The following is an interview of Michael Covel by Trade2Win Content Editor John Forman. Michael is the author of the highly regarded book Trend Following, which makes a very strong case for the value of trend trading methods.
At the very beginning of your book you differentiate between traders and investors. Why is trading better than investing?
Thinking like a trader is the only way to profit in today?s markets.
Investors buy and hold. Hoping that the market will continually move up, they buy long with no exit plan. They do not manage risk so they give up control. Traders, on the other hand, do not care whether the market goes up or down. They buy long or sell short and they always have an exit plan. They have predefined exit points meaning they know when to exit for profit and when to exit to minimize loss. Traders practice risk management. They define risk. They know with mathematical certainty exactly how much they are willing to lose. They take control.
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