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  • 01

    Keep Yourself Informed

    There’s no guarantee that a particular news item will affect a market in a specific way, but being aware of what’s going on the financial world – and indeed, the world in general – may help you avoid basic trading errors. US Sanctions on Russian energy, for instance, could have a negative effect on Western oil companies with holdings in Russia. In another example, when the Yen is weak against the Dollar, it often boosts Japanese exporters, sending the Nikkei Index higher. Making sure that you’re up to date with global news – not just financial news, but geopolitical news as well – may prevent you from making ill-advised decisions based on a lack of knowledge.

  • 02

    Look at Pre-Market Trading

    Before the official opening of daily stock exchanges, non-official pre-market trading takes place. Such trading often gives an indication of the rough level that a stock market may open, allowing you to anticipate market movement and create a stop order to open should the asset in question appreciate or depreciate by a certain amount. Remember, there’s no indication that a stock that rises or falls in pre-market trading will continue to appreciate or depreciate when that market officially opens, since there’s a much larger trading volume once the market opens properly for the day.

  • 03

    Beware of 'Ground Floors'

    It’s not an uncommon situation; a stock plunges in value – for any one of a multitude of different reasons. There can then be a temptation for investors to ‘get in on the ground floor’, buying the stock at a low level and subsequently profiting when the stock price rebounds. The problem with this is that there’s no guarantee that the stock will end up rebounding – just as there’s no guarantee that the level that the stock was purchased at really is the ‘ground floor.’ After all, what goes down doesn’t necessarily come back up.

  • 04

    Calmness and Deliberation

    Every trader loses money on a trade at some point, but that doesn’t make the experience any less upsetting. Trading in a heightened emotional state can potentially lead to making rash decisions and taking risky positions in an attempt to recover money. If you feel that you may not be in the right mindset to trade in a calm fashion, you might want to consider taking a break from trading until you feel ready to resume.