Tuesday, September 29, 2020

Losses and Whipsaws - one good trend pays for them all!

Any aspiring trend follower should expect runs of consecutive losing trades to be the norm, interspersed with the occasional small winner and, every once in a while, a big winner.

At some point, most people tend to look for some silver bullet to eliminate at least a chunk of those losing trades, and get the win rate up to 50% or even better.

But the harsh reality is that, throughout history, the most successful trend followers have prospered with a typical win rate of between 30% to 40% - irrespective of timeframe, or the markets traded. That, combined with a method allowing the cutting of losses and the ability to let profits run is from where the positive expectancy of the approach comes.

Saturday, September 19, 2020

Focus on your own trading and the trends you are looking to profit from

We know that markets can move from a trending to non-trending state, or vice versa, at any time. But as Ed Seykota says, there is no such thing as 'the' trend. 

Also, different traders will have different interpretations about the type of trend they are looking for - one person's long-term trend may be another person's short-term trend.

The important point here is that how anyone else d
efines a trend is irrelevant to your own trading and performance.

Sunday, May 31, 2020

Some words of wisdom from David Druz


David Druz is a long-time trend follower who was the first mentee of Ed Seykota. He has run Tactical Investment Management since the early 1980's. Here are some of his nuggets of wisdom:

Sunday, March 15, 2020

Current market volatility and staying the course

In the last couple of weeks we have seen an ever-increasing level of volatility within the context of a sharp drop in price in the major market averages.

We have also started to see intervention in the markets by governments and regulators - additional liquidity being provided and interest rate cuts, as well as market trading halts (up and down) being triggered and the introduction of short selling bans on certain stocks.