your Emotions When Trading." Controlling Your Emotions When Trading. 9 Jul. 2010. 4 Aug 2014 <>.

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