1 It’s not my fault — I didn’t even know it was a mistake!
Mistake 1: defining a trading mistake (with Dr Van Tharp) 1
2 The horse goes in front of the cart
Mistake 2: jumping into the market before having learned the required skills (with David Hunt) 13
3 Failing to plan is planning to fail
Mistake 3: not having a clearly defined and documented trading plan (with Justine Pollard) 23
4 Get that monkey off my back
Mistake 4: not trusting your own ability (with Louise Bedford) 35
5 Nice knowing me
Mistake 5: not aligning your trading strengths (with Brett Steenbarger) 45
20 Most Common Trading Mistakes
6 Easy come, easy go
Mistake 6: overcomplicating the entry process (with Russell Sands) 57
7 Complex complexity
Mistake 7: making trading too complicated (with Davin Clarke) 65
8 Too many contracts, not enough shares
Mistake 8: not understanding money management (with Ryan Jones) 73
9 1000 per cent return in three days — sure, it happens all the time
Mistake 9: paying good money for a dodgy trading ‘system’ (with Wayne McDonell) 87
10 Heads, I win; tails, you lose!
Mistake 10: failing to understand the numbers (with Gary Stone) 97
11 Bet big to lose big
Mistake 11: misusing leverage and margin (with Christopher Tate) 111
12 What’s the time, Mr Wolf?
Mistake 12: confusing time frames and trading strategies (with Jake Bernstein) 125
13 Where the ^!*# is the exit?
Mistake 13: not having a clearly defi ned exit strategy (with Larry Williams) 135
14 But the guy on TV said it would go up tomorrow!
Mistake 14: listening to the advice of media and others (with Glen Larson) 147
15 Half price and still too expensive
Mistake 15: averaging down (with Tom Scollon) 157
16 I’m right! The market’s wrong
Mistake 16: lacking discipline (with Dr Harry Stanton) 165
17 The emotions of a robot
Mistake 17: emotive and subjective trading (Kel Butcher) 173
18 Overworked and underpaid
Mistake 18: overtrading (various) 185
19 Fat fingers, 10 000 too many, and busting trades
Mistake 19: operational errors (with John Robertson) 197
20 I’m sure I filed that somewhere …
Mistake 20: avoiding the paperwork (with Jason Cunningham) 207