Trading Coach: When the shadow boxes back


Denise Shull on leaving the ring.


For 25 years now I have either been trading on a bank desk or at a hedge fund. I am successful but I could be much more successful if I didn’t always fight the trend. Within a global macro portfolio, I trade the financial futures intraday, and somehow I am always fighting the intraday moves. It’s like I’m sabotaging myself or just need the excitement. I don’t know. Have you ever known anyone who can’t stop trying to fight the market?

—The Boxer

Dear Boxer:

Let me guess: Your father was an engineer, or a mathematician, or maybe a