5 Reasons Revenge Trading is Lethal

by | May 16, 2023

Do you feel it in your bones.

Where do you want to:

Take trades to make up for losses?

Take trades for the sake of trading?

Take trades out of emotions and gut (gat feel)?

Take trades to make a quick buck?

If so, you have felt the power and dangers of Revenge Trading.

TO put it blunt.

Revenge trading is detrimental, dangerous and just plain stupid for any traders to succumb to.

I feel like I can finish the article already as I have said what I needed to.

Not just yet! You need to understand why Revenge Trading is to your downfall.

Let’s start with these:

#1: Impulsive decisions are dangerous

In the heat of the moment, you just want to take an impulsive trade.

This can lead to disastrous outcomes.

Revenge trading happens when you want to try recoup losses quickly.

And so traders abandon their strategies, systems and rules.

And they take on unwarranted risks.

This will stop you from making good, calculated, logical and well-informed decisions based on sound reasoning and market research.

Don’t do it!

#2: Trading on emotions is deadly

Emotions such as fear, greed, and frustration have no place in trading.

Revenge trading is fueled by these emotions.

And this causes traders to deviate and steer way from their plans by instead acting irrationally.

What then? Bigger losses, unnecessary risks to the portfolio and skewed results on your trackrecord.

Your hard earned and timely worked on journal!

Is it worth it?

I think not.

Cut out your emotions and work at being calm and take on the more logical approach, devoid of emotional interference.

#3: Violating trading rules is damaging

Every trader should have a set of well-defined trading rules in place.

Not just rules but also a list of criteria.

Revenge trading typically involves disregarding these rules and just going against everything you should do.

Basically, what the average dumb retail trader does which results in 98% of traders losing in this financial endeavour.  

Violate your rules and there will be severe consequences.

Loss of confidence.

Bigger losses

More losses

Erratic wins (which make you want to do it again and again and again)

Not worth it.

Don’t do it.

#4: Too much unnecessary risk

You know you’re using your hard earned cash to trade and build a portfolio right?

So why are you burning it and cutting it up like it’s nothing?

This reckless behavior can lead to bigger drawdowns and can even wipe out trading accounts entirely.

Don’t do it!

#5: Creates an ongoing cycle of doing it again

Great! Once you have violated your rules, gone against your strategy and pretty much gone ape or rogue on trading – it takes a lot to gain ones integrity and discipline back.

One of the most dangerous aspects of revenge trading is its cyclical nature.

Break the rule, you’ll break it again.

Cheat, you’ll cheat again.

Enter a gambling mentality and you’re fucked.

Bank a winning rogue trade and you’ll succumb to the trading world of discretionary action.


However, if these subsequent trades result in further losses, the cycle repeats, trapping traders in a never-ending loop of revenge trading.

Breaking free from this destructive pattern will then need a ton of discipline, self-awareness, and a commitment to sticking to one’s trading plan.

So please be careful.

Trade well!

Don’t trade like gambler.

Avoid the perils of revenge trading by all means, starting from today.

And when you feel the need to do it (like a junkie), come back and read this article.

Had to be said. 

Trade well, live free.

Timon Rossolimos
Founder, MATI Trader


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