Trading Lesson Learnt From my Trading Guru Part-III

In Continuation with the previous 2 articles

Trading Lesson Learnt From my Trading Guru

Valuable Trading Lesson Learnt From my Trading Guru Part-II

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 “Have the courage to trade in big quantity ”

He meant the willingness to carry a very, very large position when you have a high degree of conviction and the risk/reward makes sense.

This is actually the flip side of  My Guru’s last pearl of wisdom- when there’s nothing to do, do nothing. But when there’s something worth doing, then do it in size.

Geroge Soros frequently talks about this, because it’s a common trait of all great traders. In order to be a big winner, you have to be very, very large in the positions that have the best risk/reward. Considering that most traders make their year on two or three big trades, then you have to pile in when you see an opportunity.

The key question is: how do you judge when to trade big quantity ?

The answer: you have to rank your positions in terms of overall attractiveness/conviction and then size them accordingly. Once a trade meets all of the minimum criteria for you to put it on, then you go further and rank it on a scale of 1-5 of overall attractiveness.

To simplify, I have the following criteria:

–          Strong chart—breaking out of a base of at least six weeks’ duration on 2x average daily volume

–          An overall stock market that’s trending higher

–          Buy coming as per Price Action Strategy after 2-3 Whipsaw

–          Chopad levels signalling a Buy/Sell

–          Higher Time Frame and Smaller Time Frame in Sync

–          Buy as per Stock Positional System

If  stock/Nifty could just barely meet your criteria, In this case, you would rate it a 1 out of 5 (the lowest). On the other hand,if stock/Nifty This would merit a 5 out of 5.

How would your position size vary depending on the rankings? For a “5”, you would want a position size that’s several times larger than for a “1”. That means you could put a “1” at 1-2% of your trading capital, which you would feel comfortable putting on a “5” at 6-10%. After all, you would feel most comfortable betting more on a position where things couldn’t be better, rather than in something that’s barely meeting your entry criteria.

That’s how my trading guru did it. Whenever he found a trade where all of the stars were aligned and he felt that the risk/reward was skewed in his favor, he would put on a gigantic position. And while it wouldn’t always work, the gains on his winners would far, far outweigh his losers, leaving him a substantial winner.

Conclusion:

As discussed  in all 3 article  methodology was quite simple. He would only trust his trading strategy , looking for trades that fit his methodology. When he had no ideas, he would do nothing; when he had a smattering of decent ideas, he would take some risk; and when he had a fabulous idea, he would put on a large position.

It sounds simple enough, but executing it is properly is another matter. As a matter of fact, despite his fabulous example and education,Many traders will be net loser. Why?

When push came to shove, I didn’t have a well-defined methodology for how to approach trades.  Ultimately, no amount of advice will help you when you don’t really have a clear game plan.

As Brett Steenbarger says, the biggest barrier to trading success is usually a methodology problem. Hopefully, my example will show you importance of getting the very basics right.

After that, I hope that the My trading guru advice will help you to transform your trading to the level of the greats.

 

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9 Comments

  1. senthilkumar said:

    Hello Bramesh,

    I am new to trading & gone through all your 3 articles, all are very useful & informative. Thanks for sharing. Can you send me the details of the TA course at senthilkumar.titan@gmail.com, if possible

    August 10, 2014
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  2. uttamp said:

    Extremly Good And Knowledge Worthy Idea Article With Practical Comment !!!!Thanks A Lot Brahmesh Ji From All Retail Traders !!!

    August 9, 2014
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  3. saravanan said:

    good article everyone should follow some methodology to trade & find the reason wt hole is there. plz try to stop the flowing water

    August 9, 2014
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  4. Venkatesh said:

    Sir,
    Great write up.
    Many important lessons to be learnt here.
    Thanks a ton to put it all together.

    May 6, 2014
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  5. Sujay said:

    All the 3 articles are well written. Thanks for clarifying importance of strategy/methodology in trading with examples.

    April 21, 2014
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  6. jagdish said:

    Thanks, Sir. keep in mind this lessons. Thanks ones again.

    October 2, 2013
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  7. Parimal Devnath said:

    Dear Sir
    i am a regular reader of all your articles which are highly educative.
    thanks a lot for your tireless endevour. this iii article highlights the correct strategy to be applied only when the right opportunity knocks.
    kind regards
    Parimal.

    September 29, 2013
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  8. Raja Mohan said:

    Excellent article and very valuable suggestions sir.

    September 28, 2013
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  9. said:

    Thanks
    Vk

    September 28, 2013
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