top 4 mistakes Most trader made!
Many futures traders start trading, make some decent profits, and then, all of the sudden, encounter what seems to be an endless string of losses. These losses eat away at their trading capital as they struggle to figure out what they are doing wrong. To be successful trading in the futures market, you must know what the common pitfalls are and how to avoid them.
Common Futures Trading Mistakes
You can improve your odds of success by avoiding common mistakes many beginner futures traders make. These include:
1. Not Sticking With Your System
All successful futures traders have a system in place to help them select trades and keep losses to a minimum. However, just when a trading strategy is starting to show promise, many traders will deviate or abandon the system they are using. Doing so allows emotion to creep into their trading, which ultimately leads to losses. (Learn more about systems in our pros and cons guide to Trading Systems.)
2. Not Protecting Yourself
Futures trading (like all trading) involves a certain degree of risk, so it is important to protect yourself. There are a few ways to do this, such as using sell or buy stops to limit your losses to a comfortable level, or by using hedging strategies like buying puts. Taking steps to protect yourself will help keep losses to a minimum while maximizing profits. (To learn more, read “The Stop-Loss Order – Make Sure You Use It.”)
3. Not Staying Focused
Trading futures successfully requires your undivided attention to read and evaluate the markets effectively. Sometimes distractions are unavoidable, but you always want to have as few as possible when you are trading.
4. Not Being Open to New Ideas
The markets are always changing. No matter how great you think you are as a trader, there’s always a new idea that can help you improve your results. Too often, traders get caught up in thinking they already know enough and aren’t willing to learn anything new. As market conditions change, this type of trader is left behind with nothing to show but losses. However, if you remain open to new ideas, you will be able to change with the markets – and profit consistently, no matter what they do.