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Understanding Trading Risks Is Crucial For Your Success

This article will most likely open your eyes and see a side of trading you usually don’t think about or possibly don’t understand, even though it is critical for your long term success as a trader and investor.

Not many people talk about trading risks and for a good reason. It’s not that exciting to most, and its a real sobering topic because its the reality of trading: trading is risky, and that you need to know how to manage risk appropriately and we don’t know how to do this. Most of us are generally too lazy to want to learn dry/boring subjects, especially when we don’t know much about them in the first place, and I’m guilty of this as well.

I urge you to take 4 minutes and read this trading risks explained in laymen terms below. At worst is a good refresher and will make you look at your current positions and see all your capital carries the same risk and if you are positioned for steady growth or potential account implosion if the asset class moves against you.

Understanding Trading and Investing Risk Types

RISK

noun

·        1.a situation involving exposure to danger: “flouting the law was too much of a risk” synonyms: possibilitychanceprobabilitylikelihooddanger, … more antonyms: impossibility

verb

·        1.expose (someone or something valued) to danger, harm, or loss:

There are many ways to define risk and different, disparate types of risk depending on investing in a home, doing business with a bank or investing in stocks, bonds, ETF’s, mutual funds, etc.

We know inherently, given my last week’s piece on the increasing amount of foreclosures occurring in the largest cities in the US, where housing has been robust, cities like San Jose, CA, San Francisco, Phoenix, Chicago, etc, that there is currently increasing risk in purchasing real estate at lofty prices and hoping that the market stays hot; that if you had to resell the real estate in the next few years one could get out at a similar price to the purchase price or even higher.

Given that we are towards the end of a boom housing cycle, this is probably not a reasonable risk to take, unless of course, one would be in it for the long haul. We call this liquidity risk or also buying an asset at a very high price as compared to its historical prices in a given market.

Another risk is if an investor, flush with cash, sat in cash and inflation were to take off or the price of goods and services continue to increase even without rampant inflation. This risk would be defined as purchasing power risk and puts the investor (or holder of cash) in an undesirable position of having their money NOT grow while the cost of goods and services around them grows. This can and does occur even if we are told that inflation is flat.

How does purchasing power risk show up?
Look at the cost of food in the past few years. How much does it cost to feed a family today? When one has investable cash and does not keep it up with the increasing costs of “living,” this is the real definition of purchasing power risk.

If on the other hand, an investor decides to enter into the bond and stock market and invests in the wrong asset class, this is the best-known risk defined as asset class risk. One invests in the fixed income markets, and rates go up and while the coupon may stay the same the principal amount of the investment goes down.

Likewise, someone decides to invest in technology stocks, and they go through a correction or decline, then that sector goes down, and one’s investment is negatively impacted. This is a sector or industry-specific concentration risk.

Another potential risk asset class or even sector-specific risk is if someone decides to invest only in small-cap stocks because they like the growth rates, and this area of concentration is enticing. However, there is an inherent risk:

a) interest rates go up which puts pressure on smaller companies;

b) the economy goes into a downturn and these stocks lose value and

c) most importantly, they want to get out of these stocks at some point (perhaps due to a and b above) and they cannot get out at a fair price because too many people are selling and there is not enough volume in the stock.

Then the problem for the small-cap investor may be getting out of these thinly traded stocks when the correction ensues. This is known as liquidity risk and can have a detrimental effect on the original portfolio value.

Perhaps one decides to invest in stocks and decides to appropriately diversify their investment into a longer-term buy and hold strategy and does so with high quality, dividend-paying stocks. This seems like a reasonable investment thesis and one that both institutions and individuals participate in every day.

However, what happens when we go through normal corrections or even enter a bear market and have a steady trending downward market. What does one do? Buy more as the stocks are going down? Wait until they seemingly bottom and then put more $ to work? We call this market and price risk, and it is from having $ invested in a down-trending market with no clear plan of getting out and not being sure of what the targets are that one should exercise to get out.

Then, as an investor playing in a professional market, you always have knowledge risk and unforeseen surprise risk. Knowledge risk is not knowing the “full” story and investing in a company that you may know little about and what the forward earnings projections are. Some that come to mind in recent time is GE, XOM, BBY, JCP and many others that seemed like very good, quality companies only to announce reorganizations, problems with their business or worse, potential bankruptcy.

The unforeseen surprise element, while similar, includes accounting errors (WorldCom), corruption (ENRON), and other factors that an investor may have little to no knowledge of.

Other investors like to trade and invest where they have little or no knowledge in emerging markets like Russia, China or Brazil only to surprised when political upheaval, slowing economies, currency risk or other factors can and will hit these markets hard and decimate speculative investor capital.

Investing in individual issues or sectors like marijuana stocks, biotech stocks, and country ETF’s can be treacherous and best left up to professionals and analysts who cover these companies, industries, and markets.

