Up 20% YTD, is that good?

Discussion in 'Professional Trading' started by bwolinsky, Aug 14, 2008.

Is being up 20% YTD in FY2008 a good return?

  1. The market is down 10%, so it's an exceptional return

    27 vote(s)
  2. I've returned greater than 20% this year.

    30 vote(s)
  3. Just being up this year is an accomplishment.

    16 vote(s)
  1. Hey, guys, if you're wondering where my proof is you can visit my profile. By my estimation I'm up 20% YTD in FY2008. Just wanted to view the poll to get people's reactions.
  2. 20% and you're rocking! Good job!
  3. Investing, yes. Daytrading, no way.

  4. you need to indicate at least the account size to make this poll meaningful.

    20% return on 10K account is not the same as 20% return on 10M or 10B accounts.
  5. Yes, I should have clarified. I manage 40mm which is mainly retirement assets. I'm up a little over 250bps ytd.:(
  6. "Just being up this year is an accomplishment."
  7. Please don't construe this as an advertisement. It's not really for sale, but is a nice bit of proof that I can trade.

    <a href="http://www.collective2.com/cgi-perl/systems.mpl?want=p&systemid=25716110">
    <img src="http://www.collective2.com/cgi-perl/badge.mpl?systemid=25716110">

    I estimate you can get the same exposure with the maximum amount of contracts on ND, namely 1000 of them on a hypothetical $50 million account. The link is just demonstrating $150k from the start of this year.--

  8. A curious response Swordsman. I'm more of a position trader. I have tried daytrading models in TS, but I didn't find my Wealth-Lab backtests were valid when I started trading them there. I then swore off minute, hourly, and any other intraday time-frame.
  9. I appreciate it! I've been down a little over 100bps too this year:( and am performance-based.

    Thank God for Puts!
  10. ScapGF


    Up 20% by itself doesn't mean anyting unless you attach a standard deviation to those returns or any other metric of risk.
    #10     Aug 15, 2008