There is zero doubt in my mind that many people will be able to relate to this trader’s journey. Thanks to the openness and honesty of chat room member “Luna” (same name in chat room), we were able to go step-by-step through a journey filled with many struggles; however, at the end resulted in a spot that many new traders fine themselves in. The this “spot” is a problem, the good news is the solution is very straight forward. Sure, hearing what Luna realized he needed to focus on is not the most attractive and sexy thing from a marketing perspective, but it’s the truth and is something that EVERYONE and ANYONE can do.
Luna has been a member for many years and got interested in trading in 2012. He got involved when a bank said that they would add a small amount of their own funds if he made a large enough deposit to start an account. He planned on being a buy and hold trader.
He began to buy shares of companies he was familiar with/used often in everyday life. In the next few years, Luna got interested in penny stocks based on penny stock newsletters primarily. Unfortunately he usually ended up buying in the ‘dump phase’ of a pump and dump.
Luna got hosed on one trade and blew up his account so this led him to the rebuilding phase. After learning about options he decided to focus specifically on them to trade larger names that moved less on emotion. To avoid the ticket charge at his brokerage, he ended up trading 5 contracts at a time which was much larger size than he should have used.
He is currently paper trading to solidify his strategy while he saves up to build up an account. He has opened and gone through multiple 100 dollar accounts so he would like to build up a larger account so that he didn’t have to go all in on every trade with a small account. He is building his account with a good old fashioned JOB.
I was completely blind to the market. I thought you had to work for a company to even buy shares of that company.
I blamed myself. I was completely uneducated, throwing darts and not knowing what I was doing.
I did a whole week of paper trading and then I went live. I didn’t keep it realistic either.
I was greedy.
Trying to build the account a little higher. I’ve come to realize I need to start with more than 100 dollars.
I am passionate and persistent to figure this thing out and not give up. I will learn how to do this.