If you're like me, you probably weren't exactly sure how to get started trading. It's tough. There's so much noise out there. And, like me, you found yourself spending a lot of time and your hard earned cash chasing empty promises. For me, my true enlightenment finally came when I realized that simple techniques could actually work in real markets.
"When you are in a slump, you're not in for much fun. Unslumping yourself is not easily done"
Even if you've been trading for a while, at some point, you'll hit some tough times. We all do. It's what happens during those tough times that defines us. There are pitfalls that we can easily fall into in order to "get back" what the market "took" from us. This could be using excessive risk, trading in less-than-ideal conditions, attempting to use complex methods to outsmart the market, and a host of other bad behaviors. If we're not careful, we could easily spiral downward during these inevitable bad times.
"I fear not the man who has practiced 10,000 kicks once, but I fear the man who has practiced one kick 10,000 times"
Over the years, I've answered tens of thousands of emails from those who are struggling. In virtually all cases, their problems were solved by simply getting back to the basics. All that was needed to return to profitability was to exercise proper money management, trade only in trending markets, and follow the trading plan vs. giving into inevitable psychological and physiological urges that come with bad times.
I believe with 100% conviction that anyone can learn to trade. There is one small caveat: *You have to want to be successful. You may be thinking, wait, doesn’t everyone want to be successful? I’m not so sure. The biggest problem that I see with many traders is that they abandon their plan in attempt to outsmart the markets. They refuse to give up on pre-conceived notions and aren’t willing to ignore much of what has been taught as “conventional wisdom. ” They tend to interject logic into what the market should be doing vs. accepting what the market is doing. The good news is that these problems are easily fixed through understanding how markets really work and accepting what is.
Highly intelligent people can often make for bad traders - This is because they fail to accept the fact that markets are often irrational and always emotional.
I once received an email from someone who was literally a rocket scientist. He said: “Rocket science is not rocket science. Trading is rocket science!” I explained to him that his difficulties stemmed from the fact that he was trying to interject logic and reasoning into the equation. These things might help to get a rocket off the ground but don’t always apply to trading.
It’s not just rocket scientists that struggle. The same often holds true for doctors, lawyers, automatic transmission mechanics, and any others who are highly skilled or educated. It’s not your fault. In fact, once we get deep into trading psychology, you'll discover that you may have had years and years of “bad training” for the markets. This can be easily undone. So, if you're smart, don't worry. You're not doomed! You’re just going to have to accept the fact that logic doesn’t often apply. Once you understand how markets actually work, then you just have to be willing to follow along.
Trading is far from easy but it's not nearly as hard as many try to make it. The mechanics are actually quite simple. In fact, it never ceases to amaze me how the simplest of concepts can work quite well in real markets. This inspired me to trademark “Trading Simplified.”
There are two ways to become a successful trader-an easy way and a hard way. The hard, and very expensive, way is to abandon the basics and try out numerous methodologies that seem to be “too good to be true.” And, then later find out that they truly are too good to be true. This journey can take years and provided that you don’t go broke and/or give up in frustration, you reach true enlightenment when you return back to the basics.
My advice is simple - Take the easy route. Start with a simple methodology and stick with it until you become successful. Once you accomplish that, then, and only then, you can slowly add slightly more advanced strategies. Skipping the typical trader's journey will save you a lot of time and money. Never forget that if you're not successful with the basics, you won't be successful with more complex methods. You might want to write that down.
Good trends don't come along every day - It will take some time to catch good market trends. The good news is that if you learn how to recognize and get aboard them, you’ll be ready for when they do. You’ll limit your losses in less-than-ideal conditions and do extremely well in great conditions.
If someone had a goose that laid golden eggs why would they sell it? Good question! If you're like me, you've probably ended up on a few marketing lists. And, like me, you probably get emails daily with inflated promises. Here are just two of my favorites:
“Make 10-million in 10 minutes a day”
“Make 2-4% every day.”
Obviously, “make 10 million in 10 minutes a day" is complete and utter BS but, how about 2%-4% every day? Well, with simple compounding, a $10,000 account would be worth between 1.4 million and 181 million in less than one year. That’s returns in the 14,000% to 1,800,000% range. Again, these claims are slightly exaggerated-sarcasm implied. And, if they were true, why would you tell anyone?
