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High Performance Trading

35 Practical Strategies and Techniques to Enhance Your Trading Psychology and Performance

By Steve Ward

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High Performance Trading

35 Practical Strategies and Techniques to Enhance Your Trading Psychology and Performance

By Steve Ward

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High Performance Trading provides proven practical techniques and strategies to help traders of all abilities, experience levels and styles to enhance their trading performance and psychology.

Based on practical coaching and training interventions, personal experiences, the latest research and feedback, and advice from leading traders, trading coaches and trading psychologists, this book offers something for everyone who wants to become a better trader.

– Discover how to avoid the common pitfalls of trading and how to take the practical steps that can set you up for trading success.

– Strengthen your trading discipline as you discover the art of flawless execution.

– Develop and hone your mental edge through learning to think like a successful trader.

– Programme yourself for trading success with powerful mental conditioning techniques.

– Develop unshakeable focus and concentration and learn how to get into the trading zone.

– Understand how to achieve and sustain a core of trading confidence.

– Learn how to utilise simple techniques to manage your emotional states.

– Build resilience to cope with trading stresses, and pressures and manage losses, setbacks and errors.

– Move towards greater consistency and success in your trading performance.

About the author

Steve Ward specialises in working with traders, portfolio managers and markets professionals, helping help them to achieve and to sustain high performance by utilising the latest science, research and practice from elite performance, psychology, physiology, neuroscience, and behavioural science.

His clients include some of the world’s top hedge funds, asset managers, commodities trading houses, energy trading firms, utility companies, and proprietary trading groups across the globe.

Prior to starting his work with within the financial sector Steve provided sports psychology coaching to elite athletes and teams in over thirty different sports across the globe, and he has also provided psychological coaching for professional poker players.

Steve is the author of ‘Bulletproof Trader’, ‘Tradermind’, ‘High Performance Trading’ and ‘Sports Betting To Win’, and he has written, and featured in, many articles for leading financial publications.


“There is more to trading than blindly following a set of rules. ‘High Performance Trading’ is a very important book as it recognises the similarities between top athletes and top traders and what to do to achieve winning trading strategies, especially from a mental perspective. I would wholly recommend this book in the library of any trader, both novice as well as advanced.”

– Lex Van Dam, Hedge Fund Manager

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From MoneyMaker Magazine:

In 2005, sports and performance psychology coach Steve Ward received an invitation from an unexpected quarter: a major trading institution in London. Till then he had worked with elite athletes, sports teams and corporate clients, teaching them key techniques for operating under mental pressure. Now he found himself on a trading floor in the heart… Read more »

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From Educational Book Review:

The book is based on the authors personal practical experience in coaching and training, the latest research, and advice from the leading readers, coaches and trading psychologists. It also offers something for everyone who wants to become a better trader. The author has great experience of working with elite level performers and his work utilises… Read more »

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From Traders Magazine:

Steve Ward’s first book “High Performance Trading ? 35 Practical Strategies and Techniques to Enhance Your Trading Psychology and Performance” is a practical guide designed to help traders improve their performance and psychology and thus achieve high performance on a sustained basis. The book is divided into three major sections representing the three areas of… Read more »

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From Your Trading Edge:

Steve Ward is a UK-based performance consultant and trading coach who was first exposed to the trading world in 2005. Billed as a practical guide, this book is aimed at traders who are seeking to achieve and ultimately sustain high-performance trading. The book is divided into three parts, representing the same three areas of what… Read more »

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The Exchange Book Club – The Thinking Trader’s Answer to Oprah- The Exchange Magazine 7th September 2011

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Steve Ward was a guest speaker on ‘High Performance Trading – Nine Practical Strategies To Maximise Your Profitability’ at The International Traders Expo 9th April 2011

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From Media Review:

“Offers something for everyone who wants to become a better trader.”- Educational Book Review7th July 2010

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From Media Review:

Steve Ward presents an evening of High Performance Trading sponsored by PaddyPowerTrader in London12th March 2010

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About the Author

Part One - Planning and Preparing for Trading Success

STRATEGY 1: Set Yourself Up for Success
STRATEGY 2: It's Down to You
STRATEGY 3: Fuelling Success - Motivation and Commitment
STRATEGY 4: Develop a Compelling Vision of Trading Success
STRATEGY 5: T.R.A.D.E. to Success - Goal Achievement Strategies
STRATEGY 6: Know Who You Need to Become
STRATEGY 7: Find Your Magic - Developing Your Trading Strategy
STRATEGY 8: Identify Your Critical Performance Factors
STRATEGY 9: Be P.R.E.Pared!
STRATEGY 10: Create a High-Performance Environment

Part Two - Decision-Making, Discipline and Flawless Execution

STRATEGY 11: Discipline and Your Ideal Trading State
STRATEGY 12: Deal With Distraction: Refocussing Strategies
STRATEGY 13: Stay Calm When the Pressure is On
STRATEGY 14: Get Energised - Manage Your Energy Levels
STRATEGY 15: Run Your Profits, Cut Your Losses
STRATEGY 16: Handle Losses Like a Winner
STRATEGY 17: Parking Errors - Dealing Effectively With Mistakes
STRATEGY 18: Be Wary of Overconfidence
STRATEGY 19: Deal With Negative Emotions Positively
STRATEGY 20: Embrace Risk and Uncertainty
STRATEGY 21: Pull the Trigger - Overcome Hesitation and Fear
STRATEGY 22: Understand That More is Not Always More
STRATEGY 23: Transform Adversity Into Challenge
STRATEGY 24: When Times Are Great, Keep Them Great

Part Three - Evaluation, Analysis and Improving and Sustaining Performance

STRATEGY 25: Learn More - Keep Getting Better
STRATEGY 26: Know Your Score - Measuring Trading Performance
STRATEGY 27: Develop Winning Routines and Rituals
STRATEGY 28: Build Resilience
STRATEGY 29: Manage Stress
STRATEGY 30: Achieve Balance
STRATEGY 31: Plan Your Growth
STRATEGY 32: Generate New Trading Behaviours
STRATEGY 33: Utilise Your Strengths and Successes
STRATEGY 34: Mind Your Language
STRATEGY 35: Be Persistent!

Published: 30/11/2009
Edition: 1st
Pages: 312
Formats: paperback - ISBN 9781905641611
ebook - ISBN 9781906659905
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