I thought this would be a good time to share some of my thoughts on position sizing. I’ve noticed this week many people who never mentioned a futures contract are now opining on the futures market at all hours of the night. I know what that feels like. I’ve been there. 2008 was an amazing experience for me. It’s not the lifestyle that I want to live. Sleeping at night is healthy. If my positions are too big, I’m not sleeping.
To me, the key to avoiding bad decisions is to keep stress and emotional levels low. It’s hard to do that when there is too much money involved for you to handle responsibly. So we want to identify how much is too much. It’s not an easy answer and most likely something you’ll learn over time. When you get that feeling like you’ve just been punched in the stomach, you’re probably too big. You’ll know it when you feel it. Most of us have been there, multiple times. [Read more…]