Last Updated on 14 October, 2021 by Samuelsson

Randy Mckay is an American investor with a record 20-year consistent profits — he started from a few thousand and traded that to tens of millions of dollars.

He started trading currency futures in 1970. His brother was a floor broker on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange, so he got a job as a runner on the floor to attend night school while working.

In 1972, Chicago Mercantile Exchange seats were $100 000, making his dream of being a floor trader seemed impossible. At the beginning of currency trading, seats were sold for $10,000, but existing brokers got free seats, including Randy’s brother.

Randy took over his brother’s seat with $2,000 in the capital. But the market was dormant after a few weeks. He made about two trades per day during that time. However, he turned the $2,000 into $70,000 after seven months.

In 1976, Randy made his first big trade in the Pound after the UK government announced a price ceiling of $1.72 to facilitate exports and cut down imports. Following the announcement, the market rallied from $1.65 to $1.72. It dipped several times by smaller amounts, but it kept returning to $1.72.

Most traders thought it wouldn’t break the $1.72 resistance level, but Randy saw a locked limit up the market. He bought 200 contracts — which was five times larger than his average size. He called the Bank Of England every day for a quote, and one morning the quote was around $1.725.

Randy called his brother and all his friends and bought more contracts. The market rallied to $1.90 in four months. He targeted this level because it was a round number and had been a support level before its decline but was now a resistance level.

He sold 1400 contracts, 400 for himself and the remainder for his friends over forty-five minutes, made about $1.3 million from that trade. He sold plenty, dragged the price down, and made more money on the extras.

He knew that trading in this market was too easy, and it wouldn’t last long. Declining inflation in the ‘80s didn’t create much momentum in the market. Therefore the market consolidated. Randy always paid attention to price action and more to how the market responded to fundamentals.

Randy traded lots of markets, “I’ve got thirty-eight markets on my screen. If I miss moves in ten of them, there will be ten others that have a price move”, he remarked. Regarding his strategy, he stated:

“I used to like buying or selling on breakouts, but nowadays the breakouts that work look similar to the breakouts that are sucker plays. I now buy on breaks and sell on rallies.”

Randy’s money management techniques are highly conservative — a drastic variation in positive size. When his trades are going well, he traded large positions, but when they are not, he will reduce them drastically more than a factor of 100. “You have to wait until you get back into the proper frame of mind,” he said.

He usually risked about 5% to 10% of his account for an initial trade. If the trade went wrong, he’d reduce it to 4% for the next trade. And then to 2% if the second did not work out. That’s an aggressive strategy that is reserved for extremely experienced traders.


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