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Day Trading: How to Build Your Portfolio

Michael Singer - Monday, January 25, 2016

Traders and investors are going to use diverse strategies in order to earn profits. There will include those investors who believe they have to hold hundreds of positions, whereas some believe they have to have an extremely concentrated and lean portfolio. Investors like Warren Buffet are going to have positions within hundreds of businesses. Investors like Pershing Square Capital’s Bill Ackman, on the other hand, believe he has to have a small portfolio that he is able to easily monitor. There will include additional traders who believe they should have positions in only a single asset class. It’s possible to earn money in all of those scenarios. As a day trader, however, I believe having positions in few asset classes will be more beneficial. Within this post, I am going to highlight a couple of issues in regard to creating an excellent portfolio for day trading.

Asset classes

As a trader, the most important thing to determine is the asset class you want to use. There will include multiple kinds of asset classes to select from. Those classes possess various subcategories. For example, if you determine to trade currencies, there will include emerging market currencies like South African Rand as well as developed world currencies like the euro and dollar. If you determine to trade commodities, there will include agricultural commodities (like orange juice and corn) as well as metals (like silver and gold) to pick from. If you determine to trade equities, it’s possible to select between trading a variety of industries like mining and technology amongst other ones. In addition, you may determine to mix different asset classes. In my experience, however, I believe I should trade one or perhaps two asset classes. On a personal level, I began to trade currencies (EURUSD) prior to starting to place more concentration on crude oil. The reason I chose crude oil is because it’s extremely simplistic to understand. If there’s increased supply, the price is going to come down. If there are middle-east geopolitical tensions, the price is going to rise. If demand outweighs supply, the price is going to rise.

Correlation

Therefore, rule number one in developing your portfolio includes selecting an asset class you have an excellent understanding in. If currencies include your thing, you ought to develop a portfolio with a variety of currencies in it. In addition, it’s important that you perform a deep correlation analysis for a variety of asset classes which you place into the portfolio. For example, if you’re trading currencies, it’s possible to do a correlation analysis for GBPJPY and EURUSD. The reason for this is the currency pair you determine to use all are interrelated. For example, if EURUSD pair rises, odds are that EURGBP is going to go high due to the strengthening Euro. But, those odds aren’t guaranteed; therefore, you need this analysis. Also, correlation analysis is vital if you’re trading a number of asset classes. For example, if you’re trading EURUSD and gold, you must understand the correlation between both of them. The dollar and gold have a near perfect inverse relationship, whereas the price of gold is going to decline as the dollar strengthens. While developing your portfolio, consistently perform this analysis. There will include websites that offer those analysis, as well.

Watch your portfolio

One common misconception in regard to diversifying your trades is that it’ll make you cash all of the time. The truth is that it’s possible to lose cash within a diversified account even more than within one asset. For example, if you’ve sold GBPJPY and bought EURUSD, it’s possible for the pairs to go within the same direction. In this type of a situation, therefore, you’re going to lose money. You ought to place stops to restrict the quantity of money lost. As stated previously, as a day trader, trading a single asset usually is better because it is possible to have an excellent understanding about it.

 

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