Saturday, December 08, 2018

A Turtle talks about trend following on stocks

Almost a month ago I posted this article about how that, given the recent price action, I was currently shorting individual stocks. I also mentioned that I had recently taken a couple of long trades, again purely based on meeting my entry criteria and triggering an entry.

Well, since then the long positions taken ended up generating small losses, but some of the short trades taken are still going strong. No reason to exit if the trend is still intact and the trailing stops haven't been hit...

Tuesday, December 04, 2018

It is what it is

This is just a brief post, after seeing some comments on social media referring to the price action in the general markets (particularly in the US) today. 

I've seen some refer to it as 'ugly', while others are saying they have never come across price action like this, before looking to blame others for making price action react in a way which didn't conform with how they thought it 'should' have moved. 

Well, in answer to those:

Saturday, November 10, 2018

Trading the downside - remaining faithful to the process

The last couple of months have been very positive as profitable downtrends have appeared in a number of stocks, both at home and abroad. Fortunately, I have been able to profit from some of these (while suffering small losses in a few others!), and while some which developed into downtrends have now triggered their exit signals, prices in others have remained in a downtrend.

This has potentially meant I may have been able to profit from the downwards move while those who trade longer-term trends have had to suffer an erosion of open profits, or even suffering losses, from a pullback or retracement within the context of a prevailing longer-term uptrend.

Saturday, November 03, 2018

Recency bias, and labelling markets as easy or hard

I've seen it said that one of the goals you should have as a trader is to try and make money when things are easy, and that you should be more defensive and protect what you have when things are hard.

That is all very laudable, but from a trend follower's perspective there is a problem with that.