[quote=“GuyInTaiwan”][quote=“Mr He”][quote=“GuyInTaiwan”]Mr He: Pure speculation, which is why I wouldn’t get into trying to time currency conversions at all. Short term trading (of any form) is like trying to bet on which exit people are going to stampede towards when the theatre is on fire. The thing is that everyone has a system for doing this, yet unsurprisingly, few seem to be able to make it work.
Nicholas Nassim Taleb has a great quote about the companies that don’t invest for the long term and don’t account for “unexpected events”.
He says their annual letters always begin:
“Obviously, these events are as much of a surprise to us as they are to you…”
Maybe things were different for you. Dunno.[/quote]
They were, actually, as the hedge fund using a relatively wide range of investment approaches outperformed most peers, and were consistently rated accordingly.
However, again, for Stian, no amount of fundamental analysis can help him, looking at the current trading range, and offload when near the top should help.
For most fundamentalists, speaking ill of well done technical analysis is sour grapes, especially given the dishonesty displayed by the most prominent practicers of the field during the dot com boom, bust and afterwards.[/quote]
Mr He: Yes, fundamental analysis is not going to help someone in the short term, but that’s why I’ve said here and elsewhere that trying to time currency trading is not something I would do. It’s too risky. Long term or not at all.
Over what time period did the hedge fund outperform most peers, and did it outperform the market for the long term also? That fund was obviously doing something special, but I doubt that even if Stian could understand it, you or the fund would be willing to share that secret. Hence, we’re back to the beginning of the argument, surely?[/quote]
Long term is made up of a lot of short terms, and trading ranges make sense in currency trading. We used fundamentals to get the general direction right - IE for common sense, and we would then time based on price and volume indicators.
We did very well in currencies, especially in positions involving the Australian dollar.
The boss was and most likely still is fretting about gold being too high, however he did not put very much money down on it.
Note that I was in an advisory position, not in one where I actually made the decisions.