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Successful Futures Trading

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What makes one futures trader successful, while another is not?

Is it intelligence? No. If it were, then doctors, lawyers, and engineers would make the best futures traders.

Is it the latest futures trading software program? No. If it were then the developers of the "magic black boxes" would be the best traders.

Is it commodities trading experience? No. If it were then all successful traders would be bald or have gray hair, and we know this is not the case.

Is it those that have inside information? No. Be real. In today's futures trading world data and information are global and instantaneous.

What then is the key?

I'll tell you. It is one factor. An all encompassing trait that successful futures traders have in common. They can be male or female, young or old, experienced or novice traders. What is it?


Discipline is the answer. Everything else pales in comparison in importance. Every successful trader has discipline as a strong and consistent part of their personality. Their futures trading style can be aggressive or conservative. They can be scalpers or long term position traders. Regardless of the specific style, every successful futures trader is always disciplined. Without discipline, sooner or later, and usually sooner, a futures trader will fail and lose his capital. No ifs, ands, or buts. Period. It is a certainty.

Well, this presents us with a significant problem. Most humans have a problem with discipline. So, as a commodities trader, how can you improve your chances of overcoming this obstacle to success? Have a trading plan and stick to it.

Futures Trading Strategy  — Inside Futures
Overpriced and over-complex futures contract trading strategies that include complex formulas and multiple lagging indexes are generally not conducive to successful futures trading.

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