Common Mistakes New Traders Make and How to Avoid Them

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Trading can be an exciting journey, but it’s easy to stumble along the way, especially when you’re just starting out. This causes many people to get frustrated and in many cases want to quit trading all together. I have been there and completely understand that mindset. But, in this post we’ll take a look at some common mistakes new traders make and how you can steer clear of them.

Lack of Proper Education

One of the biggest blunders new traders make is diving into the market without having proper education. It’s like trying to swim in the deep end before learning to float. Take the time to understand the basics of trading, learn about different strategies, and familiarize yourself with market terminology. There are plenty of resources out there than can help get you pointed in the right direction, including here on my blog and at the Logical Trading Academy. Just watching a couple of videos isn’t enough, you need to spend some serious time getting to know the markets before diving in or you will get eaten alive.


Over-leveraging is very similar to playing with fire. While it may seem tempting to boost your potential profits by using leverage, it can also magnify your losses significantly. As a new trader, it’s crucial to resist the urge to over-leverage your trades, or leverage trade at all until you have more experience with just basic trading. If you decide to go ahead and stick your toe in the leverage trading pools, stick to conservative position sizes and avoid putting too much of your capital at risk on any single trade.

Ignoring Risk Management

Probably the biggest culprit of loss and frustration for traders of all experience levels is ignoring your risk management plan. Risk management is the lifeblood of successful trading, yet it’s often overlooked by most beginners. Let’s not lie to ourselves here, we have all made some big risk management mistakes along the way. Without proper risk management, even the most promising trading strategies can lead to disaster.

Always assess the potential risks before entering a trade, set stop-loss orders to limit losses, and avoid risking more than you can afford to lose. Remember, preserving your capital is key to long-term success.

Emotional Trading

Trading can take you on a rollercoaster of emotions, but letting your feelings dictate your trading decisions is a recipe for disaster. Fear, greed, and impatience are the biggest enemies of rational trading. Learn to keep your emotions in check by sticking to a well-defined trading plan and following it religiously. If you find yourself making impulsive decisions based on emotions, take a step back and reassess before executing any trades. As I have quoted many times before in my trading blogs:

You gotta check yourself before you wreck yourself! – Ice Cube

Chasing Hot Tips and Hype

In the age of social media and online forums, it’s easy to get caught up in the hype surrounding hot stock tips or some kind of crypto news. However, chasing after the latest fad can lead to significant losses if you are not careful and following your trading plan. Remember, by the time a stock is being hyped up online, it may already be overvalued and the founders or insiders are ready to dump on the market. Instead of blindly following the crowd and getting that taste of FOMO, do your own research, and make informed decisions based on sound analysis.

Lack of Patience and Discipline

Probably my biggest downfall to be honest is the lack of patience. Patience and discipline are virtues that every trader must cultivate. Rome wasn’t built in a day, and neither is a successful trading career. Avoid the temptation to chase quick profits or revenge trade after a loss. Stick to your trading plan, be patient, and trust in your strategy. Consistency and discipline are the keys to long-term profitability in the markets.

This principle alone has caused me to change up my trading strategy to a more longer term swing trading strategy. I found myself getting very impatient as a day trader, staring at the charts waiting for something to setup. I would get a bug up my butt and jump in at the wrong time and either get stopped out of the trade then have it go the way I wanted, or worse. So it’s a good idea to slow down and let the trade play.


While trading offers the potential for very attractive and lucrative returns, it’s not without its pitfalls, especially for new traders. By avoiding common mistakes such as lack of education, over-leveraging, ignoring risk management, emotional trading, chasing hot tips, and lacking patience and discipline, you can increase your chances of success in the market. Remember, trading is a journey, so take your time, learn from your mistakes, and keep refining your skills along the way.

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The information in this trade journal is for educational purposes only and should not be considered financial advice. Please consult with a qualified financial advisor before making any investment decisions.


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