"There is something that everyone who succeeds in markets follows, knowingly or unknowingly"
"The ONLY way to make money on a trade is to capture a trend"
I'm going to let you in on a little secret that marketers don't want you to know. The secret to trading is that there is no secret. No one knows exactly what a market will do: not you, not me, and certainly not the guy who screams on TV. Knowing this is actually quite liberating! We can cut through the BS by understanding that the only way to make money in a market is to capture a trend. Period. This goes for any methodology. Once you accept this fact then you can spend your time seeking out trends and then looking to get aboard them.
Unfortunately, there is a big dilemma when it comes to trading trends.....
"You cannot predict trends but you can follow them forever"
Predicting the markets is akin to predicting the weather. Only short-term forecasts are viable. If it's cloudy and thundering there's a good chance that it will rain soon but you don't know if it will be raining this time next week or next month.
Short-term trading has higher accuracy and the risks are generally lower. Unfortunately, gains are often limited. Big trends take time to develop. And, the really bad news is that something bad can still happen. Trading where the gains are limited and the losses are potentially unlimited is a recipe for disaster-with ANY methodology.
The real money is in longer-term trading. Unfortunately, so is the risk. The longer that you're in a market the better the chances are that you will get soaked. We all read about these famous long-term traders, but a quick Google search shows that many of them subsequently blow up.
This creates a dilemma. Short-term trading has its problems as does longer-term trading. In order to be successful trading, you must control losses while still allowing for the potential for longer-term gains. So what's a trader to do? Both! It doesn't have to be a mutually exclusive decision. You truly can have your cake and eat it too by trading for both short-term AND longer-term gains. Through proper money and position management you can take short-term profits just in case the trend is a short one but stay with the remainder of the position should it turn into the mother-of-all trends.
"We have found the enemy and he is us"
The bad news is that we’re simply not made to trade. This is on both a psychological and a physiological basis. The things that are keeping you alive and making you successful in your career are detrimental to your trading account. Once you accept these facts you'll instantly be able to identify the bad-for-trading behaviors and take simple steps to correct them.
When, not if, you find yourself struggling with your trading, it could have absolutely nothing to do with you. During these times you must identify anything in your life that has nothing whatsoever to do with trading that could be coming between you and your success. Correcting these things in your life will vastly improve your trading.
The good news is that once you embrace the fact that "we're not made to trade" you'll be on your way to success. There are very simple "hacks" that you can take to counteract these seemingly unavoidable human tendencies. For example, is the Siren call of micromanagement taking you out of great trades? Place a proper stop order and then go about your life. This simple step alone will help you to be "as close to the market as you need to be, but no closer."
It never ceases to amaze me that virtually all of my best trades come from the most simplest of setups. A stock will be in an obvious and persistent trend and then have a sharp move lower. Looking to enter after traders are "knocked out" can lead to explosive moves.
Money management isn't sexy but you have to have it. All trades, even well-thought ones, eventually end badly.
Trading is unfair. You have to make back more than you lose. For instance, if you lose 10%, you'll have to make back 11.1% just to get back to breakeven. And, unfortunately, it grows geometrically from there. This is why systems that only make small gains eventually will fail. The good news is that through proper money management you can keep losses in check while still allowing for potentially unlimited gains.
Trading is not easy, but it’s not nearly as difficult as many try to make it. Simple techniques can actually work quite well in real markets.
Since the only way to profit from a trade is to capture a trend, focus on identifying trends and then looking to get aboard them.
All trades, even good ones, eventually end badly. Further, trading is unfair because the percent to recovery from losses grows geometrically. Considering these two inescapable facts, you must have a solid money and position management plan in place that limits losses while still allowing for unlimited gains.
Beginner’s can skip the Holy Grail hunt by learning and sticking with the basics until they become successful. More seasoned traders who find themselves struggling must return to the basics until they regain their confidence.
The greatest methodology in the world is useless without the proper mindset to follow it.
You have to embrace the fact that we're not made to trade from both physiological and psychological levels and then take steps to train your brain. Having the proper mindset is key but there's one more important step. You must then identify anything in your life that has nothing whatsoever to do with trading that might have you doomed from the start.
Ready to start trading but are not sure where to start? Have you been trading for a while but have begun to lose your way?
This comprehensive course starts small and builds...and builds. Even if you've never traded before, it's all there from the ground up: Setups, Money & Position Management, and last but not least you: Trading Psychology.
“The trader psychology you go through and the money management you tie into it is gold, something I definitely think people aren’t spending much time taking to understand.
The second half of the trade is now up over 62%. I find this trade to be the poster child to the methodology and also a fantastic example of being patient till being proven right or wrong.
