Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Larry Hite and the EU referendum

"When I was a kid and got my first motorcycle, I had an older friend who would always get into fights. He told me, "Larry, when you are on a motorcycle, never argue with a car.""
- Larry Hite, from his Market Wizards interview

This week I have been reminded of the above analogy when thinking about the EU referendum here in the UK. This is a classic example of a major 'event' which may (or may not) cause significant volatility and movement in the markets.

Saturday, June 11, 2016

An example of how emotions can affect your risk to reward performance

A couple of years back I had a meeting with a trader who wanted to improve. He had taken a break from the markets, and came to me for help in putting together a clear plan in place with good risk management and having the right mindset at the top of his list of priorities.
I've talked in the past about how closely your attitude to risk can affect your level of emotional control, and ultimately your discipline, as a trader.

With this in mind, we talked at length about his previous trading experiences and in particular his most profitable trade, which was this set up on the a UK stock. Here is the chart:

Thursday, June 09, 2016

Spinning your wheel(s)

A few weeks back, I spoke to a trend follower who had been experiencing a frustrating period in the market. This particular individual previously worked in the City of London and has a strong regard for good risk control.

Friday, May 27, 2016

Unrealistic expectations

Someone who decides to trade using a trend following approach should expect to achieve a win rate between 30% - 40% across a large sample of trades. Depending on the parameters used, this could cover a period of several years.

If this were the case, then the sample would automatically cover the mixture of different market states, be it trending or non-trending, stable or volatile. You may also include in that period a sustained trend in a downward direction as well as an upward direction.