I lost $30,000 yesterday. I did not even flinch. I am sooooo used to it over the years. I keep trading like normal and now I am up $53,000 in all 10 positions combined together and still holding. Losses do not matter if you know your strategy and TRUST your strategy. For experienced traders: What was your biggest loss and how did you cope with it back then over the losses you have today? Are they now nothing to you or is it still tough to deal with?
Accepting losses and trusting your strategy can only come from years of experience of trading and fully understanding the strategy you own but even then losses are still be to noted because the markets change over time and a strategy that worked 5 years ago may not work now
It’s natural that drawdowns come as scary because traders should try to handle it nicely and efficiently. Traders should be devoid of the tendency of over trading and revenge trading because if traders nurture these practices, these will turn their life into hell. So don’t let it be and repair your habits.
Marcolis posted: It’s natural that drawdowns come as scary because traders should try to handle it nicely and efficiently. Traders should be devoid of the tendency of over trading and revenge trading because if traders nurture these practices, these will turn their life into hell. So don’t let it be and repair your habits.
Absolutely. Revenge trading destroys your account.Only trade REAL setups and not trying to win the money back.
You are very well trained. I can't always take losses like you do, there is a psychological barrier for me, it's 10% of the account size. I have crossed this line several times and regretted it. It is hard for me to take such losses and continue then, because this means that the trading system has a profound flaw.
A falling leaf does not try to influence the wind, it enjoys flying.
I had a lot more anxiety in the beginning and lost around $2,000 at one point, which was a lot to me at the time. It was definitely a hard experience but I think time and having a well developed strategy make it less scary, especially if you have confidence that you can earn the money back.
I agree. Losses are a part of trading, and without loss, the win is invaluable. Earlier in my beginner days I used to freak out over the simplest, most smallest loss. Once after a big loss I was so scared I felt like I would leave trading. So I took a break for 5-6 months, honed my skills on a demo account and then a micro account and then came back with a ‘slay’ attitude. Losses do not matter now, and I always trust my strategy.
Hugest loss... hmmm.. sincerely don't remember. I guess it was long before I start earning money in trading consistently. Ofc, I still trade and have both losses and gains, it doesn't' really matter for me how much I lost, the matter for me is how much I gained.
imho, it's tough to handle losses but this feeling fades away as soon as you get used to et losses. of course, on the first stages it might be difficult to perceive the losses, nevertheless, when the time flies, you start understand that it's just a part of trading and basically, it's the hugest part in trading.
I am convinced that no matter how much money you lost, the matter here is to maintain the balance and comply with money management. run the diary and watch for the development.