 

Very important facts about investing:

If you lose 10% on your investment capital, it takes at least 11% to get back to even       

If you lose 20%, it now takes 25% just to get back to even

If you lose 50%, it takes 100% just to get back to even

 

Facts About Growth:

FIFTEEN 5% WINNERS = 107% ROI

$500 PROFIT PER/MONTH = 30% ROI WITH $20K ANNUALLY

POSITION SIZING = TRADING SUCCESS

 

Technical Traders strives to accomplish critical things:

ONE: Make it easy for you to follow our trading suggestions and take the trades. We refrain from using exotic and hard to understand instruments, stocks, or ETF’s that are not readily available and have sufficient liquidity.

In other words, we trade things that we can enter (buy) and exit (sell) easily and quickly and do not depend on us getting an exact price. If we take the trade we usually get our order filled within a few cents from our original suggestion, by design, the trade can earn a significant profit. It does not depend on split-second timing like many other trade alert newsletter services.

TWO: We are very strict and very aware of position sizing. This is ONE of the most important ways to manage our risk and put the trader/investor (YOU) in a position that if the trade does not work, it will not hurt the overall portfolio too much and, more importantly we typically diversify with other positions at a similar time which diversifies the portfolio and allows you to reap the rewards from other disparate trades.

THREE: We have a set goal in mind when we put on the trade. These are well-defined targets as well as STOPS. If the trade works, we know where it is headed and what we will do along the way, usually resulting in taking off part or all of the trade with our targets being reached. If the trade does not work, we are out rather quickly with minimal damage to the overall portfolio.

FOUR: We always back up our rationale for why we put on the trade. One only need to watch our pre-market daily videos to get a view of why the trade set-up is occurring and what our expectations of the market are.

FIVE: We trade in a wide variety of markets and with a wide variety of instruments, mostly ETF’s that are 1x, 2x, and 3x leveraged.

If we have a strong conviction about the trade or a limited amount of capital left to put into a trade, we would instead use a levered 2x instrument, or 3x occasionally because we want to capture the move with some extra juice (leverage) to hit the target and get out. Many of our subscribers have seen us go into SSO or SDS inverse SP500 ETF’s for a day or two turnaround in the markets and experience a 1-3% move. We typically get out on those trades quickly, and YOU have benefitted from the use of leverage.

SIX: We like small but quick winning trades knowing that this helps compound wealth in the portfolio. Are you aware that short cab rides (or UBER) are much more profitable for the driver than all of the long runs, say to the Airport? Making a quick profit from a few swing trades lasting 2-20 days over and over is much more profitable than taking a long-term position. Nothing more frustrating than watching a long term position you have had for months or years turn south and give up all the profits. Months of mental stress and risk on your portfolio for little to no gain. Not our cup of tea.

SEVEN: We minimize Risk and Utilize Capital efficiently by making precision trades that have a high outcome of success and keeping our powder dry (in cash) while waiting to take advantage of optimal technical set-ups consistent with our approach of finding markets that present an excellent opportunity. If we have high conviction, then we may recommend you use a 2x or 3x levered ETF instrument with ample liquidity to get in and out of the trade. Examples of these would include our recent trade on SDS 2.5% (2 days), UGLD 24% (2 weeks), and plenty of others.

Please note that our suggested ETF trade recommendation portfolio from January 1, 2018, to June 30, 2019, produced a 70% return, non-compounded and close to a 100% return if you compounded the trades.

However, we did so on a capital base of approximately 50%. Meaning, that we took probably half of the risk a similar, fully participating portfolio in the market (buy and hold) might take. Our capital efficiency was extremely high since we were sitting in a safe asset class, about 50% of the time without incurring risk. Most of the time, the whole portfolio might have been 100% in cash when there was too much uncertainty, and trends were changing.

Factor in that there were occasions when we only had 25% or 50% invested and other times when we were fully invested. We guess that we were sitting in cash with part or all of the portfolio upwards of 50% of the time. That also means that we had a BETA of 0.5% to the market (for you technical gurus), and a return on equity probably close to 150% on invested capital during that 18 months which factors out to risk to about 1/3 to ½ less than an S&P 500 index fund, and an ALPHA so high it would be off the charts and our telling you what it is would be far too boastful.

I hope this detailed explanation of risk has helped you see risk in a new light and just how vital risk and position sizing are to the long term growth of your trading and investing account.

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Financial Crisis Bear Market Is Scary Close

Everyone knows something bad is brewing not just in the USA but globally within the financial systems. Most countries are bankrupt, and almost all currencies have been losing value for the past year. Everyone is playing the game of musical chairs and getting creative with how they borrow, lend, create, and steal money in hopes the world does not catch on to just how corrupt and bad things really are.

It’s just a matter of time before we see another financial market meltdown and what I show you here today gives you an idea of just how close we could be to a market collapse.

