This week was your normal week as a trend follower - a couple of positions got closed, including one which gapped against me after earnings were released (but I was still able to bank a small profit), a couple suffered an erosion of profits before bouncing back, while others carried on trending impervious to any external news or volatility in the general market.
The end result was of it all was that, while I now have fewer positions open, my open profits (in terms of R) are identical to that at the end of last week.
One guy in our group got into a stock where suddenly it became the
subject of takeover speculation, creating multiple R profits in
only a few minutes. He didn't know that when he put the position on a few
days beforehand - all he was doing was identifying a possible new price
trend starting, and decided to hop on for the ride.
One other member finally stopped riding a short trade in his local market which had been open for three months, and yielded a +10R profit. This covered a few of those small losing trades, while leaving some profit over.
All of the above is typically what someone who follows price trends has to go through - plenty of small losses, the occasional bumper profit, and lots of ongoing price noise, with the resulting fluctuation in their P&L and equity curve.
The thing is - when you open a new position, you never know which trades will fail, and which ones will succeed.
A lot of people can't deal with all that - they seek comfort in being right as often as possible, and bank small profits for fear of losing them. Trend followers go in the opposite direction - they look to aggressively control the downside as far as possible, but place little or restrictions on any potential upside. When combined with good risk control, that gives them their edge, and a positive expectancy.
All trend followers do is react to price action - we do not
predict what could happen. Price and its action subsequent to our entries will tell us if we are right or wrong. If we are showing a loss, we cut our losses quickly, if we are in profit we will hold our positions until we get an exit signal.
Simple, but not easy.