David Nassar, in his book RULES OF THE TRADE, provides readers with a list of solid trading rules. Here they are:
1. Average Winners Not Losers. It is not "don't frown, average down"; it is applying the discipline to cut losers short and adding to winners that separates the successful from the unsuccessful. If you have a winning stock then add to it. If you have a losing stock then get rid of it.
2. Never Let a Winner Turn Into A Loser. Greed is the cause of this mistake. Let the market tell you when to exit a trade, not whether you have a profit or not. "If your trade is acting well, as defined by key indicators, and the market activity is supporting your position, stay in. If not, its go time!" Do not let a good profit vanish into thin air because you want more than the market is willing to give.
3. Never Mix Disciplines. If you day trade then day trade and do not let a day trade turn into a swing trade. If you swing trade do not let your swing trade turn into an investment. Follow the rules based on the discipline of your time frame.
4. Never Try To Trade Back A loser. In other words, each trade is a new one and should not be used to win back money lost in the last trade. Always trade in the present not in the past where too many emotional and psychology factors can affect the current trade. Revenge does not pay in or out of the market.
See you later...IN THE CROSSHAIRS!