Dave is not going to tell you what you want to hear, he’s going to tell you what you need to hear. He explains the importance of money management and the need to eliminate losing trades. He teaches the discipline to wait for the proper time to enter a trade. He also teaches you when to accept a loss and move on to the next trade. He is both a successful trader and a remarkably talented instructor. Dave has the temperament, knowledge, and experience that is needed in this industry. He’s also a genuinely nice guy with a wild sense of humor.
Dave Landry is a real trader who knows his stuff. Too many in this business are fakes. Anyone who can teach others to trade must also trade. Dave's books and courses are valuable; I have no problem recommending them.
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First of all, I can't thank you enough for making so much sense about trading but even more importantly your ability to make the complex simple with humor AND patience. Those are truly gifts.
You turned my whole trading world upside down and fixed it.....You may use anything you want that I said. You could also add that I was using one plan then another then another then back to the first one. I wasn't always using stops and was placing them too tight. I just didn't have the cocktail napkin: stop, entry, move stop, target, take 1/2 and move stop up, in place....my money management was horrible, with no idea of risk factors. Thanks! You've made me a better trader. Also, thanks for the education section of your website.
Dave Landry has been actively trading the markets since the early 90s. In 1995 he founded Sentive Trading, LLC--a trading and consulting firm and in 1998 DaveLandry.com--trader's education. He has worked with several hedge funds and thousands of individual traders. He is author three best selling books on trading including The Layman’s Guide to Trading Stocks. His books has been translated into eight languages total. He has made several television appearances and has written articles for many magazines including Technical Analysis of Stocks & Commodities, Active Trader, Currency Trader, Traders Journal-Singapore, and TRADERS' (Italy, Germany, UK, Greece). His works have been referenced in many books on techncial trading including Technical Analysis: The Complete Resource For Financial Market Technicians. He has been publishing daily web based commentary on technical trading since 1997. He has spoken at numerous trading conferences both nationally and internationally-including Russia, Australia, Hong Kong, Germany, and Italy. He has a B.S. in Computer Science and an MBA. He was registered Commodity Trading Advisor (CTA) from 1995 to 2009. He is a former board member of the American Association of Professional Technical Analysts and is currently a member in good standing.
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Trading is not without risk but this course is 100% risk free. You have nothing to lose and everything to gain. I strongly believe that my common sense approach to markets, money management, and trading psychology is the best way to trade. Period. However, if for any reason you're not completely satisfied, I'll refund 100% of your purchase price within the first 30-days.
It's fully disclosed, simple, repeatable, and easy to follow. It's also reality based.
Unfortunately, no. The techniques are reality based. And, the reality is that there are NO get rich quick schemes when it comes to markets. No one has the secret formula. Like ANY methodology, there are good times and there will be bad times. The good news is through a conceptually correct approach with proper money management you'll do fantastic in great conditions and be able to survive relatively unscathed in less-than-ideal conditions.
Absolutely! Human nature is human nature, regardless of the market. I just prefer stocks because they are more inefficient (have the potential to make larger moves) but do trade other markets like Forex with the exact same patterns.
Absolutely! First, you'll learn how to make a simple plan to begin with that combines the setups with money management. Next, you'll learn how to accept the fact that we are simply not made to trade. That's 90% of the battle. The other 10% is to identify and remedy external forces and internal psychological issues that are hindering you.
Absolutely! I practice what I preach. Over the years, I have worked with several institutions and thousands of individuals. The same techniques in these videos are what I use in my own trading and consulting. In fact, the examples in the course were taking directly from my personal trades and/or my Trading Service.
As soon as you purchase, you'll receive a log on to the course. From there you'll be part of our learning management system. Here we'll track your progress as you work through the lessons. You'll start small in build. In the first week, you'll have access to the first 4 base lessons with quizzes. After that, you will receive the more involved remaining 11 lessons weekly.
The methodology works in both up and down markets. The great thing is that through the transitional patterns, you'll know when an old bull trend is coming to an end and a new one is emerging. You can then short stocks using the techniques explained. If you don't short you can trade only setups that trigger contra to the overall market (possibly commodity related stocks) or you can simply wait in cash while everyone else stresses as their buy and hold investments deteriorate.
Absolutely! If you're prepared to put in the work to go through the course, I'll be happy to answer any questions as they arise. Simply email me. In fact, I give lifetime support on all of my courses on any questions as they pertain to the course.
P.S.:: I know it's tough getting started in trading, especially with all the noise and BS out there. I also realize that it can be tough to get back to profitability after some initial success. So, if you're searching or have lost your way, start this course today!