Almost everyone has heard of or perhaps even used feng shui when decorating their homes. This is a way to allow positive energy flow effortlessly throughout the rooms of the home or apartment. Many new buildings in New York City are now being designed using feng shui architecture. Feng Shui is an ancient art and science developed over 3,000 years ago in China. It is used to balance the energies of any given space to assure good fortune for the people using it. Well, traders and investors should invite feng shui techniques when playing the stock market.
You see, a technical trader does not care if the Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) goes up to 15,000 or 20,000. The technical trader does not care if the DJIA goes down to 5,000 or 500. All a technical trader should care about is being on the correct side of the trade. The charts will usually tell us when the turning points are going to occur in the stock market. It is then the trader’s job to simply go with that energy whether it is to the upside or to the downside. Believe me, after every bull market there will be a bear market. On the flip side, after every bear market there will be another bull market.
Another rule that traders should follow from feng shui is to not take stocks personally. Often, many traders will lose money on a trade and then try to get even or get revenge on the stock. Remember, the stock does not care if we make money trading it or not. I once saw a trader continue to try and get revenge on a stock that he lost money on. In fact, the stock was Skyworks Solutions Inc (NASDAQ:SWKS), but it can really be any stock. To my amazement, he day traded that stock all week long losing money everyday. He kicked his desk, tossed his computer mouse and slammed his keyboard on his desk in frustration, taking lose after lose. Finally, I said to him, you are a good trader, why don’t you just leave that stock alone and trade something else. He replied, that he must get even with the stock and he was not going to allow that stock to beat him. Soon, he was no longer trading in the office with us. I suspect that he lost a lot of money. We should all remember what Sun Tzu said, “What the ancients called a clever fighter is one who not only wins, but excels in winning with ease.”
Many popular stocks in the media will receive the bulk of attention by traders, but it is the consistently active stocks that traders should focus on. Leading stocks such as Exxon Mobil Corp (NYSE:FCX), Toll Brothers Inc (NYSE:TOL), and J.P. Morgan Chase & Co (NYSE:JPM) present countless opportunities everyday without much stress. These types of stocks usually have easy fluent moves in the market both up and down. Simply put, buy the support and sell the resistance levels.
Feng Shui trading may become popular one day. As traders, we simply must go with the flow and not force our opinions on the market. The charts will tell us everything that you need to know. Forget the news and the noise as that is simply the enemy for traders.