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Posted By:- Ilan Levy-Mayer Vice President, Cannon Trading Futures Blog
Military and Trading strategies
By Mark O’Brien, Senior Broker
There’s an analogy drawn from military strategy to trading strategy that’s worth noting. It’s origin dates to the 1890’s and a German field marshal, but the more well-known versions come from Winston Churchill and Dwight D. Eisenhower. Churchill said, “Plans are of little importance, but planning is essential,” while Eisenhower said, “Plans are worthless, but planning is everything.” The eminent military strategist Mike Tyson advanced this view of planning with what might be his most famous quote: “Everyone has a plan until they get punched in the mouth.” The take-away from these words: nothing fully prepares you for trading like actual trading. Similar to going to battle, or in Mr. Tyson’s case, getting into a boxing ring, in trading you can plan all you want, i.e., paper trade, or trade with a demo version of a trading platform and a hypothetical account balance, but no amount of time dedicated to these activities will satisfactorily develop your capacity for trading. Trading with a live, real money account will impact your mood, your judgement, your market opinions, your wits like no amount of mock trading will. This is not a prodding to do anything you’re not ready to do. Just don’t count on paper trading or demo trading to look like real trading. That is a whole distinct undertaking.
MICROS may be a good tool for some traders to step from demo to live, to test different strategies and in general when volatility is high, trading capital is low etc.
A Cannon broker will be able to assist, provide feedback and answer any questions.
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