MarketLife Ep 9 – Expectations make all the difference

Podcast-Cover300The second part of a two-part miniseries on what to expect when you’re learning how to trade. Highlights from this episode include:

What do you need to give yourself the best chance of success?

  • Most importantly: realistic expectations.
  • Knowledge
    • Trading isn’t about knowledge, but background knowledge is helpful
    • The reading list I mentioned is here, here, and here. Yes it’s a long list, but if you’re serious about this, it’s a serious education. Time go get serious?
    • Knowledge about yourself is maybe most important. Be ready to do the work to learn about yourself.
    • As for actual trading knowledge, perhaps ironically, you don’t need that much. This is yet another reason why it’s hard to learn to trade.

The process

  • I mentioned a process with several steps. Here’s a blog post that also looks at those steps.
  • Most important, the first real success you will have is when you lose less money, and it can take years to get there. Know that this is success, and keep your expectations realistic.

What are the biggest challenges you’ll probably face?

  • Emotions–both your own, and those of the market.
  • The market is an emotional machine that has essentially evolved to cause traders to make mistakes.
  • The market is very counterintuitive at times. Things seem to not make sense.
  • One of the most serious challenges is finding that balance between sticking with something and trying something new.

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Enjoy the show:


Adam Grimes has over two decades of experience in the industry as a trader, analyst and system developer. The author of a best-selling trading book, he has traded for his own account, for a top prop firm, and spent several years at the New York Mercantile Exchange. He focuses on the intersection of quantitative analysis and discretionary trading, and has a talent for teaching and helping traders find their own way in the market.

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  1. Socrates-Trader

    Adam, this one was really, really great.

    Thanks a lot.

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