The first thing you need to understand is that every trading plan should be laid out on a firm basis. It is not right to start trading without a set-out plan of action. It is easier to lose money in day trading without a set-out action plan.
Another important factor in your profitability or loss is to know your limits. When I began trading in the early eighties, I knew that I had the potential to make a huge amount of money. Unfortunately, in some areas of the market that potential proved to be a false one. Too many traders have made a lot of money in day trading but lost all of it.
Let us examine the Japanese Yen for an example. In the eighties the Japanese Yen was undervalued and there were many opportunities to make money. With a set of cash flow predictions, many traders made over five hundred million dollars. Many traders were well paid and some did even better.
What went wrong was that the profits from trading were based on market conditions that were not good. In the dot-com boom, people bought shares in various Internet companies, believing they would go up. Instead, they dropped in value leaving the investors with a loss.
Those days I am living in now, where the Japanese Yen is undervalued are probably just like me in the eighties. You can make a great deal of money in the stock market, but that only happens when you know what to do.
You need to keep a watchful eye on the market and take action when the price rises or falls to maintain your daily profits. This is where the systems come in.
There are many systems out there to help traders make money and keep losses to a minimum. Some people believe they have the best system ever. I think the systems are there to make profits and minimize losses.
You want to find a system that has been used and tested by others. There are plenty of people who trade day after day trying to make a profit, but end up losing all of their capital. This happens because they do not know how to make a profit.
There are many types of traders who are able to make a profit, but still lose a lot of money. Many traders cannot stop themselves from making mistakes. They get into a mode and think they are in control of everything, which they are not.
These people think they can learn certain techniques that will allow them to learn by trial and error. They think that if they use some methods the next trade will be a winner. They are often missing the point.
If you lose the Japanese Yen in your account, then know that it is because you did not learn to make a profit in the market. Learn from others and be prepared to lose if they cannot teach you how to do so.