Bruce Kovner Quotes

Who is Bruce Kovner?

Bruce Stanley Kovner is an American billionaire hedge fund manager and philanthropist.

Born April 25, 1946

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Best 14 Quotes by Bruce Kovner

“Fundamentalists who say they are not going to pay any attention to the charts are like a doctor who says he's not going to take a patient's temperature.”

“I caught hold of the great bull market in soybeans in 1977. I had no idea what I was doing, incidentally.”

“If you don't work very hard, it is extremely unlikely that you will be a good trader.”

“If you personalize losses, you can't trade.”

“In a bear market, you have to use sharp countertrend rallies to sell.”

“Michael Marcus taught me one other thing that is absolutely critical: You have to be willing to make mistakes regularly; there is nothing wrong with it. Michael taught me about making your best judgment, being wrong, making your next best judgment, being wrong, making your third best judgment, and then doubling your money.”

“Michael Marcus taught me one thing that was incredibly important. He taught me that you could make a million dollars. He showed me that if you applied yourself, great things could happen. It is very easy to miss the point that you really can do it.”

“Novice traders trade 5 to 10 times too big. They are taking 5 to 10% risks on a trade they should be taking 1 to 2 percent risks.”

“Place your stops at a point that, if reached, will reasonably indicate that the trade is wrong, not at a point determined primarily by the maximum dollar amount you are willing to lose.”

“Risk management is the most important thing to be well understood. Undertrade, undertrade, undertrade is my second piece of advice. Whatever you think your position ought to be, cut it at least in half.”

“The emotional burden of trading is substantial; on any given day, I could lose millions of dollars.”

“The first rule of trading – there are probably many first rules – is don't get caught in a situation in which you can lose a great deal of money for reasons you don't understand.”

“The Heisenberg principle: If something is closely observed, the odds are it is going to be altered in the process. The more a price pattern is observed by speculators the more prone you have false signals; the more the market is a product of non-speculative activity, the greater the significance of technical breakout.”

“Whenever I enter a position, I have a predetermined stop. That is the only way I can sleep. I know where I'm getting out before I get in. The position size on a trade is determined by the stop, and the stop is determined on a technical basis... I never think about stop vulnerability, because the point about a technical barrier – and I've studied the technical aspects of the market for a long time – is that the market shouldn't go there if you are right.”

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“When I’m losing money, I say to myself: you can’t keep trading. And when you get a good card, you should be patient to hold. Otherwise, you can’t make up for the money you lost when you got a bad card.”


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