Trading Essentials: Knowing Your Trading Environment


Generally, there are three types of market condition – the downtrend, uptrend, or ranging. Knowing the type of trading environment you are into is advantageous on your part, especially if you know the various tools and strategies you need to employ.

In this article, you are going to learn more about trading environments.

 Why is it necessary to know trading environments?

There are a number of reasons why knowing the trading environments matters. Here are a few of the known reasons:

  • It is vital to know the type of trading environment an investor is in since the technical analysis tools, systems and strategies that he or she would employ will greatly depend on the market environment. The different types of market require different techniques and the method you have used in one instance would not necessarily hold effective to another market.
  • If you are also trying to redeem yourself from a bad performance, it is advisable that you detach yourself first from trading and observe the market from afar. This one can help you focus on determining the kind of market environment and find out the right momentum for you to trade accordingly.

What are the indications that a trader considers the trading environment before making a move?

Trading is like going to war. The foolish trader always rushes without having a concrete plan. On the contrary, a wise trader would get adequate information about the present surroundings and the conditions and then strategizes on how to do the attacks in order to win the battle.

If you are able to do this, you may expect of the following results:

  • Be able to maximize the power of your system and take advantage of its profitability.
  • Be able to choose a trend-based strategy to be victorious in your trading goals.
  • Be able to trade without being fearful. It does not mean that you are overconfident, but it is more like being able to execute a trade since you are certain of your move and the kind of market you would like to conquer.
  • Be able to determine a number of opportunities since you know which techniques are appropriate to use and be able to figure out the precise indicators as needed by the situation.


Experts are saying that the most common mistake a trader would commit is that they are not aware of the type of environment they are trading in. For a trader to be successful in his or her trading endeavor, he or she must be able to identify this area to be able to take full advantage of the opportunities the market holds. A trader can spot these chances if he or she is able to determine the type of environment existing in that particular period.

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