Despite all the turmoil in the Middle East and fears of inflation– there have been several small-cap breakouts this week.
Two that stand out were TPST on Wednesday, going from $0.90 to a high of $11.50. And OPGN yesterday, moving from $0.34 to a high of $4.34.
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— Timothy Sykes (@timothysykes) October 11, 2023
However, most traders miss these types of opportunities and often find themselves on the wrong side of the trade.
It has to do with these four issues.
Luckily, they’re easy to fix.
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#1 Putting Profits Ahead of Risk Management
Look around social media, and you’ll find a lot of “traders” posting their wins.
However, you’ll rarely see them post their losses.
This is especially true for a lot of short sellers.
Who cares how much money you make if you lose more…right?
At the end of the day, it’s not how much you make. It’s how much you keep that matters.
Your first few years of trading will be a struggle.
It’s only natural because there’s a big learning curve.
The name of the game in those first years isn’t making money…it’s survival.
And the only way you can survive is by keeping your losses small.
My number one rule, and probably the only reason I’m still consistently profitable, is that I cut losses quickly.
If you want long-term success, you must consider risk management first.
#2 Being Stubborn
We’re seeing one short squeeze after another.
Yet there are so many crowded short sellers.
When will they learn?
I used to be a short seller, and I made a lot of money doing it.
But as market dynamics changed, so did my trading strategies.
I realized that the risk vs. reward didn’t make sense as a short seller, so I focused mainly on taking longs.
Fuck your risk management, fuck your max loss, when you play with fire, or in the case of Supernovas plays like $TPST $ILAG $HKD its nuclear weapons, over & over & over & over, you WILL get burned. It's not a question of if, but how badly. We haven't even seen the worst ye, but…
— Timothy Sykes (@timothysykes) October 11, 2023
This year has been tough for many traders, including myself.
And because of that, I’ve been experimenting more than in years past.
Trading is always about adapting; if you’re not finding success, you must be open-minded to trying new things.
Don’t let your ego get in the way of your future success.
#3 Betting Too Big
Everyone is in a rush to make money these days.
It’s why most of them fail.
You can’t force it in trading.
Believe me, I wish I were up more this year, but I’m not.
Trying to put bigger positions to squeeze out higher profits can be a recipe for disaster.
So many traders expect the market to return to 2020/2021. But that’s not happening.
You’ve got to learn to size accordingly.
Don’t let one trade ruin you.
I prefer steady, small wins over the rollercoaster ride I see many traders on.
#4 Failure To Prepare
I typically go into each trading day with a trading plan and a list of stocks I’m watching.
Prior to that, I’ve reviewed my trades and analyzed what I did right and wrong.
I’m constantly trying to find new patterns and trends.
Asking myself, what’s working…what isn’t.
Not only does this keep me sharp…but it prepares me for what’s in store.
Are you prepared?
After midnight study check, who's still up studying, reviewing your @StocksToTrade scans or making your watchlist for tomorrow?!?! Where are my most dedicated students?!? HOW BAD DO YOU WANT IT?!?! HOW HARD WILL YOU PUSH YOURSELF TO SUDY HAAAAAAAAAARD AND ACHIEVE ALL YOUR GOALS!
— Timothy Sykes (@timothysykes) October 12, 2023
Or are you going into the day hoping and praying you’ll make money?
Do you have a strategy?
Do you have a trading plan?
If you answered no, then you’re in trouble.
Instead of being in a rush to trade, be in a rush to study and improve.
📉 Sick of Missing Out on Huge Market Moves? 📉
Many traders fall for the same pitfalls in a turbulent trading world where the unexpected happens daily.
From failing to prioritize risk management to neglecting preparation, these mistakes can cost dearly.
🔥 Caught up in the thrill of chasing profits, only to end up with hefty losses?
🔥 Sticking stubbornly to outdated strategies, even as the market shifts?
🔥 Betting too big, too soon, and burning out before the real gains appear?
🔥 Heading into trades with no plan, just blind hope?
If these resonate with you, you’re not alone. But it doesn’t have to be this way.
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