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Old Nov 28th, 2011, 05:43 AM   #1
OTCkrak
 
 
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this is an old adage that I believe to be unwarranted with no evidence.

i concede that the very best trader in the world, (however you define that) is most likely on the buy side based on compensation incentive.. but i believe the most experienced specialists, market makers, dealers moving the biggest volume may very well know the market better than some schmuck taking orders from investment managers.

i define trader as someone who actively enters and exists the market for any reason as their main job function.
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Old Nov 28th, 2011, 06:12 AM   #2
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You can't really answer this question unless you make a clear distinction between mkt-making and prop.
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Old Nov 28th, 2011, 09:22 AM   #3
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The short answer is YES.

The reason behind is that buyer has a big brother behind them - our "smart" government that don't hesitate to print money
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Old Nov 28th, 2011, 09:31 AM   #4
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Historically, the general stock market has seen appreciation. Since the beginning of any market, there would be a stat I'm sure that favored buying over selling.

Regardless, I am trying to teach myself to trade either side and eliminate any bias I have to buying or selling, because, anything can happen at anytime, especially in the stock market. In my short lifespan of trading, the market really hasn't gone anywere. So if I were long side only I'd have missed out on 50% of possible maximum profits!
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Old Nov 28th, 2011, 09:39 AM   #5
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Quote from adamm2:

Historically, the general stock market has seen appreciation. Since the beginning of any market, there would be a stat I'm sure that favored buying over selling.

Regardless, I am trying to teach myself to trade either side and eliminate any bias I have to buying or selling, because, anything can happen at anytime, especially in the stock market. In my short lifespan of trading, the market really hasn't gone anywere. So if I were long side only I'd have missed out on 50% of possible maximum profits!
lol, I don't think that was the buy and sell side that the OP was talking about. Think MM, brokers for Sell side, and hedgefunds, prop for the buyside.
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Old Nov 28th, 2011, 10:03 AM   #6
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I vote Buyside, with respect for the sellside.

Why? More action / effort behind the act of Buying - they dont HAVE to buy (or sell, act really), but do. Without them, there is no activity / vol(ume)(itility).

Much respect for the sellside though in making the market possible in the first place.

Has nothing to do with / no bearing on who is smarter. Just the dynamics of the experience.
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