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4/19/2007 12:38:00 PM

How Is Staying OBJECTIVE Important to Your Trading?
By Larry Levin of Secrets of Traders

(The following is an excerpt from Larryís new book, How I Made 1,900,336.82 Trading CommoditiesÖ )

Do you believe anything can happen in the market at any time? If you do, good for you--this is what being objective is all about. A profitable trader needs to be thinking constantly that the market can do whatever it wants, whenever it wants. Many people get into trouble by thinking the market cannot or will not do certain things.

Many traders put mental limits on where they think the market should go, often yielding bad results. I remember a time a few years ago when I was in the S&Ps, and there were about five minutes left until the market closed. One trader told me he thought the market was going to break another 5.00 points in the S&P futures. I said there was no way this was going to happen with only a few minutes left until the market closed. He said that it didnít matter if there was only one minute left; for the S&Ps (or any market) to move, all it had to do was be open. And he was right. In the next four minutes, the market dropped 5.00 points, just as he had predicted. If I hadnít limited my beliefs, I could have made money on that trade. But unfortunately, I was not objective enough to believe the market could really break that far in such a short amount of time. My limited beliefs prevented me from making money that day.

But in the end, that situation helped me to be more objective in the future. It was definitely one of the stepping-stones for me toward realizing that anything can happen at any time in the market. All it has to do is be open. So what does it take to remain objective?

To be objective, you canít put your demands and expectations on the market. First, youíre cutting yourself off and distorting vital information that the market offers to help you decide which way it is going. Second, as an individual trader, you donít have enough power to control the market and to make it live up to your expectations. Thus, you must learn to be objective in your market observations.

This doesnít mean that you canít have an opinion about the market. It only means that your opinion just as easily can be wrong as it is right. In other words, you need to be completely ready and comfortable for it to be wrong. You need to release yourself from having to be right about market direction. The more objective you are, the less you will distort the information you receive.

Mark Douglas, the author of the book The Disciplined Trader, states that there are seven characteristics of an objective person:

You feel no pressure to do anything
You have no feeling of fear
You feel no sense of rejection
There is no (absolute) right or wrong
You recognize that this is what the market is telling you
You can observe the market from the perspective as if you were not in a position
You are not focused on money but on the structure of the market

Can you see any of the above qualities in yourself? Great! Youíre on the right track. Again, you need to release yourself from that burning need to be right. If you constantly need to be right, this is not the business for you. To be a successful trader, you will not always be right, but you will always need to be objective.

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