A Level-Headed Approach to the Markets

There’s lots to choose from in the market-place.

Many seek a profession in the markets. If you belong to this category, first spend as much time as possible trying out as much as you can from the vast choice this multi-faceted international trading fraternity has to offer. Develop a feel for things. Your first goal is to identify a niche-segment for yourself. It will take as long as it takes. Have patience. Are you more comfortable with equity rather than commodities, which are even more volatile? Are you just happy doing arbitrage? Or, do you prefer options? It’s questions like these you are trying to answer at this stage.

Remember, the markets don’t require an MBA or any other recognized degree qualification for one to be successful. Honestly speaking, degrees are a hindrance, since the teaching is done by professors who are mostly theoretically active.  One out of a hundred market-teachers actually plays the market with his or her own money. Thus most or all one learns about the markets in college is not really relevant.

Wanna learn to be successful at the markets? Then play them. With your own money. Day in, day out. Feel the pain of loss. Feel the pleasure of profit. Make all the mistakes you can at this stage while things are still small. Let’s see you taking small losses and letting profits run, the easiest thing in the world to say but the hardest thing in the world to do. Let’s see you starting to get the basics right at least and then building up from there.

Thus, slowly but surely, identify your A-game, i.e. your niche-segment. This is the area you are most comfortable moving in. And that’s why, when developed properly, this area will give you a regular income very soon. Since you are comfortable in the area you move in now, that’s your next goal: A Regular Income.

More on that some other day…


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