September 26, 2008

Charlie Wright

Charlie Wright of Fall River Capital paints a true picture of risk management:

“I often tell the story of the great fish restaurant that opened up just down the street from my office. It opened with great fanfare and was ranked in the top five restaurants in the city. The food was outstanding. But it only took a little more than a year and this great restaurant was out of business. Why? Because the key to running a good restaurant is not the food–it is cash management and risk control. It is making sure your business is run efficiently, keeping your costs (risk) in control, and managing your staff effectively. If you believe that the taste of the food is what makes a great restaurant, think of how great the food is at your favorite fast food restaurant. But, someday, watch how well that restaurant is run. Just as in the restaurant business, the key to profits in trading is not in the prediction or the indicator, but how well the trading strategy is designed and executed. The ability to achieve risk control and cash management will make the difference between a successful trader and an unsuccessful trader. If you ever have the opportunity to watch a successful trader, you will see that they don’t worry about where the market is going or about predicting when the next big move will take place. They aren’t looking to tweak their indicator. They are worried about their risk on each trade. Is the trade being executed correctly? How much of their total account is at risk? Are the stops in the right place? And so on.”
Charlie Wright