I was keen on a 30% increase in the fund this year, and I still think we will do this. That sort of increase for a normal fund is very good, if done consistently it can be outstanding, but I’m after achieving a lot more. I also want control of risk.
When I trade longer term charts I do very well for a while then get hit unexpectedly. It is this uncertainty that prevents me from investing in the traditional sense.
My passion is day trading. This has come about only over the last 3 years or so. Previously I used a similar trading strategy but with different time frames. The Slow Trader Fund would be traded say from the daily or 4-hour charts, meaning a trade would be held for several days or weeks, and I would concurrently day-trade a small amount of personal money.
This has changed in that I’m shy of holding money over longer periods in a trade. I’m much more comfortable watching a trade, and be in and out again several times in the day, and never holding overnight.
The reason that I’m now doing this is that I like to be in control. Particularly if I’ve been given responsibility for other people’s money. To say that I’m day-trading, rather than using a sensible medium term investment strategy, because of my consideration to risk, is barmy to traditional investors. Because they’ve always understood that day-trading is risky.
They are correct, ordinarily. But it’s like fishing with a rod and line from a boat or free diving with a spear gun. We are not going to survive the first dive if we jump in and are expected to hold our breath for several minutes. We’d be better off and more successful fishing from the boat. But to the conditioned free diver the ability to catch fish from a free dive is far more precise and consistent.
Cynics would say ‘get a net’. But when the so-called ‘medium risk’ investors with a net hit a storm they can lose the lot. So when they think they’re medium risk they are actually not.
The day-trader will trade small and often. In contrast, for the medium-term trader the exposure is usually larger and over fewer trades. Rewards from day-trading can be exceptional. But it takes time to learn. This may have been gathered by regular readers of this blog. Like all things, I think worth the wait.
However, I appreciate that investors may have other ideas. As I’m moving the fund to 100% day-trading the funds are available for transfer at no notice. Well, one day’s notice.
To a certain extent, I trade at an amount proportional to the fund. That is the intention. But my own competency is the principal measure. For all of this year I’ve traded small. However, the trade amount, when it moves, will increase substantially.
For instance, risk per trade has recently moved from a few pounds to £150 per trade, and will very soon be £300 per trade. The next step after that is to £600 per trade, where it will stay for some considerable time. I will take half a dozen or more trades per day. Moreover, I will trade twice within the same risk where appropriate.
If we’ve mastered the day-trade then the potential is clear.