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EP: 124 Analyzing COT Data & Paralysis By Analysis

Posted on May 1, 2017

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Adam Collins

Portfolio Manager at Movement Capital

Record Date: 4/7/17


Today I spoke to a man who started trading option spreads in college. He took an internship at a hedge fund and his job was to interpret the Commitment of Traders data.  He then opened up a firm called movement capital.  His name is Adam Collins.

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I asked Adam about the 3 Free trader tool websites that he created proving COT data, seasonal commodity trends, and analysis on the most common technical indicators.  We had a great discussion on Systematic vs. Discretionary trading and the importance of treating trading like a business.  I asked Adam how he uses trader positioning in his strategy and how traders can overcome paralysis by analysis when trading the S&P.  Finally, Adam tells us why he thinks your success is tied to 3 things, time horizon, account size, and leverage.

Adam is an extremely bright guy who understands trading and markets very well.  It was a pleasure to discuss these important topics with him.  Thank you all for listening, please enjoy this episode. 


  1. Systematic v. Discretionary trading. Why he believes that people starting out should learn a systematic trading style, but should create a good hybrid between systematic and discretionary.
  2. Treat trading and investing like a business, have enough capital, and have a plan to execute. It’s why most people fail at it.
  3. How he uses trader positioning in his strategy. He created the website called free COT data.com that uniquely shows how traders and producers are positioned in the market.
  4. His take on analysis paralysis and why he developed the website simple stock model .com. It’s a website that aggregates the most popular types of indicators and creates a composite score to gain a bullish or bearish sentiment on the overall market.
  5. Why he thinks your success as a trader is directly tied to 3 things, time horizon, account size, and leverage.

Rapid Fire:

  1. The moment trading clicked?
    • Day one at the hedge fund. I realized how smart people on the other side of your trade are.
  2. 1 source you spend your time on?
    • RealVision
  3. Favorite Book About Trading:
    • Fooled by Randomness
  4. Favorite Movie About Trading:
    • Rogue Trader: Nick Gleason
  5. Best Advice Ever Received About Trading:
    • Lean towards systematic. Don’t blow up, get foundational knowledge, then you can get creative.
  6. Advice to Give to Others About Trading:
    •  Slow down and don’t think you need to know everything at once. Specialize in one market and branch off.
  7. If you weren’t a trader you’d be what?
    • Front end web development.



  • “You’ve got to treat trading and investing like a business, because it is one. Have enough capital, and a plan to execute your process…”6:00
  • “Success as a trader is directly tied to 3 things, time horizon, account size, and leverage…” 12:05

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