This Day On The Street
Continue to site right-arrow
This account is pending registration confirmation. Please click on the link within the confirmation email previously sent you to complete registration.
Need a new registration confirmation email? Click here
Stocks Under $10 with 50-100% upside potential - 14 days FREE!

Working Through Some Issues in This Market

  • Avoid the urge to be perfect. Many traders look back over a week or month and see trades they feel they "should" have done, or positions they "should" have pursued more aggressively. Steenbarger finds that this attitude can be damaging. "You are psychologically translating a modest success into a frustrating failure," he says. Traders don't develop confidence by finding fault. Fault-finding often leads to the dangerous step of "revenge trades," in which you try to make up for a perceived past failure by pushing the next trade twice as hard, regardless of merit. Good traders accept missed trades and underleveraged trades as a natural part of the lifelong learning process.
  • Develop self-knowledge by creating a "success template." Steenbarger says his trader-patients always want to talk about their losers rather than their winners. He recommends they develop a "solutions focus" by dwelling on their winners while still acknowledging their losers. To start this process yourself, write down the one thing you did best each day in the market and which you want to repeat tomorrow. Likewise, write down the biggest mistake you made each day, and wish to avoid tomorrow. If you keep up this simple two-entry diary and review it regularly, you will be on the path to achieving self-knowledge and developing the ability to observe and change your behavior. "Change starts slowly, but then it gets momentum and starts turning faster and faster," the psychologist says.
  • Collaborate with a colleague or mentor. It's useful to work with someone who can help you build self-awareness -- not in a didactic, teaching environment like a classroom, but in a collegial atmosphere. It could be two traders in the same office or someone on the phone or over instant messaging with whom you can exchange ideas with goodwill and honesty. Talk about what worked and didn't work each day or week, and probe each other's comments without bravado or self-flagellation -- as if you're in a group-therapy session.

Each trader is different, of course. If you can explain in two sentences or less a simple, consistent strategy that works for you, email me at ; I'll collate and publish some of the best submissions in a column later this fall.

Fine Print

In my Sept. 2 column , I left the impression that dividends from real estate investment trusts got the same favorable tax treatment as dividends from common stocks. That wasn't what I meant to say, and of course it's not true -- sorry for the confusion. I still think, however, that REITs are likely to benefit from a second Bush administration.

Jon D. Markman is publisher of StockTactics Advisor, an independent weekly investment newsletter, as well as senior strategist and portfolio manager at Pinnacle Investment Advisors. At the time of publication, Markman was long Paxar. While he cannot provide personalized investment advice or recommendations, he welcomes column critiques and comments at; please write COMMENT in the subject line. has a revenue-sharing relationship with under which it receives a portion of the revenue from Amazon purchases by customers directed there from

3 of 3

Select the service that is right for you!

Action Alerts PLUS
Try it NOW

Jim Cramer and Stephanie Link actively manage a real portfolio and reveal their money management tactics while giving advanced notice before every trade.

Product Features:
  • $2.5+ million portfolio
  • Large-cap and dividend focus
  • Intraday trade alerts from Cramer
  • Weekly roundups
TheStreet Quant Ratings
Try it NOW
Only $49.95/yr

Access the tool that DOMINATES the Russell 2000 and the S&P 500.

Product Features:
  • Buy, hold, or sell recommendations for over 4,300 stocks
  • Unlimited research reports on your favorite stocks
  • A custom stock screener
  • Upgrade/downgrade alerts
Stocks Under $10
Try it NOW

David Peltier, uncovers low dollar stocks with extraordinary upside potential that are flying under Wall Street's radar.

Product Features:
  • Model portfolio
  • Stocks trading below $10
  • Intraday trade alerts
  • Weekly roundups
Dividend Stock Advisor
Try it NOW

Jim Cramer's protege, David Peltier, identifies the best of breed dividend stocks that will pay a reliable AND significant income stream.

Product Features:
  • Diversified model portfolio of dividend stocks
  • Alerts when market news affect the portfolio
  • Bi-weekly updates with exact steps to take - BUY, HOLD, SELL
Real Money Pro
Try it NOW

All of Real Money, plus 15 more of Wall Street's sharpest minds delivering actionable trading ideas, a comprehensive look at the market, and fundamental and technical analysis.

Product Features:
  • Real Money + Doug Kass Plus 15 more Wall Street Pros
  • Intraday commentary & news
  • Ultra-actionable trading ideas
Options Profits
Try it NOW

Our options trading pros provide daily market commentary and over 100 monthly option trading ideas and strategies to help you become a well-seasoned trader.

Product Features:
  • 100+ monthly options trading ideas
  • Actionable options commentary & news
  • Real-time trading community
  • Options TV
To begin commenting right away, you can log in below using your Disqus, Facebook, Twitter, OpenID or Yahoo login credentials. Alternatively, you can post a comment as a "guest" just by entering an email address. Your use of the commenting tool is subject to multiple terms of service/use and privacy policies - see here for more details.
Submit an article to us!


DOW 17,356.87 +288.00 1.69%
S&P 500 2,012.89 +40.15 2.04%
NASDAQ 4,644.3120 +96.4780 2.12%

Brokerage Partners

Rates from

  • Mortgage
  • Credit Cards
  • Auto

Free Newsletters from TheStreet

My Subscriptions:

After the Bell

Before the Bell

Booyah! Newsletter

Midday Bell

TheStreet Top 10 Stories

Winners & Losers

Register for Newsletters
Top Rated Stocks Top Rated Funds Top Rated ETFs