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Ignoring the Voice Inside of One's Head: Guide to Fact-Based Investing

Going against the crowd is hard because acting alone and answering only to yourself goes against your inbuilt biases and years of experiential life conditioning. We are trained to recognise authority and respond to an authority figure.

We think we’re in control. But studies in behavioural economics has shown we are not. We use a personal collection of subconscious biases and behaviour patterns to help us get through the day.

It could be a perceived expert from your bank or brokerage. It could be a TV talking head, or it could be an article in a newspaper. If you’ve taken a position and you read, see, or hear something that goes against your authority, it will be difficult for you to resist second-guessing yourself. 

If you aren’t clear about exactly why you should take a position, you’ll find many catalysts waiting to either stop you from getting in or spook you into getting out too early.

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The more uncertain you become, the more likely you are to do nothing. And as you do nothing, opportunity passes you by. There are windows of time to act when speculating in the cryptocurrency markets. Miss them, and your edge slips away. The majority, the 95%, miss out because they look around for guidance from others. They visit chat rooms, twitter feeds, facebook, anywhere to give them a clue.

The masses do almost everything, except what is required to be consistent and successful in speculation.