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The Great Advantage of Stock Trading - the Free Ride

September 30, 2015

In a game of poker, it cost money to see your cards out of the deal; you must pay an ante, or post blinds and pay the house “time” in order to play the probabilities.  Now imagine you could see every hand for free and place your bet only when the cards were stacked in your favor.  How could you lose over time? 


In the stock market, you have the luxury of being able to stay on the sidelines, free of charge, observing and waiting for the most opportune moment to wager.  In essence, you get to see the cards before you bet.  This is a wonderful advantage that few exploit properly. 


It’s unnecessary to be too anxious to be involved in every market movement.  Be selective and pick your entry spots very carefully.  Wait until the probabilities are stacked in your favor before you act.  If you’re patient enough, you can profit from less disciplined, less able opponents, but it takes discipline on your part. 


Out of all of the individuals that speculate in the financial markets, few devote the time, focus and discipline required for superior performance. That’s OK though, that’s what makes a market. One of the great things about the stock market is that skilled and unskilled, professionals and amateurs can all compete in the same ring. This is one of the reasons the market is not purely random, and why superior technique can win, even over superior information.


Through superior skill and discipline, you can take money from those who have less skill and discipline.  If you fail to trade at the best of your abilities, someone will take money from you.  Remember, while you’re doing nothing, less disciplined and less skilled players are laying the foundation for your success. I assure you there’s a fortune in this last sentence.




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