Until stock markets sound the “all clear” signal and we can get back to our regularly scheduled bull market, we have to operate with a different set of rules in order to protect our capital — both money and mind. Corrective or Bear Markets require a different set of tools. And it’s not just knowing that the odds more favor short direction plays versus long direction plays, it’s knowing that you have to manage open risk differently. You have to structure trades differently. And you have to operate in shorter time frames.
Down markets can be incredibly profitable for nimble traders. In fact, in my 20-year career, my most profitable years ever were 2000 and 2001 when we were on the backside of the Spring 2000 “dot com” bubble where NASDAQ dropped a dramatic 78%!! [Read more…]