I actually meant to focus on the tape at hand today and get back into the swing of things on the trading front. However since my main Internet connection just went bust two hours ago I decided to use my connective idle time as an opportunity to talk about an issue many of you may have been battling with at some point or the other: Whether or not to scale into positions. Does it work? Should you do it? The quick answer (and you knew this was coming): well, it depends.
During my time away it didn’t escape my attention that you guys very much enjoyed Scott’s excerpts on tape reading. As you all know I am very much a systemic trader at this point but at the same time still enjoy following a variety of charts on a discretionary/analytical basis for three reasons: First I happen to be good at it as my thinking process follows a mixture between the analytical and the creative. Second it gives me opportunities for campaigns I would miss out on just focusing on my systems. Third reading the tape actually gives me ideas for building new automated systems. For all these reasons and more I decided to do one post exclusive to tape reading every [...]
I would love to tell you that I have returned from a relaxing two week vacation on an island paradise but then I would be lying. Pretty much everything that could have gone wrong during this trip in fact did go wrong. At times it felt like we should have changed our last names to Murphy. Does that mean we didn’t have a great time? Of course not! Because as with everything in life, and particularly when it comes to trading, the path to success lies in managing your expectation and your actions.
After an extremely profitable first quarter I think most of you would agree that I have more than earned myself a little vacation. And boy do I need one as I have been feeling myself running on depleting reserves over the past few weeks. Yes, even the Mole is only human (sort of). Also, beyond the polished facade and daily evil deeds there had been a lot happening behind the scenes, some of which I have no doubt Scott will be talking about as he’ll be filling in during my two week absence. And may I just say – are you in for a rare treat ladies and leeches!