5 Hidden Dangers of Trading with FOMO

by | Jan 22, 2024

In the previous article we spoke about FOMO (Fear of Missing Out).

And why it is really not necessary to deal with.

There is always the next trade coming.

There is always another opportunity coming your way.

There is always time to take the next one.

No we are going to unpack the five hidden dangers of trading with FOMO and how to sidestep them like a pro.

  1. The Emotional Rollercoaster: Stress & Anxiety

Remember when I said.

“Trading is not just a financial challenge, but an emotional marathon”?

That’s never more true than when FOMO kicks in.

When you miss a trade, I know that you could feel stress and anxiety creeping in.

You feel like you’ve missed the most important trade of the year.

Well guess what, you might have missed one trade – but that’s it.

Success is based on 1,000s of trades not just one.

So the key is to remember this, so you eradicate the feelings of stress and anxiety next time you miss a trade.

  1. The Short-Term Mirage: Losing Sight of Long-Term Goals

FOMO pushes you to focus on short-term gains.

Yes it’s important to try and spot high probability trades on a daily basis.

But, if you miss the trade – just go on and look for another.

There is bound to be more ready for you to execute or at least prepare for.

And while you’re at it, remember these are lessons to help you to be more punctual and vivid with your trades.

  1. Following the Herd: The Danger of Sheep Behaviour

Ever heard the saying, “If your friend jumps off a bridge, would you do it too?”

That’s FOMO in a nutshell.

YOUR job is NOT to take a trade based on what your friend, foe, analyst or stranger tells you to buy or sell.

Your job is to either follow your own trading plan and strategy or your mentor’s.

Resist the urge to follow the flock and rather, trust your own research, strategy and instincts.

  1. You’ll form Bad Habits

Each time you give in to FOMO and you take a trade for the sake of it, you’re not just making a bad trade.

You’re also cultivating bad habits for the future.

And once the bad habit forms, it then cultivates and becomes harder to escape from it.

Break the cycle by sticking to your disciplined trading routine. You’re better than that!

  1. Ignored analysis

When you have that FOMO you want to then take impulse trades.

And all your hard work and analyses and discipline is thrown out of the window.

It’s like trying to navigate yourself without a map or GPS.

And you’re depending on your instincts or your “memory”.

It’s a very risky gamble and it could take a LOT longer to find your way.

Don’t go against the strategy. Don’t take trades for the sake of it. Don’t have FOMO because you missed one or two trades.

Just keep to your strategy and move on. It’s your trading compass for a reason.


Trading with FOMO is like sailing in stormy seas – it’s risky, stressful, and often leads to nowhere good.

Let’s go other the 5 danger of trading FOMO

Stress & Anxiety: Keep emotions in check and stick to your trading plan.

Short-Term Focus: Remember your long-term goals and don’t get distracted by short-lived trends.

Sheep Behaviour: Be an independent thinker, not a follower.

Bad Habits: Avoid developing harmful trading habits by maintaining discipline.

Ignored Analysis: Trust in your research and analysis; they are your best tools for successful trading.

Trade well, live free.

Timon Rossolimos
Founder, MATI Trader




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