August 25, 2005

Heat Level

"Placing a trade with a predetermined stop-loss point can be compared to placing a bet. The more money risked, the larger the bet. Conservative betting produces conservative performance, while bold betting leads to spectacular ruin. A bold trader placing large bets feels pressure - or heat - from the volatility of the portfolio. A hot portfolio keeps more at risk than does a cold one. In portfolio management, we call the distributed bet size the heat of the portfolio."

Ed Seykota