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Do You Have An Unconscious Trading Bias?

Do you have a trading bias? Or are you a trader that is comfortable on both sides of the market?

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What is a trading bias?

A trading bias can be an opinion about the market, or a certain currency pair, but it could also be an unconscious behavioural pattern that is affecting your profitability in the market.

Many traders do not realize they have an unconscious trading bias, but recognizing that you have one, and understanding how it can impact your trading performance, is something that you may need to do in order to make yourself a better trader.

Trader psychology does play an important role in trading, fear and greed are the most common problems that traders have to deal with on a daily basis, but if you have been trading for a while, as I have, there are some interesting characteristics that you may be applying to your trading behaviour, without actually realizing it.

When I first started trading.

I have been trading for almost 25 years. I first started trading equities in the early 90’s. When I started out on my trading career all those years ago, I did not have all the sophisticated charting software that we have today. I remember having to plot my charts on graph paper that I purchased from WH Smiths.

I first started out as a retail investor rather than a trader, plotting my charts by hand with end of the day prices taken from the Financial Times. My strategy was to buy and hold, buying value on dips, and following the long term trend. I had never heard of shorting, and with the limited resources available to me, I only really had the option to buy stock. So my brain was conditioned to only look for buying opportunities.

This early learned behaviour pattern has unconsciously been carried with me all my trading career. Even now when I am trading, I always feel more comfortable when buying rather than selling. These early trading experiences have shaped my trading psychology to this day, and there will be others in the same mindset.

Did you start your trading career buying equities?

If you started out in equities as I did, there is a good chance you will be more comfortable with long positions, rather than short positions, as I am. This bias does not stop me from taking short trades, but it just feels a little more normal when I am long.

start trading careerIf you keep a trading diary as most traders do, it would be a good idea to look back at the trades you have taken, and compare your long trades against your short trades. Are you taking more longs than shorts, or vice versa? Also look at the profitability of your longs verses your shorts.

An unconscious trading bias can also affect the length of time you stay in trades, so check that too. Are you mostly staying in long trades or short trades?

Knowledge is the biggest asset to trading profitability in my opinion, but it will help your trading if you can understand your trading behaviour, and recognize any trading bias that you may have, that could be affecting your profitability in the market.

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