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Tackle Today: Bear Market tip #4: Scaling Out

January 6, 2022

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Tackle Today: Bear Market tip #4: Scaling Out

≈ A bird in the hand. 🐦 ≈


The fourth tip from the Bear Market Playbook is to Scale Out.

Another way of saying it is to take partial profits. Did you know that the largest up days don’t occur in uptrends? They occur in downtrends. It’s a byproduct of a volatile market that sees big swings in both directions.

With such a wicked market backdrop, gains today could be gone tomorrow. What’s the old hunter saying? A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush. This applies to trading in bear markets. Follow-through is usually lacking, and up days are often followed by down days and vice versa. Thus, ringing the register when you have profits is wise.

But here’s where the compromise comes in. You’re only closing part of your position while letting the other half ride. If the stock keeps moving in the right direction, you’ll capture more gains. And if it doesn’t, well, at least you took profits on part of the trade. Scaling out creates a psychological win-win. Instead of having one chance to pick the top, you have two, or maybe even three if you scale out in thirds.

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Chart of the Day: Nasdaq ($QQQ) Breaks the 50-day

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