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The Market is Not Your Enemy

The Market is Not Your Enemy


The price action on Thursday, December 3 following the ECB meeting, where the EURUSD had a 425 pip range, is one of those day where those wedded to the short side had a very difficult day. It reminded me of my article The Market is Not Your Enemy, and I thought it was timely to post it again.  This is a must read for anyone trading as I am sure many of you have gone through this and it is an experience you should not go through again. 


Have you ever had one of those trading days? Have you ever lost money trading and gotten mad at the market? Have you ever taken it personally, lost discipline and tried to convince yourself the market is wrong? Did this make you feel like the forex market was your enemy?  Did this have you fight the trend in order to beat the market only to see your efforts repeatedly stopped out? This has probably happened to most traders at one time or another but it is not something you want to repeat.

The market is not your enemy. It is not a living organism although sometimes it might feel that way. The market is just a place where trades are transacted. Price action may sometimes seem illogical, even irrational but the market is never wrong as it does not have an opinion. It is only a place where forex rates are set. It is the collective will of those trading the market. 

There is a term used in forex trading, the trend is your friend. When you catch a trend right, there is little stress, especially if you manage stops so that there is no risk of a loss. When you fight a trend, the market may feel like your enemy if you make it a battle of wills, yours against a place that has no will or opinion. .

Now, this is where the “market is my enemy” can take over. You can’t believe the forex market is acting irrationally and keep selling at every pause. Each time you get stopped out you get angry, not at yourself but at the market. You can’t believe the market is doing this to you and stiffen your back. You forget about what charts are saying, throw discipline out the window and become determined to catch the top by selling when charts are telling you to buy.  By the time the move stalls out, you are beaten, having taken your lumps in what has been an emotionally draining day battling with an unemotional market. The market corrects without you on board.

Does this sound familiar? If so, then don’t repeat it. Step back when that feeling comes and take a deep breath. Walk away and come back with a clear head. Remember, the forex market is not your enemy. It is not a living organism. It is only a place where trades are transacted and prices set. When that feeling comes, remember the adage, “the market can remain irrational longer than you can remain solvent.”..

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