The Advantages of Trading Alone

 

Some people choose to trade with other people. This is often something that amateurs or beginners feel they should do and there are some advantages to doing this, especially if you need reassurance. However, there are many advantages of trading alone, even, or some may say, especially, for beginners and amateurs. Here we will look at some of those advantages.

  1. Understand your psychology. It is important to understand yourself and how you operate before you attempt to create a strategy for trading. Psychology is just as important as strategies when it comes to successful trading and trading alone will allow you to gain an understanding of what works for you.
  2. Make your own decisions. You can put the required time and effort into researching the market and honing your emotions for a successful trade, rather than spending time and energy explaining your rationale to others or trying to understand another person’s rationale that you don’t agree with.
  3. Be accountable for yourself. Trading alone means that you cannot blame others for your failures and they cannot blame you for theirs. You do not need to contend with feelings of guilt and can feel empowered by your own decisions when you are successful. Similarly, you don’t need to deal with the complex emotions and psychology that often come with dealing with a group of people.
  4. You can experiment to find what works for you. If you are trading on your own you can try out new strategies based on your self-education, experience and research without having to ask for permission from others. People in a trading group often think alike and trying to do something different will probably be met with heavy criticism.

If you want to trade with a group, it is probably worthwhile to first trade alone. This will allow you to develop your own philosophy of trading and help you to develop an understand of your psychology when you are starting out. You will then be able to find a trading group with members that have the same philosophy as you, allowing you to fit well into that specific group.

Financial Freedom: Preparing For The Worst

To avoid being blindsided in your pursuit of a life that entails complete financial freedom; where the mortgage is paid off and you can choose to hand your resignation in at work if you wish and the constant daily burden of money weighing your head down is eradicated, there are other factors you should plan for aside from the main financial goal. It’s the events that could throw your hard work and effort to the winds if they’re not considered and accounted for in advance. Take a look to see if you’re covered for the below.

Insurance

It’s the unexpected that’s frightening of all when you’re living your daily life, working hard to reach your goals and then something happens. A car accident, a fall at work, slipping down the steps to the subway station, your life has taken a sudden turn for the short or long-term future. You’re disabled and wish you’d taken steps to take out insurance to cover you in invents such as this. The matter of the fact is unless you have enough savings stashed away to take care of you for 6 months, or in some cases, for the rest of your life, hedging your bets with a disability insurance company is a small price to pay.

However, don’t be entirely fooled by the notion of insurance meaning you’re 100% likely to receive a payout in a catastrophic event rendering you disabled or injured. As it’s been proven through various legal cases, you could struggle to receive such a payout when you try opening a claim especially with disability insurance, So prepare to further back yourself up in this situation too with a lawyer who knows the ins and outs of the small print concerning insurance policies. This reassurance will warrant you signing a plan that’s more likely than not to support you in a ‘what if’ scenario.

Emergency Fund

If you consider the cost you would incur if you were to become disabled next year and had to support yourself for the entirety of your life but were no longer capable of working, taking out an insurance policy is wise. But don’t solely put your eggs in one basket, squirrel away an emergency fund for the potential rainy days, weeks and months to put you ahead of any issues that may occur and protect your goal for financial freedom. From smaller issues such as a broken dishwasher to more significant issues, such as losing your job, to tragic problems such as becoming ill from cancer. Your emergency fund will tide you over during your aspiration to reach financial freedom, patching the gap and relieving you of economic concerns until you hopefully receive your claim through from your insurance company.

Cancer.Gov reported 1,735,350 new cancer cases will be diagnosed in the US in 2018. Census Bureau says that 1 in 5 people in America has a disability. The financial burden of which can tear away your wishes and aspirations for economic freedom, unless as advised above, you’re prepared and accounted for with insurance and an emergency fund as a safety net.

 

 

Common Financial Emergencies That Could Impact Your Life

Most Americans are only a single paycheck away from financial ruin. It’s a shocking statistic from a report that should concern the vast majority of of households that have no emergency savings whatsoever

We’ve been through the importance of having an emergency fund before on this blog. But there are some common incidents that could happen to anyone, and have a major, negative impact on your financial security in more ways than one. Let’s see what you need to consider – and perhaps we can persuade you to start putting some money away in an emergency fund this time.

Illness

It costs a lot of money to access healthcare, which we all pay for through insurance over the course of our lives. When you’re young, fit and healthy, the chances are that you won’t even consider major illness as a problem – and your career will progress normally. But people can get sick at any time, and it is highly unlikely you and your household will never be affected by someone getting ill at some point.

When you bear in mind that something like 90% of Americans are on the wrong Medicare plan, it’s clearly a massive problem. Some of the most comprehensive insurance won’t actually cover you for all those expenses – which can run into tens of thousands – maybe more – for prolonged periods of illness. So, the choices are stark – either put aside some money in the event of an illness, or take your chances – which is a huge risk.

Accidents

Accidents happen all the time, at a rather alarming rate, and the reality for all of us is that it only takes a second for your life to change for the worse. If you have suffered injury because of someone else’s negligence, you have a chance of getting compensation thorough personal injury or car accident lawyers,  but there is other issues you need to understand. And, there is a possibility that you will have to front up a lot of cash unless your case is water tight.

Complicated cases can take an awfully long time to settle – and there is no guarantee the court will find in your favor. Also, your family will be under a lot more pressure as they will have to care for you in your injured state, and there is a chance you might slip into depression or suffer psychologically as well.

Economic disaster

Sometimes things can go terribly wrong, everyone’s finances are affected, and there is nothing you can do about it. Take the financial crisis of 2008 as the perfect example – the effect on poor people all around the world was disastrous, and we’re still feeling some of them today.

So, even when the going seems good, you can never be sure the rug won’t be pulled out from underneath you for reasons beyond your control. It’s best to start putting money away in an emergency fund straight away – and give yourself the right level of protection and financial buffer that every household needs.