Why Most Investors and Traders Fail

By: Stock Barometer | Sun, Jan 10, 2010
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Why most investors and traders fail

Avoid the pitfalls and you'll be way ahead of the game.

Welcome to the biweekly stock barometer. This article comes out every 2 weeks and gives our big picture view of the market. If you're interested in following our signals and learning more about our system, then I invite you to click here and subscribe to the daily service - since the market can turn on a dime and so too can our interpretation as the market gives its daily clues to the future. Also sign up for our free weekly newsletter, where we provide Alerts from our various traders.

We also offer a daily blog and you can follow our blog posts on on Twitter and on Facebook. We also offer a free weekly indicator chart if you visit our home page and scroll to the bottom. This chart will be updated each week, so be sure to check back frequently for updates. www.stockbarometer.com - don't forget to scroll to the bottom.

First of all, I would like to welcome new readers to the format of this article. While its issue number 190 and it comes out every 2 weeks (yes, I've been writing that long), it's something I got away from over the past year. Why? Well, to be honest, when you've been writing as long as I have, you sometimes run out of things to say. (yes, I know that's hard to believe). I've written on almost every topic from almost every angle over the past decade, so it just became a game of repeating content that I've written about in the past. But I came to realize that this article/knowledge is very important to continue sharing. I also believe the timing tools in here are very important to understanding the basis of my system or more importantly, what I'm about, so we'll start including it again.

Second, I want to update you all on some technology changes for 2010. I moved to an iPhone over the course of last year and absolutely love it. No, I'm not going to give you all iPhones, I'm not Oprah J But we are implementing a daily blog on our site. You can also follow the blog posts on Twitter and Facebook. I've included links throughout this article - so feel free to sign up if you really want to hear some of my daily ranting beyond what you already get from me.

Third, I want to thank you for being a subscriber. My goal in doing this has always been 1) to help the individual investor and trader understand that they can read the market, 2) give them the tools to do so and 3) help them profit and 4) and most importantly, help them avoid making the mistakes that I've seen so many (and sometimes myself) make - and save them money in the process, which brings us to this week's topic:

Why most investors and Traders Fail
and how avoiding the pitfalls will put you way ahead of the game.

We can approach this topic from two angles - from the newbie investor that's starting to jump into trading or the inexperienced trader who's still early in their learning curve.

From the newbie's point of view, this person simply doesn't know what they don't know, so they're more likely to make a big mistake. They know nothing about market timing, they know nothing about understanding how their emotions will work against them. And they usually jump in with too much or too little money. Too much money and they trade scared (and scared money never makes a good decision). Too little money and the commissions will eat up any chance for them to be profitable.

Not understanding market timing is why most people buy at the top and sell at the bottom. It's really what my service is about. Most people buy at the top because they don't know how to read when the market is overbought. And they don't have the patience to wait until the market is oversold to buy.

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Then they trade with too much money - which you'll soon figure out will give you sleeping problems. It'll have you checking your position every 5 minutes at your office (not very productive). And it'll make you trade with emotions, versus a solid plan. Emotions should be left at the door when you trade.

Trade with too little money and the commissions alone will not only eat into your profits, but you'll have to overcome the friction cost. I.e. it's hard enough to trade, but when you have to overcome a 5% loss because your trading with too little money per trade, then you're likely to fail.

From the inexperienced trader's point of view, they know just enough to be dangerous. They don't understand risk and reward, they try to fight the trend, they think they're smarter than the market and they may try to trade too many things at once.

Understanding that losing is as much a part of trading as striking out is a part of playing baseball and you'll be ahead of the game. Then understanding that adhering to a 3:1 money management rule is a key as well - I've seen some traders use a 1:1 rule - meaning they risk the same amount that they try to profit. This is a recipe for disaster. You will soon run out of money.

These are just a few of the literally endless reasons why most traders and investors fail. It's important to be analytical and look at what you're doing and make sure you're not fooling yourself. Otherwise, you'll soon run out of money and that does no one any good.

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Potential Cycle Reversal Dates

2010 Potential Reversal Dates: 1/19, 1/28. We publish dates up to 2 months in advance.

We see a move higher into 1/19, then a retracement into 1/28.

My timing work is based on numerous cycles and has resulted in the above potential reversal dates. They're predictive and have nothing to do with the barometer cycle times. Due to their accuracy in the past, I post the dates here.

2009 Published Reversal Dates: 1/20, 2/11, 3/7, 3/15, 4/8, 4/16, 4/27, 5/7, 6/8, 7/2, 7/17, 9/14, 10/10, 10/24, 11/12, 11/30, 12/9, 12/21, 12/29. 2008 Potential Reversal Dates: 12/31, 1/11, 2/1, 2/13, 3/6, 4/5, 4/22, 5/23, 6/6, 6/27, 7/13, 9/2, 10/3, 10/22, 11/10, 12/11. 2007 Potential Reversal Dates: 1/10, 1/14, 1/27, 1/31, 2/3, 2/17, 3/10, 3/24, 4/21, 5/6, 6/15, 8/29, 10/19, 11/29, 12/13, 12/23, 12/31, 1/11/08. 2006 potential reversal dates: 1/16, 1/30, 2/25, 3/19, 4/8, 5/8, 5/19, 6/6(20), 7/24, 8/20, 8/29, 9/15, 10/11, 11/28. 2005 Potential reversal dates: 12/27, 1/25, 2/16, 3/4, 3/14, 3/29, 4/5, 4/19, 5/2, 6/3, 6/10, 7/13, 7/28, 8/12, 8/30-31, 9/22, 10/4, 11/15, 11/20, 12/16.

Stock Barometer Buy And Sell Signals

QQQQ or SPY Chart: A chart is provided in every bi-weekly report and shows the barometer Buy and Sell Signals (which are provided in my morning updates) as well as showing the next highlighted 'reversal' window. The numbers adjacent to the buy and sell signals are the number of days between signal (cycle time).

Here are 2009's buy and sell signals for the Stock Barometer.

Buy

5

11/25/08

Sell

66

1/30/09

Buy

7

2/6/09

Sell

24

3/2/09

Buy

8

3/10/09

Sell

58

5/7/09

Close

26

6/2/09

Buy

23

6/25/09

Sell

14

7/9/09

Buy

4

7/13/09

Sell

17

7/30/09

Buy

24

8/23/09

Sell

9

9/1/09

Buy

6

9/7/09

Sell

17

9/24/09

Buy

12

10/6/09

Sell

21

10/27/09

Buy

9

11/5/09

Sell

14

11/19/09

Buy

32

12/21/09

year end.

10

12/31/09

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Summary & Outlook

We remain in Buy Mode, looking for a move higher into 1/19.

This coming Friday is options expiration. The market has a way to reverse on those dates. Given that and our key reversal date, I'd expect the move higher to continue into Friday or the following week.

Welcome to the biweekly stock barometer. This article comes out every 2 weeks and gives our big picture view of the market. If you're interested in following our signals and learning more about our system, then I invite you to click here and subscribe to the daily service - since the market can turn on a dime and so too can our interpretation as the market gives its daily clues to the future. Also sign up for our free weekly newsletter, where we provide Alerts from our various traders.

We also offer a daily blog and you can follow our blog posts on on Twitter and on Facebook. We also offer a free weekly indicator chart if you visit our home page and scroll to the bottom. This chart will be updated each week, so be sure to check back frequently for updates. www.stockbarometer.com - don't forget to scroll to the bottom.

As always, if you have any questions or comments, feel free to email me here at jay@stockbarometer.com.

Regards,

 


 

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