The Naked Sports Trader?

The title might put a few off, but its not as bad as it sounds. You will be happy to know that I am not about to tell you that I have taken to trading in the nude in order to squeeze more money out of the markets.

 Well not yet anyway!

I actually dug out an old gem of a book called “The Naked Trader” by Robbie Burns this week. This is a book I read quite a few years ago however from time to time I like to re-read old books as I find that I always absorb even more information the second time around.

As I read, I started to realise some similarities between the way I trade and the way the naked trader does. The naked trader trades company shares but all trading is actually very similar.

He will open positions on various companies during the day and then let those positions run to a certain point which might be a stop loss point or a profit target.

This is similar to what I do when I trade football pre-match.

I will often open several positions in the morning and then monitor them during the day.

The key is that I always cut the losing ones short and let the winning ones ride for as long as they seem like they can go. I guess this was something I picked up subconsciously from reading “The Naked Trader” first time around as its pretty much what he does, albeit on a more long term basis. He will often hold his positions for days and weeks as opposed to a single day like myself.

Portfolio Style Trading

Opening up multiple trades at once is like taking a portfolio view to things. It’s good to have a portfolio of strategies and services but it’s also good to have a portfolio within a portfolio too! For example, If I have 5 pre-match trades going during the day, I might find that two make a small loss, two make a small win but generally there will be one big winner which will put the whole day in profit.

As most people know, when I trade football pre-match I will normally open my positions during the morning but there will also be a point during the afternoon when I will assess my situation across the board.

If I spot a match which has gone against me a few ticks but hasn’t quite hit my stop loss then I will probably exit it regardless and use that same money as further leverage on the trades that are winning.

So I would definitely suggest that you spread your risk across a few markets rather then trying to go for a single big one. I have had a few emails from people asking if I will focus on trading just a single match pre-match if I have a feeling it will be a big mover. Well, I am someone who never likes to keep all his eggs in one basket. I will open up various positions and very often it’s the match which I least expect which turns out to be my big winner for the day!

So basically, Open up multiple trades at the same time that are all based on your usual entry points. Cut the losing ones short and let the good ones go for as long as possible. When you do that you can’t fail to make a profit in the long term!


Good luck to those trading the internationals tonight. I will be steering well clear myself but I do fancy opposing England as they only need a point to qualify so they will probably keep it tight and I would also expect a drift on the England price today too. Keep a close eye folks!


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  1. Totally agree about ”not to put all eggs in one basket”. It’s better to open multiple positions in different markets rather than go for a ”one big trade”. This is a numbers game…. and you never know what will happen next in the market. It’s easier to get 3 profitable trades from 5, rather than going 1 from 1.

    One question what I wanted to ask. How many ticks from the opening position you put stop loss ? In other words what is your risk/reward ration ?

  2. Sports Trading Life says:

    Hey Sitilaz,

    Thanks for dropping by.

    I outline my whole approach including the stop loss within the total football trading package so its best that I dont reveal too much more into the public domain then already has been.

    I will always make sure that my risk reward ratio on sports trades is a minimum of 1:1 but when i get some good trades it can be a risk of 1:2, 1:3 or higher depending on how far the price moves.

    Just as long as you can win more then you are risking then in general you will be fine.

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