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Monthly Archives: July 2013

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Understanding Market Character

By | July 31st, 2013|Categories: Futures Trading 101, Trading Strategies, Trend Following General|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

The vast majority of futures traders either employ mechanical trading systems, technical analysis, or a combination of both to make their trading decisions.  Very few employ fundamental analysis as a standalone technique in making trading decisions.  While I am not a proponent of fundamental analysis as an effective standalone strategy for trading futures, I do believe [...]

Patience is the Key to Successful Trading

By | July 30th, 2013|Categories: Futures Trading 101, Trading Strategies|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

One thing I've noticed when participating in many of the trading forums out there is that most of the newbies seem compelled to trade everyday, and in many cases, multiple times per day.  In the case of position traders who hold trades for a couple days or longer, I also notice a tendency to over trade.  [...]

Systematic Trend Following Is Not For The Small Trader

By | July 24th, 2013|Categories: Futures Trading 101, Trading Strategies, Trend Following General|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

One of the most common suggestions in the world of futures trading is that in order to be successful, you must employ a mechanical trend following system and trade it with strict discipline.  Many of the proponents of such wisdom point to the success of some of the biggest names among past and present commodity trading [...]

Is the Gold Bear Market Over?

By | July 23rd, 2013|Categories: Market Comments, Trading Strategies, Trend Following General|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Gold futures rallied to their highest level in four weeks yesterday, as prices surged over $40 per ounce.  Does this mean that the bear market in gold prices is over? As a trend follower, I am not concerned with such opinions, and neither should you be.  The bear move in gold this year has provided trend [...]

What is Your Trading Edge?

By | July 22nd, 2013|Categories: Futures Trading 101, Trend Following General|Tags: , , , , , |

Many people enter the world of trading and do not have an understanding of the concept of trading with an edge.  In the world of trading, an edge is simply a long term advantage that one trader has over most other market participants.  For example, many commodity trading advisors (CTAs) employ systematic trend following strategies in [...]

Weekly Market Commentary – July 20, 2013

By | July 21st, 2013|Categories: Market Comments|Tags: , , , , , |

Weekly Commentary – July 20, 2013 Currencies Most of the major currencies remain in neutral territory.  It still makes no sense to initiate new positions in the Euro, Pound, Swiss Franc or Dollar Index, as I mentioned last week.  The Aussie showed some strength this past week, and if it continues a bit higher, will start [...]

Is The Turtle Trading System Dead?

By | July 14th, 2013|Categories: Trading Strategies, Trend Following General|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

Over the last few years, the performance of systematic trend following commodity trading advisors (CTAs) has been somewhat dismal.  While the performance of their programs has varied to a certain degree, many are generally underwater since the beginning of 2010, and some are underwater going back to 2009. Consider the trading performance of these well-known CTAs [...]

Weekly Market Commentary

By | July 13th, 2013|Categories: Market Comments, Trading Strategies|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Currencies Most of the major currencies remain in neutral territory.  It makes absolutely no sense to jump into the Euro, Pound, Swiss Franc or Dollar Index at this point until something gives.  The European and U.S. central banks clearly want to keep these currencies range bound in order to not disrupt the U.S. recovery or kill [...]

How To Make Money Trading Futures

By | July 12th, 2013|Categories: Futures Trading 101, Trading Strategies, Trend Following General|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Most people enter the arena of futures trading and really have no idea what they are getting into.  They read a couple books, or a few magazine articles, and think they have found the ideal way to leave their day job for good. Unfortunately, trading futures is like any other business….the best traders make the most [...]

The Best Futures Markets For Trend Followers

By | July 12th, 2013|Categories: Futures Trading 101, Trading Strategies, Trend Following General|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

One of the tenets in the trend following doctrine is that anyone who applies this strategy should trade a very diversified portfolio.  In his book, Following The Trend Andreas Clenow implies that most trend following commodity trading advisors trade a portfolio of 60 markets or more across sectors including stock markets, interest rates, currencies, metals, energy [...]

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