7 Habits of Professional Traders

Successful traders and unsuccessful traders are habitually very different from one another. Also, they have very different thought processes and trading habits from each other as well. In this article, we will discuss the key characteristics that make up a successful and professional trader. Traders should constantly be reevaluating their own trading strategies and formulating new ones. After reading this article you will understand how professional traders trade and what you can do to improve your profits and ultimate trading results.

  1. Set Goals

As humans, we are very much goal-oriented. We perform better when we make goals for ourselves because they keep us motivated to perform as well as possible. However, it is important to note the goals that we set for ourselves are the right kind of goals. For instance, traders should not set daily or weekly profit targets because these kinds of goals will create stress, and with an unpredictable market they may be unattainable as well. It is also important that traders continue to review their goals which will keep themselves on track. Simply reviewing goals will keep traders on track to accomplishing them and also gives traders the opportunity to track their trading performance.

  1. Manage Risks

Risk management should always be a priority! Rather than focusing on making profits, traders should direct their focus on control their losses. Check out the BetterTrader article here for more info on the benefits of this idea. The risk factor is a very important thing to take into account when making trades, so it should constantly be kept in check with every single trade. Professional traders are mindful of this and make sure that their risk factor in any trade will not financially impair them. Additionally, traders must always have the size of their position and risk/reward ratio under control as well. For an article on how to control this risk/reward ratio, click here. Lastly, traders should set an exit point before they enter a trade because if they do not then there is no end to the risk factor for that trade. This situation then begins to look more like a gamble than an educated trade since there is no guaranteed amount of risk for the duration of the trade.

  1. Research and Education 

Whenever traders are interacting with the market they should be researching the market and learning from their trades. Traders should obviously be looking into markets they are trading in, but they should also be knowledgeable in related market sectors that have the power to affect markets they are trading in. It takes a well-educated trader to become a successful trader. Successful traders are constantly learning from their mistakes and apply this knowledge to their future trades. This research and understanding of the markets will help condition traders which helps them stick to good trading strategies even when the market is in a frenzy.

  1. Limit Trading Time 

The longer traders sit staring at a screen the harder it becomes to be attentive and thinks clearly. It is good to designate time for trading and some time to take a break as well. However, this designated time should not be too strict as the duration of trades can vary greatly. 

  1. Find a Different Challenging Hobby

Doing another, difficult hobby like golf, rock climbing, running, etc helps individuals grow physically and mentally. New activities allow people’s minds to grow so they are more capable of focusing and dealing with more emotionally intense activities. These activities can lead to people acquiring more skills, especially skills that allow people to become better at their work -including trading. Additionally, after dealing with new challenges in these activities, the challenges of trading can become much easier

  1. Socializing

It is important to take time and communicate with other people. Socialization allows people to see new perspectives and share their feelings with one another which is something traders are not doing while at work. By involving oneself with other people are more likely to be happy thus improving their attitude while at work. Traders could also choose to socialize with other traders as well! The most successful day traders know how to make connections and share the knowledge that will allow them to perform better. They also know how to observe other traders and learn from their techniques. These connections will ultimately lead to a better chance of success while trading.

  1. Continue these habits:

It’s easy to let good habits fall into bad ones. To really be successful as a trader, traders need to make a habit of maintaining these good habits day-in and day-out; in addition, when traders slip up they have to recognize the slip-up and get back on track immediately. Being consistent and practicing good habits like these are well worth it as a trader, and it will contribute significantly to long-term success.


It is clear that in order to become a successful trader, you have to think and act like a successful trader. Through embodying these characteristics and sticking with these habits you will likely improve your profits as a trader. Hopefully, the specific and important habits in this article will help you understand some of the ways professional traders think and act so that you can start acting more like a professional too.

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