20 Nov Getting Out of Slumps
The Hot Hornet
Nov. 20, 2023
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I’ve been asked many times over the years about getting out of slumps.
And I’ve seen students go into losing streaks and then come roaring out of them.
The solution (in tennis) is a simple one.
See the ball go in.
Stop trying to do the perfect stroke you worked on last week. Stop trying to hit the serve 132 mph (even though you definitely can). Stop trying to hit your forehand as hard as you normally do.
Hit it in.
When the brain sees the ball go in, it reconfigures. It relaxes. It realizes, “Of course. That’s what the ball should do.”
And confidence reappears. Losing streaks reverse.
If you can make it a preposterous proposition that you won’t succeed, you’ll succeed.
In other words, if you hit everything in at 80% skill and hustle maniacally hard for two hours, it is reasonable to continue losing?
Unless you’re playing Federer, hitting the ball in will certainly end the slump.
But what about trading slumps?
As we’ve discussed, this year has been filled with pitiful trends and maddening reversals. A trader starting his/her journey this year could easily be jaded.
What’s the cure?
Seeing a winning trade.
How can we do that?
Use a system with a high win rate. And a portfolio.
An example of this is the Hornet.
It’s my oldest system and it’s historical win rate is between 60-75%, depending on what target and stoploss we use.
Is it reasonable that a system with that win percentage will lose forever? (Well, maybe. If the system is an internet scam.)
Further, if you trade several high-percentage robots in one portfolio, is it reasonable that the portfolio will suffer massively long drawdowns?
Probably not, right?
And, lately, in my live Hornet account, I’ve seen a nice winning streak. It’s been a very welcome sight.
As you can see, there have been some hiccups (nothing has been immune), but the high win rate has reasonably turned into a nice hypothetical win streak lately. It’s up about 80% on a hypothetical $15k account.
If you’ve struggled this year, here’s a tip. Trade your high-percentage system.
Get some wins.
In our next Newsletter, we’ll change the stop loss. This Hornet has a very big stop.
Would a small stop create good winning streaks and do even better? We’ll take a look.
Talk to you soon.
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