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Monthly Archives: February 2014

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The ART of Trend Following

By | February 27th, 2014|Categories: Trading Strategies, Trend Following General|Tags: , , , |

Most of what you read about trend following in the futures markets involves mechanical trading systems.  The big successful commodity trading advisors (CTAs) all employ a systematic approach.  On the other hand, in case you weren't aware, the systems taught to the Turtles by Richard Dennis and William Eckhardt were never meant to be traded mechanically.  [...]

The Realistic Returns for Trend Following In The Futures Markets

By | February 21st, 2014|Categories: Trading Strategies, Trend Following General|Tags: , , , |

I would venture to guess that most people who are searching the internet, looking for some information about the trend following approach to trading futures have unrealistic expectations.  When you read a book such as Market Wizards by Jack Schwager, which I would add was written in 1988, you get a sense that 100% annual returns [...]

Why Trend Following is Hard

By | February 20th, 2014|Categories: Trading Strategies, Trend Following General|Tags: , , , |

January proved to be a difficult month for many trend followers whose portfolios are heavily weighted toward financial markets such as stock index futures.  Stock markets around the world, including here in the U.S., experienced sharp pullbacks.  This caused many systems to exit these markets. However, in February, these markets have rallied, and are now approaching [...]

Trading For A Living – The Reality

By | February 13th, 2014|Categories: Market Comments, Trading Strategies|Tags: , , , , |

Many people start trading futures, forex or stocks because they want to get away from their 50 and 60 hour per week jobs and do something they enjoy.  I've been one of those people.  Here's the reality...most people who trade for a living are managing money for other people, not living off of the profits of [...]

Should trend followers trade all markets with the same systems?

By | February 12th, 2014|Categories: Market Comments, Trading Strategies, Trading Tactics, Trend Following General|Tags: , , , |

I've read this type of quote about trend following and trading systems in general many times over the years, and it still makes no sense to me... "all of our systems trade every market with identical rules and parameters to avoid any type of optimizing or curve fitting." Ask yourself this question...why would you do that?  [...]

Should trend followers trade the short side?

By | February 11th, 2014|Categories: Trading Strategies, Trading Tactics, Trend Following General|Tags: , , , |

Should you bother trading from the short side?   Common sense should tell us that we should at least trade the short side differently than the long side in most markets, because bear markets act differently than bull markets.  The one exception is the currency markets, because a short position in one currency, is in fact a [...]

Trend Followers Had Difficult Month in January

By | February 1st, 2014|Categories: Market Comments, Trend Following General|Tags: , , |

The performance among Commodity Trading Advisors (CTAs) who employ a trend following approach to managing client money likely took a hit in January, as many long term trends reversed course. Most notable were the reversals in global equity markets, particularly in Asia.  One of the hardest hit markets on the month was the Nikkei, which was [...]

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