Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Another example of a nasty price gap

If you subscribe to the Mark Douglas theory that in the markets anything can happen, at any time, then you will know and accept the potential effect that sudden or unexpected announcements can have on price of a stock or instrument.

Seemingly you can be comfortably sitting in profit on a trade, even with your trailing stop above your entry price, only for a price gap to occur against you, resulting from the reaction to such an announcement.

It is for this reason why I never take into account open profits for position sizing purposes. A profit or loss on a position is not known until the trade is closed. Open profits can disappear - seemingly overnight with little or no warning, and your trailing stop may be rendered worthless.

Monday, October 08, 2018

New testimonial

A couple of weekends back, while on the train to London, I posted this up on Twitter:

The traders I was going to meet were Craig and Aaron, and our catch up marked the end of working closely together for three years.

Following that, Craig has now kindly forwarded the following note:

Sunday, September 30, 2018

Ten years on - the critical lessons I learnt from 2008

Ten years ago the equity and financial markets were in the middle of an unprecedented period. My interactions with the markets around that time were the ultimate proving ground for putting into practice what I had learnt and developed over the previous few years, and my experiences over those few months helped propel me forward as a trend follower.

Some of it wasn't easy, and some lessons learnt (and re-learnt!) cost me money. But in the long run, the tuition fees paid have been covered many times over.

Here are some of the lessons I learned from that time, which still form part of my overall approach:

Saturday, September 15, 2018

Trend following - a simple way to playing the long game

Warren Buffet once said “There seems to be some perverse human characteristic that likes to make easy things difficult.”

A good trend following approach allows you to participate in the equity and other financial markets eliminating a lot of the difficulties.

Your basic rules will tell you:
  • what to do;
  • when to do it; and
  • how much to risk.
You can trade 'parrot-fashion'. No opinions or predictions are required. You simply follow price, see how it interacts with your chosen entry and exit parameters, and only then do you need to do something.