Sunday, December 28, 2014

Minecraft for the Markets

Regular readers of Private Trader will know that my post titling is, well, to be blunt, extremely stereotyped and sort of boring. It's the same litany every day: "Prospects", "Finalists", "Outcomes", yada yada, yawn, ho-hum.

On some analyses I'll occasionally take a stab at seasoning the stew with bit of peppery wit, but rarely, and often without much success.

The reason traces back to the very nature of this project.

Private Trader is about the engineering of trades, how to construct trades for maximum reward at the expense of minimum risk. It's all about building the right risk/reward ratio embedded in favorable odds.

Think of it as Minecraft for the markets.

Market analysts who deal in stories and emotion have the freedom to spice up their titles with the goal of attracting clicks. My methods and goals are far removed from theirs.

In recognition of that fact, I'm changing my titling convention to provide more information at the expense of content glitter.

Analysis posts will have the stock symbol, a colon, and a brief description of the type of trade, consisting of the rule set underlying the trade and the direction. As in "AAPL: Shorter-term, bull", or "FB: Volatility, bear".

The rule sets are the titles of my current three rules sets: Shorter-term, Longer-term and Volatility. The directions are bull, bear and sideways.

Aside from adding clarity, this method lends itself to hashtagging and cashtagging. So the "AAPL: Shorter-term, bull" post above would be tagged on Twitter as

#privatetrader $AAPL #shorterterm #bull

I'm not yet hashtagging on the Private Trader Facebook page. If you have an opinion as to whether hashtagging and cashtagging would be useful in that venue, please weigh in with a comment to this post.

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-- Tim Bovee, Portland, Oregon, Dec. 28, 2014


My shorter-term trading rules can be read here. My longer-term trading rules can be read here. And the classic Turtle Trading rules on which my rules are based can be read here. My volatility trading rules can be read here.

Tim Bovee, Private Trader tracks the analysis and trades of a private trader for his own accounts. Nothing in this blog constitutes a recommendation to buy or sell stocks, options or any other financial instrument. The only purpose of this blog is to provide education and entertainment.
No trader is ever 100 percent successful in his or her trades. Trading in the stock and option markets is risky and uncertain. Each trader must make trading decisions for his or her own account, and take responsibility for the consequences.

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