8 Rules For Traders

  1. Don’t Fight the Tape – the trend is your friend, go with Mo (Momentum that is)
  2. Beware of the Crowd at Extremes – psychology and liquidity are linked, relative relationships revert, valuation = long-term extremes in psychology, general crowd psychology impacts the markets
  3. Rely on Objective Indicators – indicators are not perfect but objectively give you consistency, use observable evidence not theoretical
  4. Be Disciplined – anchor exposure to facts not gut reaction
  5. Practice Risk Management – being right is very difficult…thus, making money needs risk management
  6. Remain Flexible – adapt to changes in data, the environment, and the markets
  7. Money Management Rules – be humble and flexible – be able to turn emotions upside down, let profits run and cut losses short, think in terms of risk including opportunity risk of missing a bull market, buy the rumor and sell the news
  8. Those Who Do Not Study History Are Condemned to Repeat Its Mistakes

You’ll notice that nothing is profound among the 8. You likely have heard some version of each of them before. But when the voices get loud and volatility picks up, it’s nice to have a reminder in what’s important and why we do what we do.