Suggestions for mastering speculation

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Old Oct 8, 2008, 4:54pm   #11
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Here are some tips for mastering the art of speculation. I've made a few of these posts before but they can get lost.

Some of these are taken from books, some are my own comments.

1. Study the market every single day. No day should pass by without watching the tape, watching the market, understanding the correlations and feeling the sentiment.

2. Try and visit an exchange even if it is not related to the market you trade. I recently went to the LME (London Metal Exchange) where you can stand in the viewing gallery and watch the action. Watching the traders execute in the pit is as close as you can get to the heart of the action. Look at the emotions of the traders and how they transact.

3. Do not necessarily start with one product but start with one market first. The stock market is a good starting place.

4.Take one position at a time.

5. Keep your transactions to yourself. Do not boast about wins or lament lossses to other people - especially those that do not trade themselves.

6. Never trade out of boredom.

7. Keep a record of all losing and winning trades.

8. Make sure you have adequate capital to sustain a string of losses. Every trader has losing streaks. Be sure you can weather them out. If you cannot take at a very minimum, 10 losses in a row and still place an eleventh trade, you do not have enough capital.

9. Vary the size of the position based on your assessment of the distribution between risk and reward. There are benefits to risking a fixed percentage but there are times (and trades) when the reward is too good not to take extra risk. If you do not understand when these times are, you do not have enough experience.

10. Be awake and alart before the market opens. If the market opens at 8am, there is no point sitting down at your computer at 8.15am. You should be aware of news, sentiment and overnight moves (or related market moves) at least a full half hour before trading.

11. Take a break when you are losing.

12. Cultivate and nurture all emotions during the trading day.

13. Read up on the markets. Most traders read books on HOW to trade. I suggest that books by or about great traders are a far more important read. If you want to be the best you need to try and surround yourself by the masters of your art. If that has to be via their writings, then so be it.

14. Forget about the great prices you could have traded at. Should you enter, add or exit, right now?
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9A. Vary the size of the position (and the placing of your stop) based on the volatility of the instrument being traded. Using ATR is as good a means as any for evaluating volatility and appropriate position size, IMO.
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15. Trust the little voice in your head. It usually knows best.
good post arabianights, that signature of yours to .......classic :-)

"Caution: I change my mind constantly, and I suspect if you slavishly copied everything I talked about on t2w you'd have blown up well before now! "

16 That little voice can be a real pain in the asssssssss Holllllllleeeeeeeee !! if you let him get the better of you

Make sure your little voice is in agreement with your well thought out rules and not going on one for emotional reasons :-)

good thread td

Andy

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Old Oct 8, 2008, 5:03pm   #12
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I am not saying 'regardless of the volatility'. I am saying that volatility does not really enter into the equation. Volatility is a backwards looking description of the market whereas speculation is the art of looking forward. Do you see or do you not see?

In other words, volatility is what has happened, speculation is what will happen.
Financial markets are often characterized by non-constant variance (heteroscedasticity), and tend also to be backward-looking in nature (autoregressive).

In the case of the indices, forward volatility is a function both of previous volatility and trend - i.e if the trend (or drift) in the time series is up, volatility tends to fall.

These effects are readily observable both in the implied vols of the options market and in the case of the S&P500, the VIX index.

http://www.cboe.com/micro/vix/VIXoptionsQRG.pdf

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Ok. Would you agree with me, in principle at least, that if you look at what is happening now, and then looked at what happened before it happened, you would see a correlation between the two. Cause and effect so to speak?

Would you agree with me, in principle at least, that if you look at what is happening now and take note of what happens after it , that you could, in principle, speculate on what will happen the next time you see the same thing happening again?
Yes, in principle that all sounds fine to me - what you said is how I see it.

Going back to the topic of wearing some pain relative to the volatility, do you see how in some cases (speadbetting, longer term trading, etc) it isn't necessarily a bad idea? For example, on a two week ES trade, you wouldn't have a 5 tick stop in such a situation would you? I know you're only a short-term trader, but hypothetically how would you work this?

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fwiw, in relative terms my position size is substantially reduce in the current condtions.

on a atr% basis, spooz is now moving faster than in 00-02 (ie most recent similar market conditions), but way under 87, and 29-32 (which peak at approx 12% in places)

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Yes, in principle that all sounds fine to me - what you said is how I see it.

Going back to the topic of wearing some pain relative to the volatility, do you see how in some cases (speadbetting, longer term trading, etc) it isn't necessarily a bad idea? For example, on a two week ES trade, you wouldn't have a 5 tick stop in such a situation would you? I know you're only a short-term trader, but hypothetically how would you work this?
Jaydee,

Volatility, by anyoneís definition has not existed for me since I learned and put into real practice the meaning of proficient and efficient trading. It took many 1000ís of hours of study and practice and many expensive lessons to learn this. Trading is the art of speculation, and the art of speculation means trading in the direction you believe (through logic, reason and analysis) the market will move. Anything else is a guess. I honestly do not understand what you mean by the pain of volatility. I look at my screen and wait to see a positive indication to trade or I do nothing, and thatís it.
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I honestly do not understand what you mean by the pain of volatility. I look at my screen and wait to see a positive indication to trade or I do nothing, and thatís it.
All I mean is how do you define how large your stop level should be and how would you define the size of your stop level if you were a longer term trader?
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What do you mean by that? Surely that's a recipe to let your emotions take control?
If your emotions are in control of you they are not cultivated.
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All I mean is how do you define how large your stop level should be and how would you define the size of your stop level if you were a longer term trader?
Let me explain it like this:

A sniper tells you that they only pull the trigger if they are certain that the bullet they are firing is going to kill their target.

Do you need to ask, what about if you are firing from a different distance?

Do you need to ask, what about in different weather conditions?

Do you need to ask, what if the target is moving?

The sniper repeats, they only pull the trigger if they are certain the bullet they are firing is going to kill their target.

In the same way, I am saying that stops are a function of proficiency.
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No, stops are a function of time.
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