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Monday, November 10, 2008

Money Management: Drawdown

"The Mule was the Random Element that Hari Seldon could not predict ..." - From Isaac Asimov's "Foundation and Empire"

As I mentioned the other day here on the blog? YouTube contacted me, after blocking one of my money management videos. I was under the impression that I was allowed to use under 30 seconds of any song, under the 'fair use' clause. Well, YouTube disagrees. I did not store those videos anywhere else; such as at Google Video, Metacafe, etc. Therefore, I will re-do these very important videos. At the same time? I get to improve the video quality. If you have not seen them yet? This is the most important series of videos that I ever made.

So here is a repeat of the Money Management Vlog: Drawdown...

Why keep track of your drawdown? After all, we just want to trade right? You just want to focus in on the reward, whether it be from the Forex, Commodity Futures, or Stock Markets, right?

Drawdown assists you in understanding the worth of a system or method as well. If the person offering the system refuses to talk about the drawdown numbers of that system? That's a good indication it's a scam and highly overrated. If the person offers you a system or methodology and talks about drawdown - this lets you know that the system has verifiable merit that you can test.

But what does drawdown tell you about your system, and how you should adjust the rest of your money management strategy?

We discuss that in the following vlog entry ...

(Video Included. If you're seeing this from Email subscription? Click on the Title Link in the Email to View the Video ...)

Next in the "Money Management Series" we will next discuss the much over-hyped "Accuracy Rate" ...

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Note: This is not an investment or trading recommendation. The losses in trading can be very real, and depending on the investment vehicle, can exceed your initial investment. I am not a licensed trading or investment adviser, or financial planner. But I do have 12 years of experience in trading and investing in these markets. The Challenge accounts are run for the education of other traders who should make their own decisions based off their own research, and tolerance for risk.

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