Markelife Ep 34 – The Folly of Trading Wisdom

Podcast-Cover300The podcast is back after a long break! Today, we dig into some of the conventional wisdom and common “soundbites” that are used. You’ve heard these, probably over and over:

Only price pays.
The trend is your friend. Ride your winners
Never add to a losing trade
Never let a winning trade turn into a loser
No one ever went broke taking a profit
You’re only as good as your last trade

Each of these sayings (well, most of them) have a place and are exactly right for certain kinds of trading, but they are also wrong and maybe even dangerous. In this episode, I use these sayings and encourage us to think deeper about trading styles, markets, and what actually matters.

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Adam Grimes has over two decades of experience in the industry as a trader, analyst and system developer. The author of a best-selling trading book, he has traded for his own account, for a top prop firm, and spent several years at the New York Mercantile Exchange. He focuses on the intersection of quantitative analysis and discretionary trading, and has a talent for teaching and helping traders find their own way in the market.

This Post Has 5 Comments

  1. SP

    The other problem with “price only pays” – I still have to pull the trigger, I still have to size it right, I still have to have to conviction to ride it till the trend “bends”. I still have to decide (and follow-through) when to scale out or add back in. I still have to deal with multiple losers in a row. So really, how I execute is the only thing that pays.

    1. Adam Grimes

      Yeah any soundbite leaves a lot of things unsaid and sweeps a lot of details under the rug. Very true.

  2. A_Joe

    Nice to hear You again ! Thank You πŸ™‚

  3. Saz Dosanjh

    so true, I often tell myself “you’re only as good as your last trade”, I suppose I never really thought about what that means. Especially as my trading relies on probabilities, of course I have losers but it’s the accumulation over time that’s important. I knew that and I still hung on to this contradictory saying. Thanks πŸ™‚

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