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Day Trader Skills
I received an email from a prospective buyer of my online trading course. His question (below) caused me to think about the wisdom of pursuing trading as a worthy venture. I know that a lot of readers are investors rather than traders, but regardless of your trading horizons, the skills and concerns of active short-term trading are relevant to us all.
No one would decide to become a golf pro and assume that they could just pick up a bag of clubs and start winning tournaments. Yet novice traders do this all the time. Just to start with the understanding that trading is a skill that is developed over time, through experience, puts a novice trader way ahead of the competition.
There are two core skills in trading: first the ability to anticipate the market (read the market) and second, having the discipline to execute your plan. To learn to read the market you may as well use a trading simulator and only start to trade when you have demonstrated to yourself that you can anticipate the market. Discipline, though, has to be developed and tested in the real world.
Stick to your own rules
So I would say that for the average aspiring trader, trading is a fool's game; but for those of us who approach the business as a business, with a clear understanding of the unique challenges that trading offers, it is a rewarding and fulfilling career.
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