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Noddy's Guide To Trend Following

Say hello to dear little Noddy! Give him a merry wave please as he toddles by in his little red and yellow car on his way to meet Biggy Ears in his little toadstool house. Follow his adventures as he battles with the terrifying Goblins, Sly and Gobbo. Comfort him when he is scolded by severe Mr Plod the local policeman. Meet his friends Bumpy Dog, the Wobbly Man and the rest of the gang.

If you are a Brit, you will know just what I am talking about. Noddy is the delightful creation of Enid Blighton in her charming series of books for toddlers.

What is the relevance to trend following?

Well, like Noddy, trend following is very, very simple. Anyone who tells you otherwise is trying to sell you something. And certainly they are pulling the wool over your eyes. I am going to be writing a series of Blogs over the next few months designed to keep the neophyte away from the voracious and useless systems salesmen and the shark infested waters of trading rooms.

There are doubtless a few genuine people out there who provide some sort of value for money but the overwhelming majority are frauds who do not even trade and yet charge thousands of dollars for curve fitted rubbish.

All the beginner actually needs is the simple guide that I intend to provide, a reliable end of day data source and a good back testing engine. And a few good books. Emphasis on "good" - again there is much bewildering and useless rubbish out there.

Will the trend following trader make money? I don't know - that is up to him, his psychological make up, his discipline, the markets and, frankly, a lot of blind luck. Trend followers have made fortunes over the past few decades. Equally, some have lost fortunes. The markets need to smile on you and you need to be aware that conditions change and so must your systems.

My belief is that Trend Following will continue to prosper once significant and long lasting trends re-emerge after the past few difficult years. But I am a mere mortal and no oracle, Delphic or otherwise. At least however I hope to keep you out of the hands of the greedy and useless world of trading salesmen.