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Gary Dayton


Dr. Gary Dayton is a trader and a trading psychologist.  He is one of the few trading educators who have integrated technical trading skills with trading psychology.  As a trading educator, Dr. Dayton has taught many traders how to use the Wyckoff Method of chart analysis in his Eight Weeks to Chart Reading Mastery course where traders learn to read and trade the market via its own action.  He runs a live trading event each week for TradeGuider’s VSA Club where he trades the S&P e-min futures contract and teaches the Wyckoff Method of trading.  He has conducted seminars, webinars and speaking engagements at trading events covering topics on technical chart reading and trading psychology.  Recent clients and events include:

Stocks, Futures and Options Magazine

“Webinar Series”

Topic:     Fear Not: A Mindful Perspective For Traders

Association for Technical Analysis – Dallas

“AFTA Special Trading Workshop”

“AFTA Masters Weekend” (with Linda Raschke and Hank Pruden, Ph.D).

Topics:    Building Trader Confidence & Minimizing Fear

              Market Structure Bar-By-Bar

              Specifying Trade Setups: Springs & Upthrusts

 TradeGuider Systems, Ltd.

“VSA Summit” – San Francisco

“Traders’ Boot Camp” – Chicago

“Traders’ Expo” – New York & Las Vegas

Topics:    Constructing a Professional Trading Plan

               Finding Trades with Wyckoff & VSA Principles

               Case Study of Goldman Sachs

               A Wyckoff/VSA Assessment of the S&P 500 Since the March 2009 Low

               Live Trading the S&P e-minis

               Trading Psychology for VSA Traders


TG Trading, Inc.

“Wyckoff Live!” – Ft. Lauderdale & Chicago

Topics:    Developing a Trading Psychology Edge

              The Psychological Development of the Trader


Dr. Dayton coaches traders to overcome trading difficulties and to improve their trading performance by building specific mental skills.  When difficulties arise, nearly every trader tries to control his or her emotions, but this is usually ineffective and often leads to problematic trading.  The struggle with unwanted emotions and the resulted erratic trading actions may be a primary reason why 90% of all aspiring traders fail.  In his thought-leader article, Fear Not: A Mindful Perspective for Traders published in Stocks, Futures, and Options Magazine (December, 2009), Dr. Dayton introduced traders to the practice of mindfulness to help deal with the psychological side of trading and to help them develop critical trading skills.  Traders can visit and download a free mindfulness skill builder exercise developed by Dr. Dayton.

Dr. Gary Dayton has developed trading psychology products including how to "Practice Mindfulness to Overcome Erratic Trading," "Keeping an Effective Trading Journal," and many free articles, videos, and an e-course.  He holds a doctorate in clinical psychology and a certificate in human performance/sport psychology from Rutgers University.  To contact Dr. Gary Dayton or to find out more about trading psychology and Wyckoff chart reading:


Phone: 860-432-0561 (US Office)


Day Trading - When the Market Does Something You Don't Expect by Gary Dayton

It is a good practice to come into the market every day with a game plan. Like an athlete who studies his opponent's weaknesses and creates a game plan to exploit them, the trader can anticipate how a market will trade and locate key areas where trades are likely to set up... READ MORE


Words of Wisdom For Traders From an Olympic Athlete by Gary Dayton

The psychology of Trading is very much like the psychology of sport, just without the athleticism. See what a world class competitor says about the mental side of her game and how it applies to trading… READ MORE

How to Overcome Fear Following Heavy Losses Using Trading Psychology by Gary Dayton

Would you like to overcome fear in trading. This article discusses one trader's plight and the three things that helped this trader get back on track… READ MORE

Use Mindfulness to Elevate Your Trading by Gary Dayton

Mindfulness can benefit the active trader in many ways helping to improve their trading and their trading psychology. Mindfulness can help reduce stress, increase a trader's emotional intelligence, boost the trader's ability to maintain concentration and attention, and even help the trader develop a greater awareness of the market environment. Mindfulness is not well understood by the typical trader... READ MORE

Things I've Noticed Along the Way So Far by Gary Dayton

Here are a few things I have noticed about traders. These include some of the noteworthy characteristics of successful as well as not-so-successful traders… READ MORE

How Mindfulness Can Help Improve Your Trading by Gary Dayton

Mindfulness is changing the landscape of psychology and can be of great benefit to traders. Learn how mindfulness skills can help you reduce stress, become more focused, see more of what's going on in the market, and overcome self-defeating behaviors… READ MORE

Three Characteristics of Elite Athletes and How They Apply to Traders by Gary Dayton

Have you ever watched an elite athlete play their game and thought about how they are a model for traders and trading psychology? Fluid motions, always seeming to be at the right spot at the right time, rarely flustered or visibly upset, and more often than not, making winning plays. How do they develop these skills and can traders use this information?.. READ MORE

Five Common Mistakes Traders Make in Keeping a Trading Journal by Gary Dayton

Some of the biggest errors traders is related to their trading journal. Here are five common errors that can easily be corrected and put you on the path for successful trading through your trading journal… READ MORE

2 Tips to Deal With Boredom in Trading by Gary Dayton

Do you find flat, dull markets boring? Do you get distracted in this kind of market environment? Even worse, do you take "boredom trades" and chop yourself up? Here is an article explaining what really happens with boredom and how to address it… READ MORE

Using Mindfulness to Avoid Emotional Hijackings in Trading by Gary Dayton

Do you find yourself cutting winners short, chasing the market or failing to pull the trigger because your emotions hijack you? Why not stop the emotional hijackings and trade better? This article shows you how… READ MORE

