Friday, November 08, 2019

Using volatility contraction to increase your profits (part 2)

Following on from my previous post about the use of volatility-based position sizing, here is a little wrinkle you may want to consider:

Typically this type of position sizing method is calculated using a multiple of Average True Range over a specified 'look back' period, and is normally expressed as a pure monetary number. So, in the second example in the previous post, Stock B priced at $20 had a 2ATR reading of $1.

Saturday, October 26, 2019

Using volatility contraction to increase your profits

Often you see people talking about a winning trade, and how far in percentage terms price moved in their favour after entry.

But on its own, this doesn't tell you anything - to me, it is a worthless metric when evaluating performance.

As a trader, I'm far more interested in the size of the profit (or loss) generated when expressed in terms of R.

Saturday, October 12, 2019

How do you define a trend?

The past has happened. The future doesn't exist.

Therefore, we can only react and respond to what is happening in the moment of now.

So, for traders the question is, what is price doing now?

The tricky bit is how you define "what is price doing now".

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Using Bitcoin as an example of why I love volatility contraction

On my last post, I talked about the recent big winning trade in Bitcoin on the long side from earlier this year,which generated a +21R profit. Yesterday, Bitcoin gave a short signal as price dropped. 

Would I have taken this signal? 

No. 

Let me explain why.