Traders' Questionnaire

Traders' Questionnaire - Three Dimensions (3D) Trader...

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Three Dimensions (3D) Trader Personality Quiz Brett N. Steenbarger, Ph.D. www.brettsteenbarger.com Note: A version of this questionnaire will appear in Toni Turner’s upcoming book, “Short-Term Trading in the New Stock Market” When traders run into emotional difficulties with their trading, they often assume that they have deep, dark, underlying personality conflicts that require therapy. Sometimes this is true, but very often the source of the problems is different. Often there is a mismatch between the method or system that a trader is trading and the trader’s needs and personality. Instead of berating themselves for a lack of “discipline”, traders need to ask whether their challenges in following a methodology might be because the methods aren’t right for them. Finding the proper fit between who you are and how you trade is a big part of finding success in trading. The following questions are designed to help you assess facets of your personality that are related to the kinds of trading approaches that are likely to work for you. There are no right or wrong answers, and none of the questions are designed to evaluate your emotional stability or mental health. Rather, we are trying to find out your personal style, so that you can match it to your trading style. Each item consists of two statements. Please choose the statement that best describes you: 1a) I often arrive early for appointments and events to make sure I’m not late. 1b) I’m not very time-oriented and often show up late to appointments and events. 2a) When a problem occurs in my trading, I first feel frustrated and vent my feelings either outwardly or at myself. 2b) When a problem occurs in my trading, I first try to focus on what went wrong and what I can do to fix it. 3a) When I go out to eat, I generally go to my favorite restaurants and order my favorite foods. 3b) When I go out to eat, I like to try new and unfamiliar restaurants and foods. 4a) I tend to be detail-oriented and try to get each aspect of a job done as well as I can. 4b) I focus on the big picture instead of details and don’t sweat the small aspects of a job. 5a) If you could hear the thoughts in my head as I’m trading, you’d hear worried or negative thoughts. 5b) If you could hear the thoughts in my head as I’m trading, you’d hear me analyzing the market action.
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6a) If I had a choice of car to drive, I would choose one that is comfortable and quiet. 6b) If I had a choice of car to drive, I would choose one that is fast and that handles well.
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This note was uploaded on 10/21/2010 for the course BUSINESS 19450 taught by Professor Goldberg during the Fall '10 term at Saddleback.

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