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Book Review of The Permanent Portfolio by Craig Rowland and J. M. Lawson

The full title of this book is The Permanent Portfolio: Harry Browne’s Long-term Investment Strategy by Craig Rowland and J. M. Lawson (2012). This is a book about the Permanent Portfolio investment strategy suggested by Harry Browne, which is a simple asset allocation strategy that historically has provided steady returns over the long-term while having very low drawdowns. … Continue reading

Book Review of Trading Options: Using Technical Analysis to Design Winning Trades by Greg Harmon

The full title of this book is Trading Options: Using Technical Analysis to Design Winning Trades by Greg Harmon. The book is divided into 5 main parts: (i) market analysis, (ii) sector analysis, (iii) individual stock analysis, (iv) options combinations, and (v) execution tips. In the first part of the book, Harmon wrote about looking at lots … Continue reading

Ranking of Returns of Various Asset Classes from 2003 to 2012

Just came across this pretty nice interactive graphic from Wealthfront which shows how the annual returns of 11 different asset classes compare with one another, from 2003 to 2012. If you hover over any asset class, it will highlight it by greying out the rest so you can see how its ranking changes across the … Continue reading

Notes from Mark Minervini Interviews

After reading Mark Minervini’s book (see review here), I wanted to learn more and started going through his interviews here, audio interviews, a couple of YouTube videos, etc. There isn’t much more on top of what he has in this book. The main takeaway I got was clarification on how he takes profits for winning positions. … Continue reading

Sam Barnett: Rising Hedge Fund Star

I recently came across the name Sam Barnett. He is a 24-year-old founder of a quantitative hedge fund (SBB Research Group) with more than $100M under management. He started the fund after his Sophomore year at college, and the fund started trading on Feb 15, 2011. His story is pretty amazing. He developed a quantitative trading model while … Continue reading

Ira Sohn Conference 2014: Summary of Calls

I was reading about the Ira Sohn Conference (May 5, 2014) that just ended. Some quick notes on the speakers and their ideas MichaelNovogratz (Fortress Investment Group) Long Brazil if President Dilma loses election ChrisShumway (Shumway Capital) Short Chinese Yuan (CNH) Long Moody’s JeffreyGundlach (Doubleline Capital) Short S&P Homebuilders ETF (XHB) PhilippeLaffont (Coatue Management) Long Liberty … Continue reading

Book Review of Trading Regime Analysis by Murray Gunn

The full title of this book is Trading Regime Analysis: The Probability of Volatility by Murray Gunn (2009). According to the bio, Murray was a money manager trading in primarily the FX markets. He advocates trend-following, and the book’s main idea is most strategies work, the key is to be able to identify the environment the … Continue reading

Book Review of Trade Like A Stock Market Wizard by Mark Minervini

The full title of this book is Trade Like a Stock Market Wizard: How to Achieve Super Performance in Stocks in Any Market by Mark Minervini (2013). First off, this is a terrific book, especially for traders who subscribe to the OWL (O’Neil, Wyckoff, Livermore) approach to trading stocks. I took quite some time to finish … Continue reading

Book Review of Dragons and Bulls by Stanley Kroll

The full title of this book is Dragons and Bulls: Profitable Investment Strategies for Trading Stocks and Commodities by Stanley Kroll (1994). I have an old book of Kroll’s (The Professional Commodity Trader, 1974) that I have been meaning to read for some time. When I came across this book, I figured it’ll be good to read … Continue reading

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