Is It Possible To Make Money Swingtrading? My numbers 1st half 2013

Last Updated on January 16, 2022 by Oddmund Groette

I have been backtesting swing trading (holding positions 1-5 days) for many years. But because I have done fairly well in day trading, I didn’t really put a lot of effort into swing trading. I never really started. But when my day trading got sour in 2011, I was kind of “forced” to try it out. I did some serious backtesting in 2012 and started 100% in February 2013. So far the result has been more than satisfactory. Cumulative return in the period was 12.78%:

This is so good I don’t expect it to continue…

Here are all my trades in a bar graph in chronological order:

The average gain per trade before commissions is 0.13%.

Going forward I will put more into this account. I trade fairly liquid instruments, so increasing size should not deteriorate it, I hope.

Most of my trading is in ETF’s, and some in stocks. I do a lot of trades, and holding time is short, max 5 days but usually just one day overnight. I did 1043 trades in the first 6 months. I believe in making many trades and keeping positions small instead of using things like stop-loss or profit targets. I record every trade I make to look for patterns. Most of the strategies are from the blog I write. I don’t want to reveal my stock trading strategies, only ETF’s I “reveal”.

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