1. Follow the Rule of Three. The rule of three simply states that a trade will not be made unless you can carefully articulate three reasons for doing so. This eliminates trading from an indicator alone.
2. Keep Losses Small. It is vitally important to keep losses small as most all of large losses began as small ones, and large losses can put an end to your trading career.
3. Adjust Stops. When a trade is working move your stop loss up in order to lock in gains.
4. Keep Commissions Low. There is a cost to trading but there is no reason to overpay brokerage fees. A discount brokerage is just as good as a premium brand name one.
5. Amateurs at the Open, Pros at the Close. The best time to enter trades are after lunch when the professionals are looking to get in at a better price than one provided in the morning.
6. Know the General Market Trend. When trading individual stocks make sure you trade with the general market trend or condition, not against it.
7. Write Down Every Trade. Doing this will allow you to learn what is working and what is not. It will also help you determine what types of trades work best for your personality.
8. Never Average Down a Losing Position. It is a loser’s game when you add to a loser. You add to winning positions because they are winners and are proving themselves to be such.
9. Never Overtrade. Overtrading is a direct result of not following a well thought out plan, deciding it is best to trade off emotion instead. This will do nothing but cause frustration and a loss of money.
10. Give 10 Percent Away. Money works the fastest when it is divided. When we share we prime the economic pump of the universe.
Trading is a game of rules. We either make the decision to abide by them or we break them. We do the latter at our own peril.
1.) Learn to be wrong. Traditional education trains us into thinking that we have to be right to get the grade. With investing and trading, focusing on being right will bring assymetric risk to your methodology and will eventually lead to a blowout at least once. – Steven Place
2.) First, invest in yourself. That is, acquire as much knowledge as possible and analytical skills in a wide variety of disciplines and develop the ability to abstract yourself from the present. Become a mathematician, economist, political scientist, psychologist, sociologist, and futurist. – Gary Evans
3.) You are not a market-timing genius and neither is anyone selling services to you! There is a long-term path to progress, with several good ways to get aboard. Be interested, be watchful, but do not be too confident. – Jeff Miller
4.) First, understand that ultimately you are responsible for the outcome of your investments and that they shouldn’t blame bad markets, bad advisors, or bad luck if they lose money. Secondly, always try to stay as objective and unemotional as you can about what you invest in. And lastly, remember that discipline and risk management is the key. You can lose all the profits from five well managed trades or investments with one poorly managed one.
Moody’s not interested in a lawsuit
Bloomberg report on Japanese investors, facing ongoing negative rates domestically, are buying dollars and risk assets
- “The presence of the Japanese as the main carry trade driver seems to be growing as they must turn to overseas investments”
- In April, Japan’s money managers bought the most U.S. corporate debt in eight years and the second-highest amount of equities in five years
- “Japanese investors use yen to fund purchases of Treasuries or U.S. corporate bonds, for instance, to seek credit spreads and these flows are continuing,” said Koichi Sugisaki, a strategist at Morgan Stanley MUFG Securities Co. in Tokyo.
Bridgewater Associates is a Ray Dalio founded US investment firm. Via an analysts’ note:
- U.S. corporate profit margins could reverse the strong growth seen in recent years.
- these margins have provided a substantial portion of the excess return of equities over cash
- reversal is more than merely the current cyclical downturn in earnings
- “Globalization, perhaps the largest driver of developed world profitability over the past few decades, has already peaked”
- “U.S.-China conflict and global pandemic are further accelerating moves by multinationals to reshore and duplicate supply chains, with a focus on reliability as opposed to just cost optimization.”
Fitch Ratings has revised the Outlook on India’s Long-Term Foreign-Currency Issuer Default Rating (IDR) to Negative from Stable and affirmed the rating at ‘BBB-‘.
KEY RATING DRIVERS
The revision of the Outlook to Negative on India’s Long-Term IDRs reflects the following key rating drivers:
The coronavirus pandemic has significantly weakened India’s growth outlook for this year and exposed the challenges associated with a high public-debt burden. Fitch expects economic activity to contract by 5% in the fiscal year ending March 2021 (FY21) from the strict lockdown measures imposed since 25 March 2020, before rebounding by 9.5% in FY22. The rebound will mainly be driven by a low-base effect. Our forecasts are subject to considerable risks due to the continued acceleration in the number of new COVID-19 cases as the lockdown is eased gradually. It remains to be seen whether India can return to sustained growth rates of 6% to 7% as we previously estimated, depending on the lasting impact of the pandemic, particularly in the financial sector.
The humanitarian and health needs have been pressing, but the government has shown expenditure restraint so far, due to the already high public-debt burden going into the crisis, with additional relief spending representing only about 1% of GDP by our estimates. Most elements of an announced package totalling 10% of GDP are non-fiscal in nature. Some further fiscal spending of up to 1 percentage point of GDP may still be announced in the next few months, which was indicated by a recent announcement of additional borrowing for FY21 of 2% of GDP, although we do not expect a steep rise in spending. (more…)
- The tension of riding a profit or loss may be quite intense for some investors. By liquidating too early, they are relieved of the tension, and, therefore, the mere termination of this situation will have the same result as a positive experience. They will be more likely to behave the same way in future trades.
- Those who ride losses to unacceptably large amounts also tend to experience the positive effects of relief. Again the relief can serve to reward an otherwise inappropriate act. It’s like the man who, when asked why he kept banging his head against the wall, replied, “because it feels so good when I stop.”
It’s almost June
Some remarks on the euro area by Soros
- The survival of the EU is being challenged
- This is not a theoretical possibility; it may be a tragic reality
- EU needs to consider perpetual bonds, otherwise it may not survive
- Says that he is particularly concerned about Italy
- Says that Italy has been treated badly by the EU and Germany