What not to do
When reading weekly publications in the finance sector one mainly stumbles upon opinions. What to buy, when to buy, and reasons on why these recommendations make sense. A very important factor in trading and investing is to know what not to do. You might hear a phrase like “cash is king”, or “let your winners run”, but are rarely illuminated by underlying principles that would support such statements on how to truly act. What not to do could be the headline to a long list of things market participants should avoid. We want to point out one topic that would rank high on such a list.
A week ago we had a silver long entry signal filled that we had anticipated and planed on April 13th, quite a while earlier, in our chartbook release at that time.
Zone A silver entry on small exposure size:
This trade quickly moved into our favor and we took half of the position size off and raised the stop to breakeven.
On May 1st 2019 the other half stopped out at entry levels.
Small profits on weekly silver trade attempt :
On the same day where we got stopped out on our first attempt to catch a weekly silver turning point, we got filled long for the Zone B entry. This trade was planed three weeks ago and executed on a full position size.
Silver Zone B entry on May 1st 2019 :
Shortly thereafter initial profits were taken for a two percent return on half of the position. The stop was raised for the remainder exposed capital to entry levels.
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Low risk due to anticipated quick reversal and aggressive entries and profit taking:
Here is the important fact to take away from these two long entries.
- Both trades were planed way in advance.
- The trades were independent with individual reasoning and edges.
- Each position size was calculated based on risk reward ratio factors. Sensible money management based on these risk reward factors was applied.
- Both trades were executed with utmost discipline as planed.
- Zone A trade was closed out before Zone B trade was entered.
In short these trades are unrelated and the Zone B trade could just as well have been triggered weeks later or not at all.
We point this out since at first glance it could be interpreted to be a martingale strategy approach (averaging down). We strongly belief that only Anti-Martingale strategies are to be used for viable systems. So when we spoke of what not to do, we were referring to not use a Martingale strategy approach. These trades are very emotionally and in a loss scenario very hard to recover from. Furthermore they can be severely damaging to the psychology of an investor’s or trader´s mind. They also do not provide a solid mathematical edge to rely on for consistent returns in the markets.
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