Fear & Market Timing Paralysis
The fact is, all traders, investors, and
yes market timers, feel fear at times, at some level.
What is important is how we address it. Knowing the definition and reasons
for fear can actually help market timers to overcome it.
Traders "Believe" They Know The Future
In the book "Trading in the Zone" by Mark Douglas, he describes how most traders "...believe
that they know what is going to happen next."
This can cause market timers to put too much importance on the "current" trade,
and to lose focus on their performance over time.
But market timing is based on "probabilities" that make us successful over
time. Too much focus on a single trade causes the fear levels to rise. As this
occurs, market timers become hesitant and cautious, trying to avoid mistakes.
The risks of choking under pressure (not making a trade) build.
All market timers, at times, feel fear. But successful market timers manage
their fear, while losing market timers are controlled by it.
fear of loss can keep a market timer from executing
When faced with a particularly stressful decision, it is
a perfectly normal human response to revert to the "fight
or flight" response. Either we do battle, or flee. When
a market timer feels such an emotional response, his or
her decisions are very likely to be adversely affected.
Fear of Loss
The fear of loss can keep a market timer from executing a trade. Or it can
keep him from exiting a trade when the trading plan calls for it. Either can
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No one likes to have losses, but even the very best
timers do. The key is to realize that you are worrying
about the results of "that" trade, and not concentrating
on executing the plan, which over time will make you
Trading plans, such as the ones we use here at FibTimer, take time. No single
trade makes or breaks the plan. Once you understand and accept that, it is much
easier to make the trades without the "fight or flight" response hampering your
ability to act.
Fear of Missing Out on Profits
This fear is usually felt during runaway rallies. All your friends are talking
about the incredible profits they are making every day. If you really look at
this in the right perspective, it is a very dangerous kind of fear.
It eventually causes you to buy in, and of course, when you and thousands of
others who feel the same way react at the same time, the market is finally at
Having a trading plan, and sticking to the trading plan, eliminates this fear.
You "know" your plan works, so you are not susceptible to the "greed" factor
that comes so easily in market rallies.
Fear of Losing Profits
This fear arises when you have a profit, and start worrying about losing it.
If you take your profits, you will feel like a winner! But you know this story.
The market will likely continue in the same direction, leaving you with an entirely
new set of fears.
Fears cloud decisions. And decisions clouded by fear, that
feel right at the time they are made, are more often than
cloud decisions. And decisions clouded by fear,
that feel right at the time they are made,
are more often than not... wrong."
Again, back to the trading plan. You know what to expect, because you have a
plan that "will" succeed over time. It "will" bring in those profits. So a commitment
to the "plan" relieves you of the fears of missing out on that quick profit,
and the decision that invariably turns bad.
Fear of Being Wrong
Consider these next two sentences;
1. The desire to be "right" is in direct opposition to the ability to
2. The desire to be "right" is in direct opposition to the ability to
A market timer's desire to be right, to be able to tell his friends how successful
he or she is, can become so powerful, that a he or she winds up second guessing,
the "plan." Taking winners too quickly, or holding onto losers in the hopes that
they will come back, or at least break even.
To sum it all up, "successful" market timers actually make their profits off
the "fears" of the majority of investors, traders, and even other market timers.
They do this by "sticking to a plan" and not allowing emotions (fears) to rule
their decision making ability.
FibTimer provides the plan. Based "not" on emotions, but on a sound "trading
Fear can be conquered when you have a plan. As time passes, confidence builds,
and the plan will become easier and easier to follow. Stick with the plan.
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