Stocks & Commodities V. 30:11 (82, 80-81): At The Close: The Mindful Trader by Jeffrey R. Bacon

Stocks & Commodities V. 30:11 (82, 80-81): At The Close: The Mindful Trader by Jeffrey R. Bacon
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At The Close: The Mindful Trader by Jeffrey R. Bacon

Traders know that market movements can play havoc with their emotions and concentration. Letting go of concentration-breaking emotions before sitting down to the trading desk can make the difference between a winning trading day and a losing one. Whether you are a high-pressured daytrader watching half a dozen positions on your monitor all day, or a buy & hold fundamentalist pouring over company financials, mindful moments in your trading day can sharpen your focus for more efficient and profitable trades.


Nyanaponika Thera, in his book The Power Of Mindfulness, described mindfulness as “the clear and single-minded awareness of what actually happens to us and in us at the successive moments of perception.” Traders understand that attention to market activity and research associated with due diligence requires discipline and some degree of separation of emotions from the facts.

David S. Ludwig and Jon Kabat-Zinn, in an article published in the Journal Of The American Medical Association, stated:

The current age has been referred to as one of “continuous partial attention.” E-mail, cell phones, and other technology invade nearly every moment of waking life. Economic pressures demand ever-increasing productivity, even as time to enjoy the fruits of labor declines.

Such external distractions, along with internal distractions like worries, frustrations, depression, anger, and fear, join forces to gnaw away at the trader’s concentration and discipline. Busy traders know such moments interfere with rational trading.

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