5-Step Solution to Maximise Your Profits
Published April 12th, 2021
Would you like a 5-step solution to maximise your profits?
This article is a snippet from The Trading System Mentor Course.
There are many different ways to grow an account. Using a linear method such as Fixed Fractional position sizing will do it, albeit slowly and surely. The key to growing the account is that you need to take on more risk, and taking on more risk means exposing oneself to a higher drawdown.
Drawdowns on paper are easy to digest, but in real life, there is a lot more emotional baggage to be carried. So first and foremost think long and hard about how much drawdown you can withstand.
What we have found that works with growing an account faster, is to divide capital into two pools, Initial Capital (IC) and Realised Profits (RP).
IC is the initial capital you decide to employ. With this capital, you will use a standard position sizing model, such as Fixed Fractional Fixed Percentage allocations.
Trade the strategy using the chosen position sizing model until you have a 10% realised profit. Assume $100,000 as IC which is now $110,000.
Move 50% of the profit into pool RP. IC is now $105,000 and will continue to be traded with your chosen position sizing method.
RP is now $5,000 and it’s this pool that we’ll be trading aggressively. Calculate the Kelly% (K%) across the last 100 trades. For this example we’ll assume K% = 20%. In theory, and in the context of what K% was designed for, you would trade the RP with 20% risk per trade. However, in reality, we’re going to trade 0.5*K%, or 10%.
At this point, assuming fixed fractional position sizing, the next trade risk will be:
IC = 0.02 * 105,000
RP = 0.10 * 5,000
Total risk = IC + RP = $2,600
Now we need to start re-balancing across both accounts. Therefore,
(a) When the balance of IC increases by another 10%, i.e.$115,500, move another 50% of those profits across to the RP account.
(b) When the RP account value is 50% of the IC account value move 50% back to the IC account and trade the new value with your chosen position sizing model.
If we continue to trade the RP account at the 0.5*K% level it will eventually make the IC account meaningless and the volatility starts growing exponentially. By redistributing the funds back we keep the broad volatility down, in other words, the aggressive RP account starts to feed the conservative IC account, and should a drawdown come along it won’t set the total portfolio back too far.
Obviously, there are many ways to accommodate account growth but the bottom line is that more risk is required and ideally that risk should be calibrated to some extent so as not to blow the account out or cause irreversible psychological damage.
P.S. The Trading System Mentor Course is open to like-minded traders looking to enhance their trading journey into system design, build and implementation.