Risk Decisions

How Well Do You Really Know your Own Trading

If you are not at a hedge fund or proprietary trading firm (and in some cases even if you are), you might not really know your own trading. It’s quite easy to look at an equity curve and think that it all you really need to know.

In reality however there is a lot more data […]

Simple Things for Creating a Great Trade

Research is showing how powerful our mental context is in making risk decisions. But the thing is, most traders think mental context is about what they know – their insights, their indicators and their experience. In reality, it goes much further and deeper than that.

Recent experience that seems totally unrelated to trading counts. For example, […]

THE Trading Dilmemma

Maybe the toughest challenge in trading – or market risk decisions – is resolving the conflict over now or later? Should I get in now or later? Should I get out now or later? One can throw a whole bunch of so-called facts at the question and still be no closer to a satisfying (or […]

The Very First (and I what I thought would be the last) Words I Wrote on Trading Psychology

Shull’s first article “What Would Freud Say? Stroll Down Freud’s Mental Path to Profits”, December 2004.

When I wrote this I had NO idea whatsoever that I would ever publicly write or say ANOTHER word on the psychology of trading. It was just an idea I had based on re-writing my Master’s Thesis […]

ReThinking Trading Psychology 101 (version 2)

Originally posted on Business Insider, April 17.

Conventional wisdom in trading psychology used to depend on two primary tenets – discipline and ‘control your emotions’. But that was before neuroscience started putting traders, poker players and other risk-gamers into brain scanners. Now that we know that all decisions depend on the presence of an emotion, most […]

Trader Psychology

There is a LOT of it out there.

In short, how much is based on the very latest out of the neuroscience labs? How much or which of many many practitioners actually pay attention to what is being learned about how the brain processes uncertainty and decisions like when to enter a trade?

I know of a […]

By |March 27th, 2013|Risk Decisions, trading psychology|0 Comments

The Human Trading Condition

Just a few moments ago, I hung up the phone after speaking with a client who heads a trading desk at a bank everyone in the world has heard of. It would be easy to think – “well, that guy has it made”. (Government’s intention to break-up banks and stop prop-trading notwithstanding). Yet, he wants […]

A Fallacy in “plan the trade, trade the plan.”

I followed the dictum for years – or at least I followed it as well as I could. “Plan the trade, trade the plan”. But like everyone else I had trouble with the second part and often chastised myself. That was until neuroscience proved that within uncertainty – like when our brains see markets – […]

By |December 3rd, 2012|Learning Psych Cap, Pure Science, Risk Decisions, Trading Education|0 Comments

Denise talks Trading & Golf Psych on CNBC’s Squawk Box

to discuss her recent book
Market Mind Games

By |September 27th, 2012|Risk Decisions, Worth Reading|0 Comments

Trading Truisms that are really “Trading ‘Psychology-isms”

Here’s a few –

Plan the trade, trade the plan.

3 losers in a row and stop for the day.

Make just $500 ($5000, $50,000) every day.

Control your emotions.

Each one of these is really about the mental game of trading. But each and every one reduces your odds of being a successful trader.

1. Markets are uncertain and human […]

By |September 20th, 2012|Learning Psych Cap, Risk Decisions, Trading Education|0 Comments