Have you ever had one of those trading days? Have you ever lost
money trading and gotten mad at the market? Have you ever taken it personally,
lost discipline and tried to convince yourself the market is wrong? Did this
make you feel like the market was your enemy? Did this have you fight the trend in order to beat
the market only to see your efforts repeatedly stopped out? This has probably
happened to most traders at one time or another but it is not something you
want to repeat. This article uses an example from currency trading to
illustrate its point but it could have been about any other market
The market is not your enemy. It is not a living organism
although sometimes it might feel that way. The market is just a place where
trades are transacted. Price action may sometimes seem illogical, even
irrational but the market is never wrong as it does not have an opinion. It is
only a place where forex rates are set. It is the collective will of those
trading the market.
There is a term used in forex trading, the trend is your
friend. When you catch a trend right, there is little stress, especially if you
manage stops so that there is no risk of a loss. When you fight a trend, the market
may feel like your enemy if you make it a battle of wills, yours against a
place that has no will or opinion.
A good way to illustrate this is by using the price action
in the forex market on October 21,
2009 as en example. The focus of the example will be on the EURUSD,
which started the day by trying to correct and ended it by surging higher to trade
above the pivotal 1.50 level. The range for the day was EURUSD 1.4889-1.5046.
There was no apparent catalyst for the move up except for sharp moves up in commodities
that seemed to feed off one another. This
saw traders try to sell the initial spike up and then repeat trying to catch
the top by selling at each pause. This was not the day to repeat this strategy as
the EUR/USD continued to march higher.
Now, this is where the â€śmarket is my enemyâ€ť can take over. You
canâ€™t believe the market is acting irrationally and keep selling at every
pause. Each time you get stopped out you get angry, not at yourself but at the
market. You canâ€™t believe the market is doing this to you and stiffen your
back. You forget about what charts are saying, throw discipline out the window and
become determined to catch the top by selling when charts are telling you to
buy. By the time the EUR/USD peaks you
are beaten, having taken your lumps in what has been an emotionally draining
day battling with an unemotional market. The EURUSD corrects lower without you
Does this sound familiar? If so, then donâ€™t repeat it. Step
back when that feeling comes and take a deep breath. Walk away and come back with
a clear head. Remember, the forex market is not your enemy. It is not a living
organism. It is only a place where trades are transacted and prices set. When
that feeling comes, remember the adage, â€śthe market can remain irrational
longer than you can remain solvent.â€ť
Meisler is a
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