The financial markets rarely repeat the same type of crisis, but most crisis’ cause the stock market to sell off and crash in the same way. Human nature and emotions do not change, and because traders and investors drive the price action of stocks we are able to profit from bear markets.

In fact, bear markets can be life-changing in a good way for those who know how to trade these market conditions. Because stocks fall 3-7 times faster than they rise, you can generate the same amount of returns someone who invested at the beginning of a 10-year bull market and sold at the top, but you can do this in 8-12 months because of how quickly prices fall.

Three Leading Sectors To Watch
Transports, Industrials, Small-Cap Stocks

The transportation sector refers to the transportation of goods or customers using major and regional airlines, railroads, shipping firms, ocean freight haulers, trucking, etc… It is these companies that see a slow down in the economy before almost everyone else as less shipping is required when sales slow or the economy is tightening using less food, fuel, or buying things in general.

The second sector is industrials. This works much like the transportation sector.

Last but not least is the Russell 2ooo small-cap stock index. These small and volatile stocks are the first to show signs that traders and investors are tightening their risk-reward ratios because they feel the stock market is overpriced and that a bear market could be near, and the last type of stock you want to own during a bear market are small-cap stocks.

2016 – 2019 Custom Chart of Three Sectors
Trans (IYT) + Industrials (XLI) + Russell (IWM) / 3

The chart below shows the recent and current day price action of these three leading sectors. Notice the long multi-year rally into the high of 2018 followed by the sharp distribution selling that warns the big money players unloaded their positions in these leading and leveraged sectors.

The 2019 rally has been strong but when you look at the big picture, the price is far from its 2018 highs and the price pattern is bearish (it points to lower prices) from a technical analysis standpoint.


2004 – 2008 Custom Chart of Three Sectors

The last bull market looks nearly identical in terms of the run-up in price, the top in 2007, and the distribution sell-off in these sectors. The 2008 rally was strong as well, but far from the 2007 highs as well.

What I want you to notice is the fact that these charts have moved nearly the same. Just like I mentioned earlier how bear markets price patterns repeat, so do bull market price patterns. The 2009 price action and 2019 price action are nearly identical and when you see the next chart you will see why the financial market is scary close to the next crisis/bear market.


2009 Market Crash Custom Chart
Trans (IYT) + Industrials (XLI) + Russell (IWM) / 3

Bases on the 2008 weekly chart below the US stock market could be literally 2-6 weeks away from collapsing. What makes this even scarier is that the market liquidity is the worst its been in my 23 years of trading meaning when the selling starts we will likely see some sort of flash crash as we saw in 2008, 2015, and 2018. Price drops so quickly by the time you figure out what you want to do and get your money properly positioned most of the move is already completed.


Eye Opening Gold Miners Charts and Analysis from 2008-09

There are several other really intriguing things happening that further confirm this analysis like how gold miners are outperforming US stocks, the gold : silver ratio above 85, the presidential cycle, the decade cycle and many more. It was actually all these other things that made me review these leading sectors here today. I’ll touch on these other topics in the next few articles later this week

The chart below shows you what the stock market and gold miners did just before the bull market topped and what they did after. Be aware, if you’re a gold bug you may not like this chart but you can’t argue with the truth of what miners did during the bear market and other bear markets for that matter.

See my updated chart showing where gold miners and the stock market is as of today within this cyclehttps://www.thetechnicaltraders.com/next-bull-and-bear-markets-are-now-set-up/


Concluding Thoughts:

In short, the bear market has been a long time coming, but finally, almost all the signs are showing that it’s about to start. As a technical analyst since 1997 having lost a fortune and making a fortune from bull and bear markets I have a good understanding of how to best attack the market during its various stages. Stay Tuned for Part II 

Be prepared for these incredible price swings before they happen and learn how you can identify and trade these fantastic trading opportunities in 2019, 2020, and beyond with our  Wealth Building & Global Financial Reset Newsletter.  You won’t want to miss this big move, folks.  As you can see from our research, everything has been setting up for this move for many months – most traders/investors have simply not been looking for it.

Join me with a 1 or 2-year subscription to lock in the lowest rate possible and ride my coattails as I navigate these financial market and build wealth while others lose nearly everything they own during the next financial crisis. Join Now and Get a 1oz Silver Round or Gold Bar Shipped To You Free.

I can tell you that huge moves are about to start unfolding not only in currencies, metals, or stocks but globally and some of these supercycles are going to last years. A gentleman by the name of Brad Matheny goes into great detail with his simple to understand charts and guide about this. His financial market research is one of a kind and a real eye-opener. 2020 Cycles – The Greatest Opportunity Of Your Lifetime

As a technical analysis and trader since 1997, I have been through a few bull/bear market cycles. I believe I have a good pulse on the market and timing key turning points for both short-term swing trading and long-term investment capital. The opportunities are massive/life-changing if handled properly.

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