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Past performance is not necessarily indicative of future performance. The risk of loss in trading stocks, futures contracts, commodity options or forex can be substantial, and therefore investors should understand the risks involved in taking leveraged positions and must assume responsibility for the risks associated with such investments and for their results. You should carefully consider whether such trading is suitable for you in light of your circumstances and financial resources.

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Where should a new trader start?

By | August 16th, 2016|Categories: Trend Following General|Tags: , , , , |

If you are new to trading, and interested in employing a trend following strategy, avoid trading futures and focus on trading stocks. The fact of the matter is that systematic trend following just doesn't work in the futures markets like it used to.  The players in the game are far more sophisticated, and nice intermediate trend [...]

Trend Following Performance 2016

By | July 6th, 2016|Categories: Trading Strategies, Trend Following General|Tags: , , |

We are halfway through 2016 already, so I thought I would check in with an update on trend following performance through the first half of the year.  To say the least, it's been a wild ride so far. After a somewhat difficult 2015 in which the majority of trend followers were flat or down on the [...]

Best Stop Loss Strategy For Turtle Trading System?

By | March 20th, 2016|Categories: Trading Strategies, Trend Following General|Tags: , , , , , , |

If you are a previous visitor to this blog, you'll know this is one place where you can find the Mechanical System Rules for the Turtle Trading System.  There you will note that the basic stop loss is calculated by adding or subtracting 2 X the 15 to 20 day average true range (ATR) to or [...]

Systematic Trend Following and the Small Trader

By | November 23rd, 2015|Categories: Trend Following General|Tags: , , , |

I just read an interesting and revealing interview with trend following legend David Harding of Winton Capital.  Inadvertently, Harding lays out the case that systematic trend following may not be the best approach for small, or individual trader. Why?  Check out this quote... "It didn't have any lasting impacts but it's disturbing because if you put [...]

Trend Following and Trading For A Living

By | October 23rd, 2015|Categories: Trend Following General|Tags: , , , |

I would say that at least a small percentage of people who visit this blog dream of trading for a living.  I will say immediately that if you want to make a living by trading YOUR OWN money, trend following is not the way to go. Many people may point to Richard Dennis as someone who [...]

Key characteristics of big winning stocks

By | October 11th, 2015|Categories: stock market, Trend Following General|Tags: , , , |

Going forward, I am going to be devoting a considerable amount of attention on the stock market.  The fact of the matter is that due to the leverage involved in trading futures, most individual investors simply don't have enough capital to employ a systematic trend following approach to trading futures.  This is why most CTAs who [...]

Trend Following and Stocks

By | August 26th, 2015|Categories: stock market, Trading Strategies, Trend Following General|Tags: , , |

This blog was originally developed with a focus on the futures markets.  Most of my adult life has focused on developing strategies for trading in the futures markets due to my luck in capturing a big trend in the 1994 coffee market. However, after conducting substantial research over the last couple of years into the development [...]

Classical Chart Pattern Strategy #1

By | June 28th, 2015|Categories: Futures Trading 101, Trading Strategies, Trend Following General|Tags: , , , , |

If you feel that a trend following approach is the approach you feel is most suitable to you, but you don't have the capital to trade systematically, then consider the employment of classical chart patterns. Classical chart patterns have been in use for decades, but not so much as a trend following tool.  For instance, many [...]

Should You Sell Short?

By | June 15th, 2015|Categories: Trading Strategies, Trading Tactics, Trend Following General|Tags: , , , , , |

Crude Oil 2014 In 2014, the biggest trend in the futures markets occurred in the crude oil related markets as the price of crude oil plummeted by over $60 per barrel.  From top to bottom, that is $60,000 per contract!  Many trend following Commodity Trading Advisors and hedge funds were able to ride most [...]

Should you even bother trading futures?

By | May 19th, 2015|Categories: Futures Trading 101, Trend Following General|Tags: , , , |

I've been around the block long enough now to know that if you don't have at least $25,000 in risk capital, you should steer clear of trading futures.  By risk capital I mean money that you can absolutely afford to lose without ANY consequence.  This should be money that you would also be willing to bet [...]

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