Ed Seykota

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Edward Seykota
Born (1946-08-07) August 7, 1946 (age 68)
Occupation commodities trader

Edward Arthur Seykota (born August 7, 1946) is a commodities trader, who earned S.B. degrees in Electrical Engineering from MIT and Management from the MIT Sloan School of Management, both in 1969. In 1970 he pioneered Systems trading by using early punched card computers to test ideas on trading the markets. Seykota resided in Incline Village, Nevada, on the north shore of Lake Tahoe, but recently moved to Texas.

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As a young man he attended high school near The Hague, Netherlands and also lived in Voorburg.

Trading methods[edit]

Seykota is a trader who in 1970 pioneered a computerized trading system (now known as System trading) for the futures market for the brokerage house he and Michael Marcus were working for. Later, he decided to venture out on his own and manage a few of his client's accounts.

Much of Seykota's success was attributed to his development and utilization of computerized trading systems to which he first tested on a mainframe IBM computer. Later on, the brokerage house he had been working for adopted his system for their trades.

His interest in creating a computerized system was spawned after he read a letter by Richard Donchian on utilizing mechanical trend following systems for trading and also Donchian's 5 and 20 day moving average system. He was also inspired by the book Reminiscences of a Stock Operator by Edwin Lefèvre. His first trading system was developed based on exponential moving averages.

Ed Seykota, Market Wizards

Seykota improved this system over time, adapting the system to fit his trading style and preferences. With the initial version of the system being rigid, he later introduced more rules into the system in addition to pattern triggers and money management algorithms.

Another aspect of his success was his genuine love for trading and his optimistic demeanour. This factor sustained his efforts to continuously improve on his system although he never changed the response indicators of the system and instead fine tuned market stimuli.

Influence[edit]

In his influential best seller, Market Wizards, Updated: Interviews With Top Traders, author Jack D. Schwager devotes a chapter to Ed and writes that his "achievements must certainly rank him as one of the best traders of our time."[1] Some of Ed's students have included Michael Marcus, David Druz, Dean Giordano, Jason Dekker, and Jason Russell of Acorn Global Investments[2]

Trader, instructor, and blogger Michael Martin is known to be one of Ed's protégés as well.[3]

Controversial claims concerning physics[edit]

Seykota maintains a website in which, while he does not deny the validity of the Bernoulli principle, he considers it to be misapplied, claiming that these misapplications are bad physics. Seykota refers to his theory as the theory of radial momentum. He writes:

The classic theory of airplane lift is all about wing curvature ... and that, according to Bernoulli's Principle, fast-flowing air has lower pressure. In 1997, after pondering this matter for some twenty years, Ed Seykota concludes that lift has nothing at all to do with Bernoulli's Principle ... rather, lift is a function of Radial Momentum ... the radial fanning out of a fluid lowers its density ... and therefore, the pressure decreases with the distance from the center of radiation.

Seykota's theory is controversial and as a consequence the theory receives a lot of criticism.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Schwager, Jack. Market Wizards, Updated: Interviews With Top Traders. Wiley. p. 151. ISBN 1118273052. 
  2. ^ Covel, Michael (January 13, 2006). "Learn from these up and coming traders". The Connors Group. Retrieved 2006-11-17. 
  3. ^ Covel, Michael. "Trend Following". Trend Following: Learn to Make Millions in Up or Down Markets. p. 64. 

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