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There is a lot more to being a consistently profitable trader than meets the eye. While many traders can learn the methodology of successful trading, they can sometimes find that the wrong mindset will destroy any hopes of making the profits from the markets they had hoped for. There are many common problems, for example running losses too far or jumping into trades too quickly.

You can avoid the many common mistakes which can lead to traders becoming frustrated with their performance, or walking away from markets trading altogether.

A trading course that focuses on mental dynamics

On 15 October professional trading coach Steve Ward will be launching his next trading course, Trade At Your Best, to help traders manage that elusive successful mindset. This is a trading psychology course designed to teach private traders the mindset and the mental skills they need to succeed in the markets. The online trading course shares the knowledge, insights and techniques that Steve Ward uses with his institutional clients.

The course tackles some of the really challenging mental aspects of trading, including:

  • Increasing your chances of trading success
  • How to make good trading decisions
  • Mental training for strengthening trading discipline
  • Developing a winning trader’s mindset
  • Managing the fear and regret that comes with losing positions
  • Dealing with losses and drawdowns
  • Enhancing the changes in your trading behaviour

Who is trading coach Steve Ward?

Steve Ward takes a different tack to trading training than many coaches out there, as he leverages many of the latest findings in the area of performance psychology, decision science and neuroscience. At the end of the day, we are still organic creatures, not systematic trading programs, and need to be aware of that when we are making high pressure decisions with our money.

Professional athletes already recognise this, as do some of the world’s top traders and hedge fund managers. Since 2005, Steve has been providing specialist coaching, training and consultancy services to traders and fund managers at some of the biggest investment banks, asset managers, hedge funds and commodities trading houses. He has a background in working with elite athletes and teams in more than 30 different professional sports. He has also worked with full time poker players.

Steve has also had experience coaching a team of 45 proprietary traders in London and was a consultant on the BBC TV series, Million Dollar Traders. He is also the author of books on trading psychology, including Bullet Proof Trader and TraderMind.

Steve is currently taking registrations for his next course, which begins on 15 October. It features seven 60 minute modules and a live Q&A session. Each module comes with its own workbook, a course journal, and guided mental training exercises.

Some people say trading is a mind game. We certainly think it is. Beyond the technical education, it can be very valuable to be more self aware, more in touch with the mental habits that could prove costly to you if you don’t keep them in check.

Please note this article does not constitute investment advice. Investors are encouraged to do their own research beforehand or consult a professional advisor.

Stuart Fieldhouse

Stuart Fieldhouse

Stuart Fieldhouse has spent 25 years in journalism and marketing, including as a wealth management editor for the Financial Times group, covering capital markets and international private banking, and as an investment banking correspondent for Euromoney in Hong Kong. He was the founder editor of The Hedge Fund Journal.

Stuart has worked at CMC Markets, supporting the re-launch of its global financial spread betting and CFD trading platforms. He is also the author of two books on trading, published by Financial Times Pearson. Based in The Armchair Trader’s London office, Stuart continues to advise fund managers, private banks, family offices and other financial institutions.

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