7 Habits Of The Highly Effective Trader Named Paul Tudor Jones

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There is no question that Paul Tudor Jones is legendary in the trading world.

The founder of Tudor Investment Corporation is worth $3.2 billion, according to Forbes. At the tender age of 32 in the late 1980s, he was already managing over $125 million.

But his most prominent feat is probably predicting the Black Monday stock market crash of 1987, and tripling his fortune in a day by shorting stocks.

There’s video proof of him predicting it – on the documentary PBS filmed about him called “Trader: The Documentary.” Unfortunately, Jones had a change of heart after the piece was filmed, and wanted it out of circulation (maybe he bought up all the copies?). It’s now extremely rare and hard to find- with the VHS going for up to $155 on eBay and hoarded by traders who watch it in hopes of extracting trading tips.

But fortunately for us, we found a highly detailed summary of the documentary at Order Flow Forex, and gleaned some of Jones’ quirky and serious habits while he trades.

Trading at odd hours.

Jones wants to catch volatility in other markets, so he'll wake up at 4 a.m. to trade gold in Hong Kong, or trade forex on a Sunday in New Zealand.

Even when he was on vacation in Switzerland, Jones traded.

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Using the Godzilla

Jones likes to a place a Godzilla toy above his trading computers to ward off the bears.

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Looking for volatility

Jones looks for and predicts volatility in certain markets in order to make a profit. If he can predict a trend and ride it, then it'll pay off big time. In the documentary, Jones trades Deutsche Marks and crude oil based on what he believes will happen to the markets in lieu of recent news events (an OPEC announcement) and a hunch.

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Wearing lucky tennis shoes.

Spooking the market

In the documentary, Jones gives a brokerage a limit order to sell 3,000 contracts at a set price. Then he immediately cancels the order and uses a market order to sell 540 contracts at the best possible price available. He tries to spook the market initially with the huge order so he can get a feel for what the market and its participants is going to be like that day.

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Acknowledging you're wrong, and go on.

Jones makes several mistakes in the film, admits it and continues on trading (having such a tough hide is typical and almost a necessity for most traders).

On one Sunday, he tries to buy Deutsche Marks in the Hong Kong exchange at a set price expecting the market to be bullish - but no one will fill his order as he watches the price go up. He later admits he should've just issued a market order and bought at the best possible price.

In another instance, he believes in a bullish market and goes long on several contracts, but ends up losing over $6 million. By market close, he admits that having such bad day is typical and he has learned to live with it.

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Constantly trying to improve.

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