Stop Leaving Money on the Table

Every trade has a Buyer and a Seller.

The Buyer is betting that the stock will Go Up.

The Seller is betting that it will Go Down.

Only one of them can be Right. The other one will leave money on the table.

Do you leave money on the table?

Many investors mistakenly think that when they buy a stock, they are buying it from “the market.” But in reality, they’re buying it from another investor.  That person - the one who is taking the other side of your trade - has decided that he no longer wants to own it. And since professionals account for 95% of all trading activity, the person who is selling you that stock is probably a professional. Why does this matter?

Because just as it is in poker, amateurs leave money on the table and professionals scoop it up. In the stock market, skilled investors play the game every day, and they have better information and greater skills than you do. They use those skills to their advantage.

 After 24 years as a professional trader, the one truth that stands above all else is this:

 Professional traders would not be able to make a living if it weren’t for the mountain of money left on the table by amateurs.

Maybe it’s time for you to raise your game and stop leaving money on the table.

When I talk to clients, the two most common questions I get are:

“Why are my results so inconsistent and unpredictable?”
“How can I be sure that I’m making the best decisions?”

My answer is simple: find a strategy that adapts to your natural skills and abilities, and then set up a simple plan that will make it easy for you to stick with your strategy. So how do you go about this? Begin by asking yourself what kind of investor you are. Are you risk-seeking, or safety-seeking? Are you a “tinkerer” who enjoys doing research and picking stocks, or does the whole stock market thing bore you to death? Will you actively maintain your investment portfolio, or would you rather “set it and forget it?” These kinds of questions will lead you to your natural investing style, and your investing strategy should match that style.

If you want to learn more about who you are as an investor, try taking the free  Investing Style Assessment here. It takes about 10 minutes, and it will uncover some things about your investor personality that you didn't know. It explores things like your grasp of key investment concepts, your risk preferences, and your decision-making skills. It’s free, and there is no sales pitch connected with it.

If you want to get started with some free information about what you can do to improve your skills as an investor, enter your name and email for instant access to my FREE weekly newsletter. In it you’ll find unbiased, timely information about where we are now in the market, and where we are likely headed next.When you subscribe to the free newsletter, you also get my FREE REPORT:  “Using Past Market Bubbles To Predict The Next One.”  This report could not come at a better time for investors. There is ample evidence that we’re in the early stages of a major bubble in the stock market. This report explains how bubbles form, how to recognize them, and when it’s time to start taking some money off the table. Don’t miss it! After all, it’s free…


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