Sunday, August 21, 2011

Dealing with Volatility

"Get use to disappointment." ~ Man in Black from The Princess Bride
I expect extreme volatility will be the norm for the rest of 2011.  Also, I think the overall trend will be downward.  For example, if I had kept the shorts that I closed on August 8, 2011, I would have made more money shorting.
I will try to take advantage of the volatility.  My solution is to stay mostly in cash.  I will buy on the dips and sell into rallies.  Then, I will short during rallies and close my shorts during dips.  I will keep positions small, less than 5% of our portfolio.  That way if I'm wrong, losses will be capped.
I will follow this strategy until early 2012 or when the market stabilizes, which every comes first.
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