Emotions get a bad name for interfering with our investing decisions.
They can lead you to make mistakes. When stock market volatility hits, fear can lead you to sell prematurely. When a position is doing well, greed can lead to you take on higher risks.
So are fear and greed always a bad thing? And are there any other emotions that can do more damage?
Let's take a closer look…
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You may not have given it much thought before, but do you know psychology plays a big role in the way you trade?
It has a major influence on the trading decisions you make.
So what exactly is trader psychology? And how can it influence your trading?
Read on to find out…
What is trader psychology?
Trader psychology is the effect of your emotions and personal outlook on life on y... ››› more
When you begin trading, it's very exciting. But it's only once you start to risk your cash on the market that your emotions really kick in.
Unfortunately no amount of trading on a demo account can replicate the emotions you feel when you put your cash on the line.
The major culprits that interfere with trading are fear and greed.
So what do you need to do to combat these emotions?
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There are a number of factors that have a bearing on your success as a single stock futures trader.
The psychology of a trader has a big effect. Let your emotions interfere with your trading and chances are you're going to lose money.
And as single stock futures are geared financial instruments, mistakes can cost you dearly.
So let's take a look at the two main emotions that can have a de... ››› more
Trading draws many people because of the lure of large gains. It's this greed factor that can become the overriding emotion when it comes to trading.
But greed has some bad side-effects attached.
If you want to succeed over the long-term, what should you do?
Read on to find out…
What greed does to traders
There are essentially three side-effects of greed…
It stops y... ››› more
As an investor, you may think that fear and greed are your biggest enemies when you invest. But it's not the case. There are two other emotions which are far worse. They can result in you making the worst investment decisions. So what are these emotions you need to keep at bay? And what can you do to conquer them? Read on to uncover these investment gremlins…
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When a lot of people trade, they're looking for a handful of big winners that could leave them laughing all the way to the bank. But the truth of the matter is most traders find it hard to fight their inner fear and greed demons. By listening to these two emotions, you're going to lose money. If you can ignore these two factors, you're well on your way to becoming a more successful trader. Read on... ››› more
You must be really eager to get to the nuts and bolts of buying and selling shares - but it's important you first familiarise yourself with the basic concepts before you do.
A share is your chance to own a piece of the ‘big time’!
But what is a share?
A share is a portion of a company. You can buy and sell shares on a stock exchange, or by other agreement.
Each sh... ››› more
Last week, Professor Eugene Fama co-won the Nobel Prize for economics for his Efficient Market Hypothesis (EMH). This theory shows that the market is efficient and digests all information practically instantaneously. And it shows that it is virtually impossible to beat the market over time. But investing greats like Warren Buffett have proved that there is money to be made. Read on to find out why... ››› more
To be a successful forex trader, you must be unemotional. You can't let the excitement of trading get to you. Read on to find out why fear, greed and pride will get in the way of you becoming a profitable trader…
If you’ve ever played poker, you’ll know the high of going ‘all in’. Your heart is racing like there’s no tomorrow, and you’re hoping and praying the cards will go your wa... ››› more
We're all too familiar with the impact of our emotions on our investing. It leads to trouble and, ultimately, losses. Read on to find out more about two factors that influence your investing…
There are a lot of different factors at work when you invest. Trying not to let your emotions kick in is a major one.
Consider these factors and the impact they have on your investing, as Gareth Stokes... ››› more
To cut your losers and let your winners run is one of the most difficult pieces of advice to follow. If you could follow it to the word, you'd be rolling in the profits. Read on to uncover what you can learn from this stock market phrase…
It’s hard to follow the advice in ‘cut your losers, let your winners run’.
And that’s because the advice relates mainly to investment psychology. ... ››› more
Greed is one of the main driving forces of the stock markets. But, if you allow it to sway your investment decisions, you could end up throwing good money after bad. Read on to find out how to spot greed interfering in your decisions and how you can stop it…
Greed can have terrible financial consequences on your investment portfolio. And it’s very hard not to let greed affect your investment... ››› more
Greed is the most obvious emotion that can enter a trader's mind. Make sure you don't fall into these two ‘greed traps'. It could be costly…
Greed is a strange animal. It leads you to make rash decisions and abandon careful thought and consideration.
It pushes you to buy the overheated stock in the market just before the price crashes back to earth.
Two investment ‘greed traps’
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When investing in shares, it's all too easy to fall into some bad habits. If you want to increase your chances of investment success, it's crucial you avoid these common investing faux pas…
Once you commit your hard earned cash into shares, rationale can end up out the window.
To become a successful investor, it’s crucial you avoid these seven investing pitfalls, as Gareth Stokes explains... ››› more
Psychology plays a big part in your investment decision making! There are emotional factors that affect your trading decisions and the outcome of individual trades. “The most obvious emotion that frequents the mind of the novice trader is greed,” says Gareth Stokes in the book Fear, Greed and the Stock Market and it creates two big problems…
Did you know that greed is the most deadly of i... ››› more
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