A Market Timer's Worst Enemy
If you're not careful, you could be your
own worst enemy.
There are many different ways to sabotage your efforts as a market timer. Some
of them are at the forefront of your mind, such as not trading the strategy,
while others are deep seated; they lurk at the back of your mind and work behind
Make sure that you are not unwittingly sabotaging your own efforts to time the
Trading By The Seat Of Your Pants
Many market timers are conscious of how they ruin their own market timing efforts.
The common way is to make buy and sell decisions by the seat of one's pants.
Rather than following a timing strategy, those new to market timing often make
their timing decisions as they go along.
What usually happens, unfortunately, is that one doesn't have a clear idea of
when to enter, exit, or what to do when market conditions don't meet their expectations.
And market conditions "usually" do not meet anyone's expectations!
Without clear buy and sell signals, one is likely to panic at key moments in
a market timing strategy, and act impulsively.
It is common for new market timers to say, "I don't know what it is, but I can't
stick with my timing strategy."
The usual explanation, however, is that the trader is not actually following
a strategy at all. All successful market timers need a clearly specified strategy
that can be easily followed. A clear roadmap is the best weapon against self-destruction.
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Traders also sabotage themselves by failing to control risk adequately. Carelessly
risking substantial amounts of capital on a single trade is one example. This
is likely to produce a significant blow to one's account balance should the
trade be a loser.
| "A clear
roadmap is the best weapon against self-destruction."
Whether the outcome is favorable is not the only relevant
issue, however. Merely knowing that one is taking an
enormous risk carries a toll psychologically.
The added stress usually takes the form of extreme impulsivity. The best antidote
to this problem is to carefully manage risk and lessen the potential negative
impact of a losing trade.
This can be accomplished "only" by following a well planned timing strategy
and sticking to it absolutely.
Most of FibTimer's strategies have some diversification built into them. There
is a reason for this. Diversification keeps losses from any one trade to a
Once you believe that you have little to lose on a single trade, you will feel
more at ease, and you'll be less likely to make impulsive trades, or to skip
a trade out of fear.
Our Diversified Timing Strategy divides your portfolio
into five positions, each following a different sector
and in a different way. Diversification is built in.
Once you know your long-term strategy is realistic, you will be able to follow
buy and sell signals decisively, calmly, and with self-confidence. Look at
the historical trades of the FibTimer strategies you plan to follow and get
a feel for what to expect.
You will see that there are losses, but those losses are always very small.
You will also see that the winning trades are often "high profit" wins, and
also last for longer periods of time, sometimes many months.
This is because trends are where the profits are, and profitable trends often
last a long time. The losing trades are usually of short duration.
Do not underestimate the many different ways it is possible to sabotage your
Consider the possibilities and make sure they aren't working behind the scenes
to waylay your best-laid plans to profitably time the markets
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