This is what trading should be about. It should give you the freedom to not depend on the money you are getting but to be in control of it. Sometimes, this is easier said than done. That is why we have selected a few critical points that need to be reiterated for every beginner trader to read. With the present-day market expansion and ease of internet access, novice traders can read about lots of things that really aren’t that relevant. We have a different agenda. Today, you will read the things they don’t teach you. We will show you the bigger picture.
“If you work for money, you give the power to your employer. If money works for you, you keep the power and control it.” (Rich Dad, Poor Dad, Robert Kiyosaki)
Who runs the world?
Traders often miss this one key fact about trading – not all markets are governed in the same way. With stocks, things are quite clear. The money flow will dictate how the prices are going to be determined. But that flow can be out of the context of the free market sometimes (printing). In spot forex, however, when the money flows into the market, everything works mostly how the banks set. The prices will always go the opposite way traders go because this is how the big banks (i.e. Citibank, Deutsche Bank, Chase Bank, and HSBC, among others) manipulate the market.
↳ Get educated and don’t let the prevailing thought affect your critical thinking.
“One of the reasons the rich get richer, the poor get poorer, and the middle class struggles in debt is because the subject of money is taught at home, not in school.” (Robert Kiyosaki)
What’s money worth?
When we think of stocks or commodities, we think of balance sheets, assets, and products that help us assign a price to any equity. What traders often fail to understand is that currencies act differently. So, when experienced stock traders wish to expand their portfolio and start trading forex, they overlook the nature of today’s currencies. The currencies we know now are fiat, which means they don’t have the value of their own like they did during the gold standard. The currencies’ value is nowadays solely determined by big banks.
↳ Understand what you are willing to trade as well as the essential differences between various instruments, tools, and markets.
“A person can be highly educated, professionally successful, and financially illiterate.” (Robert Kiyosaki)
Where did everybody go?
When beginners first start trading, they look for valuable content and support for development. Still, many make the mistake of following groupthink that immediately puts them in the losing group. Why does this happen? Traders who develop herd mentality don’t rely on their own analytical skills, knowledge, and experience, which is one of the main reasons why they can’t remain traders long term. Secondly, if you are a forex trader and you just look for the areas in the chart where everyone else is, you will soon be disappointed because the big banks will soon step in and change the price direction.
↳ Look up IG client sentiment and avoid outdated tools that are likely to give you this type of information. Your system should tell you how to avoid big banks, not how to be under their radar.
“Most people go along with the crowd. They do things because everybody else does it.” (Robert Kiyosaki)
Become rich in 30 days
Your favorite YouTuber or your trading mentor won’t be there to hold your hand forever. You must get in the game on your own. Yes, wealthy people do have advisors to keep getting the lofty return year after year, but to get there you first need to learn how to trade on your own. Even trading robots (expert advisors/EAs) can’t help you much if you don’t know which strategy or style of trading you want to use.
↳ Know what you care about. Explore your options and don’t believe the promises of getting unprecedented returns. You owe yourself that.
“There are no bad business and investment opportunities, but there are bad entrepreneurs and investors.” (Robert Kiyosaki)
Who are you?
This is a deal-breaker if you want to be good at trading in any market. As a human being, regardless of your gender, you are prone to feeling different emotions that will either make you go forward or tell you that something isn’t the best choice for you. Sometimes, however, these emotions push us to do things we shouldn’t. We overleverage or under leverage; we enter too many trades; we don’t sleep and so on. This is not sustainable and you, like anyone else, will break at some point.
↳ Get to know yourself and understand your triggers so you can have control over your actions. Do the trading psychology test to get more insight.
“Emotions are what make us human. Make us real. The word ‘emotion’ stands for energy in motion. Be truthful about your emotions, and use your mind and emotions in your favor, not against yourself.” (Robert Kiyosaki)
Do you put all of your eggs into one basket?
What do the experts do? Besides relying on experience, successful traders always diversify. They never depend only on the profit they can get from one market, and so should you. If you are a crypto trader, you will firstly diversify your coins. If you are a forex trader, you will think of different currency pairs to trade. Still, to be free of having to depend on one source of income (as one market is one source), you will look for other markets to trade.
↳ Make sure that you understand the similarities and differences between the markets and always have money management in place.
“When it comes to money, the only skill most people know is to work hard.” (Robert Kiyosaki)
How can traders lose the right way?
At the moment of experiencing a loss, traders are often unable to stop overreacting. They chase losses and enter new trades, which only takes their accounts further into the abyss. If you’ve been there, you know that this isn’t the right way. Therefore, the first step is to accept the loss and step away from your computer. Then, you will be smart about this experience and learn as much as you can.
↳ Use testing and journaling to understand how a particular trade loss can be mitigated. Then, improve your system, strategy, and money management to change your future trading.
“Wealth is a person’s ability to survive so many days forward— or, if I stopped working today, how long could I survive?” (Robert Kiyosaki)
How can you become a pro?
Leave no stone unturned. Learn about yourself, your weak points, your algorithm, and your skills, and make room for development. Don’t cry over spilled milk but shift from thinker to doer. Also, if you really want to stay in the game, get rid of the casino mentality and learn to wait patiently while working diligently. There is no instant gratification in the long game, only demo trading, journaling, testing, and revising before you invest your real money.
↳ Professional trading is trading real money for a living. Still, everyone can try that. Be a trader who persists in the struggles. Be the one who sees the bigger picture.
“There is a difference between being poor and being broke. Broke is temporary. Poor is eternal.” (Robert Kiyosaki)
If you always see yourself as lacking, you can see neither the market potential nor the potential that comes from losing. Sometimes we fear loss; other times, we fear success. The question is what you will do about it.