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Tackle Today: Sharp Edges

January 29, 2019

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≈ The Darwin Way ≈

Trading with an edge is what separates the professionals from the amateurs.“, stated Curtis Faith in his Way of the Turtle.

Trading per se doesn’t have any built-in edge. Buying an asset at a certain price and then selling it back at a higher one is not an edge; it’s just trading itself. Without an edge, your trading business will have no better chance than that of throwing darts on a wall.

An edge is a systematic exploitable advantage over an opponent. Edge in trading is based on market behavior. Market players are not rational in their decision-making process and this is where the golden opportunity lies.

Warren Buffett knew this when he began to buy wonderful businesses at a discount way back in the late 50s/early 60s. However, technology has leveled the playing field between professionals and identifying both good and undervalued businesses has become harder over the years. This makes us immediately recollect Buffett’s edge. Is it becoming blunt over the years? Has he lost the Midas Touch? What is wrong with his playbook?

A system can lose its edge over time due to changes in market dynamics. Not if you rely on a solid mission, the source of your edge, like Buffett’s. Because intense mood fluctuations, herding effect, short-sightedness and cognitive biases will always plague the markets, no matter what, the only thing that Buffett—and you—have to do is develop ways to fulfill your system’s mission in any market conditions.

Keep your edges sharp. Adapt to survive, the Darwin way.

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