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The Equitymaster Research Digest

My Top Trading Strategy For 2017
Jan 4, 2017

Editor's note: Today, we are sharing a great essay from Apurva Sheth, our colleague over at Daily Profit Hunter, on his top trading strategy for 2017

2016 was a flat year for the markets. The Nifty started the year down almost 12% in the first two months, hitting a low of 6,825 on Budget Day. The index then stabilised and rallied smartly for the next six months.

It eventually topped out at a high of 8,968 in September. The ride south wasn't very smooth as the index gave up 50% of its 6,825 to 8,968 gains in just two months. It hit a low of 7,916 soon after the double whammy of the US elections and demonetisation.

Finally, the Nifty ended the year with gains of just 3%.

It was second year in a row of negligible returns (-4% in 2015). The index ended 2014 at 8,282 and 2016 at 8,185. So over a two-year period, the index has barely changed.

That's not great If you're a buy-and-hold investor. If you weren't invested in the right stocks, your returns were far from optimal, perhaps even negative. And that's why trading should be a part of your investment strategy. Trading not only helps improve your returns but reduces your risk.

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