As the saying goes, “Patience is a virtue.” When it comes to investing, this is especially true. But although even the best traders and investors understand how important patience is, very few have mastered the skill. Patience in trading is a disciplined art and must be practiced intensively before it becomes automatic.
Whether it’s with stocks, commodities or Forex, holding back from a knee-jerk reaction to trading is difficult to do. Logic takes a back seat to our emotions and we end up making a quick, often non-judicious, decision. Reigning in our need for quick results is an acquired talent.
Here’s what usually happens: As a trader, you’ve done your due diligence, sought out the best Forex broker and opened an account. Intellectually, you choose the direction in which the currency pair will move, (based on a gut feeling?) and wait. The price starts to move in the opposite direction and you start to panic. You place an order below your planned entry point in a rush to make sure you don't miss the trade. You’ve now diminished some of your potential profit. More importantly, you have broken the rules that caused you to enter the trade in the first place.