Saturday, January 20, 2018

The Golden Rule

I would be considered by many to be a loser at trading. This is on the basis that I have far more losing trades than winners. And, if that metric alone determined whether someone is profitable or not, then they would be right.

But fortunately, they are not. Because I use what Van Tharp calls 'The Golden Rule'. It has been around for more than 200 years. Trend followers swear by it. If you can use it, you can make money. What is it?

Saturday, January 13, 2018

A trader's development - a case study Part 2

Back in the summer of 2013, I wrote this post about an aspiring trader called Tom (not his real name) who I first met in early 2012, and gave a potted history of how he had developed as a trader over that period of time. Tom was the first trader that I mentored. This post now updates that story...

Thursday, December 28, 2017

Trading on your own two feet

Everyone talks up their own method of how to trade. I'm no different. I am unashamed fan of trend following, and hopefully this blog acts as a useful resource to those who favour a similar approach or who want to learn more about the basic concept.

But within that broad definition of trend following, people can easily tailor it to their own needs or requirements.

In my own case, trend following as a concept is a good match, based on my basic beliefs, the amount of time I want to spend in front of charts, and my family and other time commitments.

The timeframe I choose is also the best match for my personality - towards the shorter-term end of the trend following scale which stops impatience getting the better of me, but still long enough so that I can get into multiple-R profitable trades. It also has the benefit of getting out of losing trades quickly.

However, unlike other many other market participants, I know and accept there are many other successful traders who trade in a completely different manner to me.

Sunday, December 24, 2017

From theory to practice - marching to your own beat

Yesterday I was asked an interesting question by an aspiring trader based in India who I have corresponded with for several months. I know he has eagerly been collating a lot of knowledge and information from a number of traders and resources over this period of time. Now he was basically asking me:

"How can I put all my trading knowledge into practice?"

The answer to this is a simple step-by-step process, which can be used by anyone in a similar position: