Continue reading...A momentum strategy seeks to profit from buying high and selling higher on the long side while selling low and covering lower on the short side. Most traders fail in this enterprise because they haven’t mastered the five elements of a perfect momentum trade. Once in place, the profit and loss statement can improve dramatically, adding significant capital to the bottom line.
Trading momentum markets require sophisticated risk management rules to address volatility, over-crowding and hidden traps that steal profits. Market players routinely ignore these rules, blinded by an overwhelming fear they’ll miss the rally or sell-off while everyone else books windfall profits. The rules can be broken down into five elements: selection, risk, entry, management and exit.
Proper Security Selection Choose liquid securities when engaging in momentum strategies. Stay away from leveraged or inverse ETFs because their price swings don’t accurately track underlying indices or futures markets...
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