So I've been trading for a while. Having said that, the current bear markets are driving me to get some "deals". I think I bought some investments for a decent price. Having said that, I can't go back to forgetting about them. I, now, watch the market move up and down. When it spikes up or down - I'm torn. I acted on a big change - sold at a loss, then bought back high - sighs. How can I stop myself from looking?

  • Spread betting or Share dealing may I ask? The latter, you know from confidence the longer term will prosper. The former, larger the bankroll to withstand the swings and 'turbulence'
    – MackieeE
    Jan 27, 2016 at 0:37
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    Trade with a written plan, don't place trades during the day based on your emotions, place your conditional orders after market close only. Only trade if a stock starts moving up and only sell if a stock starts moving down (using stop loss orders).
    – user9722
    Jan 27, 2016 at 3:46
  • Assuming you'd made a calculated decision in choosing which stock to buy, and therefore have some amount of long-term confidence in your decision, why wouldn't seeing a drop in value trigger a "buy more" re-action?
    – sMaN
    Jan 27, 2016 at 6:30

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Change your daily routine so that you do not look at the market. Since this is rather hard to do, at first you should just spend sometime everyday noting: where, when, and how you were looking at the market. After just watching yourself for a bit (a few weeks or more) then figure out what else you could do instead. This "else" will have to be as "enjoyable" as watching the market.


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