06 Apr Catching Big Moves
Catching Big Moves
Apr. 6, 2022
We can’t trade everything the same way.
To say we can is a losing argument.
For example, trading something for multiple decades is different than trying to catch a parabolic move.
One is trying to make 6% a year.
The other is trying to make 160% as soon as possible.
If you decided to buy-and-hold AMC last year when price broke above $50 (it was going to $500… reddit told you so), you’re currently up a creek without a swimsuit:
If you decided to buy-and-hold Zoom (ZM) in 2020 because that’s the way of the future, you were terribly out of luck:
Buy-and-hold might be barely acceptable for long-term investing (maybe), but it’s horrifying for fast-moving instruments.
What is acceptable? What will catch big moves?
What kind of breakouts?
Any kind, really. But using indicators is a great way.
For example, here’s a simple Long-Only Bollinger Band™ system that buys on a breakout above the Band (set to default settings of 20 length and 2 standard deviations) and gets out when price closes below the mid-line of the Band.
It gets in when price gets hot and trails a stop when the move is over. Here’s how that system does on AAPL since 2004:
Not bad. Obviously, AAPL has been trendy for quite a while.
But this week, we’re talking about things that move even faster than that. We’re talking about stocks that move like crazy. Is there a way to trade those?
Well, what’s been crazy in the past two years? How about ZM?
Instead of buying-and-holding, we could’ve used this Band Breakout system and almost doubled our account without the worry about when to sell: https://www.screencast.com/t/XT11Cdikmk5. When it stopped making new highs, move on to something else.
What’s been hot lately? Oil stocks, right? And how could we have known oil might be a big-mover? The Russian invasion.
Here’s how oil-based MRO has done very recently: https://www.screencast.com/t/EwcE0MiNJ On a hypothetical $10k account, you’d be doing very well.
How about another oil-like company, COP? It’s also done well with this simple Band Breakout strategy (hypothetically up over 20% this year):
If something is in the news and you see things starting to move, a breakout strategy is a great way to trade that sort of instrument–as long as you have a target and a stopping point. A trailing stop like a Band midline is an excellent way to do it.
But there are other ways to trade fast-moving instruments, and these ways don’t ask you to scan for hot stocks or be a breaking-news-watcher.
We’ll talk about those in the next Newsletters.
Talk to you soon.
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