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  • 7/29/2019 Value Investing in Commodity Futures



    How to Profit withScale Trading


    JOHN WILEY & SONS, INC.New York Chichester Weinheim Brisbane Singapore Toronto

  • 7/29/2019 Value Investing in Commodity Futures


  • 7/29/2019 Value Investing in Commodity Futures




  • 7/29/2019 Value Investing in Commodity Futures


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  • 7/29/2019 Value Investing in Commodity Futures



    How to Profit withScale Trading


    JOHN WILEY & SONS, INC.New York Chichester Weinheim Brisbane Singapore Toronto

  • 7/29/2019 Value Investing in Commodity Futures


    This book is printed on acid-free paper.

    Copyright 2001 by Hal Masover. All rights reserved.

    Published by John Wiley & Sons, Inc.Published simultaneously in Canada.

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    Masover, Hal.Value investing in commodity futures : how to prof it with scale trading /

    Hal Masover.p. cm. (Wiley trading advantage)

    ISBN 0-471-34881-3 (cloth : alk. paper)1. Commodity f utures. 2. Futures. I. Title. I I. Series.

    HG6046.M337 2001332.6328dc21 00-043739

    Printed in the United States of America.

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    Congratulations! You are about to embark on an exciting journey ofopportunity aboard the ship we proudly call Scale Trader. We allshare the desire to realize the full potential of our lives. Unfortu-nately, this desire goes unfulf illed in most people. Fear of failure is amore powerful motivator for many than is opportunity for success.The very fact that you have picked up a book on the emotionallycharged topic of commodity investing indicates that your personal lifeequation is courageous; that is, you have the courage to leave no stoneunturned in the search for opportunity. It is for this quality ofcourage that I congratulate you. After reading this book, you may de-cide that this particular journey does not serve your goals. If so, thiswill have been a successful exercise in getting you one step closer tothe opportunity you seek.

    By the time Hal and I came across the methodology of scale trad-ing, we had both been in the broker role for four years. It does nottake long in the hot seat to verify what we all have heard: Most com-modity traders lose money. On the surface, this fact may lead you toput this book down right now. For Hal and me, it is the compellingreason to explore further. The key word here is most. In fact,some ofthe players in this zero-sum game do succeed. If you are anything atall like me, that fact is all you need to know to step aboard and makea thorough investigation of the integrity of Scale Trader and deter-mine for yourself if it will carry you to the personal and financialgoals you have charted.

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    For me, the beauty of scale trading is that it is not a system but amethodology. For many this is bad news, as the quest is for that HolyGrail black box that magically spits out profits without any input oremotional involvement from them. Yes, when I fall into a lethargic at-titude about life, I also wish for such a system. If you really thinkabout it, though, you may not really want a life where it is that easy.

    Many are the examples of individuals who have it all (inheri-tance, title, etc.) but live chaotic lives, desperately seeking some con-firmation that their actions make a difference. Scale trading putsyou in the role of captain of the ship, where the quality of yourstrategic planning directly determines the success of your voyage.Without question this takes courage and discipline. However, the dif-ference it makes between you and the average commodity trader isdramatic. Unlike the common trader, you are never lost out at seabecause Scale Trader provides you with a strong fundamental frame-work from which to chart your journey.

    The principles on which this ship is built are the most sound onesthat I have come across. Indeed, they are timeless and immutable.Whenever the sea gets rough, you can revisit the plan, making surethe rigging is sound and secure. If necessary, you can alter course abit if new information requires, but stay the course confident that theprinciples on which you launched the voyage are the anchors that willhold you through most any storm.

    Scale Trader does not pull through without testing you, however.These storms will tempt you to believe that this time the principlesare not working and are not going to work. When this happens,reread this Foreword and these words: The Principles Work! The jour-ney may take longer than expected, and you may have to make an ap-praisal as to whether you have enough food and water to get you toyour goal. At these times, you as the captain may have to ration sup-plies, eating one meal per day instead of three, for example. But assure as night follows day, the storm will break.

    The rewards of such experiences are high. Not only are your po-tential profits compelling, but you get the taste of being the masterof your destiny. In my opinion, this taste is the real reward of a suc-cessful voyage aboard Scale Trader. Af ter all, once you truly knowyourself to be the master of your destiny, then