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Be Right or Be Profitable

Be Right or Be Profitable

Jan. 13, 2021

I believe Roger Federer is the greatest tennis player of all time.

Of course, I’m right about that and it’s not open for discussion (no one would dispute it anyway).

I also believe that the stock market is ludicrously overbought. I believe the V-shaped recovery since March 2020 is mind-bendingly non-sensical.

In the first case, I’m right and everyone’s happy.

In the second case, I may be right eventually, but that belief is extraordinarily unprofitable.

The market went up off the bottom and it hasn’t stopped. The people who shut their mouths and traded the charts have been deliriously happy.

A trader can sit around and pout and complain on social media, or a trader can make money.

Here’s one more example (that we mentioned on Monday).

It’s my opinion that Tesla is a smoke-and-mirrors bubble. Other traders think that, too.

But guess what? It’s not about being right or making the perfect call.

It’s about making money.

Here’s a reminder on what a simple trading system has done on TSLA since 2010:

In 2020, the year that traders started screaming about how overpriced Tesla is, a trading system would have made 310%.

A trader can scream or a trader can make 300%.

We have to choose the option we like best.

If we choose profit, then we need to keep our beliefs out of it.

Talk to you soon.

 

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