About 25 years ago, trading guru Richard Dennis reportedly said to his long-time friend William Eckhardt, a friend and fellow trader. Dennis believed that successful trading could be taught. This started a bet between them about whether great traders were born or made. To settle this debate, Dennis recruited and trained 21 men and 2 women, and this became a legendary trading experiment.
Dennis trained his Turtles, as he called them, for only two weeks. Then he gave each of them a million dollars of his own money to manage, and turned each one loose on the markets. When his experiment ended five years later, his Turtles reportedly had earned an aggregate profit of $175 million.
Curtis Faith is one of the Turtles. One of his book is Way of the Turtle: The Secret Methods that Turned Ordinary People into Legendary Traders.
Found good trading quotes from this book… with deep meaning.
Here they are:
Human emotion is both the source of opportunity in trading and the greatest challenge.
Master it and you will succeed.
Ignore it at your peril.
Trade with an edge, manage risk, be consistent, and keep it simple.
The entire Turtle training, and indeed the basis of all successful trading, can be summed up in these four core principles.
Good trading is not about being right, it’s about trading right.
If you want to be successful, you need to think of the long run and ignore the outcomes of individual trades.
Trading with an edge is what separates the professionals from amateurs.
Ignore this and you will be eaten by those who don’t.
Edges are found in the places between the battleground between buyers and sellers.
Your task as a trader is to find those places and wait to see who wins and who loses.
Mature understanding of and respect of risk is the hallmark of the best traders.
They know if you don’t keep an eye of risk, it will set its eye on you.
Ruin is the risk you should be concerned with the most.
It can come like a thief in the night and steal everything if you’re not watching carefully.
Continue to Part 2.
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