Trade The Markets Like A Sniper!

In no way am I try to promote gun violence, but as traders we can learn a lot from the characteristics of a sniper. 

A sniper is also known as a marksman or a qualified specialist who operates alone, in a pair, or with a sniper team to maintain close visual contact with the enemy and engage targets from concealed positions or distances exceeding the detection capabilities of enemy personnel.

So you are probably thinking what on earth has a sniper got to do with trading right? Well lets find out.

First thing we can learn from a sniper is they have ridiculous amounts of patience. For example, they would need a clear visual of the target, the sniper will want to be in a discreet location and the weather conditions will need to be perfect. A sniper will only take down their target when all conditions are met.

As traders we need to follow the same steps before entering a trade. We need to make sure we have a concise trading plan and all the conditions have been met before we pull the trigger. Do not jump into trades because your bored, wait for your setup to develop.

Snipers need to be very selective with their targets as they do not have ammunition to waste. This can relate to the timeframes we use to analyse our charts. 

The lower timeframes below 1 hour are referred to as machine gun trading, these are faced pace erratic conditions. These traders are constantly exposing their capital to the market which is extremely risky. The higher timeframes above 4 hour provides us with the highest probability targets when compared to the lower timeframes. The Weekly timeframe is very valuable but it does not provide as many target as the Daily. As traders we always need to focus on the bigger picture and higher timeframes ensures this.

A sniper will train for years to perfect their skills, and they know exactly what their target looks like and pulls the trigger without hesitation. This is similar to trading as we need to continue to work on our trading strategies we use in the markets. Once we master our strategy we willbe able to achieve our full potential as a Forex/Stock sniper.

Becoming a master in any field takes time, hard work and dedication. If you are tired of machine gun trading and would like to trade with a lot finesse, then subscribe and keep up to date with our live set ups. 

Top 20 Trading Quotes

Trading stocks and forex can be a very lonely road at times, we need to be able to pick ourselves up from a loss and maintain a level head when we are winning. The keys to success in trading is staying motivated and being enthusiastic whether we are in a winning or a losing trade. 

Below is a list of quotes from some of the most successful investors in the world that we have used as fuel in our journeys as traders. We hope you can find some inspiration.  

  1. “Money is made by sitting, not trading.” – Jesse Livermore
  2. “Letting losses run is the most serious mistake made by most investors.” – William O’Neil
  3. “The elements of good trading are: (1) cutting losses, (2) cutting losses, and (3) cutting losses. If you can follow these three rules, you may have a chance.”Ed Seykota
  4. “Frankly, I don’t see markets; I see risks, rewards, and money.”Larry Hite
  5. “I always define my risk, and I don’t have to worry about it.”Tony Saliba
  6. “The key to trading success is emotional discipline. If intelligence were the key, there would be a lot more people making money trading… I know this will sound like a cliché, but the single most important reason that people lose money in the financial markets is that they don’t cut their losses short.”Victor Sperandeo
  7. “I think investment psychology is by far the more important element, followed by risk control, with the least important consideration being the question of where you buy and sell.”Tom Basso
  8. “If I have positions going against me, I get right out; if they are going for me, I keep them… Risk control is the most important thing in trading. If you have a losing position that is making you uncomfortable, the solution is very simple: Get out, because you can always get back in.” Paul Tudor Jones
  9. “Learn to take losses. The most important thing in making money is not letting your losses get out of hand.” Marty Schwartz
  10. “The desire for constant action irrespective of underlying conditions is responsible for many losses in Wall Street even among the professionals, who feel that they must take home some money every day, as though they were working for regular wages.” Jesse Livermore
  11. "The goal of a successful trader is to make the best trades. Money is secondary.” Alexander Elder
  12. “I have learned through the years that after a good run of profits in the markets, it`s very important to take a few days off as a reward. The natural tendency is to keep pushing until the streak ends. But experience has taught me that a rest in the middle of the streak can often extend it.”Marty Schwartz
  13. “I’ll keep reducing my trading size as long as I’m losing… My money management techniques are extremely conservative. I never risk anything approaching the total amount of money in my account, let alone my total funds.”Randy McKay
  14. “In this business if you’re good, you’re right six times out of ten. You’re never going to be right nine times out of ten.” -Peter Lynch
  15. “It takes 20 years to build a reputation and 5 minutes to ruin it. If you think about that, you’ll do things differently.” Warren Buffett
  16. “In investing, what is comfortable is rarely profitable.” Robert Arnott
  17. “I’m always thinking about losing money as opposed to making money. Don’t focus on making money, focus on protecting what you have”Paul Tudor Jones.
  18. “If you personalise losses, you can’t trade.” Bruce Kovner
  19. “Don’t focus on making money; focus on protecting what you have.” Paul Tudor Jones
  20. “To be a good trader, you need to trade with your eyes open, recognise real trends and turns, and not waste time or energy on regrets and wishful thinking.” –  Alexander Elder

Control Your Finance To Control Your Future

Whether you like it or not most things these days are controlled by money and for us to continue to enjoy the fruits of our labour we must take ownership. If we do not take control of our finances then someone else will do it for us but in their favour. 


Money is not motivation it is the reward.


We believe it is important to detach the idea of worshiping money, we need to start looking at money as tool to help us live the life we want. Many people including traders are infatuated by dollar bills, pound notes or numbers on a screen and they will do anything for them. But in reality these are just pieces of papers and digits on a computer and it is not that exciting. As traders we need to find out the reason to why we trade Forex or Stocks? Is it so we can earn an extra income to support our family, or to save up to buy a sports car or to create financial freedom by being your own boss. What ever it is write it down and this will be the catalyst you need when you are going through difficult times and believe me you will need it but stay strong and keep that vision clear. 





One of the reasons we started Trend Traders Circle is because we understood the financial pressures ordinary people like you and I are going through. We work very hard in our day jobs to keep some cash aside for savings. But these banks are offering minutiae returns on investments which does not even compete with the rate of inflation. The average interest rate on savings in the UK in 2015 was 1.5% meaning if you had £10,000 in a saving account you would have made £150 in interest. This is disturbing. Even if you made 5% in the first year from trading you would have beaten the banks and your capital would have increased by £500 which is very achievable for a new trader. We can either continue to leave our money to lay dormant or put our hard earn cash to work, you choose.

The key to your future is taking control of what you have right now in this current moment. To learn more check out our education page.