Friday, July 15, 2016

Adding some accountability to your trading - helping a day trader to improve

A while back I was approached by a day trader who wanted some help in improving his performance. This took me back a bit - as readers of this blog may know, when I started trading back in 2003 it was as a day trader (and I initially struggled) before I got into trend following.

I've long believed that the essentials of good risk management and being able to avoid mental errors are applicable to ALL types and styles of trading. This would therefore be an interesting exercise - for both of us.

Friday, July 08, 2016

Choosing not to play - how one trader approached the EU referendum

"Systems trading is ultimately discretionary. The manager still has to decide how much to risk to accept, which markets to play, and how aggressively to increase and decrease the trading base as a function of equity change. These decisions are quite important - often more important than trade timing." - Ed Seykota

Two weeks have past since the result of the EU referendum here in the UK was announced.

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.