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Ep. 592: Don’t Curb Your Enthusiasm with Michael Covel on Trend Following Radio

Don’t Curb Your Enthusiasm with Michael Covel on Trend Following Radio
Don’t Curb Your Enthusiasm with Michael Covel on Trend Following Radio

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Larry David is one guy who is totally OK with the unexpected. He wrote and starred in the hit show, Curb Your Enthusiasm. He wanted total control of writing the show and didn’t want HBO looking over his shoulder. However, the show has no script. The actors are comfortable going into the unknown and winging it. So much of our modern world is pre-packaged and scripted down to the last syllable. Larry David knows that life is all about the surprise, and people value that surprise factor.

What do these examples have in common with the stock market? Markets are unpredictable. Yes, it is necessary to have a game plan but with constant unexpected changes, you need to know what to do when things deviate from the plan. Chaos exists, there is no getting around it. To be successful in the game you must look past the chaos and know how to profit from it.

In this episode of Trend Following Radio:

  • Luck in life
  • What happens when plans deviate
  • Chaos is not a pit
  • The realm

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Am I Just Getting Lucky?

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Michael,

As my account is still small (although up 150% so far) I find that I’m trading a lot. I get signals every day and in 3 months have made 185 (counting opening only). I find my self getting stopped out of trades because I can’t take a full position and then getting back in when the market comes back.

I’m not going more than 2 units per trade and 5 units per sector on [entry and] out 2 ATR 2% unit model.

So it’s going well and I’m excited about that but want to make sure I’m not just getting really lucky as opposed to implementing a life changing trading strategy.

Regards,
Jordan

This sounds very short term, and not trend following?

Nassim Taleb on Buffett v. Soros

Nassim Taleb:

Asked…if returns such as those posted by Berkshire Hathaway Inc. Chief Executive Officer Warren Buffett — who amassed the world’s third-biggest personal fortune through decades of stock picks and takeovers — are the product of luck or talent, Taleb said both played a part. If given a choice between investing with Buffett and billionaire investor George Soros, Taleb also said he would probably pick the latter. “I am not saying Buffett isn’t as good as Soros,” he said. “I am saying that the probability Soros’s returns come from randomness is much smaller because he did almost everything: he bought currencies, he sold currencies, he did arbitrages. He made a lot more decisions. Buffett followed a strategy to buy companies that had a certain earnings profile, and it worked for him. There is a lot more luck involved in this strategy.”

Much wisdom there. More.

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