Mark Douglas is president of Trading Behavior Dynamics, Inc., a Chicago-based consulting firm that helps traders around the world (individuals, CTAs, and brokerage firms) master the psychological discipline necessary to trade successfully. Mark leads seminars, counsels individual traders, and consults with financial trading organizations. He is a frequent speaker for TAG in Europe and the Far East as well as the annual TAG conference in the United States. Mark’s first book, the critically acclaimed bestseller, The Disciplined Trader, is based upon his personal trading experiences. It is hailed as the most provocative and stimulating work on trading psychology published in the last decade. Mark has recently completed his new book, Trading in the Zone: How to Create a State of Mind That Eliminates the Fear, Stress and Anxiety from Your Trading.
Titles By Mark
The popular sports press often focuses attention on what they call “the zone.” This term refers to a state of mind “which produces the highest expression of oneself and the most satisfying results.” Traders (just like great athletes, musicians, and artists) who experience this state of mind create for themselves the environment in which to be successful at their craft. For traders, that craft is the accumulation of wealth. Mark explores and discusses the underlying mental dynamics that cause you to enter and exit your personal zone. From his own experiences, he shows you the advantages of trading from within your zone and the pitfalls of trading without this critical mindset. He shows you how the zone applies to trading, and teaches what you can do to take conscious control of the process and use the zone to your advantage. Mark recently discussed this concept at the annual Futures Industry Association convention in the United States. Most traders don’t recognize the psychological paradoxes inherent in trading. Therefore, they often never really understand why success is so elusive — always clearly within sight and yet just out of reach. Consistent success is difficult to achieve because the trading environment differs in almost every way from the environment of our everyday lives. For example, our fears usually help us avoid unpleasant or painful experiences but in the trading environment, fear colors our perception of market information and thus influences our actions. As incredible as it may sound, fear of making a mistake, losing money, or missing an opportunity will actually cause us to create the very experiences we are trying to avoid. Mark believes that consistency as a trader does not depend upon your knowledge of market behavior but rather upon a unique market mindset. Mark draws upon his experience with hundreds of traders to explore the attributes and components of the market mindset that helps you to create consistent results in your zone of success.View More Info »
In this presentation, Mark Douglas explains the dynamics of the trader’s “mindset” at a very fundamental level. You will gain a comprehensive understanding of how you must first learn to think like a trader before you can fully utilize your technical or analytical abilities. You must not only understand certain basic trading principles, but also keep that understanding at a functional level in your mental environment. In order to trade successfully, these principles of trading must become part of the core of your personal psychological makeup. The very nature of trading confronts us with contradictions and paradoxes which make it difficult to grasp the necessary mindset for consistent success. Many traders assume, “If I can find the right trading system or learn enough about the markets’ behavior, the mental part of trading (lack of confidence, discipline or focus) takes care of itself.” This may appear logical but, in fact, could not be further from the truth. Better analysis can’t compensate for the kind of errors, losses, missed opportunities or money left on the table which result from too little confidence, discipline or focus, because the markets present us with too many variables. More often than not, more analysis only makes these problems worse. The most successful traders have attained a “trader’s mindset” — a unique set of attitudes which allows them to transcend the typical errors and fears that plague everyone else. In this workshop, Mark elaborates on these attitudes. He draws upon his vast experience to explore with you the qualities and characteristics of a unique market mindset — an absolute prerequisite to producing consistent results as a trader.View More Info »