Overview This article will discuss the ways in which emotions influence our trading decisions. We will also consider the mass psychology of FX market participants with a view to utilising their behaviour to improve our trading edge. Man or Machine?Do you want to replace your emotional, impressionable self with an all-encompassing black box to execute your FX trading plan?The vast majority of the most successful traders in the world possess, or have learned to develop, a state of emotional disconnectedness from their trading. The ability to doggedly stick to a plan, even through periods of drawdown, is a testament to their remarkably robotic decision making ability. In a bid to artificially recreate this trait in your trading you may have considered programming, or buying, your own automated algorithm. However, if like me, you find it difficult to calculate support/resistance levels, program recognisable chart patterns, and quantify many other seemingly arbitrary elements with any useful accuracy, you will also begin to realise the sheer number of interlinked factors that must be considered. Discretion, born out of intuition, is often something we exhibit without realising, but it …
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