Finding your trading niche is not an easy process. There are so many different strategies out there, it can be quite overwhelming for new traders. In order to extract consistent income from the stock market, you need to know how to find and master a very specific area the stock market. Let’s discuss how you can find your trading niche, and what you need to consider when figuring out which strategy to choose.
Master ONE Setup First
The best traders have one setup that they know like the back of their hand. Starting out, you need to focus on finding this setup that you can count on to bring you income. You should consider what type of stock you will trade, what time frame you will trade on, and what patterns you will look for. On these setups, you should know exactly your win percentage, risk vs reward, how much money you will risk, and every other little detail of the setup.
Mastering a setup takes time, and you need to be constantly refining it. One of the hardest things for new traders is sticking to your setup and not deviating. There are so many stocks gapping and moving every day, it is easy to get distracted and try to play a different setup. Discipline to stick to your niche in the early stages of your trading career is CRUCIAL. Once you master your setup and have an extended period of consistent gains, you can start to add more setups to your repertoire.
Find A Strategy That Suits Your Personality
In order find the best trading niche for yourself, you need to be very self-aware and know your personality inside and out. The reality is you will have trouble executing some strategies because your personality is not the right fit for it.
For example, let’s look at the opening range breakout day trading strategy. If you are not a quick and decisive person, you may not be able to execute this strategy successfully. You are usually trading highly volatile stocks with this strategy, and if you cannot react fast enough, you will probably miss the entry. The good news is this skill can be learned.
The point is you need to know yourself and find a strategy that you can execute with an edge. This is NOT an overnight process, and it requires some experimentation. However, once you find a profitable strategy you can execute, you take massive steps towards being able consistently profit in the market.
Data Tells The Truth
Refining an unprofitable strategy is a slow, painful death. Don’t believe anything anyone tells you about trading setups until you see with your own eyes actual data that supports the thesis. You will see a lot of claims on social media about supposedly successful strategies. They might work for others, but you don’t know if it will work for you until you have data.
The only way you will know if you are trading a strategy with an edge is by tracking the data yourself. For this reason, you need to journal all of your trades in order to find trading success. If you are not making money over an extended period of time, you need to make some changes. If you do not have a positive expectancy with your trading, you are just gambling and will lose in the long run.
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