The Lonely Trader

Currency update, September 2014

In Journal on October 12, 2014 at 22:35

A little late, but a few things have changed. First, a significant increase in funds to the traded account, which requires a re-baseline of performance history after this month. Second, a shift in strategy as hedging became increasingly necessary for some positions — and more than two sub-accounts are managed.

This is a good thing. I’m learning a lot about what it will take to manage multiple “sub-strategies” across multiple accounts, while remaining firmly anchored within my overall strategy and performance parameters. Not going to lie: This is difficult to do with a full time job.

On to the performance stats for September. The results below obviously exclude the change in account size.

Currency Curve September 2014

Lots of volatility this month as I unwound some losing positions. Still many more losing positions to unwind, and still uncomfortable with the level of volatility at a fixed fraction of 1/40,000. To ease into this larger account, I will scale back my engagement and will also reduce position size. Going forward, hedging will become more important. The trade-off is that my transaction costs will increase, mostly from negative roll across the sub-accounts. I’m confident that I’ll find my way.

Currencies Monthly September 2014

My realized result for September was much higher than projected. This was not the plan, which for the reasons given above is a little troublesome for me. A lot of gurus (not confirmed traders) out there have said, written and tweeted that account size shouldn’t matter with a systematic approach in sufficiently liquid markets. A lot of traders have said, written and tweeted that it does matter. I’m anxious to see how it goes.

 

 

Currency update, August 2014

In Journal on September 1, 2014 at 22:07

Still wrong about these markets. Realized gain for August was just over 2%. The projection was just over 1%. Some losing positions were effectively offset this month, but not as many as I had hoped. (Only about -1% of NAV was offset.) Volatility on the equity curve illustrates the balancing action I was attempting — it was up and down for a few days, but at no time was I uncomfortable. The model remains under-deployed, with less than 10% of capital on margin and only 14 trades in the book.

Currencies August 2014

The estimate for September is 0.85% and will likely remain low for remainder of the year, as the plan is to be more aggressive in offsetting losing positions (and to protect gains already realized).

Currencies Monthly August 2014

The annual target of 18%-28% is what is important. Turbulence is anticipated, but there is enough time (and opportunity) to offset losing positions and still make the annual target. The other priority, of course, is to limit draw-down on capital. While the month-to-month volatility bounds are +2%/-2%, actual NAV was -3% to -5% over the past three months. Fortunately, YTD max draw down is -5.7%.

While there are a few aspects of this model that continue to frustrate, the overall management strategy is working.

Currency update, July 2014

In Journal, monthly report on August 1, 2014 at 17:40

I’ve been saying for some time that returns would fall off a bit, and each time I’ve been wrong. Here I am again, saying the same for August — Returns will probably fall short of my minimum target of 1.5%. On the brighter side, July came in above expectations at 2.01%.

Projections for August are 1.02%. There comes a time when, after waiting for positions to produce something, letting go is the best option. Over the next couple of months, I will be letting go of some disappointing positions. The result? I expect below-target performance. This is fine by me, because the model has been doing very well. Better to shed the dead weight and make room for better opportunities.

Currencies Monthly July 2014

Currencies July 2014

I’ll draft an entry this weekend about some of the events this past week and explain what the plan is going forward. No more trade lists, unfortunately. I have to protect my model. :)

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