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Saturday, January 2, 2010

Investing Super Funds

By Georg Scheffer

If you're comfortable with and making better results in your trading portfolio why don't you use the same method in your superannuation fund? Also do you calculate your stops differently in your super than your trading fund?

Stuart: I appreciate where that person is coming from, but to me they are so different, two completely different aspects of investment trading. Probably the biggest difference between the two is the amount of money in both. I have a lot more money in my super fund than my day to day trading fund. The purpose of both those funds is so different.

My investment trading fund, as much as I don't want to, I could afford to lose it tomorrow. It wouldn't ruin me. The last thing I want to do is lose all the money in my super fund. I am so conservative and so defensive and thinking much longer term in my super fund than I am in my day to day trading fund. So completely different purposes and to me they require completely different approaches. The size of a trading fund does affect your whole approach to trading. Whilst all the same rules of effective trading apply, most notable nipping losses in the bud and letting your profits run; you have adapt the way in which you apply those rules for maximum benefits and profits.

I want my super fund to grow and grow so when, by law, I'm able to tap into it, it's all there and will set me up.

As far as setting your stops goes, you want to nip your losses in the bud and let your profits run no matter what you are trading, but when it comes to your superfund, the way you handle your stops is going to be very different. One method does not work for both types of investing.

Another thing to consider is the method of calculation; would you use the same method on your super fund as you would on your CFD trading fund? You know the width would be different, but what about the method, is it the same?

Stuart: The same method, no. I use a volatility base for my super fund and a technical stop for my short term trading. Investment trading often calls for different methods to be profitable. We have to be able to adapt our trading style to match our individual circumstances. - 23212

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