Are you good at darts?
Actually, I’m not.
I’ve even removed all darts from our home. Hazard. Children might hurt themselves. Yeah, yeah, I know, I’m paranoid. Tell me something new.
Well, just in case you fancy playing darts, here’s a market exercise for your consideration.
Take a newspaper section, and pin it on the wall.
I know, I know, you’d love to take pot shots at your favourite corrupt politician’s picture. Please feel free to do so, let out all your venom. When you’re done, we can resume with the market exercise.
Now substitute whatever picture you’re shooting darts at with the equity portion of your newspaper’s market segment.
Take a dart. Shoot.
You hit some stock or the other. Let’s say you hit XLME Systems.
Now take a coin. Flip it.
Go long XLME Systems if you flip heads. Short it if you flip tails.
You have a 50:50 chance of choosing the correct trade direction here.
This is still a winning system, if you manage your trades with common-sense.
Cut your losers short, quite short, yeah, nip them in the bud. Let your winners ride for as long as you’re comfortable.
These two sentences will turn your little darts cum coin exercise into a winning market system.
Try out a 100 such trades, coupled with proper, common-sensical trade management. You’ll see that you are in the money.
Now, whoever turns towards me and starts to talk about trading systems, well, that person needs to be very crystal clear about one thing.
He or she needn’t bother discussing any trading system with worse results than the above-described trading system.
I mean, come on, people, here’s nature, already presenting something to us which doesn’t require any formal education, just an average ability to aim, fire, flip, trade, and manage with common-sense. This small and natural system is enough to keep us in the money.
So, if we want to spend any time discussing trading systems with an edge, we need to be sure that these systems are functioning at beyond 50:50. At par or below is a waste of time.
Good trading systems with a market-edge function at 60:40.
In the Zone, you maneuver your evolving edge to function at 70:30 and beyond.
Frankly, you don’t need more. You don’t need to function at 80:20 or 90:10. Life at 70:30 is good enough to yield you a fortune.
Getting to 70:30 is not as difficult as it sounds. First, get to a 60:40 trading system. Out of every 100 trades, get the trade direction of 60 right. Comes, takes a bit, but comes eventually.
Now you’ve got your good trading system with a decent edge, it’s working at 60:40, what next? How do you extract that extra edge.
Well, tweak. Adapt. Fine-tune. Till your edge becomes that something extra.
Still want more?
If yes, the game becomes a story about you. How disciplined are you? Are you with the markets regularly, as a matter of routine? Are you with the flow? Can you sense the next move? Are you slipping into the Zone? Can you stay in the Zone for long periods? Once you slip out, can you get back into the Zone soon?
The answers to these questions lead you to 70:30 and beyond.