Most people seem to have a hard time understanding why the markets do what they do.
The only reason I don’t is that I’ve been trading professionally for 30 years.
Not that I “got it” when I started out. I didn’t. I had to learn. And I learned much of what I know the hard way. I made a lot of mistakes. I studied my mistakes, I still do, just as much as I study what moves markets and what I get right.
I’m always learning. That’s because everything changes. You have to always take in new data, mesh it with recent data, layer it over the past, and not ever think you know for sure what’s going to happen.
So, how do you do it? How do you understand what’s going on with different markets?
Here’s how I do it (and get it right a lot)…
It’s First and Foremost About the “Big Picture”
I synthesize all the big goings-on, all the headline market-moving news and data points, and I watch and “listen” to how the markets react.
Money moves markets, but psychology moves money.
Markets are living things. They have feelings; their reactions are a direct reflection of the psychological impact reflected in the buying and selling of traders (first) and investors (distantly second) to the goings-on that participants believe will affect the decision-making of other market participants.