Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Weeding out Market Noise

If you pay attention to the stock market at all you will get bombarded with tons of useless facts about what is going on with the country, how the economy is improving/ getting worse, how inflation rates are changing, what the unemployment rate is.

It is difficult to find out which information is useful and which information is not useful. Easy, remember 90% of all information talked about in the stock market is completely useless, at least when it comes to making money. You cannot decide what to buy and what to sell based purely on inflation rates, or what the media says.

Your success as a trader will partly be decided by your ability of weeding out market noise. In fact ignoring all irrelevant facts about what is happening in the market will help you in the long run.

So what do you rely on? Simple your system, everyone who ever has, is, or will make consistent money in the stock market has done so by following their own system of trading or investing, that’s a fact.

It’s a shame that most traders will allow all of the market noise to get the best of them and break there rules. It happens to everyone who has just started trading, you will buy a stock because it looks like a good buy according to your rules, but then bad news comes out and you start thinking, “Oh no, that sounds really, really bad I better sell everything I own cause the markets going to crash”. Only to see your stock rally after you sell it. Following your rules would have helped you here.

There are 3 things you need to do in order to be successful in the market.

1. Develop your goal for the stock market. Investing without goals is like buying a lottery ticket, you don’t know what will happen but you hope everything will turn out for the best.

2. Develop a system and follow it, everyone who makes money in the market follows this step.

3. Weed out market noise, who cares what some random guy with a degree in economics on CNN says about the stock market. There is no college degree that will turn you into a stock market trader.

Follow these goals and you are on your way to making money in the markets.

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