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Market-Neutral Trading: Combining Technical and Fundamental Analysis Into 7 Long-Short Trading Systems by Thomas K. Carr

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CHAPTER 1

WHY NEUTRALIZE THE MARKET?

Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant.

—Robert Louis Stevenson

If buy-and-hold investing were an S-class Mercedes (looks great in the driveway, but it’s expensive when it breaks down), and short-term trading were a BMW Roadster (fun to drive, but the daily maintenance is really annoying), then the kind of trading taught in this book would be something like a Toyota Highlander. It’s not the sexiest car on the block, but it will let you sleep at night. Our strategies are performance-oriented without sacrificing efficiency and reliability.

Our trading approach seeks an effective synthesis of two, seemingly incompatible, financial goals: lower volatility and higher returns. ...

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