2 Tips on Keeping Your Patience While Trading by Gary Dayton

Do you find yourself jumping in and out of the market, chasing trades, and taking too many unplanned traded? Patience is a virtue in trading. Read this article to learn two important tips on how to keep it… READ MORE

Two Tips in Using the Post-Trade Assessment to Improve Your Trading by Gary Dayton

Once sorted, identify the characteristics winning trades had in common. Were winners taken under certain market conditions or indications? How did you feel about them? Also, note the characteristics of losing trades. Under what conditions were these trades taken? Were they unplanned? Did they break your trading rules? What was your mind-set?.. READ MORE

Five Tips on Being a Contrarian Trader by Gary Dayton

Can a car manufacturer offer important advice to traders? Audi certainly can… READ MORE

What You Can Do About Trading Mistakes by Gary Dayton

What do you do when you make a trading mistake? Do you get down on yourself and let emotions run your trading? Does the rest of your day suffer or do you look forward to the next trade setup so you can trade again?.. READ MORE

8 Tips to Gain Control and Achieve trading Success by Gary Dayton

One of the biggest negative impacts on our everyday lives is the thought of control. Controlling thought processes, wanting to control outcomes in life, how employees perform, what happens in general in our lives, and more. There are certain things you can control and a large number that you can't... READ MORE

An Important Tip on How to Stay Focused While Trading by Gary Dayton

A question I often hear is, "How can trading psychology help me to stay focused? I seem to easily become distracted and then miss good trades!".. READ MORE

A Drug For Trading Losses? by Gary Dayton

Wouldn't it be nice if there were a drug for the pain of trading losses? As a psychologist, I am often asked about medications. This article explains why they won't work and gives you 3 tips to help you handle trading losses… READ MORE

Can You Learn to Trade in the Zone Like Elite Athletes? by Gary Dayton

You've heard about 'the zone' and how helpful it is for trading. But what exactly is this zone and can traders really learn to get into the zone? The answer is yes and this article tells how… READ MORE

How the Trading Journal Gives You an Edge in Your Trading by Gary Dayton

Do you use a trading journal? Do you understand the key benefits from using a journal? This article explains why a trading journal is so helpful and how to properly use one… READ MORE

Serena's Meltdown and What it Means For Traders by Gary Dayton

Did you watch the semifinals match where Serena Williams lost her focus and the match to an emotional outburst towards the line judge? See what you can learn as a trader from this experience… READ MORE

Trading Psychology & Trader Frustration by Gary Dayton

What does trading psychology say about being frustrated? Here's the scenario: you've been sitting on the sidelines while watching the market rally 50% off the March lows. Are you itching to jump in and buy? Are you frustrated because you are missing profits?.. READ MORE

Why Following the Experts Harms Our Trading Psychology by Gary Dayton

Although we all like to be right and may believe that others must know more than we do, when it comes to trading the markets, this is just not true. When we listen to experts we are affecting our own trading psychology in negative ways. This article explains why this is so… READ MORE

Three Things You Can Do to Start the Trading Day Right For Better Trading by Gary Dayton

How a trader starts the day is important. Many set themselves up for stress and distraction without even realizing it. Learn three simple things you can do to start your trading day right… READ MORE

Do You Know How to Set Proper Goals in 6 Key Areas to Stimulate Your Trading? by Gary Dayton

Do you know how to set goals for your trading? If you think your trading goal should be a certain amount of money, points, or pips per day, think again. This article explains how to set proper goals in six key areas of trading… READ MORE

Can You Learn Mental Secrets From Elite Athletes Essential For Trading? by Gary Dayton

Top athletes often play crucial matches at less than their best. Somehow, they seem able to turn a lackluster performance into a win. Traders having a no-so-good day in the markets can apply the same mental skills as elite athletes for a winning day. This article explains how… READ MORE

Prepare Like an Athlete to Improve Your Trading by Gary Dayton

How well do you prepare for the trading day? Athletes spend many hours in preparation before a competitive game or tournament. This article explains how traders can learn much from elite athletes about how they lay the groundwork for top level competitive performance… READ MORE

Trading Psychology and the Trading Journal - Seven Tools to Boost Trading Skills and Profitability by Gary Dayton

Top traders know that a trade journal is a vital tool that helps them on their path to success. Most traders, however, either don't keep a journal or don't know how to use one. Here are seven key tips on using the trade journal for maximum benefit… READ MORE

Be Wary of Trading Chat Rooms and Ego Tendencies by Gary Dayton

Are you a member of a trading chat room? Although they can be very useful, chat rooms can also be a danger for a trader. This article explains why… READ MORE

Top Tips to Maintain Your Psychological Edge While Trading by Gary Dayton

Are you a trader looking for an edge? Your trading psychology skill-set is just as important as your technical trading skills. Here are seven tips you can use to build and maintain a psychological trading edge… READ MORE

Five Things to Avoid in Trading by Gary Dayton

Are you a trader who reads the experts' newsletters but still can't seem to win at trading? Do you find yourself in losing trades because you had a market bias or refused to let the market tell you that your trade idea was wrong? From a trading psychology perspective, there are things you clearly don't want to do. Here are five of them along with corrective remedies… READ MORE

How Big Are Your Charts? by Gary Dayton
Are you frustrated with frequent losing trades? Do you "drill down" to a small time frame to try reduce risk and "see" the chart better? Read why dropping to a small time frame may seem to give you psychological comfort but may not be in your best trading interest… READ MORE

Top Ten Trading Psychology Myths by Gary Dayton

Do you know what it takes to be a top trader? It's not what you may think. Here are ten trading psychology myths you should be aware of for trading… READ MORE